Roland FA-06 61-key Music Workstation

61-key Keyboard Workstation with 2,000+ Sounds, SuperNATURAL Synth Engine, 16-track Sequencer, 16 Pads, Effects, Processing, Groove Sampling, DAW Control, USB Connectivity, and Advanced Performance Options
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The Rebirth of the Keyboard Workstation!

No single piece of gear Roland has introduced since their Fantom series keyboards even come close to offering you the no-holds-barred music-production power of the FA-06 keyboard workstation. It all starts off with the sounds - a collection of over 2,000 patches taken from the flagship INTEGRA-7 sound module including the complete SuperNATURAL synth engine. Add to that an absolutely astonishing set of effects and processors, and you're still just getting started. Powerful onboard sequencing and sampling let you build up your tracks, and killer performance options make playing on the FA-06 a blast. Top it off with an awesome user interface, total DAW integration, and a great-feeling semi-weighted 61-note keyboard, and you're in business!

Roland FA-06 Keyboard Workstation at a Glance:
  • Packed with the sounds and effects you need to create anything
  • Brilliant user interface designed to keep you in the creative zone
  • From studio to stage, this is the keyboard workstation you need
Packed with the sounds and effects you need to create anything

The conventional wisdom at Sweetwater is that even the best keyboard workstation isn't worth much without the right sounds. That's why our Sales Engineers are happy to point out the Roland FA-06. This amazing keyboard comes loaded with over 2,000 sounds taken straight from Roland's flagship INTEGRA-7 sound module. This includes the complete SuperNATURAL synth engine (giving the FA-06 the capacity to download entirely new synth sounds) plus a killer set of acoustic tones, drums, and much more.

And you can add even more sounds via the FA-06's internal wave sound expansion slots. And if that wasn't enough, the FA-06 comes loaded with 16 independent MFX engines, six COMP+EQ processors, a TFX (total effects) section, global EQ, chorus, and reverb. Talk about creative possibilities!

Brilliant user interface designed to keep you in the creative zone

Ask any keyboard player or pianist, and they'll tell you that feel is a major consideration when it comes to picking the right workstation. Roland has always prided themselves on the feel of their keyboards, and the wonderful playing response of the FA-06's semi-weighted 61-note keyboard goes quite a way to prove that. But Roland took the same painstaking approach with every part of the FA-06, providing it with the best-feeling pads and the easiest-to-use control layout possible.

From its oversized color LCD to its various control sets, everything about the FA-06 was designed so that you could sit down, put your hands on the controls you need, and start making music. For example, there's a separate SDHC slot for the SP-404SX style groove sampler, and dedicated controls for tweaking your sounds on the fly. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. The important thing is that when you sit down in front of your FA-06, it's not the overwhelming experience of interfacing with some monolithic workstation - it's like stepping up to a studio full of high tech gear that's all wired to work together flawlessly.

From studio to stage, this is the keyboard workstation you need

How many keyboards do you like schlepping to the average gig? Does the thought of lugging around a full keyboard workstation worry you just a little? The Roland FA-06 is the answer to all of your keyboard-related dreams, packing a full studio's worth of music-creation potential into a format that's light enough and small enough to take with you. Powerful real-time performance options such as D-Beam modulation, arpeggiation, looping, and step sequencing make playing out fun and exciting, and the fact that all of these functions are easy to get to and intuitive only makes it all better.

Back in the studio, you'll be impressed by how easily the Roland FA-06 keyboard workstation folds into the rest of your setup. With the push of a button and a simple USB connection, your FA-06 becomes the centerpiece of your studio, acting as your audio interface, MIDI keyboard, control surface, pad controller, and more. What's more, you can connect your FA-06 to your Apple iPad via the camera connection kit, providing you with even greater production power when you have to take your rig on the road.

Roland FA-06 Keyboard Workstation Features:
  • Full-service keyboard workstation designed to make creating and performing music fun and intuitive
  • Streamlined user interface provides you with a completely uninhibited creative workflow
  • Great feeling semi-weighted 61-note keyboard provides a nice balance for playing a wide range of instrument sounds
  • Includes over 2000 sounds from the flagship Roland INTEGRA-7 sound module, including SuperNATURAL synth and acoustic tones and drums
  • Add even more tones via internal wave sound expansion slots or download additional SuperNATURAL synth patches from Roland's Axial sound library site
  • Onboard sampler based on the SP-404SX features 16 pads, 4 banks, and direct recording and playback via SDHC cards
  • 16-track sequencer with nonstop loop recording lets you build songs quickly
  • Export your sequencer tracks to an SDHC card as a complete stereo mix, as multitrack audio, or as MIDI data
  • Polish your sounds with studio-quality effects including 16 independent MFX engines, 6 COMP+EQ processors for drums, unique TFX (total effects), and global EQ, chorus, and reverb
  • Tweak tones, effects, and external MIDI devices in real time via 6 user-assignable Sound Modify knobs
  • Press a button to instantly configure your workstation for use with your DAW via USB (control templates for most major DAWs included)
  • D-Beam, Rhythm Pattern, Arpeggiator, and Chord Memory functions open up new possibilities for your live performances
  • Guitar/Mic and Line input jacks for performing, sampling, and DAW audio recording
  • Dedicated input reverb provides ambience for performing or tracking
  • USB ports provide connectivity sound expansion data, updates, and audio/MIDI interfacing with a computer
  • MIDI communication with the iPad possible when using Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit
Take your music-production rig to a whole new level with a Roland FA-06 keyboard workstation from Sweetwater!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) SuperNATURAL Synth, Acoustic & Drum, PCM Synth, PCM Drum, GM2 Compatible
Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Synth Action
Other Controllers 1 x Pitchbend/Mod Wheel, 1 x D-Beam, 1 x S1, 1 x S2, 6 x Control Knobs, Sample Pads
Polyphony 128 Notes
Number of Presets 2000+
Expansion 2 x Virtual SRX Slots
Number of Effects 16 x MFX, 6 x COMP+EQ, Chorus, Reverb, Master EQ+COMP
Effects Types 16 x MFX Engines, 6 COMP+EQ Processors for Drums, TFX, EQ, Chorus, Reverb
Arpeggiator Yes
Sampling Yes
Audio Playback Yes
Sequencer 16-track
Audio Inputs Line (Mini TRS), Guitar (TS)
Audio Outputs 2 x TRS, 1 x TS
USB 1 x Type A, 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O In/Out
Pedal Inputs 1 x Hold, 1 x CTL 1, 1 x CTL 2
Height 4"
Width 39.69"
Depth 11.81"
Weight 12.62 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number FA-06

Customer Reviews

4/5
Based on 23 reviews
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5/5

Roland FA-06 61- Key Musicians

Sweet, it's a great instrument , worth every cent and much more. I rate it an excellent 10. Next I want a guitar.
Music background: Musician
5/5

FA-06 61-key Music Workstation

One of the best for Roland yet! Awesome sounds, and the ability to add additional sounds via the Axial web site make this an unbeatable combination.
Music background: Professional
5/5

The Best

I bought the Yamaha MOX8 and sent it back after playing the Roland FA 06. The MOX8 had more presets, a more elaborate arpeggiator,and can integrate with Korg Karma for an extra $200, if those are the things you want. But compared with the FA, its basic sound is dull and there was a kind of sameness to all of the sounds. The MOX8 was also more difficult to program, and the keyboard (I had the 88-key weighted version) was fatiguing after half an hour. The Roland has a brightness, excitement, clarity and realism that the MOX8 could not deliver no matter which preset I played, and it's something I'm not sure could be programmed into new sounds. The Roland FA is also far easier to use as a workstation. Each of these synths has its advantages, but, not considering how the presets were programed on each, I much prefer the basic rich and lively quality of the sound of the Roland FA. It sounds as good as my Virus Ti and at half the cost. It's also much easier to find the presets you want on the Roland FA than with the Virus Ti which does not group sounds into categories. I had to write them all down. The Roland FA is much easier and faster to use than either of the other two synths and all the sounds are beautiful.
5/5

Very Impressed

Very Impressed with the natural,clean sound that workstation has.
Music background: Beatmaker
5/5

Great Live Keyboard

This keyboard is really set up well for live performance. The studio sets are really great for midi integration, as you can play multiple different patches on the keyboard from different keyboards in your rig. The supernatural sounds are really nice and you can find pretty much any sound you need, especially synth sounds. The action on this keyboard is very springy compared to other semi-weighed synths, but not bad to get used to. At this price point, I couldn't be happier with this keyboard. Exactly what I needed for my setup. The only big things that are missing are aftertouch and velocity sensitive pads, but it's definitely not a deal breaker.
Music background: Professional Musician: Pop/Rock, Live and Recording Engineer.

Sweetwater Advice

Brad Jahn

It's not often I can describe a full-featured keyboard workstation as being both "fun" and "easy." However, the Roland FA-06 manages to be both while supplying an impressive amount of creative power. Sounds are effortless to browse thanks to a unique onscreen category flow, and the 16 sampler touch pads can be configured to trigger almost anything on the fly. Features that are often cumbersome in other workstations (such as the split/layer and arpeggiator) are in effortless reach - much like a stage piano. This workstation is as gig-ready as it is studio-ready.
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