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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 on board controls to change key signature and tempo to best suit your vocal range or performance style. You can also use the Centre Cancel feature of BK-5 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, 44.1 KHz/16-bit linear format) on a USB storage device.
The BK-5 has 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.
One keyboard, one keyboard, 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 is a perfect partner for the one-man band as well as music hobbyists and amateurs.
Self-contained, do-everything keyboard with auto-accompaniment engine and built-in sound system
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
On-board 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
Keyboard 61 keys (velocity sensitive)
Display 160 x 160 dots Graphic LCD (with backlit)
Max. Polyphony: 128 voices (GM2/GS/XG Lite compatible)
Sounds: 1172 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 pre-sets + 1 User memory
Multi-band compressor: 6 pre-sets + 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
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 x
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 Manual, AC adaptor, Power cord (for connecting the AC adaptor), Music rest, CD-ROM (Style Converter 4.0, USB driver)
Option (sold separately) USB Flash Memory: M-UF series, Pedal Switch: DP series, Footswitch: BOSS FS-5U, Expression Pedal: EV series
Please note, for warranty claims, brand visibility (sticker) should not be damaged.
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Roland BK-5 Backing Keyboard