Cakewalk A-800PRO
Cakewalk A-800PRO

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

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schlouff 01/27/2011

Cakewalk A-800PRO : schlouff's user review

«  Solid keyboard for a correct price »

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Looking for a more extensive MIDI keyboard to come to replace my Korg NANOKEY, I was looking for a model with a reasonable amount of keys.
Also, following a board I turned toward the mark Roland (here "cakewalk by roland" because the software provided with ...). The model, recently to believe there is little information available that match my search was then this one:

-61 Buttons
-USB for use with plug-ins VST
-45 Controllers assignable to midi


touchdown is pretty nice. I was very wary of what might be on the internet keys "plastic", but I'm not disappointed. So of course this is not a piano (so no sensation "percussions hammer"), but the keys are closed and have a good response for the return. To compose or play a simple song That fills my keyboard. Now I can play silently (although the return of the keys is a bit noisy) and play with instruments, if I returned to my real piano to decipher a waltz by Chopin ...

Overall, the development road is very simple: plug and play, USB, provided you do not miss the little booklet Annex Quick Start, the configuration on Cubase, Sonar, Logic, DP, Live, GarageBand, GM2, is easily done with presets. Better yet, it is recognized natively in Reason 5 and requires no adjustments!
However very few publishing explained. How so, but MIDI for me uninitiated is a crazy language! I gave up the custom, even if in the cubase (excellent) fader changes the pitch of my instruments "Quantum Leap East West"!

last negative point about the versions mentioned below: the modulation back to the center, and sometimes you have to elbow! but in use it is only moderately annoying.


The past three months, he has not left my office and I am fully satisfied. Despite some complications customization noon, I am very happy to purchase a first of its kind. Structurally sound, sober and elegant, it's already fun to see everyday.
Good surprises me even waited at the opening: of the VST plug-ins provided (virtual instruments) some are very good for "lite" version no particular sequence, battery light on my computer with me now Cell.

I found him still a very attractive price performance ratio: in this range you have aftertouch and all the positive points mentioned above ... coupled with a pedal and a good virtual piano, you can already find a good feeling, but more importantly, by using as a front NANOKEY, this keyboard I was without a doubt open up new possibilities. Remains to be seen in the long term!