Cakewalk A-800PRO
Cakewalk A-800PRO

A-800PRO, 61-Key MIDI Keyboard from Cakewalk.

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.Gwe 05/11/2011

Cakewalk A-800PRO : .Gwe's user review

«  Excellent, it should already be a reference! »

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I was attracted by what he offers on paper and is generally well built specifically:
- Keyboard 61 touch sensitive keys
- 45 assignable controls: controls, sliders, buttons.
- 8 velocity-sensitive pads for playing drums with his fingers and transmit MIDI commands.
- Lever Pitch Bend / Modulation to Roland (normal)
- A small screen
A top connector:
- Possibility to connect pedals maintenance and expression
- Port midi in and out (for that it will buy a power supply more ...)
- USB bus powered - no AC adapter required for it.

Compatible with any digital audio workstation running on Mac or PC.

Moreover, it seems to me almost indestructible (the first day that I, I go home, I forgot to close my window to close, he floated above ... But it has not done anything. I also lugs around all week, he accompanied me in my 500 weekly terminals) and is very lightweight (4.5 kg, it's really really handy!).

This is exactly what I needed.


The touch keyboard is it nice? Should your use?

I find the feel very well built, I'll even sometimes a little hard with samples of my Clavinet. It is really great for electric pianos, organs and synths, but the piano sounds, I prefer a digital piano connected to midi (on my soundcard Edirol, Roland really good things!).
Regarding the pads "velocity sensitive" is better, you can edit velocity curves etc.. But I find them very spoiled (to my taste was a very poor response, remaining support, depending on the angle of attack it will begin to replay itself ...). Let's say it's pretty.

The manual is clear and sufficient?

Okay, but anyway I am a big draw (bouhouhou!).

The general configuration is simple?

I use it mainly with Logic, I just galley (see previous question), I never managed to serve me properly in their preset map for this software but I set myself via keyboard shortcuts, and I have what I need (plug-in change on hand for use live, play, pause etc. ...).
And obviously in Kontakt, it's easy! (Right click to summon his zipper organ and it's done!) Can also get a list of instrument and del'un move to another simply by turning the dial. I did my Nord Electro geek. Of course there are split and dual functions easy to use.
Otherwise, their demos of software I do not use it, so sorry, no opinion on it.

The selection of MIDI channels, patches is easy?

The LCD does a good job, I get confused easily, and most importantly, the bulk Knob to do anything next to the screen (although not very precise: the beginning of his race often done in a vacuum. For example to switch from one to two midi channel it will turn 2 steps) which is very convenient and easy to use.
But what about the screen, I find misguided: it's going up, but it is not sitting quite inclined and is illegible, it must raise a bit in bed to see what it involved.


Did you try many other models before getting this one?

I use it now for several months, I have used before was a simple keyboard controller M-Audio (Keystation 49e I think), I was afraid of hitting something like that, but not the quality Roland has ben there! Otherwise the rest I know very well especially the touches of digital pianos (here this is not what it is).

What thing do you like most/least about it?

Most is its ergonomics, versatility, connectivity, I like the look too, its quality ... It does very well what he is asked. The USB bus power that's cool too!
The least these are his pads, and the least screen defects duo / Knob approaching so perfect!

What is your opinion about the value for the price? Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?

I found a promo music store while the keyboard is exactly what I was looking (désespérément!) for 280 €. I judge the value for the incredible price, except for a little over 300 € when you see the competition I find it excellent.