MIDI Keyboard Controller

Only-what-you-need Keyboards -Quality is Best in Class

  • USB
  • GM2
  • FPT

Only-what-you-need Keyboards -Quality is Best in Class

The PC–80 is a 61-note, full-sized MIDI keyboard controller with audio and built-in speaker features. The audio features add values for educational market and easy setup solution. Software Synthesizer is bundled.


  • - Plug-and-Play, Instant Synthesizer Just by Connecting a USB Cable to a Computer.
  • - Dedicated "Software Synthesizer" Button Provided
  • - Mac OS X and Windows XP/2000 Support
  • - 24-Bit / 96 kHz Audio Capability
  • - CoreAudio, WDM, ASIO2.0, and OS-standard Driver Support
  • - Powerful Low-Latency Driver Performance
  • - 2 W + 2 W Built-in Stereo Amplifier and Speaker
  • - 2 x 1/4” Headphone Ports
  • - 61-note, Standard-sized Keys with Velocity-sensitivity
  • - High Quality Keyboard Mechanism
  • - Split or Layer Mode
  • - 12 Selectable Velocity Curves and Fixed Velocity Mode
  • - Rubber-coated Pitch Bender / Modulation Lever
  • - MIDI OUT Port
  • - USB Bus Powered
  • - AC Adaptor Included
Relevant product
Computer Music

Software Synthesizer Bundled

Plug-and-Play! By connecting a USB cable to a computer and pressing a specific “Software Synthesizer” button, the powerful Software Synthesizer instantly comes to the display, and you are ready to play the PC-80 like a portable keyboard with up to 2 instrument sounds by using split or layer. It also has 16-part SMF player. Both Mac OS X and WindowsXP/2000 version are available.

24 Bit / 96 kHz Audio Capability

The PC-80 offers high quality audio capabilities. Low latency driver support including CoreAudio, WDM, ASIO 2.0 and OS-standard for fast response in all major music applications. In addition, the PC-80's Direct Monitoring function (Input Monitor button) lets you listen to audio being recorded directly without routing through software. The input goes straight to the output to provide ZERO latency monitoring and you can easily record any audio source (Line, Dynamic Mic or Guitar).

2 W + 2 W Built-in Stereo Amplifier and Speaker

Listen to the sound via the built-in stereo speaker powered by a 2W + 2W stereo amplifier with a Bass Enhancer circuit. Loud enough for personal use, the PC-80 offers a strong low end in a very compact set of speakers. In addition there is a Sub-Woofer output port for when you need to isolate the very low frequencies.

High Quality Mechanism for the Serious Player

With a newly designed key mechanism --- taken from Roland's 30 years of synthesizer development --- players can control a wide dynamic range with incredible subtlety. The re-designed key assemblies have a rounded shape for better reaction to the player’s touch and more comfortable glissando, plus changes have already been made to reduce the low mechanical noise of the PC-80 and eliminate vertical shake on the key strokes. The newly developed pitch bend and modulation design offers you easier and more expressive control. All these features add up to a keyboard that even the most discerning player can appreciate.

Twelve Selectable Velocity Curve Combinations

Pick from 12 velocity curves to precisely match your playing style. As the PC-80 has 4 different velocity curves and 3 kinds of sensitivity (Light, Medium, and Heavy), the player can find the combination that perfectly suits them and can produce the precise MIDI performance and programming of a true professional. In addition a Fixed Velocity Mode is provided where the PC-80 always outputs a fixed velocity (from 1 to 127) providing practical input for drum and percussion programming in step recording.

Split or Layer Mode

The PC-80 has a Split/Layer function. By pressing split, upper or lower buttons, you can instantly set up a favorite performance over two different MIDI channels. When the upper and lower keys of the split points are configured you can easily use layered sounds.

Expression and Sustain Pedal Ports

The user can connect Roland’s EV-5 Expression pedal or DP-2 or DP-6 Sustain pedal to the PC-80 directly. Control parameters through these ports.

3 Digit 7-segment LED and Rotary Encoder

The MIDI control function on the PC-80 is via a rotary encoder. Both easier and faster control than using the notes for numerical values. With this knob you can set up MIDI channel, Program Change, Control Change and more and instantly see the values on the LED.

USB Bus Powered for Mobile Use

No AC adaptor is required. Just connect one USB cable to your laptop to build your mobile station. 2 W + 2 W amplifiers and speakers are loud enough for home lesson use. For your desktop use, the PC-80 package comes with the AC adaptor.

MIDI Out Port

It is easy to connect the PC-80 to a MIDI device with just one cable. The PC-80 can export the same MIDI signals to both USB and MIDI cable at the same time - very convenient.

PC-80: USB Audio Interface / MIDI Keyboard Controller

PC-80 Hardware Specifications

Number of Audio Record/Playback Channels
Record: 1 pair of stereo
Playback: 1 pair of stereo
Full duplex (except for 96 kHz setting)
Signal Processing
AD/DA Conversion: 24 bits
PC Interface: 24 bits
Master Volume Knob
Number of Audio Record/Playback Channels
Sampling Rate
44.1/48/96 kHz
Nominal Input Level
-45--0 dBu
Input Impedance
LINE: 15 k ohms
GUITAR, MIC: 680 k ohms
Maximam Output Level
Audio Output Jacks (L,R): +5dBu
Audio Output Jack (SUBWOOFER): -2dBu
Output Impedance
1 k ohms
Residual Noise Level
Audio Input Jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4 inch phone type
Audio Output Jacks (L, R, SUBWOOFER): RCA phono type
Headphones Jacks: Stereo 1/4 inch phones type x 2
Hold Pedal Jack: 1/4 inch phone type
Expression Pedal Jack: 1/4 inch TRS phone type
MIDI OUT Connector
USB Connector
DC IN Connector
61 Keys (with velocity)
Master Volume Knob

MIDI Channel Button
Program Change Button
Software Synthesizer Button
Split Buttons (LOWER/UPPER)
Direct Monitor Button
Octave Shift Buttons (+/-)

Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever
Value Encoder
Audio Input Level Knob
7 segments, 3 characters (LED)

Rear Panel
Power Switch (USB/OFF/DC)
Audio Input Level Knob
Power Supply
DC 9 V (AC Adaptor) or USB Bus Power
Current Draw
2000 mA (AC Adaptor)
500 mA (USB Bus Power)
AC Adaptor (PSB-1U)
CD-ROM (PC-80 Software, SONAR LE)
USB Cable
Owner's Manual
Roland Software License Agreement
Pedal Switch: DP-2
Expression Pedal: EV-5

PC-80 Software Synthesizer Specifications

Number of Part
18 (For Keyboard: 2, For MIDI Player: 16)
Maximum Polyphony
256 (For Keyboard: 128, For MIDI Player: 128)
Signal Processing
32-bit Floating Point Processing Precision
Preset Tone
256 Tones + 9 Drum Sets (GM2 Compatible)
User Tone
512 Tones + 128 Drum Sets
Reverb, Chorus, Part EQ
Playable File Format
Standard MIDI File (Format 0/1)
Metronome Tempo
Quarter note = 20 to 250

PC-80 System Requirements (Windows)

Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home/XP Professional/2000 Professional
Windows(R)-compatible personal computer equipped with a USB port
Pentium(R), Celeron(TM), Intel-compatible Processor / 1.2 GHz or higher (2.0 GHz or higher is recommended)
256MB or more
(512MB or more is recommended)
Free Hard Disk Space
300MB or more

PC-80 System Requirements (Macintosh)

Mac OS X v10.3 /v10.4
Apple Macintosh computer equipped with a USB port
(Intel Mac is NOT supported)
PowerPC G4/1.25 GHz or higher
(G5 or higher is recommended)
256MB or more
(512MB or more is recommended)
Free Hard Disk Space
100MB or more

Size and Weight

Width (W)
1,000 mm39-3/8 inches
Depth (D)
232 mm9-3/16 inches
Height (H)
86 mm3-7/16 inches
4.1 kg9 lbs. 1 oz.

*0 dBu = 0.775 V rms

* Intel's SSE and AMD's 3D Now! optimized.

* This product has been test studied on representative computers that meet the system repuirements, but we cannot guarantee that it will operate on any computer that meets these requirements. Please be aware that even under the same conditions, differences in the operating environment many produce differences in processing capability.

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.


To the top of page