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Roland Rolls Out Portable Wireless Synth & Piano Keyboards Perfect for iOS & Android
Rounik Sethi on Thu, January 5th | 0 comments
New portable musical keyboards from Roland offer a nice twist. The concept is these are for novices and music lovers who don't have any formal music training. But there's much to them also.

Although aimed more for the novice or consumer level musician, there's lots to like about the new Roland GO-KEYS and GO-PIANO. Both sport 61 keys, wireless capabilities and high-quality sounds taken from pro models. Additionally, there's easier ways to make music using these keyboards. GO: KEYS features a one-touch system to help you build a song quickly and effortlessly. GO:PIANO includes onboard practice features.

 Roland GO:KEYS 

Here's the official press release on both GO:KEYS and GO:PIANO with more info:

CES, Las Vegas, NV, January 4, 2017 — Roland Corporation (booth #18138, LVCC Central Hall), a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, is previewing a unique keyboard and piano series that introduces an affordable new concept for making music and learning to play. The GO-61K GO:KEYS offers options for beginning musicians who want to create music with no formal training, and the GO-61P GO:PIANO is dedicated to those who wish to learn to play the piano with no prior experience. The instruments and the onboard sounds are derived from Roland professional synthesizers and pianos, so they promise an easy transition to Roland models with more advanced feature sets as playing skills improve. A first for their price point, both models in the series also offer Bluetooth® connectivity for added musical and learning possibilities.

The portable, battery-powered, GO-61K GO:KEYS offers music-making possibilities for those interested in creating their own music but have not learned to play piano notes or chords or even read music. Its unique design offers intuitive, one-touch operation in which different instrument sounds are assigned to a range of keys on the keyboard. A simple key press will create a musical pattern in real time using the instrument sound of the user’s choice, and an X-Y controller enables the sounds to be easily tweaked. The GO-61K contains more than 500 high-quality sounds. A touch panel and backlit LCD makes it easy to select the perfect sound and musical genre. Bluetooth connectivity to smartphones or tablets lets users jam with their favorite music or record songs using music creation apps. Built-in speakers and headphones jack offer on-the-go sound anywhere.

 

GO:KEYS Main Features

 

  • Fun and inspiring keyboard for beginning musicians
  • Loop Mix allows you to build songs by simply playing notes on the keyboard
  • Manipulate the sounds of your loops with intuitive one-touch control
  • Bluetooth audio/MIDI support for connecting with your smartphone or tablet
  • Over 500 pro-quality sounds: pianos, synths, strings, bass, brass, and more
  • Built-in song recorder with USB backup
  • Play anytime with built-in speakers or headphones
  • Lightweight, travel-ready, and runs on batteries

The battery-powered GO-61P GO:PIANO features 61 full-size piano-style keys and high-quality sound derived from Roland’s professional digital piano models, all in an affordable package designed for beginners who are just starting to learn how to play the piano. Included are authentic piano sounds, plus a variety of instrument sounds such as organs, strings, and more. Sound selection is quick and convenient via a touch panel and backlit LCD. The GO-61P also offers Bluetooth connectivity with smartphones or tablets, for jamming with favorite tunes, playing along with music apps, accessing piano lesson apps, watching instructional videos, and more. Also included are onboard practice features, a headphones jack for private practice, and a built-in speaker system that enables players to entertain or practice.

 

GO:PIANO Main Features

 

  • Premium piano performance in a compact and affordable instrument
  • 61-note keyboard with standard full-size keys and authentic touch response
  • Features Roland’s acclaimed piano sounds with 128-voice polyphony
  • Also includes electric pianos, organs, and other sounds for exploring different styles
  • Bluetooth® audio/MIDI support for connecting with your smartphone or tablet
  • Play anytime with built-in speakers or headphones
  • Metronome, transpose, and recording features support daily practice
  • Lightweight, travel-ready, and runs on batteries

 

The GO:KEYS and GO:PIANO will be available winter 2017 for an estimated street price of $299 for GO:KEYS and $329 for GO:PIANO.

 

 
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