Roland GW-8Item ID: GW8
61-key Workstation with 128 Preset Sounds, 128-note Polyphony, Effects, Sequencer, and LCD Display
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Enhanced for the Performing MusicianThe Roland GW-8 61-key keyboard workstation updates their GW-Series with even more features for the performing musician! To start, the GW-8 now boasts intelligent backing tracks for fast song-writing - each style has multiple intros, main patterns, and ending progressions across a wide span of genres. Plus, once you start composing a song, you can easily lay it out using the onboard 16-track sequencer. Play back tracks from USB flash memory onstage, and enjoy full-on performance control via D BEAM on the Roland GW-8.
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Roland GW-8 61-key Keyboard Workstation at a Glance:
Leading sound engine onboard
The incredible sounds on the Roland GW-8 are fueled by Roland's flagship 128-voice sound engine derived from the renowned Fantom-X series. Roland chose the freshest and most essential sounds and took them directly from their top workstations.
Intelligent backing styles
It's up to you whether you use them as a launching pad for writing songs, or as backup for your one-man-band, but the GW-8 includes a wealth of backing styles to suit virtually any genre. Equipped with multiple intros, main patterns, and ending progressions for each style, the GW-8 makes it easy to craft and tailor your arrangements on the fly for even more expressive performances. The styles on the Roland GW-8 range from rock, jazz, contemporary pop, dance, and beyond, and it also includes a host of ethnic instrument sounds with a particular focus on Latin American genres.
USB flash memory player
The GW-8 becomes an even more dynamic performance tool thanks to its onboard USB memory player feature. Via a flash memory stick, you can play MP3, .WAV, AIFF, and SMF formatted files to act as pre-recorded backing vocals, ambiences, and more when you're out performing live on the stage.
Style converter and playlist editor
Another great benefit the GW-8 offers is a bundled style converter software program for PC. You can actually create your very own custom backing styles using MIDI data and then load them onto your GW-8 using a USB flash memory stick so they're right there and easy to trigger during performances. Plus, there's a Playlist Editor included as well that lets you customize the order of songs so you can create a special playlist for each gig.
The Karaoke-style feature on the GW-8 is a valuable tool for any musician performing covers on a regular basis, and also for when you want to brush up on your parts and rehearse without the band. Just load any pre-recorded song onto a USB flash memory key, plug it in, and click the GW-8's Center Cancel function. The GW-8 will instantly minimize the main vocals from pre-recorded songs so you can sing the part and play or add your own parts alongside the rest of the virtual "band."
Expressive performance controls
One hallmark of Roland keyboards is their true performer-friendly features, and the GW-8 boasts just that. Despite its affordable price, the GW-8 is equipped with advanced D BEAM functionality found on the high-end Roland keyboards and workstations. With D BEAM, you can actually wave your hand over an infrared beam of light to send various controller changes, depending on what function you've selected allowing for even more expressive, nuanced performances. Plus, the GW-8 includes a Style Select button for quickly switching between styles, as well as an Analog Modify knob so you can adjust and tweak sounds as you perform!
Onboard 16-track sequencer
Using the GW-8's onboard 16-track sequencer, you can easily save your entire interactive performances or even flesh out full compositions of new songs. Rather than basic 2- or 4-track sequencers, the GW-8's 16 tracks give you a lot more room to exercise your creativity - plus, there's advanced features such as input quantize, and punch in-out so you can really get inside your tracks.
Graphic LCD display
Whether you're playing in broad daylight or in a dimly lit club, the GW-8 makes it easy to see just what's happening on your keyboard with its large, white graphic LCD display and buttons that back-light when you have them currently selected.
Roland GW-8 61-key Keyboard Workstation Features:
The Roland GW-8 is the perfect lightweight workstation to take to the stage!
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Cecil, Mesquite, TX
Reviewsbased on 7 reviews
by Art Martin from Birmingham, ALAWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
August 2, 2012
Music Background: Gospel Musician
great all in one keyboard, great for solo performers
by yeraldin camacho from Fort LauderdaleThe best piano sounds you will find for anything under 1 grand, piano sounds come from fantom G boards. 256 Megabytes of high quality wave data, most of them are great.usb player, fully arranger funct... read more [+]ion, good synth features as well. Lightweight, good construction and roland quality, keys are not the best, but feel good.
March 17, 2009
Music Background: Active Musician
Brass section is impressive, pads, drums are very good, guitar(strings) voices respond to velocity. close [-]
one of the best keyboard i ever had
by sachin from India nagpur maharashtraexcellent synthesizer
September 1, 2008
Music Background: synthesizer player
know what you want / need
by roach from TexasThe reviews on this keyboard are all over the map. People either love it or hate it. So what's up with all that? First this keyboard has many great sounds on-board. People saying the piano sounds are ... read more [+]no good ~ I don't find that to be the case and I've owned/played Steinway'/Hammond/Rhodes/etc and the GW-8 has a big full sound set. As far as the key action goes - this is a synth and has a nice synth action. It's not a stage piano - it won't have a piano action or feel like a piano.
November 4, 2010
Music Background: Pro Musician
I bought this board to use in a duo. I wanted a board with quality sounds that could do backing tracks if needed. It needed to be light and easy to use. I demoed this board and a Yamaha PSR710 and I decided on the Roland because it was easier to use (way less buttons) and didn't have built-in speakers.
The board is a lot of fun to work with and the controls are actually laid out well. I didn't need the manual to get up and running. Go to YouTube and listen to some of the demos. For the $ this board has hundreds of great sounds, is easy to setup, can provide backing tracks and has a nice synth action. Do your homework and know what you're looking for - this a decent synth/workstation/arranger board and for the $ is a good value. close [-]
Not Much better for recording
by shino from OmanSound quality of GW8 is OK. But when we go little deep Song recording is very difficult. Because we cannot use a tone from our favorite bank. That means we have to record each part with built in tones... read more [+] (without its effects). This is a great drawback of the kewboard. Roland's support to the customer is very poor. close [-]
August 26, 2009
Music Background: Pro musician
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