Roland A-800PRO-R

61 Key Pro MIDI Keyboard Controller w/ SONAR 8.5 LE, Rapture LE and More

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Impressive 61 Key USB MIDI Controller Model From The A-PRO Series For PC or Mac OS:

Looking for a MIDI controller that can really bring your inspiration to life? The A-800PRO-R is right up your alley. Top-notch Roland engineering coupled with Cakewalk's well-known intuitive interface, the A-800PRO-R has all you'll need to make your productions and performances really shine. The A-800PRO-R can be used with a broad variety of software on Mac or PC such as FL Studio, Ableton Live, Garage Band, Pro Tools, Cubase, SONAR, Logic, Nuendo. Also, the A-800PRO-R is plug and play, so you don't need an engineering degree to get it hooked up and making music right out of the box.

The A-800PRO-R Design
With the A-800PRO-R, you're gaining access to over 3 decades of Roland's legendary quality. Enhanced sensitivity and aftertouch in the key mechanism offer the performer a great range of expressive playing styles in their performance. Rounded key assembly offers responsive reactions to your touch and a smoother glissando. Additional enhancements have been implemented to do away with vertical shake and cut down on the already barely noticeable mechanical noise on the key strokes. Also, with customizable velocity curves, you can tweak the A-800PRO-R's settings to match your unique playing style. Beginners and experts alike will certainly appreciate the feel of the A-800PRO-R.

The ergonomic design of the A-800PRO-R puts everything you need right at your fingertips. All controls are intelligently and conveniently placed in order to make producing and performing a breeze. Whether you're messing with your favorite software instrument or writing music in your DAW (digital audio workstation), the collection of 45 buttons, knobs, sliders, finger pads and transport controls provides full command over all your most necessary functions. Additionally, the rubber-coated, sure-grip pitch/modulation stick offers control of both functions simultaneously. The A-800PRO-R Editor software for Mac and PC makes it a snap to tailor the keyboard to your favorite soft-synth or DAW. Simply run the Editor program, adjust your Control Map, and press "transmit." It's really that easy! Also, when you use an ACT(Active Controller Technology)-enabled DAW like SONAR, your parameters will remap automatically, enabling you to stay with the flow and remain focused on your music.

Dynamic Finger Pads
The A-800PRO-R has a series of 8 velocity-sensitive Dynamic Pads that performers and producers can use to trigger one shots, grooves or samples on the fly through their favorite samplers, soft-synths and/or DAWs. You could also utilize the Hold control to "latch" the sounds from the pads. Or, you could even assign controller data, velocity and/or aftertouch to the finger pads for enhanced expression.

Roland's FPT MIDI Transmission
The A-800PRO-R offers blazing MIDI transmission through Roland's proprietary FPT (Fast Processing Technology). You can certainly depend on Roland's FPT for solid, quick, low jitter, and even lower latency transmission of MIDI data. That means the fine details of your performance will be heard, no matter what music application you happen to be using. Specifically with software instruments, FPT offers even lower latency so you'll feel as though the sound is coming from a built-in program on your keyboard.

Production Plus Pack 3
The Production Plus Pack 3 is a tremendous suite of music production software that comes included with the A-800PRO-R. With SONAR 8.5 LE (PC only) and 3 versatile software instruments for Mac and PC: Rapture LE, Cakewalk Sound Center, and Studio Instruments Drums, the A-800PRO-R and the Production Pack 3 are sure to satisfy anyone who recognizes high-quality MIDI controllers and music software.

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Product Features:

  • 61 Key Pro MIDI Keyboard Controller
  • Production Plus Pack 3 includes SONAR 8.5 LE, Rapture LE, Cakewalk Sound Center and Studio Instruments Drums
  • 8 velocity-sensitive dynamic pads for finger drumming and triggering loops and samples with Hold function for "latching"
  • Dedicated transport section for use as a control surface (can be remapped)
  • Console-style faders for enhanced feel when making tweaks and adjustments
  • Included Editor software makes creating new control maps and transferring them to the A-800PRO-R
  • Bright LED display
  • Inspiring feel & response
  • 45 customizable controls: knobs, sliders, buttons, finger pads & transport
  • Sure-grip Pitch Bend/Modulation Stick
  • Expand expressive playing with Sustain & Expression Pedals (available separately)
  • USB Bus Powered - no AC adapter required!
  • Solid Roland-quality design
  • Comes with 3 versatile software instruments
  • Works with virtually any DAW on Mac or PC
  • Compatible with Windows 7 & Mac OS X Snow Leopard
  • Includes the Production Plus Pack 3 music production software
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Parts, 90-days Labor Manufacturer's warranty

What's In The Box?

  1. (1) A-PRO CD-ROM
  2. (1) Cakewalk Production Plus Pack DVD-ROM
  3. (1) USB Cable
  4. (1) Owner's Manual (see Product Summary below for PDF)
  5. (1) Cakewalk Production Plus Pack Installation Guide
  6. (1) License Agreement

Optional Accessories:

A-800PRO-R Specifications:

  • Controllers:
    • Pads (A1-A8)
    • Buttons (B1-4, L1-L9)
    • Knobs (R1-R9)
    • Sliders (S1-S9)
    • Foot Pedals: HOLD (P1), EXPRESSION (P2)
    • Bender Lever: BENDER, MODULATION
    • Keyboard: Aftertouch
    • [VALUE] knob
  • Buttons:
    • [ACT] button
    • [ < ] button
    • [ > ] button
    • [DUAL] button
    • [SPLIT] button
    • [UPPER] button
    • [LOWER] button
    • [SHIFT] button
    • [TRANSPOSE] button
    • OCTAVE [–] [+] button
  • Power Supply:
    • USB Bus Power or DC 9V (adapter sold separately)
    • Current Draw:
      • 300 mA (AC Adapter)
      • 300 mA (USB Bus Power)
  • Display: 16 characters, 2 lines LCD (backlit)
  • Left Side Panel:
    • Power Switch (USB Bus/OFF/DC IN)
    • MIDI Merge Switch (ON/OFF)
  • Connection Jacks:
    • Hold Pedal: 1/4" TRS
    • Expression Pedal: 1/4" TRS
    • MIDI Connectors: IN, OUT
    • USB Connector
    • DC IN
  • Size & Weight:
    • Weight: 9 lbs. 15 oz. (4.5 kg)
    • Width: 39-1/2" (1,002 mm)
    • Depth: 9-7/8" (251 mm)
    • Height: 3-5/8" (91 mm)

Production Plus Pack + SONAR 8.5 LE Specifications:

  • 32 audio tracks
  • 64 MIDI tracks
  • 8 simultaneous inputs and outputs
  • 24-bit/96 kHz audio quality
  • 24 simultaneous effects
  • 8 simultaneous virtual instruments
  • Includes over ten audio effects
  • Includes two virtual instruments
  • Integrated VST/VSTi support
  • Support for ACID™ format loops
  • Support for ReWire clients such as Live or Reason
  • Active Controller Technology™ automatically maps MIDI keyboards and control surfaces to the parameters you need most on effects, instruments, volume, pan, and other mix elements
  • Edit MIDI directly from the Track View with the Inline Piano Roll View
  • Support for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows Vista, and 32-bit Windows XP operating systems
  • Production Plus Pack Includes:
    • Rapture LE:
      • LE version based on the award-winning Rapture wavetable synthesizer
      • Searing synthesized sounds, leads, basses, pads, sequences, and more
      • Nearly 200 patch presets, expandable
    • Cakewalk Sound Center:
      • Based on the critically-acclaimed Dimension Pro sound engine
      • Comes with over 125 professional sounds from Dimension
      • Expandable with Expansion Packs
      • Categorized patches make it easy to find the sound you are looking for
      • Rate your favorite patches to easily find your favorites when you need them
    • Studio Instruments Drums:
      • Load multiple Drum sound programs and play pre-recorded drum grooves in a variety of styles
      • Includes patterns in a variety of styles: Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues, Funk, and more
      • Drag patterns into your recording software to make variations
      • Use your MIDI controller, computer keyboard, or mouse to play Drums
      • Drums pulse and cymbals crash in time with the music
      • Use built-in compression and reverb to get edgy and realistic sounds
      • Control tuning, panning, and volume for tons of variety
      • Load and trigger multiple grooves for different sections of your song

Minimum System Requirements for SONAR 8.5 LE:

  • Operating System: * Windows XP (32-bit)
  • Processor Speed: Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+
  • Memory: 512 MB
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768, 16-bit color
  • Hard Disk Space: 500 MB
  • Hard Disk Type: Any
  • MIDI Interface: ** Windows-compatible
  • Audio Interface: *** Windows-compatible
  • Media Drive: **** DVD-ROM drive
  • Webserver Access: ***** None

Recommended System Requirements for SONAR 8.5 LE:

  • Operating System: * Windows 7/Vista/XP (32 and 64-bit)
  • Processor Speed: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz [EM64T] or AMD Athlon XP 2800+ or better
  • Memory: 1 GB or more
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 960, 24-bit color or higher
  • Hard Disk Space: 1 GB
  • Hard Disk Type: EIDE/Ultra DMA (7200 RPM) or SATA
  • MIDI Interface: ** Windows-compatible
  • Audio Interface: *** Windows-compatible
  • Media Drive: **** DVD-ROM drive
  • Webserver Access: ***** Available web server space with FTP access privileges
* SONAR LE does not support Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, or 2000.

** Required to connect external MIDI devices.

*** Required for audio playback. See for a complete list of recommended audio devices.

**** SONAR LE is presented on DVD media. DVD-ROM Drive required for installation.

***** Cakewalk Publisher requires you to have available web server space with FTP access privileges. An internet connection is required for music uploading. A broadband connection is recommended.

System Requirements for Production Plus Pack 3:

  • Windows:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 / Windows Vista® / Windows XP SP2** or later
    • CPU: Intel-compatible Processor 2GHz (3GHz or higher recommended)
    • Memory: 1GB (2GB or higher recommended)
    • Hard Disk: 8GB or more free space (EIDE /Ultra DMA 7200 RPM or SATA recommended)
    • Hardware: WDM or ASIO compatible audio interface, DVD-ROM drive for installation
  • Macintosh: ***
    • CPU(Clock): Intel® Core™ Duo processor
    • RAM: 1GB or higher (2GB or higher recommended)
    • Hard Disk Drive: 6GB or more of free space, EIDE / Ultra DMA (7200 RPM or SATA recommended)
    • Hardware: Core Audio compatible Audio Interface, DVD-ROM Drive for installation
    ** This product does not support Windows XP Media Center Edition or XP Professional x64.
    *** This product does not support Macintosh computers running Microsoft Windows.

Click here for free, comprehensive 178-page PDF guide to SONAR LE recording software!

Keyboard Features

Number of Keys
The number of keys on the keyboard of the MIDI controller.
Key Weighting
The type of weighting of the keys on the MIDI controller
Mod Wheel
The mod wheel is used to manipulate or modify the sound of the sample triggered by the midi controller often an effect like the rotary cab effect of an organ.
Pitch Wheel
The Pitch wheel is used to bend the pitch of the sample the MIDI controller is triggering.
Aftertouch is a signal representing sustained pressure that is interpreted by the MIDI device differently than initial velocity.

Advanced Controls

Number of Performance Pads
The number of performance percussion pads that can be assigned to trigger samples in the MIDI enabled device.
Number of Rotary Encoders
The number of assignable rotary encoders on the MIDI controller
Number of Fader Encoders
The number of assignable fader encoders on the MIDI Controller
Transport Controls
Transport controls are an array of buttons typically consisting of: play, pause, stop, f-forward, rewind, and record arm, that are used to control a media player, recorder, or software based system.

Controller Specifications

Footswitch/Expression Pedal Input(s)
The ability for the device to be used with a footswitch, expression, or sustain pedal.
MIDI Connections
The configuration of input and output connections on a MIDI controller.
USB (Type B)
The ability for the MIDI controller to interface with a MIDI device via USB.
Power Supply
The power source for the controller.
AC Adapter
USB Bus Powered
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Weight (Pounds)
This is the weight of the item in pounds (lbs).
9-15/16 lbs

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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
90 days
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61 Key Pro MIDI Keyboard Controller w/ SONAR 8.5 LE, Rapture LE and More


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