Roland's new FA Series completely reimagines the music workstation, streamlining it for effortless realtime power, ultra-fast workflow, and maximum versatility. Ready to support any type of music you ... Read More
Roland's new FA Series completely reimagines the music workstation, streamlining it for effortless realtime power, ultra-fast workflow, and maximum versatility. Ready to support any type of music you play, the FA-06 is packed with a massive sound collection inherited from the flagship INTEGRA-7, a ton of studio-quality effects, and expressive real-time controls, plus onboard sampling with zero load time for instant audio playback from the 16 backlit pads. The sequencer features simple operation and non-stop loop recording, letting you capture songs and ideas as they come and export them as multitrack data to use with your DAW. Flowing seamlessly into every part of your creative world, the FA-06 morphs instantly from a standalone keyboard to become the command center of your computer music studio, with USB audio/MIDI interfacing, powerful real-time controllers, DAW transport controls, and much more.
NO WORK, ALL PLAY
Music workstations play an important role for keyboardists in a wide range of creative activities, from live performance to song development to production in the studio. However, they can often be complicated and difficult to use to their full potential, bogging down the creative process and inhibiting the flow of ideas. In developing the FA series, Roland has completely reimagined the music workstation to provide musicians an inspiring platform that's extremely powerful and versatile, yet simple and intuitive at the same time. With a streamlined interface and focused, practical features that maximize your creative flow, the FA series allows you to experience newfound freedom to deeply explore and develop your musical ideas with less effort than ever before.
PERFORM AND RECORD WITH A MASSIVE SELECTION OF ROLAND'S VERY BEST SOUNDS
The true measure of any music workstation lies with the quality and diversity of its sounds. Filled with over 2000 tones directly inherited from the INTEGRA-7, Roland's flagship pro sound module, the FA series truly delivers in this area and then some. All of the INTEGRA-7's SuperNATURAL synth and XV-5080 PCM tones are onboard, plus an essential collection of ultra-expressive SuperNATURAL acoustic tones that includes pianos, organs, drums, bass, strings, and more. The FA-06's sound engine is fully compatible with the large, growing collection of INTEGRA-7 synth tones available as free downloads from Roland's Axial sound library site, and it's also possible to expand the onboard sound set with FA-series wave sound expansion collections.
CAPTURE IDEAS AND CREATE SONGS WITHOUT INTERRUPTION
Simple yet powerful, the FA-06's intuitive 16-track sequencer has been designed to let you capture your inspiration as it happens-recording is always just a simple button press away, ensuring that you'll never lose an idea. In a flash, you can build a full arrangement with the FA-06's huge array of sounds, and with continuous recording in loop mode, you're able to fill up all 16 tracks without ever stopping! In addition to real-time capture, step recording is also possible, and you have complete control to edit and mix your tracks as you go and save your song to an SDHC card as a stereo audio file. It's also possible to export your tracks as individual WAV audio files and/or MIDI data for further development in your DAW, making the FA-06 a powerful sketchpad for capturing initial sparks that will form the basis for your full-scale computer music productions.
SEAMLESS HARDWARE INTEGRATION WITH YOUR DAW
In addition to standalone use as a performance instrument and composing workstation, the FA-06 transitions into your computer-based music production world with ease. A simple press of the dedicated DAW Control button instantly sets up the FA-06 to communicate with your computer via USB*, letting you use the keyboard and knobs to send MIDI data to your DAW for playing software synths, controlling plug-in effects, and more. The FA-06 also includes control maps for popular DAWs, providing a quick and easy setup to control transport functions and more in your specific software. You can even use the FA-06 as a USB audio interface to record a variety of different sources directly into your DAW, including a mic, guitar, or stereo line level device connected to the FA-06's rear-panel input jacks, and you can capture the FA-06's internal sounds and sampler playback as well. Sound output is also supported, allowing you to monitor the DAW output through the stereo output and headphones jacks on the FA-06.
*USB communication requires installation of the FA-series USB driver on your computer.
INSTANT-ACCESS PERFORMANCE SAMPLER ONBOARD
Based on Roland's mega-popular SP-404SX, the sampler in the FA series features fun, fast, hands-on operation and sampling/playback via convenient SDHC cards. You can play audio samples directly from the 16 pads on the FA-06 panel, making it easy to expand your performances with loops, backing tracks, one-shots, vocal phrases, sound FX, and more. Thanks to SDHC flash memory, your samples load instantly with no wait time, and you can use the four pad banks and clipboard function to rearrange your samples as needed for any performance. It's super-easy to sample the FA-06's own sounds or external sources via the Mic/Guitar and Line inputs, and you can even play WAV, AIFF, or MP3 samples that you've transferred from your computer. A variety of editing features allow you to tweak your samples to taste, including quick adjustment of playback position and level. In addition to sample triggering, the pads can be used for numerous functions such as muting parts, entering numeric values in the display, and more.
ENHANCE YOUR SOUNDS WITH A WIDE RANGE OF SIMULTANEOUS EFFECTS
With its large selection of pro effects, the FA-06 provides numerous options for polishing your sounds and sequencer tracks to studio-level perfection. Independent MFX engines are available for all 16 parts of a Studio Set, giving you an enormous level of sound shaping for both live playing and song mixing. Each MFX engine contains 67 different effects types to choose from, with an additional option of a vocoder when MFX are used with Part 1. Six separate COMP+EQ processors are dedicated for individual drum sounds, while global EQ, chorus, and reverb are on tap to add a finishing touch to any of your parts as needed. With the unique TFX (total effects), you also have the ability to process the entire output of the FA-06 with dramatic effects such as DJ FX Looper, Isolator, and many others. All the effects can be tweaked in real time via the Sound Modify knobs, making it simple to enhance your keyboard playing, sampling, and sequencer tracks with dynamic sonic textures.
FAST WORKFLOW AND INTUITIVE REAL-TIME CONTROL
You can feel the speed of this new breed of instrument the moment you hit the power switch-unlike many workstations that can take a minute or more to boot, the FA-06 is ready to play in seconds. The panel is logically organized into dedicated sections, and the large color LCD presents a gorgeous look with inviting hi-res graphics for selecting tones, working with the sequencer, and adjusting various settings. It's easy to navigate through the FA-06's large sound selection by category and assign favorites for fast recall, while dedicated buttons deliver instant access to often-used functions such as transpose, octave range, and many others. With six knobs and a powerful yet easy-to-use assignment matrix, the Sound Modify section lets you control a wide range of parameters in real time for maximum expression while performing live and working in the studio.
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This is the first Keyboard that' I've owned in which every preset is usable and sounds fantastic even if they just need a little twist of the filter. The Piano however is a little dull, but the Electric Piano's on this thing are amazing. The Oscillators are some of the best digital oscillators I've heard and I own a MS 2000r, and JP 8080 and they are just as lush as the classics. They will give you some overtones but they are smooth and predictable as would be expected from digital Vs. analog synth which makes it an excellent synth for producing pads and layered synths. The Oscillators will still give you a near analog warm sound but yea it's still digital, but still sounds amazing. The effects on the FA-06 are top notch. I mean really, what it costs for a 24 step phaser or flanger alone makes the value the FA-06 worth it's money. The one thing that would help this product is if it had all the knobs for the amp ADSR. The sampler is nice but really only good for loops since the pads are not velocity sensitive.
I'd taken a couple years away from bands and was working on my own material with software synths and controllers. A friend and I started putting a new project together, and I decided that I wanted to get my hands back on a physical workstation that was powerful enough for studio work but light enough for gigging without a crew. I went back and forth between Yamaha, Korg, and even Nord. I do have a Krome in my studio as well. Now, full disclosure...the first time I briefly checked out the FA-06 in the store I walked away with no desire to own one. Then I did my research, and learned just how deep the board could go...and I went back to the store to have a very different experience. Great sounds on this. Acoustic pianos aren't my cup of tea, but the Roland Axial site has plenty to make up for it if I really need a better patch. I've also already added the electric piano collection from the site and have no complaints with the EPs after that. Hey, it's free... The synths in this board just rock...the old Jupiter 8 sounds I like are in there, and more can be downloaded. Roland also has always had just some killer rock leads, and this board doesn't disappoint there either. You are always in "Studio Set" mode in the board, really, but that's actually very powerful. Single tone? Easy. Split? Press a button, done. Layer? Press a button, done. Want 16 active tones with different splits and levels, each reacting or not reacting to midi messages as you see fit individually? Guess what...EASY! That's what I couldn't believe; the board is crazy, silly, amazingly simple to get around even without a touch screen. I do find myself occasionally tapping the screen if I've been playing on a Korg, but then I chuckle and just use a key shortcut to do what I need. It's fast, fast fast. Arrow keys get a little kludgy, but the wheel makes up for it. The keybed actually is more to my taste than the Korg Krome or Yamaha MOX...there is more positive reinforcement, a little more of a defined snap to the action. The keys are a slight bit smaller, however, so pianists should look to the FA-08. Two places I would dock the board a little...first is a cable wart. I would much rather have a little extra weight and have the power supply be internal. The other is the sampler, which only allows samples to be assigned to non-velocity sensitive pads. If this board allowed sampling directly to the keys, I'd be utterly devoted. That said, one of the features it has is simply awesome, and that is the ability to act as an audio interface for a connected computer via USB. I play some soft synths live, and not having to carry and cable up a second interface rocks. My soft synths just play out through the main left / right like anything on the board itself. I would buy this board again, no question about it. In fact, I'm thinking about adding an 08 to act as a lower board, moving the 06 up and ditching my upper tier controller.
I fell in love the first time I saw this machine. High end workstation features on a portable machine the size and weight of a juno di? I bought one, sounds are great except pianos are too low volume wise to other instruments and were at max volume. The stock sounds borrow from Roland's vintage instruments maybe a little too much, but you can download thousands of sounds from website so you may find what you are after. The effects in this machine are unparalleled! Real time morphing effects, sweet heavens! The sequencer is good although I would have preferred a touch display in this price range. While using loop record (nice feature!) I could not instantly delete a track without turning the sequencer off, although a drum machine style erase feature lets you erase parts on the fly while holding down the eraser, would be good in addition to instant track erase. Not battery powered like the juno di. This machine is massively cool when you realize the power and creativity you get from the on board sampler. Here is where things went wrong for me; the feel of the keys was the level of a cheap board in my opinion. Roland could have added the keyboard settings of the Juno Di and would have had a winner since they appear to use the same key bed. In fact I midi'd my juno to the FA and had a better playing instrument... Too bad, maybe they will fix this in a upgrade. So my new FA got returned. If you play really hard you may not notice, For expressive playing get the FA-08 over the 06. The 08 is incredibly light weight for a 88 key, probably very close to a perfect modern instrument with its truckload of features. The input jacks sounded high quality, drum samples were good but borrowed a lot from roland legacy products, would be nice to have some fresher sounds but hey, sample in what you need or find something new from Roland's axial site. Many nice touches for the live player, extra pedal inputs, audio inputs for mic or guitar and iPod/ aux, pads and real time controller for external instruments. Great innovation Roland but fix the 06 keyboard settings right away!
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