Roland BK-5 Backing Keyboard


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With the debut of the BK-5, Roland proudly sets another milestone in the history of auto-accompaniment instruments.! Sam Ash Direct has the guaranteed lowest price and fast free, shipping.

Number One for One-Man Bands

One keyboard, one keyboardist… With the debut of the BK-5, Roland proudly sets another milestone in the history of auto-accompaniment instruments. The BK-5 features high-quality, fresh sounds combined with an easy user interface and advanced features. It’s the perfect partner for the “one-man band” as well as music hobbyists and amateurs.

•  Self-contained, do-everything keyboard with auto-accompaniment engine and built-in sound system
•  Wide selection of sounds, Music Assistants, and Rhythms that cover a wide landscape of musical genres (including East-Europe, Latin-America, Asia, and more)
•  Friendly graphical user interface
•  Onboard effects, including reverb, chorus, EQ, multi-band compressor, and dozens of multi-effects
•  Music rhythm compatibility with Roland BK-7m/E-series/ G-series/VA-series instruments
•  Compatible with backing formats (SMF, MP3, WAV, and Rhythm) directly from USB memory; instant audio recording onto USB memory
•  Automatic chord detection for SMF files
•  Video output to share SMF/MP3 Lyrics with friends or the audience on an external screen

Sound Generator

The BK-5 is powered by a state-of-the-art Roland sound engine, packed with over 1,100 great sounds and dozens of drum and percussion kits. The instrument is able to handle 128 voices simultaneously, and is compatible with a variety of voicing formats, including GM2, GS, and XG Lite. Feed the BK-5 a Standard MIDI File, buckle up, and get ready for a great-sounding band!

Creative Control

In addition to playing MIDI Files with its internal sound generator, the BK-5 can also play and manipulate audio files. Play MP3 or WAV files via USB and use the onboard controls to change key signature and tempo to best suit your vocal range or performance style. You can also use the BK-5’s Center Cancel feature to minimize the vocals from pre-existing songs to create instant karaoke-style sing-along tracks.

USB Compatibility

To expand the capabilities of the BK-5, a USB port is provided for connecting to industry-standard USB storage devices such as a USB key or self-powered USB hard disk for playing and modifying/saving files. You can also use the USB port to record your performances as audio files (WAV, 44.1KHz/16-bit linear format) on a USB storage device.

Video Compatibility

The BK-5’s composite video output can be connected to an external monitor, which allows the audience or other musicians onstage to follow the lyrics and chord symbols of the performed song. Turn your show into a multimedia experience!

Get your Roland BK-5 Backing Keyboard today from Sam Ash Direct and enjoy the confidence that comes from fast, free shipping, the guaranteed lowest price and our 45/60-day return/price protection policy

Things You Will Get:

  • Owner’s Manual
  • AC adaptor & power cord
  • Music rest
  • CD-ROM (Style Converter 4.0, USB driver)
Series Arrangers
Other Features Velocity sensitive
Model BK 5


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Excellent GM2 Sounds


from Diamond Bar, CA

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  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound


    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • MIDI

    Comments about Roland BK-5 Backing Keyboard:

    I use this workstation in a 3 piece band for added instrumentation such as bass, drums, acoustic guitars, strings, horns, woodwinds and percussion.

    I use SMFs and edit the individual sounds, velocities, effects that best suit my PA system, which consists of QSC K* speakers and QSC Touchmix. By adjusting the parameters to my PA systems, I can achieve a realistic sounding performance and I haven't found anything that comes close, for a reasonable price.

    Our band consistently receives compliments on our full sound.

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    Sound Quality Poor


    from Texas

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    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Responsive / Good Action


    • Unrealistic sound

    Best Uses

      Comments about Roland BK-5 Backing Keyboard:

      I've been buying products from Sam Ash for over 30 years. This is the first one I have to send back. The sound quality is equal to a lot of toy models less than $100. I was very disappointed with the sounds of this keyboard. Even the GM sounds Roland came out with 20 years ago sound much better than the sounds on this keyboard.

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      BK-5 Backing Keyboard

      The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for 90 days from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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