Roland FA-08 Workstation Keyboard First Look

Here’s a look at Roland’s first new workstation since the Fantom-G, the FA series – Keyboard Magazine’s Dave Bryce takes a look at the Roland FA-08.

Roland is introducing the Roland FA workstations, the FA-06 & FA-08, at the 2014 NAMM Show.

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Roland Intros FA-06, FA-08 Workstation Keyboards


2014 NAMM Show: Roland today introduced its new FA music workstation series, which features a sound collection inherited from their flagship INTEGRA-7, studio-quality effects, expressive real-time controls and onboard sampling 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. The FA-06 also switches instantly from a standalone keyboard to become a powerful DAW tool, with USB audio/MIDI interfacing, powerful real-time controllers, DAW transport controls and more. Continue reading

Mashine Studio, Maschine 2.0 Now Available


Native Instruments today announced that Maschine Studio and Maschine 2.0 are now available.

  • Maschine Studio joins the family of Maschine products with expanded tactile control and two hi-resolution color displays.
  • Maschine 2.0 delivers a new mixer page, new audio engine, dynamic drum synth plug-ins and more to all three Maschine hardware versions.

Here’s the official intro video for Maschine Studio: Continue reading

MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio Now More Affordable

mpc-renaissanceAkai Professional has reduced the prices of its flagship MPC Renaissance and slimline MPC Studio controllers by $300 and $200, respectively.

  • Formerly with an estimated street price of $1299, MPC Renaissance will now sell for an estimated street price of $999.
  • MPC Studio, formerly $599, will now sell for an estimated street price of $399.

Akai also has updated the MPC Software to version 1.5, adding a MIDI Control Mode and more.

MPC Software Update Adds MIDI Control Mode & More


Akai Pro has released the latest version of the MPC software.

Key new features of version 1.5:

  • MIDI control mode: use your MPC hardware as a con?gurable MIDI control surface.
  • MPC software runs without hardware present; use MPC on the road without
  • plugging in hardware.
  • Con?gurable pulse display resolution (set this in Preferences>Sequencer)

Other improvements:

  • 6-levels now works instantly. 16-level engages as soon as you hit the button. Press and hold 16 LEVEL, then tap a pad to change pad assignment on the fly.
  • Improved project information display, including a tree-view of project contents, improved icons displaying program and sample types, and built-in sample auditioning. The sample list is context sensitive, and shows only the samples used by the current selection (i.e. the selected sequence/track/program).
  • Many UI and workflow improvements.
  • Purge samples workflow improvement.
  • Next sequence mode and song mode show sequence loop points in the timeline.
  • Improved timeline editing. You can now extend a sequence and set loop points directly in the timeline.
  • Improved stability hosting various third party plugins.
  • Improved drag and drop capabilities.
  • Plugin editor window position made persistent.
  • Improved behavior when an audio interface is removed.
  • MPC saves the master level and submix levels in project files.
  • Support for MPC Element hardware.
  • Compatibility with MPC Essentials projects.
  • Performance enhancements.
  • Many bugfixes and stability enhancements.

See the Akai Pro site for details.