Owner’s Manual
What is MIDI?
MIDI is an internationally recognized standard for exchanging performance information between
electronic musical instruments and computers.
For example, in the illustration below, a MIDI signal meaning “the ‘C’ key on the MIDI keyboard was
pressed” passes through the A-88 and is received by the computer’s software sound module, and
then the software sound module plays the note “C.”
MIDI signal
Information meaning “the ‘C’
key was pressed”
“C” is played
Software sound module
“C” key is pressed
In this way, MIDI is used to send performance information to other instruments; for example
“the ‘C’ key was pressed with a certain amount of force,” “the instrument was changed to a violin
sound,” “the volume was raised/lowered,” “the pitch was raised/lowered,” etc. In other words, MIDI
is the “language of musical instruments.”
MIDI signals are merely performance instructions, therefore a MIDI sound module, such as a
software sound module, is required to produce sound.
All software sound modules and DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software support MIDI.
MEMO
DAW software is a term that refers to music production software, such as SONAR.
NOTE
Do not connect the A-88 to the computer until the driver has been installed (p. 17).
Before using this unit, carefully read the sections entitled:”USING THE UNIT SAFELY” (p. 3) and “IMPORTANT
NOTES” (p. 6). These sections provide important information concerning the proper operation of the unit.
Additionally, in order to feel assured that you have gained a good grasp of every feature provided by your
new unit, Owner’s Manual should be read in its entirety. The manual should be saved and kept on hand as a
convenient reference.
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USING THE UNIT SAFELY
About
WARNING and
CAUTION Notices
Used for instructions intended to alert the
user to the risk of death or severe injury
should the unit be used improperly.
Used for instructions intended to alert the
user to the risk of injury or material
damage should the unit be used
improperly.
* Material damage refers to damage or
other adverse effects caused with
respect to the home and all its
furnishings, as well to domestic animals
or pets.
About the Symbols
The symbol alerts the user to important instructions or
warnings.The specific meaning of the symbol is
determined by the design contained within the triangle. In
the case of the symbol at left, it is used for general
cautions, warnings, or alerts to danger.
The symbol alerts the user to items that must never be
carried out (are forbidden). The specific thing that must
not be done is indicated by the design contained within
the circle. In the case of the symbol at left, it means that
the unit must never be disassembled.
The symbol alerts the user to things that must be
carried out. The specific thing that must be done is
indicated by the design contained within the circle. In the
case of the symbol at left, it means that the power-cord
plug must be unplugged from the outlet.
ALWAYS OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING
WARNING
WARNING
Do not disassemble or modify by yourself
Use only stand that is recommended
Do not open (or modify in any way) the
unit or its AC adaptor.
This unit should be used only with a stand
that is recommended by Roland.
Do not repair or replace parts by yourself
Do not place in an unstable location
Do not attempt to repair the unit, or
replace parts within it (except when this
manual provides specific instructions
directing you to do so). Refer all servicing
to your retailer, the nearest Roland
Service Center, or an authorized Roland
distributor, as listed on the “Information”
page.
Do not use or store in the following types of
locations
• Subject to temperature extremes (e.g.,
direct sunlight in an enclosed vehicle,
near a heating duct, on top of heatgenerating equipment); or are
• Damp (e.g., baths, washrooms, on wet
floors); or are
• Exposed to steam or smoke; or are
• Subject to salt exposure; or are
• Humid; or are
• Exposed to rain; or are
• Dusty or sandy; or are
• Subject to high levels of vibration and
shakiness.
When using the unit with a rack or stand
recommended by Roland, the rack or
stand must be carefully placed so it is level
and sure to remain stable. If not using a
rack or stand, you still need to make sure
that any location you choose for placing
the unit provides a level surface that will
properly support the unit, and keep it
from wobbling.
Precautions regarding placement of this unit on a
stand
Be sure to follow the instructions in the
Owner’s Manual carefully when placing
this unit on a stand (p. 9).
If it is not set up properly, you risk creating
an unstable situation which could lead to
the unit falling or the stand toppling, and
may result in injury.
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USING THE UNIT SAFELY
WARNING
Use only the supplied AC adaptor and the correct
voltage
Turn off the unit if an abnormality or malfunction
occurs
Be sure to use only the AC adaptor
supplied with the unit. Also, make sure the
line voltage at the installation matches
the input voltage specified on the AC
adaptor’s body. Other AC adaptors may
use a different polarity, or be designed
for a different voltage, so their use could
result in damage, malfunction, or electric
shock.
Immediately turn the unit off, remove the
AC adaptor from the outlet, and request
servicing by your retailer, the nearest
Roland Service Center, or an authorized
Roland distributor, as listed on the
“Information” page when:
Use only the included power cord
Use only the attached power-supply cord.
Also, the supplied power cord must not be
used with any other device.
Do not bend the power cord or place heavy objects
on it
Do not excessively twist or bend the
power cord, nor place heavy objects on it.
Doing so can damage the cord, producing
severed elements and short circuits.
Damaged cords are fire and shock hazards!
Don’t allow foreign objects or liquids to enter unit;
never place containers with liquid on unit
Do not place containers containing liquid
on this product. Never allow foreign
objects (e.g., flammable objects, coins,
wires) or liquids (e.g., water or juice) to
enter this product. Doing so may cause
short circuits, faulty operation, or other
malfunctions.
Adults must provide supervision in places where
children are present
When using the unit in locations where
children are present, be careful so no
mishandling of the unit can take place. An
adult should always be on hand to provide
supervision and guidance.
Do not drop or subject to strong impact
Protect the unit from strong impact.
(Do not drop it!)
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WARNING
• The AC adaptor, the power-supply cord,
or the plug has been damaged; or
• If smoke or unusual odor occurs; or
• Objects have fallen into, or liquid has
been spilled onto the unit; or
• The unit has been exposed to rain (or
otherwise has become wet); or
• The unit does not appear to operate
normally or exhibits a marked change
in performance.
Do not share an outlet with an unreasonable
number of other devices
Do not force the unit’s power-supply cord
to share an outlet with an unreasonable
number of other devices. Be especially
careful when using extension cords—the
total power used by all devices you have
connected to the extension cord’s outlet
must never exceed the power rating
(watts/amperes) for the extension cord.
Excessive loads can cause the insulation
on the cord to heat up and eventually
melt through.
Do not use overseas
Before using the unit in a foreign country,
consult with your retailer, the nearest
Roland Service Center, or an authorized
Roland distributor, as listed on the
“Information” page.
Do not use a CD-ROM in an audio CD player or DVD
player
DO NOT play a CD-ROM disc on a
conventional audio CD player. The
resulting sound may be of a level that
could cause permanent hearing loss.
Damage to speakers or other system
components may result.
USING THE UNIT SAFELY
CAUTION
Place in a well ventilated location
The unit and the AC adaptor should be
located so their location or position does
not interfere with their proper ventilation.
CAUTION
Avoid climbing on top of the unit, or placing heavy
objects on it
Never climb on top of, nor place heavy
objects on the unit.
Use only the specified stand (s)
This unit is designed to be used in
combination with specific stands (KS-12,
KS-18Z) manufactured by Roland. If used
in combination with other stands, you
risk sustaining injuries as the result of this
product dropping down or toppling over
due to a lack of stability.
Do not connect or disconnect the AC adaptor with
wet hands
Evaluate safety issues before using stands
Before moving the unit, disconnect the
AC adaptor and all cords coming from
external devices.
Even if you observe the cautions given
in the owner’s manual, certain types of
handling may allow this product to fall
from the stand, or cause the stand to
overturn. Please be mindful of any safety
issues before using this product.
Never handle the AC adaptor or its plugs
with wet hands when plugging into, or
unplugging from, an outlet or this unit.
Disconnect everything before moving the unit
Unplug the AC adaptor from the outlet before
cleaning
Grasp the plug when connecting or disconnecting
the AC adaptor
Before cleaning the unit, turn it off and
unplug the AC adaptor from the outlet
(p. 16).
Always grasp only the plug on the AC
adaptor cord when plugging into, or
unplugging from, an outlet or this unit.
If there is a possibility of lightning strike, disconnect
the AC adaptor from the outlet
Periodically clean the AC adaptor’s plug
At regular intervals, you should unplug
the AC adaptor and clean it by using
a dry cloth to wipe all dust and other
accumulations away from its prongs.
Also, disconnect the power plug from
the power outlet whenever the unit is to
remain unused for an extended period of
time. Any accumulation of dust between
the power plug and the power outlet can
result in poor insulation and lead to fire.
Whenever you suspect the possibility of
lightning in your area, disconnect the AC
adaptor from the outlet.
Manage cables for safety
Try to prevent cords and cables from
becoming entangled. Also, all cords and
cables should be placed so they are out of
the reach of children.
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IMPORTANT NOTES
Power Supply
• Do not connect this unit to same electrical outlet
that is being used by an electrical appliance that
is controlled by an inverter or a motor (such as a
refrigerator, washing machine, microwave oven, or
air conditioner). Depending on the way in which
the electrical appliance is used, power supply
noise may cause this unit to malfunction or may
produce audible noise. If it is not practical to use a
separate electrical outlet, connect a power supply
noise filter between this unit and the electrical
outlet.
• Do not allow rubber, vinyl, or similar materials to
remain on this unit for long periods of time. Such
objects can discolor or otherwise harmfully affect
the finish.
• The AC adaptor will begin to generate heat after
long hours of consecutive use. This is normal, and
is not a cause for concern.
• Do not allow objects to remain on top of the
keyboard. This can be the cause of malfunction,
such as keys ceasing to produce sound.
• To prevent malfunction and equipment failure,
always make sure to turn off the power on all your
equipment before you make any connections.
• Do not paste stickers, decals, or the like to this
instrument. Peeling such matter off the instrument
may damage the exterior finish.
• When not connected to a computer, the A-88 will
automatically be switched off four hours after you
stop playing or operating it (if the factory settings
have been unmodified). If you don’t want the unit
to turn off automatically, change the “AUTO OFF”
setting to “OFF” as described on p. 42.
• Depending on the material and temperature of
the surface on which you place the unit, its rubber
feet may discolor or mar the surface.
You can place a piece of felt or cloth under the
rubber feet to prevent this from happening. If you
do so, please make sure that the unit will not slip
or move accidentally.
Placement
• This device may interfere with radio and television
reception. Do not use this device in the vicinity of
such receivers.
• Noise may be produced if wireless
communications devices, such as cell phones,
are operated in the vicinity of this unit. Such
noise could occur when receiving or initiating a
call, or while conversing. Should you experience
such problems, you should relocate such wireless
devices so they are at a greater distance from this
unit, or switch them off.
• Do not expose the unit to direct sunlight, place
it near devices that radiate heat, leave it inside
an enclosed vehicle, or otherwise subject it to
temperature extremes. Also, do not allow lighting
devices that normally are used while their light
source is very close to the unit (such as a piano
light), or powerful spotlights to shine upon the
same area of the unit for extended periods of time.
Excessive heat can deform or discolor the unit.
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• When moved from one location to another where
the temperature and/or humidity is very different,
water droplets (condensation) may form inside
the unit. Damage or malfunction may result if
you attempt to use the unit in this condition.
Therefore, before using the unit, you must allow it
to stand for several hours, until the condensation
has completely evaporated.
• Do not put anything that contains water on this
unit. Also, avoid the use of insecticides, perfumes,
alcohol, nail polish, spray cans, etc., near the unit.
Swiftly wipe away any liquid that spills on the unit
using a dry, soft cloth.
Maintenance
• To clean the unit, use a dry, soft cloth; or one
that is slightly dampened. Try to wipe the entire
surface using an equal amount of strength moving
the cloth. Rubbing too hard in the same area can
damage the finish.
• Never use benzine, thinners, alcohol or solvents of
any kind, to avoid the possibility of discoloration
and/or deformation.
Repairs and Data
• Please be aware that all data contained in this
unit’s memory may be initialized to the factory
settings when it is sent for repairs.
IMPORTANT NOTES
Additional Precautions
Copyrights/Licences/Trademarks
• Roland assumes no liability concerning such loss
of data, nor any obligation to recover it.
• Before you open the included CD-ROM or
DVD-ROM, you must read the “license agreement.”
Opening the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM will be taken to
mean your acceptance of the license agreement.
• Use a reasonable amount of care when using the
unit’s buttons, sliders, or other controls; and when
using its jacks and connectors. Rough handling
can lead to malfunctions.
• When disconnecting all cables, grasp the
connector itself—never pull on the cable. This way
you will avoid causing shorts, or damage to the
cable’s internal elements.
• To avoid disturbing others nearby, try to keep the
unit’s volume at reasonable levels.
• The sound of keys being struck and vibrations
produced by playing an instrument can be
transmitted through a floor or wall to an
unexpected extent. Please take care not to cause
annoyance to others nearby.
• When you need to transport the unit, package
it in the box (including padding) that it came
in, if possible. Otherwise, you will need to use
equivalent packaging materials.
• MMP (Moore Microprocessor Portfolio) refers to a
patent portfolio concerned with microprocessor
architecture, which was developed by Technology
Properties Limited (TPL). Roland has licensed this
technology from the TPL Group.
• Microsoft product screen shot(s) reprinted with
permission from Microsoft Corporation.
• Roland and SuperNATURAL are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of Roland Corporation in
the United States and/or other countries.
• Cakewalk and SONAR are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of Cakewalk, Inc. or
Roland Corporation in the United States and/or
other countries.
• Company names and product names appearing
in this document are registered trademarks or
trademarks of their respective owners.
• Use only the specified expression pedal (EV-5,
EV-7; sold separately). By connecting any other
expression pedals, you risk causing malfunction
and/or damage to the unit.
• The usable range of D-BEAM controller will
become extremely small when used under strong
direct sunlight. Please be aware of this when using
the D-BEAM controller outside.
Handling CDs / DVDs
• Avoid touching or scratching the shiny underside
(encoded surface) of the disc. Damaged or dirty
CD/DVD discs may not be read properly. Keep your
discs clean using a commercially available CD/
DVD cleaner.
Copyright © 2012 ROLAND CORPORATION
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may
be reproduced in any form without the written
permission of ROLAND CORPORATION.
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About the Ivory Feel Keyboard
Features of an ivory feel keyboard
Traditional piano keys are made from the best materials-ivory (for white keys) and ebony (for black
keys). The Ivory Feel keyboard uses the latest in technology to reproduce the touch and feel of
these materials.
An Ivory Feel keyboard offers the following features.
• We’re sure you’ll develop a fondness for the distinctive texture of these keys, which feels better
the more you play them.
• Surfaces incorporate stripes of moisture-absorbing material for improved touch and
playability.
• The keys feature subtle gloss and understated coloring, enhancing the look and elegance.
• The white keys are finished with a slight yellowish tinge for the look of real ivory.
Handling
• Do not write on the keyboard with any pen or other implement, and do not stamp or place any
marking on the instrument. Ink will seep into the surface lines and become unremovable.
• Do not affix stickers on the keyboard. You may be unable to remove stickers that use strong
adhesives, and the adhesive may cause discoloration.
Care and maintenance
Please note the following points. Failure to do so may result in scratches on the surface finish,
damaged gloss, or other discoloration or deformation.
• To remove dirt, use a soft cloth.
Using a moistened and tightly wrung-out cloth, gently wipe off any dirt.
Do not rub the surface vigorously.
• To remove stubborn dirt, use a commercially available keyboard cleaner that does not contain
abrasives.
Start by wiping lightly. If the dirt does not come off, wipe using gradually increasing amounts
of pressure while taking care not to scratch the keys.
• Do not use benzene, paint thinner, or alcohol on the instrument.
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Placing the A-88 on a Stand
If you want to place the A-88 on a stand, use the Roland KS-12 or KS-18Z.
Place the A-88 on the stand as follows.
Be careful not to pinch your fingers when setting up the stand.
KS-12
Adjust the width of the stand
so that the rubber feet on the
keyboard side of the bottom of
the keyboard fit into the holes
provided for the rubber
Top view
KS-18Z
Adjust the width of the stand so
that the rubber feet of the A-88
straddle the stand
Top view
Adjust so that the height
does not exceed 1 meter
(Adjust the stand to a level no
higher than the fourth level
from the bottom)
Align the front of the
A-88 with the front of
the stand
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Contents
USING THE UNIT SAFELY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
IMPORTANT NOTES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Using the Lever to Modify the Sound . . . . . 35
Using the D-BEAM to Modify the Sound. . . 36
Using the Knobs to Modify the Sound. . . . . 37
Using the Pedals to Modify the Sound . . . . 38
About the Ivory Feel Keyboard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Placing the A-88 on a Stand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Using Aftertouch to Modify the Sound. . . . 39
Halting Stuck Notes (PANIC). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Quick Page Reference Table. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Changing the A-88 Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Contents of the Package. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Changing the Velocity Curve
(VELO CURVE). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Panel Descriptions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Specifying the Keyboard Velocity Value
(KEY VELO). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Rear Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Making the Power Automatically Turn
Off After a Time (Auto Off ). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Driver Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Verify That You Can Hear Sound. . . . . . . . . . . 23
Switching the Function of the [C2]
Knob in SuperNATURAL Mode
(SN SETTING). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Checking with a SONAR Soft
Synths (Windows). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Assigning Functions to the Knobs,
Buttons, and Jacks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Checking in GarageBand (Mac OS X). . 24
Assigning a Program Change
Message (PRGM CHANGE). . . . . . . . . . 43
MIDI Signal Flow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
About the Operating Modes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Switching the Operating Mode. . . . . . . . . . . 26
PLAY Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
FUNCTION Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
SuperNATURAL Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Assigning Aftertouch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Assigning a Control Change
Number (CC#). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Changing the Direction of Value
Increases for the Knobs, D-BEAM
Controller, and Pedals (CTRL DIR) . . . . . . . . . 46
MIDI Visual Control Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Selecting the Dedicated Driver or the
Generic Driver. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Layering Two Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Returning the Pedal Jacks Assignments
to the Factory Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Two Parts (LOWER, UPPER). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Layering Two Sounds (DUAL). . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Restoring the Factory Settings
(FACT RESET). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Playing Different Sounds with the Right
and Left Hands (SPLIT) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Troubleshooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Changing the Location at Which
the Keyboard Is Divided (Split Point). . 31
Problems When Installing the Driver. . . . . . 48
Problems When Using the Unit . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Performing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Changing Computer Settings to Avoid
Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Setting the MIDI Transmit Channel
(MIDI CHANNEL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Driver Signing Options Setting
(Windows XP). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Switching Sounds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Power Management Settings. . . . . . . 52
Shifting the Pitch of the Keyboard . . . . . . . . 34
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Contents
Reinstalling the Driver. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Deleting the Driver. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Lightening the MIDI Load (Windows) . . . . . 55
MIDI Implementation Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Main Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Quick Page Reference Table
Performing
Changing the A-88’s
Settings
Switching the operating mode
(PLAY/FUNCTION/SuperNATURAL/MIDI Visual Control)
p. 26
Layering Two Parts (DUAL, SPLIT)
p. 30
Setting the MIDI transmit channel (MIDI CHANNEL)
p. 32
Switching sounds ([S1][S2] knobs)
p. 32
Performing
—
Octave Shift, Transpose
p. 34
Pitch Bend, Modulation
p. 35
D-BEAM
p. 36
[C1][C2] knobs
p. 37
Pedal
p. 38
Aftertouch
p. 39
Halting stuck notes
p. 39
Performing with a SuperNATURAL sound module
p. 28
Controlling MIDI Visual Control-compatible video equipment
p. 29
Changing the velocity curve (VELO CURVE)
p. 41
Specifying the keyboard velocity value (KEY VELO)
p. 41
Making the Power Automatically Turn Off After a Time (Auto Off )
p. 42
Assigning functions to the knobs, buttons, and jacks
p. 43
Switching the function of the [C2] knob in SuperNATURAL mode (SN
SETTING)
p. 42
Changing the direction of value increases for the knobs, D-BEAM controller,
buttons, and pedals (CTRL DIR)
p. 46
Selecting the dedicated driver or the generic driver
p. 46
Returning the pedal jack assignments to the factory settings
p. 47
Restoring the factory settings (FACT RESET)
p. 47
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How to read the procedural explanations
Press the [FUNCTION] button.
Press the key that has “PRGM
CHANGE” printed above it.
0–9
Value
Press the keys that have
“NUMERIC ENTRY” printed above
them.
1–128
Press the key that has “ENTER”
printed above it.
Using NUMERIC ENTRY to enter a value
0–9
Value
0–127
NUMERIC ENTRY keys pressed in
this order
This value is
entered
6, 4, ENTER
64
1, 2, 7, ENTER
127
1, 2, 8, ENTER
28
9, 3, 5, 7, ENTER
57
* If you specified a value that’s outside the acceptable range, the valid value that had been entered
before you pressed ENTER will be used.
Explanation of the icons
Icon
Explanation
Rotate the [C1] or [C2] knob.
Step on the pedal for which you want to make settings (either DAMPER, FC2, or
FC1).
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Contents of the Package
After you open the package, please check that all items are present.
(If any accessories are missing, please contact the place of purchase.)
☐ A-88
☐ AC Adaptor
This is the dedicated AC adaptor for the
A-88.
(includes an AC cord)
☐ USB cable
Please use only the included AC adaptor, USB cable
and damper pedal. If you require a replacement due
to loss or damage, please contact the nearest Roland
Service Center, or an authorized Roland distributor, as
listed on the “Information” page.
Use this cable to connect the A-88 to the USB connector of your computer.
☐ Damper pedal
This is the dedicated damper pedal for the A-88.
☐ A-Series Keyboard CD-ROM
This contains the USB driver and PDF files of the owner’s manual.
☐ Cakewalk SONAR LE DVD-ROM
Windows
DAW software allows you to record or play audio data on a computer.
For details on using SONAR LE, user registration, and obtaining a registration code, refer to the
installation guide (included on the DVD-ROM), or to the Help function of the software.
* Avoid touching or scratching the shiny underside (encoded surface) of a disc. Damaged or
dirty discs may not be read properly. Use a commercially available CD-ROM/DVD-ROM cleaner
to keep your disc clean.
* You need DAW software for Mac OS X.
☐ Cakewalk SONAR LE installation guide
Windows
This explains the installation and user registration process for the software included on
the Cakewalk SONAR LE DVD-ROM. Unless you complete the user registration and obtain a
registration code as directed in this guide, you won’t be able to use the software for more than
thirty days after installation.
☑ Owner’s Manual
This is the document you’re reading. Keep it at hand for reference when needed.
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Panel Descriptions
Panel
D-BEAM (p. 36)
D-BEAM controller
Move your hand above
this to apply various
effects to the sound.
[PITCH]
button
If this is turned
on, the D-BEAM
controller will
control the pitch.
[POWER] switch
This turns the power
on/off.
* When not connected
to a computer, the A-88
will automatically be
switched off four hours
after you stop playing
or operating it (if the
factory settings have
been unmodified). If
you don’t want the unit
to turn off automatically, change the “AUTO
OFF” setting to “OFF” as
described on p. 42.
[FUNCTION] button
If you press this button so
it’s lit, you can change the
MIDI channel or transmit
a program number by
pressing the appropriate
keys (p. 27).
[VOL] button
[ASSIGN] button
If this is turned
on, the D-BEAM
controller will control
the volume.
If this is turned on, the
D-BEAM controller will
control the function you’ve
assigned. (Factory setting:
aftertouch)
POWER indicator
This will light when the
power is on.
[C1][C2] knobs
Turn this knob to use the
function you’ve assigned
(p. 37).
[S1][S2] buttons
You can switch sounds by
pressing these buttons
(p. 32).
[SuperNATURAL] button
[Pitch Bend/Modulation] lever
If this is turned on, you’ll be able to control a
connected SuperNATURAL sound module (p. 28).
Use this lever to vary the pitch or to apply vibrato
(p. 35).
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[DUAL/SPLIT] [LOWER] [UPPER] buttons
These buttons allow you to play two layered sounds simultaneously (Dual), or to play different sounds in the left
and right sections of the keyboard, divided at a specified key (Split) (p. 30).
How the buttons indicate the DUAL/SPLIT status
Status
Button illumination
Keyboard section
Single
(only UPPER)
UPPER
Single
(only LOWER)
LOWER
DUAL
UPPER
LOWER
Split point (F#3)
SPLIT
UPPER
LOWER
In Split mode, controllers other than the keyboard (pitch bend lever, pedals, etc.) will
affect only the part whose indicator is lit.
[TRANSPOSE] button, OCTAVE/TRANSPOSE indicator, [+][–] buttons
In PLAY mode (p. 26), you can press the [TRANSPOSE] button to switch the function of the OCTAVE/TRANSPOSE
indicator and the [+] [–] buttons.
When the [TRANSPOSE] button is turned on, the transposition setting is enabled. When the [TRANSPOSE] button
is turned off, the transposition setting is disabled.
Button
Function
OCTAVE/TRANSPOSE indicator
[+][–] buttons
Change the octave setting (p. 34)
Indicates the octave setting
[TRANSPOSE] + [+][–]
Change the transpose setting(p. 34)
buttons
Indicates the transpose setting
The OCTAVE/TRANSPOSE indicator and the setting it shows
-6
-5
-4
-3
Unlit
-2
-1
0
1
2
3
4
5
Lit
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Panel Descriptions
Rear Panel
[POWER SOURCE] switch, DC IN jack
This switch specifies whether the A-88 will be powered by USB bus power (USB) or by the AC adaptor (AC ADAPTOR).
Switch setting
Explanation
USB
The A-88 will use USB bus power. The AC adaptor does not need to be connected. Use this
setting when the A-88 is connected to a desktop computer.
AC ADAPTOR
The A-88 will use the AC adaptor. Use this setting when the A-88 is connected to a notebook
computer, or when you are not connecting it via USB.
Power Code
AC Outlet
* Operate this switch only while
the power is off. If you operate
this switch while the power is
on, the power will turn off.
Place the AC adaptor so the side with the
indicator (see illustration) faces upwards
and the side with textual information faces
downwards. The indicator will light when
you plug the AC adaptor into an AC outlet.
Pedal (DAMPER, FC1,
FC2) jacks
USB
COMPUTER
port
You can connect the included
damper pedal to the DAMPER jack
and use it as a damper pedal (p. 38).
If you use
the included
USB cable to connect the A-88 to your
computer, you’ll be able to record and
play back the A-88’s performance (MIDI
data) using MIDI-compatible software.
Or
Included
damper pedal
Set the switch on the
included pedal to
“Continuous” when the
pedal is connected.
Or expression pedal (EV-5, EV-7;
sold separately),
pedal switch (DP series; sold
separately)
* USB audio is not supported.
Pedal unit
(RPU-3, sold
separately)
* Install the driver in your computer
before you make this connection (p. 17).
MIDI OUT connector
You can connect this to a MIDI sound module
and play it from the A-88.
* To prevent malfunction and equipment failure, always turn down the volume and turn off all
devices (except the computer) before making any connections.
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Driver Installation
Windows
Mac OS X
NOTE
Do not connect the A-88 to the computer until you are directed to do so.
A “driver” is software that transfers data between the A-88 and application software
running on your computer when your computer and the A-88 are connected.
1. Set the A-88’s [POWER SOURCE] switch as follows (p. 16).
Switch setting
Explanation
USB
Use this setting when the A-88 is connected to a desktop computer.
AC ADAPTOR
Use this setting when the A-88 is connected to a notebook computer.
Connect the AC adaptor.
2. Start up the computer without the A-88 connected.
Disconnect all USB cables other than those for a USB keyboard and/or USB mouse (if used).
Windows
Log on to the computer with a user account that has administrator privileges.
Windows 8
Switch to the “Desktop.”
3. Exit all applications that are running.
4. Insert the included CD-ROM into the DVD-ROM drive.
Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista
If the AutoPlay dialog box appears, click [Open folder to view files].
5. Of the following, double-click the relevant file on the included CD-ROM to
start the installer.
Operating System
File
Windows
[Setup] in the [WinDriver] folder
Mac OS X
[A-SeriesKeyboard_USBDriver] in the [MacDriver] folder
Refer to the Roland website for the latest USB drivers and information about compatibility
with the latest operating system versions.
http://www.roland.com/
Windows users page 18
Mac OS X users page 20
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Driver Installation
Windows
6. When a confirmation screen regarding user account control appears, click [Yes] or
[Continue].
7. When “The A-Series Keyboard Driver will be installed on your computer” appears,
click [Next].
8. Click [Next] again.
Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista
If a dialog box regarding Windows security appears, click [Install].
Windows XP
If the “Software Install” dialog box appears, click [Continue] to proceed with the installation.
If you cannot proceed, click [OK] to cancel the installation. Change the settings as described
in “Driver Signing Options Setting (Windows XP)” (p. 52) and try installing again.
9. When the screen indicates “Ready to install
A-88 rear panel
the driver,” use the USB cable to connect the
A-88 to your computer, and then turn on the
[POWER] switch.
* Turn down the volume on any peripheral devices
before connecting the USB cable.
* This unit is equipped with a protection circuit.
A brief interval (a few seconds) after turning the unit on is required before it will operate
normally.
It may take several minutes for the driver to be installed.
Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista
If other messages appear, follow the instructions on the screen. The driver will be installed
automatically.
Windows XP
“Found new hardware” will appear in the lower-right corner of the screen.
Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista
Windows XP
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Driver Installation
Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista
10.When “Installation has been completed.” appears, click [Close].
Close the “A-Series Keyboard Driver Setup” dialog box.
If the “Change System Settings” dialog box appears, click [Yes] to restart Windows.
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Windows XP
10.If a dialog box that asks whether you want to
connect to Windows Update appears, select [No,
not this time] and click [Next].
11.Select [Install the software automatically (Recommended)] and click [Next].
12.If the “Hardware Installation” dialog box appears, click
[Continue Anyway] to proceed with installation.
13.When “Completing the Found New Hardware Wizard” appears, click [Finish].
14.When “Installation has been completed.” appears, click [Close].
Close the “A-Series Keyboard Driver Setup dialog box.
If the “System Settings Change” dialog box appears, click [Yes] to restart Windows.
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Driver Installation
Mac OS X
If a dialog box requesting a password appears during installation, enter a computer
administrator’s user name and password and click the [Install Software] button or [OK] button.
6. When “Welcome to the A-Series Keyboard Driver installer” appears, click
[Continue].
7. If the screen for selecting the installation destination appears, select the startup
disk and click [Continue].
8. When the installation type appears, click [Install] or [Upgrade].
9. Click [Continue Installation] in the next screen.
10.When installation has finished, click [Restart] to restart the Mac.
It may take some time for the computer to restart.
11.After the Mac restarts, use the USB
cable to connect the A-88 to the Mac,
and then turn on the [POWER] switch.
* Turn down the volume on any peripheral
devices before connecting the USB cable.
* This unit is equipped with a protection
circuit. A brief interval (a few seconds)
after turning the unit on is required
before it will operate normally.
A-88
rear panel
12.Open the [Applications] folder and then the [Utilities] folder, and then doubleclick [Audio MIDI Setup].
The “Audio MIDI Setup” dialog box will appear.
13.Open the MIDI device settings dialog box.
Operating System
Mac OS X v10.6 or later
Mac OS X v10.5 or earlier
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Operation
Select [Show MIDI Window] in the [Window] menu.
(The “MIDI Studio” window will appear.)
Click the [MIDI Devices] tab.
Driver Installation
14.Confirm that [A-Series Keyboard] appears in the “MIDI Studio” window or the
“Audio MIDI Settings” dialog box.
If [A-Series Keyboard] does not appear or if it is grayed out, it means that the A-88 is not being
detected properly. Click [Rescan MIDI]. Also try disconnecting and reconnecting the A-88’s USB
cable.
15.Click [Add Device] two time.
Two [New Device] items will appear.
16.Specify device names for the newly added [New Device].
1. Click each newly added [New Device] to select it, and then click [Show Info].
2. Enter the desired name in the [Device Name] field, and then click [Apply].
Enter the following for each [New Device].
New Device
Device Name
First
Keyboard
Second
MIDI OUT
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16
14
17
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Driver Installation
17.Using your mouse, drag and connect the ▲ and ▼ (which represent the input/
output ports of each device) of the [A-Series Keyboard] and each [New Device]
that you added so that they are connected as shown in the figure.
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16
14
17
18.Close the “MIDI Studio” window or the “Audio MIDI Setup” dialog box.
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Driver Installation
Verify That You Can Hear Sound
After you’ve installed the driver, check to verify that the driver was installed correctly.
We will use SONAR LE as an example for Windows, and GarageBand as an example for Mac OS X.
Checking with a SONAR Soft Synths (Windows)
Here’s an example using a plug-in synth included with SONAR LE. The procedure or screens may
differ if you’re using a different version.
For details on installing and setting up SONAR LE, refer to the SONAR LE Installation Guide.
1. Start up SONAR LE.
2. In the [Edit] menu, click [Preferences]; then in the menu at left, click [Devices] in the
MIDI area.
The “Select MIDI input and output devices” dialog box will appear.
3. Choose the following MIDI devices in the [Inputs] and [Outputs] fields.
Input device
Output device
A-Series Keyboard
A-Series Keyboard MIDI OUT
If you’re unable to select A-Series Keyboard as an input/output device, it may be that a problem
has occurred. Refer to “Problems When Using the Unit” (p. 49).
4. Click [Apply] and then [Close] to close the “Select MIDI input and output devices”
dialog box.
5. In the [File] menu, click [New].
The “New Project File” dialog box will appear.
6. In the “Template” area, choose [Normal];
then enter a project name in the “Name”
field and click [OK].
7. In the [Insert] menu, choose [Soft Synths] and then [Square I].
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Driver Installation
8. In the “Insert Soft Synth Options”
dialog box, select the [Synth
Property Page] option in the
“Open These Windows” area, and
click [OK].
9. Play the A-88’s keyboard.
If the MIDI monitor in the taskbar
responds and you hear the sound
of the synth, the A-88 is correctly
connected to your computer.
This completes the necessary settings. Now you can proceed to “About the Operating Modes” (p. 26).
Checking in GarageBand (Mac OS X)
GarageBand is software that is included with Apple’s iLife.
Here, the explanation assumes that you’re using GarageBand ‘11. The steps or screens may be
different if you’re using a different version.
1. In the [Applications] folder, double-click [GarageBand].
2. When GarageBand has started up, click the [File] menu item [New].
3. In the “New Project” screen, assign a name and click [Create].
4. Play the A-88’s keyboard.
If you hear the Grand Piano sound that’s assigned to the GarageBand track, the A-88 is correctly
connected to your computer.
This completes the necessary settings. Now you can proceed to “About the Operating Modes” (p. 26)!
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Driver Installation
If you don’t hear sound
•From the [GarageBand] menu, click [Preferences].
If MIDI input is not detected in the [Audio/MIDI] tab’s “MIDI Status” field, it may be that a
problem has occurred. Please refer to “Problems When Using the Unit” (p. 49).
•In “System Preferences,” choose the [Sound]-[Output] tab. Make sure that your computer’s
main volume is not turned down or muted. Also make sure that internal audio is
selected.
•If you’re using headphones, make sure that they are correctly connected to your
computer’s headphone jack.
If you don’t hear sound in software other than GarageBand, you’ll need to make MIDI and
audio input/output settings.
Make the following settings for MIDI input/output.
Input device
Output device
A-Series Keyboard
A-Series Keyboard MIDI OUT
MIDI Signal Flow
The illustration below shows the MIDI signal flow.
PC/Mac
A-88
MIDI OUT device
A-Series Keyboard
MIDI OUT
MIDI IN device
A-Series Keyboard
MIDI messages from the keyboard, lever, pedals,
D-BEAM controller, knobs and buttons are input
here.
MIDI
USB
A-88
KEYBOARD
MIDI messages from the keyboard, lever, pedals,
D-BEAM controller, knobs and buttons are output
from here.
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About the Operating Modes
Switching the Operating Mode
The A-88 has four operating modes.
When you turn on the power, the A-88 will automatically start up in PLAY mode.
You can switch the operating mode by pressing the following buttons.
PLAY mode
page 26
or when you’ve
finished making
settings
FUNCTION mode
page 27
+
SuperNATURAL
mode
MIDI Visual Control
mode
page 28
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PLAY Mode
What is PLAY mode?
This is the mode that’s used when performing. When you play the keyboard, note
messages will be transmitted, causing your MIDI device to produce sound.
In PLAY mode you can use the keyboard to play a connected sound module. You can
also use functions such as the [Pitch Bend/Modulation] lever to change the pitch of the
currently sounding notes (Pitch Bend) or apply a vibrato effect (Modulation), and change
the octave (Octave Shift).
Functionality in PLAY mode
Performing
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You can transmit MIDI messages by operating the keyboard,
[Pitch Bend/Modulation] lever, [C1] [C2] knobs, [S1] [S2] buttons,
D-BEAM controller and pedals.
p. 32
About the Operating Modes
FUNCTION Mode
What is FUNCTION mode?
This is the mode that lets you transmit specific control messages or make settings for the
A-88 itself.
In FUNCTION mode, the keyboard is used to select the function that you want to set (You
won’t be able to perform by playing the keyboard).
Functionality in FUNCTION mode
Specify the MIDI transmit
channel
You can specify the transmit channel for the keyboard, [Pitch Bend/
Modulation] lever, [C1] [C2] knobs, [S1] [S2] buttons, D-BEAM
controller and pedals.
p. 32
Transmit program change
messages
You can transmit program change messages.
p. 34
Transmit Bank Select LSB
You can switch banks by transmitting Bank Select LSB (CC#32)
messages.
p. 33
Transmit Bank Select MSB
You can switch banks by transmitting Bank Select MSB (CC#00)
messages.
p. 33
Transmit aftertouch
messages
You can transmit aftertouch messages.
p. 39
Transmit reset messages
If “stuck notes” occur on the connected MIDI sound module, or if
there’s something wrong with the sound, you can transmit reset
messages (All Sound Off, All Notes Off, Reset All Controllers) to solve
the problem.
p. 39
Change the keyboard
settings
You can adjust the velocity sensitivity or specify the velocity value
that is transmitted when you play the keyboard.
p. 41
Change the functions that You can change the function (CC#) of the functions assigned to the
are assigned to the knobs, [C1] [C2] knobs, [S1] [S2] buttons, [ASSIGN] button, DAMPER, FC1, and p. 43
buttons and pedals
FC2 jack.
Change the directionality
of the knobs, D-BEAM
controller, buttons, and
pedals
You can change the directionality of the [C1] [C2] knobs, D-BEAM
controller, [S1] [S2] buttons, DAMPER, FC1, and FC2 jack to specify the p. 46
direction in which the value will increase.
Change the function
of the [C2] knob in
SuperNATURAL mode
You can change the function that the [C2] knob will have in
SuperNATURAL mode.
p. 42
Switch the driver that’s
used
You can choose whether to use the dedicated driver or the driver
provided by the operating system.
p. 46
Change the Auto Off
setting
You can have the power be turned off automatically after a specified
amount of time has passed.
p. 42
Restoring the factory
settings
You can return all of the A-88’s settings to the factory-set state.
p. 47
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About the Operating Modes
SuperNATURAL Mode
What is SuperNATURAL mode?
This is the mode that lets you control a SuperNATURAL sound module.
You can control the SuperNATURAL sound module that’s connected to the A-88 via a MIDI
cable.
What are SuperNATURAL Tones?
Taking advantage of Behavior Modeling Technology, SuperNATURAL is Roland’s exclusive
sound set that achieves a new level of realism and expression that were difficult to realize
with previous sound generators.
Behavior Modeling Technology
Not only physical modeling of the instruments, Roland takes it a step further by modeling
the instrument’s distinctive behavior that responds to how the performer plays, resulting
in true-to-life, expressive sounds in realtime.
Functionality in SuperNATURAL mode
Buttons, knobs, etc.
[PITCH] button
[VOL] button
Function
The same functionality as in PLAY mode.
[ASSIGN] button
General purpose controller 3 (CC#18)
[FUNCTION] button
Not in use.
[S1] button
General purpose controller 5 (CC#80)
[S2] button
General purpose controller 6 (CC#81)
[C1] knob
General purpose controller 1 (CC#16)
General purpose controller 2 (CC#17)
[C2] knob
Operates as a general purpose controller 4 (CC#19) according to the SN SETTING
(p. 42).
[Pitch Bend/Modulation]
lever
[TRANSPOSE] button
The same functionality as in PLAY mode.
[+][–] buttons
DAMPER jack
FC1 jack
FC2 jack
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You can use the same functionality as in PLAY mode.
Portamento (CC#65)
* The effect that’s applied will depend on the sound module. For details, refer to the owner’s
manual of your sound module.
About the Operating Modes
MIDI Visual Control Mode
What is MIDI Visual Control mode?
This is the mode that lets you control a video device that supports MIDI Visual Control (MVC).
You can control images on the Visual Control device that’s connected to the A-88 via a MIDI
cable. When you select MIDI Visual Control mode and play the keyboard of the A-88, images
will be controlled in synchronization with your performance.
What is MIDI Visual Control?
MIDI Visual Control is an internationally-used recommended practice that was added to
the MIDI specification so that visual expression could be linked with musical performance.
Video equipment that is compatible with MIDI Visual Control can be connected to electronic
musical instruments via MIDI in order to control video equipment in tandem with a
performance.
Functionality in MIDI Visual Control mode
Buttons, knobs, etc.
[PITCH] button
[VOL] button
Function
The same functionality as in PLAY mode.
[ASSIGN] button
Attack time (CC#73)
[FUNCTION] button
Not in use.
[S1] button
[S2] button
You can use the same functionality as in PLAY mode.
[C1] knob
Cutoff (CC#74)
[C2] knob
Resonance (CC#71)
[Pitch Bend/Modulation]
lever
[TRANSPOSE] button
The same functionality as in PLAY mode.
[+][–] buttons
DAMPER jack
FC1 jack
You can use the same functionality as in PLAY mode.
FC2 jack
* The effect that’s applied will depend on the video device. For details, refer to the owner’s
manual of your video device.
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Layering Two Parts
Two Parts (LOWER, UPPER)
The A-88 stores the keyboard settings for two parts, LOWER and UPPER.
The keyboard settings include the MIDI channel and octave shift.
Such settings are stored individually for the UPPER and LOWER parts. When the [DUAL/SPLIT]
button is off, you’ll be able to use one or the other of these parts.
Button
Function
[LOWER] button
Sound is produced according to the LOWER part settings when you play the A-88.
[UPPER] button
Sound is produced according to the UPPER part settings when you play the A-88.
In FUNCTION mode
Either the [UPPER] or the [LOWER] button will blink. MIDI messages of the part whose button is
blinking will be transmitted.
You can use the [LOWER][UPPER] buttons to switch the setting even after pressing the
[FUNCTION] button.
How the buttons indicate the DUAL/SPLIT status
Status
Button illumination
Keyboard section
Single
(Only UPPER)
UPPER
Single
(Only LOWER)
LOWER
DUAL
UPPER
LOWER
Split point (F#3)
SPLIT
UPPER
LOWER
In Split mode, controllers other than the keyboard (pitch bend lever, pedals, etc.) will
affect only the part whose indicator is lit.
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Layering Two Parts
Layering Two Sounds (DUAL)
This allows you to use all of the A-88’s keys to simultaneously play the sounds assigned to the
UPPER part and the LOWER part.
Or
Playing Different Sounds with the Right and Left
Hands (SPLIT)
Such a division of the keyboard into right- and left-hand sections is called a “Split,” and the key
where the division takes place is called the “Split Point.”
While in Split mode, a sound played in the right side is called an “UPPER part,” and the sound
played in the left side is called a “LOWER part.” The split-point key is included in the LOWER section.
Press either
The following controllers will affect only the part whose indicator is lit (UPPER or LOWER).
• [Pitch Bend/Modulation] lever, [C1] [C2] knobs, [S1] [S2] buttons, D-BEAM controller, Pedals
Changing the Location at Which the Keyboard Is Divided
(Split Point)
Key that you want to
specify as the split point
At the factory settings, the split point is F#3.
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Performing
When the A-88’s power is turned on, it will automatically start up in PLAY mode (p. 26).
In PLAY mode, playing the keyboard will transmit note messages, causing your MIDI device to
produce sound.
1. Set the A-88’s MIDI transmit channel to match the MIDI receive channel of your
MIDI device (or software) (p. 32).
2. Select a sound (p. 32).
3. Play the keyboard.
When you play the keyboard, MIDI messages will be transmitted.
* Since the A-88 itself does not contain a built-in sound generator, you can’t play the A-88 on
its own.
Setting the MIDI Transmit Channel (MIDI CHANNEL)
In order to play sounds on your MIDI sound module, the A-88’s MIDI transmit channel must match
your MIDI sound module’s MIDI receive channel.
1–16
MEMO
• The settings of the part whose [UPPER][LOWER] button is blinking will be changed.
• For details on how to set the transmit channel of your external MIDI device, refer to its owner’s
manual.
• When you turn off the power, the setting will return to the default value (MIDI CHANNEL 1).
Switching Sounds
To switch sounds on your MIDI sound module, transmit a program change message.
Pressing the [S1] [S2] buttons will transmit program changes, causing your sound module to
switch sounds.
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Button
Function
[S1] button
Decrement the program number
[S2] button
Increment the program number
Performing
* Program numbers have a range of 1–128.
MEMO
You can change the functions that are assigned to the [S1] [S2] buttons. For details, refer to
“Assigning Functions to the Knobs, Buttons, and Jacks” (p. 43).
To select sounds from a different bank, first transmit a Bank Select message, and then transmit a
Program Change message.
* Simply transmitting a Bank Select message will not make the sound change.
* The Bank Select message must be sent before the Program Change message.
What is a bank?
MIDI sound modules organize their numerous sounds in various groups according to the
category of sound. These groups are called “banks.”
Program change messages can only select sounds within the same bank, but by using
these in conjunction with bank select messages, you can select different variations of
sound.
* The way in which sounds are organized will differ for each sound module. For details,
refer to the owner’s manual of the sound module you are using.
Transmitting the Bank Select MSB
0–9
Value
0–127
For details on this value, refer to p. 12.
Transmitting the Bank Select LSB
0–9
Value
0–127
For details on this value, refer to p. 12.
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Performing
Transmitting a Program number (PRGM CHANGE)
0–9
Value
For details on this value, refer to p. 12.
0–127
Shifting the Pitch of the Keyboard
Changing the octave (Octave Shift)
You can raise or lower the pitch range of the keyboard (Octave Shift) by using the [+] [–] buttons.
You can change this setting in the range of -4 to 5 octaves.
The current octave shift setting is shown by the OCTAVE/TRANSPOSE indicator.
If you press the [+] button and [–] button simultaneously, this setting will be reset to 0.
Changing the pitch (Transpose)
You can transpose the pitch in semitone step by using the [+] [–] buttons while holding down the
[TRANSPOSE] button.
You can change this setting in the range of -6 to 5.
The current transpose setting is shown by the OCTAVE/TRANSPOSE indicator.
When the [TRANSPOSE] button is turned on, the transposition setting is enabled. When the
[TRANSPOSE] button is turned off, the transposition setting is disabled.
To reset the transpose setting to 0, hold down the [TRANSPOSE] button and press the [+] button
and [-] button simultaneously.
The OCTAVE/TRANSPOSE indicator and the setting it shows
-6
-5
-4
-3
Unlit
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-2
-1
0
1
2
Lit
3
4
5
Performing
Using the Lever to Modify the Sound
Changing the pitch of a sounding note (Pitch Bend)
Moving the [Pitch Bend/Modulation] lever to the left or right will transmit pitch bend messages,
causing the pitch to change slightly.
* The range of the pitch change (“bend range”) will depend on the settings of your sound
module.
Applying modulation to a sounding note (Modulation)
Moving the bender lever away from yourself will transmit modulation messages (CC#01), applying
a vibrato effect to the sound.
* The way in which the sound changes will depend on the settings of your sound module.
MEMO
Moving the lever toward the left while you play will lower the
pitch, and moving it toward the right will raise the pitch. This effect
is called “pitch bend.”
Moving the lever away from yourself will apply vibrato. This effect
is called “modulation.”
If you move the lever to left or right and simultaneously move it
away from yourself, both effects will apply at the same time.
Pitch bend effect
* The amount of pitch change (bend range) depends on the settings
of your sound module.
Modulation effect
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Performing
Using the D-BEAM to Modify the Sound
You use the D-BEAM controller simply by moving your hand above it. By assigning different
functions to it, you can control the sound in various ways.
1. Press the D-BEAM [PITCH], [VOL], or [ASSIGN] button to turn the D-BEAM controller
on.
Button
Function
[PITCH] button
The pitch will change as you move your hand above the D-BEAM controller.
[VOL] button
The volume will change, allowing you to add expression to your performance.
[ASSIGN] button
The function assigned to the D-BEAM controller will be controlled. (Factory
setting: aftertouch) (p. 39)
* The effect that’s applied will depend on the sound module. For details, refer to the owner’s
manual of your sound module.
MEMO
You can change the function that’s assigned to the [ASSIGN] button. For details, refer to
“Assigning Functions to the Knobs, Buttons, and Jacks” (p. 43).
2. While playing the keyboard to produce sound, position your hand above the
D-BEAM controller and slowly move it up and down.
3. To turn off the D-BEAM controller, once again press the button you pressed in step 1
(the button will go out).
Effective range of the D-BEAM controller
This illustration shows the effective range of the D-BEAM controller. No effect
will be obtained if you position your hand outside the effective range.
NOTE
The effective range of the D-BEAM controller will change depending on
the lighting conditions.
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Performing
Using the Knobs to Modify the Sound
You can modify the sound by turning the [C1] [C2] knobs.
Knob
Function
[C1] knob
Transmits a Cutoff (CC#74) message.
[C2] knob
Transmits a Resonance (CC#71) message.
* The effect that’s applied will depend on the sound module. For details, refer to the owner’s
manual of your sound module.
MEMO
You can change the functions that are assigned to the [C1] [C2] knobs. For details, refer to
“Assigning Functions to the Knobs, Buttons, and Jacks” (p. 43).
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Performing
Using the Pedals to Modify the Sound
The A-88 supports the use of an included damper pedal, a pedal unit (RPU-3; sold separately), an
expression pedal (EV-5, EV-7; sold separately) and a pedal switch (DP series; sold separately).
Jack
Function
Explanation
DAMPER
Hold (CC#64)
Use this pedal to sustain the sound. While this pedal is held
down, notes will be sustained for an extended time even if
you release your fingers from the keyboard.
FC2
Sostenuto (CC#66)
The notes you are pressing when this pedal is depressed will
be sustained.
FC1
Soft pedal (CC#67)
This pedal is used to make the sound softer.
* The effect that’s applied will depend on the sound module. For details, refer to the owner’s
manual of your sound module.
MEMO
If you want to assign a function other than those listed above, such as when you want to
connect an expression pedal and use it to control the volume (expression), refer to “Assigning
Functions to the Knobs, Buttons, and Jacks” (p. 43–p. 45).
Adding expression to your performance (Expression Pedal)
While playing the keyboard, raise or lower the expression pedal.
You can make your performance more expressive by varying the volume.
* Use only the specified expression pedal (EV-5, EV-7; sold separately). By
connecting any other expression pedals, you risk causing malfunction and/
or damage to the unit.
Example: Using an expression pedal connected to the FC2 jack to control
volume (expression: CC#11)
Press 1, 1 and then ENTER.
Step on the expression
pedal connected to the
FC2 jack.
0–9
Value
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Performing
Using Aftertouch to Modify the Sound
Aftertouch is a function that lets you modify the sound by applying additional pressure to the key
after playing a note.
On the A-88, applying further pressure to a key after playing a note will not affect the sound,
turning on the [ASSIGN] button and moving your hand above the D-BEAM controller will cause
Aftertouch messages to be transmitted.
As an alternative to using the D-BEAM controller, you can also directly enter a specific aftertouch
value by using the keyboard.
0–9
Value
0–127
For details on this value, refer to p. 12.
* If you specify an aftertouch value other than 0, the change will continue to be applied to the
sound. Return the value to 0 if you don’t need this.
MEMO
• The A-88 is only able to transmit the variety of aftertouch called “channel pressure”; it cannot
transmit “polyphonic key pressure” messages.
• You can assign aftertouch to the [C1] [C2] knobs or to the FC1, FC2 jacks. For details, refer to
“Assigning Functions to the Knobs, Buttons, and Jacks” (p. 43).
Halting Stuck Notes (PANIC)
If you experience “stuck notes” on the connected MIDI sound module, or if there’s something else
wrong with the sound, you can transmit reset messages to fix the problem.
This function will transmit the reset messages All Sounds Off, All Notes Off, and Reset All
Controllers for all channels.
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Changing the A-88 Settings
To change settings for the A-88, you need to be in FUNCTION mode.
The following parameters are common to both the UPPER and LOWER parts; they cannot be set
individually.
Parameter
VELO CURVE
Factory setting Explanation
MEDIUM
When you play the A-88’s keyboard, the transmitted
note message will include a velocity value (volume
data) corresponding to the force of your strike.
Page
p. 41
The VELO CURVE setting lets you choose the curve by
which the velocity value will change.
KEY VELO
TOUCH
Specifies the velocity value of the keys you play.
p. 41
SN SETTING
MODE 0
Specifies the function of the [C2] knob in SuperNATURAL mode.
p. 42
[C1] knob
Cutoff (CC#74)
[C2] knob
Resonance
(CC#71)
[ASSIGN] button
Aftertouch
[S1] button
Switches
the sound
(decrements
the program
number)
Switches the functions assigned to the knobs, buttons,
and jacks.
p. 43
[S2] button
Switches
the sound
(increments
the program
number)
DAMPER jack
Hold (CC#64)
FC1 jack
Soft pedal
(CC#67)
FC2 jack
Sostenuto
(CC#66)
CTRL DIR
Positive
direction
p. 46
The same setting can be made for the D-BEAM
controller, buttons, and pedals.
ADV
ADVANCED
Specifies whether the A-88 will use the dedicated
driver described in “Driver Installation” (p. 17) (ADVANCED), or the standard driver provided by the
operating system (GENERIC).
MISC
—
Switches the Auto Off setting, or resets the functions
assigned to the pedal jacks to their factory-set state.
—
Returns all of the A-88’s settings to their factory-set
state.
FACT RESET
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Specifies whether turning the knob toward the right
will transmit successively higher, or successively lower
values.
p. 46
p. 42
p. 47
p. 47
Changing the A-88 Settings
Changing the Velocity Curve (VELO CURVE)
0–4
Value
0–4
For details on this value, refer to p. 12.
* Values outside the acceptable range (5–) will not be entered.
Value
Setting
Explanation
0
SUPER LIGHT
An even lighter setting than LIGHT.
1
LIGHT
This sets the keyboard to a light touch. You can achieve fortissimo (ff ) play with a less
forceful touch than usual, so the keyboard feels lighter. This setting makes it easy to
play, even for children
2
MEDIUM
(default)
This sets the keyboard to the standard touch. You can play with the most natural
touch. This is the closest to the touch of an acoustic piano.
3
HEAVY
This sets the keyboard to a heavy touch. You have to finger the keyboard more
forcefully than usual in order to play fortissimo (ff ), so the keyboard touch feels
heavier. Dynamic fingering adds even more feeling to what you play.
4
SUPER HEAVY An even heavier setting than HEAVY.
Specifying the Keyboard Velocity Value (KEY VELO)
0–9
Value
0–127
For details on this value, refer to p. 12.
Value
Setting
Explanation
0
TOUCH
(default)
The velocity value that’s transmitted will depend on the keyboard sensitivity and
change curve you specify in “Changing the Velocity Curve (VELO CURVE)” (p. 41).
1–127
FIXED VALUE
The velocity value you specify here will be transmitted regardless of how strongly
you play the keyboard.
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Changing the A-88 Settings
Making the Power Automatically Turn Off After a
Time (Auto Off)
WARNING
When not connected to a computer, the A-88 will automatically be switched off four hours after
you stop playing or operating it (if the factory settings have been unmodified). If you don’t want
the unit to turn off automatically, change the “AUTO OFF” setting to “OFF” as described below.
0–1
Value
0–1
For details on this value, refer to p. 12
Value Settings
Explanation
0
OFF
The power will not turn off automatically.
1
ON (default)
When not connected to a computer, the A-88 will automatically be switched off
four hours after you stop playing or operating it.
Switching the Function of the [C2] Knob in
SuperNATURAL Mode (SN SETTING)
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Button
Setting
Explanation
[+] button
MODE 1
General purpose controller 4 (CC#19) will be assigned to the [C2]
knob.
[–] button
MODE 0
(default)
General purpose controller 2 (CC#17) will be assigned to the [C2]
knob.
* The effect that’s applied will depend on the sound module. For details, refer to the owner’s
manual of your sound module.
Changing the A-88 Settings
Assigning Functions to the Knobs, Buttons, and Jacks
Assigning a Program Change Message (PRGM CHANGE)
[S1] [S2] buttons
Press either
Button
Function
[S1] button
Decrement the program number
[S2] button
Increment the program number
Other controllers
Operate either
Assigning Aftertouch
Operate either
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Changing the A-88 Settings
Assigning a Control Change Number (CC#)
[S1] [S2] buttons
Momentary
0–9
Press either
Latched
Value
0–127
For details on this value, refer to p. 12.
Button
[S1][S2] buttons
[+] button
The button will alternately transmit ON (127) and OFF (0) each time you press it (Latched
operation)
[–] button
The button will transmit ON (127) when you press it, and OFF (0) when you release it
(Momentary operation)
Other controllers
0–9
Operate either
Value
For details on this value, refer to p. 12.
* You can’t assign CC#0 (Bank Select MSB) or CC#32 (Bank select LSB).
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0–127
Changing the A-88 Settings
Frequently used CC#
CC#
Function
Factory assignments
1
Modulation
Modulation of [Pitch Bend/Modulation] lever
5
Portamento time
—
7
Volume
[VOL] button
10
Panpot
—
11
Expression
—
64
Hold
DAMPER jack
65
Portamento
—
66
Sostenuto
FC2 jack
67
Soft
FC1 jack
71
Resonance
[C2] knob
72
Release time
—
73
Attack time
—
74
Cutoff
[C1] knob
75
Decay time
—
76
Vibrato rate
—
77
Vibrato depth
—
78
Vibrato delay
—
84
Portamento control
—
91
General purpose effect 1 (Reverb send level)
—
93
General purpose effect 3 (Chorus send level)
—
* The effect that’s applied will depend on the sound module. For details, refer to the owner’s
manual of your sound module.
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Changing the A-88 Settings
Changing the Direction of Value Increases for the Knobs,
D-BEAM Controller, and Pedals (CTRL DIR)
Operate either
Button
Setting
Explanation
[+] button
POSITIVE
(default)
Moving the knob toward the right will increase the value. Moving
your hand closer to the D-BEAM controller will increase the value, and
moving it away from the D-BEAM controller will decrease the value.
Pressing a pedal will increase the value.
[–] button
REVERSED
The opposite will occur.
Selecting the Dedicated Driver or the Generic Driver
Normally, you can leave this set to “ADVANCED.”
Button
Setting
Explanation
[+] button
ADVANCED
(default)
The dedicated driver described in “Driver Installation” (p. 17) will be
used.
[–] button
GENERIC
The generic driver provided by the operating system will be used.
This is convenient if you don’t have the dedicated driver, or if you’re
unable to install the dedicated driver.
* After changing the setting, turn the power off, then back on again so that the setting is placed
into effect.
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Changing the A-88 Settings
Returning the Pedal Jacks Assignments to the
Factory Settings
Here’s how to return the functions assigned to the DAMPER, FC1, and FC2 jacks to their factory-set
settings.
2
Value
2
For details on this value, refer to p. 12.
Restoring the Factory Settings (FACT RESET)
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Troubleshooting
If you experience problems, read this chapter first. It contains tips for solving most problems. If
this chapter cannot help you solve a problem, please refer to the support section of our website. If
the problem is not resolved, refer to the contact information listed at the end of this manual.
Roland support website: http://www.roland.com/
Problems When Installing the Driver
Problem
Confirmation
Resolution
Installer does not
start
Are you attempting to install from a
networked DVD-ROM drive?
Put the CD-ROM to DVD-ROM drive connected to
your computer, and install.
Are you logged on with a user account
that does not have administrator
privileges?
Cannot install
Are other programs or resident programs
(such as antivirus programs) running?
Warning or error
appears during
installation
Installer does not
exit
Windows 8/
Windows 7/
Windows Vista
Be sure to exit all other programs before
installation.
Is your computer running on battery
power?
Connect the power cord to the computer.
Other than a mouse and keyboard, are
any USB devices connected?
Make sure that there are no USB devices
connected to the computer (other than a mouse
and keyboard) during installation.
Is the unit connected to a USB hub that is
not connected to a power supply?
Use a USB hub that connects to a power supply.
Did you connect the unit to a different
USB connector than the one you used
when installing the driver?
Did you connect the unit to a different
USB connector than the one you used
Numeral such as
when installing the driver?
“2-” appears at
the beginning of a
device name
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Change the “Driver Signing Options” setting (p. 52).
In the “Device Manager,” do you see “Other
device,” “Unknown device,” or a device for Reinstall the driver (p. 54).
which “?,” “!,” or “x” is displayed?
Windows XP
“Found New
Hardware Wizard”
appears again
after driver was
installed
For details, consult the administrator for your
computer system.
Windows XP
Is the “Driver Signing Options” setting set
to [Block]?
Windows
Log on to the computer with a user account that
has administrator privileges.
If you change the USB connector to which the unit
is connected, the “Found New Hardware Wizard”
may appear again even if the driver has already
been installed on the computer.
Follow step 10 of the driver installation procedure
(p. 19) and install the driver.
If you connect the unit to a different USB
connector than the one you used when installing
the driver, a numeral may appear with the device
name.
To have the device name appear without the
numeral, connect the unit to the same USB
connector used during installation, or reinstall the
driver (p. 54).
Troubleshooting
Problems When Using the Unit
Problem
Power won’t turn
on
Power turns off
Confirmation
Resolution
Is the [POWER SOURCE] switch set appropriately?
If the AC adaptor is connected, set the
[POWER SOURCE] switch to the “AC ADAPTOR”
position (p. 16).
Are the unit’s AC adaptor and power cord
correctly connected to the AC outlet and the
unit itself?
Make sure that the AC adaptor and the power
cord are connected correctly (p. 16). Use only
the included AC adaptor; the use of any other
adaptor may cause malfunction.
Could you have changed the setting of the
[POWER SOURCE] switch while the power was
on?
Turn the [POWER] switch off before you
change the setting of the [POWER SOURCE]
screen (p. 16).
Is the driver installed?
Install the driver (p. 17).
Is the POWER indicator off?
Is the unit’s device name displayed?
Is another program using the unit?
Cannot select or
use unit device
Make sure that the unit is connected to the
computer correctly.
If the problem is not resolved, reinstall the
driver (p. 54).
Close all software that is using the unit; then
turn the unit’s [POWER] switch off, then back
on again.
If the problem is not resolved, reinstall the
driver (p. 54).
Did the computer enter standby (suspend)
mode, hibernate mode, or sleep mode while
the unit was connected?
Close all software that is using the unit; then
turn the unit’s [POWER] switch off, then back
on again.
Did you disconnect and reconnect the USB
cable while using the unit?
If the problem is not resolved, restart the
computer.
Connect the unit after the computer has
started up.
Was the unit connected to the computer while
With some computers, the unit cannot be
the computer was starting up?
used if it is connected to the computer while
the computer is starting up.
Windows 8/Windows 7/
Windows Vista
Are you using the Media Player included with
Windows?
Mac OS X
Use different software.
MIDI devices cannot be selected in Media
Player.
Configure Audio MIDI Setup (p. 20).
Have you configured “Audio MIDI Setup”?
Could you have specified OS default (GENERIC) Choose the dedicated setting (ADVANCED)
as the driver setting?
(p. 46).
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Troubleshooting
Problem
No sound
Confirmation
Resolution
Is the POWER indicator off?
Make sure that the unit is connected to the
computer correctly.
Could you have operated the pedal or D-BEAM Try pressing the pedal or moving your hand
controller to lower the volume?
above the D-BEAM controller.
Is the driver installed?
Install the driver (p. 17).
Are the software’s input device and output
device configured?
Select the A-88 as the input and output
device (p. 23).
Is the unit’s POWER indicator off?
Is the sound module connected to the MIDI
OUT cable receiving MIDI signals?
Is there another program using the unit?
Make sure that the unit is connected to the
computer correctly.
If the problem is not resolved, reinstall the
driver (p. 54).
Confirm the settings of the sound module.
Close all software that is using the unit; then
turn the unit’s [POWER] switch off, then back
on again.
If the problem is not resolved, reinstall the
driver (p. 54).
Cannot play or
record
Did the computer enter standby (suspend)
mode, hibernate mode, or sleep mode while
the unit was connected?
Close all software that is using the unit; then
turn the unit’s [POWER] switch off, then back
on again.
Did you disconnect and reconnect the USB
cable while using the unit?
If the problem is not resolved, restart the
computer.
Connect the unit after the computer has
started up.
Was the unit connected to the computer while
With some computers, the unit cannot be
the computer was starting up?
used if it is connected to the computer while
the computer is starting up.
Did the computer perform a processorintensive task while you were using the unit?
Windows 8/Windows 7/
Windows Vista
Are you using the Media Player included with
Windows?
Stop playback or recording, and then try
playing back or recording again.
If the problem is not resolved, close all
software that is using the unit; then turn the
unit’s [POWER] switch off, then back on again.
Use different software.
MIDI devices cannot be selected in Media
Player.
Configure as follows.
Is the sound module set to Local On?
Duplicate notes
sound
Is the software’s THRU function turned on?
Could you have assigned the same MIDI
channel to UPPER and LOWER?
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Sound module: Local Off
Software’s THRU function: Off
For details, refer to the owner’s manual for the
equipment you are using.
Assign different MIDI channels (p. 32).
Troubleshooting
Problem
Confirmation
Resolution
Are multiple programs running?
Exit programs that are not in use.
Windows
Is the system software up to date?
Mac OS X
Have you used Mac OS X Software Update?
Are the drivers for the computer’s internal
chipset and graphics card up to date?
Sound is
interrupted
Are the drivers for the computer’s LAN
during playback or
hardware (wired and wireless) up to date?
recording, sound
drops out
Is the computer’s power management setting
set to economy mode?
Is the unit connected to a USB hub?
Windows
Is the driver’s [Lighten Load] setting turned off?
Did you try to play back or record immediately
after the computer started up or after it woke
up from sleep mode?
Run Windows Update or Microsoft Update
and make sure the system software is up to
date.
Run Software Update and make sure the
system software is up to date.
Update to the latest drivers, as necessary.
Install the latest LAN hardware drivers.
If the problem is not resolved, disable the
LAN.
Check the power management setting and
make the appropriate setting (p. 52).
Connect the unit directly to one of the
computer’s USB connectors.
Place a check in the [Lighten Load] check
box (p. 55).
Wait a while before attempting playback or
recording.
A software sound generator produces sound
using your computer’s sound card. Before the
sound from the software sound generator is
actually heard from the sound card as sound,
there will be a time lag referred to as “latency.”
There’s a time lag
Regardless of the combination of sound
Have
you
lowered
(decreased)
the
audio
buffer
from when you
generator and sound card you use, there will
play the keyboard size of your software sound generator?
always be some latency. Usually, however,
until your software Have you lowered (decreased) the buffer size
the latency can be kept to an acceptable
sound generator
for your sound card?
amount by using the right combination of
produces sound
sound generator and card, and by making the
appropriate settings.
For details on how to make these settings,
refer to the owner’s manuals for your software
and sound card.
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Troubleshooting
Changing Computer Settings to Avoid Problems
Changing these computer settings can help you avoid the problems described in “Problems When
Installing the Driver” (p. 48) and “Problems When Using the Unit” (p. 49).
Driver Signing Options Setting (Windows XP)
If the “Driver Signing Options” setting is set to [Block], you cannot install the driver. Configure as
follows.
1. Open the “Control Panel,” click [Performance and Maintenance], and then click the
[System] icon.
If you have selected Classic view, double-click [System].
2. Click the [Hardware] tab, and then click [Driver Signing].
The “Driver Signing Options” dialog box will open.
3. In the “Driver Signing Options” dialog box, select [Warn] or [Ignore], and then click
[OK].
4. Click [OK] to close the “System Properties” dialog box.
5. Install the driver as described in “Driver Installation” (p. 17).
When you have completed the installation, return the “Driver Signing Options” setting to its
original setting.
Power Management Settings
If the sound is interrupted during a performance or if sounds are missing, you may be able to
resolve the problem by changing the computer’s power management settings.
Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista
1. Open the “Control Panel,” click [System and Security] or [System and Maintenance],
and then click [Power Options].
• If you have selected Icon view in Windows 8 or Windows 7, double-click the [Power Options]
icon.
• If you have selected Classic view in Windows Vista, double-click the [Power Options] icon.
2. When “Select a power plan” appears, select [High performance].
3. Click [Change plan settings] next to [High performance].
If “High performance” is not displayed in Windows 8 or Windows 7, click [Show additional plans].
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4. Click [Change advanced power settings].
5. In the [Advanced settings] tab of the “Power Options” control panel, click the [+]
mark next to “Hard disk,” and then click the [+] mark next to “Turn off hard disk
after.”
6. Click [Setting], click the down arrow, and then select [Never].
7. Click [OK] to close the “Power Options” window.
8. Close the “Edit plan settings” screen.
Windows XP
1. Open the “Control Panel,” click [Performance and Maintenance], and then click
[Power Options].
If you have selected Classic view, double-click [Power Options].
2. Click the [Power Schemes] tab, and set “Power schemes” to [Always On].
3. Click [OK] to close “Power Options Properties.”
Mac OS X
This setting is not available on certain versions of Mac OS X.
1. Open “System Preferences” and click [Energy Saver].
2. Click [Options].
3. Set “Processor Performance” to [Highest].
To open the Control Panel
Windows 8
1. On the Start screen, click the Desktop.
2. Move the mouse pointer to the upper right or lower right corner of the screen
to display the charms.
*On touch-enabled PCs, swipe from the right side of the screen to display the charms.
3. Click [Settings] and display the “Settings charms.”
4. In “Settings charms,” click [Control Panel] to open the “Control Panel.”
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Troubleshooting
Reinstalling the Driver
If you experience problems installing the driver, use the following procedure and reinstall the
driver.
1. Delete the driver.
2. Install the driver again as described in “Driver Installation” (p. 17).
Deleting the Driver
If the computer does not detect the unit correctly, use the following procedure to delete the
driver, and then install the driver again as described in “Driver Installation” (p. 17).
Windows
1. Start up the computer without the unit connected.
Disconnect all USB cables other than those for a USB keyboard and/or USB mouse (if used).
2. Log on to the computer with a user account that has administrator privileges.
3. Insert the included CD-ROM into the computer’s DVD-ROM drive.
4. Double-click the [Uninstall] icon in the [WinDriver] folder on the included CD-ROM.
5. When a confirmation screen regarding user account control appears, click [Yes] or
[Continue].
6. When “The installed A-Series Keyboard driver will be uninstalled.” appears, click
[OK].
If other messages appear, follow the instructions on the screen.
7. When “Uninstallation was completed.” appears, click [OK] to restart the computer.
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Mac OS X
1. Start up the Mac without the unit connected.
Disconnect all USB cables other than those for a USB keyboard and/or USB mouse (if used).
2. Insert the included CD-ROM into the computer’s DVD-ROM drive.
3. Double-click [Uninstaller] in the [MacDriver] folder on the included CD-ROM.
4. When “This uninstalls A-Series Keyboard driver from this Mac.” appears, click
[Uninstall].
If other messages appear, follow the instructions on the screen.
5. When “Are you sure you want to uninstall the driver?” appears, click [OK].
The authentication dialog box or the message “Uninstaller requires that you type your password”
will appear.
6. Enter the password and click [OK].
7. When “Uninstallation is completed.” appears, click [Restart] to restart the Mac.
It may take some time for the Mac to restart.
Lightening the MIDI Load (Windows)
The MIDI load can be lightened in the driver setting dialog box.
1. Exit all programs that are using the unit.
2. Open the “Control Panel” and set the display mode as follows.
Windows 8/Windows 7
Windows Vista/Windows XP
: Icon view
: Classic view
3. Double-click the A-Series Keyboard icon.
The “A-Series Keyboard Driver Settings” dialog box will appear.
4. Place a check in the [Lighten Load] check box.
5. Click [OK].
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Main Specifications
Roland A-88: MIDI Keyboard Controller
Keyboard
88 keys (Ivory Feel-G keyboard with Escapement)
Controllers
Buttons: [S1] [S2] (Assignable)
Knobs: [C1] [C2] (Assignable)
Foot Pedals: DAMPER, FC1, FC2
[Pitch Bend/Modulation] lever
D-BEAM controller
Buttons
[FUNCTION] button
[SuperNATURAL] button
[+][–] buttons
[TRANSPOSE] button
[DUAL/SPLIT] button, [LOWER] button, [UPPER] button
Switches
[POWER] switch
[POWER SOURCE] switch
Display
POWER indicator LED
OCTAVE/TRANSPOSE indicator LED
Connectors
DAMPER jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
FC1, FC2 jacks: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
MIDI OUT connector
USB COMPUTER port (USB Type B)
DC IN jack
Power Supply
AC adaptor
Supplied from the computer via USB COMPUTER port
Current Draw
100 mA (AC Adaptor)
150 mA (USB)
Dimensions
1,443 (W) x 273 (D) x 116 (H) mm
56-7/8 (W) x 10-3/4 (D) x 4-5/8 (H) inches
Weight
15.9 kg / 35 lbs 1 oz
Accessories
Owner’s Manual
Damper Pedal (capable of continuous detection)
AC Adaptor, Power Cord (for AC Adaptor)
A-Series Keyboard CD-ROM
USB cable
SONAR LE DVD-ROM (Windows)
SONAR LE installation guide (Windows)
Options (sold separately)
Keyboard Stand (KS-18Z, KS-12)
Pedal Unit (RPU-3)
Damper Pedal (DP-10)
Pedal Switch (DP-2)
Expression Pedal (EV-5, EV-7)
* In the interest of product improvement, the specifications and/or appearance of this unit are
subject to change without prior notice.
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MIDI Implementation Chart
Date: Sep. 1, 2012
Version: 1.00
Model: A-88
Function...
Basic Channel
Mode
Note Number
Velocity
Aftertouch
Default
Program
Change
Changed
1–16
×
Mode 3
×
Messages
OMNI ON/OFF, MONO, POLY
×
Altered
**************
×
0–127
×
: True Voice
**************
×
Note ON
O (9n v=1–127)
×
Note OFF
O (8n v=1–127), (9n v=0)
×
Key’s
×
×
Ch’s
0–119
: True #
System Real
Time
Aux Message
Notes
O
×
O
×
O
×
O (0–127)
×
**************
×
O
O
: Song Pos
O
×
: Song Sel
O (0–127)
×
: Tune
O
×
: Clock
O
×
System Exclusive
System
Common
Recognized
×
Default
Pitch Bend
Control
Change
Transmitted
1
: Command
O
×
: All Sound Off
O *1 (120)
×
: Reset All Controller
O *1 (121)
×
: Local control
O
×
: All Notes Off
O *1 (123)
×
: Active Sense
O
×
: Reset
O
×
Remarks
*1 Transmits When the Panic function is executed.
Mode 1 : OMNI ON, POLY
Mode 2 : OMNI ON, MONO
O : Yes
Mode 3 : OMNI OFF, POLY
Mode 4 : OMNI OFF, MONO
X : No
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Index
Symbols
K
T
[+][–] buttons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
KEY VELO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
KS-12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
KS-18Z. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Transpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
[TRANSPOSE] button. . . . . . . . . . . 15
L
UPPER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
[UPPER] button. . . . . . . . . . . . 15, 30
USB COMPUTER port. . . . . . . . . . . 16
A
AC ADAPTOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Aftertouch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
[ASSIGN] button . . . . . . . . . . . 14, 36
Auto Off. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
B
Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Bank Select LSB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Bank Select MSB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
C
[C1] knob. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
[C2] knob. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
CHANNEL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Control Change Number. . . . . . .
CTRL DIR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
37
37
32
44
46
D
DAMPER jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16, 38
Damper pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
D-BEAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14, 36
D-BEAM controller. . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
DC IN jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Driver
Delete. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Install. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Reinstall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
DUAL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
[DUAL/SPLIT] button. . . . . . . . . . . 15
E
Expression. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
F
FACT RESET. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
FC1 jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16, 38
FC2 jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16, 38
[FUNCTION] button. . . . . . . . . . . . 14
FUNCTION mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
I
Ivory Feel Keyboard. . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
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Lightening the MIDI load. . . . . . . 55
LOWER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
[LOWER] button. . . . . . . . . . . . 15, 30
LSB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
M
MIDI CHANNEL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI OUT connector . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI transmit channel. . . . . . . . . .
MIDI Visual Control. . . . . . . . . . . . .
MIDI Visual Control mode . . . . . .
Modulation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MSB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
32
16
32
29
29
35
33
O
Octave Shift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
OCTAVE/TRANSPOSE indicator. 15
Operating modes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
P
PANIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Pedal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38, 47
Pitch bend. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
[Pitch Bend/Modulation] lever. . 14
[PITCH] button. . . . . . . . . . . . . 14, 36
PLAY mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
POWER indicator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
[POWER SOURCE] switch. . . . . . . 16
[POWER] switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
PRGM CHANGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Program Change. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
S
SN SETTING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SPLIT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Stuck notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SuperNATURAL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SuperNATURAL mode. . . . . . . . . .
Switching sounds. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
42
30
39
28
28
32
U
V
Velocity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Velocity Curve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
VELO CURVE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
[VOL] button. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14, 36
MEMO
59
MEMO
60
MEMO
61
For EU Countries
For China
62
For the U.K.
IMPORTANT: THE WIRES IN THIS MAINS LEAD ARE COLOURED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOLLOWING CODE.
BLUE:
NEUTRAL
BROWN: LIVE
As the colours of the wires in the mains lead of this apparatus may not correspond with the coloured markings identifying
the terminals in your plug, proceed as follows:
The wire which is coloured BLUE must be connected to the terminal which is marked with the letter N or coloured BLACK.
The wire which is coloured BROWN must be connected to the terminal which is marked with the letter L or coloured RED.
Under no circumstances must either of the above wires be connected to the earth terminal of a three pin plug.
For the USA
Model Name :
Type of Equipment :
Responsible Party :
Address :
Telephone :
DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
Compliance Information Statement
A-88
MIDI Keyboard Controller
Roland Corporation U.S.
5100 S. Eastern Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90040-2938
(323) 890-3700
For EU Countries
This product complies with the requirements of EMC Directive 2004/108/EC.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE STATEMENT
For the USA
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee
that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
– Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment requires shielded interface cables in order to meet FCC class B limit.
Any unauthorized changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
For Canada
NOTICE
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations.
AVIS
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada.
WARNING
For C.A. US (Proposition 65)
This product contains chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm, including lead.
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