The RP-301R Roland Digital Piano is an affordable and fun piano with first-class sounds, touch, and play-along rhythm accompaniment.
Since 1972, Roland has pioneered many groundbreaking technologies and a€?worlda€™s firsta€? products. After trying many digital pianos from Yamahas, to Casios to Rolands, and others including Kurtzweil and more, the Rolands win out in my ears. But with the new model, when you hit the notes soft, it sounds like it should, when you play the notes hard, the base roars like a Steinway, and whichever way you play it, you almost feel that you are playing a live grand piano. The response is that I could simply enjoy the beauty of the sound that is coming out of the instrument. The way I could tell is that when you hold the pedal down and play randomly some high notes to test the realism of the overtones. There is the newly developed PHA III Ivory Feel-S Keyboard with Escapement in the Roland FP7F. When I say expressive, I mean the timbre changes and naturally varies as in character as it does on a very good and expensive grand when you play soft or loud, like a real acoustic grand should, not underdone or overdone (can be in some Casios). Again, this is rare, as most digital pianos you just want to get away from the tones as they sound not real. The features include the so called Super-natural Piano Sound which is Roland’s technology for producing its piano sounds with more realism than by sampling alone.
I found the default excellent and felt no need to tamper, but if your living room or where you play is different, or if you like more or less resonance, then you can adjust this exactly.
In terms of other sounds there are 351 tones including 8 drum sets, to play with or to record multiple tracks if you wish. The standard pedal DP-10 is the sustain pedal that comes with the piano, and there is a 3 pedal RPU-3 if you want as an optional extra. Though it is more expensive than the FP 4F, the quality of sound makes it definitely value for money. When this happens as you play the FP7F, you want to play more and you focus on the expression and the playing.
So if you want a digital piano that sounds real, and where your experience is so much better, then go for the Roland FP 7F. This entry was posted in digital piano, Keyboards, Roland and tagged roland digital piano, roland fp-7f review, Roland FP7, roland fp7f, roland keyboard on June 4, 2011 by admin. I use an amp for recording purposes but not for gig purposes, so I wonder if anyone else has a good suggestion here? However, I trust less the opinion of anyone who has a problem with the sound of the Roland V-Piano (probably because they lack the ability to tweak the controls like nothing that can be done with a real acoustic piano), as it sounds fantastic, even for the most discriminating classically-trained ear.
I guess someone messed with the settings and the reviewer didn’t realize this, or else plain ignorance as to the true range of capabilities of the V-Piano. I don’t know about you, but I cannot remember the last time I could instantly adjust the thickness of felt on my piano keys, or change the strings to silver, copper, double or triple strings, or provide the warmth and resonance of a 9-foot (or larger) grand piano.
Essentially, the PHA-III keys with escapement provides the very real feel of ivory keys, even down to absorbing finger-tip sweat, just like ivory keys (unlike any other cheaper imitation plastic keys). The most important element left out of the description of the Roland SuperNatural Piano sound engine is that it is not sampled.
If you want the best sounding piano and control over all of the nuances, hands down, get the Roland V-Piano. I tried it at a shop with headphones, and based on what you said, I will have to try again, and see if I can test the mid range again.
I do remember the bass is very good, and even addictive in a way as it has a great, strong sound and such fast reaction with a good mechanism of keys. I know, those guys at session music do so many video reviews, and not in English – I just skip to the playing parts!
I purchased a 7f last week from JR music world in NYC, but took it back and purchased the 4f instead.
This has been a great product for us as we can also play music brought the pa system too through the p7. I have been recording with the FP7 F and have an advantage listening to playback through a great studio monitor system. My problem was that I’d rather record my favorite acoustics with my project, but they are at a local arts school and very inconvenient to get to, let alone, set up the recording gear each time.
If you’re looking for a digital piano that has that superb grand piano sound that is unmistakable, and which sound better than keyboards twice its price, then you’ve got to look at the Roland FP4 Digital Piano.
I have tried many digital pianos, including the Yamahas, Casios and Rolands, and the Roland FP4 is the one I currently use. I would have said Yamaha had the top digital pianos a few years ago, but now I would say that the Roland is my personal choice. The sound is sampled from a grand piano, and though they don’t say it is from a specific brand, I would not be surprised if it was from a Steinway. A great digital piano can sound better (or way better) than an acoustic piano because the sampled sounds are superior and from a way better piano. So if you’re looking for great sound, which is the most important criteria, then look at the FP4F and you will enjoy your playing because the sound is good. Roland keyboards have been developing and improving and at this stage feels excellent to the touch, which helps you play. The Roland FP4F digital piano has plenty of features, from recording MIDI to your computer, or the sound output to your computer, to playing pre recorded songs, or having accompaniments (over 80 types of session partners, automatic and input with keyboard) that creates the entire sound of a band or rock group. This is why this keyboard is so good for classical music players, rock bands – it is used with amplifiers for rock bands – I have heard it like this and it sounds so professional, and most genres in between. There are a few grand piano sounds, but I like the main one the best, and feel no need to change to another type. There are many other sounds, 345 tones, that vary from guitar and harpsichord to airy voices and all sorts of sounds and instruments. There is the full 128 voice polyphony which means little chance of dropping out of tones when using pedal. In terms of effects, there is damper resonance, string resonance, and key off resonance (off, 1-10 for each) which means that you can tailor the sound of the piano exactly to your taste with small increments of each effect.

There’s 5 levels of touch sensitivity available, in case you want a lighter or harder touch. Even the master tuning and 8 temperaments are available, in case you need to play with acoustic instruments tuned to different pitches, or want to try a different temperament. In conclusion, the Roland FP-4F is a digital piano for you if you love a real and authentic piano sound that sounds just like a quality grand piano that is unmistakable the moment you hear it. The touch is excellent and feels totally natural and the deluxe Ivory Feel-G Keyboard is weighted gradated. The features are plentiful and if you want to record, use all kinds of sounds, effects that you can adjust to your own liking, use the session partner and more, then you can do it easily.
The grand piano sound, touch and all the features I’ve found means that you play and improve your playing as the sounds is that of a grand that you can listen to all day, even for critical ears.
So if you’re looking for a digital piano, then get the Roland FP4F and you will immediately enjoy the piano and your playing.
This entry was posted in Keyboards, Roland and tagged roland digital piano, roland fp 4f, roland fp-4, Roland FP4, Roland FP7, roland keyboard, roland piano on June 3, 2011 by admin. When you compare the FP-4 with the FP-7F, while they are both very good instruments, the sound is different. Two other complaints I have are that they have not included an editable Effects generator on the new FP-4F, whereas the old FP-4 had a sophisticated library of effects. Let us know how you go with the external speakers for the FP4F and which you would recommend. I do agree that the onboard speakers sound better on the FP7F than the FP4F especially the bass, very strong. First, I dont understand why my just new bought Roland FP 4, sounds a lot different than yours on this site. Second: some of the lower notes on my fp4 sounds like horns in the normal grand piano position. I bought this one to study silent, and I use Roland RH200S headphones which sound a lot better, but the internal speakers of the fp4 are rubbish. I think there should be no annoying hissing noise with the keyboard on, so if you can compare with another Roland FP4 in a shop, to tell if yours has a problem or not. Compared to an acoustic piano, the amount of resonance with a digital piano will be less, so if you are playing the same piece on both, the acoustic will sound more full and resonant, which even with the $15000 Yamaha Modus, the resonance cannot even get close to that of an acoustic.
I have the same problem with my new bought (2 year-old) Roland FP4 wich has this constant hissing noise from both speakers, and it does’nt change if I lower the volume, or stop playing. I read a few other place about the samme problem, so I wonder if this maybe is an issue with all the FP4? Building on the tremendous advancements of the HP-504 a€“ as well as previous generations of Roland SuperNATURAL™ pianos, the HP-506 represents an entirely new level of performance and expression for pianist of all capability levels. Like the 504, the HP-506 is fueled by Rolanda€™s Advanced SuperNATURAL™ sound technology.
The true art to the HP-506a€™s piano tone is in its Acoustic Projection™ sound system.
Four-channel Acoustic Projection audio system provides the organic, multi-dimensional sound field of an acoustic piano. No special techniques are required to make beautiful music thanks to the newly designed full-keyboard chord recognition engine. Neither the service provider nor the domain owner maintain any relationship with the advertisers. I will also compare this with the V piano by Roland in a moment, and see why the V piano is in my opinion no match for the FP 7F. The sound from the Fp 7F is more real than almost every other digital instrument I have played so far in this price range. I have played the Roland FP7 (old model) and it was like, OK, the sound is coming out of speakers.
This is when the instrument inspires you to play, because you feel as if you are playing an acoustic grand. When I did this it’s like pure pleasure again, at the gorgeous overtones, like the ones you get with a good acoustic grand piano.
You can adjust the Hammer Noise (-2 to 2), Damper Noise (Off, 1 to 10), Duplex Scale (Off, 1 to 10), Damper Resonance (Off, 1 to 10), String Resonance (Off, 1 to 10), Key Off Resonance (Off, 1 to 10) to tweak the sound to exactly the way you like.
I would get the stand KSC-44 keyboard stand, unless you are doing gigs and will then want the KS-18Z stand for performing on stage.
If you want a digital piano that sounds like a real acoustic grand with the beauty of the tone and realism in sound that you can really hear and experience, then this is for you. The FP 7F as I said, makes it feel as if you are playing an expensive grand piano, whereas the sound from the V piano sounds like a cheap piano and has way less realism to a classically trained ear, and cost more than twice the price. The experience of playing this instrument is pleasurable and feels real, and this is something that is rare to find in digital pianos. The sound being real and present, as if you are playing an acoustic grand, makes even random notes and improvisation sound so good and feels so enjoyable. Bottom line is, if you love the piano and the sheer sound of a piano, and have critical ears like I do, then the FP 7F is definitely for you.
I auditioned all the current models in the music shop of acoustic grand pianos as well as digital pianos, and the Fp 4F and the FP 7F are the ones I chose and would recommend. And if you thought the original FP4 was great, the latest model FP 4F will really please you, even for the critical ears. The touch is excellent on the Roland FP4F and is something that I have read about even before I tried the FP4F for the first time.
When you play hard, the notes sound different, ie the timbre changes are pleasurable, just like you expect with an acoustic piano, which means that the piano is expressive, varies with your touch, which is what you want from a piano acoustic or digital.
These features makes recording as MIDI, or as audio easy, so that you can store your favorite recordings and share with others easily. If you want to select more complex functions like registering a preset of instrument settings, then the user manual is easy to read and tells you step by step which buttons to press, and it makes it easy.
There is a European grand piano sound that is more mellow, but I prefer the main one that sounds like a Steinway to me.

For most part, you can just go with the default but if you have specific taste, then you can adjust these to your liking with very good control.
I was totally surprised and pleased that Roland was able to produce this quality of piano sound that to me is better and way more natural than the V piano which costs many times the price.
The Roland FP4 F price is low compared to the keyboards that offer similar sound but are twice the price. And you can hear and see the response of the keyboard which means that your playing will improve as it responds to your actions. The moment you hear the sound, you will feel pleasure that a good piano sound gives to you, and the many hours of pleasure of playing a good instrument.
I feel that the overtones in the FP-7F sound more real and has an ambience to it, especially when reverb is on. The piano sampling is better (longer sustain, more legato, darker, fatter tone, and more natural) however the new model’s action is sluggish and physically tiring to play.
Also, there is no volume balance control for when in Split Mode, so if the bass for the left hand is too loud or too soft for whatever sound you are using in right hand you are stuck because there is absolutely now way to adjust the balance. My speakers have an awful hissing noise even when I’m not playing and the volume is off and even when it’s not placed against a wall! It should be that the resonance is different, which many people don’t notice unless they play the same piece on both an acoustic and digital. It is very slightly lighter than a grand piano or a good upright piano, and so if you do play on acoustics as well, then there may be a difference in feel.
Whatever you play, the RP-301R can interpret, injecting beautiful accompaniment in real time.
In case of trademark issues please contact the domain owner directly (contact information can be found in whois). This is very common with so many digital pianos and is a weakness that holds the pleasure of playing back. The speakers in the FP 7F sound better and gives you the impression that you are with a live instrument.
Many digital pianos are let down by touch that is not real and this makes the playing experience low. When you play random notes in the higher register with the pedal down, there is pleasure that you again could do this just to enjoy the tones from the piano. Secondly, I had two Roland keyboard in the past that had keyboard issues as the keys were stuck.
Mid range and even specific control of key ranges, or each and every element of individual keys are possible with the V-Piano. You won’t be disappointed with anything but the output choices (I wish it had balanced stereo or better digital outputs). If you don’t mind spending a bit more, and can spare this in your budget, then you should see my latest review of the Roland FP 7F here. It is what makes you want to play for hours, and not get fatigue or notice that the sound is lacking and looking for more. The most impressive thing about the sound is that it sounds like a high quality grand that it is from. If you gig though, you may want the KS-18Z stand that you can easily transport and place the FP4 on.
And the other major difference is the low notes, when you play octaves or chords, the sound is fuller and richer like what you’d expect from an acoustic piano.
I can play Chopin Etudes on the old FP4 action with out straining but get quickly tired on the over weighted new FP-4 action. Interestingly, the speakers on the FP4 I feel is better than the FP7 especially, if you don’t have the piano right up against a wall.
Whether you are a beginner or pro, the RP-301R lets you enjoy piano playing to the fullest. But the Ivory feel keys and the escapement, where there is that slightly more resistance in the middle of the keystroke when you play the note softly, makes it feel even more like an acoustic piano. If you want fuller mid range, this can be entirely customized with the V-Piano, or bass, or whatever, where this is not possible with the FP-7F. Sampling merely records the timbre and characteristics of typically seven different key strike velocities. I enjoy keeping up with the latest equipment at stores and friends who also have a collection of audio gear so we can compare and review a heap of audio equipment.
Instead you focus on the sound and the music that you are creating, and just focus on that. Compared to many Yamaha digital pianos which doesn’t have the richness of sound, the Roland FP4 and even more so, the FP4F has this quality of sound that makes you want to play and just focus on your expression, and it just sounds like it’s a concert grand piano, with all the beauty of its tone, which is a rare thing to find in digital pianos. The other test is when you hit it soft and hard, the sound that comes out is expressive and responsive.
The standard pedal (DP-10 pedal) is the sustain pedal, which is what most people will ever need, though there is the option of the 3 pedal as well.
The on-board SN pianos would be the same, though you could tweak them more on the 7F so that they would sound the same through headphones. But having said this, the FP-4 sounds very coherent and very nice and non fatiguing, even when you play for a long time with headphones.
On some acoustic Yamaha grands the weight is slightly heavier, though on some Kawais, I find the touch very similar to the digital pianos including the FP4. When one tries to introduce subtle qualities utilized in classical piano playing, sampling falls apart.
The Roland FP-7F uses a newer technology to produce the sound, than the FP4, and it sounds different. The main difference is I think the release of the key on digital keyboards compared to acoustics, as the weight is slightly less, the release seems a little faster or easier?

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