Sonic LAB: Roland AX Edge Keytar Review

Published on Nov 27, 2018 sonicstate

Even if you aren’t into keytars, don’t miss Gaz’s spacey rainbow psychedelic performance starting at :25. 🙂

“Gaz Williams takes a look at the new Roland Keytar. A premium product, with on board sounds and wireless MIDI – does it take you to the edge when it comes to live performance?”

JAMINATOR Electric Synthesizer Guitar Keytar With 6 Cartridges

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“Originally produced by world of wonder in partnership with Yamaha.

Some people think it’s a toy but people have incorporated this quirky synth into there music production and live sets.

You will get the synth and the cartridges in the photos except the Jeff beck cart which has already been sold.

Item ships from Japan.”

Vintage Stepp DGX Midi Guitar Synth Controller with LSU X, Cables, Manual & Cases

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“This is a midi controller only and does not make sound of its own. It has been tested and powers up, display works, buttons work, sends midi to a midi device. However, I did not have the time to get into the programming to make sure of all of its features, there are way to many to test. I simply made sure it was transmitting midi to a midi device only. It is deep as far as the

Knobcon Believotron Lets You Choose Your Own Synth Adventure

Published on Sep 14, 2018 Synthtopia

“At Knobcon 2018, we talked with Daniel Lindmark of Believotron, who was showing a variety of tools for building custom Axolotl-based synths and more.”

Roland’s latest keytar is more 80s than ever: AX-Edge

“Shoulder synthesizer”? “Strap-on keyboard?” No, Roland is calling their latest keytar a keytar – and giving into 80s retro vibes. And it’s a vocoder. And… you might kinda want one.

Roland says the new AX-Edge is built on “decades of refinement and input from artists around the world.” Apparently, that “refinement” came when the keytarists said: “give it blades.” “All black keys.” “I want to look like I could play in Jem and the Misfits.” “Please stop calling it a strap-on. It’s a keytar. That sounds really dirty.”

Well, who are we to argue with any of that?

The AX-Edge comes in red and black or white. What’s onboard:
49 keys with velocity and channel aftertouch
Bluetooth MIDI wireless connections – which even allows wireless use of the editor
MIDI DIN in and out
USB and a USB-B slot for a memory stick
Mic input
Stereo out
Headphone out
The paddle-style modulation bar, plus a touch strip (both of those designed to be accessible under your thumb)
One assignable control knob, next to the volume knob (though that one looks tricky to reach)
More sounds: lead, bass, poly, pad, brass, keys, “other”, FX
Vocoder sounds (you knew that mic input was for something, right?)
Performance controls, which Roland says are easy to reach: portamento, hold, octave, and program change buttons, plus 7 assignable buttons
Effects: EQ (per part), 79 types of per-part multi-effects, chorus (8 types), reverb (6 types), master compressor, master EQ

The sound engine is divided into 4 parts + the vocoder part.

You can also “favorite” sounds. And there are more performance features: an arpeggiator (thank you), two displays for more visual feedback, and a song mode with backing tracks.

Roland promises four hours of mobile playing time on Ni-MH batteries, or you can tether to power with an AC adaptor.

This is a pretty similar arrangement to the previous AX-Synth, so I’ll need to talk to Roland to find out what exactly has changed. The obvious omission: the D-Beam wireless controller. But that was awkward to use on a keytar, since it was designed to be aimed up from a keyboard in front of you on a stand, and you still get control modulation.

Clever placement of buttons under your fingers on the neck, in combination with the existing paddle and ribbon controller plus a lot of additional assignable buttons and one assignable knob, open up more serious performance options. The engine promises to back that up, too.

Other than that, on specs: the AX-Edge has roughly twice the number of sound presets, presumably using a more up-to-date Roland engine, and a whole bumper crop of effects you can apply to each part. That suggests there’s way more horsepower under the hood. The AX-Edge has also gotten ever so slightly heavier – 4.2 kg instead of 3.9 kg – and has shifted its dimensions around if in roughly the same space.

But mostly what I notice is, this looks a hell of a lot better. It at least embraces the ridiculousness of a keytar with something that looks badass. And that’s what’s likely to make it move better in stores, whereas the AX-Synth looked weirdly toy-like for a product with a four-figure price tag.

For an added gimmick, you can swap out different-colored blades to customize the appearance. (The white comes with gold, the black with silver, and you can customize blades.)

Normally at this point, people start griping in comments about how most people will look horribly dorky playing a keytar, which is true, but you’ll look horribly dorky playing anything unless you clean up your appearance and practice your chops, so there’s that.

We’ll keep an eye out for price (critical), and some details on sound engine.

But if this is affordable and sounds great and looks as good in person, you might have to start an electro band.


Oh dear. Yes, this is happening.

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New Roland Roland AX Edge Keytar Synthesizer w/ Mobile App Editor

Published on Sep 13, 2018 RolandChannel

You can find pics of the editor below. It looks like you get full access to the synth engine consisting of four partials (parts or oscillators), each with selectable waveforms, filter, envelop, LFOs, EQ and more. See the screens for the parameters.

“The Roland AX-Edge Keytar, a performance synthesizer designed to be played in a standing position with a

Roland AX Edge – Syntharre, Keytar, Tastampfe mit Vocoder

Roland AX Edge

Ja wie heißen eigentlich Umhängekeyboards hierzulande? Syntharre? Gitynth oder gar Tastampfe? Nein Keytar heißt sowas und wir nehmen das Wort so an.

Ehrlich? Seit Modern Talking und dem RK100 Steuerkeyboard waren „Umhängekeyboards“ irgendwie dem Nimbus des Uncoolen verbunden. Die echten Synthesizer die man umhängen konnte waren lange tot, dann kam eine zweite Welle. Der AX-Synth mit einer Menge Controllern wurde schon 2009 mit Klangerzeugung gezeigt. Hier handelt es sich um einen Rompler aus dem klassischen Fundus. Nachdem auch „coole“ Auftritte damit gesehen wurden (von Imogen Heap bis Human League), geht es wieder und man hat einen Vorteil – man kann sich bewegen und sieht mehr von der Bühne.

Roland AX Edge – für die Bühne

Der AX Edge ist eine kleinere Version des AX, ihm fehlt der D-Beam, er hat aber den Bending-Hebel, zwei Köpfe am „Steg“ (je für Lautstärke und frei zuweisbar) und einige Taster für Transposition, Unisono-Mode, Hold und Portamento und natürlich Programm-Umschalter für Sounds. Die Oberfläche ist insgesamt simpel, es gibt ein Display für Namen und Nummerntaster und auch Arpeggiator-Bedienelemente. 256-Stimmige Polyphonie ist fast schon übertrieben – aber für Layersounds natürlich ideal. 49 anschlagdynamische Tasten und Wechselfarbenrahmen sparen glücklicherweise nicht mit Aftertouch. Das wäre fast schon tödlich für eine Keytarre.

Es gibt MIDI und USB, aber auch einen USB-Anschluss für einen USB-Speicherstick, um Sounds zu sichern. MIDI kann auch über Bluetooth versendet werden, was einen Haufen Kabelblödsinn vermeiden hilft. Das war 2009 noch nicht möglich. Der Strom kommt aus dem Akku oder per Netzteil. USB transportiert MIDI (nicht Audio). Das Gerät wiegt 4.2 Kilo. Außerdem hat es einen Vocoder an Bord, was zu einer solchen Performance durchaus passt – es wurde bisher nur selten so vorgeführt. Der Synth hat 4 Parts, ist damit also quasi Multitimbral, das Schichten von Klängen ist jedoch gerade hier ein Performanceaspekt und eher dafür gemacht und gedacht. Selbstverständlich gibt es auch 79 Effekte jeweils für die Parts und in der „Program“ Ebene. Als Editor gibt es eine App (iOS/Android).

Die Preise sind (noch) nicht bekannt. Es wird vermutlich im Laufe des Tages mehr dazu geben.


Mehr dazu kann man aber bereits bei Roland finden.


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Korg Rk-100 Remote Keyboard 1984 Midi Keytar

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“Great, solid, rare keytar. Few cosmetic knicks and dings. One plastic tab above a button is missing, however the button still works fine.

All keys and controllers send the correct midi data. All lights light up. A truly beautiful creation.”