Roland Introduces GO:PIANO 88, Bringing Affordability to a Full-Sized Learning Keyboard

GearDiary Roland Introduces GO:PIANO 88, Bringing Affordability to a Full-Sized Learning Keyboard

When I needed to learn keyboard basics, I did what many people I knew were doing — I bought a cheap, plastic mini-key limited device with a small set of second-rate sounds. It accomplished the task of letting me learn notes and communicate ideas — but little else.

Fortunately, over the years, things have greatly improved, and today at CES Roland takes a big step in making true-feel and sound piano playing affordable for new students or those who just want to have a piano in their house.

The new GO:PIANO 88 features the full grand piano key range of 88 velocity sensitive keys, and those keys are full-sized with standard spacing (but are not weighted); the system also includes speakers for the built-in piano – but you can also connect to your smartphone and play along with music or use Bluetooth MIDI for music lessons or other play-along scenarios.

Roland introduces GO:PIANO 88, a new addition to the company’s lineup of fun and innovative GO-series instruments and devices. Offering 88 full-size keys and natural sound derived from Roland’s premium digital pianos in a portable cabinet, the affordable GO:PIANO 88 provides a solid foundation that’s ready to support years of musical growth and playing enjoyment. And with built-in Bluetooth® and an integrated stereo sound system, GO:PIANO 88 works alongside a smartphone to offer a simple and compact learning solution that allows beginning pianists to connect wirelessly and stream audio from online piano lessons, karaoke, and tutorial videos.

With Roland GO:PIANO 88 and a smartphone, anyone can play and learn music whenever inspiration strikes. Its lightweight design is easy to carry and set up anywhere, while high-quality onboard speakers, battery operation, and Bluetooth eliminate the need to fuss with add-ons such as external amplifiers, AC power, and messy cables. GO:PIANO 88 also supports listening with headphones, allowing users to play at any time without disturbing others.

GearDiary Roland Introduces GO:PIANO 88, Bringing Affordability to a Full-Sized Learning Keyboard

The GO:PIANO 88 is just the latest member of a growing family of Roland instruments and devices that make it simple for anyone to learn music and share performances with smartphones. Other Roland GO- series models include:
• Aerophone GO—A unique and affordable digital wind instrument that’s simple to operate and fun to play.
• GO:KEYS—A portable keyboard filled with engaging features that allow beginners to start creating music immediately.
• GO:PIANO—A more compact version of GO:PIANO 88 with 61 full-size keys.
• GO:MIXER and GO:MIXER PRO—Compact audio mixers that allow users to mix and capture high-quality audio for their smartphone video productions.

Head to Roland, and check it out!


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I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!