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Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard
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      Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard (580412)
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Bringing back the portability and fun of the Keytar with modern controls and features.

Pick up the Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer when it's time to escape the keyboard rig and rock the stage. This Roland keyboard synth has a sound generator onboard. A stylish take on the over-the-shoulder Keytar popular in the early 80s, the AX-Synth represents Roland's new generation of remote keyboards.

The AX-Synth is a self-contained keyboard equipped with powerful, solo-oriented sounds from Roland's current synths. It includes a dedicated V-LINK for video/visual control, USB MIDI for easy connection to your PC, an innovative bender mode for expressive solos. The Roland AX-Synth keyboard should last approximately 6 hours with a fresh set of batteries. With 256 tones plus 8 special tones (including SuperNATURAL), 128-note polyphony, and D-Beam, Ribbon Touch, and a Modulation Bar, you've got a lot of musical options hanging around your neck, So strap on a Roland AX-Synth keyboard synthesizer and steal the show.

Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard Features:

  • 49 keys with velocity
    256 Tones + 8 Special Tones (including SuperNATURAL)
    3x7 segment LED display
    Built-in sound engine with voices from Roland's modern synthesizers
    Ribbon controller, D-Beam, modulation bar, knobs, and easy-to-see display for stage
    USB MIDI for easy connection to PC
    Dedicated V-LINK button for video/visual control
    Innovative bender mode for expressive solos
    Long battery operation (approx. 6 hours — batteries not included.)


Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard Specifications:

  • Controllers: D-Beam, Ribbon Touch, Modulation Bar, Volume Knob Controller, Aftertouch Knob Controller, Portamento On/Off, Hold button On/Off, Bender Mode: Normal/Catch+Last
    Connectors: Output Jacks - 2 x 1/4" phone type (L/MONO, R), Headphones (Stereo 1/4" phone type), Foot Pedal, USB connector (USB MIDI), MIDI connector (IN/OUT), AC Adaptor


Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard Includes:

    8 x Ni-MH rechargeable batteries, shoulder strap, AC-adaptor (PSB-1U)
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  • Great Keytar!

    As reviewed by Arthur on 6/6/2010

    I have had the Roland AX Synth for a few months now and I must say: I LOVE IT! It is a beautiful instrument with amazing on-board sounds. With enough creativity you can make anything happen with the AX Synth, even tapping solos using the pitch bend ribbon. This has been an amazing addition to my band. We keyboardists are usually left off to the side, generally immobile due to the instrument we play. This allowed me to leave the corner and be just as obnoxious as our bassist. I highly recommend this for any musician. The versatility of the Roland AX synth is massive. I can see this being used from metal down to new-age.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
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  • My AX

    As reviewed by Joe on 1/6/2010

    GREAT LEAD TONES and SO much fun to play. I have always wanted a Keytar and have always been hesitant because the tones were either non existent or just bad. This is a great fun board!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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  • Keyboardists, cut the leash!

    As reviewed by Bruce on 9/12/2009

    Got mine last week. I LOVE IT. I already have two AX-1s for my Muse Reseach Receptor so I was not sure I really needed yet another sound source or a third keytar (I think 'shoulder synth' is a stupid descriptor), but after a few mins of playing the new AX, I have no regrets! Onboard are excellent, like having a Fantom-based keytar! Many sounds are very usable (for me at least) without using the USB~PC/Mac editor. Keyboard play is smooth and the extra keys and starting note range is a welcome change over the AX1/AX7. Grip section is chunkier than the AX1/AX7 and it makes using the D-Beam and selection buttons somwehat difficult. Ribbon controller is textured and for me required some getting used to as I was expecting similar touch/feel to the smooth AX1/AX7 ribbon. Blue LEDs are a nice touch. Behind-the-grip controls (porta/bender/hold) are recessed and require practice to use without looking, but the added features (porta and bender) make things very interesting, especially when playing the on-board guitar sounds (bank:patch 4:1~4:8). D-Beam eats batteries (but the user manual warns about this). Would be nice if the AC-Adapter could be used to charge NiCad's or a Li-Ion battery pack in the keyboard so removing them would be un-necessary. Battery compartment is VERY snug, don't see any chance for loose batteries to mess things up mid-solo! I really appreciate the thoughful neck-strap placement options, but I really wish that Roland spent $12 extra dollars and used Dunlop or Schaller strap-locks instead of standard strap buttons. I don't know who started the rumor on the WWW, but this keyboard does not have a built-in wireless "anything" - you have to get that yourself - go with the M-Audio or MidiJet wireless MIDI and find a decent wireless guitar system to plug-into... cut that leash entirely! This keyboard is not for everyone, especially if you're shy - it begs to be used in-front with the lead guitar player, stealing licks and upstaging the rest of the band. Definitely worth the price!

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful.
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