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 fr... Read More
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.
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Comments about Roland GW-8 Keyboard Workstation:
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.
Comments about Roland GW-8 Keyboard Workstation:
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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