Los Angeles, CA, May 12, 2011 — Roland is pleased to announce that the BK-7m Backing Module is now shipping. The portable unit can connect to any MIDI-compatible instrument, such as a keyboard, digital piano, or digital accordion. With hundreds of onboard accompaniment styles, high-quality sounds, and an easy-to-use interface, the BK-7m is the perfect companion for any entertainer.
The BK-7m includes 128-voice polyphony and is equipped with a top-level SSC Sound Engine with over 1,000 sounds and 57 drum kits, some of which include Roland's acclaimed SuperNATURAL® technology. The BK-7m also includes over 400 accompaniment arrangement styles in 10 different rhythm families, allowing users to perform a broad range of music styles. Each accompaniment style has four variations that can be accessed with the touch of a button, each assigning the most suitable tones and effects to the real-time parts depending on the selected musical style.
The BK-7m is not just an arranger; it's a multimedia player as well. Backing tracks in SMF, KAR, MP3, and WAV format can easily be accessed from the USB memory key input, and audio can also be instantly recorded in WAV format to a USB memory key. For easy connectivity to any external MIDI compatible keyboard or controller, the BK-7m includes a MIDI wizard, so performers can plug in their MIDI device and start playing right away. The BK-7m also includes a composite video output so the audience or musician can follow lyrics and chord symbols on an external display while an SMF or KAR song is being played.
The BK-7m is available now with a suggested retail price of $1,499.