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Roland FA-06 61-Key Workstation  

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61-key music workstation, with an ultra-fast workflow.

The keyboard workstation continues to evolve, responding to rapidly changing workflow requirements on the part of people who write, record and perform music. It is a dramatically different landscape than the one that birthed the idea of the keyboard workstation in the 1980s when having your sequencer, drum machine and multitimbral synthesizer all in a single package was a previously unimaginable model of efficiency. The Roland FA-06 Music Workstation moves far beyond that structure and into a modern design that reflects the performance and recording realities of the contemporary musician.

The sound engine in the Roland FA-06 is derived from the INTEGRA-7 sound module and incorporates the SuperNATURAL synth and acoustic instrument timbres. The SuperNATURAL sound engine is the same as the one in the RD-800, Rolands flagship digital piano. It contains more than 2000 sounds from the INTEGRA-7 sound module, and features internal wave expansion slots for even more sounds, providing access to Roland’s vast sample archives.

The onboard sequencer features 16 tracks with easy export via an SDHC card as a mixed stereo file, or as multitrack audio, or as MIDI data for use in live environments or in your DAW. It also has an onboard sampler based on the wildly popular SP-404SX, which can be triggered live via 16 pads with four banks.

Sound editing and creating sounds from the ground up has never been easier. Polish your creations to the finest sheen with 16 independent effects engines, six compression and equalization processors for drums, unique TFX (total effects), and EQ, chorus, and reverb that can be assigned to a global mix.

Your FA-06 can “learn” the parameters of your DAW and data can be shuttled back and forth between them with a single touch of a button. This feature is incredibly handy for performing musicians who do a lot of preparation in the studio.

As a compositional tool, your workflow will align seamlessly with the FA-06’s design. Play, create and imagine, and when you hear something you like, capture it and develop it. When you are done, transfer your work to your DAW. Once you have perfected and tweaked your idea, transfer it back to your FA-06 for presentation at live events. Whether you are writing, recording, performing or all three, your FA-06 is a perfect workflow tool.

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

Take the "work" out of workstation, order the FA-06 today!

SPECIFICATIONS

FA-06 61-Key Workstation

  • 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
 
4.8

(based on 5 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Portable (5)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Responsive / good action (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Electronic music (4)
    • MIDI (3)
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    4.0

    Worth the price.

    By Shane-hjHu3

    from tennessee

    About Me Professional Musician

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    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.

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    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.

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      (2 of 2 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

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Bang for the Buck

        By Metal Tech Orchestra

        from Watertown, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        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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        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        MAY BE BETTER THAN A MOX 8

        By POCONOPAT

        from HAWLEY,PA.

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        Pros

        • Easy To See Easy Access
        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • No Speakers

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Concerts
        • Electronic Music
        • MIDI

        Comments about Roland FA-06 61-Key Workstation:

        Reviewing this is easy ! I WISH I BOUGHT THIS UNIT, INTEAD OF MY YAMAHA MOX88 I BOUGHT JUST THIS MAY,2014 I LOVE YAMAHA ! BEEN LOYAL FOR YEARS ! HOWEVER.., HAVING DEMO'D THIS VERY UNIT, HEARING IT'S TOTAL SOUND QUALITY, AND ONCE I SAW THE LIGHTED COLOR DISPLAY, AND KNOBS, I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT ! WANT TO TRADE MY MOX IN FOR THIS, AS THE MOX IS TOO COMPLICATED AND SOMETIMES TAKES AN HOUR JUST TO FIND MY PERFECT SETUP. THIS UNIT SEEMS TOTALLY VISIBLE, DIALABLE, AND MORE INTUITIVE BY DESIGN ! I LOVE IT ! GONNA GET ONE, BUT WANT TO MAKE A TRADE DEAL ON MY MOX88 FIRST ! THIS IS AN AWESOME UNIT FOR SURE ! look for me, PoconoPat, on youtube, reverbnation and soundcloud ! you'll see I know what I'm talking about !

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