Roland FA-06 Workstation Keyboard 61-Key

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

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.

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.

Pros

Balancing quality, features, portability, and cost is tough, but Roland seem to have done the impossible with the FA-06. Reviews commend all these four traits, including the sound quality of its presets, the overall versatility of the unit, its compact size and the value that they get for the money. Seamless compatibility with popular DAWs like Reason, Ableton and more also gets a lot of thumbs up. And even with its expansive feature set, most owners find it to be very easy to use. Music Radar had good things to say, and concluded their reviews with this statement: "A ton of power and sonic flexibility packed into an affordable, easy to operate, lightweight instrument."

Cons

Compared to its bigger sibling, the FA-08, this does not come with weighted keys. As expected, some patches are less appreciated.

Overall

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

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.