Roland Intros GO:KEYS ScratchX Extension

2018 NAMM Show: Roland has introduced GO:KEYS ScratchX Extension, a computer programing extension that offers a new way for kids to connect their GO:KEYS keyboards with the visual computer programming language Scratch.

ScratchX is a browser-based platform, created at MIT Media Lab, for working with experimental extensions built by developers for the visual programming language Scratch. With the extension, it’s possible to use GO:KEYS as an interactive controller for animation and other content created with ScratchX.

The portable, battery-powered GO:KEYS offers music-making possibilities for those interested in creating their own music but have not learned to play piano notes or chords, or even read music. Its design offers one-touch operation with a “Loop Mix” feature, in which different instrument patterns are assigned to a range of keys on the keyboard.

A simple key-press creates a musical pattern that can be combined with others to create custom grooves, while touch pads enable the sounds to be manipulated in real time.

Bluetooth connectivity to smartphones or tablets lets users play along with music or record songs using music creation apps.

Brian Alli, Roland’s Vice President of Artist Relations and Business Development, offered, “As we’ve explored Scratch, we’ve grown our own appreciation for the natural relationship between learning to code and playing music. We’re excited to showcase the ScratchX Extension and its applications within GO:KEYS at NAMM this year.”

For more information, see the Roland site.

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