Roland updates the KC keyboard amp range with six new models

Roland has announced its longrunning keyboard amps range, the KC series, is getting a refresh with six brand new models and all-new features.

The new amps feature wide-range sound reproduction with two-way speaker systems and Roland’s patented twin bass-reflex design for extended low-frequency response without distortion. Making them perfect for what Roland promises “accurately reproducing the full frequency range of all types of keyboards, including 88-note stage pianos, organs, and synthesizers.”

KC-990

The KC 990 is the fully-loaded leader of the pack and the 320-watt amp (160 watts x 2) comes loaded with two custom 12-inch woofers and two custom horn tweeters and an onboard four channel mixer with extra aux input channel.

  • Flagship stereo keyboard amplifier with 320 watts of power
  • Onboard mixer with four stereo input channels, stereo auxiliary input, and master EQ
  • Two newly developed custom 12-inch woofers and two custom horn tweeters
  • Built-in effects: reverb, chorus, tremolo, and rotary
  • Control rotary speed and effects on/off with optional external footswitches
  • Flexible I/O with XLR mic input, stereo XLR and ¼-inch line outputs, headphones output, and more
  • Stereo Link function for chaining two KC-990s
  • Metal jacks for increased durability
  • Casters and side-mounted handles for enhanced mobility
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KC-200

At the other end of the scale in the stereo range is the KC-220, which delivers 30 watts of power (15 watts x 2) through two 6.5-inch speakers, but is also battery-powered. Complete with onboard DSP, the 220 includes a three-channel mixer with aux input.

  • Battery-powered stereo keyboard amplifier
  • Highly efficient power section with 30 watts of power (15 watts x 2)
  • Two newly developed custom 6.5-inch woofers and two custom tweeters
  • Built-in DSP effects: reverb and two chorus types
  • XLR mic input, mono/stereo line output, and headphones output
  • Metal jacks for increased durability
  • Runs on eight AA batteries or included AC adapter; removable cartridge for easy battery replacement
  • Built-in tilt-back stand and integrated mount for optional ST-A95 speaker stand
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KC-600

The second largest amp of the bunch also comes with the same four-channel mixer as the 990, but also includes an output select button on the fourth channel for monitoring click tracks.

  • Compact and versatile keyboard amplifier with 200 watts of power
  • Redesigned power amp and universal power supply provide increased stability, improved bass reproduction, and reduced weight
  • Custom two-way speaker system with newly developed 15-inch woofer and horn tweeter
  • Onboard mixer with four stereo input channels, stereo auxiliary input, and master EQ with Shape switch
  • Output Select function on Channel 4 for monitoring click and guide tracks
  • XLR mic input, XLR and ¼-inch line outputs, headphones output, and sub output
  • Chain another KC-600 with the Stereo Link function for more inputs and true stereo sound on stage
  • Metal jacks for increased durability
  • Removable casters included
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KC-400

The new 400 builds on the previous KC-350 model with an improved 150 watts power and retains the output select function found on the 600. 

  • Compact and versatile keyboard amplifier with 150 watts of power
  • Redesigned power amp and universal power supply provide increased stability, improved bass reproduction, and reduced weight
  • Custom two-way speaker system with newly developed 12-inch woofer and horn tweeter
  • Onboard mixer with four stereo input channels, stereo auxiliary input, and master EQ with Shape switch
  • Output Select function on Channel 4 for monitoring click and guide tracks
  • XLR mic input, 1/4-inch line outputs, headphones output, and sub output
  • Chain another KC-400 with the Stereo Link function for more inputs and true stereo sound on stage
  • Metal jacks for increased durability
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KC-200

Getting smaller still, is the KC-200 that weighs in with 100-watts of power. It’s essentially a slightly scaled-down version of the KC-400, complete with custom two-way speaker system with 12-inch woofer and tweeter.

  • Compact and affordable keyboard amplifier with 100 watts of power
  • Redesigned power amp and power supply sections provide increased stability and improved bass reproduction
  • Custom two-way speaker system with newly developed 12-inch woofer and tweeter
  • Onboard mixing with four 1/4-inch line input channels, dedicated auxiliary input with 1/8-inch and RCA jacks, and master EQ
  • Channel 4 provides dedicated monitor functionality for click and guide tracks
  • XLR mic input, 1/4-inch line output, headphones output, and sub output
  • Metal jacks for increased durability
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KC-80

The smallest and cheapest model of the range pumps out 50 watts through the new custom-designed 10-inch woofer and tweeter and for those looking for some extra low-end are treated to a sub output.

  • Compact and affordable keyboard amplifier with 50 watts of power
  • Redesigned power amp and power supply sections provide increased stability and improved bass reproduction
  • Custom two-way speaker system with newly developed 10-inch woofer and tweeter
  • Onboard mixing with three 1/4-inch input channels, dedicated auxiliary input with 1/8-inch and RCA jacks, and master EQ
  • XLR mic input, 1/4-inch line output, headphones output, and sub output
  • Metal jacks for increased durability
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There's no official word on price as yet, so keep your eyes peeled on the Roland website for more info.

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