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FA-07: Roland added new version to the FA workstation series

FA-07: Roland added new version to the FA workstation series

The series of FA workstations, which is a budget alternative to Fantom top stations, produced in 2000-2010, till now had only 2 keyboard versions - 5 and at 7.5 octaves. Now Roland offers a new version - FA-07 - 6 octaves. Except the keyboard, the synthesizer is no different from the other models of the series. However the release of FA-07 by the Japanese company actually nails the right to be called the only 6-octave workstation in its price range replacing the slightly outdated KORG Krome 73.

Roland FA-07

Among the competitors - Yamaha MOXF and KORG Krome series - Roland FA workstations might be the most successful, not only in studio, but also on stage, thanks to the performer-oriented interface, pads and the D-beam controller, and a large full-color screen.

Yamaha MOXF has more accurate and neutral sounds, but it has an unworthy small monochrome screen, considering the brand could offer something more decent nowadays, but excellent interaction with DAW, which makes it so good for studio usage.

KORG Krome continues the traditions of architecture and interface of the late 80s - 90s when KORG M1/T/01W appeared. Moreover, it has a touch screen, and until now Krome has been the only workstation among those launched by the Japanese trio in this price segment which offered a 6-octave keyboard. But today Krome seems a little boring – it’s the oldest one of those abovementioned.

To fix the balance of power approaching Yamaha MOXF and finally conquering Krome 73, the Japanese King of stage synths pleased his fans with the release of Roland FA-07, announcing it during The Future Redefined event. Technically, the workstation has remained unchanged, offering an absolutely identical set of great sounds, built on SuperNATURAL technology, a sequencer and a sampler, encased in the same cheep plastic housing (here remember Fantoms... RIP). The keyboard is the only part which is different – there are 76 semi-weighted velocity sensitive keys, though still lacking aftertouch.

Roland FA-07 will cost about $1400.

Published: 10:41 20.06.2017
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