With the incredible new FR-8xb, Roland has perfected the synergy between traditional accordion playability and modern digital power. Developed with input from the world's top players, the latest flagship V-Accordion is jam-packed with features and enhancements including a completely redesigned button-type keyboardâ€”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-8xb V-Accordion ushers in a new era of creative freedom for players everywhere.
Flagship button-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 Redesigned button-type keyboard with improved response, authentic look, and lower noise. 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 while performing. Recording and audio playback via convenient USB memory; USB host port for connecting to computers. Available in red and black finishes. TRUE ACOUSTIC RESPONSE WITH DYNAMIC BELLOWS BEHAVIOR.
Newly developed for the FR-8xb, 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-8xb, 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.
The FR-8xb 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 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.
The FR-8xb 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-8xb, 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.
The FR-8xb is equipped with a completely redesigned button-type keyboard, which incorporates a piston-style mechanism for a playing touch just like an acoustic button-type accordion. Additionally, the buttons are made with a synthetic pearl material for a professional look and feel.
In addition to a full selection of authentic accordion sounds from around the world, the FR-8xb 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.
With the FR-8xb, 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.
Explore all-new sonic textures with the FR-8xbâ€™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-8xbâ€™s enormous selection of sounds, creating impressive, on-the-spot backing accompaniment for improvisation.
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 plug, then select and play songs with dedicated, easy-to-reach controls. And with the touch of a button, your accordion performances can be recorded directly to USB memory as well, perfect for archiving, evaluation, and education. Via the USB host port on the side panel, you can connect the FR-8xb to your computer for data storage, customization of V-Accordion sound sets, and easy-to-install software updates.
BASS & CHORD MODES
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
Advanced "Dynamic Bellows Behavior" technology to manage the behavior of bellows.
On, Off, -63 to 0 to +64
Fixed Low, Fixed Med, Fixed High, X-Light, Light, Standard, Heavy, X-Heavy
Reed Footages 7 Treble, 5 Bass, 3 Chord, 2 Free Bass
Additional Sounds Uploadable from USB memory and saved on internal memory
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.
Additional SoundsUploadable 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
Orchesteral Chord Sounds 180: 7 real time, the others selectable by MENU
Orchestra 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
NoisesStopping-reed growl, closing valve noise, left button voice
Individual Reed SimulationHysteresis 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 Dynamic Bellows Behavior technology for a perfect
simulation of the bellows behavior in an acoustic accordion
Fine Tuning reed footages - 100 to 0 to +100 8-/8+
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
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
Accordion Zone, High, Low
Orches1/Organ, Orches2 Drum -1, 0, +1 for Treble, -3, 0, +3 for Orchest1, Orches2
Octave -36 to 0 +36
Drum Shift Gtr Table 1, Gtr Table2, Gtr Table3
Orchestra Chord Guitar Mode Orchest1, Orchest2, Orch Bass, Orch Chord, Orch Free Bass
Sound Edit On/Off
Bass to Treble Part Mute Accordion, Orchest 1 Orches 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
Ext. Seq. Playback.(MIDI In) or USB Computer: Accordion, Bass&Chord, Orches1, Orches2, Organ,
Orch Bass, Orch Chord, Orch Free Bass, ALL (Local Off function)
Start/Stop MIDI TX Send Start/Stop by pushing Alpha dial
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 Trweeters
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 batter life
under continuous use: 8 hours speaker ON mode, 11 hours speaker OFF mode
Onboard Connectors OUTPUT jack 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 COMPUTER port:
type B DC IN connector
Accessories AC Adaptor Power cord (for connecting the AC adaptor) Rechargeable Ni-MH batter pack
24 V - 45-- mA. Owner's Manual Reference caps for the bass buttons Reference caps for the treble buttons
(only for FR-8X button type) Straps Accordion cloth Accordion soft bag
Options (sold separately) USB flash memory (M-UF2G) Headphones: RH-200, RH-300 Rechargeable Ni-MH batter pack
24 V 4500 mA Footswitch
SIZE AND WEIGHT (FR-7X PIANO TYPE)
Width 510 mm 20-1/8 inches
Depth 260 mm 10-1/4 inches
Height 410 mm 16-3/16 inches
Weight 11.9 kg 26 lbs. 4 oz.
Designed & Maintained by: Thomas R. Brown