Roland AX-Synth Black Sparkle Keytar Now Available – In November!

Roland AX-Synth Black Sparkle Keytar

Roland announced today that its AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer is “now available in a premium black sparkle finish.”

Except that they also say that the Black Sparkle keytar is “expected to be available in November with an MSRP of $1,449.00.”

Get ready to rule the stage now!

In November!

Details on the Roland AX-Synth Black Sparkle below.

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The AX-09 Project (Don’t Try This At Home!)

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This video, by Jan Vogles, takes a fun look at the new Roland AX-09 keyboard synthesizer. Don’t try this at home!

“I made this video with my friends at work,” says Vogles. “Yes, we actually sacrificed a real AX-09 by taking it for a swim. But it looks really cool.”

Sounds like a good day at work, doesn’t it?

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Hotel California Ax-Kicking Keytar Solo

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Here’s a little something for the keytar lovers out there – a Roland Ax-Synth shoulder synthesizer take on the solo from the Eagle’s Hotel California.

This solo probably could have benefited from some synthesizer face – but kicks enough Ax to join our venerable Sunday Synth Jam collection.

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The 10 Coolest Keyboards & Synthesizers Of 2009

2009 has been a great year for electronic music gear and software. Never before have you been able to get so much power for so little money.

The year has seen an explosion of free music software, cool new MIDI Controllers, updates to popular software sequencers and the introduction of Propellerhead Record, the rise of iPhone music software and some great new virtual instruments.

While 2009 was a great year for digital music, it was an incredible year for keyboards and synths.

Here’s our take on the 10 coolest keyboards and synths from 2009, in no particular order: Continue reading

Roland AX-Synth “Shoulder Synthesizer” (Keytar) Now Available

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The new Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer (aka keytar) is now available.

AX-Synth Features:

  • Built-in sound engine with voices from Roland’s latest synthesizers.
  • Ribbon controller, D Beam, modulation bar, knobs, and easy-to-see display for stage.
  • USB MIDI for easy connection to PC.
  • Dedicated V-LINK button for video/visual control.
  • Innovative bender mode for expressive solos.
  • Long battery operation (approx. 6 hours).

The AX-Synth is now shipping with an MSRP of $1,349 USD.

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AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer at NAMM 09

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AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer at NAMM 09

This is Roland’s official NAMM video for the Roland Ax-Synth (don’t call it a keytar!)

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The AX-Synth represents Roland’s new generation of remote keyboards, but for the first time, this one has a sound generator onboard. Its self-contained and equipped with powerful, solo-oriented sounds from Rolands latest synths.