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Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard   

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Breakout from behind the keyboard rig and take on the stage with the Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer. With an onboard sound generator, this over...Read More

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Breakout from behind the keyboard rig and take on the stage with the Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer. With an onboard sound generator, this over-the-shoulder take on the popular early 80™s Keytar, Roland™s AX-Synth represents the latest generation of remote keyboards.Roland™s current synths™ powerful and solo-focused sounds are reproduced in this self-contained keyboard. The AX-Synth features USB MIDI for simple connection to a PC, dedicated V-LINK for video/visual control, and an advanced bender mode for dynamic solos. 128-note Polyphony, 256 tones with 8 special tones (including SuperNATURAL), D-Beam, Ribbon Touch, and a Modulation Bar offer you plenty of musical possibilities all suspended over your shoulder and ready for you to take the stage.

  • 49 keys with velocity
  • 256 Tones + 8 Special Tones (including SuperNATURAL)
  • 3x7 segment LED display
  • Built-in sound engine with voices from Roland's modern synthesizers
  • Ribbon controller, D-Beam, modulation bar, knobs, and easy-to-see display for stage
  • USB MIDI for easy connection to PC
  • Dedicated V-LINK button for video/visual control
  • Innovative bender mode for expressive solos

Step into the spotlight with the AX-Synth strapped around your shoulders.


AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard

  • Controllers: D-Beam, Ribbon Touch, Modulation Bar, Volume Knob Controller, Aftertouch Knob Controller, Portamento On/Off, Hold button On/Off, Bender Mode: Normal/Catch+Last
    Connectors: Output Jacks - 2 x 1/4" phone type (L/MONO, R), Headphones (Stereo 1/4" phone type), Foot Pedal, USB connector (USB MIDI), MIDI connector (IN/OUT), AC Adaptor

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By Spyder

from california

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  • Portable
  • Responsive / Good Action


    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music
    • MIDI
    • Travel

    Comments about Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard:

    This is a very cool keyboard. Light weight and yet effective. A lot of features.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    Crowd Pleaser

    By JDtuner

    from Baltimore, MD

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    • Easy to Use
    • Portable


      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard:

      Sometimes I play small venues that prohibit using any part of my normal rig, a Hammond XK3c and either a Motif ES88 or a Roland 700NX. I was using a Yamaha P95, but even that was a bit large. Now, the AX-Synth allows me to take the same footprint as the guitarist with better and more sounds than the P95. I am still tweaking the tones and finding which tones work best in a live music environment, so I am expecting the sound to improve, but it is still quite good.

      Another great attribute is that people love the way it looks and seem to take a greater interest in what I am playing since they can now see my fingers.

      I use a Line 6 G30 wireless, which works well. It is a great addition to my boards.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


      New and Improved.......but,

      By Craig Motley

      from VA

      Comments about Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard:

      Overall it's a good solid keyboard. Like the new feel and the new features, octave +/-, Mutiple note bend functions, portamento button, the blue lights, etc. If it had the MIDI capabilites of the AX-7 it would be the worlds greatest Keytar.
      I recently purchased the AX-Synth and I have enjoyed using it, the on board sounds are good and there are some improvements over the AX-7 models............but, don't throw out the AX-7 yet. I wanted the AX-synth as a lightweight keyboard that could be used for practice sessions and other avenues that would require minimum setup, not even a stand. The advantage of this synth is the on board sounds so you can plug directly into an amp and start playing, as opposed to the AX-7 with only MIDI controller capabilities where you have to have a sound module. But, if you need a lot of MIDI programming options, the AX-Synth may come up short. The AX-synth would not substitute into my setup because of the inability to designate MIDI program bank and patch changes. It will only transmit MIDI program changes that are pre-programmed, and they are not editable. If you want to call up presets using the AX-Synth itself, you may be out of luck. Other than that, it's a good keyboard.
      Solid built keyboard
      A bit pricey for what you get.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


      Surprisingly professional keytar

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard:

      I?ve had mine for a month now and am extremely surprised over the quality of not only the sound but also the build, I find it sturdy and made very durable plastic, they?ve also included rubber feet on the back so as not to scratch the instrument when setting it down. The sounds are also crystal clear and can be used in a variety of styles and can be easily edited with the included synth editor. Its soloing capabilities are endless with the 64 synth leads and the addition of the D beam and portemanto effect is welcome (the fat grip isn?t that much drawback and I find all the effects easily accessible regardless of my small hands). The single fact that it?s a keytar usually detracts professional keyboardists from purchasing it, but it?s surprisingly professional and practically all its sounds can be used in a recording room or live without any editing needed, and doesn?t look half bad either. The only drawback I have are the fact that its serial number is a sticker and rubs off against your body when playing, I would suggest putting clear tape over it before playing.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


      Keyboardists, cut the leash

      By brucegeller

      from Las Vegas, NV

      Comments about Roland AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer Keyboard:

      Got mine in August. I LOVE IT. I already have two AX-1s for my Muse Reseach Receptor so I was not sure I really needed yet another sound source or a third keytar (I think 'shoulder synth' is a stupid descriptor), but after a few mins of playing the new AX, I have no regrets! Onboard are excellent, like having a Fantom-based keytar! Many sounds are very usable (for me at least) without using the USB~PC/Mac editor. Keyboard play is smooth and the extra keys and starting note range is a welcome change over the AX1/AX7. Grip section is chunkier than the AX1/AX7 and it makes using the D-Beam and selection buttons somwehat difficult. Ribbon controller is textured and for me required some getting used to as I was expecting similar touch/feel to the smooth AX1/AX7 ribbon. Blue LEDs are a nice touch. Behind-the-grip controls (porta/bender/hold) are recessed and require practice to use without looking, but the added features (porta and bender) make things very interesting, especially when playing the on-board guitar sounds (bank:patch 4:1~4:8). D-Beam eats batteries (but the user manual warns about this). Would be nice if the AC-Adapter could be used to recharge AA batteries pack in the keyboard so removing them would be un-necessary. Battery compartment is VERY snug, don't see any chance for loose batteries to mess things up mid-solo! I really appreciate the thoughful neck-strap placement options, but I really wish that Roland spent $12 extra dollars and used Dunlop or Schaller strap-locks instead of standard strap buttons. I don't know who started the rumor on the WWW, but this keyboard does not have a built-in wireless "anything" - you have to get that yourself - go with the M-Audio or MidiJet wireless MIDI and find a decent wireless guitar system to plug-into... cut that leash entirely! This keyboard is not for everyone, especially if you're shy - it begs to be used in-front with the lead guitar player, stealing licks and upstaging the rest of the band. Definitely worth the price!

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