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Roland Lucina Ax 09: Shoulder Synthesizer or Keytar? Does It Matter What Its Called?

by Lambert Varias

To me, yes it does. Keytar is just too silly for me, right down there with slanket and yogilates. I can roll with shoulder synthesizer though, and that’s exactly what we have today, the Lucina AX-09 by Roland. Set to debut at Musikmesse 2010 in Frankfurt, the Lucina will apparently be marketed towards children, with a lightweight design and intuitive interface. I don’t know anything about synthesizers, so I can’t say whether or not the Lucina really does have an intuitive interface.

roland ax 09 lucina keytar

Other features of the Lucina include the 37-note, velocity-sensitive keyboard and built-in “150 sounds that cover a wide stylistic range.” The Lucina also has an external in audio jack for playing audio from an mp3 or CD player, but if all you have are wav or mp3 files, just feed them to the device via its USB port, so you can play along with them without being tethered to a wire.

roland ax 09 lucina keytar 2

No word on the price yet, but Synthopia has got word that the Lucina will be cheap. Roland, if you want Lucina to be a hit with kids, make sure that Rock Band 3 and Guitar Hero 6 have shoulder synthesizers.

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Comments (9):

  1. Bendor says:

    That instrument is the greatest idea a musical instrument manufacturer has come with for the last few years!!
    It has an incredible design! It looks like a Storm-Trooper rifle!
    And a built-in sound engine which makes it an individual intrument!
    It’s mobile, sexy, and hopefully sound awesome as Roland knows.
    Most likely I’m buying it once it’s out!

    I play keyboards with Black Metal band – Eternal Decay, from Israel.
    I use Korg Karma, Korg X3, Korg X50 (For sale), Roland VP-770,
    and until recently I used my Roland AX-7 Keytar. Also had a Fantom-X.

    –Now I’ve been searching for a small and portable synth,
    with cool features and looks, which could be useful for me
    as another layer of sounds, and a portable keyboard.
    Looks like someone there at Roland, heard my prayers!
    So it seems my next toy shall be the AX-9!!

  2. mcduirmaid says:

    And also in Black! Thank goodness! Hope the Midi specs are up to snuff…

  3. Samushighwind says:

    Everyone seems to have missed the AX-Synth, which is much better to get. Yeah it’s a few hundred dollars more, but it doesn’t look retarded and it has more sounds.

  4. Ollu says:

    Haha there is a Keytar on Rock Band 3! Looks like Roland are in luck :P

  5. Eric says:

    Can’t split the keyboard!! =( bought it and THEN realized this. I thought this was a standard feature with Midi controllers. Oh well..

  6. bill says:

    I think that synth are of small size and mostly used.


  7. saka says:

    Too much fun and excellent midi options

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