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Roland A-88 MIDI Keyboard Controller

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The Roland A-88 features 88 pro-quality weighted keys that sets a new standard for streamlined, portable MIDI controllers. Its Ivory Feel-G weighted ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Full-sized, pro-quality 88-key MIDI controller.

The Roland A-88 features 88 pro-quality weighted keys that sets a new standard for streamlined, portable MIDI controllers. Its Ivory Feel-G weighted keyboard - a trusted asset found on high-end Roland workstations and digital pianos - brings a new level of grand piano luxury to the portable MIDI controller market. But even with its premium keyboard, the A-88 remains slim, compact, and easy to transport. For players looking for great weighted-keyboard action in a portable package, the A-88 is the best MIDI controller available.

Featuring Roland's acclaimed Progressive Hammer Action design with Escapement, the A-88's Ivory Feel-G keyboard provides the functions, appearance, and texture of keyboards found on our flagship pianos. It's equipped with advanced sensor technology, and the white keys feature a comfortable, moisture-absorbent surface that feels like real ivory.

The A-88 is the perfect MIDI keyboard to get the most out of your software-based pianos, soft synths, and sound modules. It provides clean connections via its recessed rear panel so you can place a computer monitor or laptop in the perfect position for creating music. USB bus-powered operation allows for a clean, simple setup, while the two knobs, two switches, and D-BEAM controller are all easily accessible and intelligently arranged to make your workflow fast and fluid. Other settings can be accessed via the Function button, which lets you use the keys to perform additional tasks printed above the keyboard.

If you're looking for grand piano action without the weight and bulk, look no further than the A-88. The elegant Ivory Feel-G keyboard plays like a true grand, with superb action and natural resistance-gradation from the low to high keys. For quick control over your external instruments, the A-88's dedicated Dual and Split buttons let you instantly access layers and zones. You can also map the A-88's controllers automatically to SuperNATURAL instruments such as the INTEGRA-7 sound module or JUPITER-80 and JUPITER-50 synthesizers.

As iPad music apps continue to evolve and improve, you'll want a pro-quality keyboard to play them. Connect the A-88 to your iPad and play your favorite music apps that support Core MIDI.

Premium 88-key Ivory Feel-G keyboard
Lightweight and compact design
Easy to use
Two knobs, two switches, and D-BEAM controller
Dual and Split keyboard functions
USB bus powered (also supports AC power)
Bundled with Cakewalk SONAR LE software

Order the A-88 and have full-range access to your favorite soft synths.

88 keys (Ivory Feel-G keyboard with Escapement)
Buttons: S1, S2 (Assignable) Knobs: C1, C2 (Assignable) Foot Pedals: DAMPER, FC1, FC2 Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever D-BEAM Controller
[Function] button [SuperNATURAL] button [Octave +/-] buttons [Transpose] button [DUAL/SPLIT] button [UPPER] button [LOWER] button
[POWER] Switch [POWER SOURCE] Switch
Power Indicator LED Octave Indicator LED
DAMPER Pedal jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type FC1, FC2 Pedal jacks: 1/4-inch TRS phone type MIDI OUT connector USB COMPUTER port (USB Type B) DC IN jack
Power Supply
AC adaptor Supplied from the computer via USB COMPUTER port
Owner's Manual Damper Pedal (capable of continuous detection) AC Adaptor, Power Cord (for AC Adaptor) A Series Keyboard CD-ROM USB Cable SONAR LE DVD-ROM (Windows) SONAR LE installation guide (Windows)
Options (sold separately)
Keyboard Stand (KS-18Z, KS-12) Pedal Unit (RPU-3) Damper Pedal (DP-10) Pedal Switch (DP-2) Expression Pedal (EV-5, EV-7)
56-13/16 inches
10-3/4 inches
4-10/16 inches
35 lb. 1 oz.

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RolandA-88 MIDI Keyboard Controller

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Great Action

By Randy

from Atlanta

About Me Professional Musician


  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Very Playable


    Best Uses

    • Performing
    • Practicing

    Comments about Roland A-88 MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    I bought this keyboard because the 88-key keyboard I use (RD-700) keeps getting heavier as the years go by... I was hoping that this lighter-weight keyboard would at least have an acceptable piano action, and I was shocked that it plays as well as anything out there, and at 35 pounds! (The RD is more like 55)

    I no longer use built-in keyboard sounds; instead I use a computer with Kontakt and MainStage, so the lack of internal voices is not a problem.

    I am a very picky player about keyboard actions, and I try them all out. Without doubt the A-88 has one of the best I have played. It is heavy, but in a way that has "mass" like a real piano. For the first time, with my custom piano samples and Kontakt, I feel like I'm playing a real instrument. (The samples are of my own 7' grand, so I have a real basis for comparison) The "Ivory" feel is a bonus, it feels like the "Ivorite" on my Yamaha grand, and offers a non-slip feel. Be advised, however, that if your hands are not clean, it may feel a bit sticky.

    The default velocity curve "medium" is a bit light, making it slightly too easy to get a full 127 midi output. However, in a few seconds I was able to change this to the next harder setting, at which point it was just as I like.

    There are not a lot of controls, but the programmable knobs, pedals and switches are fine for my use. If you want pads, sliders or other synth controls, this isn't the keyboard for you. In those situations, I use my trusty Korg NanoKontrol as an addition, since it fits in my gig bag.

    The "D-Beam" sensor is a nice addition, but I don't really need it; I think I would feel silly waving my arms around...

    Don't be surprised that the unit will not seem to work when initially powered by usb. This is because it expects the drivers on your computer to be installed (they are on the CD included) If you prefer not to use them, you will need to power the unit with AC and select "generic" on the keyboard. Once configured, the keyboard is happy to be powered by my MacBook Pro. It does require the AC adapter for iPad use.

    The only disadvantage I can think of is that I don't think anyone makes a case that is a good fit, mostly due to the fact that it is so thin and long. A normal 88 case is too deep and the keyboard will flop around. Also, it is longer by a couple inches than most controllers. If I find something, I will add another review.

    (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


    A-88's Got The Feel!

    By RocKey

    from Oregon

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer


    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality


      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Roland A-88 MIDI Keyboard Controller:

      What more can you say but that it's a Roland. The A-88 is put together with a Smart Design. I traded off my FP-3 and I am glad I did. The only thing I wish is that they had put their top of the line keybed in this one, but the Ivory feel keybed is great in comparison to many of the controllers that are out there...nice touch Roland!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      Lovin' It :)

      By William

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about A-88 MIDI Keyboard Controller:

      Needed a full 88 key midi controller, and liked what I read about this one. Bottom line - it's all true! love the action on the keys, love the "feel" of the faux ivory, when I play my Steinway or Bosendorfer Grand vst thru this keyboard, I forget that I'm not playing the real thing! AND - like the infra-red controller light, as well as the rest of the programmable controls; a real pleasure

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      Great Controller from a Brand I Trust

      By David

      from Mission Viejo, CA

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Roland A-88 MIDI Keyboard Controller:

      I love the feel of this keyboard. I use it with my Roland Integra 7. The keyboard action is authentic, and its' assignable knobs and switches are easy to use and program. Extremely lightweight, this keyboard is easy to transport and fun to use on the road.

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