Just last week, Roland announced the release of the E-X50 arranger keyboard, an affordable instrument for use both at home and on stage. Today, they've revealed that keyboard's little brother, the E-X10.
The Roland E-X10 is essentially a slimmed-down version of the E-X50: equipped with an onboard stereo speaker system, it can run on six AA batteries and weighs just a touch under 4kg, making it a highly portable instrument that could be a great choice for impromptu jam sessions at a friend's house or busking in the park.
The E-X10 is packed with over 500 sounds, covering everything from acoustic pianos sampled from Roland's home and stage pianos, electric pianos and organs all the way through to synths, orchestral sounds and 'world music' instruments. These can be played through the instrument's 61-key keyboard, outfitted with piano-style keys and said to deliver a 'comfortable and responsive' feel.
Roland's E-X10 is aimed at those learning the keyboard, and offers a ton of features to help new players develop their skills. There's 140 songs onboard to play along with, each of which includes three lessons. Thanks to the recording function, learners can capture and replay their performances to evaluate their progress and spot mistakes.
The E-X10's auto-accompaniment feature lets you 'command a full band' with the left hand as you play along with your right, and offers over 200 preset styles of accompaniment, including rock, pop, jazz and even EDM.
Like the E-X50, the E-X10 features a microphone input, so you're able to plug in a mic and sing along with whatever you're playing, and though it lacks the E-X50's Bluetooth audio capabilities, you can run external audio in through the aux input, meaning you're able to play and sing along with songs from your music library. Thanks to its USB jack, the E-X10 can also be used as a MIDI controller to play software instruments on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
The Roland E-X10 is priced at €219.00/£189.00.