Roland PK-5

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PK-5, MIDI Pedal from Roland.

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Roland PK-5 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Roland
  • Model: PK-5
  • Category: MIDI Pedals
  • Added in our database on: 08/18/2002

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Roland PK-5 user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 5 reviews )
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 2 reviews40 %

MGR/Laklander's review"Roland PK-5 MIDI Bass Pedal Controller"

Roland PK-5
The Roland PK-5 has a black/dark gray housing with brown pedal pads. One-octave pedals ranging from C to C. I've been playing bass for 45 years.

Purchased from 8th Street Music in Philadelphia for $459. I wanted synth bass pedals but was unwilling to shell out $3000 for used Moog Taurus I pedals or $2000 for the new Taurus 3 pedals. I was able to purchase the Roland PK-5 and an Alesis Micron keyboard for less than $1,000.

The Pk-% is easy to use, although I don't use even 1/4 of its capability. Eight presets enable users of Roland certain modules to control bass, poly, drums and SFX. Used with these modules, the user can trigger drums, background chords and bass while playing, say, another keyboard or guitar. I use the PK-% to trigger monophonic bass sounds from the Alesis via MIDI. I could do up to two notes at atime but that is impractical in my current setup. The pedals can be transposed over 9 octaves. Operation is simple -- plug in your MIDI cables, pick your octave, and play.

It seems a bit fragile. A hard road case is a must.

Well, built, but mostly plastic. A more rugged wooden housing, though, would increase weight and, probably, cost.

The Roland PK-5 is a low-cost alternative for someone who wants basic bass accompaniment is a 'one-man-band' Setting, such as a keyboardist or guitarist who wants to use accompaniment. Functions range from simple mono bass notes via MIDI through a regular keyboard or using one of Roland's modules that offers drums and other polyphonic sounds such as strings that can be controlled via the PK-5.

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xplane93's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" PK-5A crank without problem with VK-77"

Roland PK-5
Purchasing choice, price, 200 €. <br>The keyboard is flawless, bought used, <br>It has quite a history between stage and rehearsals. <br><br><br>Easy connection noon, no adjustment required. <br>Keyboard Roland VK77 Crankset PK-5A: <br><br>Link pm: <br><br>In, Out, Thru <br><br>Button m / a. <br><br>Battery compartment and plug for external transformer 9v. <br>a full octave pedal.


The keys seem well thought out.
And a strong apparent good.
Touch, hey, that's for feet ...

I managed to find a manual in French
This booklet, found on the net, seems clear and easy to read.

No failure after several years of use by the former owner.
Which demonstrates its good design / manufacturing.
I bought it to supplement my keyboard Roland VK77, nothing more.

The cable configuration is simple MIDI, a 9v transformer (although not Roland)
Connect keyboard midi out by int, turn on, press the POLY, the 2 drawbars 16 'and 8' are now available!

Nothing else to do for that particular use.
I will complete later to other settings noon.


Use one month already!

No other model tested before,

For my use, I do not see him visible defects.

the price / quality ratio is unbeatable.

It is compatible with the VK 7, VK 77, VK 8 and 88 with the same ease of connection and settings.

I recommend at least for this use, it is found mainly in occasionally for a price quite correct.

1974Stella4Star's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland PK-5
I use it to make the bass sound coupled an arranger keyboard with a MIDI cable. I recommend all old electronic organ players who like to be coaching the bass.


Yet there is even a problem: when I select a sound for the keyboard matre PK-5 and then I play a song arranger keyboard prenregistr I lose my s automatically selection (it rebooted it with the same piano 001)
The record is unclear. I do not have all the capabilities matrise. No rglage sound volume coming out from the arranger keyboard (or so it is I who have not found how to do it)


I have this camera for 8 years
It is quite expensive.
It works fine no problem the above.
With the exprience I do not know if I Rasht that the pedals but I was Rasht is a sr!

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland PK-5
Noon to pedal foot control a synth or sampler noon. Connectivity noon (!). Thirteen notes, look identical to the pedal organ salon. Pedal to go from mono to poly (for those who have taken ballet lessons), change programs, change octave, drums (I did not understand its usefulness), cut a continuous sound, etc..

It's booked solid.


Touch of "foot" pleasant, dynamic, like a real keyboard is really screwed. I use it to trigger loops and synth sounds from Logic or the Waldorf Blofeld while I play bass (that sport but it works well).

The function maintains the single continuous note which is handy when you do not want to always have your feet on the pedals.
The change of octave are easily during a game

I have not looked at the manual, I will tell you ...

It's a bit bulky, especially since I have a big pedal board for bass.

I use to live, I play the black ball March 20, 2009, I will try a demo video of in-situ, we'll see what happens in rehearsal is impeccable! And then we rowed to find a keyboard.


I use it for one month, I started on the organ so I'm not lost.

It's expensive if used as a gimmick, for us it solves the problem of the synth guy!

The least is that I may be crazy for thinking but in my two hands and two feet at the same time (there is still a touch on the ground, lol).

No other choice for me.

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