Cloud? We don’t need no steenking cloud. When I hear about the Roland cloud I just want to slap the Roland marketing people “upside the head”.
Buy Sound Canvas VA. I was using an M-GS64 module. Now I’m using three instances of Sound Canvas VA in Cantabile. I don’t use setlists, I’ve always used both Powertracks and Cakewalk 9 instead. It’s like having two turntables. I can load a sequence while the othe is playing, depending how busy I am. In my current case I am also using LoopBe30 from www.nerds.de as a link. The sequencers feed a LoopBe30 port input and and instance of SCVA in Cantabile picks up the midi from that port’s output. That gives me isolation so I can start up the sequencers before I start up Cantabile. I use the SC-Pro soundset. Better, but close enough to the SC88 sounds in the M-GS64. IMHO the guitars get better and the basses get worse as you move from the 88 to the 8820 sounds. I also have an issue with the more modern drum sounds. It may be dated, I really like the "trash can " 80’s rock snare in the SC88.
The third instance is for One Man Band arranger software. I just use it for drums. No accompaniment sounds, just left hand bass, right hand keys and OMB drummer.
Make sure you have GM or GS resets in all of your files. The VA seems to be much more sensitive to “leftovers” from last played sequences. If you change the mode, you have to send a GS reset, or click on RESET, to get it to actually happen. The sounds are real, much better than the various SC88 virtual synths. The bad side is there is no documentation and trying to figure out SYSEX for anything will send you to either prison or the nuthouse.
For the record, I have the three instances running on a stock HP 2760P, 2.5ghz, 4 gigs RAM, 300 gigs/7200 RPM SATA2 tablet/laptop. I was using an Echo IOX Expresscard but I’ve skipped that and now go directly to the Behringer XR18 channel’s USB ASIO audio interface.
Cantabile and the three instances takes maybe 90 seconds to come up, no issues.