Roland FA-08 Music Workstation Keyboard, 88-Key

Roland FA-08 Music Workstation Keyboard, 88-Key

With its 88-note Ivory Feel-G keyboard with escapement, 2000 INTEGRA-7 sounds, and powerful effects, the FA-08 is a go-everywhere, do-everything workstation.

Roland Fantom-G8 Sampling Workstation, 88-Key

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Keyboard and Sound Generator Section
Keyboard: 88 keys, PHA II, Ivory feel, with velocity and channel aftertouch

Mamimum Polyphony: 128 voices, shared with the sampling section

Parts: 16 parts (Internal) + 16 parts (External) + 2 parts (ARX)+ 24 parts (Audio Track)

Wave Memory: 256MB (16-bit linear equivalent)

Waveforms: 2,153

Preset Memory:
- Patches: 1,500 + 256 (GM2)
- Rhythm Sets: 64 + 9 (GM2)
- Live Sets: 512
- Studio Sets: 128

User Memory per one project:
- Patches: 512
- Rhythm Sets: 64
- Live Sets: 512
- Studio Sets: 128

- Patch Multi-Effects (PFX): 16 systems, 76 types
- Multi-Effects (MFX): 2 systems, 78 types
- Chorus: 1 system, 3 types
- Reverb: 1 system, 10 types
- Input Effects: 1 system, 6 types
- Mastering Effects: 1 system, 3-band compressor

Data Format: 16-bit linear, .WAV or .AIFF

Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz

Maximum Sampling Time:
- When sampling memory isn't expanded (32MB): mono: 360 sec. approx., stereo: 180 sec. approx.
- When sampling memory is expanded with DIMM (544MB): mono: 108 min. approx., stereo: 54 min. approx.

Number of Samples per one project: 2,000

Sequencer Section
- MIDI tracks (Internal/External/ARX): max. 128
- Audio track: max. 24
- Tempo track: 1
- Beat track: 1

Resolution: 480 TPQN

Tempo: 5.00 to 300.00

Song per one project: 50

Phrase per one project: 2,000

Note Capacity per one project: approx. 1,000,000 notes

Song Length: 9,998 measures

Recording Method:
- Realtime recording
- Step recording

Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever

Control Knob x 4

Control Slider x 8

Assignable Switch x 2

D Beam Controller

Headphones Jack: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type

A (MIX) Output Jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4 inch TRS phone type

B Output Jacks (L, R): 1/4 inch phone type

Input Jacks (L/MONO/MIC, R): 1/4 inch phone type

Mic./Guitar Input Jacks: 1/4 inch phone type / XLR type (Phantom power)(Hi-Z)

Pedal Jacks:
- Hold Pedal Jack (Half Pedal recognition)
- Control Pedal Jack (assignable) x 2

MIDI Connectors: IN, OUT, THRU

USB Connectors:
- USB Computer Connector (supports file transfer or mass storage class, and Audio/MIDI)
- USB Mouse Connector

Digital Audio Interface: COAXIAL INPUT / OUTPUT

Display: Graphic Type, 8.5 inch, Wide VGA (800 x 480 dots), backlit LCD (Color)

Pads: 16 pads, Velocity and Polyphonic Aftertouch sensitive

Expansion for sound generator: ARX expansion boards: 2 slots

Expansion for sampling memory: DIMM: 1 slot, supports PC133, CL=2/3, 3.3 V, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB

External Storage Device: USB Flash Memory

Power Supply: AC 117 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V (50/60Hz), AC 220 V (60Hz)

Power Consumption: 30 W

Included Accessories
Owner's Manual

CD-ROM (Editor, USB MIDI driver)

Power Cord

Size and Weight
Width: 55 inches (1,396 mm)

Depth: 19-13/16 inches (502 mm)

Height: 7-1/4 inches (183 mm)

Weight: 32.0 kg, 70 lbs. 9 oz.

Power Supply:Power Cord (Included)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700

Roland Fantom-G8 Sampling Workstation

The Roland Fantom-G8 is a dream instrument that redefines the boundaries of playability and creativity with its advanced sound engine, revolutionary ARX SuperNATURAL expansion bay, large-sized color LCD, powerful new audio/MIDI sequencer, first-class "Ivory Feel" weighted keys and more.

Advanced Sound Engine

Driven by a powerful new audio processor, the Roland Fantom-G8 provides new sonic depth and versatility. With twice the wave-ROM capacity of its predecessor, it contains a treasure trove of Roland's world-famous SRX-quality sounds, but what really sets the Roland Fantom-G8 apart is its new ARX expansion, which allows additional SuperNATURAL sound-sets and fully dedicated synth and effects engines to be added to this already powerful live workstation.

SuperNATURAL ARX Expansion

The Roland Fantom-G8 provides ARX slots that accommodate two SuperNATURAL expansion boards. SuperNATURAL is Roland's unique behavior-modeling technology that enables a new level of organic, emotional expression previously unattainable in synthesizers. Applied to traditional-instrument sounds, SuperNATURAL enables the delicate, organic tonal changes and playing nuances of real musical instruments. It's also a powerful tool for electronic and non-traditional sounds, breathing amazing new life and expression into synthesis.

Power Sequencer Onboard

The Fantom-G8 is the first Roland instrument to feature Roland's newly designed power sequencer. In conjunction with the large-size LCD, this pro-level composition tool provides 128 tracks (including 24 audio tracks) in a fully intergraded audio/MIDI graphical environment. A mouse can be also incorporated for computer-like speed and ease. Other convenient features with the Roland Fantom-G8include combo XLR and TRS connector, phantom power for condenser mics, Hi-Z input for guitar and bass, and line input.

Luxurious Extra-Wide LCD

One look and touch and you'll know that the Roland Fantom-G8 is an instrument without equal. Only the highest-quality materials have been used to create this dream synth, with a stylish, futuristic design that will turn heads. Front and center is the extra-large 8.5" wide TFT color LCD for enhanced productivity. A first-class assortment of hands- on controls is provided as well, including eight sliders, four knobs, and ten buttons below the LCD.

Amazing FX

The Roland Fantom-G8 is loaded with a state-of-the-art effects engine, with multi-effects available for each Fantom-G8 sound/part. In 16-part multi-timbre mode, up to 22 effect routings can be used simultaneously. Create complex setups with 16 insert effects per multi-timbral patch group, plus global reverbs and choruses. Mastering effects are provided for polishing songs created with the onboard sequencer.

Supreme Keyboard Feel and Action

The Fantom-G8 is outfitted with Roland's top-of-the-line PHA II "Ivory Feel" keyboard. This amazing keyboard technology reproduces the real surface feel of ivory acoustic piano keys providing a familiar stability and comfort to the pianist. The white keys have a two-piece structure which reduces the developed keyboard surface material is designed to absorb moisture, ensuring a secure, slip-proof feel that your fingers will love.


- Advanced sound engine with double wave capacity of previous flagship workstations
- 2 x ARXexpansion with SuperNATURAL - the world's greatest performance-expression technology
- Graphic user interface with extra-large 8.5" wide color LCD and mouse connectivity
- Newly developed onboard audio/MIDI sequencer with 128 tracks, including 24 audio tracks
- Multi-FX for each part; up to 22 effects routings can be programmed simultaneously
- Top-of-the-line keyboard action; weighted PHA II "Ivory Feel" keyboard on Fantom-G8
- Heavy-duty casing with aluminum panel
(42 ratings)
Submitted May 17, 2008 by a customer from sbcglobal.ner
"Musican's Delight!"
This product gives you the most bang for your dollar BY FAR, but will take some time in getting used to the new Operating System. If you have ever used Adobe Audition, or Pro Tools then during live recordings you will feel welcome. The sound quality is great and with unlimited effects you can alter them to your needs. The filters and live recording tools are very similar to the X series, so X FANS go wild!

I have owned the X8 now for nearly three years and have loved everyhing about it; from it's responce, sound, effects, and ease of use. The Fanton X is a musican's delight and anyone that can play piano and drums like I would absolutly agree! The sounds are very realistic, and the dynamic pad brings them to life. Just recently fooled with the new G series not thinking it could be any better, but I was very wrong. It now has unlimited effects, phantom power, mouse control, and an output for a bigger display to view your recording! Truly, what more could a musican need unless you want the machine to write the songs for ya!

Phantom power, unlimited effects, ARX technology, "custom tuning of all the drums from shell width and diameter" realtime control, and precision key responce! If you dont like the natural sound of the instrument you can tune, tweak, and customize it to your liking.

Ease of Use
Big fan of the Fantom X series, and it was very similar aswell, but you will read more want to invest in an external display. Not everyone will need it but it will definitly help out your realtime recording.

Solid as a rock! Keys feel very real "if you play piano" and the dynamic pad is precise "if your a drummer".

If you want to buy a product that is going to last you a life time than look no further! I have traveled, performed and used heavily durning recording without a problem

Manufacturer Support
Roland's equipment has always worked well for me and all my friends, so we have not delt with them much. THANK GOD!

The Wow Factor
It's the new Fantom from Roland! Hot!!!!!

Musical Background:
Professional Drummer and Pianist

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