With the incredible FR-8x, Roland has perfected the synergy between traditional accordion playability and modern digital power. The latest flagship piano-type V-Accordion is jam-packed with features and enhancements developed with input from the world’s top players, bringing a previously unattained level of expression and versatility to every accordionist. Innovative Dynamic Bellows Behavior technology delivers the true bellows response of an acoustic accordion, while the expanded sound set, four powerful multi-effects, an onboard looper, and much more offer a treasure chest of tools for dynamic musical exploration. Seamlessly fusing top-level technology with familiar acoustic tradition, the FR-8x V-Accordion ushers in a new era of creative freedom for players everywhere.
- Flagship piano-type V-Accordion, filled with many enhancements requested by pro accordionists
- Newly developed Dynamic Bellows Behavior technology emulates the true bellows response of an acoustic accordion in every register
- Simple and convenient onboard battery charging with an AC adapter
- A large selection of accordion sounds from around the world, plus 180 orchestra and percussion sounds and world-class Virtual Tone Wheel organs
- Four powerful multi-effects engines (MFX), with dedicated MFX for Accordion, Orchestra 1, Orchestra 2, and Orchestra Chord sections
- All-new user interface, featuring a large, easy-to-read color display, intuitive panel layout, and three programmable chin switches for hands-free control of a variety of functions
- 1,400 user program memories allow players to save custom setups for every performing situation
- Onboard looper for creating instant backing accompaniment
- Recording, audio playback, and more via convenient USB memory; USB COMPUTER port for integrating with MIDI music software
Exclusively at Kraft Music, the Dale Mathis Edition
Your new Roland V-Accordion will be fully inspected, calibrated, and upgraded by Kraft Music with the Dale Mathis custom sound set. This provides a fat, rich tone that is far superior to the original factory versions. Dale Mathis has spent thousands of hours creating custom sounds, including Cordovox organ, Yankovic Solovox organ, stereo sax, stereo trumpets, and Hawaiian guitar, making this accordion sound terrific the first time you play it. The Dale Mathis Edition 8x model includes 532 custom User Programs and 3 custom User Sets. Visit www.dalemathisaccordion.com for a complete list of custom sounds. You'll also find more than 300 pieces of free sheet music as well as numerous lessons and help videos. When you purchase a V-Accordion from Kraft Music you will also receive free support from Dale Mathis himself!
True Acoustic Response with Dynamic Bellows Behavior
Newly developed for the FR-8x, Dynamics Bellows Behavior technology represents a real breakthrough for digital accordionists. In an acoustic accordion, sounds are produced by reeds that vibrate with airflow generated by the movement of the bellows; the resistance of the bellows constantly varies, depending on how many reeds are selected and how many notes are played at once. In the FR-8x, Dynamic Bellows Behavior automatically adjusts the air transfer in the bellows in real time based on the selected register and the number of notes played, accurately replicating the familiar and comfortable bellows feel of an acoustic accordion. Dynamic Bellows Behavior can be easily disabled for players that prefer the bellows feel of previous V-Accordions.
Redesigned Interface with Color Display and Intuitive Panel Layout
The FR-8x features a completely redesigned user interface that’s more powerful and easier to use than ever before. A large, recessed color display makes it simple to see and edit various parameters, while the revamped panel layout provides fast, intuitive operation via many dedicated buttons and knobs. Three all-new programmable chin switches let you control a variety of functions such as changing registers, selecting user programs, and more, all without lifting your hands off the keyboards. Additionally, 1400 user program memories provide ample storage for custom settings, with quick fingertip recall in every performing situation.
All-in-One Operation and Onboard Battery Charging
The FR-8x is a totally self-contained instrument, complete with a rechargeable onboard battery and built-in stereo amplification system. Battery charging is accomplished simply by connecting the included AC adapter directly to the FR-8x, and you can play without interruption during the charging process. In addition, all device connections are now located right on the instrument, including MIDI, USB, and audio jacks for connecting to an external amplification or recording system.
Expanded Collection of World-Class Sounds
In addition to a full selection of authentic accordion sounds from around the world, the FR-8x is equipped with over 180 orchestra and percussion sounds, giving you the power to expand your music into unexplored territory. Included are traditional instruments such as strings and brass, plus electric and acoustic guitars, choir, church organ, harp, ethnic sounds, synthesizers, and a wide range of drum kits. With the Virtual Tone Wheel sound engine, you can play amazing organ sounds using Treble (upper), Chord (lower) and Bass (pedal) sections, with harmonic bar controls to personalize your organ sounds for any musical style. Four internal memory areas (8 MB each) are provided for loading new sounds from the Roland sound library.
Zones, Layers, and Drums
With the FR-8x, more layering and zone setup options are possible in the right-hand keyboard modes than ever before. Whole, Zone, High, and Low modes are provided, giving you the ability to play up to four different tones at once. Left-hand keyboard modes now include layering options as well. The programmable Drum function takes accordion performance to a fun new dimension, letting you play percussion sounds manually with the Bass & Chord buttons.
Powerful Multi-Effects and Onboard Looper
Explore all-new sonic textures with the FR-8x’s four independent multi-effects engines (MFX), which provide dedicated processing for the Accordion, Orchestra 1, Orchestra 2, and Orchestra Chord sections. Each engine has 84 different effects types, offering a wide range of enhancement from subtle to dramatic. With the onboard looper, you can instantly record and overdub accordion performances using the FR-8x’s enormous selection of sounds, creating impressive, on-the-spot backing accompaniment for improvisation.
USB Song Playback, Recording, and More
The handy MP3/WAV song player lets you play along with pre-recorded musical tracks for practice and live backing via optional USB memory. Just plug your USB stick into the convenient front-panel USB MEMORY port, then select and play songs with dedicated, easy-to-reach controls. With the touch of a button, your accordion performances can be recorded directly to USB memory as well, perfect for archiving, evaluation, and education. USB memory also offers a convenient way to save/load customized accordion sets and install new sounds and software updates. The USB COMPUTER port on the side panel opens up the world of modern music production to accordionists, providing the ability to easily connect the FR-8x to a computer and use it with popular MIDI software as a unique, expressive controller and a powerful sound engine.
|Built In Speakers
|USB and MIDI
|Included From Manufacturer
Power cord (for connecting the AC adaptor)
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack 24 V – 4500 mA
Reference caps for the bass buttons
Accordion soft bag
|Product Unique Features
|Dale Mathis Edition custom sound set installed by Kraft Music
| OUTPUT jacks L/Mono (Treble), R/Mono (Bass): 1/4” phone type
PHONES jack: 1/4” phone type
| Right Hand: 41 keys: piano type with velocity sensitive and aftertouch
Piano type/Button type 120 bass buttons velocity sensitive. Standard, Free Bass mode, Orch. Bass, Orch. Chord, Orch. Free Bass
|26 lbs. 11 oz.
|Number of Sounds
|100 Accordion Sets, each one including: 14 Treble Registers, 7 Bass/Chord registers, 7 Free Bass registers, 7 Orchestra Free Bass registers, 7 Orchestra Bass registers, 7 Orchestra Chord registers, 180 Orchestral sounds (28 real time + others selectable b
|2 x 25 W
|2 x 9 cm
|USB Flash Drive;Internal
|Voices of Polyphony
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