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Roland GW8 Interactive Music Workstation Keyboard

The powerful GW8 workstation keyboard from Roland is perfect for the one-man-band, with its velocity sensitive keys and Fantom-X derived sound engine. (60) Read 7 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The GW8 is the next generation of Roland's unique GW-Series workstations with intelligent backing-track functionality. With its fresh, contemporary sound-set and expressive interactive musical styles from pop to rock, plus authentic ethnic styles and a multi-format USB Memory Player feature, the GW8 will bring a world of music to your fingertips. It's especially well-suited for "one-man-band" performance.

Features

- Contemporary music workstation with high-quality 128-voice sound engine derived from Roland's renowned Fantom-X Series
- Wide variety of contemporary sounds and interactive backing styles with special focus on Latin American genres, plus additional banks of ethnic sounds and styles from around the world
- Onboard 16-track sequencer for saving your interactive performances
- USB Memory Player feature allows direct playback of MP3, .WAV, AIFF and SMF files from USB key; Center Cancel feature for audio files enables karaoke-style sing-along
- Graphical display, plus Style Select button, Analog Modify knob and D BEAM
- Style Converter and Playlist Editor software included

Flagship Sound Engine

With Roland's world-leading sound technology at its core, the GW8 rivals any workstation on the planet with its rich, expressive sound. The GW8 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 GW8 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 GW8 is perfect for live entertainers who play multiple roles in their performances.

Intelligent Backing Styles

The Roland GW8 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 GW8 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

One of Roland's most popular features is built into the GW8: 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 GW8'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 Roland GW8 is Roland's Style Converter software for PC, which lets you create and convert your own MIDI data into GW8 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.

Power Supply:DC 9V AC Adapter (Included)

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Specifications
- Keyboard: 61 keys (with velocity)

Sound Generator
- Maximum Polyphony: 128 voices
- Parts: 16 parts + Keyboard part
- Wave Memory: 256MB (16-bit linear equivalent)
- Preset Memory: Performances: 128, Tones: 896 + 256 (GM2) + World, Rhythm Sets: 32 + 9 (GM2) + World
- User Memory: Performances: 128, Favorite Performances: 100, Favorite Tones: 100
- Effects: MFX: Upper and Lower / 78 types, Chorus: 3 types, Reverb: 5 types

Backing Track
- Backing type: Style, Song, USB Memory Player
- Tempo (MIDI): 20 to 250
- Style Variations: 4 Intro, 4 Main, 4 Ending, 4 Fill In, Sync Start, Stop, One Touch Setting
- Song (16-track Recorder): 16-track, Rec mode (Mix, Replace), Count in, Punch In-Out, Input Quantize
- USB Memory Player: 999 songs, SMF: format-0/1, Audio File: WAV/AIFF/MP3
- Preset Memory: Styles: 130 + World
- User Memory: Styles: 100, Songs: 200

Other
- Controllers: D BEAM Controller x 1, Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever x 1, Control Knobs x 2
- Display: 240 x 64 dots white graphic LCD
- Connectors: Output Jacks (L/MONO, R), Ext Input Jack, Headphones Jack, MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT), Hold Pedal Jack, Control Pedal Jack, USB Connectors: COMPUTER (supports USB MIDI) / MEMORY (supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Flash Memory)
- Current Draw: 1,000 mA
- Accessories Included: Owner's Manual, CD-ROM, (Style Converter 3.0, Playlist Editor), AC Adaptor (PSB-1U), Music Player Pad, USB Memory Protector
USB (MIDI)
- Operating System: Windows: XP Home SP2 or later/Windows XP Professional SP2 or later/Windows Vista*

* This does not work with the 64-bit Edition of Windows Vista.

Size and Weight
- Width: 1,045 mm, 41-3/16"
- Depth: 318 mm, 12-9/16"
- Height: 102 mm, 4-1/16"
- Weight: 6.0 kg, 13 lbs. 4 oz.

*The specifications are subject to change without notice.

Power Supply:DC 9V AC Adapter (Included)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 19 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 16 x 8 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (60 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
Roland GW-8 Workstation Customer Review
Sound: A wonderful keyboard for live playing. It has got superb sounds and very catchy styles. I own the European version, which also has ethnic, oriental and Indian tones (world tones). However I miss Whistle sound in this great workstation. Also, its a bit difficult to play style by turning beat off for a little while during live playing. As a whole its an amazing machine which can make the evenings memorable.
Style of Music: mixed
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Sound: High quality fantom x and sonic cell sounds, it has even SRX expansion sounds as well. I can't believe this goes under 1 grand, it has full arranger functions and dedicated buttons, works as a synth as well. Usb player/recorder/sequencer is a great feature Feature: World and latin styles and voices are great, the most realist brass section I ever heard for a keyboard at this price range. SRX expansion are missing analog controls well structured buttons. Ease of Use: It's a roland product, you need to get used to it.. Quality: Looks well constructed, although it's not stylish, it looks professional Value: for this kind of price you won't find anything better Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed it yet. Overall: Great product with a lot of innovations for a cheap price
Style of Music: montuno, rock, gospel
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