Roland unveils their first MIDI 2.0-ready keyboard

The latest MIDI keyboard controller from Roland features a bunch some exciting things, most importantly MIDI 2.0 functionality for the first time.

Roland have just announced their A-88MKII keyboard at NAMM. The 88 note MIDI keyboard controller will be their very first MIDI 2.0 ready controller for when the new technology launches.

The keyboard will be ready to take advantage of the latest advanced technologies. The soon to launch power of MIDI 2.0 as well as USB-C connections for bus power and single cable connectivity will make for one of their most powerfully connected keyboards yet.

Beyond the A-88MKII’s connective capabilities the keyboard offers some very special features. Roland have undertaken the controller’s construction with care to make it feel like a real instrument. Using robust wood on the keys rather than synthetic materials the weight, sensitivity and responsiveness matches an authentic Roland experience.

The keyboard is capable of layering sounds and instruments with 3 different definable zones. A set of RGB-lit knobs and pads give players extensive control over their playing and sound. There is also a classic pitch/modulation lever so that you can play expressively.

The A-88MKII extends your creative arsenal with three configurable zones, advanced arpeggiator, chord memory, and multipurpose pads that can trigger commands and events, and energise real-time performance. The keyboard can also be customised in-depth using the control app on macOS and Windows.

The A-88MKII keyboard is set to release in March at a price of $999.99. Find where you can buy it here.

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