Piano is one of the most tender musical instruments ever created – the soothing melodies one could play with it know no bounds, and it’s not a coincidence that you want to become a piano player yourself. We’re here to talk about digital pianos in general – what they are, and what you should know before purchasing one, among other things.
NUMBER ONE FOR ONE-MAN BANDS
One keyboard, one keyboardist… With the debut of the BK-5, Roland proudly sets another milestone in the history of auto-accompaniment instruments. The BK-5 features high-quality, fresh sounds combined with an easy user interface and advanced features. It’s the perfect partner for the “one-man band” as well as music hobbyists and amateurs.
The BK-5 is powered by a state-of-the-art Roland sound engine, packed with over 1,100 great sounds and dozens of drum and percussion kits. The instrument is able to handle 128 voices simultaneously, and is compatible with a variety of voicing formats, including GM2, GS, and XG Lite. Feed the BK-5 a Standard MIDI File, buckle up, and get ready for a great-sounding band!
In addition to playing MIDI Files with its internal sound generator, the BK-5 can also play and manipulate audio files. Play MP3 or WAV files via USB and use the onboard controls to change key signature and tempo to best suit your vocal range or performance style. You can also use the BK-5’s Center Cancel feature to minimize the vocals from pre-existing songs to create instant karaoke-style sing-along tracks.
To expand the capabilities of the BK-5, a USB port is provided for connecting to industry-standard USB storage devices such as a USB key or self-powered USB hard disk for playing and modifying/saving files. You can also use the USB port to record your performances as audio files (WAV, 44.1KHz/16-bit linear format) on a USB storage device.
The BK-5’s composite video output can be connected to an external monitor, which allows the audience or other musicians onstage to follow the lyrics and chord symbols of the performed song. Turn your show into a multimedia experience!
Keyboard 61 keys (velocity sensitive) Display 160 x 160 dots Graphic LCD (with backlit) Max. Polyphony 128 voices (GM2/GS/XG Lite compatible) Sounds 1,172 tones, 60 Drum Sets Multitimbral parts 3 real-time parts (UP1, UP2, LWR) + 16 song parts Master Tuning 415.3 to 466.2 Hz Key Control (Transpose) -6 to +5 in semitones (for audio/MIDI data) Tempo change 20 to 250 BPM for SMF and rhythms, 75 to 125% for mp3 and WAV files Part mute functions TRACK MUTE (Rhythms, SMF), CENTER CANCEL (mp3, WAV, AUDIO INPUT signals) Real-time parts (UP1, UP2, LWR), Rhythms/SMF section Reverb: 8 types (selectable via Makeup Tools), Chorus: 8 types (selectable via Makeup Tools), MFX: 84 types for real-time parts (selectable via Tone Part MFX), MFX: A & B for rhythm and SMF section (selectable via Makeup Tools), Parametric EQ: 6 presets + 1 User memory, Multi-band compressor: 6 presets + 1 User memory Rhythms 305 in 6 “Rhythm” families (localized rhythms for specific areas are included in the WORLD 1 and WORLD 2 families) Rhythm Composer Internal Rhythm Composer, SMF-to-Rhythm Converter provided as PC application (Windows) on the bundled CD-ROM One Touch memories 4 programmable registrations per rhythm Rhythm Makeup Tools Instrument-oriented editing Real-time player SMF (Format 0/1), KAR, mp3, WAV, mp3+CDG Song chord extractor Automatic chord detection for SMF files SMF Makeup Tools Instrument-oriented editing Performance Lists Unlimited number (storage on USB memory), Over 500 “Music Assistant” memories (internal memory), 5 “Factory Song” memories (internal memory) Performance memories per List Max. 999 Search function Quick location of SMF, audio and JPG files on the connected USB memory Demo Yes Media USB Flash memory Song Save Format Audio files: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear) Lyrics SMF, mp3/WAV, mp3+CDG Slide shows Picture folder linked to songs (recommended resolution: 512 x 384 or 1024 x768 pixels) Panel controls Knobs: VOLUME, Rotary encoder: Data dial Connectors PHONES jack x2: Stereo 1/4" phone type, AUDIO INPUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type, AUDIO OUTPUT jacks (L/Mono, R/Mono): 1/4" phone type, USB COMPUTER connector (Type B, reception and transmission of MIDI data), USB MEMORY (Type A, data storage devices), MIDI connectors (IN, OUT): Visual Control function, VIDEO, OUTPUT jack: RCA-type (CVBS, PAL or NTSC selectable), Foot pedal jack: HOLD, SWITCH/EXPRESSION (programmable) Speakers 10 cm x 2 Rated power output 12 W x 2 Power supply AC adaptor Power consumption 1100mA Auto Off function Off, 10 min, 30 min, 240 min Accessories Owner’s Manual, AC adaptor, Power cord (for connecting the AC adaptor), Music rest, CD-ROM (Style Converter 4.0, USB driver) Weight 7.5 Kg (without music rest)