Roland BK-5

Backing Keyboard

  • 61 Velocity sensitive keys
  • 1,172 Sounds
  • 60 Drum sets
  • 128 Voice polyphony
  • Transposer
  • Graphic LCD with 160 x 160 pixels
  • 305 Styles
  • Performance memory with max 999 entries per list
  • 954 Music assistants (internal)
  • USB recorder for wave files, video, real-time player SMF (Format 0/1), KAR, MP3, WAV
  • Headphone connector
  • Audio inputs: in L/ mono, R jack
  • USB: USB Host (data storage), Computer (receiving and sending MIDI data)
  • MIDI: MIDI in, MIDI out (V- link)
  • Video output: composite (PAL or NTSC, selectable)
  • Audio outputs: out L/ mono, R jack
  • Pedals and footswitches: switch/ expression (programmable)
  • Speaker: 2 x 12 W
  • Dimensions without music stand (W x D x H): 1044 x 317 x 129 mm
  • Weight (without power adapter): 7.5 kg
  • Including power adapter
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Keys 61
Illuminated Push-Button No
Touch-Sensitve Yes
Aftertouch No
Storage Medium USB to Device
Lyrics Function Yes
Score Function Yes
Vocal Harmony No
USB Audiorecorder Yes
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
Microphone input No
USB Yes

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Roland BK-5 good work horse :):):)
Edmunds V., 07.05.2013
Handling - Ideal weight to carry, easy to operate.
Features - want a larger display, hide the usb port and add text to MP3 files which can not be understood in a way: (
Sound - get what you are paying for. Overall, very good.
Workmanship - using year and nothing has broken.
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The perfect band by hand
Ted S., 27.03.2015
I am a solo performer and the BK-5 is my band. I never miss a beat because it is so easy to control: If I do miss a cue I just wait till the next bar and there are no confused or annoyed band members. The range of rhythms and voices is so extensive a piece can be altered very easily and still sound good. I'm no great pianist but when using the BK-5 it sounds like I could be: just excellent
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Frank169, 25.01.2016
This is as you would expect, another superb keyboard from Roland however you have to be a computer genius to operate it which most musicians are not. So Roland please don't allow your computer nerds to write the instruction books and make life easier for us musicians.
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Bien plus qu'un arrangeur
chris196, 20.05.2017
-- Présentation --
Mon BK-5 se situe au coeur d'un home-studio MIDI. Très polyvalent, il est utilisé en tant que principal clavier-maître, pour l'apprentissage de la musique et pour la création de blocs-notes musicaux au format Wav.

-- Découverte --
Avec le BK-5, tout est conçu pour que le musicien installe, branche et joue de son clavier sans se prendre la tête.
La qualité de fabrication du BK-5 est irréprochable. C'est un arrangeur complet, léger, compact et aisé à transporter. Son clavier est bien agréable et l'accès à ses commandes est simple et rapide.
Un port USB est disponible en façade avant, ce qui permet de brancher très facilement une unité de sauvegarde externe. On trouve aussi deux prises casque sur le côté du clavier et un port vidéo à l'arrière pour y connecter un écran pour l'affichage des paroles.

Le BK-5 comporte de nombreux styles et rythmes, avec des accompagnements qui suivent harmonieusement le jeu.

Petit point négatif : il manque deux boutons de transposition en façade. La transposition de jeu via le bouton Key (depuis l'update 1.0.5), prend trop de temps selon moi.

-- Sons --
Les sons acoustiques sont très corrects dans l'ensemble. Les pianos, accordéons, instruments ethniques, percussions et kits rythmiques sont particulièrement réussis. Parmi les sons électroniques, on trouve vraiment de tout, des basses TB aux pads en passant par les percus.

Les sons, qu'ils soient acoustiques ou électros, sont largement éditables. Pour cela, on peut directement se rendre dans le menu des Performances ou dans MakeUp Tools ou encore utiliser un contrôleur MIDI externe pour modifier en temps réel pitch, filtres, enveloppes, etc. En procédant ainsi, J'ai été très agréablement surpris pas le potentiel sonore du BK-5 qui est en réalité bien plus qu'un arrangeur. Certaines sonorités, notamment dans les pads synthés, renferment de très beaux filtres, des effets panoramique, des sons doubles, etc.

-- Edition/traitement --
Le BK-5 est doté de nombreux paramètres MIDI.
Chaque partie temps réel et chaque partie d'accompagnement comporte son propre canal MIDI. Ceci est intéressant lorsque l'on souhaite par exemple utiliser des générateurs sonores MIDI externes et désactiver les sons internes du BK-5. En MIDI, j'utilise les commandes Sync/Start ou Start/Stop pour démarrer mes arpégiateurs externes en même temps que les accompagnements.

Les effets, similaires à ceux que l'on trouve sur le Roland FA-06, sont de haute qualité et largement programmables. A l'instar du FA-06, on trouve également un compresseur et un égaliseur paramétrique en fin de chaîne audio.

Le Rhythm Composer permet de créer ses propres rythmes et styles mais je trouve que cela prend trop de temps pour créer quoi que ce soit. En outre, modifier une simple ligne rythmique ou d'accompagnement manque d'intuitivité et nécessite beaucoup de patience. Bref, il ne faut pas être pressé pour arriver à un résultat satisfaisant.
Pour comprendre et maîtriser le fonctionnement du Rhythm Composer, le manuel utilisateur est indispensable et des tutoriels du BK-5 très bien conçus sont disponibles en vidéo sur internet.

-- Conclusion --
Le BK-5 est un très bon arrangeur, polyvalent, globalement facile et très agréable à utiliser. Sous sa sobre apparence se cache un vaste océan de possibilités où tout est éditable. Et quand on se donne la peine de l'explorer en profondeur, on en tire le meilleur. Le rapport qualité/prix du BK-5 est excellent. C'est un choix que je referais.
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