19 thoughts on “Roland AX Synth

  1. “Keytar” is a trademark for another shoulder keyboard controller (no sounds) made by some small company. That is why Roland doesn’t call it a “keytar”.

  2. Cripes, that thing is huge. I was hoping for something like the supercool black AX-1 with revised features and usability.

    “We have been looking forward to bringing back the AX-Series in style, and the AX-Synth is it,” says Vince LaDuca, Product Marketing Manager.

    Yes, we have. And this is it? Oh, dear. Have to wait for the next version, then.

  3. If they couldn't sell the AX-7 at $500 why would they think that making it twice as expensive and incorporating an onboard synth that I know I don't want would be attractive. I expect that this will be a flop and that it will scare away anyone from making a more suitable version of this kind of keyboard.

    I keep bugging Novation to make one of these things.

    And the word keytar is a pejorative to me.

  4. I agree. Way too big. WAY WAY WAY too big. And I have always hated Roland's sounds so there's a feature (which added to it's girth) that I don't want to pay for.

    AX-7 – yes.

    This thing… NO friggin way.

    PASS

  5. Don't look that bad if you ask me. I haven't tried it, so I'll wait and judge upon receiving it.
    And keep in mind, if it becomes a flop, I doubt the AX-1/AX-7 prices will sink, rather skyrocket… And if it becomes a hit, the AX-7 prices might sink, but then you may consider buying it? 🙂
    Me, I look forward to it

  6. I have tried it out and it feels fabulous. The weight is in the left hand if your right handed and as I said to the salesman in Billy Hyde, I'd just need to strengthen my left arm a little more to support the weight. I am a chick btw… but I'm also quite tall… just over 6'. The guys said it looked cool and it felt VERY cool. To me it means I can have heaps more freedom on stage and a better relationship with the audience as there isn't that locked in feeling from behind a keyboard. And to those who complain about price? Are you serious musicians or just here to make weird noises? Sure its around 2 Grand, but the opportunities it will abound me are absolutely unlimited… *jumps in the air and clicks heels*

  7. I have the AX-1 and just got the Ax Synth. It's sounds great with very rich with deep tone presets. I think the buttons on the back of the neck are to deep for easy access. It takes a bit more effort to use the pitch ribbon than that of the AX-1 due to the thick neck and the D-beam is a bit tough to get to while playing and using the expression bar/pitch ribbon (wish it was closer to the ribbon). It would be nice if the preset buttons were below the keys (next to your body to access with your thumb for quicker access without bending over or flipping the keyboard up just to see and read the labels). Last but not least, i wish they would have come out with color options right from the start! I prefer it in black like the prototype they gave to Jean Michel Jarre that created a hugh request for black in Japan. I may just return the white one and wait! It's just not cool.

  8. Hey, i have had the AX-7 for years. I just ordered the Ax-Synth for $1199. plus a wireless X2 Line 6. They can't keep these in stock at Sweetwater – I heard the sounds in a demo and this baby kicks ass. I'll still use my AX7 for my Moog Voyager, but this unit opens up a whole new world.

  9. Hey, i have had the AX-7 for years. I just ordered the Ax-Synth for $1199. plus a wireless X2 Line 6. They can't keep these in stock at Sweetwater – I heard the sounds in a demo and this baby kicks ass. I'll still use my AX7 for my Moog Voyager, but this unit opens up a whole new world.

  10. I own a Korg X-50 synth, and love it, but this thing is amazing. I'm greatly considering buying one after I sell my next game. I would love to hang down on the waterfront with a battery powered amp and one of these, it would be a blast.

  11. I own a Korg X-50 synth, and love it, but this thing is amazing. I'm greatly considering buying one after I sell my next game. I would love to hang down on the waterfront with a battery powered amp and one of these, it would be a blast.

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