|Launched in late 2012 and highlighted at Winter NAMM show 2013, the Roland BK-3 is a compact, affordable keyboard with auto-accompaniment. The Roland BK-3 Backing Keyboard is the latest addition to the popular BK-series instruments with intelligent backing track technology. The BK-3 delivers high sound quality and a selection of music styles from around the world, providing full-ensemble backing at the touch of a button. The BK-3 was designed with a wide range of users in mind, from hobbyists and home players to one-man bands and pro entertainers.|
Completely self contained, the BK-3 features a 61-note keyboard, a global array of intelligent music and rhythm accompaniments, and a built-in stereo sound system. Roland's programmers from around the world have created special rhythms for the BK-3, putting a wide range of colorful, authentic music under the user’s fingertips.
The BK-3 is outfitted with a top-level Roland sound engine (compatible with GM2, GS, and XG Lite formats), which provides over 800 sounds and dozens of drum and percussion kits to choose from. A user-friendly, intuitive front panel is designed to make navigation easy, using clearly labeled buttons, dedicated controls, and a LCD display.
Users can play a variety of external backing formats via convenient USB memory, including WAV and MP3 audio, SMF (Standard MIDI File), and Roland rhythms (BK, E, G, and VA series). The playback tempo can be adjusted with all formats, including audio. A Center Cancel function reduces the volume of vocals in commercial WAV/MP3 audio files, suitable for karaoke singing and minus-one playing. Players can also record their performances directly to USB memory.
The BK-3 is compatible with Roland Wireless Connect, which allows users to communicate with an Apple iPhone or iPad over a wireless network via the optional WNA1100-RL Wireless USB Adapter. The free app for iPhone/iPad offers useful integration with the BK-3, including Air Recorder, music sharing on social networks, and a lyrics display for SMF songs (with embedded lyrics) played on the BK-3.