Submitted August 3, 2015 by Stephen S in Willis, TX
"Roland FA-08 In Praise and Worship"
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This review will be geared to the semi-pro church musician. I'm not on staff at my church but I am paid for my services, but this is not just a paid gig, I have been a member for almost 9 years. I have been a bass player most of my playing career with some lite keyboard background. I was pressed into service playing keys as we had no one else at the time. The church had the predecessor to the Yamaha MOXF8, a mid level workstation. I thought this would be temporary but I have been on keys now for over 4 years. I decided to get my own equipment and got a Kurzweil SP4-7. This abruptly malfunctioned back in May, I decided to replace rather than repair that board. After some time reviewing I went with the Yamaha MOXF6, I thought Yamaha had slightly better sounds. The Kurzweil was just a stage piano so I had little experience with a workstation. I maybe didn't give it fair chance but to me it was not user friendly and you could not switch sounds without completely cutting off the previous sound. Again, I may have just not dug deep enough into using it. After using the 61 key Yamaha I decided I wanted to go with full weighted keys, I was leaning towards the Korg Krome bu there were several there were several things I could not live without, the biggest was no dedicated transpose/octive buttons. This left the FA-08 in my price range. While I miss the size of the 61 key Yamaha and the 76 key Kurzweil as far as moving it from home to the church it's certainly been doable. I have been very please with the Roland as a live performance instrument. I can't comment on the workstation abilities as I have only used it to perform live with. The 88 key board action is a little heavier than I am used to for fast synth lines. While the individual sounds are good to very good where it shines is the ability to create my own sounds by layering. You can put 16 different sounds in a studio set and access them instantly by linking the sample pads the the sounds, no sound drop while switching either. I've just touched on a few points that are important to me, I would definitely recommend checking out the Roland FA-08 as a live performance option.
Bass guitar - 35 years Keys - 5 years
Rock, praise and worship, C-jazz.
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