Roland FP-30 Digital Stage Piano Review

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Today’s product is Roland FP-30 digital stage piano.

Roland is another Japanese company that is specialized in electronic instruments from pianos, organs to guitars and drums. The company manufactures and sells other electronic equipment such as amplifiers and DJ equipment.

The company has a wide range of digital pianos from grand to stage pianos. One of the low end stage piano series is FP series, in which Roland Digital Portable Piano FP-30 is the most affordable one.

Features of Roland FP-30 Digital Stage Piano

  • Roland’s renowned SuperNATURAL Piano sound
  • 88-note keyboard with authentic piano touch
  • 128 polyphony
  • Headphones output
  • Compact and lightweight (50 lbs 12 oz)
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity
  • Dual/split modes
  • 35 tones
  • USB to Host, USB to Device
  • MIDI functionality

Roland’s unique SuperNATURAL piano sound technology is revolutionary primarily in three areas: sound sampling, reaction to velocity of key touch, and how sounds fade.

Traditional digital piano sounds are sampled from a concert grand piano and whenever a key is pressed, a sampled sound is pulled out. Most of the times, one sampled tone covers several keys as the sound is adjusted to appropriate tones. SuperNATURAL technology uses all different original sound for 88 keys.

Piano sounds differ depending on how the pianist play whether he/she hits keys harder, faster or softer and so on. Those minute differences in nuances and expressions are seamlessly integrated into digital piano sounds from Roland with SuperNATURAL piano sound technology.

Similarly, typical digital piano sounds fade out (“decay” is what is called,) using a looping method, that is, to gradually fading out with the same loop of sound intensity. With SuperNATURAL technology, sound decay is implemented smoothly similarly to how sounds fade out in an acoustic piano.

You can enjoy very similar acoustic piano experience with Roland’s digital pianos as they faithfully recreate original acoustic piano sound characteristics.

You can hear more about the technology here:

The “Twin” mode lets you and your teacher play side by side on the same octave range by splitting the 88-key keyboard. This is very useful when you have lessons as the teacher can show you how to play and you play on the other half.

The “Layer” mode can be used for you to enjoy playing the piano with another instrument tone chosen from a wide variety of voices available on the model, for example, a string instrument.

One of the features that is not widely seen on other digital pianos yet is a Bluetooth capability. With this, you can work with MIDI music apps that you have on your mobile device.

Of course, you can record your performance on the built-in recorder and save on your flash drive that you can connect to the piano, too.

Pros

  • 88 keys with superior sound
  • Ivory and ebony feel keys
  • Touch sensitive keys
  • Dual, split modes
  • MIDI

Cons:

  • No LED display
  • No exclusive audio output or input
  • You need to purchase a stand and 3-pedal unit separately if you want a traditional upright piano kind.

Summary

Overall, Roland Digital Portable Piano FP-30 offers high values at this price range for a beginner, with superior piano sound and authentic acoustic piano-like key touch, different voices and effects. It is capable of handling MIDI and with a Bluetooth capability, it can be connected to other devices.

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