PRELUDE Version 2

Music Keyboard

Portable, Affordable Home Entertainment

Portable, Affordable Home Entertainment

Prelude represents Roland’s next generation of home-entertainment keyboards, featuring high-quality sounds and musical styles, built-in amplification, and an affordable price. Prelude is portable, and packed with an impressive library of contemporary sounds and authentic ethnic styles.

  • - Hundreds of essential, contemporary sounds inherited from Roland’s top sound modules
  • - Multi-format song player that allows song data to be played directly from USB Flash memory (MP3, WAV, AIFF, and SMF format)
  • - Stylish, lightweight design
  • - Built-in speakers with impressively powerful sound
  • - Lyrics on display thanks to the new Operative System version 2
  • For System Version 1 users, system update is available. Please check the "Downloads" page.

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Flagship Sounds

Don’t let Prelude’s affordability mislead you ― it sounds like a keyboard costing twice the price. Prelude is equipped with hundreds of top-quality sounds derived from Roland's famous sound modules. It also features 128 polyphonic voices for smooth performance, even with stacks of sounds playing at the same time.

Play-Along Styles

Prelude is packed with a wide variety of contemporary sounds and intelligent backing styles, plus loadable banks of ethnic sounds and styles from around the world. Style Converter and Playlist Editor software is included so you can customize and arrange your songs via PC.

Fun, Friendly Features

Prelude’s USB Memory Player allows direct playback of MP3, WAV, AIFF, and SMF files from a USB key. For karaoke fun, the Center Cancel transforms your favorite pre-recorded songs into “minus one” type sing-along tracks. For dazzling performance effects, wave your hand over Prelude’s invisible D Beam to manipulate your sounds in unique and exciting ways.

New Operating System Version 2!

The Prelude Operating System Version 2 contains many new features and functional improvements such as:
*LYRICS visible on Prelude display,
*SONG MAKEUP tools to modify songs as quickly as possible. Now you can change tone, expression, panpot, reverb and chorus,
*USER STYLE COMPOSER to create new styles. It includes EDIT and MICROSCOPE functions. Moreover there is the possibility to apply MFX to the sound of a style,
*CHORD ZONE and CHORD MODE functions to set different kinds of chord recognition: STANDARD; PIANO; INTELLIGENT; EASY,
*Note to Arranger function (NTA) to give the possibility to play via MIDI the arranger of Prelude using an external instrument,
*The assignment of BEND MODE to the Pedal,
*The STYLE FINDER screen to select a style from a list sorted by number, name, or tempo,
*The STYLE MAKEUP tools to change styles easily(tone, expression, panpot, reverb and chorus).

Download the new System Program for free at the "Downloads" page!

61 Keys (with velocity)

Sound Generator

Maximum Polyphony
128 voices
Preset Memory
Tones: 896+256 (GM2)+World, Rhythm Sets: 32 + 9 (GM2) + World, Performance: 128
User Memory
Performances: 128
MFX: 78 types, Reverb: 5 types, Chorus: 3 types

Backing Track

SMF Song
Audio Files
4 Intro, 4 Main, 4 Ending, 6 Fill In
USB Memory Player
Preset Memory
Styles: 130 + World
User Memory
Styles: 100, Songs: 200

Makeup tools easy editing



Song Sequencer
16 Tracks with micro editing
User Style Composer
8 Tracks with micro editing


Rated Power Output
11W + 11W
D BEAM, Pitch Bend/Modulation
240 x 64 dots graphic LCD
Output Jacks (L/MONO, R), Ext Input, 2 Headphones, MIDI connectors (IN, OUT), Hold Pedal, Control Pedal, USB Connectors: COMPUTER (supports USB MIDI), USB Memory (supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Flash Memory)
Owner's Manual, Tone & Rhythm Set List, CD-ROM (Style Converter 3.0, Playlist Editor), AC Adaptor (PSB-7U), Music Rest

Size and Weight

Width (W)
1,044 mm41-1/8 inches
Depth (D)
317 mm12-1/2 inches
Height (H)
121 mm4-13/16 inches
7.8 kg17 lbs. 4 oz.

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.


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