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Fantastic sound and uncompromised piano action.
The Roland FP-5 Digital Piano is the most advanced FP-Series piano yet. It has Roland's finest stereo-sampled piano sounds, an 88-key progressive hammer-action keyboard, virtual ToneWheel organ sounds, and a built-in speaker system—all in a super-compact design. 64-voice polyphony. Dedicated knobs for controlling relative volume of layered sounds. Upgraded Session Partner has fresh styles and programmable chord progressions. 3 pedal inputs (damper, sostenuto, soft) with half-pedal recognition for acoustic-piano like response. USB-MIDI interface and GM2-compliant sound source.
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The Roland FP-5 is a unique instrument in their product lineup. It starts with excellent piano, adds in professional rhythms, and lets you jam with what to me feels like "studio house musicians" playing along with you. If only your band could sound as good! If you are a serious piano player, the FP-5 is worth considering. Being a Jazz pianist, my impression is that all the rhythms were really developed around the piano, which is where the FP-5 really shines! The piano is excellent when played through a good sound system (forget the onboard amp), and the rhythms are VERY professional and very fast to follow your chord changes, as you will see per the Bass instantly following your every chord. Thus play your piano tune, then play it using the rhythms. Get into the rhythms and you will find you play the tune better than just solo. You'll sound more professional because you are playing with professionals programmed into the FP-5. For Jazz I especially like 49, 54, and 74 for the Latin influence. Are you good enough to play Bluesette? It's in waltz 3/4 time, so try rhythm 79 or 80...I play it at 170 bpm. The point is you will be a better musician playing with the "band" the comes with the FP-5, no extra charge! I've own the Roland D-50, XP-60, XP-80, A-90EX controller, even a Nord Electro for those great Hammond B5 sounds, but when it comes to serious practice/performance per pure piano, I'll power up the FP-5! Oh for special effects, I'll Midi a XP-60 using the rhythms of the FP-5. Works great! The key action is excellent and slightly harder than a real piano (The A90-EX is VERY stiff...makes playing a regular piano seem like playing feathers!). Good for the finger exercises, and lets you play well at an impromptu piano with friends. The other instruments I'm not impressed with, as I don't really care about using them. But to be fair I would note that if I were interested in them, they don't sound all that good to me. The FP-5 also always resets to defaults when you reset power, so many stage musicians don't like it per not being able to save patches. But as I am piano only oriented, I can setup what I want in less than 30 seconds after powering up. So consider trying out the FP-5. It is one instrument that truly will improve your talents if you are piano oriented. Regards, George
I bought one of these when I wore out my FP1. The action is all I had hoped it would be. That's the most important feature for me as a performer. The piano and organ sounds are great. The big miss is the electric piano sound. Hear that sucking sound? Its the electronic piano patch. The FP1 had a MUCH better one. The rest of the stuff is for the technogeeks. I just ploay piano and enjoy sitting down in front of this one.
I've owned the FP-5 for about 3 years. I do not like the rythmns, electric piano or organ voices.The session partner require too much button pushing and changes.
Outstanding piano action and feel, great sounds. Tonewheel organ is a neat feature and sounds great. Very solidly constructed; built like an anvil. Could use a bit more bass than the built-in speakers provide. Need to hold on to the manual for reference for sounds and rhythms.
the board has high quality grand piano and accoustic guitar sound. good luck with the electric piano voices- you pretty much have to layer the preset voices with one of the GM2 bank voices to have anything sounding OK. that's a big whiff for roland- they bought Rhodes and ought to have the best Rhodes sound period in EVERY board. The session partner is a great concept but they really screwed up with the type styles on the board- too much hip-hop garbage and not enough quality varieties, not enough jazz, particularly soft 4/4 jazz and ballad styles. i've had a love/ hate relationship with this board and i think i'm giving it up
I got this keyboard partly on the recommendation of a friend -- but mainly because I followed his advice, to go TRY a keyboard before I bought it. Now, I'm a complete novice. On the other hand, I'm old enough to know I want to learn to play -- and will stick with it. Based on this, I really didn't want some cheap piece of crap that I'd hate within a couple weeks of buying it. What I did want was an instrument with flexibility, a goodly number of sounds to play with -- and most of all, to be something I'd enjoy using for years to come. The Roland FP5 is all that and more. It sounds gorgeous, the keys feel solid and responsive, and already it's a joy to play. I definitely recommend this product.
Would definitely spend the extra over the F3 if you have any level of sophistication- mainly because the session partner will follow your chord playing and the F3 won't do that. the piano voice is good, the electric piano voices are horrible (surprising for Roland board); all-in-all a fun keyboard with a nice sound and touch; if you play jazz the session partner adds nice bass/drums. some of the other styles are pretty synthetic/ cheesy