Roland A-800 Pro

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30.12.2014
One of the best keybeds in the wide (and sometimes dubious) market of usb keyboard controllers. If you are after professional synthesizer-kind of playability this thing can provide it.
Not class compliant in mac OS X but the required Roland usb driver is solid and you don't feel any added lagging or sluggishness when controlling VI's (assuming your sound card & system can operate at 64 (or 128) sample rate.) The editor program is fairly straightforward and easy to use and own controller presets can be stored to HW and recalled after power down without computer.
Unfortunately the plastic button and slider caps are poorly glued and in heavy use you'll start missing caps sooner than you would have expected.
The only volume/expression pedal that works properly is Roland's own EV5 (EV7)
Operates also on usb bus power but I would recommend using the external power adaptor for solid performance.
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Light to carry - 5 octaves
Jonathan5131, 09.03.2015
If you are looking for a large keyboard - 6 octaves - this is not the keyboard for you. Else if you are looking for something light to carry and with 5 octaves go for this model. Sound is acceptable
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Great KEYBOARD controller - no gimics
AJ-UK, 18.05.2013
Back in 2003 I bought a Novation Remote 25. At the time SOS said nothing could beat it. I really hated the light and variable key springs, and never got on with the software. Last year I got a shiny AKAI MAX49. Lots of clever gimmicks, but black keys in particular are much too heavy to play. Then I remembered how much I loved my Juno-6 and tried the A-800. The action is very similar to old Juno. And actually the price is the same as the 25-note Novation I bought 10 years ago.
Good points: very light and portable, build quality, keyboard action, logical control layout, controls feel, side located sockets, USB powered. Software is a bit clumsy but fine if you don't try anything fancy. I easily set up a template for an 8-channel mixer in Presonus Studio One; sliders for channel Volume and pots for Pan. Controlling soft synths with Learn function is easy.
Poor points; crude velocity response of pads, hard kbd aftertouch, custom format USB cable (included). No MMC implementation on transport buttons, have to assign them by CC. Keyboard transpose implementation is moronically complex!
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