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The Roland GW-8 61 key Workstation is loaded with hundreds of the freshest and most essential sounds taken from Roland’s top workstations.
Flagship Sound Engine with Easy User Interface
With Roland’s world-leading sound technology at its core, the GW-8 rivals any workstation on the planet with its rich, expressive sound. The GW-8 comes loaded with hundreds of the freshest and most essential sounds taken from Roland’s top workstations. In addition to its authentic sound set, the GW-8 is equipped with many user-friendly controls, such as the expressive D BEAM and the Analog Modify knob, which allows instant adjustments of sounds to suit your taste. The GW-8 is perfect for live entertainers who play multiple roles in their performances.
Intelligent Backing Styles
The GW-8 is packed with a huge collection of styles representing a broad range of music genres, from contemporary rock, pop, dance, jazz and beyond. In addition to the excellent library of contemporary sounds and styles, the GW-8 is equipped with ethnic instrument sounds and authentic regional musical styles, with special focus on Latin American genres. Each backing style has four intros, four main patterns, and four ending progressions for you to craft your own arrangements live.
USB Memory Player Feature
One of Roland’s most popular new features is built into the GW-8: the multi-format Song Player that allows song data to be played directly from USB Flash memory (accepts MP3, .WAV, AIFF and SMF format). In addition, the GW-8’s Center Cancel function can minimize main vocals from pre-recorded songs, great for karaoke-style performances or music practice.
Style Converter & Playlist Editor
Bundled with each GW-8 is Roland’s Style Converter software for PC, which lets you create and convert your own MIDI data into GW-8 backing styles and install them via commercially available USB Flash memory devices. Also included is the Playlist Editor for customizing the order of songs. Users can easily create a dedicated Playlist for each gig.
Includes Owner's Manual, CD-ROM, (Style Converter 3.0, Playlist Editor), Power Supply (PSB-1U), Music Player Pad and USB Memory Protector.
|Other Features||USB (MIDI): This does not work with the 64-bit Edition of Windows Vista|
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Comments about Roland GW8 Workstation:
This keyboard contains a ton of great sounds and is good enough for studio recording, providing that some mastering is did afterwards. However this keyboard seems not to be intended for live performance: choosing sounds is difficult, and it require quite some time before the performance to program the presets and favorite tones. Furthermore, the keyboard does not separate tone and performance selection buttons so there is two extra (Tone/Performance Mode and Favorite On) buttons to press other than the selection itself. During a live performance this can be quite annoying, especially when the style is changed or a tone button is pressed with favorite off, everything will have to be done again, and there isn't so much time for when playing live.
When using it as an on-stage arranger, it's even worse: an instant switching of style requires pre-programming also. And with the problem above, a single press may change the instrument, turn selection into Tone mode, and turn off the Favorite function. Thus I would strongly not suggest this for a live performance, unless it's just used as a stage piano with a variety of sounds and that the sounds don't have to be changed so frequently.
As for recording, this keyboard works well. USB MIDI is definately helpful, but the sound quality could be better. While it is not so perceivable in live speakers, most of its sounds require further processing to reach a nice extent. But for a professional workstation with complete built-in arranger, this is worth the price.
The point is, this is not so great for live, and it works nicely for studio work.
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.