Producers and players looking to get to grips with keys should take note of Roland’s new entry-level keyboards; the GO-61K GO: KEYS and the GO: PIANO…
Roland tell us that the GO: KEYS is designed for beginners who want to create their own music with no formal training, whereas the GO: PIANO is dedicated for those who wish to learn to play piano with no prior experience. Both models are portable and battery-powered and feature Bluetooth connectivity, headphones jack and built-in speakers, yet both are unique in their own way.
The GO: KEYS features a unique design that utilises one-touch operation, allowing players to forego learning notes and chords in favour of musical patterns that play in real time. These patterns can be tweaked using an X-Y controller and there are more than 500 sounds built in.
A touch panel and backlit LCD offer an easy way to select the desired sound and musical genre and the Bluetooth connectivity can be used with Smartphones or tablets to jam to favourite tracks or record songs using music creation apps.
The GO: PIANO features 61 full-size piano-style keys with a variety of high-quality piano sounds, not to mention organs, strings and more, all of which can be selected using the same touch panel and backlit LCD as the GO: KEYS. Bluetooth connectivity offers similar music creation app integration, jamming etc. but also enables users to access piano lesson apps, watching instructional videos and more.
Both the GO: KEYS and GO: PIANO are set to be released in Winter 2017 with an estimated street price of $299 for GO: KEYS and $329 for GO: PIANO. For more information head to the Roland site here.