Submitted February 28, 2016 by Christopher B in Plymouth , MI
"The Unorthodox Roland"
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For starters, let me make clear that I've been a loyal Roland fan & consumer for 21 years, and have essentially had every great synth/workstation during that time frame. Secondly, I would also like to state that I'm always open to a new way of thinking, as well as learning a new product which may have an unorthodox workflow.
So, I purchased the Roland FA-06 and was impressed with the updated sound library, build quality and the overall value, great buy and capability for $1200...
However, the screen interface, as well as the physical button layout is completely backwards and entirely unorthodox from the rest of Roland's product line. Typically, if you've owned one Roland, then you never need to open another manual and the learning curve is essentially instantaneous, but that's not the case for the Roland FA-06. This workstation's workflow feels almost as if it's 'left-handed', I tried my hardest to overlook the petty obstacles and see the keyboard for it's strengths & library, but unfortunately this synthesizer isn't nearly as inviting as previous Rolands. It doesn't beg me to turn it on, in fact, I almost dread turning it on because it's so difficult to apply my creativity so freely and effectively as I can with my other Roland products. I just don't understand how Roland and its team could have let a product go so far into development testing and production without possibly being aware of the drastic change in workflow.
My studio consist of 5 Roland and 2 Yamaha synthesizer/workstations, 3 korgs, 2 Elektrons and the entire Roland Aira product line.
21 years of experience, and 16 years active in the Detroit House & Techno scene
Detroit House & Techno, Ambient/Down-Tempo Hip-Hop
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