Ahead 0f the 2020 NAMM Show, Roland has introduced the A-88MKII MIDI Keyboard Controller, a powerful new 88-note MIDI keyboard controller, designed for studio and stage.
The A-88MKII comes equipped with a weighted-action keyboard, USB-C connectivity, RGB-lit controls, and more. It’s also MIDI 2.0 ready, making it the first Roland instrument to support the new MIDI standard.
And the inclusion of MIDI 2.0 sends a big signal about adoption of the proposed new MIDI 2.0.
The A-88MKII is lightweight, but offers rigid, wooden construction and an 88-note Ivory Feel PHA-4 keyboard. They say that the controller’s high-resolution sensing and lightning-fast response lets the PHA-4 accurately capture the subtlest playing nuances. Users can also personalize the sensitivity for their own unique touch.
Other features include three user-definable zones, an advanced arpeggiator and sophisticated split and layer functions. And Roland’s pitch/mod lever and an array of RGB-lit knobs offer expressive, hands-on control of sounds.
Eight assignable pads are available to control DAW functions, trigger sounds and clips, and more, and pad bank setups can be stored for quick recall. There’s also a dedicated sustain pedal input, plus two assignable control inputs that support expression pedals or footswitches.
USB-C offers single-cable connectivity and eliminates the need for an external power adaptor. And the A-88MKII is ready for the high-resolution control and extended capabilities of MIDI 2.0.
Availability & Pricing
The Roland A-88MKII will be available in March 2020 for $999.99 U.S. Street.\