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Roland GW-8 Keyboard Workstation
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A contemporary music workstation with intelligent backing-track functionality.

The Roland GW-8 keyboard is the next generation of Roland's GW-series workstations with intelligent backing-track functionality. With its fresh, contemporary sound-set and expressive musical styles from pop to rock, plus authentic ethnic styles and a multi-format USB Memory Player feature, the GW-8 workstaton will bring a world of music to your fingertips.The Roland GW-8 is especially well-suited for one-man-band performances.

Flagship Sound Engine with Easy User Interface

Having Roland's renowned sound technology at its core, the GW-8 rivals its peer workstations with its rich, expressive sound. The GW-8 comes loaded with hundreds of the freshest and most essential sounds culled from Roland's top sound modules. In addition to its authentic sound set, the GW-8 is equipped with many user-friendly control devices, such as the expressive D BEAM and the Analog Modify knob, which instantly adjusts sounds to suit your taste. The GW-8 is perfect for live entertainers who play multiple roles in their performances.

Intelligent Backing Styles

The GW-8 is packed with a huge collection of styles, representing a broad range of music genres, from contemporary rock, pop, dance, jazz, and beyond. The excellent library of contemporary sounds and styles is accompanied by ethnic instrument sounds and authentic regional musical styles. Each backing style has four intros, four main patterns, and four ending progressions for you to craft your own arrangements live.

USB Memory Player Feature

The GW-8 also has one of Roland's most popular features is built into it-the Multi-format Song Player that allows song data to be played directly from USB Flash memory (accepts MP3, WAV, AIFF, and SMF format). It also has a Center Cancel function that minimizes main vocals from pre-recorded songs for karaoke-style performances or music practice.

Style Converter & Playlist Editor

Bundled with each GW-8 is Roland's Style Converter software for PC, which lets you convert your own MIDI data into GW-8 backing styles via commercially available USB Flash memory devices. Also included is the Playlist Editor for customizing the order of songs. Users can easily create a dedicated Playlist for each gig.

Roland GW-8 Keyboard Workstation Features:

  • Contemporary music workstation with high-quality 128-voice sound engine derived from Roland's renowned sound-module lineup
    Wide variety of contemporary sounds and intelligent backing styles, plus additional banks of ethnic sounds and styles from around the world
    USB Memory Player feature allows direct playback of MP3, WAV, AIFF, and SMF files from USB key; Center Cancel feature for audio files enables karaoke-style singalong
    Newly designed graphical display, plus Style Select button, Analog Modify knob, and D BEAM
    Style Converter and Playlist Editor software included
    Onboard 16-track sequencer for saving your interactive performances
    61 keys (with velocity)
    Sustain pedal sold separately

    Sound Generator:
    Maximum Polyphony: 128 voices
    Parts: 16 parts + Keyboard part
    Wave Memory: 256MB (16-bit linear equivalent)
    Preset Memory: Performances: 128, Tones: 896 + 256 (GM2) + World, Rhythm Sets: 32 + 9 (GM2) + World
    User Memory: Performances: 128, Favorite Performances: 100, Favorite Tones: 100
    Effects: MFX: Upper and Lower / 78 types, Chorus: 3 types, Reverb: 5 types

    Backing Track:
    Backing type: Style, Song, USB Memory Player
    Tempo (MIDI): 20 to 250
    Style variations: 4 Intro, 4 Main, 4 Ending, 4 Fill In, Sync Start, Stop, One Touch Setting
    Song (16-track Recorder): 16-track, Rec mode (Mix, Replace), Count in, Punch In-Out, Input Quantize
    USB memory player: 999 songs, SMF: format-0/1, Audio file: WAV/AIFF/MP3
    Preset memory: Styles: 130 + World
    User memory: Styles: 100, Songs: 200

    Controllers: D BEAM Controller x 1, Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever x 1, Control Knobs x 2
    Display: 240 x 64 dots white graphic LCD
    Connectors: Output jacks (L/MONO, R), Ext Input jack, Headphones jack, MIDI connectors (IN, OUT), Hold Pedal jack, Control Pedal jack, USB connectors: Computer (supports USB MIDI) / Memory (supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Flash Memory)

    Owner's manual
    CD-ROM, (Style Converter 3.0, Playlist Editor)
    AC Adaptor (PSB-1U)
    Music layer pad
    USB memory protector
    USB (MIDI)

Roland GW-8 Keyboard Workstation Specifications:

  • Operating System:
    Windows: XP Home SP2 or later/Windows XP Professional SP2 or later/Windows Vista (does not work with the 64-bit Edition of Windows Vista)
    Power supply: DC 9 V (AC Adaptor)
    Current draw: 1,000 mA

    Dimensions: 41-3/16"W x 4-1/16"H x 12-9/16"D
    Weight: 13 lbs. 4 oz.

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  • The trumpets shall sound

    As reviewed by Arthur Hagen on 12/26/2012

    You get a lot of keyboard for the money. It has a great selection of sounds, good keys with decent velocity sensors without being heavy, nice semi-analog knob adjustments like a real synth, and the PC midi editor makes it a lot easier to get your complete songs over to the keyboard. The quality of most of the sounds is also impressively good. However, nothing is perfect. Most of the instruments available are lead, which for Roland synths means they're NOT polyphonic. Perhaps 1/3 will work with polyphony. It's also tedious to scroll through hundreds of instruments to get the one you want - especially when what you did was change the style, and it changed the instruments for you too. A "last" button would have been nice. And I don't particularly like the bragging ads that the display shows if you stop playing for a few minutes. Good for the showroom, not for the buyer. And, the "world" styles in the 2.0 software is mislabeled. By "world" here, they mean Latino. Just Latino. Nothing world about it at all. If you want 200 different Latino styles, this is the keyboard for you. However, if you thought it would improve say, Nordic or African or Asian tunings and rhythms, you're in for a disappointment. As for tuning, yes, you can tune it, but only by percentages, not by frequency. And you can't store/recall tunings, which makes it pretty useless. I had hoped to be able to accompany my just intonation D flute, but that's a no go. Midi playback is also weird - if sending midi data from your sequencer or computer to the keyboard, the assigned IR instrument will change to a GM instrument. Which makes it interesting when your hand gets near the IR sensor and a trumpet blasts. But all in all, this is a very playable keyboard. I just wish I could flash it to 1.0 software to get rid of all the Latino sounds and styles that only clutter up and make it harder to find other stuff. But yeah, would buy again, and will recommend. It sure beats the cheaper BK-8 and Juno-Di, and for a solo artist who wants backing or songwriter who wants to record and edit songs I'd choose this over the similarly priced Juno-Gi. (For band usage, I'd probably choose the Gi if I couldn't afford a Jupiter.) Again, it's a lot of keyboard for the money, and very playable.

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  • amazing keyboard

    As reviewed by james on 8/9/2010

    this keyboard is awesome!i got this from samash they gave me 25% discount and i didn't expect that this keyboard could play any kind of music theres alot of choices of stylejust like the other expensive work station keyboard and the sound it so professional, even though its 61 keys but this is not a big issue for me the important is the sound and it is user friendly. i will recomend this keyboard to anyone who keeps lookin for a right keyboard this is it, i use it for church with my as100d marshall acoustic amp and it sound great. buy this...

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