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Rating and Reviews: Roland GW-8 Workstation

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.

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Roland GW-8 Workstation Customer Review submitted April 12, 2010

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Musical Background: Hobbyist composer
Music Style: mixed
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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.
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"outsanding arranger/synth combination." submitted February 24, 2009

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Musical Background: Active musician
Music Style: montuno, rock, gospel
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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
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"Guys don't think to much..Just buy the ROLAND GW-8 keyboard and you will satisfy with the sound quality..." submitted October 27, 2010

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Musical Background: active musician in the church for almost 20 years
Music Style: RNB, JAZZ, SOUL MUSIC, ALTERNATIVE
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Sound: Roland keyboards are excellent when it comes to piano and strings. I like it much.... Feature: yes, the sequencing, the USB port for MP3 music and recording. I like the sounds really! Ease of Use: It is user friendly.. Quality: You can bring this keyboard wherever you go...compare to others... Value: Yup! not just the sounds but also the price is not so high.. I would say.. Manufacturer Support: the company dealings to the users are good when it comes to the warranty, etc.... The Wow Factor: The handcraft of this product is excellent! Even the color and the size I love it! Overall: I guess this product will last for many years...and I will going to use it for a long period of time. I'm satisfied with this brand and model
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"a "consumer arranger keyboard" with pro sounds and features." submitted October 10, 2009

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Sound: The sounds in the GW8 are a subset of the Fantom G.. are vastly superior to its predecessor the GW7.. Compared to other arranger keyboards in this price range this is simply excellent. Feature: Again.. this is an arranger, not a synth. The backing styles include up to 8 accompanying instruments, each of which can be adjusted for volume or muted. Variations in intros, mains and fills vary from simple to complex... Sequence is a big improvement over the GW7 (which i have) allowing simple functions and layering of tracks on a mix/replace basis.. MOre than good enough for this type of product.. want a better seqencer..go buy the Juno G.. but this is an arranger. Ease of Use: Relatively simple to get started, though intricacies of partview and sequencing take some time to get used to.. But if you can play, it is relatively easy to start setting up and saving performances. The Wow Factor: The silver of the GW7 was nicer looking.. Overall: If you have a good ear for quality sounds, and wish to learn or want an arranger this is the most reasonable bang for the buck.. forget com
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"Onboard sequencer is a waste." submitted September 1, 2009

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Musical Background: Active musician
Music Style: Country
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Sound: Sound quality is OK. But th effects are applicable only for live performance but not for recording. SO the sequencer section is very poor. Feature: D Beam, Melody intelligense and USB player are OK. But it is not helpfull for a performance. Ease of Use: It is easy to use. Quality: Product is made well and its LCD display is Fine Value: For live performance it is OK. But roland is included a an onboard sequencer but it is not usefull. So it is not worth of this price. Manufacturer Support: Roland is not giving proper answer for the questions. The Wow Factor: Appearance is very nice. I like it. Overall: I want to replace it because of its sequencer problem.
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"Hidden facts are there. Dont buy GW8" submitted September 6, 2009

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Music Style: Country
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Sound: Gw8 sounds are of good quality Feature: What features there in GW8 ? I didn't see anything more from a normal low cost Yamaha keyboards. Roland is saying USB memory player is a great feature. For this we can use a MP3 player. no need Roland Gw8. We cannot call it as a workstation. It doesn't have options. Also Roland is cheating the customers by hiding some facts. It has a set of MFX effects to sweeten the tones. But these effects cannot apply for recording the song. That is why it is not a workstation. Ease of Use: Actually it is easy to understand. But for actual use it has not defined well. in details. I have selected a performance bank No:1. after I trying to play a song from the song list. By the time selected performance will disappear. Roland is saying song is a backing track. but we cannot use the song as a backing track. Because without any reason the selected tone is changing according to the playing song.eg.If the song is playing strings we can play strings on keyboard and if the song is playing piano we can also play piano. this ia a stupidity made by roland. Quality: The product hardware is well and good Value: Price is not much but the described features are not usefull. Manufacturer Support: Roland has an email support. But the answer is not to the questions. They will copy and paste a sentence from the owners manual. It is not usefull. The Wow Factor: It is good looking Overall: Anyway I want to replace it. Because it cannot satisfy my requirements. I never suggest this product to anybody. Yamaha PSR 630 or 640 was far better than this one.
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"GW-8 .....disapponting" submitted April 22, 2009

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Sound: Most of the sounds are very hollow They have been mixed with effects badly Poor sounding organs pianos are ok strings average some brass is good Feature: Not much in the way of features Ease of Use: Look its easy to use Quality: the product is made well and seems durable Value: Not really worth the money Manufacturer Support: good support Overall: not much effort has gone into this product style converter is crap,useless styles are ok but you cant edit them at all I made a big mistake not trying it in the store before buying lucky for me I was able to sell it....phewww !
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