Roland has announced the RP-401R and F-130R, which they describe as two compact and affordable digital pianos designed for modern lifestyles. They say that the RP-401R offers a traditional look that's ideal for a young family, while the streamlined F-130R is a perfect fit for a single person or couple living in an apartment or condo. The company believes that, featuring top-level piano performance, intelligent rhythms, and compatibility with free Roland piano apps for the iPhone and iPad, the RP-401R and F-130R provide solid foundations for years of learning and musical enjoyment. Here's the full story in Roland's own words:
With Roland's highly respected touch, tone, and technology features on board, the stylish RP-401R and F-130R bring a high-grade piano experience to any home. The RP-401R combines space-saving efficiency with traditional appointments such as an integrated music rack and a retractable keyboard cover. The F-130R's understated-yet-elegant look blends nicely into urban living spaces, with a unique lid design that provides a low-profile appearance when the piano is not in use.
As musical instruments, the RP-401R and F-130R offer performance that easily surpasses others in their price class. Roland's acclaimed SuperNATURAL® Piano technology provides a truly authentic piano experience, inspiring young students and advanced players alike with the rich, expressive tone of an acoustic grand. The newly developed PHA-4 Standard Keyboard inherits the functions, appearance, and Ivory Feel texture of keyboards in Roland's flagship instruments, and includes the latest sensing technology to take advantage of SuperNATURAL Piano's vast tonal range.
With the intelligent rhythm function in the RP-401R and F-130R, users can enjoy playing and practicing along with a complete backing ensemble that automatically follows chords played on the keyboard. 72 different rhythm styles cover a variety of musical genres, from rock, country, and jazz to Latin, reggae, and modern electronic styles. Playing with rhythms also offers a fun way to explore the diverse selection of additional sounds in the RP-401R and F-130R, which include electric pianos, organs, guitars, brass, synths, and many others.
Thanks to the innovative Headphones 3D Ambience effect, users can enjoy the spacious sound field of an acoustic piano while playing with headphones during private practice sessions. Other useful features for daily playing include a large onboard song library and a built-in recorder for self-evaluation and sharing performances via USB memory. Both pianos also include a Volume Limit function, which allows parents to preset a maximum volume so their kids don't play loud sounds unexpectedly.
The RP-401R and F-130R are compatible with Roland's free piano apps for Apple iOS devices, providing a great way to motivate practice and enhance enjoyment. The Air Performer app lets users play along with favorite songs in the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch wirelessly through the piano's sound system via Roland Wireless Connect (optional). The Piano Partner app for iPad includes Flash Card, an interactive music program that's fun for kids, plus a graphical interface for selecting tones, songs, and rhythms in the RP-401R and F-130R. Piano Partner also features DigiScore Lite, which displays the piano's built-in songs as sheet music on the iPad.
The RP-401R is available in Contemporary Black or Simulated Rosewood finishes, while the F-130R is available in Contemporary Black or White.
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