After much anticipation we are happy to announce the new FR-8X and FR-8Xb. These new flagship models combine innovative technology with many of your most requested enhancements. The musical and visual results are stunning.

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Some of the highlights:

  • NEW - "Dynamic Bellows Behavior" for a perfect simulation of the bellows behavior in an acoustic accordion. (Wait 'til you try this!)
  • NEW - COLOR 2.4" Display with new user interface for ease of operation.
  • NEW - 1,400 User Program memories to store your favorite settings.
  • NEW - Orchestral Sounds increased to a total of 172 for even more variety.
  • NEW - Available drum sets increased from 1 to 16.
  • NEW - THREE programmable chin switches.
  • NEW - DSP - 4 MultiEffects, one for each - Accordion, Orchestra1, Orchestra2 and Orchestra Chord.
  • NEW - Real-time LOOPER for even more creativity.
  • NEW - FR-8Xb has a new button-type keyboard with new technology and buttons of synthetic nacre.

And even more, the one you may love the most...

  • NEW - Charge the battery on-board with a simple AC adaptor. No 19 pin, heavy cable necessary for charging.
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The Ultimate Fusion of Technology and Tradition

With the incredible new FR-8x and FR-8xb accordions, 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 - 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 and FR-8xb V-Accordions usher in a new era of creative freedom for players everywhere.

  • Flagship piano-type (FR-8x) or button-type (FR-8xb) 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
  • The FR-8xb features a 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
  • 1400 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 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.

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 instrument.

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