Roland MIDI Keyboard Controller suggestions?

Discussion in 'Keyboard Purchase Recommendations' started by ShaeP, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. ShaeP

    ShaeP

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2017
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hello!

    So I'm not a keyboard player, and I know very little about them. I'm actually planning on buying one for someone I know as a present so I obviously cannot ask him myself.

    He currently has a Roland A-49 but I'm planning on buying him a better one or an upgrade. I thought of getting Roland since he's already used to the brand. I have my eye on the A-500 PRO, however I'm not sure if it's an upgrade. Any suggestions? Preferably from Roland and anything below $500 should be fine!

    Also, not sure this is the right place to ask but he also has a Roland FA-08 synthesizer. Is it better to get an upgrade on the MIDI Keyboard or Synthesizer? He usually produces music in the studio (home) but not anything like live performances or anything.

    Thank you!
     
    ShaeP, Jan 10, 2017
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. ShaeP

    SeaGtGruff I meant to play that note! Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2014
    Messages:
    1,209
    Likes Received:
    445
    The A-500PRO-R definitely looks like a better controller than the A-49, since it has more controls (sliders, knobs, etc.).

    If he already has an FA-08, it can also be used as a controller, but it doesn't have sliders. Also, the A-500PRO-R or A-49 can be connected to the FA-08 to act like a second manual (keyboard) for it. I'm not sure what you mean about upgrading the FA-08-- it costs a lot more than $500, so you won't be able to buy a better synth for $500. You could get a Roland System-1 Plug-Out Synth for $500, but I don't really know much about it yet.
     
    SeaGtGruff, Jan 12, 2017
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. ShaeP

    Fred Coulter Collector of ancient keyboards

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2016
    Messages:
    717
    Likes Received:
    354
    Location:
    Central Florida
    If he's studio based, and making his sounds on his computer not on a synthesizer, I'm not sure that upgrading his controller is necessary. If he's laying down one track at a time, especially if he's only playing with one hand, then a 49 key controller may be all he needs.

    The A-500PRO-R is also a 49 key controller, but as SeaGtGruff points out it has more capabilities for live control of the sound, with knobs, sliders, buttons, etc. BUT the question is whether the player would use them, or if he edits everything afterward on the computer. If the latter, then the extra buttons, etc., might not be all that useful.

    One thing that would be useful is knowing what software he uses. If there are good drivers for the A500PRO-R for his software, he may enjoy controlling the software directly from the controls on the keyboard.

    One other advantage of the A-500PRO-R over his old controller is that the A-500PRO-R supports channel aftertouch. (There are two types of aftertouch. Channel aftertouch means that the keyboard sends a signal indicating how hard the keyboard is being pressed down as a whole. This is in addition to the speed with which the individual keys are struck. Pianos do not have have aftertouch, just velocity. A much rarer form of aftertouch is on individual keys, which sends a message about how hard each key is being pressed after the individual velocity. Clavichords use this information, and can bend the pitch of a single note being played upward by increasing the pressure on that note. Obviously electronic instruments and software may be able to do far more with the information.) The problem is whether the player would use that information to control something. I know keyboard players who use that information to control vibrato or tremolo.

    If he's primarily creating sounds on his computer and you're looking for a present, you may want to see if there's an upgrade available for his favorite software. Or you could look for interesting VSTs that he doesn't own.

    Musical instruments are so personal, you might want to think about a gift card to a major music retailer instead. The mail order houses have far more in stock than any store ever will.
     
    Fred Coulter, Jan 12, 2017
    #3
    SeaGtGruff and happyrat1 like this.
    1. Advertisements

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.
Similar Threads
  1. talsaar
    Replies:
    8
    Views:
    8,156
    talsaar
    Jun 16, 2010
  2. Drumsix

    Pan controller with midi controller?

    Drumsix, Jul 28, 2004, in forum: alt.steinberg.cubase
    Replies:
    1
    Views:
    725
    Drumsix
    Jul 29, 2004
  3. artyman

    Roland A80 Midi Controller Keyboard for sale

    artyman, Nov 9, 2011, in forum: Keyboard Classifieds
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    2,643
    artyman
    Nov 9, 2011
  4. artyman

    Roland A80 MIDI Controller Keyboard

    artyman, Nov 23, 2011, in forum: Keyboard Classifieds
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    1,297
    artyman
    Nov 23, 2011
  5. ktheo86
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    1,732
    ktheo86
    Dec 27, 2011
  6. Rixsta
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    2,173
    Rixsta
    Jun 16, 2012
  7. Fred Mullegun

    MIDI keyboard controller vs keyboard

    Fred Mullegun, Dec 30, 2012, in forum: General Keyboard Discussion
    Replies:
    5
    Views:
    1,576
    delaware dave
    Dec 30, 2012
  8. Justin James
    Replies:
    3
    Views:
    2,062
    delaware dave
    Apr 29, 2013
Loading...