Roland A-800 PRO Keyboard Controller

61-key MIDI Keyboard Controller with 45 Assignable Controls (Knobs, Sliders, Buttons, Transport) - 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.

Roland A-800 PRO 61-key MIDI Controller Features at a Glance:
  • 61-key MIDI controller with velocity-sensitive keys
  • 45 assignable controls: knobs, sliders, buttons, transport, and more
  • 8 dynamic pads for finger drumming and MIDI triggering
  • Sure-grip Pitch Bend/Modulation stick
  • Sustain and Expression pedal jacks to expand playability
  • USB bus powered - no AC adapter required
  • Both Mac and PC compatible
Load up with a feature-packed MIDI controller - get the Roland A-800 PRO and start making music!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Synth Action
Aftertouch Yes
Pads 8
Other Controllers Pitch, Mod Lever
Encoders/Pots 9
Faders 9
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x Hold, 1 x Expression
USB 1 x Type B
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Processor, PowerPC G4 1GHz or Faster, 512MB RAM or Faster, 100MB or More Free Space
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.4 or Later
OS Requirements - PC Windows XP (SP2), Windows Vista, Windows 7
Power Supply Bus Powered, AC Adapter
Height 3.63"
Width 39.5"
Depth 9.88"
Weight 9.94 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number A-800PRO-R

Customer Reviews

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Super Controller

Excellent control ease. Easy mapping capabilities with very understandable instructions.

Roland A-800 PRO

The keyboard has a great feel and is easy to set up. The control sections are very user friendly and it connected to Sonar X3 instantly.
Music background: Audio Engineer

A Note On The Power Adapter Issue

There have been several reviews that complained about a power adapter being difficult to find or expensive. Please note that if you have a cell phone or tablet that has a power adapter with a USB port on it you can use that adapter, along with the USB cable that comes with the A800, for power. There's really no need to purchase an additional adapter. That being said, you cannot find ANY Midi controller anywhere near this price range that has as many available control functions as the A800. The array of controllers is mind-boggling. I'm using the A800 connected via an IK iRig Pro interface to my iPad Mini Retina. On the iPad, I'm running Galileo (for B3 Organ sounds), iGrand (for Piano sounds) and SampleTank (for various pads and orchestral instruments). The A800 allows me to have full drawbar controls for the B3 sounds using the sliders. Also, using the pads, I can pull up organ presets. The additional buttons and rotary controls provide for calling up presets on iGrand and SampleTank, along with volume and timbre controls. All that provides for a great live-performance controller. The only negative I can express about the A800 is that it does require reasonable knowledge of Midi to set it up properly. Once you get it set up, though, you will find it a true joy to use in the studio or on stage.
Music background: Musician for 45 years.

Best Midi Keyboard HANDS DOWN!!!!

I've played on many midi keyboards, but they've always felt fake or cheap. I couldn't believe through all the years of searching for a midi keyboard, this was available!!! I own two different types of Roland keyboards, but I never thought to search for a midi one. I'm glad I did!!! The only downfall for me is that I have to access different pages to get to the transpose function. Otherwise, it's a great keyboard. BUY IT!!!
Music background: Church Musician

Roland A-800 note on the external power adapter

Just a little correction to Robert's review regarding the external power adapter: you don't need to find a such rare 9V/2A unit but a common 9V/1A or even 9V/0,7A are fine. Consider that when powered through USB the voltage and current drain can't excede 5V and 0,3A. 9V/2A is the maximum measure not to be exceded. So fina whatever 12 USD power adapter from your local hardware store and run with it.
Music background: Non pro musician
See also: Controller Keyboards, Roland, Roland MIDI Controllers