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Roland FA-06 Music Workstation

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    Roland’s new FA series completely reimagines the music workstation, streamlining it for effortless real-time power, ultra-fast workflow, and maximum versatility. Ready to support any type of music you play, the FA-06 is packed with a massive sound collection inherited from the flagship INTEGRA-7, a ton of studio-quality effects, and expressive real-time controls, plus onboard sampling with zero load time for instant audio playback from the 16 backlit pads. The sequencer features simple operation and non-stop loop recording, letting you capture songs and ideas as they come and export them as multitrack data to use with your DAW. Flowing seamlessly into every part of your creative world, the FA-06 morphs instantly from a standalone keyboard to become the command center of your computer music studio, with USB audio/MIDI interfacing, powerful real-time controllers, DAW transport controls, and much more.

    Reimagined music workstation designed to maximize your creative flow

    Light, mobile body with 61-note velocity-sensitive keyboard

    Over 2000 sounds from the flagship INTEGRA-7 sound module, including SuperNATURAL synth and acoustic tones and drums; add even more tones via internal wave sound expansion slots

    SuperNATURAL synth engine is fully compatible with the expansive collection of free INTEGRA-7 synth tones available from Roland’s Axial sound library site

    16-track sequencer with non-stop loop recording makes it easy to build songs quickly; export your sequencer tracks to an SDHC card as a complete stereo mix, or as multitrack audio or MIDI data for use in your DAW

    Onboard sampler based on the SP-404SX features 16 pads x 4 banks and direct recording/playback via SDHC cards

    Polish your sounds with a multitude of studio-quality effects, including 16 independent MFX engines, six 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 with six user-assignable Sound Modify knobs
    Intuitive, streamlined interface with large color LCD

    Press one button to instantly configure the FA-06 for use with your DAW via USB

    D-Beam, Rhythm Pattern, Arpeggiator, and Chord Memory functions to expand your creative palette

    Guitar/Mic and Line input jacks for performing, sampling, and DAW audio recording; dedicated input reverb provides ambience for performing/recording

    USB ports for sound expansion data, updates, and audio/MIDI interfacing with a computer; MIDI communication with the iPad is possible when using Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit

    Taking the “Work” Out of the Music Workstation

    Workstations play an important role in a wide range of creative activity including performance on stage and music production in
    the studio, and are used by numerous musicians and creative people.

    Not content with simply making a convenient product that lets you do a variety of things, Roland has rethought and redesigned
    a new workstation with a new philosophy: regardless of how times and technologies may change, deliver maximum support for
    creating new music, with creativity as the top priority. That’s the FA-06/08.

    In developing the FA-06/08, the first thing we wanted to do was to shorten the start-up time. Even if you turn on the power the
    moment you want to play, your musical ideas might disappear if it takes your instrument several minutes to get ready. If this has
    ever happened to you, you’ll appreciate the value of quick startup.

    The sampler is designed to read directly from the SD card, so you won’t have to wait for data to be loaded into memory. Operation
    is simple; just tap a pad to play sounds. It’s an ideal match for most music scenes today.

    The high-quality sounds inherited directly from the flagship INTEGRA-7 sound module are ample for live performance or
    production, and have expressive power that will spark your inspiration even during casual everyday playing. The SuperNATURAL
    synth tones are compatible with the INTEGRA-7, allowing you to add sounds from the incredible variety available on the Axial
    sound library site. Sounds in internal wave memory can also be replaced with your own favorites. By supporting a stupendous
    library, our goal has been to create an instrument that you’ll use for years to come.

    By simplifying the steps required for track-making, the non-stop recording feature is an indispensable sequencer function for
    today’s workstation; it lets you immerse yourself in song production without interrupting your creative flow.
    So that your musical ideas and phrases can be smoothly moved to your DAW, there’s a multi-track export function that lets you
    individually export MIDI track as audio data. Of course you can also export as a two-channel mix or as SMF data.

    To integrate smoothly into a DAW-based music production system, the FA-06/08 connects easily to your computer, and provides a
    DAW controller function that lets you use it as a sound module, controller, and interface.

    You want to be able to create new music from a blank slate. That’s why we’ve left behind the production workflow of the past, and redesigned this system for a new workflow that integrates with your DAW. The FA-06/08 is the workstation that’s been newly reborn from zero.
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: ROM, Sampling
    Oscillators: "*"
    Waveforms: ROM
    ROM Resolution: 44.1 kHz
    Osc Modulation: After Touch, Breath Controller, Continuous Controller, D-Beam, Envelope, Input, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Oscillator, Pedal, Glide / Portamento, Ribbon, Velocity
    Sampling: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz, Loop, One Shot (Phrase), Multi-Sample
    Envelopes: 3
    Evelope Paramerters: Initional Level, Delay, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Sustain Level, Release, Freerun, Looping, Monophonic, Offset, Slope, Time
    Filters: 1
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, Band Reject, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
    Filter Modulation: Breath Controller, Envelope, Input, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Oscillator, Pedal, Portamento
    LFO: 3
    LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Delay, Freerun, Key Sync
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 128
    Timbrality: 16
    Tuning: Atonal, Micro, Standard
    Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Split
    Patches RAM: 2000
    Patches ROM: 2000
    Multipatches RAM: 64
    Multipatches ROM: 64
    Storage: Internal, USB
    Editing: MIDI, USB
    You can create your own original
    Arpeggio Style by importing SMF into an
    arpeggio user style. For details, refer to
    “Importing a Computer SMF File into
    an Arpeggio Style (Import SMF)”.
    Hold OFF, ON Turn the hold function on/off.
    Variation 1–
    The arpeggiator provides several variations
    (performance patterns) for each arpeggio
    style. This parameter selects the variation
    number. The number of variations will differ
    according to the arpeggio style.
    Sets the order in which notes of the chord will sound.
    UP Notes you press will be sounded, from low
    to high.
    DOWN Notes you press will be sounded, from high
    to low.
    Notes you press will be sounded, from low
    to high, and then back down from high
    to low.
    RANDOM Notes you press will be sounded, in random
    Notes you press will be sounded in the
    order in which you pressed them. By
    pressing the notes in the appropriate order
    you can produce melody lines. Up to 128
    notes will be remembered.
    Each chromatic step between the highest
    and lowest notes you press will sound
    in succession, repeating upward and
    downward. Press only the lowest and the
    highest notes.
    CHORD All notes you press will sound
    The timing at which keys will sound will be
    assigned automatically, giving priority to
    the lowest key that was pressed.
    The timing at which keys will sound will be
    assigned automatically, giving priority to
    the highest key that was pressed.
    Pressing a single key will sound the phrase
    based on the pitch of that key. If multiple
    keys are pressed, the last-pressed key will
    be valid.
    Specifies the loudness of the notes that
    you play. If you want the velocity value of
    each note to depend on how strongly you
    play the keyboard, set this parameter to
    “REAL.” If you want each note to have a
    fixed velocity regardless of how strongly
    you play the keyboard, set this parameter
    to the desired value

    Parameter Value Explanation
    Range -3–+3
    Sets the key range in octaves over which
    arpeggio will take place. If you want the
    arpeggio to sound using only the notes
    that you actually play, set this parameter to
    “0.” To have the arpeggio sound using the
    notes you play and notes 1 octave higher,
    set this parameter to “+1.” A setting of “-1”
    will make the arpeggio sound using the
    notes you play and notes 1 octave lower.
    Accent Rate 0–100 %
    Modifies the strength of accents and the
    length of the notes to adjust the “groove”
    feel of the arpeggio. A setting of “100 %”
    will produce the most pronounced groove
    Shuffle Rate 0–100 %
    This setting lets you modify the note timing
    to create shuffle rhythms. With a setting of
    “50 %” the notes will be spaced evenly. As
    the value is increased, the note timing will
    have more of a “dotted” (shuffle) feel.
    50 50 50 50
    90 10 90 10
    Shuffle Rate = 50 %
    Shuffle Rate = 90 %
    Resolution ,
    Specifies the timing (as a note value) at
    which the notes will be heard.
    The note value can be specified as either a
    sixteenth note or an eighth note.

    Chord memory is a function that lets you register chord forms and
    then produce chords of that form simply by playing a single key
    67 effects (44 individual and 23 combinations)
    The FA’s rhythm patterns consist of performance data called<br />“patterns.”<br />In a band, the drummer typically repeats fixed sequences that<br />are one or two measures long. On the FA, each of these basic<br />sequences of performance data is called a “pattern.”<br />The FA contains preset patterns that are suitable for intro, verse, fill,<br />and ending. The pattern name indicates the type of pattern.<br />Pattern Explanation<br />Intro Performance pattern suitable for the intro<br />(introduction).<br />Verse 1, 2 The main performance patterns. 1 is the basic<br />pattern, and 2 is a more advanced form of 1.<br />Fill-In 1, 2<br />More elaborate performance patterns typically<br />inserted between phrases. Choose either 1 or 2<br />depending on the pattern that will play following<br />the fill.<br />Ending Performance pattern suitable for the end of the song.<br />The FA provides the following types of pattern.<br />Pattern Explanation<br />P (preset)<br />Preset patterns that cannot be rewritten.<br />Pattern settings that you’ve edited can be saved as a<br />user pattern.<br />U (user) Patterns that you save in the FA.
    Original, SMF export/import supported, WAV export supported

    * Sampler trigger data can be recorded.
    Case: Keyboard
    Case Details: 61
    Keyboard: 61 keys, Plastic
    Controls: Aftertouch, Breath, D-Beam, Pads, Pedal - Filter, Joy Stick, Knobs, Modulation 1/8" Jacks, Motion Control, Pedal - Patch Change, Velocity - Release , Pedal - Sustain, Tempo Knob, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
    Display Notes: 5-inch Graphic Color LCD
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 39-11/16 x 11-13/16 x 4
    Weight: 12 lbs. 10 oz.
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 4
    Inputs: 1/4", 1/8'
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU, USB
    General MIDI: GM2 - General MIDI 2
    DAC Bits: 24
    DAC Frequency Rate: 44
    Power: 1300ma
    List: 1399
    Retail: 1199
    Used: $660-$899
    Released: 2014
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