Friday, January 16, 2009

NAMM 2009: The Keytar Back with Roland’s AX-7

For all those musicians out there who have guitar envy and were curshed by the discontinuation of the original keytar a couple of years ago, you can rest easy. You head banging wannabe days are back with Roland’s announcement of the new AX-7 Midi keyboard controller.

The new controller features all the standards you expect from a keytar, but also features some improvements such as D-Beam controlling (so you can double up on your geekiness) and GM2/GS compatibility.  Full features below


  • Stage-oriented shoulder keyboard in attractive pearl white body
  • 45-note velocity-sensitive keyboard-perfect for solos and bass lines
  • Intuitive operation via new 7-segment LED display
  • 5 realtime controller s: Data Entry knob, Touch Controller, Expression Bar, Hold button and light-sensing D Beam
  • 128 patches with data backup via MIDI
  • 2 MIDI zones for independent control of Upper/Lower parts
  • GM2/GS Compatible
  • Battery or AC powered

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