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Music Workstation and Audio-/MIDI Interface

The Roland FA-08 is a Music Workstation and Audio-/MIDI Interface with a Integrated audio-/MIDI interface with 16 bit / 44.1 kHz, 88 Keys "Ivory Feel-G"...

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Name Roland FA-07Korg Kronos 61 Case SetKorg Krome EX 88Korg Kronos LSRoland FA-06Korg Krome EX 73Korg Kronos 73Roland FA-08Korg Kronos 61Kurzweil PC4
Brand
Description Music Workstation and Audio/MIDI InterfaceKorg Kronos 61Music Workstation with 88 ButtonsWorkstationMusic Workstation and Audio-/MIDI InterfaceMusic Workstation with 73 KeysWorkstationMusic Workstation and Audio-/MIDI InterfaceWorkstation
Dimensions (W x D x H)1231 x 311 x 107 mm1040 x 364 x 134 mm-1426 x 364 x 134 mm1008 x 300 x 101 mm-1221 x 371 x 148 mm1415 x 340 x 142 mm1040 x 364 x 134 mm-
Weight8.5 kg14.3 kg14.7 kg17.8 kg5.7 kg8.2 kg21.1 kg16.5 kg14.3 kg-
Amount Of Keys76618888617373886188
Touch Sensitive
Aftertouch
Split Zones
Modulation Wheel
Antal röster128200120200128120200-200-
Sound EngineModeling, Sample based, Virtuell AnalogModeling, Sample based, Virtuell AnalogSample BasedModeling, Sample based, Virtuell AnalogModeling, Sample based, Virtuell AnalogSample BasedModeling, Sample based, Virtuell AnalogModeling, Sample based, Virtuell AnalogModeling, Sample based, Virtuell Analog-
MIDI interface1x In, 1x Out1x In, 1x Out, 1x Thru1x In, 1x Out1x In, 1x Out, 1x Thru1x In, 1x Out1x In, 1x Out1x In, 1x Out, 1x Thru1x In, 1x Out1x In, 1x Out, 1x Thru-
Storage MediumSD CardSSD, USB to DeviceSD CardSSD, USB to DeviceSD CardSD CardSSD, USB to DeviceSD CardSSD, USB to Device-
USB-port
Effects
Arpeggiator
Sampler
Number of analog outputs2626226264
Digital Output
Pedal Connectors331x Pedal, 1x Footswitch, 1x Sustain331x Pedal, 1x Footswitch, 1x Sustain333-
Optional Expansion BoardsVirtuell internVirtuell internVirtuell internN/a
Display
Sound engine-9 Synthesis engines - SGX-2, EP-1, HD-1, AL-1, CX-3, STR-1, MOD-7, MS-20EX and PolysixEX-9 Synthesis engines - SGX-2, EP-1, HD-1, AL-1, CX-3, STR-1, MOD-7, MS-20EX and PolysixEX--9 Synthesis engines - SGX-2, EP-1, HD-1, AL-1, CX-3, STR-1, MOD-7, MS-20EX and PolysixEX-9 Synthesis engines - SGX-2, EP-1, HD-1, AL-1, CX-3, STR-1, MOD-7, MS-20EX and PolysixEX-
Polyphony-Up to max. 200 voices (depending on synthesis engine)-Up to max. 200 voices (depending on synthesis engine)--Up to max. 200 voices (depending on synthesis engine)-Up to max. 200 voices (depending on synthesis engine)-
Sampling-Open Sampling System (resampling, In-Track sampling)-Open Sampling System (resampling, In-Track sampling)--Open Sampling System (resampling, In-Track sampling)-Open Sampling System (resampling, In-Track sampling)-
Master keyboard functions-Keyboard and velocity splits-Quick Layer function, keyboard and velocity splits, layers and crossfades of up to 16 programs and/or external MIDI devices--Keyboard and velocity splits-Keyboard and velocity splits-
Outputs-2x 6.3 mm jack (L/mono, R), 4x individual out 6.3 mm jack balanced, S/PDIF optical, USB; Headphone output-2x 6.3 mm jack (L/Mono, R), 4x Individual Out 6,3 mm balanced jack ,S/PDIF optical, USB; Headphone output--2x 6.3 mm jack (L/mono, R), 4x individual out 6.3 mm jack balanced, S/PDIF optical, USB; Headphone output-2x 6.3 mm jack (L/mono, R), 4x individual out 6.3 mm jack balanced, S/PDIF optical, USB; Headphone output-
Inputs-2x 6.3 mm jack balanced (mic-/line input switch), S/PDIF optical, MIDI in/out/thru-2x 6.3 mm jack balanced (mic-/line input switch), S/PDIF optical, MIDI In/Out/Thru--2x 6.3 mm jack balanced (mic-/line input switch), S/PDIF optical, MIDI in/out/thru-2x 6.3 mm jack balanced (mic-/line input switch), S/PDIF optical, MIDI in/out/thru-
Connectors for pedals-Damper pedal (half damper supported)-Damper pedal (Half Damper function supported), freely definable foot switch, freely definable pedal--Damper pedal (half damper supported)-Damper pedal (half damper supported)-
Sound generation--EDS-X Synthesis--EDS-X synthesis----
Dimensions--1448 x 383 x 131 mm--1191 x 313 x 93 mm----
Main output----2 x 6.3 mm jack--2 x 6.3 mm jack--

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Description

The Roland FA-08 is a Music Workstation and Audio-/MIDI Interface with a Integrated audio-/MIDI interface with 16 bit / 44.1 kHz, 88 Keys "Ivory Feel-G" keyboard with hammer action, Guitar/Mic- and line inputs for sampling and performing live with effects, Large colour display, Over 2000 sounds from the INTEGRA-7 incl. SuperNatural and PCM, 2 Virtual expansion slots add even more tones via the AXIAL platform from Roland, Sampling section based on Roland's SP-404SX with 16 pads and 4 banks, Recording and playback of samples via SDHC cards, Internal 16-track sequencer incl. non stop loop recording and multitrack MIDI-/audio export for use in your DAW, 16 Independent MFX engines, plus master EQ and compressor, 6 Assignable knobs for internal sounds and DAW control, By pressing a button can be switched to DAW control, D-Beam controller, Rhythm Pattern, Arpeggiator and Chord Memory functions, Compatible with Apple iPad (requires optional Camera Connection Kit), MIDI in-/output, 1 Pedal connector 6.3 mm jack, 2 Controller connectors 6.3 mm jack, 1 Jack input for external sound sources, 3.5 mm, 1 Switchable guitar-/mic input with level control, 6.3 mm, 1 Headphone connector, 6.3 mm jack, 1 Subwoofer output, 6.3 mm jack, USB connector for computer-/iPad, USB connector for updates per USB Stick & Incl. Quick Start Guide, safety instructions, SD card, SD card protector, power supply and power cable. The retail price is 1273.98 £.

Specifications

Main output2 x 6.3 mm jack
Dimensions (W x D x H)1415 x 340 x 142 mm
Weight16.5 kg
Amount Of Keys88
Touch SensitiveYes
AftertouchNo
Split ZonesYes
Modulation WheelYes
Sound EngineModeling, Sample based, Virtuell Analog
MIDI interface1x In, 1x Out
Storage MediumSD Card
USB-portYes
EffectsYes
ArpeggiatorYes
SamplerYes
Number of analog outputs2
Digital OutputNo
Pedal Connectors3
Optional Expansion BoardsVirtuell intern
DisplayYes

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