New Product: Roland GO:PIANO88 and Alexa Integration

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. 

Roland GO:PIANO88 with tablet

Roland GO:PIANO88 with tablet

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!

Roland GO:Piano88

Roland GO:Piano88 — 1283mm wide, but just 291mm high and 87mm deep



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. 

The prototype ROLAND GO:PIANO with Alexa Built-in

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 Keys88 keys (Box-shape Keys with velocity)
Touch SensitivityKey Touch: 3 types fixed touch
SOUND GENERATOR
Maximum Polyphony128 voices
TonesPiano: 1 tone
E.Piano: 1 tone
Organ: 1 tone
Strings: 1 tone
EffectsReverb
*Reverb level is adjustable.
Master Tuning415.3 Hz–466.2 Hz (adjustable in increments of 0.1 Hz)
Transpose-6 to +5 (in semitones)
Sampling Frequency44.1 kHz
METRONOME
TempoQuarter note = 30–280
Beat0/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4
Internal SongsPiano Masterpieces: 10 songs
BLUETOOTH
Bluetooth Ver 4.0Profile Support: A2DP(Audio), GATT(MIDI over Bluetooth Low Energy)
Codec: SBC
MIDI: Bluetooth Ver 4.0
OTHER
Amplifier Power Output10W x 2
Speakers15 x 6 cm (6 x 2-1/2 inches) x 2
ConnectorsPHONES/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 SupplyAC adaptor or Alkaline battery (D, LR6) / Carbon-zinc battery (DR6) x 6
Current Draw2000 mA
Battery Life for Continuous UseAlkaline batteries (D, LR6): Approximately 4 hours
Alkaline batteries (D, LR6): Approximately 2 hours
*This figure will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
AccessoriesOwner'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
Weight7.0 kg

More information can be found on the Roland website

 


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