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Roland A-88

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Roland A-88 review: specs and price

Roland A-88
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Roland A-88

Why is Roland A-88 better than the average?

  • Total keys
    ?

    88vs43.03
  • Volume
    45696.92cm³vs173049.67cm³

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-88
2.height
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Best

Akai Professional LPK 25

97mm

273mm

3.weight
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Best

Akai Professional LPK 25

453g

15.9kg

4.thickness
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Best

CME Xkey

16mm

116mm

5.volume
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Best

CME Xkey

838.08cm³

45696.92cm³

6.width
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Best

Akai SynthStation25

310mm

1.44m

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-88
2.Has transpose buttons
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Transpose buttons are used for moving a collection of notes (pitches or pitch classes) up or down in pitch by a constant interval, usually in semitone increments.

Roland A-88
3.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

14

4.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

2

5.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

6.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

0

Keys & Pads

1.total keys
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The amount of keys the controller has on the keyboard.

Best

Icon Logicon 8 air

88

88

2.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

3.Has weighted keys
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Fully weighted keys are designed to replicate the response and feel of acoustic piano keys. If you compose a lot of piano-oriented music, the realism of a weighted, hammer-action keyboard might be ideal for you.

Roland A-88

Ports

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

Roland A-88
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-88
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-88

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-88
2.Is compatible with Windows
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It is compatible with PCs and laptops running the Windows operating system.

Roland A-88
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-88
4.Is compatible with iOS
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It is compatible with a range of iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.

Roland A-88

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