Roland A-88 Keyboard Controller

88-key MIDI Keyboard Controller with Hammer-action Keys, Octave/Transpose Buttons, Sustain/Expression Pedal Inputs, Bend/Mod Lever, and D-BEAM Controller
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Impeccable Piano Action in a Pro Controller

Pianist? The Roland A-88 MIDI keyboard controller gives you Roland's impeccable Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with Escapement in a trim, roadworthy package that offers USB and iPad compatibility, as well as onboard control of Roland SuperNATURAL-powered synths. You get robust performance control, too, with assignable knobs and switches, octave and transpose buttons, keyboard split and layer functions, sustain and expression pedal inputs, and Roland's way-cool bend/mod lever and D-BEAM controller. If authentic piano hammer action is on your controller must-have list, you need the Roland A-88.

Roland A-88 MIDI Keyboard Controller at a Glance:
  • All you could want in a full-sized keyboard controller
  • Control your SuperNATURAL synths directly
  • Compatible with three operating systems
All you could want in a full-sized keyboard controller

Roland is back at it, flexing its considerable keyboard design mojo with the A-88 MIDI controller. This 'board gives you everything you could want in a full-sized keyboard controller, starting with a superb Ivory Feel-G keybed with Escapement - which simulates the hammers lifting off the strings. You also get assignable knobs and switches, octave and transpose buttons, keyboard split and layer functionality, sustain and expression pedal inputs, Roland's slick bend/mod lever, and even their insanely cool D-BEAM controller.

Control your SuperNATURAL synths directly

The A-88 sports a dedicated SuperNATURAL mode button that unlocks a bevy of sound-selection features when hooked up to a Roland SuperNATURAL instrument such as the INTEGRA-7 sound module or the JUPITER-80 and JUPITER-50 synths. It's like they were made for each other. And the A-88 is perfect for playing that killer grand piano VI you just added to your instrument library.

Compatible with three operating systems

The Roland A-88 is three-OS compatible. That's right. You get compatibility with the Mac, as well as iOS apps on the iPad (via the optional Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit). If you're a Windows user, the A-88 comes bundled with SONAR X1 LE DAW software, for straight-out-of-the-box music production.

Roland A-88 MIDI Keyboard Controller Features:
  • Impeccable Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with Escapement
  • Roland's bend/mod lever and D-BEAM controller
  • Assignable knobs and switches
  • Octave and transpose buttons
  • Keyboard split and layer functionality
  • Sustain and expression pedal inputs
  • Includes DP-10 sustain pedal
  • USB bus powered, or included AC adapter
  • Mac and Windows compatible
  • iOS music app compatibility on the iPad (via optional Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit)
Compact, versatile, and highly playable - that's the Roland A-88 controller!

Tech Specs

Pads 4
Number of Keys 88
Type of Keys Hammer-action Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with Escapement
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Lever, DP-10 Sustain Pedal
Encoders/Pots 2
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain, 1 x Expression
USB 1 x Type B
Power Supply Bus Powered
Height 4.57"
Width 56.81"
Depth 10.75"
Weight 35 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number A-88

Customer Reviews

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Roland A88

I've owned the Roland A80 for 25 years and has been the only controller that I've played that I felt was the closest action to a real piano. After seeing and playing the new A88, I knew that this was the perfect piano controller to replace my aging A80 in my composition studio. I love the feel of this piano. I think 25 years from now I'll probably buy another Roland...they make instruments for the discriminating musician.
Music background: Composer for Film & Television

Like a Rolls Royce 88 Key Controller Keyboard

The velocity sensitivy worked correctly right out of the box. No having to tinker with settings and velocity curves.The feel of the keys are exactly what the keyboard players who come to the studio want. The action is perfect and the feel of the keys is nice and smooth. No Brainer install! Tested and works well with the following 3 DAWS ProTools, Cakewalk Sonar X2 producer and PreSonus StudioOne. Highly recommended! This is a quality product!
Music background: Musician, singer/songwriter, Engineer

The Roland Legacy

I've owned Roland Keyboard Controllers for almost 20 years: A-80 (still in use), A-50, AX-1 etc. And now I am blown away with my new A-88 because of its unique Roland-Feel which is the closer thing to a real piano. The feel is awesome and its real-time controllers are great for the serious Midi-geek! I am so proud of being a Roland user and definitely the best bang for the buck you can get! Viva Roland!!
Music background: Producer, Composer, Keyboardist, Samplist.

Love At First Site

OMG! This keyboard feels so good! I love the slim design as well. Most keyboards are so thick today. This keyboard is perfect, and as a traveling musician, It will be very easy for me to take this on a train. Thank you Roland. Thank you Sweetwater!
Music background: Keyboardist, Producer

Can't go wrong with A-88

After 2 weeks own this Controller I can say it's excatly what I want .Wooden keybed give you a best feeling like a real Grand. This product is like a tank, solid but also light weight. Only 2 knobs but enough for who love playing piano. The special thing i love is Keybed feeling. I owned a cheap M Audio Keystation 88 for 2 years and it's suck (cause it's cheap) . So difficult to perform low-velocity note with M-audio but with A88 you can ! alway can ! Trust me, if you 're finding a good keybed for playing piano, you can't go wrong with A-88
Music background: Musician
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