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Roland A-500S
Roland A-500S
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Roland A-500S review: 22 facts and highlights

1. Has a MIDI-Out port

The MIDI-Out port is used for transmitting data.
Roland A-500S
74% have it

2. volume

12804.88cm³
CME Xkey: 838.08cm³

3. weight

2.7kg
Akai Professional LPK 25: 453g

4. Has backlit LED buttons

Buttons will light up when pressed, resulting in better visibility to users.
Roland A-500S
73% have it

5. number of buttons

The more buttons the device has, the more complex the input can be.
4
Novation SL MkII 61: 58

6. drum pads

The pads section is ideal to trigger loops and samples, using your finger drum skills.
0
Novation Launchkey 61: 16

7. Has a display

The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.
Roland A-500S
68% have it

8. Has octave buttons

The octave buttons are used to shift the keyboard up or down in one octave increments. This extends the range of the keyboard in either direction, which lets you play notes that lie outside the number of keys available.
Roland A-500S

9. Has velocity sensitive keys

Velocity sensitive keys are just spring loaded keys that sound out louder the harder you hit them. If you "lightly" press a key, the sound will be quiet; the harder you press, the louder it gets.
Roland A-500S
69% have it

10. Has an input/connector for the sustain pedal

When pressed, the sustain pedal allows all notes to sound and “vibrate” freely. All notes played will continue to sound until the pedal is released. This is perfect when you need a sturdy and responsive control over sustain.
Roland A-500S
49% have it

11. Is compatible with Windows

It is compatible with PCs and laptops running the Windows operating system.
Roland A-500S
99% have it

12. encoders

A type of knob that has a push button functionality built in. Encoders are for browsing and selecting your digital sound files or turning on a function that makes use of a control's rotation such as sound effects or tempo/tap tempo selection.
1
Novation SL MkII 61: 8

13. Has a pitch/modulation stick

The pitch/modulation stick is used to change pitch or modulate a sound in real time with one single control.
Roland A-500S
20% have it

14. Has an input/connector for the expression pedal

Dedicated expression pedals let you have a hands-free control over your keyboard's volume, vibrato, and more.
Roland A-500S
52% have it

15. total keys

The amount of keys the controller has on the keyboard.
49
Icon Logicon 8 air: 88

16. MIDI device works and communicates via USB

Devices can communicate in both directions with each other without any additional MIDI interface. The biggest advantage is that the USB connection can be used for everything; power supply, MIDI-in and MIDI-out. This means you need less cables.
Roland A-500S

17. thickness

84mm
CME Xkey: 16mm

18. Is compatible with Mac OS X

It is compatible with Mac OS X devices such as MacBooks and iMacs.
Roland A-500S
99% have it

19. number of faders

Faders can be either channel volume faders, pitch sliders, crossfaders or even EQs.
0
Nektar Panorama P6: 10

20. number of knobs

More knobs (rotating controls) can give the user more dedicated control over the device, eg. volume, effects, EQs etc. Types of knobs may differ: endless type or step type.
0
E-Mu Xboard 49: 16

21. width

833mm
Akai SynthStation25: 310mm

22. height

183mm
Akai Professional LPK 25: 97mm

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