The Roland A-500 Pro features 49 velocity-sensitive keys for natural and fluid playability. It also boasts a massive amount of hands on control. Knobs, sliders, buttons and dynamic pads make up just some of the 45 assignable controls. From studio to the stage, the A-500 is perfect for everything from music production to live performances.
The A-500 Pro features Roland’s custom FPT (Fast Processing Technology) providing high-speed and low latency MIDI transmission. This is highly useful when it comes to music production, reacting in near real-time for the feel of a real instrument. Additionally, the A-500 comes complete with Ableton Live Lite music software to get you started straight out of the box.
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The A-500 Pro is the perfect choice for musicians on the move. The portable size and feature-filled design is perfect for music producers and live performers alike. The 49 velocity-sensitive keys with channel aftertouch provides fluid playability, reacting with the familiar feel of a real instrument. The superior key design is thanks to 30 years of research and development from Roland. The result is a premium-grade keybed that provides increased sensitivity and expressive dynamics for your performance.
The keybed has been constructed with the utmost precision, with enhancements made to eliminate vertical shake and the minimisation of mechanical noise for the best possible feel and sound. You can even change the velocity curves to fine-tune the A-500 Pro to cater to your own personal playing style. No matter the playing style or skill level, the A-500 Pro will surely impress you with its regal look and feel.
Gets hands-on with your music. With 45 assignable controls in total, the A-500 Pro puts you in the driving seat, providing maximum control at every point. The controls are comprised of 9 knobs, 9 sliders, 4 buttons and a dedicated Transport section. Assignable controls mean you can pick a parameter and assign it to a function within your selected DAW. For example your could assign one of the 9 knobs to control the LFO on a virtual synth instrument and control the rate of the LFO for live sound manipulation.
Other controls include the sure-grip, rubber-coated Pitch Bend/Modulation stick. This protruding stick control is perfect for manipulating pitch and modulation. For example, you could play a synth lead and use the pitch bend control to make quick de-tunes between notes, reminiscent of 80s style synth lines.
Take your customisation even further with the A-500 Pro Editor. This custom program allows you to customise the keyboard for use with your favourite synth or DAW. Using the control map within the editor you can map selected controls and buttons to different parameters within your selected synth or music software. If your DAW has ACT (Active Controller Technology) the parameters will auto-map for added convenience.
Trigger samples and sounds on the fly. The eight integrated dynamic pads are perfect for finger-drumming and triggering samples. Dynamic pads are well known for inspiring creativity when it comes to cutting up samples and triggering drum sounds. You can use them for multiple applications, from triggering samples within your favourite DAW or for use within a digital sampler or virtual instruments, for flexible control.
The ergonomic design of the A-500 Pro places major connections on the side of the unit for quick and easy access. This allows you to easily swap between cables and get setup within seconds. It also provides space for other gear at the rear of the keyboard, such as computer monitors or a laptop. The side of the keyboard features USB, MIDI IN/OUT, Hold and Expression pedals connections.
To get you started straight out of the box, the Roland A-500 Pro comes complete with a copy of Ableton Live Lite. Ableton is an award-winning digital audio workstation that can be used to compose, edit, arrange and mix music. The intuitive layout and wide range of onboard effects and sounds makes it perfect for creating music. Ableton Live Lite is streamlined version of the full software, offering all the major controls you could need to get started.