Roland FA-06

Music Workstation and Audio-/MIDI Interface

  • Integrated audio-/MIDI interface with 16 bit / 44.1 kHz
  • 61 Velocity sensitive keys
  • 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
  • Pedal connector, 6.3 mm jack
  • 2 Controller connectors 6.3 mm jack
  • Jack input for external sound sources, 3.5 mm
  • Switchable guitar-/mic input with level control, 6.3 mm
  • Headphone connector, 6.3 mm jack
  • Sub output, 6.3 mm jack
  • Main output: 2 x 6.3 mm jack
  • USB connector for computer-/iPad
  • USB connector for updates via USB Stick
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 1008 x 300 x 101 mm
  • Weight: 5.7 kg
  • Incl. Quick Start Guide, safety instructions, SD card, SD card protector, power supply and power cable

Further information

Amount Of Keys 61
Touch Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch No
Split Zones Yes
Modulation Wheel Yes
Antal röster 128
Sound Engine Modeling, Sample based, Virtuell Analog
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
Storage Medium SD Card
USB-port Yes
Effects Yes
Arpeggiator Yes
Sampler Yes
Number of analog outputs 2
Digital Output No
Pedal Connectors 3
Optional Expansion Boards Virtuell intern
Display Yes

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Little keyboard with quite a punch.

Sebastian1132, 30.06.2014
A very capable synth from Roland packed full of nice features. Before the FA-06 was released I was torn between a full blown Fantom G6 or the more performance focused v-Synth GT but the FA-06 with it's rich feature set and relatively low price was a winner.

My only gripe with the FA-06 is the control layout as I find it restrictive for live expressive performance. Perhaps the addition of an external MIDI controller might free the potential of the sound engine but that's left to be see.

Recommended buy.
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Ultra portable workhorse for live and studio works

25.02.2016
I have a large collection of digital synth keyboards and modules (From all the big Japan, Amarican and German brands), and also use some software and hardware samplers. Composing in my on home studio and playing live keyboards in two rock/metal bands.
My old keyboards were too heavy to carry in a regular way, and in case of a live concert I had to take a lot of equipment on stage, not mentioning the installation and "uninstallation" after the concert. Many clubs could accomodate only 1 stereo line from my keys, so in the past I also had to carry my own mixer in addition....

I was looking for a keyboard with the following parameters:
- large soundbank
- expandable sounds
- built in sampler
- sequencer
- portable
- SD card storage

Roland FA-06 was the right choice. Its truly lightweight, and I have no longer to mess around with floppy disks.
Thanks to the onboard sampler - I can sample my studio synthesizers / VA / VST instruments, and launch all the special effects and soudns from the FA-06.

So my true advantage that when I travel to concert or to a rehearsal with my band, I really need only this keyboard to carry, this is my all-in-one solution.

Ah' the sound engine: I play very different musical styles: my own compositions are mainly electronica / ambient. In the rock / metal bands we play rock/metal covers and also compose our own songs. FA-06 could be easily adopted to sound environment.
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