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Roland A-500S

Roland A-500S
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Roland A-500S review: specs and price

Roland A-500S
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Roland A-500S

Why is Roland A-500S better than the average?

  • Total keys
    ?

    49vs43.03
  • Encoders
    ?

    1vs0.35
  • Height
    183mmvs246.59mm
  • Weight
    2.7kgvs3.86kg
  • Volume
    12804.88cm³vs173049.67cm³

Price comparison

Design

1.Has backlit LED buttons
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Buttons will light up when pressed, resulting in better visibility to users.

Roland A-500S
2.Has a display
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The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.

Roland A-500S
3.height
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Best

Akai Professional LPK 25

97mm

183mm

4.weight
?

Best

Akai Professional LPK 25

453g

2.7kg

5.thickness
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Best

CME Xkey

16mm

84mm

6.volume
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Best

CME Xkey

838.08cm³

12804.88cm³

Controls & Buttons

1.Has octave buttons
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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
2.number of buttons
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The more buttons the device has, the more complex the input can be.

Best

Novation SL MkII 61

58

4

3.number of knobs
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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.

Best

E-Mu Xboard 49

16

0

4.number of faders
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Faders can be either channel volume faders, pitch sliders, crossfaders or even EQs.

Best

Nektar Panorama P6

10

0

5.encoders
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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.

Best

Novation SL MkII 61

8

1

6.Has a pitch/modulation stick
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The pitch/modulation stick is used to change pitch or modulate a sound in real time with one single control.

Roland A-500S

Keys & Pads

1.Has velocity sensitive keys
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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
2.total keys
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The amount of keys the controller has on the keyboard.

Best

Icon Logicon 8 air

88

49

3.drum pads
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The pads section is ideal to trigger loops and samples, using your finger drum skills.

Best

Novation Launchkey 61

16

0

Ports

1.Has a MIDI-Out port
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The MIDI-Out port is used for transmitting data.

Roland A-500S
2.Has an input/connector for the sustain pedal
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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.

For example

Akai SynthStation49

Roland A-500S
3.Has an input/connector for the expression pedal
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Dedicated expression pedals let you have a hands-free control over your keyboard's volume, vibrato, and more.

Roland A-500S

Features

1.MIDI device works and communicates via USB
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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
2.Is compatible with Windows
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It is compatible with PCs and laptops running the Windows operating system.

Roland A-500S
3.Is compatible with Mac OS X
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It is compatible with Mac OS X devices such as MacBooks and iMacs.

Roland A-500S

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