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Roland A-500PRO - Replaced Edirol PCR-500 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

Roland dropped their Edirol line and reissued them all under the Roland name. The Edirol PCR-500 is now the A-500PRO by Roland. It's a workstation like no other. Its design is perfect for live production and playing, and with numerous assignable controls, a player’s style and preference definitely comes first.

A-500PRO: The Layout

The Roland A-500PRO is a 49 velocity-sensitive key USB MIDI controller. The new keys are designed for better player expression with aftertouch sensors and smooth key action that allows for a wider range of playing styles.

Above the keys, there are 48 assignable buttons, knobs, sliders and transports that can be completely controlled to your own liking. The dynamic pads are perfect for drum pad use, sample triggering, etc. Enhance playability with sustain and expression pedals that are available separately.

Left of the Roland A-500PRO keys are octave controls, program changers, and a useful modulation/pitch-shifter. On the left face of the machine is where you will conveniently find the power and MIDI IN/OUT plug-ins. Normally the rear panel is the preferred placement for such items, but Roland considered the use of their machine and placed the plug-ins on the side. This is especially useful in compact playing areas or simply for better overall live performances where you can get your A-500PRO right up against the face of your computer and play between the two easily.

Benefits of the Roland A-500PRO

The Roland A-500PRO is a MIDI power-station that is designed for easy playability and caters to the many different user preferences MIDI musicians may have.

The A-500PRO has a Digital Mapping sequencer that works with the software you may be using to get your MIDI controller set up to fit the controls of the software. You can save up to 15 of these settings on the PCR itself. If by chance the Digital Mapping program is not compatible with the software you are using you can manually set up the program controls either right there on the MIDI controller or on the PCR Editor mapping software given to you with your purchase of the A-500PRO.

Roland also includes the “Cakewalk Production Plus Pack” with your A-500PRO purchase. The A-500PRO is ultra compatible with these programs as well as many others. Run the software on any Windows 7 or Max OS X Snow Leopard system.

The Roland A-500PRO is a MIDI power-station that is designed for easy playability and caters to the many different user preferences MIDI musicians may have.



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