WNAMM09: Roland Strap On AX-Synth Demo

Strap It & Slap It      16/01/09

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Yep, the Keytar is back and the brand new AX has alot of new features, all demo'ed here by Roland's chief noodler Ed Dias.

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    fizmo    Said...

    super natural special tone section?. wow roland went all out this year.

    16-Jan-09 08:23 AM


    Damon Fibraio    Said...

    Wow. I think I am actually going to get that to replace my ax1.

    16-Jan-09 10:02 AM


    Marc JX8P    Said...

    I love the design, though I imagine that the curved back will make it harder to place this one if you're temporarily going to play it like a normal keyboard. Still, that would be a bit of a shame for such a synth anyway! :-)

    16-Jan-09 11:02 AM


    Minimoogman    Said...

    Absolutely amazing! Congratulations ROLAND! It will be my main axe, proudly.

    16-Jan-09 11:29 AM


    AkaiPete    Said...

    Me want :-)

    16-Jan-09 12:58 PM


    s r dhain    Said...

    finally roland do a proper keytar with a great sound engine...8 batteries is a bit nasty, but maybe JUST MAYBE ( ahem) roland could themselves do a chunky rechargable battery pack as an optional extra (hint hint) ?

    16-Jan-09 05:58 PM


    Cerebral Infect    Said...

    Gotta love the porn movie soundtrack lead sound at the beginning and at the end.

    Another demonstration up to the Roland cheese standard. Not the musician fault, probably brainwashed by the marketing dept rep

    Supernatural ? What about up to date sounding presets and sound quality.

    16-Jan-09 06:27 PM


    Velocipede    Said...

    Best product of show! ... Despite the fact that he used it to play a guitar patch. The Bender button is a neat idea. I hope that one can change the controls sent by the Aftertouch knob and the Mod bar like on the AX-1. I'd like to swap them. Also hope that it sends MIDI over USB.

    17-Jan-09 01:40 AM


    Queen Elizabeth    Said...

    "lets do the shakuhachu here.." xD

    17-Jan-09 07:22 AM


    TheF    Said...

    Juno-G: workstation - small sized keys (like in a toy). AX-Synt: "guitar"rompler toy - normal sized keys. I don't understand Roland, sorry. What's up guys? Give normal keys to workstation (also budget's one) and to "guitar" toys small sized keys (for plays comfort).

    17-Jan-09 07:26 AM


    Synastikki    Said...

    Juno-G has normal sized keys...

    18-Jan-09 03:21 PM


    Fred67    Said...

    Well, being a keyboardplayer for years and being a fan of Chick Coreas work...among others...I just can´t stand strap-on keys. And white..? It´s hard enough to look cool as a player...and now this...

    LOL...

    Sorry, guys...

    19-Jan-09 08:18 AM


    Kriss Brll    Said...

    looks absolutely fantastic! i bet Jan hammer has already placed his order for one.

    19-Jan-09 03:55 PM


    Forever Dawn    Said...

    Ummmmm I Hope they bring back just the normal AX-1 with it... No offense Roland, I want a keytar (for under $1K) but those sounds he demoed sounded like crap.

    24-Jan-09 09:45 AM


    Forever Dawn    Said...

    Ummmmm I Hope they bring back just the normal AX-1 with it... No offense Roland, I want a keytar (for under $1K) but those sounds he demoed sounded like crap.

    24-Jan-09 09:46 AM


    selercs    Said...

    Synastikki, Juno-G does indeed have smaller keys than other full-size keyboards. Juno-G key size is actually odd - its somewhere between a Full Size and a Mini-size (famous portable yamaha keyboard of the 80's/early 90's).

    29-Jan-09 09:45 PM


    KeytarFan    Said...

    I was hoping for something more macho, like the black AX-1 with updated software. Yeah, I'm sure Jan Hammer will get this one ;)

    And with that slanted end, how do you stand it up against a wall?

    05-Feb-09 08:35 AM


    Pedro    Said...

    The cello sounds terrible. He could have showed us some more sounds, I can´t stand these annoying lead sounds that look like a bad guitar sounds...

    Anyway, God save the VST´s

    Lol

    11-Feb-09 02:49 PM


    Luck    Said...

    wow, this ax-synth reminds me something like Rick Wakeman and Jordan Rudess. sounds like shred... But i prefer if have more colors like the traditional RED, or black, to choose what you like.

    14-Feb-09 04:38 PM


    stef    Said...

    balkan tones ? sax, trumpet , clarinet , acordeon ?

    19-Feb-09 07:24 AM


    Dave Grimmel    Said...

    Yes this would look way better in black, and cooler. I reversed the colors in photoshop, turned it black with white letters and it looked awesome that way. I will still get it in white if I have to but would much prefer it in black. All the lights on it would stand out more and look better on stage.

    23-Feb-09 12:48 PM


    Hater    Said...

    The Keytar is the gayest invention to ever become a scab on the face of rock and roll... seriously...

    04-Mar-09 10:30 PM


    hater    Said...

    The Keytar is the gayest invention to ever become a scab on the face of rock and roll... seriously, if you buy this, you should die in a fire...

    04-Mar-09 10:31 PM


    Lonster    Said...

    hater Said...

    the gayest invention to ever become a scab on the face of rock and roll.

    Uhh, no, that would be Glam Rock, followed by nose & lip piercings as a close second.

    05-Mar-09 10:31 AM


    Lonster    Said...

    Word to the wise: Always use a stand-up style guitar stand for keytars, never lean it against a wall or anything without secured support. The first time it falls or gets knocked over, you'll really regret your lazy choice, big time. I learned the lesson the hard way.

    05-Mar-09 10:35 AM


    cdawg    Said...

    This thing is one of the best i have ever seen and is a must have for anyone absolutely revolutionary

    16-Mar-09 07:36 PM


    Kemical Lust    Said...

    The idea is good yes and I'm probably going to get one anyway but the sounds he showed us were lacking in pretty much every department :/

    30-Mar-09 06:21 PM


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