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NAMM 2020Roland Introduces MIDI 2.0-Ready A-88MKII MIDI Keyboard Controller

Roland

Roland, one of the co-founders of the original MIDI specification, has introduced the A-88MKII, a powerful new 88-note MIDI keyboard controller for studio and stage. The latest in a long line of professional MIDI controllers from Roland, the A-88MKII features modern creative tools for today's musicians and producers. Slim and ergonomically designed, the A-88MKII comes equipped with a weighted-action keyboard, plus features like USB-C connectivity, RGB-lit controls, and more. It's also MIDI 2.0 ready, making it the first Roland instrument to support the new MIDI standard.

The A-88MKII has rigid, wooden construction and an 88-note Ivory Feel PHA-4 keyboard found in other Roland instruments. With high-resolution sensing and lightning-fast response, the PHA-4 accurately translates the subtlest playing nuances, and users can personalize the sensitivity for their own unique touch.

Equipped with real-time performance features, the A-88MKII is equally at home in the studio and on stage. With three user-definable zones, players can layer and split the keyboard with different sounds or instruments. Advanced arpeggiator and sophisticated split and layer functions are also on board, providing direct access to performance tools normally only found in standalone synths and workstations.

Roland's pitch/mod lever and an array of RGB-lit knobs offer expressive, hands-on control of sounds. Eight assignable pads are available to control DAW functions, trigger sounds and clips, and more, and pad bank setups can be stored for quick recall. There's also a dedicated sustain pedal input, plus two assignable control inputs that support expression pedals or footswitches.

The A-88MKII is ready for the future with modern USB and MIDI protocols. USB-C offers single-cable connectivity and eliminates the need for an external power adaptor. And the A-88MKII is ready for the high-resolution control and extended capabilities of MIDI 2.0.

Price: $999.99 U.S. Street.

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MelloProg
MelloProg
7 January 2020 at 5:45pm

Useless without a proper ModWheel.

michal.ochedowski
michal.ochedowski
14 January 2020 at 6:21am

You are so right. That's the first thing I checked, when I saw it a few days back. I could never grasp this concept of connected pitch and mod wheel. You want modulation to stay in one place ? Well, if it's Roland, you can forget it.

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