Roland PK-9 makes its debut with velocity-sensitive pedal keys and integrated expression pedal 21/03/12
Roland has announced the PK-9 Pedal Keyboard, a dynamic MIDI pedalboard for organists. The PK-9 features 20 velocity-sensitive pedal keys, an integrated expression pedal, and more, making it, say Roland, ideal for use with instruments such as theirAtelier, Combo, and Classic series organs, or for anyone that wants to play sounds and control functions on other MIDI devices.
Roland tells us that the PK-9 is a solidly built and versatile MIDI controller with 20 comfortable pedal keys that respond nicely to playing dynamics. Three different touch settings allow the user to tailor the key response to their individual playing style.
An onboard expression pedal with a smooth action provides precise volume control. Footswitches on either side of the pedal's toe allow the player to easily control organ functions such as rotary speed without taking their foot off the pedal or hands off the keys. Three additional footswitches are also provided--one as a dedicated piano-style sustain pedal, and two others that can be freely assigned to control numerous functions on Roland organs or other MIDI devices.
Roland says that a seven-segment display makes it simple for users to program functions directly on the PK-9. MIDI IN, OUT, and THRU jacks are provided on the rear panel, as well as a jack for an assignable external pedal dedicated to additional controls like pitch bender up or down, cutoff, half damper, etc. A PK OUT connector allows for a convenient single-cable connection to Roland organs such as the ATELIER Combo AT-350C and VK-88; when connected in this fashion, power is provided to the PK-9 from the organ. Pricing and Availability:
The PK-9 Pedal Keyboard will be available in late spring.