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Cakewalk A-500S MIDI Keyboard Controller  

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    49-key keyboard with 12 velocity curves, side I/O, rotary encoder, real feel and response, and more.

    The inexpensive 49-key Cakeswalk A-500S MIDI Keyboard Controller shares many of the same design elements as the Cakewalk A-PRO series. The Cakewalk A-500S is a perfect controller for anyone making music at home or in a project studio with a computer. The A-500S MIDI controller will also be welcome in academic settings where you desire great sound at low cost, or for live performances and mobile recording applications.

    Make Music with Your Mac or PC
    You have a computer. You have inspiration. Now is the time to start playing and recording your music. The Cakewalk A-500S musical keyboard works perfectly with a wide variety of software on Mac or PC including SONAR, Music Creator, Garage Band, FL Studio, Ableton Live, Sequel, Cubase, Reason, ACID, and others. For Windows customers just getting started, the A-500S MIDI controller includes the Cakewalk Production Plus Pack. Best of all, the Cakewalk A-500S keyboard is easy to set up—if you can plug-in a USB Cable, you will be making music in no time at all.

    Real Keyboard Feel and Response
    With a newly designed key mechanism—taken from Roland's 30 years of synthesizer development—players can control a wide dynamic range with incredible subtlety. The new rounded keys offer superior reaction to your touch and more comfortable glissando, plus enhancements have been made to reduce the Cakewalk A-500S keyboard's already low mechanical noise and to eliminate vertical shake from key strokes. The newly developed pitch bend and modulation design offers you easier and more expressive control. All these features add up to a keyboard MIDI controller that even the most discerning player can appreciate.

    Match Your Playing Style with Selectable Velocity Curves
    Pick from 12 velocity curves to precisely match your playing style. As the Cakewalk A-500S MIDI controller has 4 different velocity curves and 3 kinds of sensitivity (Light, Medium, and Heavy), you can find the combination that perfectly suits you, so you can produce the precise MIDI performance and programming of a true professional. In addition, a Fixed Velocity Mode is provided where the A-500S always outputs a fixed velocity (from 1 to 127), providing practical input for drum and percussion programming in step recording.

    Easy Connection to Computer (and more) with Side Panel Ports
    The Cakewalk A-500S controller cleanly provides connections on the side panel so that you can easily have a computer monitor or laptop in the ideal position behind the keyboard—a must for educational use. All connections are located on the side—USB, MIDI OUT, plus separate Hold and Expression pedal ports.

    3 Digit 7-segment LED and Rotary Encoder
    The Cakewalk A-500S keyboard's MIDI control is provided via a rotary encoder, which is both easier and faster than using the notes for numerical values. Use the knob to set up MIDI channel, Program Change, Control Change, and more, and instantly see the values on the LED. When working with virtual instruments, you can set this knob for quick control of your favorite LFO, Filter, or other controls.

    FPT Low-latency MIDI Transmission
    The Cakewalk A-500S controller offers MIDI Transmission using Roland's proprietary FPT (Fast Processing Technology). You can rely on FPT for stable, high speed, low latency, and low-jitter MIDI transmission. In layman's terms, that means that subtleties of your performance are going to be captured regardless of the music application you are using. And when working with virtual instruments, FPT provides lower latencies to give you the inspiring feel of playing a real instrument.

    Production Plus Pack
    The Production Plus Pack is a powerful suite of music creation software that ships with the Cakewalk A-500S. It includes SONAR 8.5 LE recording software (PC only) and three high-quality and versatile virtual instruments for Mac and PC: Rapture LE, Cakewalk Sound Center, and Studio Instruments Drums.

    3 Power Sources—Play it Anywhere
    No matter what environment you are in, you'll be able to use the Cakewalk A-500S keyboard controller because it offers the flexibility of 3 separate power sources: USB bus power, batteries, or AC Adapter. The Cakewalk A-500S works with USB-Bus power. No power supply is required when connecting via USB cable. The Cakewalk A-500S MIDI keyboard controller can also be powered via batteries (AA type x 4) or by an AC adaptor. 3 choices of power for any situation. Batteries and AC adaptor (BOSS PSA Series) are sold separately.

    Features

    • 49-note, velocity-sensitive, standard keyboard
    • Quality feel & response for serious players
    • Match your playing style with 12 velocity curves & fixed velocity mode
    • Sure grip, rubber-coated Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever
    • Rotary encoder and 3 digit 7-segment LED Display
    • Octave buttons
    • Expand playability by adding sustain and expression Pedals (sold separately)
    • Side panel connections for streamlined routing
    • MIDI Out port with low latency FPT transmission
    • Choose your power: USB Bus/AA Battery/AC (sold separately)
    • Ready to play with 3 included virtual instruments
    • Works with any DAW on Mac or PC

    Compact, portable, and oh so affordable. Order your A-500S today!

     

    A-500S MIDI Keyboard Controller Specifications:

    • Keyboard:
    • 49 keys (with velocity)
    • Controllers:
    • MIDI Channel Button
    • Program Change Button
    • Octave Shift Button (+/-)
    • Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever
    • Value Knob
    • Display:
    • 7 segments, 3 characters (LED)
    • Side Panel:
    • Power Switch (USB/OFF/DC)
    • Advanced Driver Switch (ON/OFF)
    • Connectors:
    • Hold Pedal Jack
    • Expression Pedal Jack
    • MIDI OUT Connector
    • USB Connector
    • DC IN Jack
    • Power Supply:
    • USB Bus Power
    • DC 9V (AC Adaptor)
    • Dry battery LR6 (AA) type (alkaline) x 4
    • Current Draw: 150 mA
    • Dimensions (WxDxH): 833mm x 183.8mm x 84mm, 32-13/16" x 7-1/4" x 3-5/16"
    • Weight: 2.7kg / 6lb.
    • System Requirements:
    • Windows:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP SP2 or later
    • Computer: Windows-compatible computer equipped with a USB 1.1 port
    • CPU: Intel-compatible Processors 1GHz or higher
    • Memory: 512MB or higher
    • Hard Disk: 100MB or more free space
    • Note: This product does not support Windows XP Media Center Edition or XP Professional x64.
    • Macintosh
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.4 or later
    • Computer: Apple Macintosh series with on-board USB port
    • CPU: Intel Processor or PowerPC G4 1GHz or higher
    • Memory: 512MB or higher
    • Hard Disk: 100MB or more free space
    • Production Plus Pack 3
    • Windows:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP SP2 or later
    • CPU: Intel-compatible Processor 2GHz (3GHz or higher recommended)
    • Memory:1GB (2GB or higher recommended)
    • Hard Disk: 8GB or more free space (EIDE /Ultra DMA 7200 RPM or SATA recommended)
    • Hardware: WDM or ASIO compatible audio interface, DVD-ROM drive for installation
    • Macintosh:
    • CPU(Clock): Intel Core Duo processor
    • Memory: 1GB or higher (2GB or higher recommended)
    • Hard Disk: 6GB or more of free space, EIDE / Ultra DMA (7200RPM or SATA recommended)
    • Hardware: Core Audio compatible Audio Interface, DVD-ROM Drive for installation
    • Note: This product does not support MacIntosh computers running Microsoft Windows
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    CakewalkA-500S MIDI Keyboard Controller
     
    4.5

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    5.0

    Great Midi Controller

    By Kelly Perkins

    from Tyler, TX

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Project Studio

      Comments about Cakewalk A-500S MIDI Keyboard Controller:

      A great bargain!

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      4.0

      Great for the price

      By David Gresty

      from Littleton, CO

      Comments about Cakewalk A-500S MIDI Keyboard Controller:

      I have been playing keyboards off and on for years, this is my first MIDI Controller. IA important fiactor in deciding on the A500S was the great experience that I had with other Roland products.After comparing the features of the competition, I feel that this is a great value.

      The A500S is very simple to set up and Roland provides some great software with this.

      From my perspective as a person in the IT world, the documentation that came with is could have been better written. There wasn't a "Quick Start" guide and it would have been nice to have.
      I have been playing keyboards off and on for years, this is my first MIDI Controller. A important factor in deciding on the A500S was the great experience that I had with other Roland products.After comparing the features of the competition, I feel that this is a great value.

      The A500S is very simple to set up and Roland provides some great software with this.

      I can't really can't offer an opinion on all of the features. One thing I can say is that this is a feature packed product BUT the documentation that came with does a poor job of explaining the capabilities that the A500 has.

      From my perspetive, it will be a steep learning curve to fully utilize the A500.
      The keyboard on the A500S is great for the price The keys are velocity sensitive as well. Roland also provides a "quality" look and feel to the A500.
      The A500s is a great value and it is a great foundation to build my skills.

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