Los Angeles, CA, April 4, 2013 — Roland is proud to announce the FR-8x (piano-type) and FR-8xb (button-type) V-Accordions, the new flagship models in the company’s acclaimed digital accordion lineup. Both models are filled with all-new features and enhancements developed through requests from professional accordionists, including Dynamic Bellows Behavior technology, onboard battery charging, new sounds and effects, a built-in looper, and many others.
Dynamics Bellows Behavior technology is a true breakthrough for digital accordionists, delivering a playing response identical to an acoustic accordion. By adjusting the air transfer in the bellows in real time depending on the selected register and the number of notes played, Dynamic Bellows Behavior replicates the true acoustic accordion bellows feel that is comfortable and familiar to traditional players.
Both the FR-8x and FR-8xb have onboard batteries that can be charged simply by connecting an included AC adapter directly to the instrument. All external device connections are located on the instruments as well, including MIDI, USB, and audio.
In addition to a full selection of traditional accordion sounds from around the world, the FR-8x and FR-8xb are equipped with over 180 orchestra and percussion sounds, plus world-class Virtual Tone Wheel organs. Four powerful multi-effects engines (MFX) are also onboard, with dedicated MFX for Accordion, Orchestra 1, Orchestra 2, and Orchestra Chord sections.
The all-new user interface is more powerful and easier to use, with a large color display and intuitive operation via many dedicated buttons. Three programmable chin switches let players control a variety of functions without lifting their hands off the keyboards, while 1400 user program memories allow them to save custom settings for every performing situation.
With the FR-8x and FR-8xb, more layering and zone setup options are possible in the right-hand keyboard modes, providing the ability to play up to four tones at once. Left-hand keyboard modes now include layering options as well.
The FR-8xb is equipped with a completely redesigned button-type keyboard, using a piston-style mechanism that is similar to an acoustic button-type accordion. In addition, the buttons are made with a synthetic pearl material for a professional look and feel.
Another much-requested addition is the onboard looper, which provides the ability to record and overdub accordion performances to create instant backing accompaniment for improvisation. The MP3/WAV song player let users play along with pre-recorded musical tracks for practice and live backing via optional USB memory. Accordion performances can be recorded directly to USB memory as well.
About Roland Corporation
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With more than 40 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow.