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  • Roland Introduces A-88 and A-49 MIDI Keyboard Controllers

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    Streamlined Controllers with Pro-Quality Action and Flexible Interfacing

    Los Angeles, CA, August 31, 2012 — Roland is pleased to announce the A-88 and A-49 MIDI Keyboard  Controllers, two all-new controllers that combine pro playability with  mobile convenience. The piano-action A-88 and synth-action A-49 feature  high-quality keyboards along with a slim, light design that’s ideal for  today’s on-the-go musicians. They also offer USB, MIDI, and Apple iPad compatibility, as well as onboard  control of Roland’s SuperNATURAL-powered synths such as the INTEGRA-7,  JUPITER-80, and JUPITER-50.
    There’s  no shortage of keyboard controllers on the market, but most have  playability that’s far below the quality found in high-end digital pianos and synthesizers. With the A-88 and A-49,  Roland is pleased to offer keyboard controllers that play like pro-level  instruments, giving musicians mobile convenience with no compromises.  From the bedroom studio to the big stage, these controllers truly deliver inspiring playability and top-level  performance.
    The  A-88 features 88 full-size weighted keys and Roland’s acclaimed Ivory  Feel-G Keyboard with Escapement. This is the same Progressive Hammer Action keyboard found in many Roland stage and  home pianos, and allows users to play software-based pianos,  soft-synths, and sound modules with an authentic grand piano touch. In  addition, the white keys are built with a moisture-absorbing material that replicates the feel of real ivory. Even with its premium  hammer-action keyboard, the A-88 is light, portable, and easy for  gigging musicians to transport.
    Born  for mobile use, the A-49 features road-tough construction yet is  extremely lightweight (under six pounds). The 49 full-size velocity-sensitive keys have a rounded shape for a  comfortable touch, along with many enhancements to reduce noise and  increase playability. All these features add up to a premium keyboard  that even the most discerning pros will appreciate.
    Both  the A-88 and A-49 include many performance features, including a pitch  bend/mod lever, D-BEAM controller, user-assignable knobs and switches, and OCTAVE and TRANSPOSE buttons. The A-88 also has  DUAL/SPLIT, UPPER, and LOWER buttons for splitting and layering tones on  its full-size keyboard.
    The dedicated SuperNATURAL mode button on the controllers unlocks a host of unique sound-selection features when connected to a Roland SuperNATURAL instrument such as the new INTEGRA-7 sound module or the JUPITER-80 and -50 synths.
    The  A-88 and A-49 offer USB and MIDI OUT connectors, along with jacks for  connecting optional expression and hold pedals. Both controllers can be powered via a computer’s USB bus, while the A-88  can also be powered with an accessory AC adapter. Additionally, the  A-49 and A-88 are three-OS compatible, with Mac and iOS music apps on  the iPad via Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit, and a SONAR X1 LE DAW software bundle with both controllers, giving  Windows users a ready-to-go music production environment.
    The A-88 and A-49 come standard in a handsome black finish. The A-49 is also available in white, a perfect companion color for users of the white-finish iPad.
    For more information, visit www.RolandConnect.com.

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