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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.

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Submitted June 19, 2016 by William Blanchard in Phoenix, NY
"Another big win for Roland"
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I've owned quite a few Roland keyboards since I got into synths around 1985. I play in 5 local bands playing many styles of music. This keyboard is great for ALL of them. I wanted a weighted key replacement for the Ensoniq KS-32 I was using as a midi controller for my VST pianos. When I plugged the FA-08 in I have barely touched the VST pianos because the pianos in this keyboard are outstanding. At first I was a bit disappointed with the action of the keys but quickly fell in love with it once I tweaked the velocity sensitivity. The action of this keyboard plays (and feels) like a high quality real grand piano. Learning to program this keyboard was a bit of a challenge but if you watch the YouTube videos that Ed Diaz has out it makes learning your way around the board A LOT easier (Thanks Ed you are a lifesaver). When I purchased this keyboard I was looking to take my Korg Triton Pro76 out of gig circulation and keep it in my studio permanently. So far the FA-08 can do everything the Triton did for me. I have not figured out how to assign samples to actual keys yet on the FA-08, not even sure that can be done but the sample pads work pretty nice and this keyboard will hold a lot of samples. The only thing I wish the FA-08 had that the Triton has is a touch screen. The two expansion boards are nice too. You can download many expansion packs from the Roland Axial website. The FA-08 is not a lightweight keyboard by any means. It is built to be durable and sturdy. I purchased the SKB R6020W 88-Key hard shell molded case for this keyboard. The case is a lot wider than the keyboard but also holds my D.I.'s cables and pedals quite nicely. Now let's talk about this thing's sounds... a BIG wow factor for me on the pianos and this board is loaded with some fantastic vintage sounds as well as some of the more modern dance sounds as well. The drum kits sound very nice. I've been using some of the drum kits for dubbed overlays when I record to bring out some snare hits and crashes. The organs are okay, I had to do a bit of tweaking to get them to sound the way I like them but there are many to choose from. Overall, I highly recommend this board if you want a weighted keyboard. If Roland released this board in a 73 or 76 key version with synth action keys I wouldn't hesitate to purchase one.
Musical Background:
Professional keyboard player for over 30 years. I also play guitar, bass, and drums.
Musical Style:
Preferred style: Movie Soundtrack ScoringAlso love the 80's pop stuff and classic rock.
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Submitted January 28, 2016 by John L in Anaheim, CA
"Roland FA08"
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Great, solid product. Well rounded sound, great feel to the keys and easy to integrate into DAWs and Windows 10. I really enjoy the Sequencer with my young son, who like s some of the looped rhythms and will jam along to the loops! Great to help him learn piano/keyboards on a full, 88 key keyboard. Roland did a great job on this one/ If your looking for more of a gigging-type FA board, go with the 61 key as they are NOT weighted but easier to play live and won't tire your hands/arms out as much as the weighted 88's!
Musical Background:
40+ years. Guitar, piano, trumpet, drums
Musical Style:
blues, funk, rock, jazz
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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.
Musical Background:
Bass guitar - 35 years Keys - 5 years
Musical Style:
Rock, praise and worship, C-jazz.
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Submitted June 20, 2017 by a customer from gmail.com
"Underrated goodness"
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All the sounds you need to perform live and/or production work. In my opinion a very underrated board from Roland. Really like the integration with your DAW of choice. Nice keybed and very portable for a 88key hammer action. If Roland Fantom and Roland Juno stage hooked up, boom!! Outcome Roland FA 08
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Submitted December 15, 2017 by Elliot Hetzer in Tipp City, OH
"First Roland keyboard."
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I purchased this keyboard to replace my Korg M50 61 keys; and to upgrade to a fully weighted 88 key keyboard. I was debating between getting the RD-2000 and the FA-08. My church rig currently has me on an Arturia Keylab 88. If it included internal sounds I would probably have gotten that keyboard due to the familiarity. With that being said I am extremely excited about the possibilities with the FA-08. Overall: It's a solid keyboard. I was worried about the reviews stating that because it was partly plastic that it was inferior in some way to the RD-2000 or the predecessor Fantom. This board weighs more than the Arturia and does not feel cheap in any way. I am disappointed though that the pads don't seem to have much functionality for playing things like drums. The Arturia had velocity sensitive pads that could be used to trigger drum sounds. With that being said though, I use several sounds per song or set and having the ability to tap a pad and switch sounds it's extremely useful. Features: Having an input for microphone or an instrument is awesome. I have started to integrate other instruments into my rig and being able to plug in my iPad and use things like Thumb Jam or Geoshred is very nice. Especially when there is a dedicated volume level knob. Being able to sample so quickly is nice as well. Just wish there was a way to transfer the sample to the keyboard and play through the keys. Quality: So far it's a quality board. Some of the sounds seem a bit thin, but I can tweak the EQ on the fly and given time I don't foresee any issues. Sound: The piano sounds I wish were a bit better. The RD-2000 had the V-piano foundation and with this having the Fantom base I had hoped for better piano sounds. But I think working with the effects can help with that. Love the guitar sounds and the Supernatural effects on the guitar and drums. I am a drummer but training and what I mostly play and the piano side is something I do from time to time for myself. So having realistic drums are important if I am not playing them live. And not being a guitarist it's nice having effects on the sounds that mimic what imagine a guitarist would do. And with the Axial website there is access to more sounds. I will check that out at some point. Ease of Use: Well It's pretty easy. Turn it on and you are ready to go. Setting up live playing with sets is a bit more tricky but Roland provides great tutorials on Youtube. Quick search will tell you everything you need to know. Value: well zZounds made it easy for me to afford to get this keyboard. The board itself for what it allows you to do is competitively priced. And with the plastic casing it helps bring the cost down. Manufacturer Support I put a low rating because it wouldn't allow me to not put a rating. I have not had a need for support yet so I can't judge the quality.
Musical Background:
Playing drums for about 28 years. Piano for about 30. I play both semi-professionally and at home/Church
Musical Style:
rock, metal, new age, jazz, etc.
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Submitted April 25, 2017 by Alain Gilles in Worcester, MA
"Great Keyboard for the money!"
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Although I don't half of the features on this workstation, the little I know is awesome to me. It has premium sound quality and the piano is outstanding. I am not a music producer so I probably won't get to use any of the sequence features and all, but I love the sound quality and the touch feel. This keyboard gets an A+++ from me.
Musical Background:
I play the piano, drums, bass guitar.
Musical Style:
Christian, Kompa, Gospel, Bosanova, Latin
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Submitted March 18, 2017 by Andre White in Kansas City, MO
"the BEST!!!!"
Well it was born the Roland F08. Something I've been saving for and zZounds allowed me to touch it realistically. the keyboard has everything it says it has. GREAT SOUNDS, EASY TO WORK, SMOOTH ACCESS, GREAT FEEL & TOUCH AND VERY LIGHTWEIGHT FOR IT'S SIZE. it was everything that was expected and more! Delivery time, great custy service, great package & secured, awesome. 1 thing though the PRICE can come down....LOL! But Roland you are Awesome as always as I know personally, and zZounds was great for my first time experience. theComposer Over&Out!
Musical Background:
BEING PLAYING FOR BOUT 15YRS AND ENTERTAINING FOR OVER 25YRS. KEYS AND DRUMS AND A LITTLE BASS AND HORNS PROFESSIONALLY.
Musical Style:
GOSPEL, BLUES, R&B, HIP-HOP, JAZZ, COUNTRY AND INDIE.
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