Canadian Musician - September/October 2017 - Page 68

HOT GEAR Roland FA-07 Music Workstation Roland has revamped the FA Music Workstation series with the FA-07 keyboard model, plus a Version 2.0 system update for the entire series. The FA-07 features a 76-note velocity-sensitive keyboard with semi-weighted action, providing a mid-level option to the 88-note FA-08 and 61-note FA-06. Aside from their unique keyboard config- urations, all FA instruments include the same sounds and features. Available as a free download, the Version 2.0 update includes the new Tone Remain function, which allows users to switch sounds with no notes or effect tails being unnaturally cut off. Another new enhancement is master control functionality, which has now been added to studio sets. This enables users to assign and send out a variety of MIDI messages, letting them reconfigure the FA and multiple external devices with one command. Version 2.0 is included in all new FA instruments, and is available as a user- installable update for current owners. All FAs are now bundled with a license for Ableton Live 9 Lite. For more information, contact Roland Canada: 604-270-6626, FAX 877-270-6552, www.roland.ca. 68 • C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N