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Roland A-800PRO - USB Controller

B&H # ROA800PKC Mfr # A-800PRO-R
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You Pay: $399.00
Product Highlights
  • 61 Keys
  • 45 Assignable Controls
  • 9 Sliders
  • 8 Dynamic Pads
  • Production Plus Pack Music Software
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

The A-800PRO from Cakewalk is a 61-key USB/MIDI controller that features a Roland keybed, and can be used in the studio, on-stage, or anywhere else you feel inspired to create music. The ultra sensitive keyboard provides an expanded dynamic feel, while new aftertouch sensors let you play more expressively.

The keyboard also features 8 velocity-sensitive, lighted dynamic pads for finger drumming and triggering loops and samples, with a HOLD button for latching. Console-style faders provide an improved feel while making tweaks and adjustments, and a dedicated transport section can be remapped if desired. A brightly lit LED display helps navigate the system menu.

The included Editor software makes creating new control maps, and transferring them to the A-PRO, simple and easy. And a Production Plus Pack software bundle includes Cakewalk Sound Center, Rapture LE and Studio Instruments Drums for Mac and PC, as well as SONAR 8.5 LE (PC Only), allowing you to start making music instantly.

Professional 61-Key USB Controller for Mac or PC
  • A keyboard controller that you can use in the studio, on-stage, or anywhere you feel inspired to create music
  • Perfect keyboard for use with a wide variety of software on a Mac or PC based computer, including Ableton Live, Cubase, FL Studio, Garage Band, Logic, Nuendo, Pro Tools, SONAR and the included Production Plus Pack
  • Easy to set up - plug-in a USB cable, and you'll be making music in no time
Roland-Quality Instrument
  • The key mechanism provides aftertouch and increased sensitivity for a wide range of expressive dynamics
  • Rounded key assemblies offer responsive reaction to your touch and allow for more comfortable glissando
  • Enhancements have been made to eliminate vertical shake and reduce the already low mechanical noise on key strokes
  • With selectable velocity curves you can fine tune the controller to match your playing style.
Everything at Your Fingertips
  • Ergonomically designed, with all controls easily accessible and intelligently laid out 9 knobs, 9 sliders, 4 buttons and a dedicated Transport section offer fully assignable control of all the features
  • Sure-grip, rubber-coated pitch bend/modulation stick offers expressive control of both functions at the same time
  • The A-300PRO Editor for Mac and PC makes it a breeze to customize the controller for use with your favorite synthesizer or DAW - just open the editor, adjust your Control Map, and hit transmit
  • When you're working with an ACT (Active Controller Technology) enabled DAW like SONAR, parameters will remap automatically, allow you to stay focused on your music
Dynamic Pads
  • 8 velocity sensitive dynamic pads can be used to trigger grooves, samples, or one shots on the fly with your favorite DAW, sampler, or virtual instrument like the included Cakewalk Sound Center or Studio Instruments Drums
  • Hold control "latches" the pads
  • Aftertouch, velocity, and controller data can be assigned to the pads for greater expression
In The Studio or On Stage
  • You can always clearly see what you're doing with the ultra-bright, backlit LED display and buttons
  • Works with USB bus power, so if you have your laptop you're ready to make music anywhere
Easy Connections with Side Panel Ports
  • The A-800PRO provides easy access connections on the side panel so that you can have a computer monitor or laptop in the ideal position behind the keyboard - a must for educational use
  • Connect USB, MIDI In/Out, hold and expression pedals without having to reach behind the keyboard
FPT Low-Latency MIDI Transmission
  • Offers MIDI Transmission using Roland's proprietary FPT (Fast Processing Technology), providing stable, high speed, low latency and low jitter MIDI transmission
  • When working with virtual instruments, FPT provides lower latencies to give you the feel of playing a real instrument
Production Plus Pack
  • Suite of music creation software includes SONAR 8.5 LE recording software (PC only), and 3 high-quality and versatile virtual instruments for Mac and PC - Rapture LE, Cakewalk Sound Center, and Studio Instruments Drums
Keyboard 61 semi-weighted keys, velocity and aftertouch sensitive
Presets Yes
User Memory Shared with Presets
Controllers 1 x Pitch Bend/Modulation Wheel
8 x Drum Pads (velocity sensitive)
9 x Rotary Controls
9 x Sliders
1 x Value Knob
9 x Transport controls
15 x Switches
Output USB
1 x MIDI
Inputs USB
1 x MIDI
1 x 1/4" TS Sustain Pedal (pedal not included)
1 x 1/4" TRS Expression Pedal (pedal not included)
Display Backlit 16 x 2 character LCD
Power Requirements USB powered
9VDC, 300mA via optional power adapter
Dimensions (WxDxH) 39.5 x 9.9 x 3.6" (1002 x 251 x 91mm)
Weight 9.9 lbs (4.5kg)
System Compatibility Mac OS X
Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
Standalone mode
Specialties FPT (Fast Processing Technology) provides stable, high speed, low latency and low jitter MIDI transmission
Roland A-800PRO - USB Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    RolandA-800PRO - USB Controller
     
    4.3

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (4)
    • Compact (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (3)
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      5.0

      Roland Lives Up To Its Name

      By Keytar

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Works With Mainstage 2

      Cons

      • None so far

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Roland A-800PRO - USB Controller:

      I've been a Roland fan for many years, owned many Roland keyboards and the Ax-Synth. That's why when I had to make a decision between the Akai and the Roland, it was really no question. Glad I chose the Roland. There is some set up involved (its not a plug-n-play), but if you follow the directions to the letter you will have absolutely no problem (miss a step and you will have a problem as I found out). This set-up takes maybe 10 minutes at the most.

      I use Mainstage 2 on the Macbook Pro and the Roland A800Pro works great with it. I would definitely recommend this midi-controller.

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      3.0

      Mostly good

      By evan

      from talent OR

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Small Unweighted Keys

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Roland A-800PRO - USB Controller:

      Good product. Very compact and light which is why I bought it. All knobs and buttons feel great. Solid construction. The only downside is that the keys are a bit smaller than a normal keyboard and dont have really weight to them at all.

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      4.0

      Quality Hardware, OK Software

      By Myrtle LaFave

      from the Pacific Northwest

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Roland A-800PRO - USB Controller:

      This is my 4th keyboard midi controller. I've had products from Novation (Remote LE 25), Akai (MP49), Arturia (Analog Lab 49). I still own the Novation, even without automapping (it was just before that was implemented) it has fantastic software functionality and the keys are excellent. The Akai felt flimsy and toy-like, though the software was pretty good. The Arturia would have been fine but the editor for midi control was very buggy.

      Of these, I like the keys, knobs and sliders of the Roland the best. The editor lacks some of the functionality of the Novation and Akai units (two-way instant communication, the ability to choose step amounts on buttons- it allows only increasing by one). However, it does offer a wide variety of midi messages to send- sysex, 'free' midi messages (not even sure what that is), so it does have good capabilities. Realize, however, that you will have to spend time setting up templates for synths- the editor only comes with mapping for the most popular sequencing programs and, unless I am missing something, no templates for VSTs.

      Overall quite pleased with this and believe that it will be in my setup for a long while.

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      5.0

      no regrets

      By musicmike

      from jefferson, texas

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Roland A-800PRO - USB Controller:

        I'm no expert yet, but so far I love this controller. Mainly bought it for the interface with sonar and I'm not disappointed. Still learning.all the midi stuff but having a blast. I prefer a weighted piano but am surprised how good the feel of keyboard is.

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