WNAMM12: Roland Releases First Backing Keyboard

BK5 features intelligent backing-track technology      20/01/12
WNAMM12: Roland Releases First Backing Keyboard


Roland has announced the release of its very first backing keyboard, the BK-5, which they tell us is the latest in a series of Roland musical instruments with intelligent backing-track technology. Here's what Roland has to say about it...
Hundreds of great music, rhythms, and tones from around the world are available at the touch of a button. With exceptional sound quality, a comfortable user interface, and seemingly endless accompaniment possibilities, the new BK-5 is perfect for one-man bands, hobbyists, beginners, and professional entertainers.
The distinguished sound quality of the new BK-5 is derived from the BK-7m, Roland's world-class "band in a briefcase" backing module. Song and rhythm makeup tools for standard MIDI files and rhythms are also offered along with a second drum track for rhythms and SMF.
The Music Assistants and rhythms included in the new BK-5 backing keyboard cover a variety of musical genres and are compatible with BK-7m/E-series/G-series/V-series. Other features include 128-voice polyphony, over 1,150 sounds, 60 drum kits, song playback, recorder, rhythm composer, video output and audio input.
USB memory allows for easy audio recording and hosts an embedded rhythm composer for performance and training applications. Backing music (rhythm, SMF, MP3, WAV) can be pulled directly from USB memory as well.
Audio in and video out enable a wide range of performance and entertainment options. Video out also lets the performer enjoy SMF/MP3 lyrics with friends or the audience on an external screen.
Pricing and Availability:
The BK-5 will be available in February 2012. More information:

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4 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
her special boy    Said...

WoW my grandma is going to love this!!

20-Jan-12 01:26 PM


woo to the who    Said...

Looking forward to the samba meets dubstep mashups ahead.

20-Jan-12 01:29 PM


FireyAfterLife    Said...

My church group is going to go Apeshit over this!

20-Jan-12 01:32 PM


Synthgeek    Said...

So Roland's marketing now found a new name for the arrangers: "Backing Keyboard" Very hip, but to me is the same thing.

20-Jan-12 02:32 PM


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