Roland has just unveiled the GO:PIANO88 (GO-88P), the latest addition to their innovative GO-series of instruments and devices, at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). As its name implies, this is an 88-note (full-size) portable digital piano.
The GO:PIANO88 delivers a small but impressive collection of presets derived from Roland’s professional range of digital pianos. But it is the “GO” side of things that sets this instrument (and its smaller sibling the 61-note GO:PIANO) apart.
These elegant, lightweight (7.5kg / 3.9kg) digital pianos feature high-quality onboard stereo speakers, optional battery operation, and Bluetooth connectivity. They are therefore extremely portable—no cables required. Truly GO:ANYWHERE!
Smartphone Powered Tuition
When linked to a smartphone or tablet, the Roland GO:PIANO88 becomes a neat and powerful learning tool. It allows students to access free piano lessons, tutorial videos, even karaoke.
Roland is making a big thing of their GO-Series range of fun and educational devices. They all offer Bluetooth inter-connectivity so they can be hooked up to a smartphone for tuition and audio streaming. The line-up currently includes:
Aerophone GO — an affordable digital wind instrument
GO:KEYS — a portable keyboard instrument
GO:MIXER and GO:MIXER PRO — compact audio mixers for audio and video productions.
GO:PIANO88 and GO:PIANO
GO:PIANO with Amazon Alexa
Also on show for the very first time was something very special—a prototype Roland GO:PIANO with Alexa Built-in.
This opens up a whole world of new possibilities and could be a real game-changer. Alexa, Amazon’s digital personal assistant, will enable voice-control access to all manner of different parameters including the ability to change sounds and settings. One’s hands need never leave the keyboard.
Alexa can also be used to help in other ways including: voice controlled tutorials; voice and accompaniment selection; hands-free recording operation; metronome time changes, etc. Alexa will speak/play through the piano’s onboard speakers.
The Alexa equipped GO:PIANOs will be released in Autumn 2019.
The new Roland GO:PIANO88 (without Alexa) will be available from mid-February 2019.
GO:PIANO88 (GO-88P) Prices: USD to be confirmed; EUR 429.00; GBP 378.00.
Specifications of Roland GO:PIANO88 (GO-88P) KEYBOARD Number of Keys 88 keys (Box-shape Keys with velocity) Touch Sensitivity Key Touch: 3 types fixed touch SOUND GENERATOR Maximum Polyphony 128 voices Tones Piano: 1 tone E.Piano: 1 tone Organ: 1 tone Strings: 1 tone Effects Reverb *Reverb level is adjustable. Master Tuning 415.3 Hz–466.2 Hz (adjustable in increments of 0.1 Hz) Transpose -6 to +5 (in semitones) Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz METRONOME Tempo Quarter note = 30–280 Beat 0/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4 Internal Songs Piano Masterpieces: 10 songs BLUETOOTH Bluetooth Ver 4.0 Profile Support: A2DP(Audio), GATT(MIDI over Bluetooth Low Energy) Codec: SBC MIDI: Bluetooth Ver 4.0 OTHER Amplifier Power Output 10W x 2 Speakers 15 x 6 cm (6 x 2-1/2 inches) x 2 Connectors PHONES/OUTPUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type PEDAL jack: 1/4-inch phone type USB COMPUTER port: USB Micro-B type (MIDI) DC IN jack Power Supply AC adaptor or Alkaline battery (D, LR6) / Carbon-zinc battery (DR6) x 6 Current Draw 2000 mA Battery Life for Continuous Use Alkaline batteries (D, LR6): Approximately 4 hours Alkaline batteries (D, LR6): Approximately 2 hours *This figure will vary depending on the actual conditions of use. Accessories Owner's manual Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY" Music rest AC adaptor Pedal Switch Options (sold separately) Keyboard stand: KS-18Z, KS-12 Pedal switch: DP-2 DIMENSIONS Without Music Rest (WxDxH) 1283mm x 291mm x 87mm With Music Rest (WxDxH) 1283mm x 397mm x 252mm Weight 7.0 kg
More information can be found on the Roland website
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