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
MIDI I/O In/Out
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

4.5/5
Based on 23 reviews
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5/5

Absolutely in love!

I am SO in love with this keyboard! I purchased this so I could have a real piano feel to play at gigs. I play a grand piano and usually can't stand keyboards. Now I'm playing this all of the time instead of my grand! It's so versatile, so much fun, and the grand piano sound options are incredible. It's making my grand sound bad! #totallyinlove #soooooohappy #easytouse
5/5

Roland FA 08

I bought this to replace my old Ensoniq SQ1 as an upgrade. From the time I connected it in my home studio I was blown away. The sounds are amazing and the functionality is more than I could have hoped for. It has more options than I will probably ever use but I will have a lot of fun exploring those options and learning how to use them in my projects.
5/5

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
5/5

Owner Cozzucoli Music

The sounds are studio quality!
Music background: engineer
5/5

Roland FA08

I have been using Roland products for a long time, and the FA-08 is a product that has a high end equipment quality and is affordable.The FA-08 is easy to learn and very versatile. After using the Xp-50 workstation and others this unit is an exceptional workstation. When used with a DAW system the FA-08 has increased my writing product with little effort.The features that the FA-08 present are outstanding, but for me the number one feature that makes the FA-08 stand out above all others is the "Super Natural Technology" it uses.I have found this instrument to be a valuable tool for my studio, my writing and performing. A welcomed addition!
Music background: Professor, Composer/Performer
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