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Roland AX-09 Lucina 37-Key Synthesizer, Black Sparkle

The keytar is back! This 37-key synth is loaded with 150 incredible sounds, and weighs about 8 pounds. Plug in a USB thumb drive to jam along with your MP3s. (12) Read 6 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Roland AX-09 Lucina Synth Black Sparkle

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Unlock your knees and feel free to roam the studio or the stage with the Roland AX-09 Lucina, a lightweight 37-key synthesizer that serves double duty as a traditional synth (on a keyboard stand) and a keytar. For mobile performances, just attach a strap and go. The option to run the Lucina on AA batteries makes such performances even more appealing -- no power supply cord to trip on! The compact AX-09 Lucina comes with 150 high-quality sounds on board, and expressive controllers to support any performance, so you can turn it on and make music right out of the box. Its built-in audio player enables you to add backing tracks or connect an MP3 or CD player and jam along with your favorite songs.

150 Sounds On Board

Play around with 150 sounds, from wicked synth leads to smooth pads, in a range of styles. Find just the sound you need with the AX-09 Lucina's straightforward Category buttons, and press the Preview button to hear the currently selected sound with a pre-programmed riff. You can assign up to 12 sounds to the Favorites bank for instant, one-button recall, and even store volume and reverb level settings with each favorite.

Your Choice: AC or Battery Power

Perform with this little Roland synth on a stand, plugged in to the wall with the included AC adapter, or strut your stuff across the stage. When you feel like roaming around, pop in eight standard AA batteries (Ni-MH AA rechargeable batteries) to enjoy about four hours of continuous use. A battery-strength indicator will let you know when battery power is getting low.

Built-In Audio Player for Instant Jam Fests

The AX-09 Lucina's onboard audio player enables you to load your favorite songs into the synth and jam along with them. Just put your songs (in MP3, WAV, or AIFF format) on a USB stick, plug it into the AX-09 Lucina's USB port, select the song you want, and press Play.

Hands-On, Expressive Control

Give your music the human touch with expressive controllers like the Roland D Beam, modulation bar, and touch controller. Wave your hands over the invisible D Beam and literally manipulate sounds in thin air. To bend your tone up or down, grab the Modulation Bar and move it accordingly. Further sculpt each sound by tapping or dragging your fingers on the Touch control pad.

Features:

- 37-key portable keytar synthesizer
- Lightweight, compact design for mobile use
- Intuitive user interface is easy to use -- even for kids
- 150 sounds cover a wide stylistic range
- 37-note velocity-sensitive keyboard with 128-voice polyphony
- D Beam controller, modulation bar, and touch controller add expressive flair to sounds
- External-In jack and USB-memory audio player function for jamming to songs in MP3, WAV, or AIFF format
- Runs on AC (adapter included) or battery power (get 4 hours of continuous use per 8 AA battery load)

Power Supply: PSB-1U Power Cord (Included)

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Keyboard: 37 Keys (with velocity)

Sound Generator Section

Maximum Polyphony: 128 Voices

Parts: 1 Part

Tones: 150 Tones (Regular Tones 144, Special Tones: 6)

Audio Player Section (playable formats)
MP3:
- Format: MPEG-1 audio layer 3
- Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
- Bit Rate: 32/40/48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320 kbps, VBR (Variable Bit Rate)

WAV, AIFF:
- Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
- Bit Depth: 8/16/24 -bit

Others
Controllers: D Beam Controller, Modulation Bar, Touch Controller

Connectors:
- OUTPUT Jacks (L (MONO), R) (1/4 inch phone type), PHONES Jack (Stereo mini type), EXT IN Jack (Stereo mini type), FOOT PEDAL Jack (Assignable)
- USB COMPUTER Connector (for USB MIDI), USB MEMORY Slot, MIDI OUT Connector (V-LINK), DC IN jack

Display: 7 segments, 3 characters (LED)

Power Supply:
- AC Adaptor
- Ni-MH AA SIZE Rechargeable Battery x 8
- * Do not use alkaline batteries or zinc-carbon batteries.
- * Batteries sold separately.

Current Draw: 600 mA

Battery Life for Continuous Use:
- Ni-MH Rechargeable batteries: approximately 4 hours
- (This figure will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.)

Accessories
- Owner's Manual, Quick Guide, Tutorial DVD, Strap, Panel Sticker, USB MEMORY Connector Cap, AC adaptor ( PSB-1U (S) )

Options
- Pedal Switch: DP Series, Expression Pedal: EV-5, USB Memory

Size and Weight
Width:
- 832 mm
- 32-13/16 inches

Depth:
- 245 mm
- 9-11/16 inches

Height:
- 95 mm
- 3-3/4 inches

Weight:
- 3.7 kg
- 8 lbs. 3 oz.

Use USB memory sold by Roland. We can not guarantee operation if other products are used.

In the interest of product improvement, the specifications and/or appearance of this unit are subject to change without prior notice.

Power Supply: PSB-1U Power Cord (Included)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black Sparkle
Shipping Weight: 13 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 38 x 13 x 6 in
Pearl White
Shipping Weight: 13 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 39 x 13 x 6 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700

Product Description

Who says keyboardists need to hide behind their gear? Liberate yourself and roam free with the Lucina AX-09 Synthesizer. Lucina is compact, lightweight, and loaded with great sounds, all easily selectable with the onboard Category buttons. Plug in a USB stick and add backing tracks to your performances with the Audio Player function, or plug in an MP3/CD player and jam along with your favorite songs. This ultra-light synth is designed to fit all musicians -- even kids. It's super easy to use yet it packs a heavyweight musical punch with its stellar sounds and expressive controls.

Features

- Stylish, lightweight, compact design
- Easy-to-use, intuitive user interface
- 150 high-quality sounds that cover a wide stylistic range
- 37-note velocity-sensitive keyboard, 128-voice polyphony
- External-In Jack and USB-Memory Audio Player Function
- (You can enjoy playing your favorite songs)
- Runs on AC or battery power

Great Sounds

Lucina is packed with dozens of high-quality sounds that span a wide stylistic range - from scorching synth leads to silk-smooth pads. Find the perfect sound quickly with the Category buttons, and press the Preview button to hear the currently selected sound with a pre-programmed riff. Assign your top 12 sounds to the Favorites bank for instant, one-button recall. Volume and reverb level settings can be stored with each Favorite.

Battery Power

Plug into traditional power with an AC adaptor (included) or roam free with batteries. Jam for hours* with eight standard AA batteries installed (Ni-MH AA rechargeable batteries). A battery-strength indicator lets you know when battery power is getting low so you never miss a note onstage.

Audio Player

The built-in Audio Player feature lets you sound like an entire band. Simply load up a USB stick with your favorite songs in MP3, WAV, or AIFF format, plug it into Lucina's USB port, select the song you want, press Play, and jam along!

Hands-On Control

Put a personal stamp on your performances with the expressive controllers built into Lucina. Wave your hands over the invisible D Beam for dramatic effects, and dig your fingers into the Modulation Bar and Touch control to bend, twist, and sculpt each sound you play.

Power Supply: PSB-1U Power Cord (Included)

*Approximately four hours of continuous use per 8-battery load.
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (12 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "The ultimate battery-operated portable synth!"
Overall: Just wanted a battery-operated rig that I can take to small parties, gatherings & get-togethers. This more than fits the bill! This, along with the Roland KC-110 keyboard amp and Boss RC-30 looper (all battery powered) give me amazing power at my fingertips!!! As for the Lucina AX-09, it has everything I need in terms of sounds/patches! Some sounds are better than others and downright impressive, while others are just so-so. Piano (my forte') is just so-so on this... but for my type of use its acceptable. I actually plug in a damper pedal for use with piano! And while this is an awesome rig for what I just described, the AX-09 doubles as a controller for my soft-synth's... I put it on my desk at work when there's a break, and via MIDI, fire up the DAW and record my musical ideas right away! The keybed action seems better than my old Roland AX-1 but I'm still waiting for the day they come up with hammer-action on Keytar / Shoulder synth! I originally had my eye on the AX-Synth (the bigger brother version of this), but after playing for an hour or more, you start to feel the weight around your neck... sure glad it wasn't the AX-Synth around my neck for an hour as it weighs a lot more than the Lucina AX-09! For a portable Keytar / shoulder synth, the 3 octaves worth of keys does the job! Having the +/- to shift up/down an octave on the fly works well as its in a location that's easy/natural to get to. The handle area that you hold with your non-playing hand has controls near it that the handle makes a bit difficult to get to... but you get used to it. If you have big hands however, it may be a problem. Overall, I'm very happy with the Lucina AX-09. I can't rate support as I never had to deal with Roland support... so its really not fair that its a "required" rating for this review.
Style of Music: New Age, ambient, easy listening, rock, blues, etc.
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Overall: I seldom post reviews as my schedule is very busy, but after spending a day with the Lucina, I feel I owe Roland my gratitude for creating such a great instrument! Right out of the box I knew this was something special; the black sparkle, multi-coat paint job was a surprise, this thing has a deep sparkle and gloss, good enough to keep it stock for live performances. The controls were designed logically and are easy to get to when the Lucina is strapped, the LEDs always show you your settings. The pitch bend and modulation bar feel sturdy, the construction of the unit is far superior to many of my other, more expensive synths. Where the Lucina shines is with the patches/sounds, I was blown away at the great quality, awesome selection, of bread and butter keyboard and synth sounds, so much that I will be using many of its sounds in upcoming studio work. A huge selection of very useable lead synth and lead guitar are included, you will never need an additional sound module with the Lucina! In summary I was pleasantly surprised with this buy, very high quality build, gorgeous multi-layer sparkle paint finish, and a very generous selection of high quality sounds, you can't go wrong here, don't even consider the other keytar in this price range, this is the better buy!
Style of Music: Jazz, classical, progressive rock
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