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Roland A-800PRO USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller (61-Key), New

Dig into your software synths on 61 keys with aftertouch, and 8 velocity-sensitive pads. Plus, this controller automatically maps to Sonar and Cakewalk DAWs. (6) Read 1 review for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

If you're looking for keyboard controllers that you can use in the studio, on-stage, or anywhere you feel inspired, look no further than the Roland A-800PRO. Combining the best of Roland engineering with Cakewalk's legendary ease-of-use, the Roland A-800PRO has the features and feel you need to get the most out of your music performances and productions.

The Feel of a Roland-Quality Instrument

When you perform with the A-800PRO, you're tapping into the benefits of over 30 years of Roland keyboard development. A superior key mechanism provides aftertouch and increased sensitivity for a wide range of expressive dynamics in your performance. Rounded key assemblies offer responsive reaction to your touch and more comfortable glissando. Plus, enhancements have been made to eliminate vertical shake and reduce the already low mechanical noise on key strokes. And with selectable Velocity curves you can fine tune the Roland A-800PRO to match your playing style. No matter what your skill level, you'll appreciate the feel of a quality instrument when you play the Roland A-800PRO.

Easy Connections with Side Panel Ports

The Roland A-800PRO provides easy access connections on the side panel so that you can have a computer monitor or laptop in the ideal position behind the keyboard a must for educational use. Connect USB, MIDI In/Out, Hold and Expression pedals without having to reach behind the keyboard.

Everything at Your Fingertips

The Roland A-800PRO has been ergonomically designed to put everything at your fingertips. All controls are easily accessible and intelligently laid out to make performing and producing music an inspiring affair. Whether you're playing your favorite virtual instrument or working in your digital audio workstation, 9 knobs, 9 sliders, 4 buttons, and a dedicated Transport section offers fully assignable control of all the features you need. And the sure-grip, rubber-coated Pitch Bend/Modulation Stick offers expressive control of both functions at the same time. The A-800PRO Editor for Mac and PC makes it a breeze to customize the A-800PRO for use with your favorite synth or DAW. Just fire up the editor, adjust your Control Map, and hit transmit ... it's that easy. And when you're working with an ACT (Active Controller Technology) enabled DAW like Sonar, parameters will remap automatically, keeping you in the flow and focused on your music.

Dynamic Pads

The Roland A-800PRO puts 8 velocity sensitive Dynamic Pads right within your reach. Use these pads to trigger grooves, samples, or one shots on the fly with your favorite DAW, sampler, or virtual Instrument like the included Cakewalk Sound Center or Studio Instruments Drums. Use the Hold control to "latch" the pads. Or assign aftertouch, velocity, and controller data to pads for greater expression in your performance.

Ready to Rock In Studio or On Stage

Whether you're live on stage in front an audience of screaming fans, or dimming the lights in the studio to capture a mood, you can always clearly see what you're doing with the A-800PRO's ultra-bright backlit LED display and buttons. And the A-PRO works with USB bus power, so if you have your laptop you're ready to make music anywhere.

FPT Low-latency MIDI Transmission

Don't trust your MIDI to anything else! The A-800PRO offers MIDI Transmission using Roland's proprietary FPT (Fast Processing Technology). You can rely on FPT for stable, high speed, low latency, and low jitter MIDI transmission. In layman's terms, that means that subtleties of your performance are going to be captured regardless of the music application you are using. And when working with virtual instruments, FPT provides lower latencies to give you the inspiring feel of playing a real instrument.

Production Plus Pack

The Production Plus Pack is a powerful suite of music creation software that ships with the A-800PRO. It includes Sonar 8.5 LE recording software (PC only) and three high-quality and versatile virtual instruments for Mac and PC: Rapture LE, Cakewalk Sound Center, and Studio Instruments Drums.

Features

- Velocity-sensitive 61 keys with channel aftertouch
- Inspiring feel and response for serious players
- 45 assignable controls: knobs, sliders, buttons, transport and more
- 8 Dynamic Pads for finger drumming and MIDI triggering
- Sure-grip Pitch Bend/Modulation Stick
- Expand playability with sustain and expression pedals (available separately)
- USB Bus Powered - no AC adaptor required (AC adaptor is an optional)
- Durable Roland-quality manufacturing and craftsmanship
- Bundled with the Cakewalk Production Plus Pack including three incredible instruments and production software
- Works with any DAW on Mac or PC
- Supports Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard

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- Keyboard: 61 keys (with velocity and channel aftertouch)
- Controllers: Pads: [A1]-[A8]
Buttons: [B1]-[B4], [L1]-[L9]
Knobs: [R1]-[R9]
Sliders: [S1]-[S9]
Foot Pedals: Hold (P1), Expression (P2)
Bender Lever: Bender, Modulation
Keyboard: Aftertouch
[VALUE] knob
- Buttons: [Act] button, [ < ] button, [ > ] button, [Dual] button, [Split] button, [Upper] button, [Lower] button, [Shift] button, [Transpose] button, Octave [-] [+] button
- Display: 16 characters, 2 lines LCD (with backlit)
- Side Panel: [Power] Switch (USB/Off/DC In), [MIDI Merge] Switch (On/Off)
- Connectors: Hold (P1) Pedal Jack: 1/4 inch phone type
Expression (P2) Pedal Jack: 1/4 inch TRS phone type
MIDI Connectors (In, Out), USB Connector
DC IN Jack
- Power Supply: DC 9 V (AC Adaptor) or USB Bus Power
- Current Draw: 300 mA (AC Adaptor or USB Bus Power)
- Accessories: A-PRO CD-ROM, Cakewalk Production Plus Pack DVD-ROM, USB Cable, Owner's Manual, Cakewalk Production Plus Pack installation guide, License agreement
- Options: Pedal Switch: DP-2/DP-10, Expression Pedal: EV-5/EV-7, AC Adaptor (PSB series)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 13 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 13 x 7 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "The BEST keyboard controller action...period!"
Overall: If you are needing a professionally built keyboard controller to drive your midi DAWs or synth modules, then this must be your choice. I tried 2 other big name brands and was very disappointed. The big difference is in the key action and dynamic response. It makes my keyboard samples come alive and gives me full control of my personal dynamics style...in fact...the playability of this keyboard helps inspire my creativity. And now, in this new age of musical electronics, my monster key stack sounds of the '70's and 80's instruments are ALL totally controllable with this ONE keyboard that can totally interface with most any virtual instrument DAW. I usually play for hours on end...and this keyboard never tires my fingers. There are very few companies that have the knowledge to manufacture pro keyboard actions. Roland is at the TOP of the list. You will LOVE having split/dual key layouts, transposition/octave buttons at your fingertips. There are setup templates that talk directly to your DAW or synth modules so you can close the cover of your favorite laptop and have it ALL on physical, fast controls. If you have students/teaching? THIS is the keyboard that will inspire the student with its expressive after-touch features. Yes...I'm very excited. My passion for playing, even at 63 years old (yeah...I still rock out onstage!), brings out the raw musical soul in me. Thanks Roland. You REALLY thought about the pros when you created this design. I highly recommend this product. It will enhance your playability and open a world of new discovery...and that's where YOU want to be, right? ;D
Style of Music: Rock, blues, jazz.
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