Los Angeles, CA, April 4, 2013 — Roland is pleased
to announce the BK-9 Backing Keyboard, the new flagship in the
industry-leading BK-series lineup of portable instruments with
auto-accompaniment features. With its enormous range of sounds and
rhythms, intuitive user interface and dual LCD system, USB recording and
song/rhythm playback, and much more, the BK-9 is a powerhouse music
machine for professional solo performers and casual hobbyists alike.
Equipped with a pro-quality 76-note keyboard, the BK-9 is
incredibly light and easy to transport, weighing under 21 pounds (9.4
kg). It has over 1,700 fantastic sounds and 70 drum kits, including 22
SuperNATURAL sounds and 500 new sounds from the acclaimed Roland
library. There’s also a Virtual Tone Wheel organ with harmonic bars for
authentic organ performance, plus a User Tone area dedicated for future
sound expansion collections from Roland.
For accompaniment, there are 540 built-in
rhythms—including 25 that are brand new—and all the rhythms have been
fully remastered for enhanced sound. Via optional USB memory, users can
add unlimited additional rhythms and play MP3, WAV, and SMF files as
well. A powerful enhancement for live playing is the Mixer function,
which allows for instant adjustment of rhythm and real-time part levels,
MFX parameters, and more using the harmonic bars on the front panel.
Five independent multi-effects engines (MFX) offer an
enormous range of sound processing possibilities, with three MFX
dedicated to rhythms and two MFX dedicated to real-time parts. Two
Mastering Processors allow stage performers to optimize the sound of the
rhythm and real-time sections separately to suit particular venues and
add final polish for recordings.
The BK-9’s interface has been designed for maximum
efficiency and ease of use while performing, with a dual LCD system and
simple, intuitive controls. Players can store up to 10 Favorite tones
for each real-time part, an extremely convenient feature for live
playing. There are 1000 onboard Music Assistants, and users can save
unlimited Performance Lists to USB memory.
A built-in 16-track sequencer provides a professional
platform for composing and editing SMF data, while the Rhythm Composer
allows users to create and customize their own rhythms with ease. The
convenient Chord Loop feature instantly captures rhythm backings as WAV
audio loops, and also lets players build chord sequences from rhythms to
use as the basis for song composing in the sequencer.
With the Audio Key function, audio files stored on USB
memory can be assigned to the top seven keyboard keys, allowing for
quick-access playback while performing. Additionally, BK-9 performances
can be easily recorded directly to USB memory as CD-ready WAV audio.
Vocalists will appreciate the convenient XLR microphone
input, which features phantom power, a dedicated reverb effect, and
easily accessible front-panel controls. A Video Out jack is provided for
displaying embedded MP3/SMF lyrics and chord symbols on an external
The BK-9 is compatible with Roland Wireless Connect, which
provides cable-free communication with Apple’s iOS devices via Roland’s
optional WNA1100-RL Wireless USB Adapter. Alternately, an iPad can be
connected to the BK-9 with a USB cable when using Apple’s iPad Camera
Connection Kit. Many free apps are available to enhance the BK-9
experience, including Air Recorder for jamming and capturing
performances (iPhone/iPad), BK Partner for selecting tones and rhythms
(iPad), Lyrics Viewer for displaying SMF lyrics (iPad), and a number of
For more information, visit www.RolandConnect.com.