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Roland BK5 61-Key Backing Keyboard

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Product Description

The Roland BK5 backing keyboard is a self-contained, do-everything keyboard with auto-accompaniment engine and built-in sound system. The BK5 features high-quality, fresh sounds combined with an easy user interface and advanced features. It is the perfect partner for the one-man band, as well as music hobbyists and amateurs.

Roland BK5 Backing Keyboard Features

  • Wide selection of sounds, Music Assistants, and Rhythms that cover a wide landscape of musical genres (including East-Europe, Latin-America, Asia, and more)
  • Friendly graphical user interface
  • Onboard effects, including reverb, chorus, EQ, multi-band compressor, and dozens of multi-effects
  • Music rhythm compatibility with Roland BK-7m/E-series/ G-series/VA-series instruments
  • Compatible with backing formats (SMF, MP3, WAV, and Rhythm) directly from USB memory; instant audio recording onto USB memory
  • Automatic chord detection for SMF files
  • Video output to share SMF/MP3 Lyrics with friends or the audience on an external screen

Sound Generator
The BK5 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!

Creative Control
In addition to playing MIDI Files with its internal sound generator, the BK5 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's Center Cancel feature to minimize the vocals from pre-existing songs to create instant karaoke-style sing-along tracks.

USB Compatibility
To expand the capabilities of the BK5, 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.

Video Compatibility
The BK5'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

Product Specifications
 Display Graphic LCD, 160 x 160 dots, backlit  Keyboard 61 velocity sensitive keys [ Sound Source ] 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 BPMfor 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) [ Effects ]  Real-time parts (UP1, UP2, LWR)Rhythms/SMF section Reverb: 8 types (selectable via Makeup Tools), Chorus: 8 types (selectable viaMakeup Tools), MFX: 84 types for real-time parts (selectable via Tone Part MFX), MFX: A & B for rhythmand SMF section (selectable via Makeup Tools), Parametric EQ: 6 presets + 1 User memory, Multi-bandcompressor: 6 presets + 1 User memory [ Rhythm section ]  Rhythms 305 in 6 “Rhythm” families(localized rhythms for specific areas are included in the WORLD 1 and WORLD 2 families)  RhythmComposer 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  RhythmMakeup Tools Instrument-oriented editing [ Songs ]  Real-time player SMF (Format 0/1), KAR, mp3,WAV, mp3+CDG  Song chord extractor Automatic chord detection for SMF files  SMF Makeup ToolsInstrument-oriented editing [ Performance Memories ]  Performance Lists Unlimited number (storage onUSB 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 [ Recording ]  Media USB Flashmemory  Song Save Format Audio files: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear) [ Video ]  Lyrics SMF, mp3/WAV,mp3+CDG  Slide shows Picture folder linked to songs (recommended resolution: 512 x 384 or 1024 x768 pixels) [ Other ]  Panel controls Knobs: VOLUME, Rotary encoder: Data dial  Connectors PHONESjack 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 transmissionof MIDI data), USB MEMORY (Type A, data storage devices), MIDI connectors (IN, OUT): Visual Controlfunction, VIDEO OUTPUT jack: RCA-type (CVBS, PAL or NTSC – selectable), Foot pedal jack: HOLD,SWITCH/EXPRESSION (programmable)  Speakers 2 x 10 cm  Rated power output 2 x 12 W  Powersupply AC adaptor  Power consumption 1100mA  Auto Off function Off, 10 min, 30 min, 240 min Dimensions Without music rest: 1044 (W) x 317 (D) x 129 (H) mm; 41-1/8 (W) x 12-1/2 (D) x 5-1/8 (H)inches, Including music rest: 1044 (W) x 317 (D) x 301 (H) mm; 41-1/8 (W) x 12-1/2 (D) x 11-7/8 (H) inches Weight 7.5 kg; 16 lbs 9 oz (excluding AC adaptor and music rest)  Accessories Owner’s Manual, ACadaptor, Power cord (for connecting the AC adaptor), Music rest, CD-ROM (Style Converter 4.0, USBdriver)  Options USB flash memory (M-UF-series), Pedals (DP-series, BOSS FS-5U footswitch, RolandEV-series expression pedal)
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Phone:  (323) 890-3700 Warranty:  M.I. Products: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
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