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Travel-friendly and affordable, the FP-50 brings you top-class piano performance along with many other great features to enhance your playing enjoyment. At your fingers is the authentic tone and touch of an acoustic grand, plus a large selection of versatile sounds for performing in a variety of situations. The intelligent rhythm feature makes it simple to create incredible music, providing dynamic, sophisticated accompaniments that automatically follow your performances in real time. And with its compact, stylish design and built-in speaker system, the FP-50 is always ready to go wherever you want to play.
A NEW LEVEL OF PIANO PERFORMANCE AT HOME
The FP-50's authentic piano sound and touch provides top-level performance for playing all musical genres, from classical and jazz to rock and pop. Roland's SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine faithfully replicates the unmatched tone color and expressiveness of the finest acoustic grand pianos, delivering seamless velocity response, natural tone decay, and authentic key-range behavior. Supreme playability comes from the Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with Escapement, which inherits the functions, appearance, and texture of keyboards found in our flagship pianos. At an affordable price, the stylish FP-50 offers sound, touch, and expressiveness rivaling that of high-end instruments.
VERSATILE FEATURES AND EASY MOBILITY FOR LIVE PLAYERS
Streamlined and compact, the FP-50 is easy to transport anywhere. In addition to premium acoustic pianos, it's filled with a large selection of stage-ready sounds, including SuperNATURAL-based classic EPs, essential organ tones, strings, modern synths, and more. Stereo outputs let you connect to an external amplification system, while the built-in speakers help you monitor your performance while on stage. The intelligent rhythm feature gives you control of an entire onboard backing band for solo performing, with automatic accompaniment that follows whatever you play on the keyboard.
DIGITAL ADVANTAGES FOR DEVELOPING PIANO SKILLS
The FP-50's digital technology offers many great benefits that enhance your piano practice sessions. You can turn off the built-in speakers and play privately using headphones, allowing you to practice day or night without disturbing family members or neighbors. Rhythm accompaniments assist you in developing timing and groove, and the wide selection of music styles help expand your versatility. Via optional USB memory, you can play along with WAV audio files using various playback options such as key transposition, tempo adjustment, and Center Cancel, and record your performances as audio data for composing or self-evaluation. SMF songs can be played from USB memory as well.
FUN AIR PERFORMER APP FOR IOS DEVICES
Extend your piano enjoyment with Roland Wireless Connect and the free Air Performer app, which lets you play along with your favorite songs in your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch through the FP-50's sound system. Roland Wireless Connect is simple to set up and use, providing convenient, cable-free communication with Apple iOS devices via Roland's optional WNA1100-RL Wireless USB Adapter.
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FP-50 Digital Piano
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Comments about Roland FP-50 Digital Piano:
I previously owned an FP4 which had the lightest yet playable weighted keys I had ever come across and I actually really liked that. The FP50 has a much heavier action and to me, feels like a real piano players type weighted key bed. I find it somewhat fatiguing but I must admit I grew up on organs and synths and I am not classically trained. I do love it for playing ballads and mid tempo pieced as this piano sound is so dynamic and lovely in stereo. I have used it on stage in mono and aside from the odd boxy note in the upper end of the keyboard, it still was very pleasing, cut well and allows you to really dig in. This piano sound is much better than that original FP4 which really seemed to lose it's fullness from the mid upper part of the keyboard (I did not spend much time on the FP4F). Not here, the FP50's piano sound is solid top to bottom. The EP's are good as are most of the sounds. Of note; the GM2 sound bank is pretty solid and the overall sound set covers most of what you'll need for live gigging. Even the organ sounds here are way better than what I remember on boards like the Phantom and Juno's. It seems to me that Roland has put in their better sounds but the big drawback/let down: only global editing and no access to effects other than the reverb that is called Ambience Uhhg! (you do have access to slow/fast rotary effect for organs). It still sounds very good but I really want to add overdrive to the EP's and store sounds with alternate effects etc. The built in speakers sound good and have 12 watts of power and I haven't detected any crackling at higher volumes, it's reasonably portable, looks good, is not too bulky or long, it seems built very well and if auto accompaniment is your thing, it sounds pretty nice in that area as well. Bottom line: GREAT SOUNDS but significantly LACKING EDITING, most notably for adding/changing effects etc. I am impressed otherwise and rate it a very solid 8 out of 10. Try one out... it is a pro level board with an exceptionally dynamic piano sound. A good choice for Stage/Studio/and Home.
Comments about Roland FP-50 Digital Piano:
Ordered, received first FP-50 from Musician's Friend. It had been a return sold in "mint" condition. On opening the box I found a very obvious problem with an A key which was visibly sitting lower than the other keys. There was also a prominent scuff mark across five high-register keys which I might have forgiven, but that A was a breaker; its defective action was intolerably slow to return (and never to correct height).
MFI was nothing less than excellent in sending a replacement and arranging return of the first. Kudos to their call center in Salt Lake City. The second FP-50 arrived at my workplace with a bang when the UPS guy dropped it on its end. Though I heard it and felt the floor shake, an ongoing meeting prevented me from stopping the guy to check for damage; a coworker signed off and he was on his way. That night, I'd open the box to find the instrument packed poorly with bubble wrap instead of the foam end caps that belonged there. (Roland prints a packing diagram on one of the box flaps, which was helpful with my return.)
Despite my initial sinking feeling that I might've paid for an unending string of other people's broken stuff, this second keyboard had no visible defects. It sounds great and travels well (in tradition of the FP-4 which I'd borrowed from a friend a few years back and loved). I've had it for about three weeks and will be keeping it. Basically I love the keyboard. Still...
Actionwise, it's not quite perfect. There are a few keys right in the center that don't always rise up to the right level, or travel just a bit slowly, or something. These issues are not entirely repeatable; it might depend on atmosphere or temperature. I can imagine that possibly my middle C will one day be like that higher A that I rejected. This being someone else's return (which saved me money) and knowing of a poor delivery (and who knows what other experiences in transit), I feel like I should forgive some imperfection. I don't travel much so will probably live with this for quite a while; but time will tell.
People considering the FP-50 may do well to read other reviews and heed well what people say about the action. Some folks say it's too heavy and tiring (across the board). This hasn't been my experience, and I've played mine quite a bit now. I figure, Roland's trying to make a grand piano that I can carry under one arm and fit easily in my Prius C (it does!), and something's gotta give. Despite their efforts, it seems to be the action.