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The Total-Immersion, Authentic Grand-Piano Experience

With its groundbreaking approach to grand-piano modeling, and incredibly realistic sound, touch, and response, Roland’s

V-Piano has earned many international awards and accolades since its debut in 2009. It has become the #1 choice for

many of the most discerning pianists on the planet. So how does the V-Piano evolve? Introducing the V-Piano Grand!

Built into an elegant grand-piano cabinet, and with a unique, multi-channel sound system that reacts naturally and

intelligently to your performance, this exquisite instrument blurs the line between digital and acoustic worlds. Stepping

up from the previous generation, the V-Piano Grand’s sound generator has been further refined, and new piano models

have been added to the onboard library. Welcome to a new world of performance, sophistication, and musical innovation.







Roland’s revolutionary V-Piano modeling technology

in a grand cabinet

Onboard multi-channel sound system for true acoustic

grand-piano sound

Deluxe PHA III Ivory Feel Keyboard with Escapement

Progressive Damper Action pedal for true acoustic

grand-piano response

Elegant, traditional grand-piano cabinet design

New modeled pianos onboard fully optimized

for the V-Piano Grand

Living Piano

The V-Piano Grand soars above the limitations of past technologies

with its revolutionary “living” piano core, allowing every note to

respond and evolve naturally, seamlessly, and perfectly. With the

V-Piano Grand, there is no velocity switching or looping, resulting

in smooth, natural notes that must be heard to be believed.

Organic, natural, beautiful — the V-Piano Grand is a dream to play.

Amazing Spatial Sound

Unlike any instrument before, the V-Piano Grand’s built-in sound

system employs intelligent multi-channel audio technology that fi lls

the room with amazing spatial sound in which the player and

audience may not be aware of the existence of speakers. Each and

every component of the piano sound is allocated to the appropriate

location immediately, changing fl uidly and naturally based on the

performance. From the player’s perspective, hammer-clicks sound

closer, for example, and ringing strings are at a distance. Each element

is allocated intelligently in real time to create a wide, multi-dimensional

sound space. This sound image is true to the player’s perspective,

as well as to listeners. Furthermore, sound spaces are uniquely

created for each piano model. This amazing feature is unique to the

V-Piano Grand.

Sound Designer

With the V-Piano Grand you can choose from beautifully-crafted

Vintage piano-model presets to futuristic Vanguard selections, or you

can create your own custom collection. Vary the hardness of the

virtual hammer felts, and experiment with exotic string confi gurations,

tunings, and materials, such as all-silver triple strings for every key.

Put a world-famous grand under your fi ngertips or play a futuristic

piano that has never been heard before.

Innovative Cabinet Construction

In a Roland fi rst, the V-Piano Grand lets you enjoy the aesthetic

beauty of the mirror-fi nished fallboard while also concealing the

control panel. In addition, the fallboard can function as a sliding lid.

In the past, Roland digital pianos had either a fallboard or

sliding-type lid. The V-Piano Grand combines the two, offering a

beautiful fallboard that can also achieve the classic position.

When the key lid is fully opened, it lets you see the control panel.

If you want to conceal the control panel, the lid can slide

horizontally, keeping the fallboard open (standing up).

The music rest can be folded, so when the lid is closed and music

rest is folded, the top of the V-Piano Grand becomes fl at.

V-Piano Grand Specifications

[ Keyboard ] 88 keys (PHAIII Ivory Feel keyboard with Escapement) [ Sound Generator (V-Piano) ] ■ Maximum number of tone-producing

virtual strings 264-string (varies according to the sound generator load) ■ Dimensions 1,485 (W) x 1,505 (D) x 1,544 (H) mm (top opened) /

58-1/2 (W) x 59-1/4 (D) x 60-13/16 (H) inches, 1,485 (W) x 1,505 (D) x 939 (H) mm (top closed) / 58-1/2 (W) x 59-1/4 (D) x 37 (H) inches

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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RD-300NX

Digital Piano

Flagship Features at a Nice Price

Roland raised the stage-piano bar with the RD-700NX.

Today, the world-famous SuperNATURAL sound and

expression of the flagship RD is available at a lighter

weight and more affordable price … introducing

the RD-300NX! This state-of-the-art stage piano boasts

an advanced SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine,

E. Piano sounds based on SuperNATURAL technology,

a newly developed Ivory Feel-G keyboard with

Escapement, a unique Sound Focus feature, and more.








SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine

New E. Piano sounds based on SuperNATURAL technology

Innovative Sound Focus feature ensures that every note will be

heard in the mix without compressing or coloring the sound

New Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with Escapement

Intuitive U/I: new One Touch Piano feature and graphic LCD

Hundreds of high quality built-in sounds

Optional RPU-3 triple-pedal unit

SuperNATURAL Sound

The RD-300NX’s acoustic-piano sounds are derived from Roland’s

acclaimed SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine. With SuperNATURAL

Piano technology, three essential elements are dramatically

improved — velocity response, note decay, and key-range behavior

— resulting in smooth, natural sound and response. For EP lovers,

the RD-300NX contains an E. Piano based on SuperNATURAL

technology that meticulously models classic vintage EPs.

New Ivory Feel-G Keyboard

The newly developed Ivory Feel-G keyboard incorporates Roland’s

most advanced sensor, escapement mechanism, and Ivory Feel

features. The keyboard provides the superior touch and sensitivity

of Roland’s fl agship keyboards, in a compact and lightweight

design... a great benefi t for gigging musicians who want to travel

light.

[Keyboard] 88 keys (Ivory Feel-G keyboard) [Sound Generator Section] ■ Maximum Polyphony 128 voices

■ Parts Live Set (3 layers) + 16 parts ■ Sound Generators (Conforms to General MIDI 2 System) SuperNATURAL

Piano, SuperNATURAL (E.Piano), PCM Sound Generator, GM2 (for SMF Playback) ■ Live Sets Preset: 200,

User: 60 ■ Effects Multi-Effects: 78 types, Reverb: 6 types, Chorus: 3 types, 3-band Compressor, 3-band

Digital Equalizer, Sound Focus [SMF/Audio File Player] ■ File Format Standard MIDI File: format-0/1,

Audio File: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear) [Other] ■ Rhythm Patterns 200 patterns ■ Controllers LAYER

LEVEL slider x 3, EQUALIZER knobs, Pitch Bend/Modulation lever, S1/S2 buttons (assignable) ■ Display

128 x 64 dots graphic LCD (with backlit) ■ Connectors OUTPUT jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4-inch phone type,

RD-300NX Specifications

Unique Sound Focus

The innovative Sound Focus feature ensures that every note will be

heard, even subtle pianissimo passages. Based on SuperNATURAL

phase-correction technology, this essential feature ensures that the

RD-300NX won’t get lost in the mix, penetrating through walls of

sound without compressing or coloring the tone. Players can relax

and play naturally, achieving presence onstage without sacrifi cing

dynamics and sound quality.

Bonus Features

The popular One Touch Piano concept from previous RD-series

pianos has been carried over the RD-300NX as well. The handy

feature provides instant access to essential piano and E. Piano

sounds and setups with dedicated one-touch buttons. In addition,

the popular and powerful Piano Designer feature has been included

in the RD-300NX feature set, letting you build custom pianos

quickly and easily on the graphic LCD. And fi nally, for keyboardists

who desire a true grand-piano pedaling experience onstage, an

optional RPU-3 triple-pedal unit can be added.

DAMPER Pedal jack, CONTROL Pedal jacks (FC1, FC2), MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT), USB Connectors (MIDI,

MEMORY), PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type, DC IN jack ■ Power Consumption 11 W ■ Dimensions

1,438 (W) × 337 (D) × 141 (H) mm / 56-5/8 (W) x 13-5/16 (D) x 5-9/16 (H) inches ■ Weight 17.5 kg / 38 lbs 10 oz

■ Included Accessories Owner’s Manual, Damper Pedal (capable of continuous detection), AC Adaptor,

Power Cord (for AC Adaptor) ■ Options Keyboard Stand: KS-G8, Piano Pedal: RPU-3, Damper Pedal:

DP-10, Pedal Switch: DP-2, Expression Pedal: EV-5/ EV-7, USB CD Drive: CD-01A, USB Flash Memory

* Use USB memory sold by Roland. We cannot guarantee operation if other products are used.

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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ATELIER Combo AT-350C

Music Atelier

The Stylish, Travel-Friendly Combo Organ

The new ATELIER Combo AT-350C houses a “greatest hits” lineup of features and sounds, including authentic vintage

organ, in a travel-friendly instrument made for the stage. Experience the magic of SuperNATURAL sounds and Virtual

Tone Wheel technology under the real-time control of a double-manual keyboard and expressive controllers.

Harmonic bars provide a traditional organ experience, while the invisible D Beam controller takes you into the future.

Add complete backing tracks to your live show with the built-in library of Musical Styles, or MIDI- or audio-file playback,

all with interactive control. Kick live bass with an optional pedalboard. This boundary-breaking instrument sets a new

standard in live-performance versatility and borderless musical expression for all ages and musical preferences.





Stylish design, easy to transport

Realtime performance features in a travel-friendly

instrument that’s made for the stage

Double-manual keyboard configuration: 49-key upper,

64-key lower

Full harmonic bars for Upper, Lower, Solo, and Bass

Easy Transport

Even though the ATELIER Combo is loaded with heavyweight

features, it has been designed for convenient transport. Each

component, including the double-manual keyboard unit, can be

placed in a standard-size car — no truck required. For the ultimate

solid-yet-portable rig, add Roland’s KS-G8 or KS-12 folding

keyboard stand. (sold separately).

Harmonic Bars

The ATELIER Combo shines on stage with its authentic vintage

organ sounds, powered by Roland’s famous Virtual Tone Wheel

technology. Physical harmonic bars provide hands-on control of

Upper, Lower, Solo, and Bass. Get your hands on these expressive

controls and create dynamic, professional organ performances!

Essential Sounds and Styles

In addition to its authentic vintage organs, the ATELIER Combo

is packed with a world-class lineup of sounds and backing styles.

Turn heads with the incredibly expressive SuperNATURAL trumpet,

violin, and fl amenco guitar, or the gorgeous grand piano and

acoustic guitar, to name a few. All of these great sounds come to

life under your fi ngertips as solo instruments or as components

of the interactive Music Styles. Choose from the professionally

programmed library of play-along Styles that span a variety of

popular genres.

Stand: KS-G8

Pedalboard: PK-25A

Organ Bench: BNC-23-BK

■ Keyboard Upper: 49 keys (C3–C7), Lower: 64 keys (Waterfall keyboard, A1–C7), Initial Touch: Upper,

Lower (10 levels for each) ■ Sound Generator (Conforms to GM2/GS/XGlite) Max. Polyphony: 128 ■ Voice

243 Voices (including 15 SuperNATURAL Voices and 8 Active Expression Voices), Upper Part: Organ,

Orchestral, Lower Part: Lower, Solo Part: Solo, Pedal Part: Pedal, Vintage Organ: Flute (with full harmonic

bars) ■ Rhythm 210 rhythms in 8 groups x 4 variations, User Rhythm: 99 rhythms ■ Arranger Function

Tempo, Arranger On/Off, Start/Stop, Sync Start, Intro, Ending, Intro Count Down, Break, Auto Fill In, Variation

(4 variations), One Touch Program, Chord Intelligence, Leading Bass, Auto Standard Tempo ■ Music

Assistant Over 240 titles x 4 variations ■ One Touch Program 210 rhythms x 4 variations ■ Drums/SFX Sets

17 Drum Sets + 1 SFX Set ■ Manual Percussion Sets 7 sets ■ Harmony Intelligence 18 types ■ Master

Tuning 415.3 to 466.2 Hz (adjustable in Increments of 0.1 Hz) ■ Key Transpose -4 to +7 (in semitones)

■ Playback Transpose -6 to +5 (in semitones) ■ Effects Rotary Sound, RSS Reverb, Sustain, Vibrato, Glide,

D Beam, Overdrive ■ Registration 8 memories, Function: Load Next, Registration Shift ■ Composer

Tracks: 7 tracks, Note Storage: Approx. 40,000 notes, Song Length: Max. 999 measures, Tempo: Quarter




Stand: KS-G8

Pedalboard: PK-7A

Organ Bench: BNC-15-BK

ATELIER Combo AT-350C Specifications

Higher-resolution voices powered by Roland’s

acclaimed SuperNATURAL technology

D Beam provides unique sound control

Optional accessories: KS-G8/KS-12 keyboard stands,

PK-7A 20-key pedalboard, PK-25A 25-key pedalboard

Expressive Add-ons

The ATELIER Combo is available in three setup confi gurations to

match various performance styles and music genres. Purchase

it as a keyboard-only rig with no pedalboard, with a 20-key PK-7A

pedalboard, or with a 25-key PK-25A pedalboard (pedalboards

include an integrated expression pedal). When you’re ready to turn

up the volume, plug into one of Roland’s great sounding SA-1000

or KC Series keyboard amplifi ers, sold separately.

USB Play

Expand your creativity with the ATELIER Combo’s USB functionality.

Play along with commercially available music fi les, or even MIDI

and WAV fi les downloaded from the Internet. The ATELIER Combo

also lets you save your performance as audio data for easy transfer

to a CD!

AT-300/100/75 Update

The ATELIER Combo sets a new performance standard,

and leads the way for an improved feature set to be

incorporated into the already popular AT-75, AT-100,

and AT-300 models. An update providing new styles

and Music Assistants will be available for these models

soon.

Stand: KS-G8

Expression Pedal: EV-7

Damper Pedal: DP-10

note = 20 to 500, Resolution: 120 ticks per quarter note, Recording: Realtime (Replace) Audio Recording:

WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit Linear Format) ■ File Storage Media: USB memory, Save Song: USB memory:

MUSIC ATELIER original format, SMF format 0, WAV, Songs: Max. 99 songs for each folder ■ Display

Graphic 128 x 64 dots backlit LCD ■ Connectors Main Out jacks (L/Mono, R), AUX Out jacks (L/Mono, R),

Input jacks (L/Mono, R), Phones jack (stereo), Pedal jacks (Damper, Expression, Control), MIDI connectors

(In, Out), PK In connector, USB (MIDI) connector, USB Memory connector, DC In jack ■ Power Supply

DC 9V (AC adaptor) ■ Current Draw 1,000 mA ■ Finish Black ■ Dimensions Console: 1,250 (W) x 510 (D)

x 370 (H) mm (with Music Rest) / 49-1/4 (W) x 20-1/8 (D) x 14-5/8 (H) inches, 1,250 (W) x 510 (D) x 190 (H)

mm (without Music Rest) / 49-1/4 (W) x 20-1/8 (D) x 7-1/2 (H) inches ■ Weight Console: 25.5 kg / 56 lbs

4 oz (with Music Rest), 24.5 kg / 54 lbs 1 oz (without Music Rest) ■ Included Accessories Music Rest,

AC Adaptor, Power Cord, PK Cable, Owner’s Manual, Quick Guide, Voice & Rhythm Guide ■ Options

Keyboard Stand: KS-G8, KS-12, Pedalboard: PK-25A, PK-7A, Damper Pedal: DP-10, DP-2, Expression

Pedal: EV-7, Bench, Stereo Headphones, USB Memory, CD Drive, Keyboard Amplifier: KC-110, SA-1000

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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V-Drums V-Tour Series TD-9KX2 / TD-9K2

Enhanced Design, Improved Playability

Roland’s popular V-Tour series gets upgraded with a newly designed Kick Pad and

V-Cymbals, and an enhanced TD-9 sound module, to improve the total playability of

the drum set. Play any style of music with the diverse range of sounds onboard, and

drum along your favorite MP3/WAV songs via USB key.




TD-9KX2 V-Drums V-Tour Series TD-9K2 V-Drums V-Tour Series

Enhanced with new components (KD-9, CY-12C, CY-13R)

Mesh heads provide an acoustic-like feel and response

on snare and toms (PD-105, PD-85)

VH-11 V-Hi-Hat mounts on standard acoustic hi-hat

stand

TD-9KX2 Kit Confi guration

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Percussion Sound Module TD-9 x 1

Kick Pad KD-9 x 1

V-Pad (Snare) PD-105 x 1

V-Pad (Tom 1, Tom 2, Tom 3) PD-85 x 3

V-Hi-Hat VH-11 x 1

V-Cymbal Crash CY-12C x 1

V-Cymbal Ride CY-13R x 1

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Drum Stand MDS-9 x 1 (Option)

TD-9 Sound Module

The TD-9 has been upgraded with brand new acoustic snare and bass drum

sounds for improved playability and new kits that cover a wider range

of musical styles. Also new is MP3 fi le playback compatibility, which

joins the previously available WAV-fi le playback, for jamming along

with your favorite songs or backing tracks.

KD-9 Kick Pad

TD-9KX2 Specifications

* Connection cables are hidden

for photography purposes

* Kick pedal and hi-hat stand

not included

■ Extra Trigger Input Jack 2 (CRASH2, AUX) ■ Dimensions 1,300 (W) x 1,200 (D) x 1,250 (H) mm /

51-3/16 (W) x 47-1/4 (D) x 49-1/4 (H) inches (with using MDS-9, including Sound Module, Kick Pad, Cymbals,

and Drum Throne) ■ Weight 15.3 kg / 33 lbs 12 oz (excluding Drum Stand) ■ Included Accessories

Drum Key, Setup Guide ■ Options Cymbal Mount: MDY Series, Pad Mount: MDH Series, Personal

Drum Monitor: PM-10, PM-30, V-Drums Accessory Package: DAP-3, V-Drums Mat: TDM-10, TDM-20

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

Compact and rock solid, this newly designed kick pad provides great

feel, dynamic response, accurate triggering and solid playability even

with using a double pedal. When used with the upgraded TD-9 sound

module (Version 2.0), a “muted” bass drum sound can be created by

playing hard, the same as when leaving the beater against the head of

an acoustic bass drum.




Affordable V-Drums with the enhanced TD-9 sound

module

Mesh heads for snare and toms (PDX-8, PDX-6)

Compact and expressive hi-hat combination with CY-5

and FD-8

TD-9K2 Kit Confi guration

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Percussion Sound Module TD-9 x 1

Kick Pad KD-9 x 1

V-Pad (Snare, Tom 3) PDX-8 x 2

V-Pad (Tom 1, Tom 2) PDX-6 x 2

Cymbal Pad (Hi-Hat) CY-5 x 1

Hi-Hat Control Pedal FD-8 x 1

V-Cymbal Crash CY-12C x 1

V-Cymbal Ride CY-13R x 1

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Drum Stand MDS-9 x 1 (Option)

TD-9K2 Specifications

■ Extra Trigger Input Jack 2 (CRASH2, AUX) ■ Dimensions 1,300 (W) x 1,200 (D) x 1,250 (H) mm /

51-3/16 (W) x 47-1/4 (D) x 49-1/4 (H) inches (with using MDS-9, including Sound Module, Kick Pad, Cymbals,

and Drum Throne) ■ Weight 13.1 kg / 28 lbs 15 oz (excluding Drum Stand) ■ Included Accessories

Drum Key, Setup Guide ■ Options Cymbal Mount: MDY Series, Pad Mount: MDH Series, Personal

Drum Monitor: PM-10, PM-30 V-Drums Accessory Package: DAP-3, V-Drums Mat: TDM-10, TDM-20

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

CY-12C V-Cymbal Crash

With optimized weight-balance and sensitivity, the CY-12C provides

a natural swinging motion and accurate triggering for consistent crash

performance, including choke control.

CY-13R V-Cymbal Ride

* Connection cables are hidden

for photography purposes

* Kick pedal not included

Experience acoustic-like ride cymbal performance. Optimizing the

weight-balance and sensing with enlarged bow area, the CY-13R

provides a natural swinging motion and accurate three-way triggering

for edge, bow and bell.

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Pro Enhancements for Affordable V-Drums

The most affordable

V-Compact series from the

V-Drums family is also

undergoing new upgrades

and refinements with a new

Kick Pad and V-Cymbals. With

its improved playability, the

new kits help you maximize

your performance and

practice time. Get better

faster with the built-in Coach

and Quick Rec/Play function.

TD-4KX2





V-Drums V-Compact Series TD-4KX2 / TD-4K2

Mesh heads for snare and toms (PDX-8, PDX-6)

Natural swing motion and playing feel with new V-Cymbals

(CY-12C, CY-13R)

Three-way triggering for Ride (CY-13R)

Great feel and reliable playability with new mechanics and

a cloth-designed bass drum head (KD-9)

TD-4K2




The most compact and affordable V-Drums,

featuring a mesh-head snare (PDX-8) and

a cloth-head Kick Pad (KD-9)

Authentic percussion instruments onboard

the TD-4 sound module

Dual trigger Cymbal pad for crash and ride (CY-8)

TD-4KX2 V-Drums V-Compact Series

TD-4KX2 Kit Confi guration

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Percussion Sound Module TD-4 x 1

Kick Pad KD-9 x 1

V-Pad (Snare, Tom 3) PDX-8 x 2

V-Pad (Tom 1, Tom 2) PDX-6 x 2

Cymbal Pad (Hi-Hat) CY-5 x 1

Hi-Hat Control Pedal FD-8 x 1

V-Cymbal Crash CY-12C x 1

V-Cymbal Ride CY-13R x 1

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Drum Stand MDS-4 x 1 (Option)

TD-4KX2 Specifications

TD-4K2 V-Drums V-Compact Series

TD-4K2 Kit Confi guration

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Percussion Sound Module TD-4 x 1

Kick Pad KD-9 x 1

V-Pad (Snare) PDX-8 x 1

Pad (Tom 1, Tom 2, Tom 3) PD-8 x 3

Cymbal Pad (Hi-Hat) CY-5 x 1

Hi-Hat Control Pedal FD-8 x 1

Cymbal Pad (Crash/Ride) CY-8 x 2

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Drum Stand MDS-4 x 1 (Option)

TD-4K2 Specifications

* Connection cables are hidden

for photography purposes

* Kick pedal not included

■ Dimensions 1,200 (W) x 1,100 (D) x 1,250 (H) mm / 47-1/4 (W) x 43-5/16 (D) x 49-1/4 (H) inches (with

using MDS-4, including Sound Module, Kick Pad, Cymbals, and Drum Throne) ■ Weight 12.7 kg / 28 lbs

(excluding Drum Stand) ■ Included Accessories Drum Key, Setup Guide ■ Options Cymbal Mount:

MDY Series, Pad Mount: MDH Series, Personal Drum Monitor: PM-10, PM-30, V-Drums Accessory

Package: DAP-3, V-Drums Mat: TDM-10

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

* Connection cables are hidden

for photography purposes

* Kick pedal not included

■ Extra Trigger Input 1 (CR2) ■ Dimensions 1,200 (W) x 1,100 (D) x 1,250 (H) mm / 47-1/4 (W) x 43-5/16 (D)

x 49-1/4 (H) inches (with using MDS-4, including Sound Module, Kick Pad, Cymbals, and Drum Throne)

■ Weight 12.1 kg / 26 lbs 11 oz (excluding Drum Stand) ■ Included Accessories Drum Key, Setup Guide

■ Options Cymbal Mount: MDY Series, Pad Mount: MDH Series, Personal Drum Monitor: PM-10,

PM-30, V-Drums Accessory Package: DAP-3, V-Drums Mat: TDM-10

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

OPTIONS

CY-12C V-Cymbal Crash

With optimized

weight-balance and

sensitivity, the CY-12C

provides a natural

swinging motion and

accurate triggering for

consistent crash

performance, including

choke control.

CY-12C Specifications

■ Size 12 inches ■ Triggers 2 (Bow/Edge) ■ Connector BOW/EDGE Output Jack ■ Dimensions

305 (W) x 305 (D) x 45 (H) mm / 12-1/16 (W) x 12-1/16 (D) x 1-13/16 (H) inches ■ Weight 940 g /

2 lbs 2 oz ■ Accessories Owner’s Manual, Wing Nut, Felt Washer, Stopper, Connection Cable,

Cable Tie ■ Options Cymbal Mount (MDY Series), Cymbal Parts Set (CYM-10)

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

CY-13R V-Cymbal Ride

Experience acoustic-like

ride cymbal performance

with the new CY-13R.

The enlarged bow area

and a natural swing

motion enhances

the playing feel, with

accurate three-way

triggering for edge, bow

and bell.

CY-13R Specifications

■ Size 13 inches ■ Triggers 3 (Bow/Bell/Edge) ■ Connectors BOW/EDGE Output Jack,

BELL Output Jack ■ Dimensions 331 (W) x 331 (D) x 48 (H) mm / 13-1/16 (W) x 13-1/16 (D)

x 1-15/16 (H) inches ■ Weight 1.1 kg / 2 lbs 7 oz ■ Accessories Owner’s Manual, Wing

Nut, Felt Washer, Stopper, Connection Cable x 2, Cable Tie ■ Options Cymbal Mount

(MDY Series), Cymbal Parts Set (CYM-10)

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

KD-9 Kick Pad

With new mechanics and a cloth-designed bass drum head,

the KD-9 provides great feel, dynamic response, accurate

triggering and solid playability even with using a double

pedal. It’s also easy and quick to set up.

* Kick pedal not included

KD-9 Specifications

■ Dimensions 219 (W) x 203 (D) x 438 (H) mm / 8-5/8 (W) x 8(D) x 17-1/4 (H) inches ■ Weight

2.8 kg / 6 lbs 3 oz ■ Accessories Owner’s Manual, Connection Cable

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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CUBE-120XL/-60XL/-20XL BASS

60XL BASS/20XL BASS only

XL Power for Bassists!

Bass Amplifier

Just as the CUBE guitar-amp family received an XL upgrade, now it’s time for the CUBE BASS line to reach XL

status. The new 120XL/60XL/20XL BASS amplifiers remain portable and travel friendly, a CUBE tradition, but they

benefit from new-generation XL performance enhancements. These new amps deliver a knock-out punch with

custom FFP and COSM technology. FFP is one of Roland’s core technologies in which each component — amp,

cabinet, and speaker — achieves maximum efficiency and performance for incredible power from a compact body.

Dual custom-designed airflow ports* provide deep bass and punchy sound. And there’s more to the XL BASS story:

Check out the wicked new COSM amps and effects and, another world’s first for bass amplifiers, built-in Looper* for

constructing stacks of sound in real-time!

CUBE-20XL BASS

CUBE-60XL BASS

CUBE-120XL BASS

*120XL BASS/60XL BASS only

CUBE-120XL BASS

The fl agship CUBE-120XL BASS delivers 120 pumpin’ watts of power

through its 12-inch-high-performance coaxial speaker. This amp will

punch its way through any mix, and affords players plenty of fl exibility

onstage. Create a universe of instantly selectable tones with eight

COSM amp models, including the new SUPER LOW, plus 4-band EQ,

wicked effects, and Looper — a world’s fi rst for bass amps!




Compact 120-watt bass amp with custom-designed

12-inch coaxial speaker

Dual custom-designed Air Flow Port for deep bass

and punchy sound

Eight COSM amp models, including the new SUPER

LOW amp

■ Rated Power Output 120 W ■ Nominal Input Level BASS INPUT: -10 dBu / 1 MΩ, AUX IN: -10 dBu

■ Speaker 30 cm (12 inches) + Tweeter (Coaxial, 2-way) ■ Controls POWER Switch, TUNER Switch

[BASS INPUT] PAD Switch (OFF, -10 dB) [COMP/DRIVE] COMP/DRIVE Knob (COMP, DRIVE)

[COSM AMPLIFIER] TYPE Switch (SUPER FLAT, FLIP TOP, B MAN, T.E, BASS360, SESSION, CONCERT

810, SUPER LOW), SHAPE Switch, GAIN Knob, VOLUME Knob [SOLO] ON/OFF, MEMORY Switch,

VOLUME Knob [EQUALIZER] BASS Knob, LOW-MID Knob, HIGH-MID Knob, TREBLE Knob [EFX] EFX

Knob (CHORUS, POLY OCTAVE) [REVERB] REVERB Knob (ROOM, PLATE) [DELAY/LOOPER] REC/PLAY/

DUB Switch, TAP/STOP Switch, DELAY/LOOPER Knob (DELAY, LOOPER) [LINE OUT/DI OUT] SELECT

Switch (LINE OUT, DI OUT), GND LIFT Switch (OFF, ON) [FOOT SW] FOOT SW TYPE Switch (FS-5L,

FS-5U) ■ Indicators Power COMP/DRIVE, TUNER, SHAPE, SOLO, EFX, DELAY/LOOPER, REC/PLAY/DUB,

CUBE-60XL BASS

The mid-size CUBE-60XL BASS provides 60 watts of power in a

portable cabinet that’s great for rehearsals and gigs alike. It has a

Solo channel with memory, eight COSM amp models, 3-band EQ,

and onboard effects. It’s also the world’s fi rst bass amp with a built-in

looper!




Compact 60-watt bass amp with custom-designed

10-inch coaxial speaker

Dual custom-designed Air Flow Port for deep bass

and punchy sound

Eight COSM amp models, including the new SUPER

LOW amp

■ Rated Power Output 60 W ■ Nominal Input Level BASS INPUT: -10 dBu / 1 MΩ, AUX IN: -10 dBu

■ Speakers 25 cm (10 inches) + Tweeter (Coaxial, 2-way) ■ Controls POWER Switch, TUNER Switch,

POWER SQUEEZER Switch, [COMP/DRIVE] COMP/DRIVE Knob (COMP, DRIVE) [COSM AMPLIFIER]

TYPE Switch (SUPER FLAT, FLIP TOP, B MAN, T.E, BASS360, SESSION, CONCERT 810, SUPER LOW),

SHAPE Switch, GAIN Knob, VOLUME Knob [SOLO] ON/OFF, MEMORY Switch, VOLUME Knob

[EQUALIZER] BASS Knob, MIDDLE Knob, TREBLE Knob [EFX] EFX Knob (CHORUS, POLY OCTAVE)

[REVERB] REVERB Knob (ROOM, PLATE) [DELAY/LOOPER] REC/PLAY/DUB Switch, TAP/STOP Switch,

DELAY/LOOPER Knob (DELAY, LOOPER) [DI OUT] GND LIFT Switch (OFF, ON) ■ Indicators Power,

CUBE-20XL BASS




Ultra-compact 20-watt bass amp with custom-designed

8-inch speaker

Six COSM amp models onboard

Seven effects, including the new DRIVE and POLY OCTAVE

■ Rated Power Output 20 W ■ Nominal Input Level BASS INPUT: -10 dBu / 1 MΩ, AUX IN: -10 dBu

■ Speaker 20 cm (8 inches) ■ Controls POWER Switch, SHAPE Switch, TUNER Switch, POWER

SQUEEZER Switch [COMP/DRIVE] COMP/DRIVE Knob (COMP, DRIVE) [COSM AMPLIFIER] TYPE switch

(SUPER FLAT, FLIP TOP, B MAN, BASS360, SESSION, CONCERT 810), GAIN Knob, VOLUME Knob

[EQUALIZER] BASS Knob, MIDDLE Knob, TREBLE Knob [EFX/SOLO] EFX/SOLO Knob (CHORUS,

SOLO, POLY OCTAVE) [DELAY/REVERB] DELAY/REVERB Knob (DELAY, REVERB) ■ Indicators POWER,






CUBE-120XL BASS Specifications

CUBE-60XL BASS Specifications

The most portable of the CUBE-XL BASS family, the CUBE-20XL BASS, features 20 watts of power, an 8-inch

custom speaker, six COSM amp models, pro-quality effects (Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Solo, Poly Octave,

Compression, and Overdrive), Power Squeezer for big sound at low volume, and 3-band EQ.

CUBE-20XL BASS Specifications

Seven effects, including the new DRIVE and POLY OCTAVE

SOLO function with memory for use as a second

channel

Phrase Looper onboard for sound-on-sound recording

with unlimited overdubs

Four-band EQ for fine-tuning your sound

Built-in chromatic bass tuner with drop tuning support

REVERB ■ Connectors BASS INPUT Jack (1/4" phone type), AUX IN Jack (Stereo miniature phone

type), LINE OUT/DI OUT Jack (XLR type) RECORDING OUT/PHONES Jack (Stereo 1/4" phone type),

EXT SPEAKER Jack (1/4" phone type), FOOT SW Jack (TIP: SOLO, RING: COMP/DRIVE) (1/4" TRS phone

type), FOOT SW Jack (TIP: EFX, RING: REVERB) (1/4" TRS phone type), FOOT SW Jack (TIP: DELAY/REC/

PLAY/DUB, RING: TAP/STOP) (1/4" TRS phone type) *When connecting to an external speaker, make

sure the speaker conforms to the following specifications. Impedance: 8 Ω or less, Allowable power input:

120 watts or greater ■ Power Consumption 39 W ■ Dimensions 462 (W) x 325 (D) x 518 (H) mm / 18-3/16

(W) x 12-13/16 (D) x 20-7/16 (H) inches ■ Weight 19.7 kg / 43 lbs 7 oz ■ Included Accessory Owner’s

Manual ■ Options Footswitch (BOSS FS-5L, FS-5U, FS-6)







Seven effects, including the new DRIVE and POLY OCTAVE

SOLO function with memory for use as a second channel

POWER SQUEEZER for big, rich sound at low volumes

Phrase Looper onboard for sound-on-sound recording

with unlimited overdubs

Three-band EQ for fine-tuning your sound

Built-in chromatic bass tuner with drop tuning support

COMP/DRIVE, TUNER, SHAPE, SOLO, EFX, DELAY/LOOPER, REC/PLAY/DUB, REVERB, POWER

SQUEEZER ■ Connectors BASS INPUT Jack (1/4" phone type), AUX IN Jack (Stereo miniature phone

type), LINE OUT Jack (1/4" phone type), DI OUT Jack (XLR type), RECORDING OUT/PHONES Jack

(Stereo 1/4" phone type), FOOT SW Jack (TIP: SOLO, RING: COMP/DRIVE) (1/4" TRS phone type), FOOT

SW Jack (TIP: EFX, RING: REVERB) (1/4" TRS phone type), FOOT SW Jack (TIP: DELAY/REC/PLAY/DUB,

RING: TAP/STOP) (1/4" TRS phone type) ■ Power Consumption 25 W ■ Dimensions 421 (W) x 325 (D) x

479 (H) mm / 16-5/8 (W) x 12-13/16 (D) x 18-7/8 (H) inches ■ Weight 16.2 kg / 35 lbs 12 oz

■ Included Accessory Owner’s Manual ■ Options Footswitch (BOSS FS-5L, FS-5U, FS-6)




POWER SQUEEZER for big, rich sound at low

volumes; great for home practice and other volumesensitive

environments

Three-band EQ for fine-tuning your sound

Built-in bass tuner

COMP/DRIVE, TUNER, EFX/SOLO, POWER SQUEEZER ■ Connectors BASS INPUT Jack (1/4" phone

type), AUX IN Jack (Stereo miniature phone type), FOOT SW Jack (TIP: EFX/SOLO, RING: COMP/

DRIVE) (1/4" TRS phone type), RECORDING OUT/PHONES Jack (Stereo 1/4" phone type) ■ Power

Consumption 24 W ■ Dimensions 335 (W) x 327 (D) x 335 (H) mm / 13-3/16 (W) x 12-7/8 (D) x 13-3/16 (H)

inches ■ Weight 9.4 kg / 20 lbs 12 oz ■ Included Accessory Owner’s Manual ■ Options Footswitch

(BOSS FS-5U, FS-6)

* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms * The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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16

RC-30 DUAL TRACK LOOPER/RC-3

Setting a New Loop Station Standard

BOSS celebrates the 10th anniversary

of the Loop Station with a dynamic

new lineup of RC-series loopers.

Introducing the RC-3 and RC-30 . . .

portable, powerful pedals with

super-sized internal memory that

captures up to three hours of stereo

looping! The RC-3 is a one-track

stereo Looper housed in a compact

pedal; the RC-30 is the two-track

version in twin-pedal format.

No matter what instrument you play

or noises you make,

the new RC series is ready to loop

it. Plug in your instrument of choice,

even a microphone; the RC-30 has

an XLR input, complete with

phantom power. Both pedals are

equipped with USB 2.0 ports that let

you save your loops externally, as

well as import and export WAV files.

Loop Station





True stereo Loop Stations; one stereo track for RC-3,

two stereo tracks for RC-30

Massive internal memory with up to three hours of

stereo recording time!

99 onboard memory phrases for storing loops

Multiple inputs: 1/4-inch A and B input jacks, stereo

1/8-inch mini AUX input jack; RC-30 also has XLR

input with phantom power

RC-3

■ Nominal Input Level INPUT: -20 dBu, AUX IN: -10 dBu ■ Input Impedance INPUT: 1 MΩ, AUX

IN: 22 kΩ ■ Nominal Output Level -20 dBu ■ Output Impedance 1 kΩ ■ Recommended Load

Impedance 10 kΩ or larger ■ Recording/Playback Maximum Recording Time: Approximately 3

hours, Maximum Phrase Memory: 99 phrases, Number of tracks: 1, Data Format: WAV (44.1 kHz,

16-bit linear, stereo) ■ Rhythm Type Hi-Hat, Kick & Hi-Hat, Rock 1, Rock 2, Pop, Funk, Shuffle, R & B,

Latin, Percussion ■ USB Interface Hi-Speed USB mass storage device class ■ Controls Pedal switch,

LOOP OUTPUT knob, RHYTHM OUTPUT knob, DOWN button, UP button, WRITE button, RHYTHM

ON/OFF button, TAP TEMPO button ■ Indicators REC, PLAY (DUB) indicator ■ Display 7 segments,

2 characters (LED) ■ Connectors INPUT A Jack: 1/4" phone type, INPUT B Jack: 1/4" phone type,

AUX IN Jack: Stereo miniature phone type, OUTPUT A Jack: 1/4" phone type, OUTPUT B Jack: 1/4"

phone type, STOP/MEMORY SHIFT Jack: 1/4" TRS phone type, USB Connector, DC IN Jack (DC 9 V)

■ Nominal Input Level MIC IN: -40 dBu (variable), INST IN: -20 dBu, AUX IN: -10 dBu ■ Input Impedance

MIC IN: 4 kΩ, INST IN: 1 MΩ, AUX IN: 22 kΩ ■ Nominal Output Level -20 dBu ■ Output Impedance

1 kΩ ■ Recommended Load Impedance 10 kΩ or larger ■ Recording/Playback Maximum Recording

Time: Approximately 3 hours, Maximum Phrase Memory: 99 phrases, Number of tracks: 2, Data

Format: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear, stereo) ■ Rhythm Type Hi-Hat, Kick & Hi-Hat, Rock 1, Rock 2,

Pop, Funk, Shuffle, R & B, Latin, Percussion ■ Effect Type BEND DOWN, STEP PHASER, SWEEP

FILTER, TEMPO DELAY, Lo-Fi ■ USB Interface Hi-Speed USB mass storage device class ■ Controls

REC/PLAY/OVERDUB pedal switch, STOP/TAP TEMPO pedal switch, MIC INPUT LEVEL knob,

MEMORY DOWN button, MEMORY UP button, MEMORY WRITE button, MEMORY DELETE button,

RHYTHM OUTPUT LEVEL knob, RHYTHM ON/OFF button, RHYTHM TYPE button, RHYTHM TAP

TEMPO button, TRACK 1 slider, TRACK 1 SELECT button, TRACK 2 slider, TRACK 2 SELECT button,

LOOP FX ON/OFF, LOOP FX TYPE button, PHANTOM switch ■ Indicators POWER indicator, REC/

PLAY (DUB) indicator, PEAK indicator, TRACK 1 STATUS indicator, TRACK 2 STATUS indicator,

BEND DOWN indicator, STEP PHASER indicator, SWEEP FILTER indicator, TEMPO DELAY

indicator, Lo-Fi indicator ■ Display 7 segments, 2 characters (LED) ■ Connectors MIC IN Jack:





USB 2.0 port lets you connect to a PC and

import/export WAV audio

Rhythm guide with real drums

Runs on batteries or optional AC power supply

Built-in effects for processing loops (RC-30 only)

The RC-3 provides three hours (!) of stereo recording capacity direct to internal memory.

Now you can record long phrases without worrying about memory. Ninety-nine memory

locations let you save and instantly recall your creations. Those who want to incorporate

stereo instruments and devices will appreciate the true stereo I/O of the RC-3. Built in

drum patterns guide you to perfect looping. And once you’ve created a body of work, you

can use the RC-3’s USB 2.0 port to conveniently save your loops externally. Looping has

never been this portable, powerful, and fun!

RC-3 Specifications

RC-30 DUAL TRACK LOOPER

In addition to the features found in the RC-3, the RC-30 adds a second stereo track for

creating more complex loops. With each track being independently controllable, you can

interactively manipulate stereo loops for expanded creativity. Another big bonus of the

RC-30 is the inclusion creative onboard effects, as well as an XLR input with phantom

power. Plug in the microphone of your choice, sing, loop, and amaze your audience.

With the RC-30, everyone is welcome to the party, guitarists, bassists, keyboard players,

singers, and even non-musicians who want to explore loop-making using sound

effects, noisemaking objects, etc. It’s time

to experience the power and creativity of

live, interactive looping!

RC-30 Specifications

■ Power Supply DC 9 V: Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61), AC Adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)

* Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries cannot be used. ■ Current Draw 70 mA (DC 9 V) * Expected battery

life under continuous use: Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61): Approx. 3 hours. These figures will vary

depending on the actual conditions of use. ■ Dimensions 73 (W) x 129 (D) x 59 (H) mm / 2-7/8 (W)

x 5-1/8 (D) x 2-3/8 (H) inches ■ Weight 450 g / 1 lb (including battery) ■ Included Accessories

Owner’s Manual, Leaflet (“USING THE UNIT SAFELY,” “IMPORTANT NOTES,” and “Information”),

Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61): already installed in unit ■ Options AC Adaptor (PSA series),

Footswitch (FS-5U, FS-6)

* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms

* The battery that was supplied with the unit is for temporary use, intended primarily

for testing the unit’s operation. We suggest replacing this with an alkaline dry cell.

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

XLR type (balanced/phantom power: DC 48 V, 10 mA), INST IN Jack (L/MONO, R): 1/4" phone type,

AUX IN Jack: Stereo miniature phone type, OUTPUT Jack (L/MONO, R): 1/4" phone type, FOOT

SW Jack: 1/4" TRS phone type, USB Connector, DC IN Jack (DC 9 V) ■ Power Supply DC 9 V:

Alkaline (AA, LR6) or Carbon-zinc battery (AA, R6) x 6, AC Adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)

* Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries cannot be used. ■ Current Draw Maximum 195 mA (DC 9 V)

* Expected battery life under continuous use: Alkaline battery (AA, LR6): Approx. 7.5 hours, Carbon-zinc

battery (AA, R6): Approx. 1.5 hours. These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.

■ Dimensions 173 (W) x 158 (D) x 57 (H) mm / 6-13/16 (W) x 6-1/4 (D) x 2-1/4 (H) inches ■ Weight

1.2 kg / 2 lbs 11 oz (including batteries) ■ Included Accessories Owner’s Manual, Leaflet (“USING

THE UNIT SAFELY,” “IMPORTANT NOTES,” and “Information”), Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 6

■ Options AC Adaptor (PSA series), Footswitch (FS-5U, FS-6)

* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms

* The battery that was supplied with the unit is for temporary use, intended primarily

for testing the unit’s operation. We suggest replacing this with an alkaline dry cell.

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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18

FR-18 diatonic V-Accordion

A World of Musical Genres

in One Amazing Instrument

Introducing the world’s first diatonic

digital accordion!

With the same level of sound

quality and natural, dynamic

response as its award-winning

V-Accordion predecessors,

the new FR-18 diatonic is a dream

for accordionists seeking

a world-class diatonic instrument

that can do it all. The FR-18 diatonic

features a brand new sound set

that lets you choose instantly from

a lineup of 12 virtual diatonic

accordions as well as a variety of

orchestral instruments, Virtual Tone

Wheel organs, percussion, and

more!

12 diatonic Accordions In One

Performing accordionists can cover all bases onstage with this one

instrument. No matter the song, you can switch instantly between

different tonalities and confi gurations of the keyboard/bass buttons.

Diatonic musicians won’t have to carry a truckload of accordions

onstage anymore! In addition to its amazing collection of virtual

accordions, the FR-18 diatonic has other great instruments onboard,

all instantly selectable. Choose from orchestral and brass instruments,

exotic world instruments, percussion,

organs, and more. The User Sets let you

load your custom layouts of sounds

and settings for instant recall.

Tablature Sets

The FR-18 diatonic comes with a dozen instantly selectable tablatures,

making it possible to cover numerous genres without ever having to

change accordions! In addition, you can create your own tablatures

with a PC/Mac software app (available via free download). With this

software, the FR-18 diatonic is truly an open instrument

with customizable layouts for the keyboard and bass

buttons. Thanks to USB compatibility, it’s easy to

transmit and receive custom tablature sets between

computer and accordion.

Performance Style & Comfort

The speaker-less, lightweight body makes the FR-18 diatonic

a comfort to wear and play. The long-life battery compatibility lets

you roam onstage, free of unnecessary cables and clutter. The

classic black fi nish blends well into any environment; it looks cool

and stylish onstage yet elegant in the classiest of settings.

In addition, there are exchangeable inlay sheets that let you change

the appearance of the instrument.

You can also create your own

custom-designed inlay sheets and

install them easily.

Private or Public

High-quality Roland earphones are included with the FR-18 diatonic

package so you can play the instrument right out of the box.

Practice at any hour without disturbing neighbors or surrounding

environments. When it’s time to blast, however, plug the FR-18 diatonic

into one of Roland’s award-winning amplifi ers,

such as the SA-300 stage amplifi er.





World’s first digital diatonic accordion

12 onboard accordion models, including three user

sets

Virtual Tone Wheel organs onboard with slow and

fast rotary

Four user program registrations

FR-7x WHITE version V-Accordion

New Luxury Version

The V-Accordion is the first instrument of its kind to combine

the familiar sounds and nuances of a traditional accordion

with the versatility of a modern digital musical instrument.

The FR-7x, previously introduced in black and red colors, is

now available in a luxurious white version with multi-colored

bellows, a leather bellows clip, Alcantara back pad, and

leather/Alcantara straps. The new FR-7x White is available in

both piano-type and button-type versions.




Programmable keyboard and bass button layout

Drum function for manual percussion via bass &

chord buttons

Player is free to roam with battery (AA) power and

wireless capability*

FR-18 D BK FR-18 D RD

■ Keyboards Right hand: 37 buttons, velocity sensitive, selectable tablature and key, Left hand: 18 bass

buttons, velocity sensitive, selectable tablature and key (same as for right hand), selectable button chord

behavior (full chord or omitted third) ■ Bellows Real pneumatic detection of bellows pressure (high

resolution pressure sensor), high-resolution bellows resistance regulator ■ Sound generator Max polyphony:

128 voices, Wave ROM: 64 MB of waveforms (8+8 MB expansion sounds), Tones: 12 accordion Sets,

each including: 8 treble registers, 8 orchestral sounds, 4 organ sounds (slow/fast Rotary settings for

each), 3 bass & chord registers, 3 Orchestra Bass registers, 3 Orchestra Chord registers, Treble reed

footages: 5, Bass reed footages: 3, Chord reed footages: 2 ■ PBM (Physical Behavior Modeling) Noises:

stopping-reed growl, closing valve noise, left button noise, Individual reed simulation: hysteresis threshold,

expression curve, pressure-variant filter, pressure-variant pitch deviation, Reed sound wave switching:

by bellows acceleration, by note repetition speed ■ Musette tuning Micro tuning presets: 15 (Dry, Classic,

F-Folk, American L/H, North Europe, German L/H, D-Folk L/H, Alpine, Italian L/H, French, Scottish) ■ Effects

reverb: 8 types, chorus: 8 types, rotary (Slow/Fast) for organ sounds ■ Panel controls Knobs: VOLUME,

Panel switches: 4 treble registers + ORCHESTRA/ORGAN button, SET/FUNCTION register, 3 bass registers,

ORCH. BASS button, ORCH. CHORD button, LEFT REGISTER button, KEY/DEMO button, USER PROGRAM

FR-18 diatonic Specifications

*Wireless unit and batteries are optional, sold separately

button, DRUMS button, TABLATURE button, POWER button ■ Operation modes ORCHESTRA/ORGAN

modes: Solo, Dual, Key: 12 possible keys (C, C#, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B), Tablatures: 12 types, Bass

& Chord with drum/percussion sounds: On/off, Octave: Down, 0, Up (for Treble and Orchestra/Organ),

4 User Program memories ■ Power supply AC adaptor, Batteries (AA, HR6 Rechargeable Ni-MH x 8)

■ Current draw 500 mA ■ Expected battery life under continuous use (using Ni-MH 2000 mAh batteries):

±5.5 hours, Actual battery life varies according to usage conditions, the quality of the batteries and the

number of charging cycles. Be sure to use only rechargeable Ni-MH batteries. ■ Connectors OUTPUT

jacks (L/Mono, R/Mono): 1/4" phone type, PHONES jack: stereo 1/4" phone type, USB MIDI connector

(computer connection), USB MEMORY connector (storage devices), MIDI OUT/IN connector (function

adjustable via parameter), DC IN jack: for supplied AC adaptor ■ Dimensions 375 (H) x 365 (W) x 195 (D) mm

/ 14-13/16 (H) x 14-3/8 (W) x 7-11/16 (D) inches ■ Weight 5.3 kg / 11 lbs 11 oz (without straps or optional

batteries) ■ Included accessories PSB-1U AC adaptor, Owner’s Manual, Straps, 1/4"–1/4" phone (guitar)

cable, Earphones (with 1/8"–1/4" adaptor plug), Strip for securing the adaptor, MIDI and/or audio cables,

Hexagonal wrench, Replaceable “traforo” inlay sheets ■ Options Accordion soft bag

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

FR-7x Button-type FR-7x Piano-type

Covered by U.S. Patent N° 6,946,594

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20

BK-7m Backing Module VIMA JM-5

A Band in a Briefcase The Do-It-All

Entertainment Module

Add a world-class backing band

to your show with the new

BK-7m, a state-of-the-art module

that packs an interactive band

into a sleek, slim package.

No bigger than a book,

the BK-7m is a dream machine

for the entertaining artist or solo

musician who needs a backing

band onstage, in the studio, or

at home. With hundreds of great

Tones, Music Styles, and

rhythms onboard — all quickly

accessible with one-touch

buttons — the BK-7m will make

you sound like a pro ensemble

onstage. Choose from the library

of built-in styles or play your

own music files directly from

USB for play-along

accompaniment. You can even

record your performances

directly to USB memory for

distribution and archiving.





Portable backing module compatible with MIDI-capable

pianos, keyboards, accordions, organs

1,000-plus tones, 57 drum kits, 128-voice polyphony

Over 400 high-quality music styles, each with four

one-touch settings

Over 900 Music Assistants covering every musical

genre

[ Display type ] ■ Display 128 x 64 dots, graphic LCD [ Sound generator ] (Conforms to GM2/GS/XGlite)

■ Max. polyphony 128 voices ■ Sounds 1,094 tones, 57 Drum Sets ■ Multitimbral parts real-time parts

(UP1, UP2, LWR, MBS) + 16 Song parts ■ Master tuning 415.3 Hz to 466.2 Hz ■ Key control (Transpose)

–6 to +5 in semitones (for audio/MIDI data & AUDIO INPUT signals) ■ Tempo change Quarter Note =

20 to 250 for SMF and Music Styles, 75 to 125 % for mp3 and WAV files ■ Part mute functions TRACK

MUTE: Music Styles, SMF, CENTER CANCEL: mp3, WAV, AUDIO INPUT signals [ Effects ] ■ Real-time

parts (UP1, UP2, LWR, MBS) reverb: 12 types, chorus: 6 types, MFX: 84 types, parametric EQ: 6 presets

+ 1 User, multi-band compressor: 6 presets + 1 user ■ Music Style/SMF section reverb: 8 types, chorus:

8 types, MFX A, B, C: 84 types each, parametric EQ: 6 presets + 1 user, multi-band compressor: 6 presets

+ 1 user [ Music Style section ] ■ Music Styles 433 in 10 “Rhythm” families ■ One Touch memories 4

per Music Style ■ Style Cover 30 presets ■ Style Makeup Tools Instrument-oriented editing [ Songs ]

■ Real-time player SMF (Format 0/1), KAR, mp3, WAV ■ Song Chord Extractor Automatic chord detection

for SMF files ■ SMF Makeup Tools Instrument-oriented editing ■ SMF Cover 30 presets [ Performance

memories ] ■ Performance lists Unlimited number (storage on USB memory), 954 Music Assistant





BK-7m Specifications

SMF and audio file playback via onboard USB

connector

Audio recording in WAV format directly to connected

USB storage device

Cover function for SMFs and Music Styles

Composite Video Out to display Lyrics and/or Chord

Symbols on external display

(Internal on BK-7m) ■ Performance memories per list Max. 999 ■ Finder Quick location of Performance

memories [ Demo ] ■ Demo Yes [ Recording ] ■ USB recorder Records audio files (WAV, 44.1 kHz/16-bit

linear format) [ Video ] ■ Lyrics SMF and mp3/WAV [ Panel controls ] ■ Knobs VOLUME, AUDIO IN,

BALANCE ■ Rotary encoder Data dial with push switching function [ Connectors ] ■ Headphone jack

stereo 1/4" phone type ■ Audio inputs INPUT L/MONO, R jack: 1/4" phone type ■ USB connectors USB

Host (data storage), COMPUTER (reception and transmission of MIDI data) ■ MIDI IN/OUT connectors

MIDI IN, MIDI OUT (V-LINK function) ■ Video output jack composite (PAL or NTSC, selectable) ■ Audio

outputs OUTPUT L/MONO, R jacks: 1/4" phone type ■ Pedal and footswitch jacks SWITCH/EXPRESSION

jack (programmable), FC-7 jack (programmable) [ Other ] ■ Power supply 9 V DC, supplied AC adaptor

■ Current draw 900 mA ■ Dimensions 303 (W) x 194 (D) x 101mm (H) / 11-15/16 (W) x 7-11/16 (D) x 4 (H)

inches ■ Weight 1.7 kg / 3 lbs 12 oz (excluding AC adaptor) [ Included accessories ] Owner’s Manual,

AC adaptor, Sonar LE DVD-ROM [ Options ] USB Flash Memory: Roland M-UF-series, Amplifiers: Roland

KC-series, Stand: Roland PDS-10, SS-PC1, Pedals: Roland FC-7 Foot Controller, Roland DP-series/BOSS

FS-5U footswitch, Roland EV-series expression pedal

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

In homes, hotels, lounges, or any entertainment

venue, the new VIMA JM-5 is the premiere

all-in-one entertainment station. With its

high-quality sound engine, the VIMA JM-5

can play and manipulate any file you feed it.

But that’s only the beginning of what this

multifaceted instrument can do. Karaoke?

The VIMA JM-5 accepts a wide range of

file formats, including SMF, MP3, WAV,

MP3+CDG, and VIMA Tunes via USB. Simply

play your favorite songs and use the VIMA JM-5

to change tempo and/or key signature

to best suit the singers’ voices. Plug in

a microphone or two, and sing along using

the powerful onboard Vocal effects, including

Auto Harmony. The VIMA JM-5 can display

lyrics and slide-show images to match

the music. When using WAV or MP3 files, you

can use the Center Cancel function to

minimize pre-existing vocals for sing-along

fun. You can even record your performances

directly to USB and distribute to family and

friends.






All-in-one playback and performance module

Over 1,000 tones, 57 drum kits, and 128-voice polyphony

Plays back SMF, MP3, WAV, MP3+CDG, and VIMA

Tunes files from an external USB storage device

Tempo control, key change, and Melody Mute/Center

Cancel functions

Supports slide shows and lyrics display

[ Display type ] ■ Display 132 x 64 dots, graphic monochrome LCD (backlit) [ Sound generator ] (Conforms

to GM2/GS/XGlite) ■ Max. polyphony 128 voices ■ Sounds 1,092 tones, 57 drum sets ■ Multitimbral parts

19 (16 Song Parts + 3 External parts through MIDI In) ■ Master tuning 415.3 Hz to 466.2 Hz ■ Key control

(Transpose) –6 to +5 in semitones (for audio/MIDI data & AUDIO INPUT signals) ■ Tempo change Quarter

Note = 20 to 250 for SMF, 75 to 125 % for mp3 and WAV files ■ Part mute functions MELODY MUTE:

SMF, CENTER CANCEL: mp3, WAV, AUDIO INPUT signals [ Effects ] ■ SMF song section reverb: 8 types,

chorus: 8 types, MFX A, B, C: 84 types, parametric EQ, multi-band compressor ■ MIC1 & MIC2 reverb:

3 types, Space Echo ■ Vocal effects (MIC1) auto harmony: 4 types, transformer: 9 types, Music Files, keyboard

[ Songs ] ■ Real-time player SMF (Format 0/1), KAR, mp3, WAV, mp3+CDG ■ Song Chord Extractor

Automatic chord detection for SMF files ■ SMF Makeup Tools Instrument-oriented editing ■ Playlist

Lists of favorite songs for automatic playback ■ Finder Audio files, SMF, picture ■ Next Audio files, SMF

■ SMF Cover 30 types [ Demo ] ■ Demo songs Yes [ Recording ] ■ USB Recorder Records audio files

(WAV, 44.1kHz/16-bit linear format) [ Video ] ■ Slide shows Picture folder linked to songs (recommended




VIMA JM-5 Specifications

Two vocal mic inputs with onboard Vocal Effects,

including Harmony, Roland Space Echo, Ambience

and Voice Transformer

Audio WAV recording to external USB storage device

Composite Video Out to display lyrics and/or chords

of the selected songs as well as digital-photo slide

shows

resolution: 1024 x 768 or 512 x 384 pixels) ■ VIMA TUNES Yes ■ Lyrics SMF and mp3/WAV [ Data storage ]

■ USB Host connection for storage devices (frontal) [ Panel controls ] ■ Knobs MASTER VOL, BACKING, MIC1,

MIC2, AMBIENCE ■ Rotary encoder Data dial with push switching function [ Connectors ] ■ Headphone

jack Stereo 1/4" phone type ■ Audio inputs INPUT (STEREO) jack: Stereo miniature phone type, MIC1

jack: XLR type / 1/4" TRS phone type (XLR type: balanced / phantom power: DC 48 V, 10 mA Max) (1/4"

TRS phone type: balanced), MIC2 Jack: XLR type or 1/4" phone type ■ USB connectors USB Host (data

storage), COMPUTER (reception and transmission of MIDI data) ■ MIDI IN/OUT connector MIDI IN/OUT

(V-LINK function) ■ Video output Composite (PAL or NTSC, selectable) ■ Audio outputs (L/MONO, R)

(1/4" phone type) [ Other ] ■ Power supply 9V DC, supplied AC adaptor ■ Current draw 700 mA

■ Dimensions 273 (W) x 230 (D) x 90 (H) mm / 10-3/4 (W) x 9-1/16 (D) x 3-3/16 (H) inches ■ Weight 1.6 kg

/ 3 lbs 9 oz (excluding AC adaptor) [ Included accessories ] Owner’s Manual, AC adaptor, Roland USB

Memory M-UF2G [ Options ] Microphone: Roland DR-series, Headphones: Roland RH-series, USB Flash

Memory: Roland M-UF-series, Amplifiers: Roland KC-series, Stand: Roland PDS-10, SS-PC1

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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TRI-CAPTURE

for Microsoft ® Windows 7

Windows Vista ® / Windows ® ®

XP

for Mac OSX

USB Audio Interface

The Power of Three! Triple Inputs & REC Modes Versatile Audio I/O for Mac and PC

The new head of its class is the multifaceted TRI-CAPTURE USB interface — a unique, compact audio interface

optimized for personal and mobile recording, vocal and guitar recording, and streaming-internet applications.

With its mixer-like design and dedicated front-panel controls, TRI-CAPTURE makes it easy to mix, control, and

monitor a variety of signals. Plug a microphone into the XLR input, an instrument into the 1/4-inch jack, and a stereo

instrument or device into the AUX input. The unique REC MODE section provides instant selection of recording

scenarios, including LOOP BACK for web streaming applications. TRI-CAPTURE is full-featured yet portable, and is

USB bus powered for a clean, simple setup.






Affordable, easy-to-use interface for guitarists,

vocalists, and other musicians

Also works great for video production, web streaming,

and creating podcasts with unique LOOP BACK

function

XLR mic input with phantom power, plus 1/4-inch

input with Hi-Z switch for connecting a guitar directly

Stereo AUX input with dedicated volume control

Balanced 1/4-inch TRS outputs and headphone jack

■ Number of Audio Record/Playback Channels Record: 1 pair of stereo, Playback: 1 pair of stereo, Full

duplex (except 96 kHz) ■ Signal Processing 24-bit (linear) ■ Sampling Frequency 96 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz

■ Nominal Input Level Mic input: -60 to -30 dBu, Guitar input: -25 dBu, Line input: -10 dBu ■ Output

Level Output jacks: +4 dBu (input terminated with 1 k Ω, Input Monitor: OFF IHF-A typ.) ■ Interface

USB ■ Rec Modes MIC/GUITAR, ALL INPUTS, LOOP BACK expect 96 kHz) ■ Connectors INPUT1 (Mic)

jack (XLR type, balanced, phantom power DC 48 V, 10mA Max), INPUT2 (Guitar) jack (1/4-inch phone

type), INPUT3 (AUX) jacks (L, R) (RCA phono type), Output jacks (L, R) (1/4-inch TRS phone type




TRI-CAPTURE Specifications

Low-latency ASIO driver; recording and playback at

rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz

USB bus powered with 24-bit/96 kHz operation

Cakewalk SONAR X1 LE included

(balanced)), Headphone jack (Stereo 1/4-inch phone type), USB connector (USB Type B) ■ Power Supply

Supplied from the computer via USB ■ Current Draw 480 mA ■ Dimensions 171.0 (W) x 134 (D) x 40.1 (H)

mm / 6-3/4 (W) x 5-5/16 (D) x 1-5/8 (H) inches ■ Weight 320 g / 12 oz

■ Accessories Owner’s Manual, CD-ROM, USB cable, Cakewalk SONAR LE DVD-ROM (for Windows)

* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

DUO-CAPTURE

for Microsoft ® Windows 7

Windows Vista ® / Windows ® ®

XP

for Mac OSX

USB Audio Interface

Two is the magic number for the DUO-CAPTURE USB audio

interface. It’s equipped with two audio inputs and two audio

outputs. The dual headphone outs are perfect for side-by-side

musician/engineer sessions, with no additional mixing hardware

required. DUO-CAPTURE boasts ultra-stable, low-latency ASIO

drivers for both Mac and PC platforms, and provides a versatile

selection of I/O formats to accommodate a variety of gear. With

its unique, slim-line design and stable performance, it’s the

perfect audio interface for recording musicians on the go.








Small, convenient audio interface for musicians on the go

1/4-inch Mic/Guitar input with Hi-Z switch for connecting a guitar directly

1/8-inch stereo input, 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch dual headphone outputs

Dedicated controls for input and output volume

Low latency ASIO driver; direct monitor function

USB bus powered

Cakewalk SONAR X1 LE included

■ Number of Audio Record/Playback Channels Record: 1 pair of stereo, Playback: 1 pair of stereo ■ Signal

Processing 24-bit ■ Sampling Frequency 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz ■ Nominal Input Level Line input: -10 dBu,

Guitar input: -25 dBu, Microphone input: -45 dBu ■ Interface USB ■ Controllers INPUT VOLUME slider,

OUTPUT VOLUME slider, INPUT GAIN button, Hi-Z button, INPUT MONITOR button, SAMPLE RATE

switch ■ Indicators USB indicator, PEAK indicator ■ Connectors LINE IN jack (Stereo miniature phone

type), MIC/GUITAR jack (1/4-inch phone type), PHONES jack (Stereo 1/4-inch phone type), PHONES

UM-ONE

for Microsoft ® Windows 7

Windows Vista ® / Windows ® ®

XP

for Mac OSX

USB MIDI Interface

Simple, Compact, and Reliable

From the pioneer of the PC MIDI interface, Roland

introduces the new UM-ONE. A 1-in/1-out USB bus

powered MIDI interface with high-performance FPT

processing for low latency and tighter clock timing.

Compatible with Mac and PC, the super compact

UM-ONE is an affordable, reliable, easy-to-use MIDI

interface.






DUO-CAPTURE Specifications

1-in/1-out MIDI interface with high-performance FPT processing

Super compact, affordable, and easy to use

Data indicators for both MIDI input and output

Conveniently integrated USB and MIDI cables

USB bus powered

(LINE OUT) jack (Stereo miniature phone type), USB connector (USB Type B) ■ Power Supply Supplied

from the computer via USB ■ Current Draw 96 mA ■ Dimensions 30 (W) x 60.2 (D) x 29.5 (H) mm /

1-3/16 (W) x 2-3/8 (D) x 1-3/16 (H) inches ■ Weigh 130 g / 5 oz (main unit only) ■ Accessories Owner’s

Manual, CD-ROM, Cakewalk SONAR LE DVD-ROM (for Windows), USB Cable

* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

UM-ONE Specifications

■ Connectors MIDI IN Cable (connect to MIDI OUT) x 1 (16 MIDI Channels), MIDI OUT

Cable (connect to MIDI IN) x 1 (16 MIDI Channels), USB Cable ■ Indicators USB

Indicator, MIDI IN Indicator, MIDI OUT Indicator ■ Power Supply Supplied from the

computer via USB ■ Current Draw 70 mA ■ Dimensions 60.2 (W) x 30 (D) x 14 (H)

mm / 2-3/8 (W) x 1-3/16 (D) x 9/16 (H) inches (main unit only) ■ Weight 100 g / 4 oz

(main unit only) ■ Accessories Owner’s Manual, CD-ROM

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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AJK-004J/-005J/-006J/-007J Ceremonial Masterworks I-IV by Hector Olivera

The Ceremonial Masterworks sheet-music collection has been created by organ master Hector Olivera.

The new series covers 30 songs (AJK-004J/005J/006J include seven songs each; AJK-007J includes nine songs)

that are suitable for wedding ceremonies, church events, and concerts. These books also include registration

data for Roland Classic Organs C-330 and C-380 and a registration-setting manual for the Rodgers Pipe Organ

in CD-ROM format.

*The DVDs, the registration data for Music Atelier series, and the supplemental books are not included with these new titles.

AJK-004J Ceremonial Masterworks I

Song List (7 songs)

1. Aria from 2nd Mov. Tenth Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (Georg Friedrich Händel)

2. Allegro from 3rd Mov. Tenth Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (Georg Friedrich Händel)

3. Communion (Félix-Alexandre Guilmant)

4. La Rejouissance (Georg Friedrich Händel)

5. Ave Maria (Johann Sebastian Bach/Charles François Gounod)

6. Wedding March (Felix Mendelssohn)

7. Air from Water Music (Georg Friedrich Händel)

AJK-005J Ceremonial Masterworks II

Song List (7 songs)

1. Pastorale (César Franck)

2. Rigaudon (André Campra)

3. Panis Angelicus (César Franck)

4. Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke)

5. Sheep May Safely Graze (Johann Sebastian Bach)

6. Rondeau (Jean-Joseph Mouret)

7. Cantilena (Josef Rheinberger)

AJK-006J Ceremonial Masterworks III

Song List (7 songs)

1. Salute d’amour (Edward Elgar)

2. Psalm 19 (Benedetto Marcello)

3. Largo (Georg Friedrich Händel)

4. Verset (L.J.A. Lefébure-Wély)

5. March from “Le prophète” ( Giacomo Meyerbeer)

6. Berceuse from “Jocelyn” (Benjamin Godard)

7. Te deum (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)

AJK-007J Ceremonial Masterworks IV

Song List (9 songs)

1. Bist du bei mir (Johann Sebastian Bach)

2. Bridal March (Richard Wagner)

3. Arioso from “Cantata BWV. 156” (Johann Sebastian Bach)

4. Trumpet Voluntary (John Stanley)

5. Ave Maria (Franz Schubert)

6. Air (Henry Purcell/Hector Olivera)

7. Trumpet Tune (Henry Purcell/Hector Olivera)

8. Élévation or Communion (L.J.A. Lefébure-Wély)

9. Symphonia from “Cantata BWV. 29” (Johann Sebastian Bach)

MEMO

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ATELIER Combo AT-350C Music Atelier ------------------------------------------------------- 6-7

BK-7m Backing Module ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 20

BNC-15-BK Organ Bench ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 7

BNC-23-BK Organ Bench ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 7

CUBE-20XL BASS Bass Amplifier ------------------------------------------------------------ 14-15

CUBE-60XL BASS Bass Amplifier ------------------------------------------------------------ 14-15

CUBE-120XL BASS Bass Amplifier ---------------------------------------------------------- 14-15

CY-12C V-Cymbal Crash ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 11

CY-13R V-Cymbal Ride ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11

DUO-CAPTURE USB Audio Interface ----------------------------------------------------------- 25

FR-18 diatonic V-Accordion -------------------------------------------------------------------- 18-19

FR-7x WHITE Version V-Accordion --------------------------------------------------------------- 19

GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 12-13

KD-9 Kick Pad ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11

RC-3 Loop Station --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 16-17

RC-30 Loop Station -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 16-17

RD-300NX Digital Piano ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4-5

SONAR X1 Digital Audio Workstation ------------------------------------------------------ 22-23

TD-4K2 V-Drums V-Compact Series --------------------------------------------------------- 10-11

TD-4KX2 V-Drums V-Compact Series ------------------------------------------------------- 10-11

TD-9K2 V-Drums V-Tour Series ------------------------------------------------------------------- 8-9

TD-9KX2 V-Drums V-Tour Series ----------------------------------------------------------------- 8-9

TRI-CAPTURE USB Audio Interface -------------------------------------------------------------- 24

UM-ONE USB MIDI Interface ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 25

VIMA JM-5 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 21

V-Piano Grand ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2-3

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All trademarks used in this catalog are the property of their respective companies.

ROLAND, BOSS, ATELIER, COSM, , LOOP STATION, POWER SQUEEZER,

, SUPER NATURAL, V-ACCORDION, V-COMPACT, V-CYMBALS, V-DRUMS, V-HI-HAT,

V-VOCAL, VIMA, VIMA TUNES, V-PIANO and V-TOUR are either registered trademarks

or trademarks of Roland Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

CAKEWALK is a registered trademark of Cakewalk, Inc. in the United States.

VST is a trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.

ASIO is a trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.

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GETTING BACK INTO PLAYING PIANO

As ubiquitous as after-school sports or dance classes, piano lessons are part of nearly everyone’s childhood. There are always reasons not to get back into playing piano when you are older. We hope this article will reignite your inner musician and get you back playing and learning piano again.

As a child, there’s the thrill of more active pursuits or adventures outdoors and as a teenager and young adult, there’s studies and socializing. By the time you’ve finished college or started working full time, there’s partners, bills, children, bills, pets, bills…

All of this can leave little time for music, but if you have a passion for playing the piano, it’s something that stays with you forever. You can enjoy playing solo or with others, you can express yourself, and provide entertainment to your friends and family at events, formal occasions, parties, and gatherings.

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Best Roland Digital Pianos & Keyboards: The Definitive Guide

Roland Digital Pianos & Keyboards

Roland is easily one of the most recognizable names in the music business.

Their name alone is enough to inspire confidence in the sound and build quality of a keyboard, which is no small feat considering their expansive product range.

Since Roland has products geared towards users at every price point, you might feel a bit overwhelmed by the amount of options you have.

What’s the difference between a synthesizer and a workstation? What’s the difference between the many key actions? What’s SuperNATURAL?

Have no fear. This article will give you an overview of the best Roland digital pianos while also giving some insight into the workings of Roland’s many keyboard-based instruments, including: digital pianos, arranger keyboards, stage keyboards, synthesizers, and workstations.

Note that we’ll be skipping over Roland’s products in the pro-audio category and their guitar/bass products under their BOSS brand.

While these products are also well received throughout the industry, this article will focus on keyboards and digital pianos.

About Roland

  • Founded: 1972
  • Headquarters: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
  • Number of Employees: 3,060
  • Products: Digital Pianos, Synthesizers, Electronic Drums, Organs, Pro Recording & Production Equipment, Guitar/Bass Equipment

Roland, founded in 1972, might seem young compared to other industry giants like Yamaha, but they’ve definitely had their fair share of successes, which have catapulted them to stardom.

Roland’s timeless nature stems from their huge legion of iconic instruments, most of which are easily recognizable in hit songs through the years, even today.

Roland Jupiter 8

Roland Jupiter 8

While Yamaha’s DX7 controlled the realm of digital synthesis in pop music, Roland’s Jupiter 8 and Juno-60 were go-to synthesizers for lush pads and leads.

Michael Jackson’s Thriller was a masterpiece, and the producer, Quincy Jones, used the Jupiter 8 for the rolling bassline and synth brass sounds.

While the Linn Drum has become the de facto standard for drum machines with its acoustic-like drum sounds, Roland’s TR-808 and TR-909 remain relevant to this day.

Iconic moments include Marvin Gaye (in 1982’s Sexual Healing), Kayne West (in his 2008’s 808s and Heartbreak album), and Taylor Swift (using Max Martin’s original TR-808 in 2014’s chart topper Blank Space).

Roland TR-808

Roland TR-808

Finally, Roland’s been at the forefront of digital piano technology since the early 80s.

Beginning with their RD-series, they have attempted to charge into the digital piano market, relying on innovation and experience to gain a foothold. After nearly 30 years of dominance, I’d say they’ve succeeded.

Many features we take for granted today, such as pressure sensitivity, MIDI, and modeling, were pioneered by Roland in their early years.

The secret to Roland’s success is their focus on innovation, polish, and playability.

Roland’s CEO, Jun-ichi Miki, states, “Our mission at Roland is to bring the thrill and excitement of creative experiences to imaginative people all over the world.” It’s hard to argue with their results.

The 3D video tour below (drag your mouse to get a 360° view) will walk you through all the ranges of musical instruments that Roland have been creating and improving over the years.

As someone who loves following the world of music technology, I can’t help but appreciate what Roland has done.

With SuperNATURAL, Roland didn’t just make a modeling engine to tick a checkbox.

It’s one of the rare piano modeling technologies that trusts you as the user with the cockpit controls. With their JD-Xi synthesizer, Roland brought polyphonic analog synthesis back to the mainstream.

With their FA-series workstation keyboards, Roland made workstations less intimidating to the player who just wanted good sounds without the scariness of having to design them.

In 2021, Roland partnered with Pianote, a popular online piano platform, which uses technology and video lessons to teach you how to play this marvelous instrument. So if you live in the US or Canada and own a Roland piano, you can get 3 months of Pianote lessons for free!

I could go on and on about how Roland shaped the industry, but that’s not why we’re here. Instead, let’s jump to the important details of Roland’s technologies and products.

Roland Product Line-up

Roland makes a huge variety of products, so covering them individually would take way too long.

We’ve separated the different keyboards into specific categories based on their feature set and intended use. We’ll then give our quick takes on the corresponding series and products, providing links to detailed reviews whenever available. That said, let’s jump in.

Portable Keyboards

Portable keyboards are aimed at piano-playing novices. These keyboards, as the name implies, feature key-beds with less than 88-keys and use the basic synth-action keys without many bells and whistles.

Don’t expect too much in terms of build quality either, as you’ll be dealing with pure lightweight plastic (which could be a blessing in disguise if you’re constantly on the move).

While these keyboards are a little lacking in terms of design, they make up for it in features.

These keyboards usually come with a huge amount of sounds, though they are passable at best. Also, it’s hard to argue with the low price tag, often going for around $100-$300.

If you know someone who’s unsure if music will be a long-term passion, they’re probably in the market for a portable keyboard.


GO:Series

Instrument Type: Portable Keyboard

User Level: Beginner

Price Range: $300-$400

Models:

  • Roland GO:PIANO88
  • Roland GO:PIANO
  • Roland GO:KEYS

The GO:Series is a relatively new addition to Roland’s product lineup, focusing on packing playability and as many features as possible into a compact package.

The GO:Piano is basic in terms of bells and whistles, but it includes an impressive sound engine for the price.

It is arguably the best low-cost beginner keyboard out there if you’re looking for piano sounds. An 88-key variant is also available for a slight bit more cost.

The GO:Keys, on the other hand, feels like a unique instrument.

The GO:Keys is all about performances and allows you to build up a song from scratch using the loop functionality, adding elements in one at a time to create lush, studio-ready arrangements.

It also does this in a beginner-friendly fashion, so even non-musicians can enjoy it.

This is very different to how Yamaha and Casio do their portable arranger keyboards, and it’s welcome to see Roland’s innovative spirit at this price point.


E-X Series

Instrument Type: Portable Arranger Keyboard

User Level: Beginner

Price Range: $250-$300

Models:

  • Roland E-X20
  • Roland E-X30

The E-X Series keyboards are arranger models, but this market has always been dominated by Yamaha (with their affordable PSR range) and Casio (with their CTK-series).

Roland’s E-X20 didn’t exactly turn heads when it was released, doing little to separate itself from the pack.

However, the recent release of the E-X30 might just be the break-out hit Roland was looking for.

While we’ve yet to get our hands on the newcomer, many publications are giving it glowing reviews, citing an improved sound engine as a massive plus over the competition.

Standard arranger features aside, the deal maker here is the piano sounds, which sound quite realistic considering the price point.


Portable Digital Pianos

If you’re serious about learning to play the piano, you NEED to have some semblance of realism. This means you’re looking for good keys and sound quality.

If you’re budget-conscious, this means you’ll be looking into portable digital pianos. These are sometimes referred to as slab digital pianos due to the way they look.

They don’t feature the furniture-style cabinets you’d find on full-fledged digital pianos, but they do include fully weighted hammer action keys, an upgrade from keyboards and more preferable for serious practice.

FP-Series

Instrument type: Portable Digital Piano

User Level: Beginner to Advanced

Price Range: $500-$2,000

Models:

  • Roland FP-10
  • Roland FP-30X
  • Roland FP-60X
  • Roland FP-90X

The FP-series is one of Roland’s best-selling product lines, and it’s not hard to see why.

All FP-series digital pianos (except the flagship FP-90X) feature the PHA-4 Standard key action and the SuperNATURAL sound engine, essentially making them the complete package when it comes to piano playing.

It is important to note that you’re getting a no-frills experience here, as well as a limited selection of sounds, though they are of a significantly higher quality than those on the GO:series above.

Fun fact! The FP-90 (predecessor of the FP-90X) received the 2017 Red Dot Design award for an excellent control scheme, which is futuristic and intuitive.

This beat out 5,500 entries in its category, which was no small feat. The same design was recreated with the FP-60X, with slight differences to achieve a lower price point.


Console Digital Pianos

While portable digital pianos focus on delivering a compact yet complete experience, console digital pianos feature large furniture-style cabinets that look similar to real acoustic uprights and grands.

The larger cabinets on high-end models aren’t just for show either, for they incorporate multi-speaker sound systems that deliver a more accurate soundscape during play.

Naturally, this comes at the cost of portability, but I’d say the trade-off is more than acceptable since you’re getting better sound quality, even on the cheaper models.

If you know for certain that you’ll be practicing in the comfort of your own home, a console digital piano might be right for you.

RP- and F-Series

Instrument Type: Console/Home Digital Piano

User Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Price Range: $1,000-$1,600

Models:

  • Roland RP102
  • Roland RP701
  • Roland F701

The RP- and F-Series console digital pianos are very similar, differing only in design. While the RP-Series features a traditional cabinet, the F-series uses a modern slim design popularized by Casio.

Feature-wise, these digital pianos are similar to the FP-series discussed earlier, featuring the PHA-4 Standard key action and the SuperNATURAL Piano Sound engine.

A personal upside I like about these over their FP-counterparts is the sliding cover, a godsend if you play in a dusty environment.

Obviously, you also get a 3-pedal setup with these digital pianos. With the FP-series, that would be a separate purchase.


HP- and DP-Series

Instrument Type: Console/Home Digital Piano

User Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Price Range: $1,800-$2,500

Models:

  • Roland HP-601
  • Roland HP-603/HP-603A
  • Roland DP-603 (same as the HP-603 but with a different cabinet design)
  • Roland HP-605
  • Roland HP-702
  • Roland HP-704

If realism is what you’re after, then the HP- and DP-series’ high-end design and speakers will be for you.

These cabinet-style digital pianos are significant upgrades over the RP- and F-Series discussed above, featuring the more advanced version of the SuperNATURAL sound engine (Piano Modeling) and the PHA-50 premium keyboard action (except for the HP-702).

The biggest upgrade here is the design. These look entirely premium with their wood-style chassis and stand, and the speaker system takes full advantage of this extra density to provide a richer low-end to your playing.

Higher-end models like the HP-704 even feature a quad-speaker setup.


LX-series

Instrument Type: Console/Home Digital Piano (Premium)

User Level: Advanced

Price Range: $2,500-$5,000

Models:

  • Roland LX-7
  • Roland LX-17
  • Roland LX-705
  • Roland LX-706
  • Roland LX-708

This is currently the best console digital piano Roland offers, featuring the PureAcoustic Piano Modeling technology that seeks to recreate the magical sound of a Steinway without relying on samples.

This involves purely modeled sounds, as opposed to SuperNATURAL’s hybrid approach.

The LX-series also features the Hybrid Grand Keyboard, a variation of the PHA-50 keyboard that increases the key and pivot length.

Add an 8-speaker set up and Roland’s Acoustic Projection System to the mix and you’ve got something that sounds impressively authentic.

Just like the FP-90, the LX700 series was even awarded the 2019 Red Dot Product Design Award and the 2019 iF Design Award, a testament to their success in merging a beautiful chassis with great sound replication.

This was even more impressive than the 2017 victory, as there were 12000 other competitors in the same category!


Kiyola Series

Instrument Type: Designer Console/Home Digital Piano

User Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Price Range: $4,000-5,000

Models:


Roland’s Kiyola series adopts the furniture-style design ethos of console digital pianos and takes it to the limit. These pianos are luxury products made in Japan in partnership with Japanese furniture designer Karimoku.

They are designed to look good in just about any room, rocking a handcrafted wood cabinet that looks stylish yet modern.

Even the chairs and pedals are designed to be as ergonomic as possible, the mark of a great furniture designer at work.

The looks aren’t the only great aspect of the Kiyola series. This series uses the excellent PHA-50 key action and SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling, giving you a great experience in terms of both visual and auditory stimulation.


GP-Grand Series

Instrument Type: Digital Grand Piano

User Level: Advanced

Price Range: $5,000 – $12,000

Models:

  • Roland GP-607 (Mini-size)
  • Roland GP-609 (Full-size)

While the LX-series is the peak of Roland’s sound engineering technology at the time of writing.

Roland’s GP-series covers their uncompromising side, recreating the classic grand piano style chassis in its entirety, but replacing the strings with specially designed speaker cabinets that utilize the chassis to deliver a powerful soundscape.

Pianos are reproduced using SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling and allow for infinite polyphony, thanks to the purely modeled sounds.

The PHA-50 keyboard also gives you the premium quality keys Roland is known for.


Stage Pianos

While portable digital pianos seem fine for stage performance, you can do so much more. For the gigging musician, stage pianos are the answer.

They cut out onboard speakers but add a ton of extra features and controls to the mix, giving the stage performer the ability to prep sounds both before performances and on the fly, mid-performance.

Stage pianos also come with robust preset management and a collection of onboard effects, allowing performers to switch sounds as necessary without much hassle.

Know that stage pianos aren’t the same as workstation keyboards, which we’ll cover in a second. These are far simpler and often opt for ease-of-use over detailed editing functions.

RD-series

Instrument Type: Stage Piano

User Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Price Range: $2000-$3000

Models:

Roland’s RD-series was where they first experimented with modeling technology, and the same brand still exists today in the form of the RD-2000.

The RD-2000 is a great digital piano in general, featuring the PHA-50 key action as well as two sound generation engines, the V-Piano and SuperNATURAL hybrid tech.

So the RD-2000 sounds and feels good, but what truly sets the RD-2000 apart is its controls.

There are knobs, buttons, and faders spread across the front panel, allowing quick modifications and sound mixing without menu diving.

This is a huge draw for performers, letting them take advantage of 1,000+ onboard sounds.


V-Combo Series

Instrument Type: Performance Keyboard

User Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Price Range: $1,000 – $1,500

Models:

  • Roland VR-09
  • Roland VR-700 (discontinued)
  • Roland VR-730

While most of us are content with the included organ and synth sounds available on most digital pianos, organists will always lament the lack of the iconic tone bar controls found on the classic Vox Continental and Farfisa organs, with their distinctive rotary speaker sound.

Roland’s VR-series, more commonly known as the V-Combo series, is Roland’s portable performance stage keyboard that comes with waterfall-style keys and aftertouch, making it a very expressive instrument that excels at non-piano sounds.

The hands-on control scheme means you have knobs and buttons, and even tone bars galore, giving you direct access to on-the-fly parameter changes.


Synthesizers & Synthesizer Workstations

Synthesizers were what propelled Roland to greatness back in the 1980s, and they’ve returned to form since the mixed bag that was the Roland Gaia-SH.

Synthesizers are a special kind of instrument that relies on electronics like oscillators and filters to produce otherworldly sounds you’d never hear from an acoustic instrument.

For electronic music producers and sound designers, a good synth is an immensely useful tool that can’t be replaced easily.

Synthesizers don’t come with weighted keys. Instead, they use the synth action keys we’ve discussed earlier, focusing on playability rather than realism.

While the learning curve takes some getting used to, knowing how to synthesize sounds is a useful skill that many performers can’t live without.

JD-series

Instrument type: Portable Digital Piano

User Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Price Range: $500-$2,000

Models:

  • Roland JD-Xi
  • Roland JD-XA

The Roland Gaia-SH was poorly received for its lackluster digital synth engine, and Roland felt like it was losing its touch with what synth enthusiasts wanted. Thankfully they returned to form with the JD-series.

The JD-series incorporates Roland’s innovative spirit into the stagnant synth industry.

Companies like Korg and Dave Smith Instruments were looking to bring back pure analog synths (with the Minilogue and the Prophet), whereas companies like Yamaha and Elektron embraced the power and flexibility of digital simulation.

Roland’s idea with the JD-Xi and the following JD-XA was to mix their tried-and-true digital sounds with an analog part.

The end result is a versatile instrument that nails analog and artificial warmth, and the addition of a built-in vocoder unit makes the JD-series extremely fun regardless of how you’re using it.


Juno-DS

Instrument Type: Synthesizer

User Level: Beginner to Advanced

Price Range: $700-$1,000

Models:

  • Roland JUNO-DS61
  • Roland JUNO-DS76
  • Roland JUNO-DS88

The Juno synthesizers were some of Roland’s best work back in the day, with the classic Juno-60 being coveted to this day for its rich saw wave and dual-mode chorus.

The modern-day Juno-DS series takes a more hybridized approach to synthesis, having more in common with the Fantom FA-series workstations (discussed later) than the analog synthesizer of days past.

The Juno-DS works great as a performance keyboard though and is a popular stage keyboard among gigging musicians due to its flexibility.

The synthesizer features here are entirely digital (as this was released before the synth rebirth around 2015), but the modulation features are reminiscent of the way classic synthesizers work.

Like the JD-series, the Juno-DS keyboards include an onboard vocoder as well and come with a lot more sounds and instruments, giving them a ton of sonic variety.


Arranger and Music Workstations

Workstations have slowly become the weapon of choice for stage performers in recent years.

While workstations were designed specifically for studio use, having huge bulky bodies that aren’t easy to transport, their power and sonic capabilities meant stage performers could do just about everything from a single board.

If you really want to make full-fledged arrangements, a workstation can help (though computer-based digital audio workstations are now the norm).

These powerful instruments contain everything you need, from sequencers, mixing tools, creative FX, audio recording, to even manipulation tools.

The same flexibility is a huge deal when performing, as you can tailor sounds to your exact specifications as per the needs of the band or song.

Roland, along with Korg and Yamaha, are arguably the top 3 manufacturers when it comes to modern-day workstations.

FA-series

Instrument Type: Music Workstation

User Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Price Range: $1,300-$1,800

Models:

  • Roland FA-06
  • Roland FA-07
  • Roland FA-08

The FA-series is Roland’s mid-range workstation line.

Straight out of the box, you get 2,000+ sounds to shape to your whim, powered by the SuperNATURAL sound engine and ripped straight from the rack-mount INTEGRA-7 sound module.

The control-scheme is what makes the FA-series a top choice among performers, thanks to its hands-on nature.

The color screen is also high-resolution and informative, a rarity at this price point. Roland aimed to take the ‘work’ out of ‘workstation’ without sacrificing much in terms of power. I’d say this strikes the right balance.

For music production purposes, you’ve got a 16-track sequencer and a 16-tone studio set feature, making this good for both stage and studio use.


Fantom Series (2019)

Instrument Type: Music Workstation

User Level: Advanced

Price Range: $3,000-$4,000

Models:

  • Fantom-6
  • Fantom-7
  • Fantom-8

The Fantom series has been dormant for the past decade, but it used to be a solid contender with the other flagship, no-compromise workstations.

The same field has been dominated by Korg’s Kronos and Yamaha’s Montage (previously Motif) series for the longest time, and Roland has seemingly diverted their resources towards more performance focused keyboards (to great effect!).

It was quite surprising that Roland announced 3 new models in the range, and they’re clearly aimed at dethroning the current kings.

We haven’t had a chance to test it out yet, but it seems to be focused on delivering a streamlined yet in-depth experience, with an emphasis on workflow.

That’s actually great. I find myself preferring smooth, usable experiences over compromising power, and that’s why I tend to prefer the Korg Krome over the Kronos, the MODX over the Montage, and so on.

Expandability also seems to be a focus, as Roland promises expandable sound palettes via downloadable content, and you can even utilize your own sound library with the sample pad matrix.

Something that I’m definitely looking forward to is the true analog filter, something practically unheard of in workstation keyboards.

The ability to merge analogue warmth with detailed sample libraries will definitely get the creative juices rolling.


BK-series

Instrument Type: Arranger Keyboard

User Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Price Range: $700-$1,350

Models:


While the FA-series competes directly with the industry standard Korg Krome EX and Yamaha MODX, the BK-series takes a different approach, aiming squarely at the one-man-band market.

This might feel out of place in the same category as the FA-series, but a 16-track sequencer with all the essential effects and mixing tools makes this a far cry from the more limited E-X-Series keyboards discussed in the early portable keyboard section.

The BK-Series strength lies in its sound quality. While the sounds aren’t terrific, they’re miles better than the functional-only sounds you find on arranger keyboards, making this BK-series worthy of consideration for people wanting to perform solo.


E-A-series

Instrument Type: Arranger Keyboard

User Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Price Range: $1,000-$1,500

Models:


While the E-X series focuses on the beginners, the E-A7 takes the arranger formula and mixes it with workstation and sampler features, making an arranger/workstation hybrid with a unique niche.

Coming with 1,500 tones and a huge variety of backing styles, the E-A7 allows you to perform full-sounding tracks without the need for bandmates.

The dual screen setup also means a lot more info can be shown, giving you full control over your sounds and the backing tracks individually.

The unique part of the E-A7 is the expandability factor, hence the ‘E’ in the name. You can add in your own samples through software or download further sounds from Roland’s Axial online repository.

Roland Sound Generation

Musicians have always been trying to emulate real sounds with digital equipment, and pianos were always the holy grail of sound generation.

Digital pianos require a ton of space allocated to sample memory to achieve realism, which wasn’t possible back in the days when 12MB of memory was considered precious.

Roland Sound Generation

While other companies struggled to find the magical balance between compression and quality, Roland took another approach.

That’s how modeling came into play. Instead of capturing audio snapshots of different playing intensities for each key, Roland added a hybrid synthesized element into the mix.

While the end results were anything but realistic, the mindset would eventually achieve greatness after a few iterations.


V-Piano Pure Modeling Piano Engine

In 2009, Roland released a digital piano dubbed the V-Piano, which was the first physically-modeled digital piano ever released.

Depending on whom you ask, this was either a revolution or a ‘why bother’ moment. Regardless of your stance on modeled pianos, I think it’s hard to deny how good these sound, especially considering the engine’s age.

Roland V-Piano Stage

Roland V-Piano

We won’t go into too much detail regarding the V-Piano engine in this article, since it’s only available on the RD-2000 stage piano.

No samples are used at all in the generation of the piano sound. Everything is synthesized instead. This does have a special perk though – an unlimited polyphony count.

Sadly, the negative perception meant that the V-Piano engine was never adopted wholesale.

Thankfully, the underappreciated innovations of the V-Piano model were incorporated into the next entry in this list.


SuperNATURAL Sound Engine

SuperNATURAL made its first appearance in 2008, appearing in the Fantom-G workstations of the time.

A more prominent appearance was in 2011’s Jupiter-80, a performance multi-instrument that focused on synth sounds.

Roland SuperNATURAL technology

SuperNATURAL takes a hybrid approach to sound generation, using a partially-synthesized sound layered with samples to capture both the flexibility of artificial tones with the natural feel of recorded sounds.

The benefits were twofold. On one hand, you get the nuanced detail you’d expect from typical studio-sampled keyboards (that many argue can’t be recreated using pure modeling).

On the other hand, people who complain about unrealistic modeling get placated!

In all seriousness, the SuperNATURAL sound engine is great. The fact that samples are incorporated means it isn’t limited to just piano sounds. It covers everything from electric pianos, to synthesizers, to drums!

The true magic comes from the modeling side of things.

V-Piano gave you a ton of variables to tweak to your liking. Want to close the lid 3/4s of the way down? Want to reduce the string tension while retaining the pitch? Practically everything was possible.

SuperNATURAL gives you a nearly identical amount of customization when it comes to the pianos and electric pianos via the Piano Designer.

Musical Intruments

It also gives you options tailored to other sounds, such as the filter frequency on synthesizers, glide on flute sounds, and so on.

The most notable aspect of SuperNATURAL modeling is how it’s implemented. Instead of trying to model every single aspect of the instrument, SuperNATURAL focuses on your playing.

For example, while playing a brass ensemble part, SuperNATURAL tracks your playing dynamics via keyboard sensors. It switches between velocity layers, EQ curves, and sample types (staccato or legato etc.) on the fly.

If you’re intimidated by all the technical jargon, you don’t need to worry. All this tracking and modulation happens behind the scenes and simply helps to bridge the gap between the static nature of samples and the natural dynamics of an acoustic instrument.

Roland advertises SuperNATURAL as being ‘transparent,’ and that’s an apt description.

There’s a lot of engineering that goes into both the software and hardware, resulting in a sound engine that feels natural to play.

That’s basically what the SuperNATURAL sound engine entails. Depending on the keyboard or digital piano you’re getting, there might be differences in terms of how much you’re getting.

One thing is for certain – Roland’s SuperNATURAL engine is good and is still in use today (after several iterations), 11 years after its release.

While we will focus on the SuperNATURAL piano variants, it’s worth noting that SuperNATURAL comes in a few other varieties, such as SuperNATURAL E. Piano, SuperNATURAL Synth, SuperNATURAL Drums, and so on.

These are sometimes included in higher-end workstations and synthesizers, like the RD-2000 and the FA-08, and you can identify them via the many editable parameters.

SuperNATURAL Piano Sound (Entry-Level Variant)

A variant of the SuperNATURAL sound engine discussed above is featured on Roland’s entry-level digital pianos, such as the FP-30X, RP-102, F701, RP701, etc.

This also uses the hybrid approach, though it definitely isn’t as detailed in terms of tracking.

This version of the SuperNATURAL engine is more basic and relies more on the classic multi-sample playback system to reproduce piano sounds.

Roland SuperNATURAL Piano Sound

The main downgrade from the higher-end SuperNATURAL implementations are the reliance on PCM-sample playback for non-piano sounds, resulting in a less natural sound.

However, you’re buying an entry-level digital piano for practice, so it’s not that big of a deal.

It should also be noted that more recent versions of the SuperNATURAL Piano Sound are upgraded from the older models.

The model in the RD-2000 is much improved over the first models on the early HP3xx series (HP-302, HP-305, HP-307).

SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling (High-End Variant)

Roland gave piano modeling its second wind with SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling, a variation of the sound engine dedicated to piano tones that cuts out the sample aspect entirely..

It’s worth remembering that SuperNATURAL wasn’t dedicated to pianos when it was introduced. It was made for synth sounds.

This version of SuperNATURAL takes V-Piano inspiration a step further and attempts to recreate piano sounds with digital signal processing (DSP) technology.

This variation on the SuperNATURAL formula makes an appearance on Roland’s higher-end instruments, like their HP-series, LX- and GP-series.

Roland SuperNATURAL seamless tone transition

Roland doesn’t advertise the modeling variant of SuperNATURAL too much, but as a rule of thumb, if you see the words SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling, it’s probably entirely synthesized.

In terms of sound authenticity, these are a clear step up from the lower-end hybrid SuperNATURAL engine, providing more detail and organic elements in the sound.

That said, SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling is neither better nor worse than the SuperNATURAL Piano Sound. It’s just different. One uses modeling while the other is based upon samples.

I’ve talked to people who actually preferred the sample-based engine, claiming that SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling sounds synthetic and unnatural. So, it’s a matter of taste really.

At the same time, there’s no denying that the fully-modeled engine gives you more options for tweaking the sound as well as greater expressiveness, which is hard to achieve using only samples.

While modeling technology hasn’t enjoyed the best reputation, this paved the way for the latest pure modeling technology found in one of Roland’s latest pianos.


PureAcoustic Piano Modeling

Featured exclusively on Roland’s LX 700 series, PureAcoustic Piano Modeling is Roland’s latest attempt at pure modeling without any samples.

This comes nearly 10 years after the V-Piano model, released in 2009, and incorporates advancements made in technology throughout the years.

Roland Pure Acoustic Modeling

What makes PureAcoustic Piano Modeling so special? Unlike V-Piano and SuperNATURAL, PureAcoustic uses two processors, one for an American piano and the other for a European one.

One can hear the Steinway influence from sound demos and it’s a surprisingly good emulation of the real thing.

While I’ve always liked the V-Piano for what it does well, I can’t deny how good PureAcoustic Piano Modeling sounds.

If I had a single complaint about V-Piano, it would be the note decay. Real pianos have a resonant decay that is hard to replicate without samples (and some piano modeling engines supplement their synthesized sounds with sampled decays just to sidestep the issue).

Imagine my surprise that the LX-708 nails this perfectly!

The LX700-series also simulates the room aspect of samples. Since real sounds are recorded in a real space, there will be a bit of natural reverb embedded into the sample.

Roland LX708 speakers

8-speaker setup on the LX708

With V-Piano, the reverb was mainly done through typical reverb algorithms, so nothing too special.

Here the embedded reverb is also sampled, which is mind-boggling when you consider the complexities that come with simulating reverb on a per-key basis.

The beautiful sounds also take inspiration from SuperNATURAL, tracking your keypresses with many sensors to ensure that the digital strings react as a real piano would.

The end results are very realistic, and I can’t wait for these models to go into the more affordable digital pianos from Roland.


Piano Designer

Roland is definitely one of the kings when it comes to piano modeling, but what sets them apart is their willingness to give you the controls to change things as you please.

In this section, we’ll focus on the SuperNATURAL Piano Designer, as it is the most prolific.

Roland Piano Designer

In general, Piano Designer allows you to modify these following parameters of your piano:

  • Lid
  • Key-Off Noise
  • Hammer Noise
  • Duplex Scale
  • Full Scale String Resonance
  • Damper Resonance
  • Key Off Resonance
  • Cabinet Resonance
  • Soundboard Type
  • Damper Noise
  • Single Note Tuning
  • Single Note Volume
  • Single Note Character

However, you won’t find these exact options on all Roland’s instruments. Depending on the model, you can get fewer or more tweakable parameters (usually more expensive digital pianos will give you more options).

Also, you can find similar software solutions from other digital piano manufacturers as well. Yamaha has Piano Room and Kawai has Virtual Technician, Casio has Acoustic Simulator.

Personally, I don’t find myself diving deep into the Piano Designer often. Unless I’m playing a dark rock song, I rarely change anything at all (and even then, I’m just lowering the Lid parameter to get a ‘far-back’ sound).

However, if you’re interested in fine-tuning your sound to perfection, the Piano Designer is amazingly detailed and is generally not too hard to use.

Roland Keyboard Actions

Apart from the sound engines, a digital piano is only as good as the included key action. It doesn’t matter how good a piano sounds if the keys feel bad. Normally, the best key actions feel similar to those found on actual pianos.

It might be important to note that Roland doesn’t focus heavily on delivering a realistic piano playing experience. Instead, the focus is on playability.

After all, digital pianos come with more than just acoustic piano tones, and the hefty keys found on actual pianos would be quite difficult to use for organ and synth playing.


Synth Action/Semi-Weighted

These keys are featured on Roland’s instruments that don’t focus on realistic feel, like the E- and BK-series.

This key action doesn’t even have a specific name, but it’s similar enough that we can cover them all in a single category.

Synth Action

Synth-action keys completely forgo weight and feel springy and fast. Synthesizer players favor these keys, especially for lead parts.

Semi-weighted keys are also considered synth-action, but there’s a bit of resistance on the action that tries to emulate the feel of a real piano (though not very well).

These keys are favored by organ players and electric piano players alike due to added expressivity.


Ivory Feel-G

A somewhat outdated, fully-weighted key action, now succeeded by the PHA-4 Standard action, these keys are still featured on the 88-key JUNO-DS variants, but it’s nothing too special.

These keys feel good enough on the workstation keyboard, featuring accurate velocity detection and return speed. Even so, they lack the graded effect and modern triple sensors.

Roland Keyboard Actions


PHA-4 Standard

This is the key action featured on Roland’s entry-level and intermediate-level digital pianos, such as the instruments in the FP-series (aside from the FP-90X), RP-series, etc.

The PHA in the name stands for Progressive Hammer Action, which attempts to emulate the graded feel of real pianos.

Roland PHA-4 Standard key action

On an actual piano, the lower notes are heavier and harder to press, whereas the upper keys are lighter. The PHA key actions simulate this feel by using variable weights and tends to do a good job in general.

Despite being on the lower-end of Roland’s key action selection, the PHA-4 Standard action feels surprisingly good and is arguably the best entry-level hammer action on the market.

The keytops feature synthetic ivory and a matte finish to prevent slippage, and triple sensors ensure that keypresses are detected accurately, even on rapid repetitions.


PHA-50

The PHA-50 action has succeeded the previous PHA-4 Premium and PHA-4 Concert key actions used in high-end Roland instruments.

This is a significant upgrade over the PHA-4 Standard action and incorporates a hybrid material construction featuring real wood to make it feel even more realistic.

Roland PHA-50 key action

PHA-50 Hybrid Wood/Plastic Keyboard

The PHA-50 action also uses triple sensors and they are tuned to be even more reactive to velocity, making the overall playing experience a lot more enjoyable.

Many keyboardists love the PHA-50 action and I’m also a fan. While it leans towards being lighter than I prefer, it still feels great and versatile, covering just about any kind of sound you can imagine.


Hybrid Grand Keyboard

This is a variation on the previously discussed PHA-50, featured exclusively on the LX700 series digital pianos.

The main differences are longer keys and, as a result, longer key pivot lengths. This reduces fatigue and makes playing the keys a lot more enjoyable across extended periods of time.

Roland PHA-50 vs Hybrid Grand keyboard

The Hybrid Grand action also incorporates a stabilizing pin, making vertical key movement smoother and quieter.

In terms of actual feel, I’d say the Hybrid Grand action feels close to the real deal, having the heft and depth you’d expect from a real grand piano (which is what the LX700 series is trying to recreate).

Conclusion

Roland’s huge product line means there’s something for everyone.

I’ve worked with session keyboardists who love their FA workstations to death, and I’ve also seen many musicians in training who love the FP-series for its price to value ratio.

That’s not even mentioning how many drummers utilize Roland’s V-Drums modules and how a ton of guitarists (myself included) use Roland’s BOSS pedals all the time.

Roland really knows how to make instruments that sound and feel good to use, and there’s no doubt they’ve got a lot more in the works.

The recent Fantom (2019) release shows that Roland isn’t sitting on their laurels. They are actively looking to expand their product line with even more great instruments.

If you’ve ever owned or used Roland digital pianos or keyboards in the past, feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.

We’d love to hear about your likes and dislikes of Roland’s products, as there’s only so much my own opinions can contribute. Discussions benefit everyone, so we look forward to hearing from you!


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