Roland BK-9 Backing Keyboard

Roland BK-9 Backing Keyboard

Roland BK-9 Backing Keyboard

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  • 1Description

The BK-9 Backing Keyboard from Roland is a 76-note keyboard, lightweight at 21 lb. Its user interface features a dual LCD system, logical panel layout, and user-assignable controls. You can store up to 10 tones for each real-time part. The BK-9 features 1000 onboard Music Assistants, designed to provide instant setups for various musical genres. You can save an unlimited number of custom setups as Performance Lists to USB memory.

The BK-9 has 540 built-in rhythms which include 25 new selections. Via USB memory, unlimited additional rhythms can be added, and MP3, WAV, and SMF files can be played as well. A built-in 16-track sequencer provides a professional platform for composing and editing SMF data, while the Rhythm Composer lets you create and customize your own rhythms with ease. The convenient Chord Loop feature allows you to record and save chord sequences to drive the rhythms, great for generating on-the-fly backing patterns for two-handed solo/melody playing or preparing complete song arrangements for live performance, practice, or composition in the sequencer. With the Audio Key function, audio files stored on USB memory can be assigned to the top seven keyboard keys for quick-access playback while performing. Additionally, BK-9 performances can be recorded directly to USB memory as CD-ready WAV audio.

The BK-9 is compatible with Roland Wireless Connect, which provides cable-free communication with Apple's iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch via Roland's optional WNA1100-RL Wireless USB Adapter. An iPad can also be connected directly to the BK-9 with a USB cable using Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately). Free iOS apps such as Air Recorder for jamming and capturing performances (iPhone/iPad), BK Partner for selecting tones and rhythms (iPad), and Lyrics Viewer for displaying SMF lyrics (iPad) are available.

The BK-9 delivers with over 1,700 sounds and 70 drum kits. 22 sounds feature Roland's SuperNATURAL technology, designed to provide realistic acoustic instrument tones with a wide range of natural expression. Also included are 500 tones. The Virtual Tone Wheel sound engine puts legendary organ tones at your fingers, with front-panel harmonic bars and a rotary effect for authentic organ performance. The BK-9 is also equipped for future expansion, with a User Tone area dedicated for upcoming BK-series sound collections.

Five independent multi-effects engines (MFX) offer a range of sound processing possibilities, with three MFX dedicated to rhythms and two MFX dedicated to real-time parts. Global reverb and chorus effects are available as well, along with two mastering processors that allow you to optimize the sound of the rhythm and real-time sections separately to suit performance venues and add final polish for recordings. The Mixer function gives you instant adjustment of rhythm and real-time part levels, and MFX parameters via using the harmonic bars on the front panel.

The BK-9 has an XLR microphone input, which features phantom power, a dedicated reverb effect, and accessible front-panel controls. A composite video output jack is also provided, allowing you to display embedded MP3/SMF lyrics and chord symbols on an external video monitor. Photo slideshows can be displayed as well.

Flagship 76-note instrument with top-level sounds, industry-leading auto-accompaniment features, and a lightweight, mobile design
1,700 sounds and 70 drum kits, including 22 SuperNATURAL sounds and 500 tones
Virtual Tone Wheel organs, with dedicated harmonic bars for authentic vintage organ performance
540 rhythms and over 1000 Music Assistants onboard
Five independent multi-effects engines (MFX), plus dedicated mastering effects
User interface with intuitive panel layout, powerful dual LCD system, and Mixer function
16-Track sequencer and built-in Rhythm Composer; Chord Loop and Audio Key functions
Song playback/recording, and unlimited Performance List storage from USB memory
XLR microphone input with dedicated reverb effect; composite video output for displaying lyrics and photos
Compatible with Apple iOS devices via Roland Wireless Connect; supports USB connection to iPad with Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
Works with free iOS apps including BK Partner, Lyrics Viewer, and Air Recorder
In the Box
Roland BK-9 Backing Keyboard
  • AC Adaptor
  • Power Cord
  • Music Rest
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty on Parts (2 Years for Labor)
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Keyboard Type: 76 Velocity-Sensitive Keys Key Touch: High, Medium, Low, Fixed
    Modes: Organ, Piano
    Display Type 2 Displays 160 X 160 Pixels, Graphic LCD (Backlit)
    Sound Generator
    Polyphony 128 Voices (GM2/GS/XGlite Compatible)
    Tones 1,718 (Included 22 SuperNATURAL) + User Tone
    Favorite Tone: Possibility to create four lists (UPPER1, UPPER2, LOWER, M. BASS) of 10 frequently used sounds and recall them instantly.
    Drum Kits 77
    Multitimbral 4 keyboard parts (UPPER1, UPPER2, LOWER, M. BASS) + MELODY INTELLIGENT + 16 song parts
    Master Tuning 415.3 to 466.2 Hz
    Key Control (Transpose) -6 to +5 in semitones (for rhythm, SMF, mp3/WAVE)
    Organ Section Harmonic Bar: 16', 5-1/3', 8', 4', 2-2/3', 2', 1-3/5', 1-1/3', 1' + LEVEL
    Vibrato/Chorus: V-1/V-2/V-3/C-1/C-2/C-3
    Percussion: 2nd/3rd, Soft, Slow
    Rotary Sound: Slow/Fast, Brake, Level
    Tone Wheel Type: 50/60/70
    Amplifier Type: TYPE 1/TYPE 2/TYPE 3/TYPE 4/ TYPE 5
    Effects Real-Time Parts (UPPER1, UPPER2, LOWER, M. BASS): Reverb and Chorus: selectable via Tone Part effects
    2 Mfx (84 Mfx Editable Macro) (selectable via Tone Part effects)
    Part EQ
    Rhythms/SMF section: Reverb: 8 types (selectable via Makeup Tools)
    Chorus: 8 types (selectable via Makeup Tools)
    3 Mfx (84 Mfx Editable Macro) (selectable via Makeup Tools)
    Part EQ
    MIC: 2-band EQ +gain for each band, Reverb
    Backing Rhythms: Over 500 in 10 "Rhythm" families
    Real-Time Player: Rhythms (STL), SMF (Format 0/1), KAR, mp3, WAVE
    Tempo Change: 20 to 250 BPM for SMF and rhythms
    Time Stretch: 75 to 125% for mp3 and WAVE
    One-Touch Memories: 4 suitable tones for each rhythm (programmable)
    Track Mute: For Rhythms/SMF
    Center Cancel: For mp3/WAVE
    Rhythm Composer: Internal Rhythm Composer
    Rhythm and SMF Makeup Tools: Instrument-oriented editing
    Audio Recording Media: USB Flash memory
    Save Format: Audio files (WAVE 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear), MIDI files (SMF)
    Sequencer 16 Tracks Sequencer: Internal 16 tracks MIDI sequencer with microscope and macro editing functions
    Chord Loop: Loop/Sequencer Mode
    Metronome Time Signature: 1 to 32/16, 1 to 32/8, 1 to 32/4, 1 to 32/2
    Mode: Always, Play, Rec
    Count In: Off, 1 bar, 2 bars
    Volume: Internal and external by METRONOME OUT jack
    Performance Memory Performance Lists: Unlimited number (storage on USB memory)
    Over 1000 "Music Assistant" memories (internal memory)
    5 "Factory Song" memories (internal memory)
    Performance Memories per List: Up to 999
    Search Function Quick location of Rhythms, and Songs on the connected USB memory
    Demo Yes
    Lyrics SMF, mp3/WAVE, mp3+CDG (mp3+CDG on video output socket only)
    Controls Rotary encoder, data dial with push switching function
    Volume knob
    Audio input knob
    Microphone volume knob
    Microphone reverb knob
    Balance (backing/keyboard) knob
    Pitch Bend/Modulation lever
    10 x Mixer/Harmonic bars section slider
    D-BEAM controller
    4 x Assign switch
    Connectors 1 x 1/4" phone jack, audio output (R, L/mono)
    1 x 1/4" phone jack, stereo headphones
    1 x 1/4" phone jack, audio input (R, L/mono)
    1 x 1/4" XLR phone jack, microphone input (phantom power switch OFF/ON)
    1 x 1/4" phone jack, Metronome output
    3 x DIN, MIDI (THRU, IN, OUT) visual control function
    1 x USB type B, computer (reception and transmission of MIDI data)
    1 x USB type A, memory (data storage devices)
    1 x Foot pedal jack (assignable: Hold, Expression, Control)
    1 x FC-7 pedal socket (assignable)
    1 x RCA video output (CVBS, PAL or NTSC - selectable)
    Auto Off Time Off, 10 min, 30 min, 240 min
    Power Supplies AC adaptor (included)
    Current Draw 1,100 mA
    Dimensions With Music Rest: 49.4 x 17.6 x 12.2" (125.1 x 44.5 x 30.8 cm)
    Without Music Rest: 49.4 x 13.6 x 4.9" (125.1 x 34.5 x 12.3 cm)
    Weight 20.7 lb (9.4 kg)
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