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Roland FA-06 61-Key Workstation   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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 Rolands 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 œlearn 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-06s 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 9 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Portable (9)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Responsive / good action (5)
  • Touch sensitive keys (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Electronic music (6)
  • Accompaniment (5)
  • Concerts (5)
  • MIDI (5)
  • Learning (3)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Workstation!!

By DT

from Columbia, SC

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Concerts
    • Learning
    • MIDI

    Comments about Roland FA-06 61-Key Workstation:

    After much research looking for a keyboard/workstation, I decided to give this one a try. I couldn't be happier! I could write a lengthy review but I will keep this simple. The sounds are incredible and the navigation is super easy. I had it learned in a couple days. Only a couple negatives, which are minor. The user manual is basically useless. I would advise going online and download the PDF guide which is more in depth. The keys in the keybed are fairly small. I have small hands so it really does not bother me. My plan is to use this board as my second board at church anyway. Overall its just an incredible instrument.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excelent Digital Synth

    By Zaxius

    from Cincinnati

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compatible with Roland Integra Sounds
    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Pre-programmed music
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

    • Poor Instructions

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music
    • MIDI
    • Travel

    Comments about Roland FA-06 61-Key Workstation:

    Roland's new Fantom sounded great when I played it. I was looking for more of an analog synth like most: 8+ voice analog but with more of a full featured digital display for the digital side. They just don't make what I am looking for. I clearly wanted a full featured display driven powerhouse. The JDXA is 4 voice analog married to a digital synth which sounded great up until I found it has a very limited bank of sounds on that digital side and the display and menu is just limited for what I was looking for. This Fa-06 has 2000 sounds for me to tweak and being the fact that this is modeled from Integra 7 sounds and can download integra sounds, it is sonically awesome. I went to the Roland integra site and downloaded additional sounds immediately to increase my library of sounds. The Fa-06 has more than enough room to grab extra sounds as well as save you own altered sounds. I have all the sound tweaking synth possibilities in the synth controls, I have pads, and a great sequencer that is powerful. I have build some excellent loops. The menus are very easy to navigate and unlike older Fantoms and it works great for building ideas in your head and moving to software like Presonus Studio One. As for my Analog dream synth. Hopefully Roland comes out with an newer JDXA style with 8 voice analog married to a more Fa-06 style digital side that uses the FA-06 display and sound bank. The sound tweaking possibilities even let me change the wave form, so I'm not that upset over not getting an analog system and it has some massive effects possibilities as well. Overall, the FA-06 is the digital Synth I have always wanted. So Roland... You did great on this one but please consider making FRANKENSTIEN (an 8 voice analog JDXA with an FA-06 digital side).

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    (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.

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    5.0

    Top-notch Equipment

    By Ray

    from undisclosed

    About Me Professional Musician

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    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.

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Worth the price.

      By ShanesPlanet

      from Asheville, NC

      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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      (2 of 2 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.

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        (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

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Bang for the Buck

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          By Metal Tech Orchestra

          from Watertown, NY

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          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

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          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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