NAMM 2020: New Roland Stage Piano

US RD-88 is described as streamlined and affordable      15/01/20

Roland has announced the RD-88 Stage Piano, the latest model in the company’s long-running RD series. This is what they have to say about it…

For over 30 years, Roland RD pianos have been the top choice of professional keyboardists, appearing regularly on stages all over the world. Offering premium features in a light, streamlined design, the RD-88 delivers renowned RD sound and playability in an affordable instrument that’s simple to use and easy to carry.

Equipped with the 88-note PHA-4 keyboard, the RD-88 provides exceptional feel and response with Roland’s award-winning hammer action and Ivory Feel keys. Every musical nuance is perfectly translated, giving serious players the inspiring touch they need for authentic performances. A high-quality speaker system is also integrated into the instrument’s design, offering convenient self-contained amplification for home practice and convenient monitoring.

Drawing on Roland’s rich sound heritage, the RD-88 includes a wide selection of instruments including stunning, newly developed SuperNATURAL pianos and electric pianos. For added versatility, a curated collection of acoustic and electronic sounds are also on board, including modern synth sounds powered by the latest Roland sound engine.

The RD-88 is refreshingly intuitive to use while performing, with fast-access controls for selecting sound categories, creating layers and splits, and more. It’s easy to shape the tone color via grab-and-go knobs and enhance sounds with compressor, chorus/delay, reverb, and other effects. Favorite setups can be stored for quick recall, and a One-Touch Piano button allows the player to quickly return to their core piano sound any time they like.

Advanced users will love the RD-88’s zone features and easy computer integration. Software-based sounds can be played through the RD-88 via USB, and three zones can be configured with internal sounds or set up to control virtual instruments from Apple MainStage.

The RD-88 features a clean and compact design that fits neatly into any musical situation. Weighing just 13.5 kg/29 lb. 13 oz., it’s easy to move and set up, even on small stages or in cramped rehearsal spaces.   

Pricing and Availability:

The Roland RD-88 Stage Piano will be available for $1,199.99 in March 2020.

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