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Roland FA-08 88-Key Workstation   

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All-in-one production station with unprecedented power.

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 FA-08 is an 88-key instrument with weighted graded hammer action.

The key bed on the FA-08 is derived from the Ivory Feel-G keyboard that resides in the RD-800, the stage piano designed for pianists. Its action and response are the envy of the industry.

The sound engine in the Roland FA-08 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-08s 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-08 for presentation at live events. Whether you are writing, recording, performing or all three, your FA-08 is a perfect workflow tool.

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

Order today and satisfy your controller and synth engine needs.

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RolandFA-08 88-Key Workstation
 
4.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Touch sensitive keys (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (3)
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4.0

Great keyboard if your into sequencing, also stage

By toneMar.com

from Lewis Center, OH

Verified Buyer

Comments about FA-08 88-Key Workstation:

Great keyboard if your into sequencing, also stage use it is easy to pick up. However for me I am more of just a standard keyboard player so I had to refund for a Roland FP 80. The FP is way more heaver then the FA-88 so I don't recommend it for stage use. For me the Roland has the best sample sound..

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3.0

A great product but beware of no competent product support.

By Bob

from Colorado Springs, CO

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Product support is lacking

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Learning
  • MIDI

Comments about Roland FA-08 88-Key Workstation:

I use this product in my home studio to record on Logic Pro. The BIG FLAW in this purchase is that ithe Roland FA 08 does NOT recognize Logic AND there is no one at Musicians Friend who can help with this. I called the product support line and connected with a phone bank in Utah with a person who had no knowledge of the instrument. She tried very hard but was just googling for answers. You are promised two years of support but do not get it.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Get the Expansion Packs

By Madman

from San Jose, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Modern Look
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Gigging
    • Travel

    Comments about Roland FA-08 88-Key Workstation:

    I was about to take this thing back. I didn't think that the FA08's sounds compared nicely to the Yamaha MOXF8's at all. But then I discovered the expansion packs. A whole slew of great Grand Pianos, Electric Pianos, Drums, Keys and even World Instruments are available. The bummer is that you can only load 2 expansions at a time. Lame. But having gone through and added additional sounds, I am quite pleased with it.
    The Electric Pianos, Organs and Grand Pianos are excellent.
    The keyboard action is also a little stiff, but for the price range I have yet to find better.
    Also, the weight and dimensions are not bad for a full 88 key weighted keyboard. It's much lighter than most which makes it perfect for gigging provided you can find a suitable case.

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    5.0

    Great keyboard

    By Gearhead

    from Seattle,WA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

    • No Speakers

    Best Uses

    • Pop Music

    Comments about Roland FA-08 88-Key Workstation:

    The keyboard has a nice touch, the keys themselves have a nice texture/feeling, the action is really good and the piano sounds are realistic. Great keyboard for the money.

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    (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    DISSAPOINTED COMPARED TO YAMAHA SOUND

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    By Poconopat

    from Hawley.,PA

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    Pros

    • Color Lcd Screen Menu
    • Easy To See Menus Settin
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Easy Manual
    • Great Workflolw Ability
    • Lit Button Display
    • Pre-programmed music
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

    • Action Too Slow
    • Heavy
    • Heavy Weighted Keys
    • Ivory Feel Friction
    • Piano Poor Sounding
    • Poor Action
    • Poor Responsiveness
    • Unrealistic sound
    • Un-true Sound

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music
    • MIDI
    • Recording

    Comments about Roland FA-08 88-Key Workstation:

    SO FAR, AFTER TWO (2) WEEKS TRYING THE FANTOM, I LIKE THIS MACHINE, EXCEPT, TO CAMPARED TO MY YAMAHA MOX-8, THE GRAND PIANO SOUNDS ON ROLAND IS FLAT AND HOLLOW COMPARED TO YAMAHA AWESOME PIANO SOUNDS. SO REAL, COMPARED TO FLAT AND UNINSPIRING. MY EARS ARE SUPER SENSITIVE TO THIS DIFF ! HOWEVER, I STILL LOVE THE ROLAND FOR ALL ITS OTHER QUALITIES AND CAPABILITIES, AND AM STILL LEARNING TO USE IT. BUT THE KEY ACTION IS HEAVY , LUNKY AND NOT AS LIGHT AND RESPONSIVE AS THE YAMAHA MOX 88 ! WILL LET YA KNOW MORE AS I DISCOVER, GOOD AND BAD ! BUT IN GENERAL, A WORTHY COMPETITOR AND IN SOME WAYS, MUCH EASIER TO USE THAN MOX. BOTH, TAKE LOTS OF PATIENCE AND SO MUCH TO LEARN WITH EACH UNIT !

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    5.0

    best electric piano under 2k

    By triplethreat

    from massillon ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Anywhere Everywhere

    Comments about Roland FA-08 88-Key Workstation:

    way cheaper than a Nord.... best option over a grand... nothing under 1k is worth much today if you want a decent electric piano with options..

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