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Roland FA-08 88-Key Workstation

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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....Click To Read More About This Product

Available 05-30-2018

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All-in-one production station with unprecedented power.

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

Order today and satisfy your controller and synth engine needs.

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RolandFA-08 88-Key Workstation
 
4.3

(based on 9 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Responsive / good action (5)
  • Touch sensitive keys (5)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • MIDI (5)
  • Accompaniment (4)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Electronic music (4)
  • Learning (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best electric piano under 2k

By guitar hanger

from ohio

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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..

(4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

DISSAPOINTED COMPARED TO YAMAHA SOUND

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 !

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A great product but beware of no competent product support.

By Bob

from Colorado Springs, CO

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Get the Expansion Packs

By Madman

from San Jose, CA

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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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great keyboard if your into sequencing, also stage

    By toneMar.com

    from Lewis Center, OH

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    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..

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great keyboard

    By Gearhead

    from Seattle,WA

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    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.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best keyboard Iv'e ever had.

    By DJ ST0RMSHAD0W

    from Santa Fe NM

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Amazing mini launchpad
    • Easy to Use
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music
    • MIDI
    • School Bands

    Comments about Roland FA-08 88-Key Workstation:

    Had this thing for about a year, and it's freaking awesome.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent product!!!

    By Ckeyz

    from Detroit Michigan

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    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-08 88-Key Workstation:

      I use product for church and other gigs.

       
      5.0

      Best keyboard from Roland ever.

      By DJ F1R3ST0RM

      from Santa Fe New Mexico

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Actual Piano Feel
      • Amazingly Dope
      • Easy to Use
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Electronic Music
        • Learning
        • MIDI

        Comments about Roland FA-08 88-Key Workstation:

        Just everything about it is awesome, I use my V-Moda Crossfade headphones with it and it sounds bloody amazing. I love it very much.

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