Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard 886830112058

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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.

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
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
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RolandAX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard
 
4.7

(based on 10 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Keyboardists, cut the leash!

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...Read complete review

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!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fun, but limited

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)...Read complete review

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.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Roland AX

By Spyder

from California

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Pros

  • Portable
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music
    • MIDI
    • Travel

    Comments about Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard:

    This is a very cool keyboard. Light weight and yet effective. A lot of features.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Crowd Pleaser

    By JDtuner

    from Baltimore, MD

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard:

      Sometimes I play small venues that prohibit using any part of my normal rig, a Hammond XK3c and either a Motif ES88 or a Roland 700NX. I was using a Yamaha P95, but even that was a bit large. Now, the AX-Synth allows me to take the same footprint as the guitarist with better and more sounds than the P95. I am still tweaking the tones and finding which tones work best in a live music environment, so I am expecting the sound to improve, but it is still quite good.

      Another great attribute is that people love the way it looks and seem to take a greater interest in what I am playing since they can now see my fingers.

      I use a Line 6 G30 wireless, which works well. It is a great addition to my boards.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      New and Improved.......but,

      By Craig Motley

      from Virginia

      Comments about Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard:

      Overall it's a good solid keyboard. Like the new feel and the new features, octave +/-, Mutiple note bend functions, portamento button, the blue lights, etc. If it had the MIDI capabilites of the AX-7 it would be the worlds greatest Keytar.
      I recently purchased the AX-Synth and I have enjoyed using it, the on board sounds are good and there are some improvements over the AX-7 models............but, don't throw out the AX-7 yet. I wanted the AX-synth as a lightweight keyboard that could be used for practice sessions and other avenues that would require minimum setup, not even a stand. The advantage of this synth is the on board sounds so you can plug directly into an amp and start playing, as opposed to the AX-7 with only MIDI controller capabilities where you have to have a sound module. But, if you need a lot of MIDI programming options, the AX-Synth may come up short. The AX-synth would not substitute into my setup because of the inability to designate MIDI program bank and patch changes. It will only transmit MIDI program changes that are pre-programmed, and they are not editable. If you want to call up presets using the AX-Synth itself, you may be out of luck. Other than that, it's a good keyboard.
      Solid built keyboard
      A bit pricey for what you get.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Surprisingly professional keytar

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard:

      I?ve had mine for a month now and am extremely surprised over the quality of not only the sound but also the build, I find it sturdy and made very durable plastic, they?ve also included rubber feet on the back so as not to scratch the instrument when setting it down. The sounds are also crystal clear and can be used in a variety of styles and can be easily edited with the included synth editor. Its soloing capabilities are endless with the 64 synth leads and the addition of the D beam and portemanto effect is welcome (the fat grip isn?t that much drawback and I find all the effects easily accessible regardless of my small hands). The single fact that it?s a keytar usually detracts professional keyboardists from purchasing it, but it?s surprisingly professional and practically all its sounds can be used in a recording room or live without any editing needed, and doesn?t look half bad either. The only drawback I have are the fact that its serial number is a sticker and rubs off against your body when playing, I would suggest putting clear tape over it before playing.

      (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Fun, but limited

      By Joe Garnier

      from St. Louis, MO

      Comments about Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard:

      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.

      (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Keytar!

      By Arthur

      from Chicago

      Comments about Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard:

      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.

      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My AX

      By Joe

      from Columbus, Ohio

      Comments about Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard:

      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!

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Keyboardists, cut the leash

      By brucegeller

      from Las Vegas, NV

      Comments about Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard:

      Got mine in August. 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 recharge AA batteries 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!

      (13 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Keytar

      By Nick

      from Chicago, IL

      Comments about Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard:

      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!!!

      (27 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Keyboardists, cut the leash!

      By Bruce

      from Las Vegas, NV

      Comments about Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard:

      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!

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