WNAMM07: New Roland Digital Pianos

FP Series is expanded with two new models      31/01/07
WNAMM07: New Roland Digital Pianos
FP-7

Roland has announced two new additions to the FP Digital Piano Series: the full-featured FP-7 and the compact and streamlined FP-4. Roland say that, complete with Session Partner, USB connection, and true-to-life grand piano sounds, the FP line has something for everyone–from professional stage performers to recreational music makers.
With a slim, portable design for placement in practically any environment and an elegant black finish, Roland say that the new FP-7 is the perfect and elegant solution for apartment dwellers or any home where space is at a premium.
The FP-7 not only offers powerful built-in speaker-box units, intuitive controls, and a graphic LCD which displays lyrics for sing-along fun, but a new AudioKey feature which gives players a simple way to playback audio directly from USB memory.
New PHA II Progressive Hammer Action II technology provides a keyboard that responds naturally from pianissimo to fortissimo, with a touch that can be adjusted in 100 incremental steps. Roland say that the intricate details of a real piano have been captured inside the FP-7, including, hammer, damper and string noise and key-off resonance.
For those players wishing to create instant auto-accompaniments, the FP-7 features Roland’s Session Partner technology complete with a variety of musical styles and a large variety of rhythm and accompaniment patterns—including ballads, jazz, Latin and 12 new styles. Players can choose from a vast selection of chord progressions, or have the accompaniment follow the left hand.
With USB standard, musicians can connect the FP-7 to a computer and use it as a sound source for sequencing or as a high-quality controller. Players can also plug in a memory key and load .WAV and standard MIDI files for instant playback.
Additional features include 128-voice polyphony, two headphone jacks for duets or late-night practice sessions and Cakewalk SONAR LE recording and editing software.

FP-4 in white
Featuring the same piano sound and body as the flagship FP-7, the FP-4 is a more affordable and streamlined version of its big brother. Roland believe that it’s the perfect choice for music students who need a great-sounding, great-feeling digital piano but who don’t demand as many features as the FP-7.
This new 88-key piano (now available in black or white finishes) includes PHA alpha II, a new compact version of the Progressive Hammer Action II keyboard technology found in the FP-7, 128-voice polyphony and an easy-to-read LED screen onboard. It comes complete with headphone jack, built in speakers and hundreds of new sounds.
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    2 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
    Matthew    Said...

    I tried out the FP-4 and it is one awesome keyboard. It is a complete musical composition tool, with backing that sounds like a full band. The price is only $1,299

    17-Feb-07 09:43 PM


    Brian    Said...

    Over the past 20 years, I've owned the RD200, RD250s, RD300s, RD500, RD600, and RD700sx. The Roland Digital piano has always been my tool of choice. But hold on there!The new, 2nd generation Progressive Hammer Action in the FP7 is the nicest feeling action I've ever played. Even seasoned, pro players will have fun with this keyboard. In fact, I like it so much, that I am going to break my long time tradition of buying RD's and go with an FP! How 'bout them apples?

    16-Jul-07 03:21 PM


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