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Roland Roland FA-06 Keyboard Workstatiion
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- 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, including SuperNATURAL synth and acoustic tones and drums; add even more tones via internal wave sound expansion slots
- SuperNATURAL synth engine is fully compatible with the expansive collection of free INTEGRA-7 synth tones available from Roland’s Axial sound library site
- 16-track sequencer with non-stop loop recording makes it easy to build songs quickly; export your sequencer tracks to an SDHC card as a complete stereo mix, or as multitrack audio or MIDI data for use in your DAW
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Roland's new FA Series completely 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-06 is packed with a massive sound collection inherited from the flagship INTEGRA-7, a ton of studio-quality effects, and expressive real-time 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-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. NO WORK, ALL PLAYMusic 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 SOUNDSThe 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 thi
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Recommend for anyone interested in a sturdy keyboard/workstation/DAW combo.
The FA-06 falls somewhere between the two - the patches sound excellent, there are tons of SuperNaturals from the Integra series and more available for (free) download from the Axial website. Does it have great keyboard action? No, it's kind of like a stage-synth - feature rich, lightweight and playable but not meant for nuanced playing with inner voices or complex articulations. But it does have a few things I haven't seen anywhere else at the same price point:
-the user interface is extremely intuitive...it's great to have 1k sounds but if you can't easily find a way to split/later/add FX to them while playing live, they're not that useful! The FA06 makes it easy to do all of that while on-stage, something I found helpful as a pro. I also don't like touch screens - if my hands are sweaty, holding a bottle of water or if I can't look down at the screen while playing (kind of tough when you're jamming with the band) it's nice to know that the buttons are there.
-the onboard sequencer is very easy...same deal, you want to spend time making music, not flipping through menus. There is a toggle between the sequencer and the mixer, you just flip back and forth to adjust levels, FX, etc. Want to make the bass into a funk bass? Push a button and you can easily audition sounds - there's actually a button called "preview" that lets you...yeah, you get the idea.
-most of the sounds are usable. Like every manufacturer, Roland loads their boards with tons of patches, but in this case, there are many patches I'd actually like to use - strings, horns, keys, percussion (A+), synths, etc. The only sounds I'm not crazy about are the organ sounds (maybe they want to avoid overlap with the similarly priced VR-09? I'm not sure...). I played with a latin band and the horns worked well - pretty much right "out of the box".
I've read reviews of the FA-06 which describe it as an excellent "second-tier" keyboard. I'd agree completely - at home, it sits on my workstation desk and is always on when I'm making music with the computer. I'm more likely to use the sequencer on the FA-06 because I can take my work with me when I leave the house. I haven't tried it as an audio interface/DAW controller (yikes!) but I like it as a controller for VIs. If you combined the FA-06 with a 88-key weighted controller (M-Audio models are around $100 I believe), you would have the best of all worlds - great action, great sounds and a great price. If you want something that sounds great, has accessible and easy to use features and is extremely portable, go with the FA-06. This is an excellent, under-priced second-tier pro board or primary board for a student/amateur. But if you want a stage-piano, buy a stage piano!
I bought this board for sketching out tunes rather than for mixing whole projects, so I really liked that it responds to GM program changes appropriately (as do the Yamaha and Kurzweil models I mentioned), and the keyboard has a broad selection of usable sounds. The free Axial site is also a cool resource for both modern and vintage synth sounds.
I noticed that at the default DAW settings, both Ableton Live and Steinberg Cubase recorded double MIDI notes when I tracked MIDI parts with this keyboard. The Roland manuals don't discuss this situation (and don't even describe the difference between the three different kinds of virtual MIDI IN and OUT ports that appear in your DAW), but through trial and error I discovered that everything worked perfectly when I disabled the "FA-06/08" in and out ports in both DAWs.
One feature of this keyboard that has proven more useful than I expected is the built-in audio interface. On hot summer days when I don't want to power up the whole rig, I can just plug my headphones into the FA-06 and track out projects and do initial mixing without all my rack equipment turning my studio into a furnace. The Yamaha has similar functionality (and actually goes a little deeper in Cubase-specific integration than the Roland), but the Kurzweil's USB support is much more limited.
Regarding the keyboard itself, the action is very similar to other Roland synths and keyboard controllers I've owned. Like the Yamahas, this one doesn't support aftertouch, although you can map the D-Beam controller to AT if you're adventurous. I don't personally have a use for the built-in sampler or sequencer, so I can't really comment on those features.
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