Roland FA-06 Workstation Keyboard 61-Key

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93 out of 100. Incorporating 325+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$1,450
Roland FA-06 Workstation Keyboard 61-Key

Tech Specs

  • Keys: 61 Synth-Action keys
  • Polyphony: 128
  • Sound Engine(s): SuperNATURAL Acoustic, SuperNATURAL Synth, SuperNATURAL Drum Kit, PCM Synth, PCM Drum Kit
  • Controllers: Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever, 2x Assignable Switch (S1/S2), 6 x Control Knob, Sample Pad, Tempo Knob
  • Effects: 16-part Multi-FX, 29 x Roland TFX, 3 x Chorus, 6 x Reverb, 6 x Drum Compression/EQ
  • Audio Recording: Yes
  • Audio Playback: Yes
  • Sequencer: 16 MIDI Tracks
  • Audio Inputs: 1/8" x Aux, 1 x 1/4" (Mic/Guitar)
  • Audio Outputs: 1/4" x Line-out (L/MONO, R), 1 x 1/4" Stereo-out phone type
  • MIDI: In/Out/USB
  • Other Connections: Foot Pedal Jacks: 1 x CTRL 1, 1 x CTRL 2, 1 x HOLD
  • USB: 1 x Type A, 1 x Type B
  • Power Supply: 9V DC Power Supply
  • Dimensions: 36.69"x 11.81" x 12.62"
  • Weight: 12.62 lbs.

Gearank Recommendation

The FA-06 appeared on our recommended list for Keyboard Workstations Between $1000 and $2000 from May 2021 until February 2022 when it had been out-ranked by other workstations.

Overview

The Roland FA-06 is a portable and streamlined approach to workstation keyboard design, it has a 61-note keybed and a compact profile while still having many of the expected functions of a workstation.

At its core is Roland's flagship tier Integra-7 sound module, along with their SuperNATURAL DSP tech used for the synth patches. This is expanded further via expansion slots or by loading more patches from Roland's Axial sound library.

It also comes with an onboard sampler complete with 16 pads and 4 banks while further sound crafting is provided by its built-in 16 independent effects engine.

For crafting songs, it comes with a built-in 16-track sequencer, rhythm pattern creator and arpeggiator.

As expected, it is compatible with most Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software, and lets you control the software right on the instrument. It even has has Guitar/Mic and Line input jacks.

Note that compared to its bigger sibling, the FA-08, this does not come with weighted keys.

With big brand backing, impressive spec sheet and high ratings, the Roland FA-06 is a portable workstation keyboard that will not disappoint.

Hands On Reports

Website Source *Rating Value
Gearspace dr_After 95/100
Gearspace cresshead 95/100
MusicTech Andy Jones 90/100
Music Radar Keyboard Magazine 93/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Keyboard Workstations.

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