Prelude(TM) represents Roland's next generation of home-entertainment keyboards, featuring high-quality sounds and musical styles, built-in amplification, and an affordable price. Prelude is portable, and packed with an impressive library of contemporary sounds and authentic ethnic styles. Read more here...
The GW8 is the next generation of Roland's unique GW-Series workstations with intelligent backing-track functionality. With its fresh, contemporary sound-set and expressive interactive musical styles from pop to rock, plus authentic ethnic styles and a multi-format USB Memory Player feature, the GW8 will bring a world of music to your fingertips. It's especially well-suited for "one-man-band" performance. Read more here...
Roland Music Keyboard Reviews
At the entry level, Roland may not have a wide range of electronic keyboards compared to Yamaha or Casio, but then Roland keyboards have very high quality sounds/styles.
Besides, it has superior models that can be used for both playing as well as composing.
It offers you a variety of music styles, including Western, Middle Eastern, and Asian cultures. In addition, they have some amazing synth sounds.
Roland arranger keyboard sounds are of extremely high quality, be it cutting edge or normal acoustic instruments like the Piano, Guitar and strings.
Amazing Sounds Almost all the Roland keyboards have their trademark high quality sound irrespective of the price of the keyboard. Be it the cutting edge sounds or acoustic ones like the string section, drums, guitars or the piano, the samples that have been used are of top quality.
World Music/Styles A Roland arranger keyboard scores over its competitors in this area as they offer a wide range of ethnic sounds and music styles, including Western, Middle Eastern, and Asian cultures.
With a global array of musical accompaniments under your fingertips, you are never going to fall short of ideas to create any kind of music on your roland arranger keyboard.
Easy-to-Use Interface Though, all the instruments are packed with a lot of features, it is very easy to access them. Knobs and sliders have been provided for easy access to things when needed.
Controllers like the data wheel, D beam, and pitch/mod levers have been provided for modulating your sounds on the fly.
Even the LCD screens are large enough to show a lot of relevant information.
16-Track Sequencer Most of the models have a 16-Track Sequencer which can help you to start recording your own stuff.
If you are a teacher, you can even record a difficult piece and then your student can use it as a reference guide. The student can play it back at a lower tempo to understand it. He can even repeat difficult sections by use the marker/repeat function.
Professional Mix In the higher models, you can find lot of studio effects, mastering tools and additional vocal tracks which you can use to record vocal parts like the guitar or pure vocals.
It will provide you all the tools to make that professional sounding mix using just your keyboard.
Computer friendly To make communication with a PC easier, USB ports have been provided in most of the models.
You can use a software sequencer like Sonar or Cubase for your recording, though the Fantom-X and the JUNO series can be used by itself to create complete songs from start to finish.
You can even send and receive AIFF/Wav files which can use in your recordings.