Roland FP-10 Digital Piano
When it comes to digital pianos, Roland speaks for itself. They have such wonderfully authentic feel and sound within these digital pianos that it’s almost like you’re playing the real thing. We were lucky enough to have our friend Kathryn from Roland in the Sam Ash Studio to give us a full rundown on everything we need to know about these awesome instruments. Check it out!
- Space-saving and lightweight Digital Piano
- Roland’s renowned SuperNATURAL Piano tone
- 88-note PHA-4 Standard Keyboard action
- Built-in Bluetooth MIDI connectivity
- Twin Piano Mode
- Pedal switch included
I love these Roland pianos. They feel great, and they sound amazing. I think they’d be perfect for anyone looking for an instrument like this. For more information, and a full list of specs and features, check out the link below.
Roland FP-30 Digital Piano
The FP-30 is a great choice for any piano player, regardless of style or skill, to have an authentic experience playing a keyboard. It’s tactile keyboard and incredible sound design help mimic acoustic pianos by having different weights in the keys depending on which end of the keyboard you’re playing and respond truthfully depending on the velocity or pressure you put on the keys themselves. Combined with the multiple features and training tools you can unlock with Roland Piano Partner 2, you’ll be advancing your piano skills faster than ever before!
- Lightweight keyboard
- Bluetooth connectivity to smart devices to use in conjunction with music apps
- SuperNATURAL Piano Technology for authentic piano-playing experience
- More than 200 piano songs
- Roland Piano Partner 2 app to unlock more advanced control
Roland RP-102 Digital Home Piano
Having a quality piano in your home or apartment is great motivation for continuing to hone your skills. It’s essentially a piece of playable art that lends a sophisticated aesthetic to any living room or den. Years ago, if you wanted a nice looking and highly playable piano for your home, satisfying that desire would have entailed spending up to $30,000 on an acoustic grand piano. While a genuine acoustic grand is a simply beautiful instrument, when it comes to weight, size and logistics, it might be impossible to fit one in your residence. That’s provided you can even get it there as the days of swinging cranes dropping pianos through the window of high rise buildings probably violates several city safety codes.
Thankfully, over the last 15 years we have seen the proliferation of the Digital Grand Pianos. Offering a more compact form, coming in at a significantly lighter weight, and carrying a much more reasonable price tag, the Digital Piano revolution is breaking down the barriers to owning a beautiful instrument in your residence. Digital pianos also offer several benefits including lower maintenance costs as they don’t need a yearly professional tuning. Other standout features include the ability to split the keyboard for lessons with a teacher, USB connectivity for direct recording on computer software and of course preset sounds that let you churn out everything from exotic synths to sophisticated string symphonies.
One of our favorite digital grand pianos is the Roland RP102. Lets take a look back through digital piano history to understand why Roland is the perfect candidate for bringing you an incredible upright grand piano.
Electric Piano Legacy:
Roland’s quest to build the ultimate electronic piano started soon after the company was founded in 1972. At that time, much of the technology didn’t exist so Roland invented it. Roland introduced the first touch-sensitive electronic piano to the world in 1974, followed by a series of other innovations in the field including….
- First digital stage piano in 1986 with the release of the RD-1000. Not only did it feature Roland’s proprietary “Structured Adaptive Synthesis,” it also featured a wooden keyboard.
- First digital pianos in colors (red, white, gray) with the introduction of the FP-8 in 1991.
- In 2001 Roland released the HPi-5 featuring the first digital piano with on-board scoring capability and automatic page turning on a built-in display screen.
- Roland continued to blur the line between acoustic and digital pianos with the introduction in 2009 of the V-Piano. The sound engine in the V-Piano was based on another Roland proprietary technology. Composite Object Sound Modeling, or “COSM”. In 2012, this technology was combined with another Roland technology, “Acoustic Projection,” to create the V-Piano Grand. Acoustic Projection moves various elements of the piano sound throughout the sound field in real-time, just as in an acoustic grand.
- The technology of the V-Piano and V-Piano grand was incorporated into a new series of Roland designed sound chips to create the next generation of home pianos that were released in 2015.
- And in 2017 these technologies were incorporated into the new RD-2000, one of the industry’s best-selling stage pianos.
In addition to pioneering several important digital sound technologies, Roland also strives to design pianos that look as good as they sound; from classically-styled grand and upright pianos, to contemporary pianos with a stylish flat-top cabinet or a cutting-edge metallic body.
Why the RP102
The Roland RP102 upright digital model combines authentic piano performance and onboard practice features in a compact and affordable design. It’s filled with technologies derived from Roland’s award-winning premium upright and grand pianos—including a luxurious and supremely playable weighted-action keyboard—providing a realistic feel that translates well to playing on genuine acoustic grand pianos. It even includes 3 pedals for further authenticity. The RP102’s traditional upright look that fits nicely anywhere space is at a premium.
The RP102 never needs tuning or regular maintenance thanks to its digital sound engine. Convenient modern features like onboard Bluetooth® let you sync the keyboard with a smartphone or tablet where you can run Roland’s free Piano Partner 2 app. This app hosts hundreds of digital sheet music files, custom backing rhythms for accompaniment and more convenient performance and practice features. The RP102 is an exceptional value, at the ready to bring a touch of style and musical enjoyment for many years.
Digital Technology for Supernatural Sound
The great grand piano sound in the RP-102 comes from Roland’s proprietary Supernatural, hybrid technology that combines the advantages of High-Definition sampling from Roland’s high end acoustic pianos with advanced modeling algorithms that allow dynamic sonic changes depending on your playing style and technique. The result is rich, expressive tone you’d expect from an acoustic grand piano. Loud on board speakers offer natural projection so you can entertain several guests while a headphone output allows for quiet practice without disturbing the rest of the household. Additional audio outputs allow you to connect to a larger sound system if you want to invite the full band over to jam.
The exclusive PHA-4 Standard keyboard inherits the progressive hammer action and Ivory Feel texture of keyboards found in Roland’s premium and grand pianos and includes advanced sensing technology to take full advantage of SuperNATURAL Piano’s enormous tonal range. This highly responsive keyboard follows every nuance of your developing touch, allowing you to easily hear improvements in your technique and timing.
The piano’s three pedals are made of metal for an authentic feel, and also support half-pedal control. This technique is required to play more advanced piano pieces, and is not possible on typical entry-level instruments that employ less sophisticated pedal switches.
Piano Partner 2 Application: Expanded Features
Roland’s free Piano Partner 2 app for iOS and Android mobile devices offers seamless navigation of additional features. Via a wireless Bluetooth® connection to the RP102, it shows digital notation for the piano’s internal songs on your device’s display, and pages even turn automatically as a song plays. You can practice each hand individually by muting the left—or right—hand part, and freely adjust the tempo as needed. The app also provides access to backing rhythms and flash card games that help you build skills with intelligent accompaniment and engaging music exercises
You Can Move It
At only 85 pounds the RP-102 is easy to move by two adults when desired, while the space-saving cabinet is about the same width as a 60-inch TV on a stand. With its modern digital approach, the RP-102 is a great choice for families, beginners, hobby and advanced players looking to add a piano to their home. It’s also perfect for use in lesson studios and school practice rooms, making the RP102 an excellent choice for music educators as well.
Sam Ash Difference:
At Sam Ash we have a huge selection of both upright digital grand pianos and portable digital stage pianos for touring musicians. Come in to any of our stores and our experts will be happy to explain all the different features of the models we carry as you experiment with what feels and sounds naturally to you. We also have experts standing by ready to take your call at 800-472-6274. So please visit us or go to samash.com for more information on how you can join the club of digital piano owners.
- Compact and affordable with premium performance
- 61 full-size keys and authentic response
- 128-voice polyphony with renowned piano sounds
- Organs, electric pianos, and more
- Bluetooth and MIDI support for smart device connectivity
- Built-in speakers or you can use headphone out
- Transpose, metronome, and recording features
- Lightweight, and optionally runs on batteries
The Roland GO:PIANO is the ultimate learning instrument. People who want to learn to play piano don’t often have the space or budget for a full-sized piano. This is what makes the GO:PIANO shine. It gives you authentic sound and feel with amazing standard-sized keys, and supports Bluetooth on mobile devices to connect to your favorite learning apps. When starting your learning experience, built-in speakers, convenient practice features, it’s compact size and more, make the GO:PIANO the choice for you.
GO:PIANO is more than just a practice tool. Its onboard piano offers an authentic, natural sounding piano with every keystroke. Seasoned musicians will tell you that a great sounding instrument can make all the difference in inspiring you to keep learning. The GO:PIANO also includes organs, electric pianos, and other tones all for you to explore any musical sound or style you desire.
Roland FP-60 Digital Piano
The key to the FP-60 is its powerful sound! Imagine having a smaller venue playing gig, and not having to bring a PA with you. That’s incredible! The name of the game is less gear when you’re a gigging musician. The more quickly you can setup and break down, the better. Usually when you compromise on size, you also compromise on the onboard speakers. The speakers and amplifier have been carefully tuned to offer rich sound, and the piano also comes with an EQ on the front panel to help you dial in your tone as needed for the venue.
Another fantastic feature on the FP-60 is the ability to connect your smartphone or tablet via bluetooth. This makes streaming music, or backing tracks on your onboard speakers a breeze. Additionally, you can download Roland’s Piano Parter 2 app that will allow you to access rhythm accompaniments that follow along with the chords you’re playing. MIDI over bluetooth is also supported to allow you to use apps like GarageBand for iOS to write music.
• 288-voice polyphony with SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine
• Ivory Feel keys for grand piano touch
• Bluetooth Connectivity through the piano’s speakers
• Powerful onboard speaker system to play small venues without a PA
• Also includes electric pianos, strings, organs, and synth sounds
• Compatibility with Roland’s Piano Partner 2 app
• MIDI Over Bluetooth to create music with GarageBand for iOS and other music apps
• 3-band EQ conveniently on the front panel
• DP-10 damper pedal included (compatible with optional RPU-3 triple pedal)
Roland RD-88 Portable Keyboard
Roland’s RD piano line has been the premiere choice of professional pianists for decades. There’s a good chance you’ve seen it on stage somewhere if you actively enjoy live music. Well, now you can have the amazing RD sound and feel in a lighter, more affordable and accessible piano.
With the RD line, the name of the game is lightweight, compact, and convenient. Any gigging musician will tell you, easy to setup and teardown is an invaluable asset in cramped or even the most generous of performance spaces. And much like the FP-60 above, the onboard speaker system is more powerful than most and can really fill a room. But we know that’s not all keyboardist care about. Another reason this piano is so popular is how playable it is. The keyboard feels very natural with great action and offers convenient controls to help you feel connected to your instrument. Finally, the RD-88 offers three configurable zones with internal sounds, or can integrate and control soft synths from Apple MainStage. This allows you to easily duplicate the sound of a track on the spot live or mix your favorite soft synths with the RD-88’s own onboard sounds.
- Lightweight and compact design for easy transport and setup
- Ivory feel piano-touch keyboard (PHA-4) for world-class playability
- SuperNATURAL pianos and electric pianos based on acclaimed RD series
- Easy to use interface optimized for performance
- Three zones with external control and Apple MainStage integration
- Room-filling, onboard speaker system
- Case Not Included
- Includes Sustain Pedal, Owner’s Manual, and Power Supply
Roland RD-2000 Stage Piano
Whether on the stage or in the studio, it’s hard to beat the RD-2000’s incredible performance. It offers an evolution of piano technology with the convenience of modern control. It has 2 independent sound engines, intuitive interface, extensive sound bank, and all the modern features that make the Roland RD-2000 the go to instrument for your new setup.
The RD-2000 is a powerhouse of an instrument. With it, you get 2 dual sound engines; the SuperNATURAL-based sound engine and V-Piano technology. The SuperNATURAL-based sound engine offers a wide range of electric pianos where the Roland’s V-Piano technology is a dedicated acoustic engine that offers a wealth of acoustic piano sounds.
Interfaces are becoming more and more important in live situations. You want something that’s easy to grab at a moments notice to manipulate your sound. Sounds, effects, and more are always within grasp with 8 knobs and 9 sliders to shape your tone. You also get 8 assignable zones that allow you to combine internal sounds and external sources.
No matter what your style of music, the RD-2000 has you covered. In addition to incredible pianos, the RD-2000 comes with over 1,100 additional tone options. From organs to synths, strings or brass, the RD-2000 has everything you need. Roland’s Axial sound website offers you even more options to load into your keyboard. Considering you can adjust pitch, tone, attack and sustain of each individual note, the RD-2000 really offers limitless options for shaping your tone.
- Two independent sound engines
- Hybrid wood and molded keyboard construction
- Real-time control with 8 knobs and 9 sliders
- Piano, organs, strings, brass, synths, and more
- Saving/Recall setups with one touch with 100 scene memories
- 24-bit/192 kHz USB audio/MIDI interface
- Downloadable sounds availabe from Roland Axial website with two wave expansion slots