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Roland A-500S - USB Controller

B&H # ROA500SMC Mfr # A-500S-R
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Product Highlights
  • 49 Keys
  • 12 Velocity Curves/Fixed Velocity Mode
  • Rotary Encoder
  • Octave Buttons
  • Side Panel Connections
  • Production Plus Pack Music Software
  • USB Bus, Battery or Adapter Powered
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

The A-500S from Cakewalk is a compact and portable 49-key USB/MIDI controller that features a Roland keybed. The controller is perfect for anyone making music at home, or in a project studio with a computer, academic settings needing great sound at low cost, or live performances and mobile recording applications.

The keyboard can be personalized via one of the 12 velocity curves, or played using the fixed velocity mode. A rotary encoder and 3-digit, 7-segment LED display aid in navigating the keyboard's features. Other controllers include a MIDI channel button, program change button, octave shift buttons and a combination pitch bend/modulation lever.

A Production Plus Pack software bundle includes Cakewalk Sound Center, Rapture LE and Studio Instruments Drums for Mac and PC, as well as SONAR 8.5 LE (PC Only), allowing you to start making music instantly.

Compact, Portable and Affordable MIDI Keyboard Controller
  • A keyboard controller that you can use in at home, or in a project studio, in an academic setting or for live/mobile applications
  • Perfect keyboard for use with a wide variety of software on a Mac or PC based computer, including Ableton Live, Cubase, FL Studio, Garage Band, Logic, Nuendo, Pro Tools, SONAR and the included Production Plus Pack
  • Easy to set up - plug-in a USB cable, and you'll be making music in no time
Roland-Quality Instrument
  • Players can control a wide dynamic range with incredible subtlety
  • Rounded key assemblies offer responsive reaction to your touch and allow for more comfortable glissando
  • Enhancements have been made to eliminate vertical shake and reduce the already low mechanical noise on key strokes
  • With selectable velocity curves you can fine tune the controller to match your playing style.
Selectable Velocity Curves
  • Pick from 12 velocity curves to precisely match your playing style ( 4 different velocity curves and 3 kinds of sensitivity - Light, Medium, Heavy)
  • A Fixed Velocity Mode is provided where the A-500S always outputs a fixed velocity (from 1 to 127) providing practical input for drum and percussion programming in step recording
3 Digit 7-segment LED and Rotary Encoder
  • MIDI control is provided via a rotary encoder, which is both easier and faster than using the notes for numerical values
  • With this knob you can set up MIDI channel, program change, control change and more and instantly see the values on the LED
  • When working with virtual instruments, you can set this knob for quick control of your favorite LFO, filter, or other controls
Easy Connections with Side Panel Ports
  • The A-500PRO provides easy access connections on the side panel so that you can have a computer monitor or laptop in the ideal position behind the keyboard - a must for educational use
  • Connect USB, MIDI In/Out, hold and expression pedals without having to reach behind the keyboard
FPT Low-Latency MIDI Transmission
  • Offers MIDI Transmission using Roland's proprietary FPT (Fast Processing Technology), providing stable, high speed, low latency and low jitter MIDI transmission
  • When working with virtual instruments, FPT provides lower latencies to give you the feel of playing a real instrument
Production Plus Pack
  • Suite of music creation software includes SONAR 8.5 LE recording software (PC only), and 3 high-quality and versatile virtual instruments for Mac and PC - Rapture LE, Cakewalk Sound Center, and Studio Instruments Drums
3 Power Sources
  • 3 choices of power for any situation - USB bus power, batteries, or AC Adapter
  • No power supply is required when connecting via USB cable
  • Battery power requires 4 AA type batteries (not included)
  • Or via BOSS PSA series AC adaptor (not included)
Keyboard 49 semi-weighted keys, velocity sensitive
Presets No
User Memory Yes
Controllers 1 x Pitch Bend/Modulation lever
1 x Rotary Control
1 x Value Knob
2 x Program Change Switches
2 x Octave Switches
Output USB
1 x MIDI
Inputs 1 x USB
1 x MIDI
1 x 1/4" TS Sustain Pedal (pedal not included)
1 x 1/4" TRS Expression Pedal (pedal not included)
Display Backlit 16 x 2 character LCD
Power Requirements USB powered
4 x AA batteries (not included
9VDC, 300mA via optional power adapter
Dimensions (WxDxH) 33.8 x 7.25 x 3.3" (833 x 184 x 84mm)
Weight 6 lbs (2.7kg)
System Compatibility Controller
Mac:
PowerPC G4 1GHz or higher, or Intel processor
OS X 10.4 or later
512MB RAM
100MB or more free hard disc space

PC:
1GHz or higher Intel-compatible processors
Windows XP SP2 or later, Vista, or Windows 7
512MB RAM
100MB or more free hard disc space
USB 1.1 port

Production Plus Pack 3
Mac:
Intel Core Duo processor
OS X 10.4 or later
1GB RAM or higher (2GB higher recommended)
EIDE/Ultra DMA hard drive (7200 RPM or SATA recommended)
6GB or more free hard disc space

PC:
2GHz or higher Intel-compatible processors (3GHz or higher recommended)
Windows XP SP2 or later, Vista, or Windows 7
1GB RAM or higher (2GB higher recommended)
EIDE/Ultra DMA hard drive (7200 RPM or SATA recommended)
8GB or more free hard disc space
WDM or ASIO compatible audio interface
DVD-ROM drive for installation 1

Please Note:

Controller does not support Windows XP Media Center Edition or XP Professional x64. Software will not run under Windows on a Mac

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Specialties FPT (Fast Processing Technology) provides stable, high speed, low latency and low jitter MIDI transmission
Roland A-500S - USB Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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