Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New from NAMM 2013: Roland's Keyboard Releases

Made for the gigging musician, the Roland RD-64 is a portable 64-note digital piano equipped with the Ivory Feel-G keyboard and SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine. Offering the weighted-action playability and superior sound quality of  Roland’s 88-note stage pianos in a much lighter and more compact instrument, the RD-64 is perfect for gigging, mobile composing, project studios and more.

The streamlined, lightweight design of the Roland RD-64 Digital Piano makes it easy to transport in small vehicles, takes up less space on crowded stages, and is perfect for use in home studios and school applications where space is at a premium. 
Onboard effects include a high-quality stereo reverb, plus EFX 1 and EFX 2 processors loaded with effects specifically tailored for the built-in sounds. Also included is a two-band EQ for overall sound shaping, with easy adjustment via two dedicated knobs. Stereo RCA inputs allow the user to connect an external music player for live backing tracks and practicing.

Roland V-Combo VR-09 Mobile Keyboard

The Roland V-Combo VR-09 Mobile Keyboard was designed from the ground up with live players in mind. A built-in looper lets users build rich ensemble tracks on the fly with the instrument’s large selection of sounds, including the newly added transistor-type organ which offers the unique sound of combo instruments from the 1960s. WAV, MP3, and SMF songs can be played directly from optional USB flash memory for a full-band sound while performing solo or in small combos.  Seven different effects are available simultaneously, with dedicated knobs that allow users to tweak multiple parameters with a single twist.
The free VR-09 Editor app for iPad provides powerful control of the organ and synth sound engines via the tablet’s full-color touchscreen interface. iPad users can intuitively edit the V-Combo VR-09’s organ and synth sounds at home with the VR-09 Editor, then take the tablet to the gig and use the app for additional real-time control on stage.



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