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-... Read More
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.
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The Roland Ax Synth is a whole lot of fun. The synth lead sounds, guitar sounds and bass are pretty good. The regular keyboard sounds (piano, organ, clav and e. piano) are kind of thin. Just had it one week and haven't had a chance to use sound edit software yet - maybe I can fatten it up. Very easy to play and control. Had to get used to the volume knob (turn it up is counter clockwise????) The main thing that kept my rating down is the limited MIDI controller aspect. As far as I can tell, it will not save MIDI program change numbers to favorites memory. It won't even save MIDI transmit on to favorites memory. I had to permanently lower the volume on an unwanted sound to keep it from playing while I used it as a MIDI controller. Worst of all, it will not transmit MIDI volume. Maybe I can trick the aftertouch knob into sending volume. Understanding after touch on a knob and not on a key is tricky. They could have gone along way with making the MIDI aspects just a little better. But, it does have it's own sounds. Great for taking to open mic night and rehearsals.
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.
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!
I tried this Keytar out over at a Best Buy because no where else phyisically has it yet, (that I know of). So I don't actually own it, I just tried it. In the 10 minutes I had with this thing, I was blown away Immediatly by the amazing tone it had. I currently own a $500 casio 88-key digital piano (which isn't much fun to lug onstage) and so I was immediatly impressed by the pure tone of the Roland Synth sound engine. All the tones that are built in really show off what this thing can do. I am hoping that I can change some using the custom editor though. I didn't exactly have everything that I'm looking for. (A good normal piano tone.) This synth is definatly solo oriented. On that note...In the store they had an m-audio wireless system (I think) hooking the ax up to a roland keyboard amp. This gave me a chance to feel the freedom of a keytar and the ability to run around while playing. I love stealing the attention from our singer and since he plays bass and is glued to a mic stand, and our lead guitarist never moves more than 2ft, this would be a great oppurtunity to have some fun. Currently I only get to run around when I'm not playing the Keyboards but this synth would change all that. All in all...the roland ax-synth is definatly going to be my next board. My casio may work for the studio...but this baby is gunna steal the stage. Just make sure you get a good wireless system. THE KEYBOARDIST WILL ONCE AGAIN BE IMPORTANT!!!
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!