E-A7

A WORLD OF SOUNDS AND BACKING STYLES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

The E-A7 is a versatile arranger keyboard for musicians needing professional sounds and authentic backing styles from all over the world. Using the E-A7 is fast and intuitive thanks to its logical dual-screen layout—styles on the left and sounds on the right, with most options having dedicated, quick-access buttons. You can import WAV files to create your own instruments, or even sample directly from the keyboard. And with the powerful E-A7 Tone Manager software, you can use your computer to edit and organize user tones and drum kits, work with samples, and more. Singers will appreciate the microphone input with dedicated vocal effects, while the whole keyboard is easy to gig with, weighing in at just 8 kg/18 lbs. Wherever you’re going with your music, the E-A7 will help you get there.

Description

FEATURE

  • Over 1,500 versatile tones from all over the world
  • WAV file import and onboard sampling function
  • Huge library of backing styles from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America
  • Powerful arranger engine with direct control buttons and versatile, one-touch performance options
  • 156 dedicated buttons for fast access to commonly used functions
  • Logical dual-screen layout, with backing styles on the left and sounds on the right
  • Microphone input with dedicated vocal effects
  • Easy to carry and transport, weighing just 8 kg/18 lbs.
  • E-A7 Tone Manager (Windows/Mac) for creating user tones and drum kits, importing and editing samples, and organizing E-A7 setups
  • Version 2.00 update provides additional styles and operation enhancements based on user feedback

Extensive Backing Styles, Including Authentic Arrangements from All Over the World

While the E-A7 excels at Western music, it’s equally strong for music from other parts of the world, with a generous array of global backing styles crafted by skilled musicians from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America. It doesn’t matter where in the world you play it—the E-A7 will fit right in.

An Entire World of Sound at Your Fingertips

The E-A7 offers over 1,500 essential sounds including grand piano, electric piano, organ, strings, brass, and many more. There are instruments from all over the world too, including authentic sounds from the vibrant musical cultures of the Middle East, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, and Eastern Europe. Every sound has been developed in collaboration with accomplished musicians—each one an expert in their local music scene—for the utmost realism and quality. And since the sounds are categorized by region, you can find the perfect sound for your music quickly and easily.

Expand the Onboard Sounds with WAV Sample Import

The 1,500 built-in tones of the E-A7 are just the beginning. Most gigging musicians have collected a library of tried-and-tested samples over the years, and you can use them in the E-A7 thanks to the WAV import option. In addition, the E-A7 is equipped with an onboard sampling function for creating your own custom sounds, such as drum beats or even backing vocals. Everything you need to polish the sound, including applying effects, is already on board. You can arrive at the gig, try out ideas at the sound check, and quickly perfect your sound before the show starts.

Fast, Logical Layout with Backing Styles on the Left, Tones on the Right

Some arranger keyboards include a lot of functions, but this can make them complicated and difficult to use—not ideal when you’re in front of a crowd of people expecting a great night out. The E-A7 is logically laid out, showing backing styles on the left and sounds on the right, and each side has its own LCD screen showing the essential information. And with 156 buttons for fast access to the functions you use most, you’ll spend more time playing and less time panicking about finding the right button.

All the Essentials for a Smooth Gig at Your Command

When you’re at a gig, you just need things to work, so the E-A7 gives direct access to the most common functions needed when you play. Six phrase pads trigger one-shot audio samples or MIDI phrases just where you need them. You can define and switch to alternate musical scales at the touch of a button. There are also six sliders that can adjust the volume of the various parts, such as drums, bass, and the accompaniment. Finally, there are seven user-assignable buttons above the pitch-bend lever for your own custom requirements; whatever you need to do, you can do it right away without lifting your hand off the lever.

Plug in the Mic, Set the Level, and Sing

If vocals are an important part of your repertoire, the E-A7 has a microphone input along with dedicated volume controls on the front panel. It’s simple to use—just turn the knob to instantly adjust the vocal level, with no menus in sight. You also get an array of pro-grade vocal effects to add polish to your performance, with a versatile selection of editable reverbs and delays on board.

Weighs Just 8 kg/18 lbs.—No Pain, All Gain

Although it’s great to bring everything you need to the gig, carrying a heavy keyboard is, quite literally, a pain. The E-A7 makes life easy for gigging musicians in two ways: first off, it’s got everything necessary for a great performance, so there are no extra boxes and wires to drag you down. Second, its lightweight design makes it easy to transport to and from the show. Packing a lot of power into a compact 61-key format, the only pain you’ll get from the E-A7 is having to do yet another encore—which is a good problem to have.

Versatile Song Player That Supports SMF and WAV/MP3 Audio

The E-A7’s onboard song player reads Standard MIDI Files (SMF) as well as WAV and MP3 audio files. Comprehensive playback options allow you to repeat a section of the song or jump to a different section. And if you’re using WAV files, you can minimize the presence of any vocals using the Center Cancel feature, leaving space for your own voice. You can even record your entire performance as a WAV file and save it to USB memory—a great way to promote your music and get more bookings.

Flexible User Programs Put You in Control

Since the E-A7 has plenty of buttons and sliders, most of the “must-haves” are already at your fingertips. But you can also store a variety of settings within a single program, including the on/off status of essentials like Part, Auto Fill, and Input EFX. This extra layer of control means you can easily customize the keyboard’s setup for each song during the gig. Programs from Roland’s BK arranger series can also be accessed directly from a USB memory stick.

Manage User Tones/Drum Kits, Samples, and More on Your Computer

The E-A7 Tone Manager software lets you enhance your E-A7 experience via a Mac or Windows computer. Librarian, editor, and sample creator functions are available for building user tones and drum kits, adjusting performance setups, and managing all your E-A7 tone data. With multiple parameters shown on your large computer display, it’s even easier to customize and organize E-A7 settings for any musical situation.

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KEYBOARD

Keyboard

61 keys (with velocity)


SOUND GENERATOR

Maximum Polyphony

128 voices (varies according to the sound generator load)


Parts

4 keyboard parts (UP1, UP2, UP3, LWR) + 16 song parts


Tones

– Preset Tone: Over 1,500 Tones
– Preset Drum Kit: Over 100 Drum Kits
* GM2 compatible sounds are included.

– User Tone: 256 Tones
– User Drum Kit: 128 Drum Kits


Favorite

50 favorite tones can be registered.


Melody Intelligent

Yes


STYLES

Styles

– Preset Style: Over 600 Styles
– User Style: Unlimited number (storage on internal memory and USB flash drive)


Style Controls

Intro x 4, Main x 4, Fill x 4, Break, Ending x 4


One Touch Memories

4 programmable registrations per style


Style Makeup Tools

Instrument-oriented editing


Style Composer

Yes


SONGS

Realtime Player

SMF (Format 0/1), KAR, MP3, WAV, MP3+CDG


Tempo Change

– 20–250 BPM for SMF (and Style)
– 75–125% for MP3 and WAV files


Part Mute

– Track Mute: SMF (and Style)
– Center Cancel: MP3 and WAV


Song Chord Extractor

Automatic chord detection for SMF files


Lyrics Display

SMF, KAR, MP3


SMF Makeup Tools

Instrument-oriented editing


SMF Mark & Jump

Yes (4 storable locations)


Song (Audio) Recording

Format: 16-bit linear, 44.1 kHz, WAV


Demo Song

Yes


EFFECTS

Reverb

8 types (selectable via Makeup Tools)


Chorus

8 types (selectable via Makeup Tools)


MFX

84 types for keyboard parts (selectable via Keyboard Part MFX), A & B for Style and SMF section (selectable via Makeup Tools)


Master EQ

6 Presets + 1 User Memory


Master Compressor

6 Presets + 1 User Memory


Input Effect

Reverb 6 types, Delay 2 types


USER PROGRAMS

User Programs

– Preset (Music Assistant + Preloaded data): Over 500 User Programs
– User: Up to 100 User Programs are included per User Program Set


User Program Sets

Unlimited number (storage on internal memory and USB flash drive)


SAMPLING/SAMPLE IMPORT

Format

16-bit linear, 44.1 kHz, WAV


Wave Expansion Memory

128 MB for Sampling/Sample Import


Number of Samples

512


Multisample Function

Yes

* Samples and multisamples can be exported to USB Flash Memory as User Tone or User Drum Kit.
* Samples and multisamples can be used as wave data for the sound engine.


SCALE TUNINGS

Memory Buttons

3 user scale Memories and Equal temperament


User Scale Buttons

– Instant quarter-tone tuning of each note of a scale (C–B)
– Adjustable tuning range (-64–+63 cent) for each button
– Tunings can also be saved to User Program memories.


OTHERS

Pads

6 pads for triggering phrases and tones and Stop Pad
* Phrases are tempo-synchronized with Styles or SMF, and support for chord detection.


Style/Song Finder

Yes


Controllers

Assignable Lever
Assignable Switch x 7
Assignable Control Pedal
Part Level Slider x 6
Multifunction Pads


Display

Dual Graphic LCD (160 x 160 dots x 2, with backlit)


Connectors

PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
OUTPUT jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4-inch phone type
EXT IN jack: Stereo miniature phone type
INPUT jacks (L/MONO or MIC, R): 1/4-inch phone type
PEDAL jacks (HOLD, EXPRESSION, CONTROL)
MIDI connectors (IN, OUT)
USB MEMORY port
USB COMPUTER port (USB MIDI)
DC IN jack


Speakers

2 x 10 cm


Rated Power Output

2 x 12 W


Power Supply

AC Adaptor


Current Draw

1,500 mA


Accessories

Owner’s Manual
Music Rest
AC Adaptor
Power Cord (for AC Adaptor)


Options (sold separately)

Keyboard Stand (*1): KS-18Z
Pedal Switch: DP series, FS-5U
Expression Pedal: EV-5
USB Flash Memory (*2)

*1 When using the KS-18Z, ensure that the height of the unit is one meter or lower.
*2 Use USB Flash Memory (supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Flash Memory) sold by Roland. We cannot guarantee operation if other products are used.


SIZE AND WEIGHT

Width

1,045 mm
41-3/16 inches


Depth

318 mm
12-9/16 inches


Height

136 mm
5-3/8 inches


Weight (excluding AC adaptor and music rest)

7.9 kg
17 lbs. 7 oz.

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