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Roland Announces BK-3 Backing Keyboard

United States
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Los Angeles, CA, November 1, 2012 — Roland is pleased to announce the BK-3 Backing Keyboard, the latest member of its popular lineup of BK-series instruments with intelligent backing track technology. The BK-3 delivers exceptional sound quality and a large selection of music styles from around the world, providing full-ensemble backing at the touch of a button. With its affordable price, ease of use, and premium features, the BK-3 is perfect for a wide range of users, from hobbyists and home players to one-man bands and pro entertainers.

Completely self contained, the BK-3 features a 61-note keyboard, a global array of intelligent music and rhythm accompaniments, and a built-in stereo sound system. Master programmers from around the world have created special rhythms for the BK-3, putting a wide range of colorful, authentic music under the user’s fingertips.

The BK-3 is outfitted with a top-level Roland sound engine (compatible with GM2, GS, and XG Lite formats), which provides over 800 great sounds and dozens of drum and percussion kits to choose from. A friendly and intuitive front panel makes navigation easy, with clearly labeled buttons, dedicated controls, and a LCD display.

Users can play a variety of external backing formats via convenient USB memory, including WAV and MP3 audio, SMF, and Roland rhythms (BK, E, G, and VA series). The playback tempo can easily be adjusted with all formats, including audio. A Center Cancel function reduces the volume of vocals in commercial WAV/MP3 audio files, ideal for karaoke singing and minus-one playing. It’s also easy for players to record their performances directly to USB memory.

The BK-3 is compatible with Roland Wireless Connect, which allows users to communicate with an Apple iPhone or iPad over a wireless network via the optional WNA1100-RL Wireless USB Adapter. The free app for iPhone/iPad offers fun and useful integration with the BK-3, including Air Recorder, music sharing on social networks, and a lyrics display for SMF songs (with embedded lyrics) played on the BK-3.

The BK-3 comes in two different finishes: black (BK-3-BK) and white (BK-3-WH).

About Roland Corporation
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With more than 40 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow.
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