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Roland PK-5A Reviews

4.0 stars based on 6 customer reviews
  • Richie Miller
    from Joshua Tree, CA August 25, 2011Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    Best of the Best in Foot Pedals

    I got this instead of spending 2 grand on a vintage Taurus Bass Pedal. It does a million things the Taurus can't, as well as trigger any synth that has any sound close to what the Taurus had. I use this to also trigger the chord pads on my M3. Could the Taurus do that? Nope. So this is a no brainer if you want an additional foot pedal that can trigger any sound from any synth you have - hardware or software, or any other midi function you can possibly imagine. Patch changes, Pad triggering, and accompaniment are the things this does and does like no other pedal on the market. And it is a tank. Roland smokes the competition, as usual.

  • Dennis Vernier
    from Detroit, MI May 23, 2011Music Background:
    Years of performing in restaurants, nightclubs and for special events.

    Rugged pedalboard.

    I've used one of these for years with a Roland midi tone module exclusively set up for bass. I don't beleive anyone makes a set of bass pedals with built in sounds anymore. Over the years I've used probably four differant manufactures products. The first two were early 70's products; Bassmate and Crumar and had the sounds built in. My last two pedalboards were just controllers. Of all of them the Roland PK-5 is the best made. It's built rugged for any kind of road use. I wish that they had bass sounds built in to make it easy when playing gigs, but you gotta take what you can get.
    I sing, play guitar and harmonica and play the bass on the PK-5. I'm really surprized that more people don't actually do that. It really turns up a solid sound, If you add a " live" drummer you've got a whole band.

  • Jose Nelson Ramirez
    from Puerto rico September 21, 2006Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    The workhorse of midi bass pedals

    Excellent midi bass pedal. Very rugged. Built to survive on the road. I've been using one for many years, gigging at least twice a week ant it has never let me down. I have used other plastic models but as far as I am concerned this is the best. My only complaint is having to use a wall wart to power it, I only use the original Boss recommended power supply and they last maybe 6 months. Otherwise an excellent buy.

  • Joe L. Whitfield
    from Clinton, MS USA September 30, 2011Music Background:
    Musician, Sound Designer

    Roland PK-5A

    The PK-5 is a wonderful addition to my gear. It has met every expectation. I'm not quite blown away--yet. I need a little more time to explore all of its possible applications.

  • Ron
    from Australia June 21, 2008Music Background:
    pianist / keyboardist

    Bass sounds and sustain selectors.

    Good gear.But I'm looking for something with a built-in bass sounds and where I could controll or select different sustain options.

  • Brian Burke Jr.
    from Rochester, NY August 26, 2011Music Background:
    Keyboard and Tenor Sax Player, Song Writer, Music Lover

    PK-5A vs Taurus

    By the time you buy a dedicated module for the bass sounds you've probably spent at least 1/2 the cost of a set of Taurus III's and they will never sound the same , and most likely not as good. Then there is the matter of resale value These have very little and the Moog's will sell for close to what you paid for them after the 1000 they made are all bought up if you keep them in good condition. Add a midi board and you've got yourself a basic real analog synth, then if you add a few Moogerfogger stomp boxes and it could be quite special. They PK's just seem to be priced too high for what they do, which as far as I am concerned isn't very much. Moog pedals can also be used as midi controllers and if most of the buttons etc. are assignable, they will actually have more midi controllability than the PK's. I suppose that it's just that I desperately want a set of Taurus Pedals, but then Roland had to come out with the Jupiter 80 and I can't, unfortunately, afford both. Guess I'll have to use a real Bassist if/when I play out of my home studio. They are nice MIDI pedals. But controllers is all they are, and they aren't exactly inexpensive. There are also organ style MIDI pedals with more octaves etc. I will say, that if you are thinking of getting pedals, and you have never heard or played the Moogs, you should do so. Nothing sounds quite like them when played through a proper sound system, one that can move LOTS of air and recreate waves right down to 20Hz and below (harmonics) Sub 20hz waves FEEL like a large door shutting in a small sealed room. Large correctly made horn subs with long excursion woofers driven by several thousand watts would do nicely for a demonstration. That's how I heard them and they left an indelible impression. Just my own opinions, nothing else. Be happy about whatever decision you make! Peace.

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