Roland AX Edge Keytar Synthesizer, Black
Roland AX Edge Keytar Synthesizer
Here’s What Roland Say:
"There’s no better way to stand out on stage than the Roland AX-Edge. Designed to be deliberately eye-catching, but at the same time easily playable and functional, the AX-Edge is the ultimate performance tool for keyboardists looking to take centre stage.
The AX-Edge is available in two colours; white and a striking all black key design. Both feature a removable Edge Blade panel allowing you to showcase your personality in the synth design. Each Synth comes with an alternative colour option for the Edge blade; the White model includes silver and gold blades, while the black model comes with red and silver blades. As these can be swapped easily, it makes is easy for musicians to customise these panels to their own artistic taste.
The AX-Edge features a 49-note synth action with aftertouch and plenty of additional controls for live performance; ribbon controller, modulation bar, assignable control knob and 7-assignable buttons. Of course, when you’re playing on stage you’ll want to move around, so the AX-Edge can be either powered by rechargeable AA batteries or the included AC adapter.
The AX-Edge has killer sounds to go with its killer looks too. As part of the Zen-Core range of products which includes the Roland Fantom, Jupiter-X/Xm, MC-707/101, RD-88 and Zenology the AX-Edge has Roland’s latest and most powerful sound engine. Combine upto 4 parts plus 1 vocoder at once and choose through over 90 high quality DSP effects to craft your sound. As part of the Zen-Core range, you can download additional sound packs through Roland Cloud, and use your favourite tones from other Zen-Core products. For instance, you could create your sound on the Fantom or Zenology in the studio, then load it into the AX-Edge to play live.
Connect via Bluetooth to wireless send midi to iOS or Android devices, or connect to the AX-Edge dedicated editor app to fully customise its sounds to your heart’s desire.
Overview By GAK
The Roland AX-EDGE Keytar is made for the keyboard play that wants to stand out on stage and take some of the limelight back, after spending years sitting behind a keyboard. The AX-EDGE allows you to stand centre stage and have everyone take notice.
The angular/modern design is extremely eye-catching and features a customisable “Edge Blade”, which can be swapped/painted to display your individuality. The AX-EDGE comes in either White, with either a Silver or Gold “blade” (included) or Black, with all-black keys and both a Red or Silver “blade” (included).
The Roland AX-EDGE is light-weight and extremely mobile, weighing at just 4.2KG. The 49-note synth keyboard action is compatible with aftertouch. There are also plenty of additional controls, quickly accessible for live performance; ribbon controller, modulation bar, assignable control knob and 7-assignable buttons. To keep performance at the front of the player’s focus, the AX-EDGE can be either powered by rechargeable AA batteries or the included AC adapter. The AX-EDGE even comes with a free strap included in the box.
There are basic edits available within the AX-EDGE itself, and you can reassign all of the onboard parameters, including the performance pad, ribbon controller and all the buttons. Each of control on the AX-EDGE can also be assigned with the use of the free to download AX-EDGE Editor App. Simply connect the Bluetooth capable technology built within the keytar to connect to your favourite Smart Device and the easy-to-use app will give you access to more sound editing options.
The AX-EDGE doesn’t just look good, it sounds good too. Onboard is a surprisingly powerful synth engine, named Zen-Core, Roland’s latest and most powerful sound engine. The AX-EDGE is part of the Zen-Core range, which includes the Roland Fantom, Jupiter-X/Xm, MC-707/101, RD-88 and Zenology software-synth. On the AX-EDGE, you can combine up to 4 parts, plus 1 vocoder part simultaneously, along with choosing between over 90 high-quality DSP effects. As with all instruments within the Zen-Core range, you can download additional sound packs via Roland Cloud and import your favourite tones from other Zen-Core products. For example, you could create a patch on the Fantom at home, edit it further with Zenology on the computer at the studio, then load it into the AX-EDGE to play live. Zen-Core allows users to share all their creative ideas within one cohesive ecosystem.
The Roland AX Edge Keytar Synthesizer fits perfectly into the Roland CB-BAX Black AX-Edge Keyboard Bag and rests securely onto the Roland ST-AX2 Keytar Stand. These are available to buy as a bundle package with the AX-EDGE too.
For a fully wireless experience, partner the AX-EDGE with a Boss WL-20L Wireless System, Low Impedance (Mono performance only). This will transmit the audio of your AX-EDGE to wherever you plug the transmitter into. This could be a keyboard amplifier, audio mixer (connected to a PA) or even an interface that is connected to a computer.
Overview By Roland
Step into the Spotlight
Today’s audiences crave dynamic performances that stand out. As an artist, you want to connect with your fans and take your moment in the spotlight. The AX-Edge builds on decades of refinement and learning from artists the world over about what makes the ultimate performance synthesizer. The AX-Edge has a sleek, modern design with a customizable look via interchangeable Edge Blades, 49 full-sized keys, and a sound set crafted specifically for keytarists. And throughout the AX-Edge, you’ll find thoughtful design features that give you the freedom and confidence to truly express yourself on stage.
Give Your Stage Presence the Edge
Stage presence is everything, and you work hard to develop your image as a solo performer or band. The AX-Edge is designed to not only look stunning on stage but also to match your own unique style. It’s available in black or white, and each colour has individual design elements that make it stand out, like the “none-more-black” keys and removable Edge Blades. The AX-Edge comes with an extra Edge Blade in the box (a silver Edge Blade for the black model and a gold Edge Blade for the white) and you can even create your own original designs. Create a look that complements your band’s style or swap out Edge Blades to keep things fresh.
From Stage-Ready Classics to Custom-Made Tones
We didn’t cram generic preset sounds into the AX-Edge—it has a curated sound set driven by our ZEN-Core Synthesis System. The onboard sounds are optimized for stage performance to produce sounds that cut through, even in a loud band. Dedicated buttons for favourite sounds give you instant access to edgy leads, big fat basses, and all manner of keyboard sounds perfect for the performing keytarist, whether it’s taking a solo or sharing the limelight with your bandmates. Customize your sounds wirelessly by connecting to the AX-Edge editor app with Bluetooth MIDI or take advantage of available ZEN-Core Sound Packs and Wave Expansions. Splits and layers utilize the expansive, full-sized keyboard, and a wealth of stunning new effects, including a master compressor and EQ, give you polished, studio-quality tone in any venue. And thanks to the Tone Remain function, you can switch sounds seamlessly without notes or effect tails being cut off prematurely. There is also a dedicated AX-Edge Editor.
Take Control of Your Performance—with Both Hands
Unlike keyboardists who perform behind a traditional keyboard rig, keytar players know the thrill of tearing it up right in front of their adoring fans. And when your moment comes, the AX-Edge gives you the hands-on control to nail your performance, giving it subtle nuance or over-the-top intensity. The AX-Edge’s neck controls, refined over years of development and artist feedback, are highly intuitive and truly take your performance to another level. While your right hand will appreciate the supremely playable keyboard, your left hand will love the modulation bar, pressure-sensitive pitch ribbon, and easy-to-reach controls for portamento, hold, octave switch, and program change. If desired, many controls can be reassigned to functions that perfectly suit your performance style.
The Stage-Ready, Performance-Focused Powerhouse
As a gigging keyboard player, a lot can fall on your shoulders. You cover lots of different sounds and parts, often acting as the backbone of a performance and filling in any gaps. With this reality in mind, the AX-Edge has thoughtful performance features that aid you in the heat of battle. An innovative dual display system keeps you in command at all times, while the onboard arpeggiator and song player can handle backing duties while you concentrate on slaying your audience. And the built-in vocoder, which can be layered with internal sounds, is just the thing for unique backing vocals or funky, retro lead parts.
While they may not stand out as much as its striking good looks and killer sound set, the AX-Edge has several convenient features that greatly expand its usability for today’s keytarist. The USB memory function provides full backup capability, so you’re ready if disaster strikes. It’s also a capable master controller for rack modules or plug-in synths. And Bluetooth MIDI and nearly four hours of battery life* free you from wires, so you can throw caution to the wind and leave it all on the stage.
*Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries only.
AX-Edge is part of an expandable platform, so it can be updated with new sounds and capabilities. Since it uses our ZEN-Core Synthesis System, you can load ZEN-Core Sound Packs and Wave Expansions for fresh tones across a range of genres via Roland Cloud Manager.
- 49 full-sized keys with velocity and channel aftertouch
- 4 parts + vocoder with mic Input
- 320 programs and over 500 preset tones for keytarists
- 79 types of part multi-effects and part EQ, 79 types of program multi-effects, chorus, reverb, master compressor, and master EQ
- Tone Remain function switches sounds seamlessly without unnatural sound cutoff
- Ribbon controller, modulation bar, and assignable controls for expressive performance
- Up to 4 hours of battery-powered* operation; can also be powered via AC adaptor
- *Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries only.
- Bluetooth MIDI and editor app for wireless sound customization
- Weighs just 9 lb. 5 oz./4.2 kg (without batteries)
- Available in black and white models with removable Edge Blade for custom look
- One extra Edge Blade included to complement your AX-Edge model
- Audio file playback via external USB memory
- Master MIDI controller functionality for remote operation of sound modules, plug-ins, and more
- Dual display system optimized for live performance
- Optional ST-AX2 stand provides stable support when the instrument is not in use
- Keyboard - 49 keys (with velocity and channel aftertouch)
- Sound Generator - ZEN-Core
- Parts - 4 parts + Vocoder part
- - User Program: 320
- - Preset Tone: Over 500
- - User Tone: 256
- - Part Multi-effects: 90 types
- - Part EQ
- - Vocoder
- - Program Multi-effects (IFX): 90 types
- - Chorus: 9 types
- - Reverb: 7 types
- - Master Compressor
- - Master EQ
- Other Functions
- - Favorite
- - Song Player
- - Arpeggio
- - Vocoder
- - MIDI Master Keyboard
- - Sound Edit
- * You can use the smartphone AX-Edge Editor app (Android version/iOS version) to edit the AX-Edge's sounds.
- - Ribbon Controller
- - Modulation Bar
- - Assignable Control knob
- - Master Volume knob
- - Assignable buttons x 7
- - Pedal
- - Aftertouch
- Bluetooth - MIDI: Bluetooth Ver. 4.1 (Bluetooth LE)
- - 16 characters 2 line LCD
- - (3 x 7) segment LED
- External Storage Device - USB flash drive
- - PHONES jack: stereo 1/4-inch phone type
- - OUTPUT jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4-inch phone type
- - MIC INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
- - PEDAL jack
- - MIDI connectors (IN, OUT)
- - USB MEMORY port
- - USB COMPUTER port (supports USB MIDI)
- - DC IN jack
- Power Supply - DC 9 V: AC adaptor or rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) (sold separately) x 8
- Current Draw
- - 1,000 mA
- * Battery life for continuous use (differs depending on the conditions of use)
- - Rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries: approximately 4 hours
- * Carbon-zinc or alkaline batteries cannot be used
- - Owner's manual
- - Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
- - AC adaptor
- - Power cord
- - Strap
- - Blade panel (including Hex key, screws)
- - Ferrite core (including Band for fastening the core)
- Options (sold separately)
- - AX-Edge stand (ST-AX2)
- - Pedal switch: DP series
- - Expression pedal: EV-5
- SIZE AND WEIGHT
- - Width - 1,252 mm, 49-5/16 inches
- - Depth - 291 mm, 11-1/2 inches
- - Height - 85 mm, 3-3/8 inches
- - Weight (excluding AC adaptor, Batteries) - 4.2 kg, 9 lbs. 5 oz.
Keytars, Love them or Hate them but I think Roland has packed a lot of modern synth into this AX EDGE Keytar. editable via bluetooth on android or ios (though the Roland editing program could have been better it does work but feels like a beta version) it also works as a wireless bluetooth music keyboard for ipad. I like it very much and even though the editing program needs work the actual Keytar deserves full 5 stars.
Excellent, brilliant and very helpful
Owned the Roland Ax and many other keytars in the past, without a doubt this is the best one so far