FR-8x Dallapè


Limited Edition Model with Historic Sounds and Luxury Features

  • Roland Wireless Connect
  • USB Memory
  • USB


(Oct. 22, 2013)
Matthias Matzke from Germany is the winner of 7th edition of V-Accordion Festival.

Limited Edition Model with Historic Sounds and Luxury Features

Roland's acclaimed FR-8x V-Accordion represents the new standard in digital accordion technology, seamlessly fusing traditional acoustic playability with modern power and versatility. Now, this inspiring flagship instrument is available in a new limited edition FR-8x Dallapè model that combines the complete FR-8x feature set with additional historic sounds and many luxury enhancements. The Dallapè Sound Library for V-Accordion is built in, putting an array of legendary accordions at your fingertips. This exclusive model also offers striking, sophisticated looks with a gloss black finish, a special metal grille with the Dallapè logo, beautifully decorated bellows, and elegant leather/Alcantara accessories. Production of the FR-8x Dallapè is limited to 500 instruments, with each bearing a unique numbered plaque.

  • - Exclusive special edition version of the flagship FR-8x V-Accordion, with a limited production of only 500 numbered instruments
  • - Piano-type and button-type models available
  • - Includes the complete Dallapè Sound Library for V-Accordion in addition to all standard FR-8x sounds and features
  • - Beautiful black finish, metal grille with Dallapè logo, and highly decorated bellows
  • - Leather/Alcantara shoulder and bass straps; Alcantara back strap
  • - Dynamic Bellows Behavior technology emulates the true bellows response of an acoustic accordion in every register
  • - Four powerful multi-effects engines (MFX), with dedicated MFX for Accordion, Orchestra 1, Orchestra 2, and Orchestra Chord sections.
  • - Large, easy-to-read color display, intuitive panel layout, and three programmable chin switches for hands-free control of a variety of functions
  • - Onboard looper for creating instant backing accompaniment
  • - Recording, audio playback, and more via convenient USB memory; USB COMPUTER port for integrating with MIDI music software
  • * Alcantara is a registered trademark of Alcantara S.p.A., Italy.


  • Piano type

  • Button type

Relevant product

Dallapè Sound Library Plus All FR-8x Sounds and Features

The limited edition FR-8x Dallapè model features the celebrated Dallapè Sound Library—available as an optional expansion collection for other V-Accordions—built right into the instrument. Thanks to Roland's refined sampling technologies, players can enjoy historical Dallapè models such as the 1871, Liturgica, and many others, with quick one-touch access via dedicated sets. The FR-8x Dallapè also includes the complete sound selection and powerful feature set of the standard FR-8x, which provides a full compliment of authentic accordion sounds from around the world, over 180 orchestra and percussion sounds, and much more.

Play in Luxury

Inspired by the classic designs of historic Dallapè accordions, the FR-8x Dallapè offers a gorgeous, sophisticated look with luxurious accessories. It features a distinguished gloss black finish, along with a special metal grille bearing the original Dallapè logo. The high-quality bellows is beautifully decorated for a striking appearance on stage, while the included shoulder, bass, and back straps are constructed with leather and Alcantara for a touch of elegance. A handsome plaque denotes the exclusive number of each FR-8x Dallapè among the limited production of 500 instruments.

True Acoustic Response with Dynamic Bellows Behavior

Newly developed for the FR-8x series, 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 in the FR-8x series 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 accordion. Dynamic Bellows Behavior can be easily disabled for players that prefer the bellows feel of previous V-Accordions.

Friendly Interface with Color Display and Intuitive Panel Layout

The FR-8x Dallapè features a large, recessed color display that makes it easy to see and edit various parameters, while the intuitive panel layout provides fast operation via many dedicated buttons and knobs. Three programmable chin switches let you control a variety of functions such as changing registers, selecting user programs, and more, all without lifting your hands off the keyboards. Additionally, 1400 user program memories provide ample storage for custom settings, with quick fingertip recall in every performing situation.

All-in-One Operation and Onboard Battery Charging

The FR-8x Dallapè is a self-contained instrument, complete with a rechargeable onboard battery and built-in stereo amplification system. Battery charging is accomplished simply by connecting the included AC adapter directly to the FR-8x Dallapè, and you can play without interruption during the charging process. All device connections are located right on the instrument, including MIDI, USB, and audio jacks for interfacing with an external amplification or recording system.

Zones, Layers, and Drums

With the FR-8x series, more layering and zone setup options are possible in the right-hand keyboard modes than ever before. Whole, Zone, High, and Low modes are provided, giving you the ability to play up to four different tones at once. Left-hand keyboard modes now include layering options as well. The programmable Drum function takes accordion performance to a fun new dimension, letting you play percussion sounds manually with the Bass & Chord buttons.

Powerful Multi-Effects and Onboard Looper

Explore all-new sonic textures with the FR-8x Dallapè's four independent multi-effects engines (MFX), which provide dedicated processing for the Accordion, Orchestra 1, Orchestra 2, and Orchestra Chord sections. Each engine has 84 different effects types, offering a wide range of enhancement from subtle to dramatic. With the onboard looper, you can instantly record and overdub accordion performances using the FR-8x Dallapè's enormous selection of sounds, creating impressive on-the-spot backing accompaniment for improvisation.

USB Song Playback, Recording, and More

The handy MP3/WAV song player lets you play along with pre-recorded musical tracks for practice and live backing via optional USB memory. Just plug your USB stick into the convenient front-panel USB MEMORY port, then select and play songs with dedicated, easy-to-reach controls. With the touch of a button, your accordion performances can be recorded directly to USB memory as well, perfect for archiving, evaluation, and education. USB memory also offers a convenient way to save/load customized accordion sets and install new sounds and software updates. The USB COMPUTER port on the side panel opens up the world of modern music production to accordionists, providing the ability to easily connect the FR-8x Dallapè to a computer and use it with popular MIDI software as a unique, expressive controller and a powerful sound engine.

Display Type

320 x 240 pixels, color graphic LCD 2.4” (backlit)


Right Hand
Piano Type: 41 keys piano type with velocity sensitive and aftertouch
Button Type: 92 buttons with velocity sensitive. Aftertouch via Master Bar
Left hand
120 bass buttons velocity sensitive. Standard
Mode: Standard, Free Bass, Orch. Bass, Orch. Chord, Orch. Free Bass


Advanced "Dynamic Bellows Behaviour" technology to manage the behavior of bellows. The Advanced "Dynamic Bellows Behaviour" technology consider the selected register and the number of played notes
Bellows Resistance
Off, On, –63 to 0 to +64
Bellows Curve
Fixed Low, Fixed Med, Fixed High, X-Light, Light, Standard, Heavy, X-Heavy

Sound Generator

Max. Polyphony
128 voices
Tones (Accordion Set)
100 Accordion Sets, each one including: 14 Right Hand Registers, 7 Bass/Chord registers, 7 Free Bass registers, 7 Orchestra Free Bass registers, 7 Orchestra Bass registers, 7 Orchestra Chord registers, 180 Orchestral sounds (28 real time + others selectable by MENU), 18 Drum Sets
Reed Footages
7 Treble, 5 Bass, 3 Chord, 2 Free Bass
Wave Expansion
4 internal areas (8Mb each) to load new sounds

Orchestral Sounds

Right Hand Tones
180: 28 real time (14x2) the others selectable by MENU
Left Hand Chord Tones
180: 7 real time, the others selectable by MENU
Left Hand Bass Tones
180: 7 real time, the others selectable by MENU
Left Hand Free Bass Tones
180: 7 real time, the others selectable by MENU

Organ Sounds (Virtual Tone Wheel Technology)

32 for Right Hand, Chord and Free Bass sections, 16 x Bass section
Harmonic Bar combinations
Up to 28 customizable, can be controlled and shaped by bellows.
2nd/3rd, Soft, Slow
Rotary Sound
Slow/Fast, Brake, Level
Tone Wheel Type
Amplifier Type

Drum Sounds

Drum Set
Drum Shift
–36 to 0 to +36
Bass&Chord with drum/percussion sounds
Programmable drum/percussion sounds for Bass/Orch Bass 2 rows, Chord/Orchestra Chord 4 rows

APBM (Advanced Physical Behaviour Modelling)

Stopping-reed growl, Closing valve noise, Left button noise
Individual Reed Simulation
Hysteresis threshold, Expression curve, Pressure variant filter, Pressure variant pitch deviation
Switching Reed Sound Wave
By bellows acceleration. by note repetition speed
Bellows opening/closing sound change
By bellows opening/closing detection
Bellows Behavior
Dynamic Bellows Behavior technology for a perfect simulation of the bellows behavior in an acoustic

Musette Tuning

Micro-Tuning Presets
16 Types: Off, Dry, Classic, F-Folk, American L/H, North Europe, German L/H, D-Folk L/H, Alpine, Italian L/H, French, Scottish
Fine Tuning reed footages 8- / 8+
–100 to 0 to 100


8 types, 8 types, 10 types
MFX multi effects
MFX x 4 (84 types) for:
Accordion, Orchestra 1, Orchestra 2, Orch Chord/Orch Free Bass
Rotary for Organ sound
Slow/Fast with Vibrato, Chorus, Overdrive and VK-Rotary
“Cassotto” simulation

User Programs

User Program Lists
Unlimited number (storage on USB memory)
Performance memories per List
1400: 100 User Program Bank x 14 registers

Audio Player and Audio Recording

USB Flash memory
Audio Recorder Save format
Audio files (WAVE 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear)
MIDI files (SMF)
Audio Loop Function
REC (with Overdub function) and Play


Accordion, Orchest1/Organ
Zone, High, Low
Orchest2, Drum
Zone, High, Low
-1, 0, +1 for Treble, -3, 0, +3 for Orchest1, Orchest2
Orchestra Chord Guitar Mode
Gtr Table1, Gtr Table2, Gtr Table3
Speakers Off
Additional switches
6 user assignable function switches on last row of bass buttons

Panel Controls

Data Edit with Enter
Knob controls
Volume, Balance, Reverb Chorus, Delay, Effect (assignable)
14 Right Hand registers
7 Left Hand registers
Navigation switches
Up, Down, Menu/Write, Exit/Jump
Chin switches
3 programmable chin switches
Other switches
Set Up, Set Down, Orch 1 On/Off, Orch 2 On/Off, Organ On/Off, Accordion On/Off, Orch Bass On/Off, Orch Chord/Free Bass On/Off, Free Bass On/Off, Bass&Chord On/Off, Drums On/Off, Bass to Treble On/Off, User Program On/Off, Song List On/Off, Power On/Off, Charge On/Off, Loop/Wave/MP3 player: Loop, Reset/Stop, Play/Pause, Audio Rec


Audio OUTPUT jacks (R, L/Mono)
1/4-inch phone type
Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
MIDI connectors
USB ports
USB COMPUTER connector (Type B, reception and transmission of MIDI data)
USB MEMORY (Type A, data storage devices)

General Srecification

Power supply
AC adaptor
Current Draw
3,750 mA
Owner's Manual
AC adaptor
Power cord (for connecting the AC adaptor)
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack (BP-24-45)
Reference caps for the bass buttons
Reference buttons for the treble keyboard (only for FR-8XD button type)
Accordion Cloth
Accordion soft bag
Options (sold separately)
USB flash memory (M-UF-series)
Wireless USB Adaptor (WNA1100-RL)
Roland RH Series

Size and Weight (Piano type, without straps)

Width (W)
543 mm21-7/16 inches
Depth (D)
280 mm11-1/16 inches
Height (H)
415 mm16-3/8 inches
12.1 kg26 lbs. 11 oz.

Size and Weight (Button type, without straps)

Width (W)
510 mm20-1/8 inches
Depth (D)
260 mm10-1/4 inches
Height (H)
410 mm16-3/16 inches
11.9 kg26 lbs. 4 oz.

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.


To the top of page