Roland FA-08 Music Workstation

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The role of the keyboard workstation has expanded to serve many different roles and the Roland FA-08 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-08 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 full 88-key spread, the keyboard boasts an Ivory-Feel-G Keyboard with Escapement, giving you a natural sensitivity, as well as the 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-08 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-08 Music Workstation Features:
  • Reimagined music workstation designed to maximize your creative flow
  • Light, mobile body with 88-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-08 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-08 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
Model FA08
Weight 36.38 lbs.
Dimensions 5.75 x 55.75 x 5.75 x 14 inches (LxWxHxD)
Synthesizer Format Keyboard
Number of Keys 88
Type of Action Ivory-Feel G with Escapement
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

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RolandFA-08 Music Workstation
 
4.9

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      5.0

      FA-08 is Amazing

      By 

      from Indianapolis, IN

      Staff Reviewer

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            Comments about Roland FA-08 Music Workstation:

            The Roland FA-08 is one of my favorite new workstations from Roland. It has a huge library of sounds that you can pull from which is great. I've used this multiple times in the studio and a few times live and I can say that it really can do any job you want it to and then some.
            This is a real hands on product review from Andy @ Sam Ash Indianapolis

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            5.0

            If i could've, would've given 10 stars!

            By 

            from Sin City, NV

            Staff Reviewer

            Comments about Roland FA-08 Music Workstation:

            one of my fav workstations since the fantom! well built, simply beautiful. the i7 and supernat sounds are unrivaled. Excellent job from Korg.

             
            5.0

            very portable workstation

            By 

            from Ontario

            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

            • High quality sounds
            • Portable
            • weighted keys

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Electronic Music
              • MIDI
              • Recording
              • Studios

              Comments about Roland FA-08 Music Workstation:

              The big brother to the 61 key FA 06. Roland was aiming at performance and in this model did that very well. All the knobs and pads feel very solid and made of high quality. At the price point of this workstation, it is almost worth the purchase just because. You can never have enough gear right? Besides, Roland has set the standard for electronic sounds that many other companies have tried to copy, so you know Roland is never a bad idea.

              The screen and menu layout I think is Roland's best to date. It is very simple and easy to navigate, yet you still have a universe of sounds and options at your disposal. So if you're a hardcore programmer, not to worry. I really like that the FA model utilizes a SD card for sound storage and a 4GB card is included. (You will never run out of storage space) Also included is access to Roland's Axiel sound library where you can upload free sounds giving you a world of creative options that are limitless. Roland has hit a home run here with offering such a powerful workstation at a price of a digital keyboard.

              ** This is a hands-on product review from Justin
              @ Sam Ash, Ontario

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              5.0

              Another Amazing Workstation from Roland

              By 

              from Phoenix, AZ

              Staff Reviewer

              Comments about Roland FA-08 Music Workstation:

              The Roland FA-08 Music Workstation is a workstation that doesn't take an engineering degree to use. The sounds are top notch and the Ivory G keys are very useable. The ability to download sounds from the Axial site is a big plus! I'm really liking the sampler pads especially the sample triggering. For me the thing that really shines is the user interface, I can create user sets very easily and record while the inspiration is still there. Come down and check it out. This is a real hands on review by Rick @ Sam Ash, Phoenix

               
              5.0

              My favorite of the year

              By 

              from Indianapolis, IN

              Staff Reviewer

              Pros

              • Seqeuncing
              • Sound manipulation
              • Variety of sounds

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Live
                • Production
                • Studio

                Comments about Roland FA-08 Music Workstation:

                This is my favorite product from Roland this year. It's overall functionality is incredible. Three keyboards in one. A DAW control, a keyboard and a sequencer. The sequencer is so easy to use, you don't have to be a season vet to figure it out. Layering and splitting the keyboard into four different zones let you program your favorite sounds for cover tunes or the magic you create in the studio. The EQ, Comp, and variety of FX you can lay over the sequenced tracks is amazing as well. If you need a keyboard for the stage and the studio the FA-08 is the keyboard for you.

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                5.0

                Awesome Keyboard workstation by Roland!!

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                from Orlando,fl

                Staff Reviewer

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                      Comments about Roland FA-08 Music Workstation:

                      Great sounding keyboard workstation by Roland!!
                      Great for stage and for the home studio.
                      Lots of realistic piano sounds, tones and effects.
                      Also can be used as a midi controller and for producing music.
                      Great look and feel with 88 keys.
                      "This is a real hands on product review from Billy@ Sam Ash Orlando"

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                      4.0

                      Sweet Workstation

                      By 

                      from KOP

                      Staff Reviewer

                      Comments about Roland FA-08 Music Workstation:

                      A great product. Lots of cool features. Great sounds. Easy to use and set up. Lots of fun to play with. Great deal for the price. I am a sam ash reviewer @ KOP.

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Sound Library & Studio Quality

                      By 

                      from Torrance, CA

                      Staff Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Full sized
                      • Massive Library
                      • Studio quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • concerts
                        • Home Practice
                        • Live performance
                        • Studio Recording

                        Comments about Roland FA-08 Music Workstation:

                        I've always been fond of Roland products, and this one is no exception. The superior sound quality and functionality of the FA08 is super easy to use and I highly recommend it to anyone working in a live setting or studio.

                        I'm at staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

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                        5.0

                        Roland does it again!

                        By 

                        from Queens, NY

                        Staff Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • 88 Keys
                        • Good For Live Or Studio
                        • Sleek Chassis
                        • Vast Sound Library

                        Cons

                        • No speakers

                        Best Uses

                        • Live
                        • Performance
                        • Production
                        • Studio

                        Comments about Roland FA-08 Music Workstation:

                        I've always been of fan of the Roland Fantom Series, but I just traded in my olf Fantom G and upgraded to this beast and now theres no looking back. Complete with over 2000 sounds, this sleek black beauty has the arsenal needed to take on any production task at hand. The ivory feel keys lead to nothing but an experience of inspiration and creativity. This guy gives you all necessary inputs and outputs needed to create include mic/guitar inputs and is sample capable. Easy to operate and even easier to fall inlove with, the F08 will become your studios centerpiece.

                        I'm A staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

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                        5.0

                        Roland does it again!

                        By 

                        from Richmond, VA

                        Pros

                        • Midi Inout
                        • Sampling
                        • superior sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • CHURCH
                          • Live
                          • Production
                          • Studio

                          Comments about Roland FA-08 Music Workstation:

                          This is a virtual musical assassin!. Easily the best one we have in stock right now. Superior sound with on board EQ allows for complete customization. The 16 sampling pads allow you to customize your own sounds and trigger what you want. This is an amazing board for live performances and studio work. Roland delivers and delivers and delivers...

                          I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music

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