Roland A-800 PROItem ID: A800Pro
61-key MIDI Keyboard Controller with 45 Assignable Controls (Knobs, Sliders, Buttons, Transport), and Software Bundle - Mac/PC
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Major MIDI Control!Way more than a keyboard! Roland's A-800 PRO is one serious MIDI controller. Beyond having 61 velocity-sensitive keys for playing virtual instruments, this beast boasts a total of 45 assignable controls — knobs, buttons, sliders, and more. You can assign out the controls however you want, so you can get your hands on your mix, finger drum on the 8 Dynamic Pads, control recording start/stop/playback... whatever your workflow demands. If you're choosing your first MIDI controller, you can't go wrong with the A-800 PRO. The keys glide under your fingers, you've got controls for whatever you want, it works with your Mac or PC... and the A-800 PRO even comes with sweet software. Nice.
When you're getting a MIDI controller, you've got factors to consider. Mainly, you want to make sure you have the level of control you need. Why have only keys, then, when you can grab the A-800 PRO and load up with 61 keys plus 45 different controls for your DAW? If portability's a concern also, the A-800 PRO still fits the bill. It can be powered by your Mac or PC over USB — no need for an AC adapter, unless you want one. That means the A-800 PRO and your laptop are a perfect pair for your music-making needs. Speaking of music-making needs, the A-800 PRO comes with three virtual instruments plus the Production Plus Pack music creation software, so you've got the tools to get creative right away. In fact, with the A-800 PRO, its included software, and your computer, you'll be set to start laying down your virtual instrument-inspired tracks.
What instruments and software come with the Roland A-800 PRO? You get three virtual instruments for crafting synth-style tones and building huge-sounding drum parts. Ready to record them? Use the included SONAR LE software for your PC and start sequencing your tunes. All in all, you'll be set to create, compose, and produce your music — all with the Roland A-800 PRO package!
Roland A-800 PRO 61-key MIDI Controller Features at a Glance:
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Henry, Marion, IL
Reviewsbased on 7 reviews
I take it Back its a great controller for reason
by Olando McCall from Chicagoso in my previous review i said REASON users stay away, well i jumped the gun on that because this is a great controller for reason. granted its not plug and play like the MPK series but it can do eve... read more [+]rything that board can you, you just have to do more programming, and one you have the controller assigned in Reason and on the A-800 Pro, its a fantastic keyboard, much more playable than the MPK which while it integrates well with Reason, the feel of the keyboard was too stiff and velocity not sensitive enough for expressive playing, so the A-800 Pro is solid in this area, I'm glad i purchased it... close [-]
July 12, 2012
Music Background: songwriter, composer , producer..
Roland A-800 A very nice keyboard controler
by Jim Hochstadt from Middle TennesseeIts been over 20 years that my Yamaha KX76 has served me. I have always liked Roland products so I decided to try the A800. Glad I did. Talk about lots of features and easy set up. Wow! It took less t... read more [+]han 10 minutes to connect it to my computer and sync to Sonar X1. Keys are a good feel considering their non weighted.
July 11, 2011
Music Background: Pro Musician, audio engineer, recording engineer (Retired)
I was also impressed with Sweetwater. close [-]
by fromI really like a synth-action keyboard and this fits my playing style perfectly. I'm one of those guys that actually likes the Roland style joy-stick thing. It feels very similar to my old D-50 keyboar... read more [+]d which I loved. Can't speak to other software but it interfaces with Reason\Record without any hassles. I would have preferred endless encoders instead of 270 degree knobs but that's a minor niggle for me. Excellent! close [-]
May 10, 2010
Music Background: Keyboardist
by DAC from MTThis little unit works right out of the box.. If I have one complaint it would be not programed for Pro Tools. It works with Pro Tools. But not quite as I had hoped for. Have to do my own programing... read more [+] of what does what and I do not have the masterd vary well. close [-]
June 26, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist
Really nice Keyoard, Love controllers
by Jim from Eustis, FL USAVery light keyboard controller, Was exactly what I needed. The keys are nice, possible a little narrow for my larger hands, but not enough to really be a problem. (I'm not a piano player, I can play... read more [+] enough to enter parts into my recordings.) The controller connects with Sonar without any problems. You do have to make sure the controller is on before starting Sonar. And a weird little hickup, if you start Sonar with the keyboard off, the realize it, exit Sonar turn it on, then restart Sonar, you have to go into the Controller/Surface options and reselect the input/output port for the A-800. Thats about the only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5. And that is probably more a Sonar problem then the A800-Pro's problem. close [-]
October 11, 2010
Music Background: musician student/hobby production
Roland A-800 PRO
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