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Rating and Reviews: Roland A-800PRO Keyboard

Dig into your software synths on 61 keys with aftertouch, and 8 velocity-sensitive pads. Plus, this controller automatically maps to Sonar and Cakewalk DAWs.

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"The BEST keyboard controller action...period!" submitted March 16, 2014

By Tom B in Lisbon, ME
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Musical Background: Performing/playing since 1955. Accordion, organ, piano, harp, all synths. I do studio prod and gig.
Music Style: Rock, blues, jazz.
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Overall: If you are needing a professionally built keyboard controller to drive your midi DAWs or synth modules, then this must be your choice. I tried 2 other big name brands and was very disappointed. The big difference is in the key action and dynamic response. It makes my keyboard samples come alive and gives me full control of my personal dynamics style...in fact...the playability of this keyboard helps inspire my creativity. And now, in this new age of musical electronics, my monster key stack sounds of the '70's and 80's instruments are ALL totally controllable with this ONE keyboard that can totally interface with most any virtual instrument DAW. I usually play for hours on end...and this keyboard never tires my fingers. There are very few companies that have the knowledge to manufacture pro keyboard actions. Roland is at the TOP of the list. You will LOVE having split/dual key layouts, transposition/octave buttons at your fingertips. There are setup templates that talk directly to your DAW or synth modules so you can close the cover of your favorite laptop and have it ALL on physical, fast controls. If you have students/teaching? THIS is the keyboard that will inspire the student with its expressive after-touch features. Yes...I'm very excited. My passion for playing, even at 63 years old (yeah...I still rock out onstage!), brings out the raw musical soul in me. Thanks Roland. You REALLY thought about the pros when you created this design. I highly recommend this product. It will enhance your playability and open a world of new discovery...and that's where YOU want to be, right? ;D
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