FR-8x (Black)

V-Accordion

FR-8x (Black): V-Accordion

Where tradition and technology combine

Features

The FR-8x is a digital accordion that plays like your favourite acoustic accordions - and sounds like them too. Roland has worked with some of the world’s top accordion players to develop Dynamic Bellows Behaviour, a new technology that delivers the true bellows response of an acoustic accordion, powered by a wide range of authentic accordion sounds from around the world. Designed for professional players, the FR-8x includes built-in speakers and a rechargeable battery so you can take your music to the world. You also get 180 orchestral and percussion sounds, plus the ability to add effects and record your performance via the onboard looper.

  • Flagship piano-type V-Accordion, filled with many enhancements requested by pro accordionists
  • Newly developed Dynamic Bellows Behaviour 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 colour 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 and audio playback via convenient USB memory; USB host port for connecting to computers
  • Available in red and black finishes
A digital accordion that plays like an acoustic

An accordion is an incredibly tactile instrument, full of subtlety and nuance, and the player must feel connected to the instrument at all times. Because of this, Roland’s new Dynamic Bellows Behaviour technology recreates the authentic feel of acoustic accordion bellows.

Think about how an acoustic accordion works; the sounds are produced by reeds that vibrate with airflow generated by the movement of the bellows, and 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 Behaviour automatically adjusts the air transfer in the bellows in real time, based on the selected register and the number of notes played. This accurately replicates the feel of an acoustic accordion, for a comfortable and familiar response that will please traditional players. If you prefer the bellows feel of previous V-Accordions, Dynamic Bellows Behaviour can be easily disabled.

Enjoyable to play, intuitive to use

It’s powerful, but the FR-8x is also reassuringly simple to use, with a large colour screen and fast, intuitive operation via the many dedicated buttons. Three programmable chin switches allow control of a variety of functions like changing registers or user programs without lifting your hands off the keyboard, while 1,400 user memories allow you to save custom settings for every type of gig or performance.

Go wherever your music takes you – indoors or out

There’s no point having all this technology if you’re tied to a power point. The FR-8x is a totally self-contained instrument, complete with a rechargeable onboard battery and built-in stereo amplification system. You can charge the battery by connecting the included AC adapter directly to the FR-8x, and then play without interruption as it charges. 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.

Wide range of accordion sounds plus 180 orchestral sounds

Although the sound of an accordion is undoubtedly beautiful, it’s great to have a choice of several accordion sounds to suit your mood. The FR-8x goes even further than that too, so as well as a range of authentic accordion sounds from around the world, you also have over 180 orchestra and percussion sounds, so you can explore new and exciting musical directions. 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 personalise your organ sounds for any musical style.

All these extra sounds can be used with the on-board looper to build up your musical performance one instrument at a time; you could start with bass, add strings, then brass or guitar – before improvising over the top with your favourite accordion sounds. Four internal memory areas (8 MB each) are provided for loading new sounds from the Roland sound library so you’ll never get bored of the sounds on-board.

Add zones, layers, and drum functions for more flexibility

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 lets you play percussion sounds manually with the Bass & Chord buttons – something that the crowd will never have seen before.

Powerful Multi-Effects and Onboard Looper

Although the FR-8x is a traditional instrument at heart, there’s always room for some exciting performance-enhancing additions. The onboard looper lets you instantly record and overdub accordion performances using the FR-8x’s enormous selection of sounds, creating impressive, on-the-spot backing accompaniment for improvisation.

You can take the onboard sounds of the FR-8x even further too, by applying the 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 enhancements from subtle to dramatic.

USB Song Playback, Recording, and More

The versatile USB memory port allows you to play along with pre-recorded MP3/WAV audio for practice or live backing; just connect your USB stick, select your song with the easy-to-reach controls and start playing. Your accordion performances can be recorded directly to USB memory as well, perfect for archiving, evaluation, and education – or even just a permanent memento of your best gigs. The USB port can even connect your FR-8x to a computer for data storage, editing of V-Accordion sound sets, and easy installation of software updates.

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Specs

Keyboard, Bass & Bellows
Right hand
41 keys: piano type with velocity sensitive and aftertouch
Left hand
Piano type/Button type 120 bass buttons velocity sensitive. Standard, Free Bass mode, Orch. Bass, Orch. Chord, Orch. Free Bass
Bass & Chord Mode
2 Bs Rows, 3 Bs Rows A-7th, 3 Bs Rows A-5dim, 3 Bs Rows B-7th, 3 Bs Rows B-5dim, 3 Bs Rows Bx-7th , 3 Bs Rows Belgium
Free Bass Mode
Minor 3rd, Bajan, Fifth, North Europe, Finnish
Bellows
Advanced “Dynamic Bellows Behavior” technology to manage the behavior of bellows
Bellows Resistance
On, Off, -63 to 0 to +64
Bellows curve
Fixed Low, Fixed Med, Fixed High, X-Light, Light, Standard, Heavy, X-Heavy
Sound source
Max polyphony
128 voices
Tones (Accordion Set)
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 by MENU), 18 Drum Sets
Reed Footages
7 Treble, 5 Bass, 3 Chord, 2 Free Bass
Additional sounds
Upload from USB memory and saved on internal memory
Orchestral sounds
180: 28 real time (14x2) the others selectable by MENU
Organ sounds (Virtual Tone Wheel)
32 presets for Treble, Chord and Free Bass sections, 16 presets x Bass section Up to 28 Harmonic Bar combinations customizable, can be controlled and shaped by bellows.
Orchestral Bass sounds
180: 7 real time, the others selectable by MENU
Orchestral Chord sounds
180: 7 real time, the others selectable by MENU
Orchestral Free Bass sounds
180: 7 real time, the others selectable by MENU
Drum Sets
18
User Programs
1,400: 100 User Program Bank x 14 registers
APBM (Advanced Physical Behavior Modeling)
Noises
Stopping-reed growl, Closing valve noise, Left button noise
Individual Reed Simulation
Hysteresis threshold, Expression curve, Pressure variant filter, Pressure variant pitch deviation
Switching Reed Sound Wave
By bellows acceleration, by note repetition speed
Bellows opening/closing sound change
By bellows opening/closing detection
Bellows Behavior
Dynamic Bellows Behavior technology for a perfect simulation of the bellows behavior in an acoustic accordion
Musette Tuning
Micro-Tuning Presets
16 Types: Off, Dry, Classic, F-Folk, American L/H, North Europe, German L/H, D-Folk L/H, Alpine, Italian L/H, French, Scottish
Fine Tuning reed footages 8- / 8+
-100 to 0 to +100
Effects
Reverb/Chorus/Delay
8 types, 8 types, 10 types
MFX multi effects
MFX x 4 (84 types) for: Accordion, Orchestra 1, Orchestra 2, Orch Chord/Orch Free Bass
Rotary for Organ sound
Slow/Fast with Vibrato, Chorus, Overdrive and VK-Rotary
“Cassotto” simulation
Yes
Panel Controls
Knob controls & Registers
Volume, Balance, Reverb Chorus, Delay, Effect (assignable knob), 14 x Accordion/Orchestra1/Orchestra2/Organ
Encoder
Data Edit with Enter
Navigation switches
Up, Down, Menu/Write, Exit/Jump
Other switches
Set Up, Set Down, Orch 1 On/Off, Orch 2 On/Off, Organ On/Off, Accordion On/Off, Orch Bass On/Off, Orch Chord/Free Bass On/Off, Free Bass On/Off, Bass&Chord On/Off, Drums On/Off, Bass to Treble On/Off, User Program On/Off, Song List On/Off, Power On/Off, Charge On/Off, Loop/Wave/MP3 player: Loop, Reset/Stop, Play/Pause, Audio Rec
Chin switches
3 programmable chin switches
Additional switches
6 user assignable function switches on last row of bass buttons
Operation mode
Accordion, Orchest1/Organ, Orchest2, Drum
Zone, High, Low
Octave
-1, 0, +1 for Treble, -3, 0, +3 for Orchest1, Orchest2
Drum Shift
-36 to 0 to +36
Orchestra Chord Guitar Mode
Gtr Table1, Gtr Table2, Gtr Table3
Sound Edit
Orchest1, Orchest2, Orch Bass, Orch Chord, Orch Free Bass
Bass to Treble
On/Off
Part Mute
Accordion, Orchest 1, Orchest 2, Organ, Bass&Chord, Free Bass, Orch Bass, Orch Chord, Orch Free Bass
Bass & Chord with drum/percussion sounds
Programmable drum/percussion sounds for Bass/Orch Bass 2 rows, Chord/Orchestra Chord 4 rows.
Audio Player and Audio REC
MP3/Wave player from USB memory and REC on USB
Audio Loop
REC (with Overdub function) and Play
Speakers Off
On/Off adjustable via Menu parameter
Editing and Write
Full parameters for each section – New Graphic User Interface
MIDI functions
Ext. Seq. Playback (MIDI IN) or USB Computer
Accordion, Bass&Chord, Orchest1, Orchest2, Organ, Orch Bass, Orch Chord, Orch Free Bass, ALL (Local Off function)
Start/Stop MIDI TX
Send Start/Stop by pushing Alpha dial
Other
Display
Color LCD 2.4”, 320 x 240 dots
Rated Power Output
2 x 25 W
Speakers
2 x 9 cm neodymium speakers 2 x Tweeters
Wave Expansion
4 internal areas (8 MB each) to load new sounds
Power supply
AC adaptor Rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack 24 V – 4500 mA * Expected battery life under continuous use: 8 hours speaker ON mode, 11 hours speaker OFF mode
Onboard Connectors
OUTPUT jacks L/Mono (Treble), R/Mono (Bass): 1/4” phone type PHONES jack: 1/4” phone type MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors USB MEMORY port: type A USB COMPUTER port: type B DC IN connector
Accessories
AC Adaptor Power cord (for connecting the AC adaptor) Rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack 24 V – 4500 mA Owner’s Manual Reference caps for the bass buttons Straps Accordion cloth Accordion soft bag
Option (sold separately)
USB flash memory (M-UF2G) Headphones: RH-200, RH-300 Rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack 24 V – 4500 mA Footswitch
Size and Weight (weight: without straps)
Width
543 mm
21-7/16 inches
Depth
280 mm
11-1/16 inches
Height
415 mm
16-6/16 inches
Weight
12.1 kg
26 lbs. 11 oz.

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