The new Roland E-X50 is a feature packed keyboard for music arrangers and live performance. The E-X50 has a pair of onboard Stereo speakers for quality sound output. It has 61 keys, 689 tones, 256 note polyphony, 18 drum sets, Bluetooth connectivity and built-in Effects. The Roland Acoustic pianos that are contained in the E-X50 sound stunning and Bluetooth allows you to jam to favourite songs, play to tracks or take lessons. With the dual speakers you can use the Roland as your music entertainment centre when you aren’t playing and there is a microphone input also. The 300 presets are easy to access thanks to the LED screen at the top of the keyboard and light up soft buttons. For beginning and intermediate musicians, the E-X50 provides Auto Bass Chord mode to achieve arrangements with only one or two fingers. Other connectivity on the back of the keyboard includes a USB port, USB memory port for flash drives and stereo outputs to send your sound to a PA system or amp. Style Converter software lets you create 30 different custom styles with windows or Mac and load them into the E-X50 memory to access. The USB memory port makes it simple to record your original or cover songs to a flash drive. My favourite features of the Roland E-X50 are the auto-accompaniment, large LED screen, mic input and the Bluetooth connectivity. This arranger keyboard is aimed at intermediate musicians but can honestly do much more than that and a very reasonable price point. The keys feel great and access to all the sounds and beats are easy to achieve through the light up soft pad configuration. If you’re ready to step up your keyboard game the Roland E-X50 is worth your consideration!
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Eric Dahl, Editor