Roland RK300 88 Note VIMA Keyboard and Stand
Experience a new world of multimedia entertainment and musical enjoyment with the VIMA RK-300. Whether played as a solo piano or used as a complete audio-visual entertainment system, VIMA will transform any home into a party zone. VIMA can accept a wide variety of external data and devices, such as audio CDs, MIDI files, iPods, USB memory keys, and more.
Play, sing, listen, visualise - your VIMA experience can be simple or extravagant.
- Full-featured multimedia instrument that combines music and visual content
- Roland's finest 88-note stereo sampled grand piano onboard, plus hundreds of other top-quality sounds for complete backing-band enhancement
- 88-note PHA II (Progressive Hammer Action II) keyboard with Escapement
- Complete karaoke features, including backing tracks, lyric display, vocal effects, auto-harmony, tempo/pitch change, and more
- ANIME visual effects can be synced to music or controlled via D Beam
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RK-300 can record your performance on the VIMA's keyboard, as well as any vocal microphone, electric guitar or V-Drums that are connected, and the onboard CD drive allows you to burn the audio CDs instantly
VIMA piano sound - based on Roland's decades of world-leading research in acoustic-piano analysis and digital-piano technology
The RK-300 incorporates Roland's finest 88-note stereo sampled grand piano sound, offering incredible realism from powerful low-range notes to brilliant highs.
Due to meticulous sampling of all 88 notes of a world-famous acoustic grand piano, the RK-300 reproduces every sound and resonant characteristic with clarity, detail, and authenticity.
With the Piano Designer function, you can adjust delicate sound characters such as the open / close degree of the piano lid, string resonance, etc. Up to 128 voices can play simultaneously, ensuring the natural resonance of strings when using the damper pedal extensively.
The continuous pedals react your pedaling techniques and emotional expressions
The RK-300's damper and soft pedals can detect the slightest and most delicate pedaling work. Piano-pedaling techniques such as positional depth are authentically reproduced with the RK-300.
Natural-feeling key touch with expressive control
The RK-300 is fitted with Roland's acclaimed PHA II keyboard, which realises the natural touch of a grand piano exclusively with the weight of hammers (no springs are used). The keys sink quietly and smoothly when pressed lightly, and provide slight resistance when pressed more forcefully. Even the grand-piano keyboard's unique "let off" feeling is faithfully reproduced.
A variety of lesson-oriented features are also onboard
RK-300's convenient lesson-assist features (metronome, recorder, Twin Piano, etc…) can help students master the piano.
Play your favourite songs backed by MP3 or audio CD
The RK-300 comes with a popular and varied song library on the bundled CD-ROM (stored as music data). With music data, you can change key and tempo, and you can mute or solo each part separately (right hand, left hand, backing) for play-along practice. The RK-300 can also play audio data such as MP3 files* from USB Flash Memory and other media; audio CDs can be played via USB CD drive.
With audio data, you can change key and tempo, while the Center Cancel feature lets you minimise the melody part so you can play along. You can be a soloist and play along with your favourite CD, for example.
*WAV files, MP3 files, audio CD
Piano Roll lets you visualize the music
Piano Roll plays in sync with the music data. Two types of Piano Roll displays are provided (Classic type: early 20th Century player-piano-like design and Modern type: futuristic music score).
ANIME function combines sound and visual images
Onboard ANIME effects can appear onscreen along with your performances or music-data playback. Eight types are provided, including Petal, Musical Notes, Note Names, Snow Crystals, etc. It's an exciting new performance experience, as if you are playing notes and graphics simultaneously. You can change ANIME parameters (type, colour, etc.). You can also control the ANIME effects using the D Beam. You can layer ANIME with visual images from external DVD player (sold separately), VIMA TUNES etc. to create unique visual effects.
Enjoy karaoke at home
With RK-300's bundled songs, VIMA TUNES songs, and Standard MIDI Files with lyrics, you can enjoy a complete karaoke experience at home. The remote controller (included) allows you to start / stop / change key, etc. from across the room. Your own digital-camera photos can be used as background images of the karaoke-lyric display.
Add background harmony to your singing
RK-300 allows you to add nice harmonies to your singing without any complex operation. While performing with the RK-300's onboard songs / VIMA TUNES*1 you can automatically add harmonies onto your voice. You can turn vocal harmonies on/off with a footswitch, freely adding background singing whenever you want it. You can choose the most suitable harmony styles among three types of presets: Duo, Trio and Quartet. In case a singer is singing along with audio data playback on RK-300, his/her voice can be harmonised as well, according to the real-time keyboard performance on RK-300*2.
*1 The song data of RK-300's Internal Songs / bundled CD-ROM and VIMA TUNES specially contain the dedicated chord information which enables RK-300 to harmonise your voice automatically.
*2 Keyboard player needs to play chord backing in order to let RK-300 recognise the chords.
Your favourite music library can be transformed for karaoke
Thanks to the RK-300's Centre Cancel feature, your personal music library can become backing tracks for karaoke. Your CD, DVD*1, or downloaded audio files (via portable audio player such as iPod*2) can be transformed into karaoke songs. Hold a karaoke party by connecting the RK-300 to a large TV monitor and loading visual content such as DVD video*1, 2, etc.
*1 Commercial DVD player is required.
*2 Connection with RK-300 is made via RK-300's Audio/Video port.
Why not create your own custom-made VIMA TUNES library?
You can easily create your own VIMA TUNES titles for the RK-300 with Cakewalk's SONAR Digital Audio Workstation software and the VIMA TUNES Image Tool plug-in. Standard MIDI Files and your digital-photo libraries can be incorporated with the VIMA TUNES library. Experience a new, personalised style of karaoke that consists of your favourite songs and photos.
*1 Following Cakewalk SONAR products are compatible with VIMA TUNES Image Tool: SONAR 6 Producer/Studio, SONAR 6 LE, SONAR Home Studio 6/6 XL, SONAR 7 Producer/Studio, SONAR 8 Producer/Studio
Let's enjoy ensemble sessions with VIMA, guitar, drums, and vocals
Plug a microphone and a variety of electronic musical instruments into the RK-300. Thanks to its powerful speakers, onboard vocal effects (echo, etc.), and built-in guitar-amp models, the VIMA RK-300 is a dream machine for the whole band. Plug in V-Drums, a vocal mic, and an electric guitar and your rock band is ready to jam through the RK-300. With its ability to combine realtime instrumental performance with music-data playback and visual imagery, the VIMA RK-300 is in a league of its own. When playing the internal song titles or VIMA TUNES data, the RK-300 can display DigiScore notation with chord names on a TV monitor.
Control the visual and sound by moving your hand over the D Beam
The built-in D Beam is a unique live performance tool that makes your keyboard performances magical. Your hand movement over the invisible beam can control ANIME effects or the sounds of RK-300, including sound effects such as applause.
Record your RK-300 performances and karaoke parties, and burn CDs immediately afterward
As you perform on the VIMA's keyboard, it can save and record everything you do including any vocal microphone, electric guitar, V-Drums, or other instruments that are connected. CDs are a great way to archive your jam sessions, songwriting ideas, performances, parties, etc. The RK-300 can burn CDs instantly with its onboard CD drive. CDs of karaoke sessions make nice souvenirs for the party guests. Jam sessions can be recorded and distributed to band members for song evaluation and learning.