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Roland A-88

Roland A-88
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Roland A-88 review: specs and price

Roland A-88
Roland A-88

Why is Roland A-88 better than the average?

  • Total keys
    88vs43.03
  • Volume
    45696.92cm³vs173049.67cm³

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Design

1.volume

45696.92cm³

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2.Has backlit LED buttons
Roland A-88

Buttons will light up when pressed, resulting in better visibility to users.

3.weight

15.9kg

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4.thickness

116mm

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5.width

1.44m

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6.height

273mm

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Controls & Buttons

1.Has transpose button
Roland A-88

Transpose button move automatically your keyboard notes up or down tones (raise or lower the pitch by a number of semitones).

2.Has octave buttons
Roland A-88

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.

3.number of buttons

14

The more buttons the device has, the more complex the input can be.

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4.number of faders

0

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

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5.number of knobs

2

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.

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6.Has a pitch/modulation stick
Roland A-88

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

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Keys & Pads

1.total keys

88

The amount of keys the controller has on the keyboard.

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2.drum pads

0

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

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3.Has weighted keys
Roland A-88

Fully weighted keys are designed to replicate the weight and playing action of a conventional piano keys. If you compose a lot of piano-oriented music, the realism of a weighted, hammer-action keyboard might be ideal for you.

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Ports

1.Has a MIDI-Out port
Roland A-88

The MIDI-Out port is used for transmitting data.

2.Has an input/connector for the sustain pedal
Roland A-88

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.

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3.Has an input/connector for the expression pedal
Roland A-88

Dedicated expression pedals let you have a hands-free control over your keyboard's volume, vibrato, and more.

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Features

1.Is compatible with Windows
Roland A-88

It is compatible with PCs and laptops running the Windows operating system.

2.Is compatible with iOS
Roland A-88

It is compatible with a range of iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.

3.Is compatible with Mac OS X
Roland A-88

It is compatible with Mac OS X devices such as MacBooks and iMacs.

4.MIDI device works and communicates via USB
Roland A-88

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.

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