Roland debuts AX-Edge Keytar and JUNO-DS76 Synthesizer

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Roland has introduced the AX-Edge Keytar, a performance synthesizer designed to be played in a standing position with a shoulder strap.

Building on decades of refinement and input from artists around the world, the AX-Edge features 49 full-sized keys and a professional sound set crafted specifically for keytarists. It also offers a sleek, modern design with the unique ability to interchange Edge Blades and customize the instrument’s look.

Compact and battery operated, the AX-Edge is a powerful mobile instrument that enables performing keyboardists to take center stage and put their music in the spotlight.

Roland AX-Edge

The AX-Edge delivers a striking presence that makes any live player stand out. Models are available in black or white finishes, and the black model features an all-black keyboard for a dark, sophisticated appearance. Each AX-Edge model comes with an extra Edge Blade in the box (a silver Edge Blade for the black model and a gold Edge Blade for the white), allowing the player to create a fresh look that complements their personal performance style.

Inside the AX-Edge is a carefully curated sound set driven by Roland’s latest sound technologies. Optimized for stage performance, the sounds are designed to cut through even in loud bands. Dedicated buttons provide instant access to edgy leads, fat basses, and all types of sounds perfect for the performing keytarist, whether it’s taking solos or sharing the limelight with bandmates.

Users can customize sounds by wirelessly connecting to the AX-Edge editor app with Bluetooth® MIDI. Splits and layers take full advantage of the expansive, full-sized keyboard, and there’s wealth of stunning effects that provide polished, studio-quality tone in any venue. And thanks to the Tone Remain function, players can switch sounds seamlessly without notes or effect tails being cut off prematurely.

With its highly intuitive neck controls, the AX-Edge offers maximum expression for taking performances to new levels. There’s a modulation bar and pressure-sensitive pitch ribbon, easy-to-reach portamento, hold, octave, and program change buttons, and an array of assignable controls that can be tailored to any performance style.

Gigging keyboard players need to cover lots of different sounds and parts, and often have to function as the backbone of the entire act. The AX-Edge is filled with thoughtful stage features, including an innovative dual display system, arpeggiator, and onboard song player for handling backing duties. There’s even a built-in vocoder, which can be layered with internal sounds to create unique backing vocals or funky, retro lead parts.

When powered with rechargeable Ni-MH batteries, the AX-Edge provides up to four full hours of mobile playing time. The instrument can also be powered via an AC adaptor.

JUNO-DS76

Roland has also announced the latest addition to the popular JUNO-DS synthesizer lineup.

Like all JUNO-DS models, the JUNO-DS76 features a lightweight design for easy travel, a wide variety of professional sounds for covering any music genre, and support for mobile performing with battery operation.

Equipped with a 76-note synth-action keyboard, the JUNO-DS76 is an ideal choice for players who want to expand their musical range with multiple sounds split across the keyboard.

Roland AX-Edge white
Roland JUNO DS-76 stand

Perfect for ambitious new bands, the JUNO-DS series offers next-generation instruments that are ultra-portable and easy to operate. Light-yet-durable construction and streamlined operation make the instruments simple to load in and set up, allowing users to focus on their musical performances without distraction. Filled with flexible features like ready-to-play sounds, onboard pads for audio playback, a pattern sequencer for creating original songs, and numerous others, the JUNO-DS enables players to take on every creative scenario.

For keyboardists who mostly play organ, synth, and other sounds, the 76-note keyboard on the JUNO-DS76 provides increased playing comfort when different sounds are assigned to the upper and lower note ranges. The keys are also a little longer than a standard synth keyboard, offering a playing feel that’s smooth and consistent no matter where the key is pressed. And with a weight of just 15.25 lb./6.9 kg, the JUNO-DS76 is much more portable than typical 76-note synths.

The new JUNO-DS76 joins the two existing models in the JUNO-DS lineup. With its 61-note synth-action keyboard, the JUNO-DS61 packs all the powerful JUNO-DS features into an easy-to-carry instrument for busy players on the move. Equipped with 88 weighted keys, the JUNO-DS88 is a great option for both piano-based pros and serious piano students.

Roland’s Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with progressive hammer action provides high-end touch and playability for the expressive JUNO-DS piano sounds while keeping the instrument light and easy to carry.

More information: Roland

Roland JUNO DS-76

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