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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 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

Features
  • Reimagined music workstation designed to maximize your creative flow
  • Light, mobile body with 61-note velocity-sensitive keyboard
  • Over 2000 sounds from the flagship INTEGRA-7 sound module
  • Fully compatible with expansive collection of free INTEGRA-7 synth tones
  • 16-track sequencer with non-stop loop recording
  • Polish your sounds with studio-quality effects
  • 6 user-assignable Sound Modify knobs
  • Intuitive, streamlined interface with large color LCD
  • Guitar/Mic and Line input jacks for performing, sampling, and DAW audio recording
  • USB ports for sound expansion data, updates, and audio/MIDI interfacing with a computer
  • Sustain pedal sold separately
Specifications
  • Keyboard Section: 61 keys (with velocity)
    Power Supply: AC Adaptor
    Current draw: 1,300 mA
    Accessories:
    Quick Start
    Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
    SD Card (installed in the product when shipped from the factory)
    SD Card Protector (installed in the product when shipped from the factory)
    AC Adaptor
    Power Cord
    SIZE AND WEIGHT:
    Width
    1008 mm
    39-11/16 inches
    Depth
    300 mm
    11-13/16 inches
    Height
    101 mm
    4 inches
    Weight
    5.7 kg
    12 lbs. 10 oz.
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RolandFA-06 61-Key Workstation
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (7)

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    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Portable (7)
  • Responsive / good action (4)
  • Touch sensitive keys (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Electronic music (6)
  • Accompaniment (4)
  • MIDI (4)
  • Concerts (3)
  • Learning (3)
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5.0

Great product

By SolitaireUnraveling

from Alabama

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

  • Poor Instructions

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Electronic Music
  • Learning
  • MIDI

Comments about Roland FA-06 61-Key Workstation:

Great product.

(0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

can't wait to get rid of it

By R.k

from indiana

Pros

    Cons

    • Limited Sound Selection

    Best Uses

      Comments about Roland FA-06 61-Key Workstation:

      makes static popping sounds when playing...

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great, minus the lame keys

      By me

      from east coast

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Realistic Sound

      Cons

      • Poor Action

      Best Uses

      • Gigging
      • Home Studio/Recoding

      Comments about Roland FA-06 61-Key Workstation:

      Wanted this as a combo home studio and general playing. Had a friend of a friend who had one and generously let me borrow it for awhile. Great machine with a lot to offer, great sounds, great interface (amazed how many keyboards still have those tiny and insanely outdated blue/gray craptacular screens) but inferior keypad was the deal breaker. For those going "well it's a workstation," sorry weak excuse at this price point IMO - and I would have gladly paid a bit more for the upgrade. But if you don't care about that, it's well worth a look.

       
      5.0

      Top-notch Equipment

      By RayRay

      from Dayton, OH

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Concerts
        • Electronic Music
        • Travel

        Comments about Roland FA-06 61-Key Workstation:

        I love this keyboard! The size & weight reminds of the Roland D-50. The sound...what can I say?
        The sound is incredible.

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Worth the price.

        By Shane-hjHu3

        from tennessee

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Pre-programmed music
        • Realistic Sound

        Cons

        • Fragile
        • Lack Of Midi Response
        • Scratches

        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music
        • Learning

        Comments about Roland FA-06 61-Key Workstation:

        I had very high hopes for this keyboard... it didnt make it. The sounds are great, the pads work well, the screen looks beautiful. This keyboard is very beautiful and has a great place next to my daw. I had hopes it would replace my laptop for edm, but alas it has a few glitches in how it handles incoming midi channels during live play. I wont go into depth, but these are REAL issues you wouldnt know about until after you try to get it to work. Another REAL issue is that you cannot records a sample while another is playing. If you dream of recording a guitar riff as a sample, then playing to it and making another sample..... it wont. It will play back many at a time, but you will not be layering your samples in recording efforts. I am a little unhappy there isnt a 'all notes off' command or way to achieve this. More than one time, notes get stuck and the only way to stop them is with an external midi device or to rotate patches on the keyboard. That being said, I love my fa-06 and even tho it didnt fulfill what i hoped, it does have its place as a goto song writing device. Working with it within its limits, is very easy and helps ideas flow. Pushing what it can do for performance, or reliance on it (other than basic keys) for a performance, may be a little past what this gear can do. Laslty: I am not a piano player, but i was told by one, the action is a little light. Also, the plastic this is made of is somewhat light to expect much durability. TO drive the point, a soft cotton rag will scratch that beautiful top plastic when cleaning. Solution, let the dust lay and get used to finger prints.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Workstation

        By Eric

        from King George, VA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Pre-programmed music
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Chamber Music
          • Concerts
          • Electronic Music
          • Learning
          • MIDI
          • School Bands
          • Travel

          Comments about Roland FA-06 61-Key Workstation:

          This is the most powerful keyboard I've ever used. I just retired and wanted to create an anything studio and this fit in beautifully. The only criticism is the 122 page manual should have come with it in printed format. Other than that, it's perfect.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Well worth it's value.

          By Gregory

          from Akron

          Comments about Roland FA-06 61-Key Workstation:

          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.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Versatile

          By Lynn

          from Cleveland, Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Versatile

            Comments about Roland FA-06 61-Key Workstation:

            Bought for my Roland F6 workstation; also works great w my bass as well

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            12.6lb Powerhouse

            By Mark

            from Minneapolis MN

            Comments about Roland FA-06 61-Key Workstation:

            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.

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Bang for the Buck

            By Metal Tech Orchestra

            from Watertown, NY

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Funtionality
            • Inspiring Sound Palette
            • Portable
            • Quality Of Sound
            • Versatillity

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Electronic Music
            • Gigging
            • MIDI
            • Usb Audio Interface

            Comments about Roland FA-06 61-Key Workstation:

            The Roland FA-06 is the best bang for the buck in the $1200 category. Simple to use as well. There are so many good quality sounds and tons of user locations for editing your own. You don't have to overwrite other sounds to store your own. Editing is easy. Sampling a no-brainer. I used to own a Kronos X, but sorry I don't need 9 synth engines on one confusing un-user-friendly, workstation. The FA is where it's at. The Piano can be just as good as the kronos with a little tweaking too. The FA also is now my Audio Interface, so not only can i sample whatever is on the PC with ease and hear it on the FA's outputs, the FA can be recorded into the PC all via one USB cable. Now i can sample Omnisphere onto my FA way more easy than when i had a Kronos. The USB audio interface functions very well, just like the Yamaha MOXF6's, and also the, oh wait the three thousand plus, Kronos, doesn't function like that.

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