Roland has been making great strides in connecting with aspiring musicians in recent years with their GO series of devices – they allow an affordable entry point with capabilities that never feel like a compromise.
This year at CES they are expanding that line, and as part of that effort, they’ve announced the ROLAND GO:PIANO with Alexa Built-in and are also releasing their first Alexa skill.
From the press release:
Committed to inspiring the thrill of creative expression, Roland continuously seeks to discover new ways of applying technology to make playing musical instruments and creating video content easier, more accessible and more fun for everyone. With the power of Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, Roland will introduce intuitive new ways to interact with musical instruments, starting with digital piano and soon expanding to other areas.
By combining the GO:PIANO with Alexa Built-in digital piano with Roland’s powerful Alexa Skill, aspiring musicians at any level can enjoy simple voice operation of their instrument while their hands play music. Additionally, Alexa Built-in and Roland’s Alexa skill open up a world full of cloud-based creative possibilities, from enjoying libraries of play-along music across the widest variety of genres to sharing recorded personal performances with family and friends around the world. Moreover, Roland will continue to update and expand the capabilities of the Alexa Skill to embrace new instruments and new benefits for novice and experienced musicians alike.
Roland is designing the future of music-making by developing inspiring new instruments and integrating powerful technologies and services like Alexa.
This is an exciting announcement, as it takes the considerable content available through the GO:PIANO series, adds cloud updating capabilities and puts all under the capable voice control of Alexa. Check out all the keyboards at Roland.com and head to your local music dealer to learn more!