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Review MIDI keyboard Roland A-500 PRO. Where to buy it?

I’ll tell you how this post is built. First I list the features of the Roland A-500 PRO keyboard. Then you have a video or two, purchase links and useful comments from other users and then you have one of the most useful parts; comparison tables with similar keyboards so you can compare.

  • 49 Velocity sensitive keys with channel aftertouch
  • 8 Illuminated, velocity painful and sensitive pads with hold function
  • 9 Rotary encoders, 9 faders and 13 buttons, all of which are programmable
  • Transport control section
  • Active Controller Technology (ACT)
  • Connectors in the part panel for space-saving installation
  • Powered by USB is possible – no power supply is necessary
  • Windows 7- and Mac OS X Snow Leopard compatible
  • Rubber coated pitch bend (Functionality that changes the sound wave of what you play and then returns to its original state)/modulation stick
  • Connectors for optional sustain- and phrase pedal (The most important pedal of a piano or keyboard is the sustain pedal and is used to keep the note playing even if you stop pressing the key.)s, MIDI in/out with low latency FPT transmission
  • Dimensions: 839 x 251 x 91 mm
  • Weight: 3.8 kg
  • Incl. Software

review roland-a-500-pro

This keyboard usually has a price around 253.00 €

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Some comments from people who come to the forum about this model:

Comment:

This keyboard has lots of features, it might be nearly perfect if…. the pads were not because bad since they are, this really is difficult to drum regularly. Additionally, the application which will be utilized to reprogram the presets and choose communications being midi does not work properly. I have actually contacted Roland support and tried different combinations, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, however the i that is best’ve ever got is always to plan only one fader. The sending of sysex data seems to go ok ( the scheduled system provides no errors) nonetheless it just reprograms one slider. Now I am looking a keyboard that would not be tied to any DAW and might be reprogrammed more reliably (and perhaps not reliant on one program).

Roland A-500 PRO vs Novation Impulse 61

The keyboard Roland A-500 PROis usually 80 € cheaper than Novation Impulse 61.

And then a video of the keyboard

Roland A-500 PRO

Novation Impulse 61

  • 49 Velocity sensitive keys with channel aftertouch
  • 8 Illuminated, velocity painful and sensitive pads with hold function
  • 9 Rotary encoders, 9 faders and 13 buttons, all of which are programmable
  • Transport control section
  • Active Controller Technology (ACT)
  • Connectors in the part panel for space-saving installation
  • Powered by USB is possible – no power supply is necessary
  • Windows 7- and Mac OS X Snow Leopard compatible
  • Rubber coated pitch bend/modulation stick
  • Connectors for optional sustain- and phrase pedals, MIDI in/out with low latency FPT transmission
  • Dimensions: 839 x 251 x 91 mm
  • Weight: 3.8 kg
  • Incl. Software
  • 61 Keys
  • Semi-Weighted with aftertouch
  • complete DAW and plug-in control
  • 8 Backlit drum pads
  • 9 Fader 55 mm
  • 9 Assignable buttons
  • 8 Rotating control knob
  • 6 Transport buttons
  • Pitch and modulation wheel
  • 2 Octave secrets
  • Arpeggiator, beat roll- and clip launch buttons
  • LCD
  • USB port
  • Expression and sustain pedal ports
  • MIDI in/ out
  • Automap control software
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 1022 x 332 x 100 mm
  • body weight: 6.5 kg
  • Including Xcite+ software pack, Ableton Live Lite

And then a video of the keyboardNovation Impulse 61

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Novation Impulse 61 review

Roland A-500 PRO vs Novation Impulse 49

The keyboard Roland A-500 PRO is usually 31 € more expensive than Novation Impulse 49, but the difference is so small that this can vary..

And then a video of the keyboard

Roland A-500 PRO

Novation Impulse 49

  • 49 Velocity sensitive keys with channel aftertouch
  • 8 Illuminated, velocity painful and sensitive pads with hold function
  • 9 Rotary encoders, 9 faders and 13 buttons, all of which are programmable
  • Transport control section
  • Active Controller Technology (ACT)
  • Connectors in the part panel for space-saving installation
  • Powered by USB is possible – no power supply is necessary
  • Windows 7- and Mac OS X Snow Leopard compatible
  • Rubber coated pitch bend/modulation stick
  • Connectors for optional sustain- and phrase pedals, MIDI in/out with low latency FPT transmission
  • Dimensions: 839 x 251 x 91 mm
  • Weight: 3.8 kg
  • Incl. Software
  • 49 Keys
  • Semi-weighted action with aftertouch
  • Comprehensive DAW and plug-in control
  • 8x Backlit drum pads for designing arpeggios, rolling beats and establishing clips
  • 9x 55 mm Faders
  • 9 Mute / Solo buttons
  • 8 Encoders
  • 6 Transport settings
  • Pitch- and modulation wheel
  • 2 Octave / Transpose buttons
  • LCD display
  • USB connector
  • Expression- and sustain pedal connectors
  • MIDI I/O
  • Automap control pc software
  • Dimensions: 846 x 332 x 100 mm
  • body weight: 5 kg
  • Incl. Xcite+ Software Pack, Ableton Live Lite

And then a video of the keyboardNovation Impulse 49

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Novation Impulse 49 review

Roland A-500 PRO vs Novation Launchkey 49 Mk2

The keyboard Roland A-500 PRO is usually 58 € more expensive than Novation Launchkey 49 Mk2.

And then a video of the keyboard

Roland A-500 PRO

Novation Launchkey 49 Mk2

  • 49 Velocity sensitive keys with channel aftertouch
  • 8 Illuminated, velocity painful and sensitive pads with hold function
  • 9 Rotary encoders, 9 faders and 13 buttons, all of which are programmable
  • Transport control section
  • Active Controller Technology (ACT)
  • Connectors in the part panel for space-saving installation
  • Powered by USB is possible – no power supply is necessary
  • Windows 7- and Mac OS X Snow Leopard compatible
  • Rubber coated pitch bend/modulation stick
  • Connectors for optional sustain- and phrase pedals, MIDI in/out with low latency FPT transmission
  • Dimensions: 839 x 251 x 91 mm
  • Weight: 3.8 kg
  • Incl. Software
  • 16 Velocity sensitive multicoloured drum pads with RGB LEDs
  • 2 Drum pad control buttons
  • 8 Knobs
  • 9 Sliders
  • LED show
  • Transport controls
  • Octave / Transpose buttons
  • Pitch- and modulation wheel
  • Backlit mode buttons
  • 8 Mute/Solo buttons
  • Connectors: USB + sustain pedal input
  • Dimensions: 770 x 81 x 270 mm
  • Weight: 3.1 kg
  • Incl. Novation V-Station and Bass facility Software, Loopmasters Sample-Pack and Ableton Live Lite

And then a video of the keyboardNovation Launchkey 49 Mk2

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Novation Launchkey 49 Mk2 review

Roland A-500 PRO vs Nektar Impact LX88+

The keyboard Roland A-500 PRO is usually 4 € more expensive than Nektar Impact LX88+, but the difference is so small that this can vary..

And then a video of the keyboard

Roland A-500 PRO

Nektar Impact LX88+

  • 49 Velocity sensitive keys with channel aftertouch
  • 8 Illuminated, velocity painful and sensitive pads with hold function
  • 9 Rotary encoders, 9 faders and 13 buttons, all of which are programmable
  • Transport control section
  • Active Controller Technology (ACT)
  • Connectors in the part panel for space-saving installation
  • Powered by USB is possible – no power supply is necessary
  • Windows 7- and Mac OS X Snow Leopard compatible
  • Rubber coated pitch bend/modulation stick
  • Connectors for optional sustain- and phrase pedals, MIDI in/out with low latency FPT transmission
  • Dimensions: 839 x 251 x 91 mm
  • Weight: 3.8 kg
  • Incl. Software
  • With 88 velocity-sensitive keys
  • Extensive DAW integration incl. track amount and track choose, area selection and a lot more
  • Adaptations to all common DAWs incl. Logic, Cubase, Studio One, Reason, Bitwig as well as others
  • 9 Fader 30 mm
  • 8 Rotary potentiometers
  • 9 Assignable buttons
  • 6 Transport buttons
  • Octave-switch
  • Transpose-keys
  • Pitch bend & modulation wheels
  • 4 Velocity curves plus 3 fixed velocities selectable
  • 8 Velocity and four-colour illuminated pads with 4 storage space areas for pad mapping and pad learn function
  • Clip and scene switch for clip-based DAWs
  • Advanced transport functions incl. simply click, locator, head to, yet others
  • 5 Storage locations for sets with user-defined parameter projects
  • Class compliant for true plug’n’play
  • USB powered
  • Connections: maintain pedal, USB, Midi away, optional AC adapter (maybe not included)
  • For Profit 7 or later, MAC OSX 10.7 or later
  • Dimensions: approx. 1276 x 279 x 89 mm
  • Weight: approx. 8.2 kg
  • Incl. pc software down load Bitwig 8-track

And then a video of the keyboardNektar Impact LX88+

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Nektar Impact LX88+ review

Where to buy the keyboard Roland A-500 PRO

Thomann

  • Free Shipping.
  • Full warranty. If you have any problems, they take care of everything.
  • 100% reliable payment.
  • Leader in trouble-free shipping.
  • Usually Best price.
  • Best Reputation: They are the leading online store in Europe and have the best catalogue and information.

Amazon

  • Free Shipping and possibility of shipping in one day with Amazon Premium.
  • Full Guarantee but they are no experts in music equipment.
  • Sometimes better price.
  • He’s got worse stock than Thomann.

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