Roland FA-06 Music Workstation

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The role of the keyboard workstation has expanded to serve many different roles and the Roland FA-06 Music Workstation has been designed to meet and exceed those expectations. Always expect the lowest possible price at Sam Ash with fast, free delivery.

The Roland FA-06 Music Workstation contains a collection of 2000 sounds  from the successful INTEGRA-7 sound module, complete with the SuperNATURAL synth sounds, tones and drums, but is also entirely compatible with the expansion options available for the INTEGRA-7 through the available wave sound expansion cards and free downloads from Roland.

With a 61-key velocity-sensitive keyboard, 16 backlit pads, 6 knobs, all user-assignable, along with an instant configuration via one touch to match with your DAW through USB, your technical control is assured to be decisive and positive, giving you an intuitive flow of work, no matter what music you’re making.  An online sampler and analog inputs for mic and line levels, make it possible to instantly sample instruments and playback, plus a 16-track sequencer gives you a powerhouse studio you can team up with your own studio.  You can export tracks made with the sequencer to an SDHC card as a two track stereo mix, multitrack audio or MIDI data to send to your DAW.

Flowing seamlessly into every part of your creative world, the FA-06 morphs instantly from a standalone keyboard 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.

FA-06 Music Workstation 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
  • SuperNATURAL® synth and acoustic tones and drums
  • Expansion to additional tones via internal wave sound expansion slots
  • 16-track sequencer with non-stop loop recording makes it easy to build songs quickly
  • Onboard sampler based on the SP-404SX features 16 pads x 4 banks and direct recording/playback via SDHC cards
  • Polish your sounds with a multitude of studio-quality effects, including 16 independent MFX engines, six COMP+EQ processors for drums, unique TFX (total effects), and global EQ, chorus, and reverb
  • Tweak tones, effects, and external MIDI devices in real time with six user-assignable Sound Modify knobs
  • Intuitive, streamlined interface with large color LCD
  • Press one button to instantly configure the FA-06 for use with your DAW via USB
  • D-Beam, Rhythm Pattern, Arpeggiator, and Chord Memory functions to expand your creative palette
  • Guitar/Mic and Line input jacks for performing, sampling, and DAW audio recording; 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

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Things You Will Get:

    FA-06 Keyboard
    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
Weight 12.57 lbs.
Dimensions 39.75 x 4 x 11.63 inches (WxHxD)
Synthesizer Format Keyboard
Number of Keys 61
Type of Action Velocity-Sensitive
Controller Types D-BEAM Controller
Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever
Assignable Switch x 2 (S1/S2)
Control Knob x 6
Sample Pad
Tempo Knob
Polyphony 128 voices (varies according to the sound generator load)
Sampler: 8 Voices
Number of Presets 2000 sounds
Number of Effects Multi-Effects: 16 systems, 68 types (Vocoder can be used only on part 1.)
Part EQ: 16 systems
Drum Part COMP+EQ: 6 systems
Chorus: 3 types
Reverb: 6 types
Master Compressor (This can be changed to Insert FX (78 types).)
Master EQ
Total Effects (TFX): 29 types
Mic Input Reverb: 8 types
Arpeggiator Yes
Sampling Yes
Audio Playback Yes
MIDI Sequencer Yes
Audio Inputs 1
Audio Input Types AUDIO INPUT Jacks
LINE: Stereo miniature phone type
GUITAR/MIC: 1/4-inch phone type
Audio Outputs 2
Audio Output Types Headphones Jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
MAIN Output Jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4-inch TRS phone type
Sub Output Jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
MIDI I/O MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT)
USB FOR UPDATE Port
USB COMPUTER Port
(USB Hi-Speed AUDIO/MIDI)
USB Yes
Series FA
Model FA06

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RolandFA-06 Music Workstation
 
4.8

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      5.0

      FA06

      By 

      from Cinci, OH

      Staff Reviewer

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            Comments about Roland FA-06 Music Workstation:

            Cannot begin to tell you how many compliments we have had on the FA06 from customers and associates alike. The capabilities, the feel and the sounds are well beyond expectations but then again it is a Roland right?
            Staff Writer @ Sam Ash

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            5.0

            A Beast!

            By 

            from Chicago, Il

            Staff Reviewer

            Comments about Roland FA-06 Music Workstation:

            I fell in love the first time I saw this machine. High end workstation features on a portable machine the size and weight of a Juno di. I bought one, sounds are great.
            You can download thousands of sounds from website so you may find what you are after. The effects in this machine are unparalleled!
            This is a real hands on product review from Warren @  Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

             
            5.0

            A really useful workstation!

            By 

            from NYC

            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to operate
            • Great Mapping
            • Great Sounds
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Composition
              • Live
              • Studio

              Comments about Roland FA-06 Music Workstation:

              Roland has re-imagined the workstation; the FA-06 is a powerful and lightweight keyboard that has tremendous utilitarian functionality, as a performance keyboard, a sequencing stand-alone workstation and as a DAW controller. A triple threat home run!

              This is a hands on review from John Keim at Sam Ash NYC

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              5.0

              Complete keyboard workstation

              By 

              from Buffalo Grove, IL

              Comments about Roland FA-06 Music Workstation:

              The amount of technology packed into this keyboard is simply amazing. Over 2000 factory loaded sounds plus the option to expand to many more. Full ability to record and sequence right into the keyboard with additional inputs. Also its able to connect to your iOS device as well as computer for software control.

              This is a real hands on product review from Ken @ Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

               
              4.0

              Fantom 2.0

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              from Chicago

              Staff Reviewer

              Pros

              • Huge Sound Library
              • Light Weight
              • Sample Pads

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Live performance
                • Song writing
                • Studio

                Comments about Roland FA-06 Music Workstation:

                The new FA series from Roland brings back all the features from the Popular Fantom G series in a more affordable package. While the Fantom series was very successful it was a very pricey and complex workstation, Roland took all the popular features from that and simplified it without sacrificing the supernatural sounds and the vast library of sounds. The added sample pads allow for a variety of different performance options as well. An available free library of extra sounds can be download off the roland website as well, If you are looking for a performance board or workstation with a huge library of quality sounds look no further.

                This is a hands on review from Jason at Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

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                5.0

                Incredible workstation

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                from Sam Ash Music Ontario, Ca.

                Verified Reviewer

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                      Comments about Roland FA-06 Music Workstation:

                      A truly incredible workstation, its lightweight and travels well so you can take it pretty much anywhere. The keys are velocity sensitive so they react well to your touch and you get over 2000 sounds taken right from the Integra 7. A studio must have. This is a real hands on product review by EpR@ Sam Ash Music Ontario,

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                      5.0

                      ROLAND FA06 WORK STATION

                      By 

                      from CLEVELAND, OHIO

                      Pros

                      • Affordable
                      • Great patches
                      • Great Sequencer

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Stage
                        • Studio

                        Comments about Roland FA-06 Music Workstation:

                        GREAT SEQUENCER, GREAT PATCHES

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                        5.0

                        Nice Sequencer!

                        By 

                        from Chicago, Il

                        Staff Reviewer

                        Comments about Roland FA-06 Music Workstation:

                        This keyboard is really set up well for live performance.
                        Workstation is old-school and works fine as well.
                        The studio sets are really great for midi integration, as you can play multiple different patches on the keyboard from different keyboards in your rig. The supernatural sounds are really nice and you can find pretty much any sound you need, especially synth sounds.
                        This is a real hands on product review from Warren @ Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

                         
                        5.0

                        Roland!

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                        from Las Vegas, NV

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                              Comments about Roland FA-06 Music Workstation:

                              Amazing 61 key workstation with the legendary sounds and performance one comes to expect from Roland! Look no further if you need a keyboard for studio or live application!

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Shortcut To Greatness

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                              from Hicksville, NY

                              Staff Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Downloadable Sounds
                              • Easy Operation
                              • Huge Sound Choice
                              • Light and versatile
                              • Multi Band Eq
                              • Similarity Between Models
                              • Very customizeable

                              Cons

                              • Hard 2 Read In Low Light
                              • Needs Better Synth Kbd
                              • Pianos Need Tweaking

                              Best Uses

                              • Live Gig Versatility
                              • Simple Sampling
                              • Simple Sequencing
                              • Synth Daw Control In 1

                              Comments about Roland FA-06 Music Workstation:

                              After decades of going through different gig keyboards, it's always been difficult to find an all-around tool that's light and relatively inexpensive, yet covers the basic sounds I need, like piano, B-3-ish organs with Leslie control and Rhodes...all as natural and non-effected as possible.

                              When the FA series hit the stores, I immediately went and checked out both the FA-08 (with 88 weighted keys) and the FA-06 (with lighter, 61- Velocity-Sensitive keys), side-by-side. The sounds, controls and storage are identical so it was easy to try them both at once.

                              The FA-08 had the great keyboard feel, but the 06 was what I needed…12-1/2 pounds, filled with great sounds and elaborate, but with simple control of everything. The 08's natural action made it all feel close to perfect, but I guess Roland decided that the smaller version needed to be as portable as possible. I get that, so I got it.

                              Musicians I play with tell me my new keyboard sounds awesome. The few sounds I've picked so far have done the trick for most situations and I haven't even scratched the surface.

                              I don't use sequencing that often, but I tried it out for kicks and it was intuitive and simple, giving me the ability to make a song within minutes, drums and all. The DAW switch has also been useful in my studio, though I already have a dedicated controller. With one keyboard, I can control my software and add essential sound tracks from the same device, which is super-convenient. Switching one controller for the other is no big deal when they're both light.

                              I'd love it if I could see the control panel labels in low-light club date settings, but they make up for it by giving me other functions, like a multi-band EQ, which I've always wanted. No reaching for the mixer during a set.

                              My FA keyboard has become an enjoyable adventure on which I learn something new and encouraging every day. The sounds are extremely varied (which can be good and bad), but they're all highly tweak-able, so I've been saving multiple versions of my favorite sounds and incorporating them into splits and layers.
                              I might eventually own one of each for different gig types, so all I have to do is save everything to the flash card (they include it) and restore it to the other keyboard.

                              I discover new implications every day, so there's so much more I'm looking forward to. It's truly becoming "mine" with the flexibility and huge memory these things were blessed with. That's what I've needed all along and I'm glad to finally have one.

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                              The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for 90 days from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.