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The BK-3 is filled with sounds and rhythms covering an extensive range of music genres from around the world, including Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia. There are over 850 tones and 50 drum kits built in, providing a universe of voices for melody playing and accompaniment. Compatibility with GM2, GS, and XG Lite formats ensures high-quality playback with Standard MIDI Files.
The BK-3 can play a variety of external backing formats from optional USB memory, including WAV and MP3 audio, SMF, and Roland rhythms (BK, E, G, and VA series). Playback tempo and song key can easily be adjusted to suit your vocal range or performing needs, even with audio files. In addition, a Center Cancel function reduces the volume of vocals in commercial WAV/MP3 songs, ideal for karaoke singing and minus-one playing.
A dedicated front-panel button makes it simple to record audio directly to USB memory, allowing you to capture full-ensemble BK-3 performances any time you wish for self-evaluation and sharing with friends and family. Your recordings are saved as CD-quality WAV data, making it easy to transfer them to your computer for burning audio CDs.
Compatibility with Roland Wireless Connect allows BK-3 players to communicate with an Apple iPhone or iPad over a wireless network via the optional WNA1100-RL Wireless USB Adapter. There are a number of fun, free iOS apps available, including Air Recorder for capturing BK-3 audio to your iPhone, and Lyrics Viewer for displaying SMF song lyrics on your iPad. And with Show Your Music, you can create video clips of your music performances and share them on your favorite social networks!
The GW-8 is the next generation of Roland's unique GW-series workstations with intelligent backing-track functionality. With its fresh, contemporary sound-set and expressive musical styles from pop to rock, plus authentic ethnic styles and a multi-format USB Memory Player feature, the GW-8 will bring a world of music to your fingertips. It's especially well suited for "one-man-band" performance. Contemporary music workstation with high-quality 128-voice sound engine derived from Roland's renowned sound-module lineup Wide variety of contemporary sounds and intelligent backing styles, plus additional banks of ethnic sounds and styles from around the world USB Memory Player feature allows direct playback of MP3, WAV, AIFF, and SMF files from USB key; Center Cancel feature for audio files enables karaoke-style sing-along Newly designed graphical display, plus Style Select button, Analog Modify knob, and D BEAM Style Converter and Playlist Editor software included Onboard 16-track sequencer for saving your interactive performances
Flagship Sound Engine with Easy User InterfaceWith Roland's world-leading sound technology at its core, the GW-8 rivals any workstation on the planet with its rich, expressive sound. The GW-8 comes loaded with hundreds of the freshest and most essential sounds culled from Roland's top sound modules. In addition to its authentic sound set, the GW-8 is equipped with many user-friendly control devices, such as the expressive D BEAM and the Analog Modify knob, which instantly adjusts sounds to suit your taste. The GW-8 is perfect for live entertainers who play multiple roles in their performances.
Intelligent Backing Styles The GW-8 is packed with a huge collection of styles, representing a broad range of music genres, from contemporary rock, pop, dance, jazz and beyond. In addition to the excellent library of contemporary sounds and styles, the GW-8 is equipped with ethnic instrument sounds and authentic regional musical styles.* Each backing style has four intros, four main patterns, and four ending progressions for you to craft your own arrangements live.*Style selection may vary from country to country. For details, please inquire your local Roland distributor.
USB Memory Player FeatureOne of Roland's most popular new features is built into the GW-8: the Multi-format Song Player that allows song data to be played directly from USB Flash memory (accepts MP3, WAV, AIFF, and SMF format). In addition, the GW-8's Center Cancel function can minimize main vocals from pre-recorded songs, great for karaoke-style performances or music practice.
Style Converter & Playlist Editor Bundled with each GW-8 is Roland's Style Converter software for PC, which lets you convert your own MIDI data into GW-8 backing styles via commercially available USB Flash memory devices.Also included is the Playlist Editor for customizing the order of songs. Users can easily create a dedicated Playlist for each gig.
Keyboard 61 keys (with velocity) Sound Generator Maximum Polyphony 128 voices Parts 16 parts + Keyboard part Wave Memory 256MB (16-bit linear equivalent) Preset Memory Performances: 128, Tones: 896 + 256 (GM2) + World, Rhythm Sets: 32 + 9 (GM2) + World User Memory Performances: 128, Favorite Performances: 100, Favorite Tones: 100 Effects MFX: Upper and Lower / 78 types, Chorus: 3 types, Reverb: 5 types Backing Track Backing type Style, Song, USB Memory Player Tempo (MIDI) 20 to 250 Style Variations 4 Intro, 4 Main, 4 Ending, 4 Fill In, Sync Start, Stop, One Touch Setting Song (16-track Recorder) 16-track, Rec mode (Mix, Replace), Count in, Punch In-Out, Input Quantize USB Memory Player 999 songs, SMF: format-0/1, Audio File: WAV/AIFF/MP3 Preset Memory Styles: 130 + World User Memory Styles: 100, Songs: 200 Other Controllers D BEAM Controller x 1, Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever x 1, Control Knobs x 2 Display 240 x 64 dots white graphic LCD Connectors Output Jacks (L/MONO, R), Ext Input Jack, Headphones Jack, MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT), Hold Pedal Jack, Control Pedal Jack, USB Connectors: COMPUTER (supports USB MIDI) / MEMORY (supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Flash Memory) Power Supply DC 9 V (AC Adaptor) Current Draw 1,000 mA Accessories Owner's Manual, CD-ROM, (Style Converter 3.0, Playlist Editor), AC Adaptor (PSB-1U), Music Player Pad, USB Memory Protector USB (MIDI) Operating System Windows: XP Home SP2 or later/Windows XP Professional SP2 or later/Windows Vista* This does not work with the 64-bit Edition of Windows Vista. Size and Weight Width 1,045 mm 41-3/16 inches Depth 318 mm 12-9/16 inches Height 102 mm 4-1/16 inches Weight 6.0 kg 13 lbs. 4 oz.
The Roland BK-5 backing keyboard features over 1,100 high-quality, fresh sounds combined with an easy user interface and advanced features.Handles 128 voices simultaneously.