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Roland's new FA series 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 F... Read More

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Roland's new FA series 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-08 comes with a massive sound collection inherited from the flagship INTEGRA-7, dozens of studio-quality effects, and expressive realtime 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 series morphs instantly from standalone use 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 sound engine in the FA-06/FA-08 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 intuitive 16-track sequencer in the FA Series 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 workstation'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/FA-08 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/FA-08 transitions into your computer-based music production world with ease. A simple press of the dedicated DAW Control button instantly sets up the workstation 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 series 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/FA-08 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 rear-panel input jacks, and you can capture the workstation'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/FA-08.

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 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 workstation'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 series 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 workstation 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 Realtime 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 series 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 workstation'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
  • Light, mobile body with 88-note Ivory Feel-G Keyboard
  • Over 2000 sounds from the flagship INTEGRA-7 sound module
  • 16-track sequencer with non-stop loop recording
  • Export sequencer tracks to SDHC card or as multitrack audio or MIDI to your DAW
  • Onboard sampler based on the SP-404SX
  • 16 independent FX engines, six COMP+EQ processors, global EQ, chorus, and reverb
  • Six user-assignable Sound Modify knobs
  • D-Beam, Rhythm Pattern, Arpeggiator, and Chord Memory functions
  • Guitar/Mic and Line input jacks
  • Dedicated input reverb provides ambience for performing/recording
  • USB ports for sound expansion data, updates, and audio/MIDI interfacing with a computer; MIDI communication with the iPad is possible when using Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit
  • Sustain pedal sold separately
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RolandFA-08 88-Key Workstation
 
3.5

(based on 4 reviews)

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

"A drop of tar spoils a barrel of honey"

By Bedrock

from Ca

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Pre-programmed music
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

  • Unrealistic sound

Best Uses

    Comments about Roland FA-08 88-Key Workstation:

    Sound of piano is synthetic, not realistic.
    I do some recordings but 90%+ of all time I use piano.
    I just could not except so unrealistic grand piano from Super Natural ( Yes did dive deep in settings and it did not help. Actually default settings suppose to be the golden standard ).

    The engineering part of the design overall is great.
    UI - Access to all settings is convenient and intuitive.
    Mechanics of keyboard is awesome 5 plus starts (Some people find it too slow but not me).
    Body is solid, bottom front part seats on a metal plate that goes along the keyboard.
    Patches are impressive. It is great to have them handy.
    I can keep listing other great features of Fantome with a few minor improvements I would like to see.

    It all does not make any sense (for me) as long as it does not provide high quality (realistic) piano. I am not sure that I can make so critical statement, but this is was made me to return this incredible workstation.

    Just a note it seems like it can be unsatisfying for those who are looking for particular instrument to be perfect. For instance I saw a review from a bass player who was unhappy about set of basses on FA 08. I did not pay close attention to bass. Such complains sound very understandable for me.

    May be three years ago this kind of standards were acceptable.
    So many five starts features but unfortunately "A Spoonful of Tar Spoils a Barrel of Honey".
    One start.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREAT PRO KEYBOARD

    By BLuftMusic

    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor Instructions

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Studio work

    Comments about Roland FA-08 88-Key Workstation:

    As a pro musician for over 40 years, I have bought many fine keyboards by all the mainline companies. So far, I am very pleased with the instrument. The sounds and action are definitely 5 *****. A bit of a learning curve in a few areas, but I am willing to learn. Another great keyboard by Roland! :)
    Thanks also to Guitar Center in Lakeland, FL for having a good selection of keyboards to compare, which helped in making a hands on decision for my needs!

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great for -almost- everything

    By Dayton

    from undisclosed

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • amazingly versatile

    Cons

    • no external editor

    Best Uses

    • practically anything you can imagine

    Comments about Roland FA-08 88-Key Workstation:

    Good:
    After two weeks of playing this and four gigs, I remain impressed. This keyboard has almost every function I can imagine needing. For my first gig with it, I quickly constructed a couple of banks of "favorite" sounds, including layered and split-keyboard variations. All the sounds I could have wanted were easy to find, and every time we started a new song, I felt myself relaxing into the perfect timbres the Roland was creating. I hardly had to adjust any parameters, everything I wanted was available as a preset. The keybed feels great. As a classical pianist who has tried many different types of keyboards, I characterize this one (the Roland "Feel-G") as being comfortable and serviceable, but slightly less stiff or deep than the one on my old Roland RD-700. As such, it is not as piano-like as I would wish, but is none-the-less a good keybed for a pianist.
    Less good:
    Although the "favorite" banks are very useful, there is no dedicated way of storing sounds into setlists other than writing each song's sound into a "Studio Set" in the user banks and renaming the channel 1 part to the name of the song. There is room to do this, and these configurations can be saved, but this brings me to my only real complaint: there is no external editor for the soundbanks. If I could rename and reorder the User Bank sounds using a computer, I could quickly put together setlists, which I spend time on pretty much every week. As it is, this process is time-consuming and the renaming is clunky.
    Another feature I was hoping for is the ability to route the sounds and microphone to the sub output. This would make it possible to use it as a dedicated monitor mix.
    The pads are not velocity sensitive. So far this is not a problem, but I can see that this might be important some time in the future.
    Samples can be imported and then triggered by the pads, but not across the keyboard. This is unfortunate.
    In conclusion:
    I love this keyboard. It sounds great and has almost everything.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Almost everything I could wish for.

    By Garruchal

    from Seattle WA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • All The Sounds I Need
    • Great Action
    • Great Sounds
    • One Device Solution
    • Samples

    Cons

    • Samling Only For Pads

    Best Uses

    • Anything You Can Imagine

    Comments about Roland FA-08 88-Key Workstation:

    This keyboard is ALMOST the perfect device for gigs and theater work. It allows easy access to all the sounds I can imagine needing, allows detailed editing, samples and sound files, DAW integration, sound bank upload, MIDI implementation and much more. I frequently play complex piano parts, and the touch and feel of the 88 keys is one of the most comfortable I have tried. I can play sets which require widely different sounds on each song, easily use a microphone and blend in sounds stored in USB or SD card memory.

    There are only a couple of drawbacks. I would like the ability to edit User Banks of stored sounds through my laptop (so I can more easily order the sounds the same as my set list). I would like the "sub" out to appear as an AUX send in the mixer so I can easily mix whatever I am playing and singing into my monitor. The fact that samples can only be loaded into the pads rather than mapped to the keyboard is unfortunate. Also, the pads are not velocity sensitive. I have not yet used this keyboard with my DAW (Logic). I will write more when I have had the time to try this. The size of the keyboard is ample; if it were two inches less wide it would fit in the trunk of my Accord. It is lighter than my old RD 700 but still hefty compared to my two digital pianos.

    Conclusion: For use in theater productions and for gigging, this keyboard offers almost every function I could wish for, and high quality sounds. It doesn't look as cool as certain boutique keyboards, but has literally thousands more sounds as well as a better interface. The DAW integration could be richer; keyboard manufacturers in general seem to cut corners on processor speed, I/O and RAM and are thus not creating keyboards which could compete with software instruments in ease of use.

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