Roland A-88 - MIDI Keyboard Controller

Roland A-88 - MIDI Keyboard Controller

Roland A-88 - MIDI Keyboard Controller

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Product Highlights

  • 88-Key Ivory Feel-G Keyboard
  • Dual and Split Keyboard Functions
  • D-BEAM Controller
  • MIDI Out
  • Control Pedal Inputs
  • Lightweight and Compact
  • USB Bus or AC Powered
  • SONAR LE Software for Windows
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Roland A-88 overview

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The A-88 from Roland is an easy-to-use, streamlined and portable MIDI controller featuring 88 pro-quality weighted keys for a grand piano type feel. The controller provides the functions, appearance, and texture of keyboards found on the company's flagship pianos, with the action delivering natural resistance-gradation from the low to high keys. Additionally, the white keys feature a comfortable, moisture-absorbent surface that feels like real ivory. Even with the weighted keyboard, the A-88 remains slim, compact, and easy to transport.

Aside from the obligatory modulation/pitch wheel and octave and transpose buttons, dedicated dual and split buttons allow for instantly accessing layers and zones. The controller also features the company's D-BEAM that responds to the performer's hand gestures for creating unusual modulation possibilities. The keyboard can assign all its controllers automatically for full utilization of external SuperNATURAL instruments such as the INTEGRA-7 sound module, or the JUPITER-80 and JUPITER-50 synthesizers.

The recessed rear panel keeps the connectors tucked away without impeding the placement of a computer monitor. The two knobs, two switches, the two dual/split buttons and the D-BEAM controller are all easily accessible and arranged to allow for fast and fluid workflow. Octave buttons offer immediate control of the key scale, and a transpose button adjusts the scale in semitone steps. LED indicators provide visual feedback of the octave/transpose settings.

Other settings can be accessed via the Function button, which allows the keys to perform additional tasks printed above the keyboard. Using an optional Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit allows the keyboard to provide pro-playability while retaining mobility when working with iPad apps. The controller can be powered either via the included AC adaptor, or from a computer's USB bus.

Premium 88-key Ivory Feel-G keyboard
Lightweight and compact design
Easy to use
Two knobs, two switches, and D-BEAM controller
Dual and Split keyboard functions
USB bus or AC powered (adapter included)
Bundled with Cakewalk SONAR LE software for Windows
In the Box
Roland A-88 - MIDI Keyboard Controller
  • AC Adapter with Power Cable
  • Damper Pedal
  • A-Series Keyboard CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Roland A-88 specs

    Keyboard 88 key Ivory Feel-G keyboard with Escapement
    Interface USB
    Controllers 1 x Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever
    2 x Buttons S1, S2, assignable
    2 x Buttons Octave +/-
    1 x Button Transpose
    1 x Button Function
    1 x Button SuperNATURAL
    2 x Dual/Split (Upper/Lower) Buttons
    1 x D-BEAM Controller
    2 x Knobs C1, C2, assignable
    1 x Foot Pedal Hold
    2 x Foot Pedal Expression (pedals optional)
    Connectors 1 x 5-pin MIDI Out
    1 x USB Type B Computer
    1 x 1/4" TS Hold Pedal
    2 x 1/4" TRS Expression Pedal (FC1, FC2)
    1 x DC Power
    Switches 1 x Power
    1 x Power Source
    Display 1 x LED Power Indicator
    6 x LED Octave Indicators
    Power Via USB bus or included 120V AC adapter
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 56.8 x 10.75 x 4.6" (144 x 27 x 12 cm)
    Weight 35.1 lb (15.9 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 45.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 63.0 x 16.0 x 10.0"

    Roland A-88 reviews

    A-88 - MIDI Keyboard Controller is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Key action is the best that I have ever played. And I have owned FATAR master keyboards, the Korg SV-1, and many other boards. This is my preferred key action by far. I love the fact that the keys have an ivory feeling coating on them, slightly off-white, that I find very appealing. I SO appreciate that all controls are off to the left side, leaving the top of the keyboard uncluttered. My one regret is that the board is so narrow, that I cannot place my synthesizer modules, Mackie big knob etc on it. So it is much less useful as a platform for many of my other modules than the Keystation 88 or (earlier) Midiboard was. But I have rack mounted those modules and am very pleased.
    Date published: 2015-04-13
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