jueves, 15 de enero de 2009

Is Roland watching me?

As I have already stated in blog posts, forums posts and a youtube video:


Well, I have been heard... Introducing the new Roland AX-Synth Keytar (or Shoulder Synthesizer, as they call it... I wonder if keytar is a registered trademark that roland can not use):

I do not particulary like it and the reasons are:
  1. It is a synth, not a controller, which will probably make it super-expensive for an amateur musician (who actually does not know how to play keyboard very well) like me
  2. It reminds me to the keytar Jordan Rudess plays sometimes:

I know, I know... that one is even worst...

However I am happy about it, other brands seem to follow what Roland does, so we should probably be seeing more keytars (or shoulder Synthesizers... pfff...) soon.

Click on the keytar image for more info from roland. Specs bellow:

Built-in sound engine with voices from Roland’s latest synthesizers

Ribbon controller, D Beam, modulation bar, knobs, and easy to see display for stage

USB MIDI for easy connection to PC
Dedicated V-LINK button for video/visual control
Long battery operation (approx. 6 hours)

49 Keys (with velocity)
Sound Generator
Maximum Polyphony
128 voices
Special Tones 8
SuperNATURAL 4 (included on Special Tones)
D-Beam, Ribbon Touch, Modulation Bar, Volume Knob Controller, Aftertouch/C1 Knob Controller, Portamento On/Off, Hold button On/Off, Bender Mode: Normal/Catch+Last
Output Jacks: 2 x 1/4' inch phone type (L/MONO, R), Headphones (Stereo 1/4' inch phone type), Foot Pedal, USB connector (USB MIDI), MIDI connector (IN/OUT), Power Adaptor
8 x Ni-MH rechargeable Batteries
(3 x 7) segment LED

Owner's Manual, Shoulder strap, CD with PC/MAC Editor plug-in, Cushion
Size and Weight

1,145 mm
45-1/8 inches

265 mm
10-7/16 inches

90 m
3-9/16 inches

3.7 kg
8 lbs. 3 oz.

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