Roland Upgrades V-Accordion FR-8x Models

Roland is pleased to announce a significant ‘Version 2’ system update for their flagship FR-8X V-Accordion.

This free, user-installable upgrade adds many new improvements and enhancements designed to make the FR-8X even more versatile in any musical situation. Based on user feedback, the new features include new drum and orchestral parameters, improved control of audio files, more Looper functionality and new Orchestral Chord ‘voicing’ capabilities.

The Version 2 update will be available for download on Friday October 31st and will be officially launched by Uwe Steger in a dedicated workshop on Saturday November 1st, as part of the 67th Coupe Mondiale in Salzburg, Austria. This workshop will be available to view online at the Coupe Mondiale website from 4:00pm CET (Central European Time) on November 1st, via the link below.

Watch the workshop online > (available from November 1st)

Since the revolutionary V-Accordion launched in 2004, Roland has introduced many digital accordions culminating with the current FR-8X launched in 2013. Roland has recently announced a manufacturing agreement with FATAR Srl that will ensure that production of the V-Accordion range remains in Italy. A dedicated team of Roland staff based at FATAR, together with FATAR’s world-renowned craftsmanship and quality standards, will ensure that Roland remains dedicated to the ongoing development of these specialised instruments.

Get your FR-8x downloads here:


Flagship V-Accordion model

Newly developed Dynamic Bellows Behaviour technology emulates the true bellows response of an acoustic accordion in every register

Simple and convenient onboard battery charging with an AC adapter

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 colour 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

Recording and audio playback via convenient USB memory; USB host port for connecting to computers

Available in red and black


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