Dave Bryce checks out Roland’s first new workstation since the Fantom-G, the FA series.
Roland has announced two new workstation keyboards, the FA-08 and FA-06, which it says meet the needs of anyone who wants an instrument that they can use both on stage and in the studio.
Featuring a built-in audio interface, DAW integration, more than 2000 sounds from the Integra-7 sound module and an 88-note weighted action keyboard, the FA-08 weighs in at 16kg. It comes with a 16-track sequencer, and each of the 16 available parts can access its own effects engine, which sports 67 effect types. The UK price is £1529.
Full specs are below. The FA-06 boasts very similar specs but comes with a 61-note velocity-sensitive keyboard. It retails for £975. You can find out more about both models on the Roland website.
Featuring a huge selection of Roland’s best sounds, a 16-track sequencer, seamless DAW integration, an easy-to-use sampler, and much more, the new FA series completely reimagines the music workstation for effortless real-time power, ultra-fast workflow, and maximum versatility.
One Yamaha TX81z in performance mode (8 sounds max on keyboard). No Fx, no mastering. Drumkit is composed of basics presets sounds. Heavier bassdrum can be made with editing.
Sequence via computer
Yet another FM synthesizer from Yamaha, this one comes in a compact, multitimbral, 1-unit rackmount module and is basically a key-less version of the DX-11. It has far more professional features than its relative, the FB-01. The TX81Z features great FM type synth sounds similar also to the DX-21 and DX-27. It’s still not as good as the classic DX-7, but it’s an inexpensive source of those sounds with lots of programmability. Eight voice polyphony, 128 preset sounds, 32 user and lots of functions hidden behind 11 push buttons.
The TX81Z features a new ability to use waveforms other than just a sine wave. There are eight voices that can be split, layered and detuned. Also onboard are pseudo-effects including delay and reverb. These features can be stored as performance setups. The effects are simply envelope and re-triggering effects. The TX81Z works great as a sound-module for any live or studio production. It’s got a wider range of sounds than the DX-7, may not be quite as warm or ‘classic’ sounding, but at its low price and with the excellent MIDI implementation it makes a great alternative or backup synth for percussive, punchy FM synth sounds.
We start with a great demo of the Yamaha CS80 illustrating how Vangelis used presets for many of his signature sounds, music for free – NJ White AKA Whitey lets of steam about an approach from Betty TV, Cassette documentary in the making and finally the panel is split on news of the new Yamaha Tyros 5.
Background video information:
Hi everyone! SynthFreq here with a new composition titled “Industrial World” written by Crystal (msMotif-6), performed by Danielle and Crystal using the following synths:
Jupiter-8: filtered bell patch
Roland D-50: bright ice
Roland Alpha Juno-1: Z-lead
Roland A-90ex: split syn bass/(midi) to JV-1080 pulse lead
Yamaha Motif-6: percussion live set
Here’s a simple 8 bar vamp with elaborate percussion I composed on Finale. Nord Lead begins playing at (0:40).
“I created controller patches for the Nord and MU80 on the Nord Modular G1. There are no Nord Modular sounds in this, although it was used as the main controller. Whoever messes around with their portamento settings on their MU80? Easily when the midi CCs are mapped to a controller. Also switched in and out of ‘modulated delay’ preset on the Lexicon MX300. I didn’t want the delay on during the complex drumfills.”
Compact in size, but underneath packing a massive xg punch, with 8mb of stunning wave samples, and 64 note polyphony with 2 independent midi inputs, this is the connoisseurs choice in XG devices. With the same simple but powerful user interface as it’s baby brother, the MU50, but with the added bonus of also acting as an analogue effects processor for vocals/guitar/saxophone or anything else you need to process, this is the ultimate in XG.
Vintage synthesizer demo track featuring the classic Yamaha DX7
all synthesizer sounds: YAMAHA DX7 II FD FM-Synthesizer (1987)
recording: multi-tracking without midi
fx: reverb and delay
The demo shows typical and not so typical FM sounds. a bit PPG and Fairlight like.
“I like this synth a lot! Yamaha should built a DX7 III with realtime controller like the old PSS FM keyboards, with internal arpeggiator, step sequencer and a fx unit with reverb and delay and chorus. this would be fantastic.“
Well the reviewer ain’t to happy 😉
Craptastic Yamaha drum machine from 1985 featuring Latin sounds. Boring as hell. Get a Roland TR727 instead!
A quick play of the sounds and several patterns.
Quick demonstration of a pair of mid 80’s drum machines. Demo starts out with dry, direct signals from the machines and then I add a little reverb from Alesis MultiMix 8 at the very end. These machines are popular with circuit benders.
An ’80s-style ditty showcasing a few classic sounds of three of the most iconic instruments of that era: Emulator II, DX7, and LinnDrum.
Emulator II: Marcato Strings, Choir, Strings Plus
DX7: Bass, Tubular Bells, Marimba
LinnDrum: drum & percussion patterns
“UNFORTUNATELY I inadvertently left an aux open on the mixer and the LinnDrum spilled on the tracks, causing the flanging effect but it’s still listenable. I will re-upload a better version when I have a chance.”
Here is a tune ‘anode8’ made entirely of sounds from the Yamaha DX-21, RX-11, and FB-01 machines, with a classic detroit techno vibe. To keep with the period sound, he used a Realistic Reverb unit as well as a Shure EQ from the early 80’s. Sounds used include:
RX-11 drum sounds
Electric Drum (sub kick)
Solid Bass (aka Lately Bass)
Demo of the new AUFX DUB from Kymatica, tested this with the Yamaha DD65 kit and the Korg Wavedrum Global running through the iPad via a Behringer UCA222. Then into Audiobus and into Cubasis. The recorded reggae drum pattern that plays about half way through was programmed with DM1 then treated with the other AUFX SPACE reverb app, and had some compression from Cubasis added..
AUFX:Dub. A highly tweakable stereo delay audio effect, suitable for everything from clean digital delays to filthy dub echoes and broken cassette tapes. It features tape simulation (noise and warble), filters in the delay loop for typical dub sound, stereo detune, ping-pong delay, and more
All AUFX apps have the following features:
- High quality 32-bit DSP engine.
- Process hardware input/output or other apps through Audiobus (input/filter/output slots supported).
- Ready for the future inter-app audio standard.
- Fully MIDI controllable, including Virtual MIDI.
- Built-in look-ahead limiter to avoid clipping.
- Background Audio.
- Save and load user presets.
- Comes with several bundled presets.
- Record the result directly in app.
- Email recordings or export to AudioShare audio document manager app.
- Access user presets and recordings through iTunes File Sharing.