Roland FA-08 88-key Music Workstation

88-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-08 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-08 a blast. Top it off with an awesome user interface, total DAW integration, and a great-feeling 88-note Ivory Feel-G Keyboard, and you're in business!

Roland FA-08 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-08. 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-08 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-08's internal wave sound expansion slots. And if that wasn't enough, the FA-08 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 texture and playing response of the FA-08's 88-note Ivory Feel-G Keyboard goes quite a way to prove that. But Roland took the same painstaking approach with every part of the FA-08, 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-08 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-08, 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-sized workstation with 88 weighted keys worry you just a little? The Roland FA-08 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-08 keyboard workstation folds into the rest of your setup. With the push of a button and a simple USB connection, your FA-08 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-08 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-08 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 88-note Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with natural weighted action provides realistic acoustic piano feel
  • 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-08 keyboard workstation from Sweetwater!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) SuperNATURAL Synth, Acoustic & Drum, PCM Synth, PCM Drum, GM2 Compatible
Number of Keys 88
Type of Keys Ivory Feel G
Other Controllers 1 x Pitchbend/Mod Wheel, 1 x D-Beam, 1 x S1, 1 x S2, 6 x Control Knob, Sample Pads
Polyphony 128 Notes
Number of Presets 2,000+
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 x COMP+EQ Processors for Drums, TFX, EQ, Chorus, Reverb
Arpeggiator Yes
Sampling Yes
Audio Playback Yes
Sequencer 16-track
Audio Inputs 1 x 1/8" (Line), 1 x 1/4" (Guitar)
Audio Outputs 2 x TRS, 1 x TS
USB 1 x Type A, 1 x Type B
Pedal Inputs 1 x Hold, 1 x CTL 1, 1 x CTL 2
Height 5.62"
Width 55.75"
Depth 14.44"
Weight 36.44 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number FA-08

Customer Reviews

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New Roland FA 08

Bought this for wife for Christmas, lots of nice sounds but be ware this does not have speakers, using bose computer speakers sounds great! But probably needs monitor speakers.
Music background: Clarinet High School, now teaching myself guitar

Even better thatn I expected!

This is the first keyboard that I've purchased in probably twenty years. I've played on many different makes through the years and have always been partial to Rolland and Yamaha. My choice was between the FA-08 and the MOXF8. I tried the Yamaha at my friends studio and was very impressed by it. I like to try something before I buy it and I was dead set on the Yamaha. However I've always been a huge fan of Rolland. I couldn't find a FA-08 locally to try but I went out on a limb and choose the Rolland at one of my friends recommendations.She is a avid keyboard player and plays professionally. She said if I liked the MOXF8, then I'd really end up liking the action of the keys on the Rolland better. She also said the sequencer on the FA was a bit more straight forward to work with. She was right! When I got my FA-08 I was making songs with it in no time. I won't lie though, I did have to open the manual a few times. Also note that the manual that comes with keyboard is only a general manual. If you want the full manual you can download it from the Rolland website free of charge.As for the sounds, what can I say! They are fantastic to say the least and you get a lot of them! You could be there for days trying new things! They all sound great and for once I can say there isn't one sound on this thing that's cheesy or bad. I can't say that for keyboards I've had and used in the past. Everything sounds like a million bucks! Back to comparing the MOXF8 to the FA-08, they both sound fantastic but I think the strings on the FA sound more realistic. The Grand Piano sounds on the FA are so deep sounding that they make your spine tingle! All the effects really add to what you can do with this thing too.You get compression, reverb, and all kinds of really neat effects, not to mention a fully featured 16 channel mixer built right in! The percussion section is really way better than I expected it to be. You don't get some cheesy fake drum sounds. You get (what sounds like) samples of real drums. You also get full electronic kits (that sound electronic) and the real natural sounds that you can completely modify.One of the other features that really stood out to me was the ability to fully integrate the FA with a DAW for both control and instrumentation playback (as slave unit) from the DAW. This is something I plan on taking advantage of in the future as I grow my studio. There is a bit of a learning curve with this unit and it will take you a few weeks to get acquainted with all it's functions and features. So plan on spending some quality time with it. However I'm sure if your more experienced with the newer keyboards you will be able to learn it in less time than It's taking me.All in all I've very happy with my purchase and I really have nothing negative to say about the FA-08. To sum this up, this keyboard is huge, it's built like a darn tank, and it sounds like something that costs three times what I paid for it. If your considering buying one, just do it! You won't be sorry!

Very Cool Workstation!!!

The Roland FA-08 workstation is the epitome of brilliance, stability, sound, features, and feel. For all of you piano players out there, you will really appreciate the excellent action of the Ivory G keyboard on the FA-08. Roland seems to always come through on the feel of their keybeds and this workstation is no exception. There's a large, color display window that is very easy to read so this will make your programming, editing, or just browsing through various patches and parameters much more pleaseant!!!I own an old XP-80 workstation and the FA-08 has much better sounding piano and rhodes and additional patches thanks to the wonderful super natural technology build into the board. I love the fact that Roland loaded this baby up with so many great sounds from the INTEGRA sound module. So... one doesn't need the module if you've got this keyboard. Top it all off with a sleek, portable, very lightweight package, and you're in business!!The Roland FA-08 is a true musicians instrument. Psst...did I mention that you can also tweak sounds in real time? This is a cool keyboard. Go check it out...or better yet, buy one!!!
Music background: Pro Musician, Composer, Arranger, and Instructor

Owner Cozzucoli Music

The sounds are studio quality!
Music background: engineer

FA-08 is a good purchase

Great all around keyboard. Works well in the studio as well as the stage. Lots of options for splits, which is nice as you can work around an additional keyboard if you are not doing anything to crazy. The sequencer is easy to use and nice if you need to lay down some quick ideas, or need a backing track. The sampler is a really awesome feature as you can record whatever you want into a pad quickly and easily. The sounds are pretty spot on, and the keys feel great. Also I have used it quite a bit as an interface and had no issues with that. As a MIDI controller it takes some digging to really get it set up the way you want, but having a DAW control feature is nice. Get some DP pedals if you really want to maximize it's potential. If you are looking at stepping up your game you can't go wrong with this.
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