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With each redesign and reissue, the new version of Roland’s RD stage piano series is a widely anticipated release event. Professional piano players have been queuing up to have a look at the new RD piano since the release of the first RD pianos in the 1980s. The Roland RD-800 is a significant update.
Having enjoyed the endorsement of high-profile popular music piano players for several decades, and more importantly the overwhelming endorsement of journeymen and hobbyist musicians across the world, a redesigned RD is under tremendous pressure to perform like never before. The RD-800 does not disappoint.
There are several primary areas of concern for the modern player seeking an 88-key weighted action stage piano, the first of which is sound. Whether in a solo piano context, a jazz trio or an electric rock or R&B band, the piano has to be thrilling. Roland’s sound archives have been in development for decades, and the best samples with the latest signal processing have been selected for inclusion in the RD-800’s library.
Of course paramount among all of the sounds is the RD-800’s SuperNATURAL Piano engine, which delivers an acoustic piano sound of unprecedented quality and expression. A new Concert Grand derived from the V-Piano Grand is included that painstakingly recreates the subtlest piano attributes. It shines in the harsh light of solo piano contexts, cuts like a knife in rock and R&B band mixes, and excels in all environments in between. It additionally features electric piano, organ, strings, brass and woodwind, mallet and many other timbres (1100 sounds in all), each of which excel.
Another critical aspect of a stage piano is its feel and action. The RD-800 features Roland’s PHA-4 Concert Keyboard with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel. The Ebony/Ivory feel is a matte key with an almost eggshell feel to it that provides a rich and satisfying tactile experience when playing. The weight of the keyboard is graded, just like an acoustic piano so the left side of the keyboard plays gradually heavier than the right side. It is equipped with Roland’s latest touch-detection technology.
It is important from a practical perspective to have all of the great sound quality and the authentic playing feel reside in a chassis that is easily portable. The RD-800 wins in this category as well. It weighs in at an impressive 48 pounds, less than a male bulldog or your average six-year old boy.
The patching on the rear panel is sophisticated and versatile with both XLR and ¼” stereo output jacks, along with a 1/8” stereo input jack for music players or other devices. Versatile pedal connections, optional USB flash memory and MIDI control complete the rear panel.
You can customize your piano sounds that make a particular performance or venue more effective, and store them in the onboard Piano Designer to be called up the next time you encounter those particular performance parameters. If you are very intense about your performance timbres, you can even drill down into the Individual Note Voicing, which allows you to customize pitch, level, and tonal character independently for all 88 notes.
The effects section of the RD-800 is as advanced as its sound engine. Rich ambience improve the piano timbers while tremolo, phase shifting and flanging enhance the electric pianos beautifully, and the rotary effect makes for truly convincing organ tones. There is a five-band equalizer for additional tone shaping and a powerful Tone Color knob that is programmed to behave in a variety of ways according to logical manipulation of the specific timbres.
Order today and experience more control on stage than you ever have.
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Comments about Roland RD-800 Digital Piano:
I almost bought a CP4, but SO glad I waited. This is just what I always wanted in a stage piano! I always go to Yamaha for pianos and only somewhat of a Roland fan. I never bought the RD700NX just because I thought there was something missing and it could be a bit better for the high price. So what does Roland do?? They put out the AMAZING RD800 for hundreds less, beautiful light mega-solid redesign, and added stunning sounds and features. The RD800 is professional from end-to-end with very little compromise. I am so happy that I do not have to buy a Nord for near twice the money for the piano sounds and other great sounds I needed. Plus WAY better action than any Nord as well as any other digital in this price range including the CP4. RD800 has near perfected the piano sound. You might not like it at the default piano setting when you turn it on, Perfect - you shouldn't like it on any digital piano. Just go into the incredibly easy to use Piano Designer and skys the limit. You will be very impressed with what this great piano can produce when you start to dial it in to your taste. I can go on forever about what a top-end piano the RD800 is but you really need to take the time and demo it properly. Spend time with and ask the rep all the questions you can think of. I know everyones taste is different and many great digital piano to choose from. Im just telling you that the RD800 will certainly worth your time if you a critical profession musician.
Comments about Roland RD-800 Digital Piano:
I was a fan of the RD700NX but never owned one. I mostly used Yamaha and Korg in the past for many years. Less than a year ago I was about ready to purchase the RD700NX but glad I waited. The RD800 has everything the 700NX did but so many more wonderful features and sounds let alone a beautiful updated design that is stunning and super easy to use. When I first heard the RD800 via headphones I was absolutely blown away with the SuperNatural pianos. I was hearing rich authentic tones, nuances, charter, and resonance that I have never noticed in any stage piano before. Plus, the customization of these sound are so extensive that its almost impossible not to get the perfect sound you are looking for. Combining all that with the new PHA4 action is just incredibly inspiring to play and create beautiful music. I do not want to stop playing it. This top of the line beauty was custom designed for the professional pianist or keyboard musician. Ive had it for weeks and still so much to explorer. Could not be happier with this spectacular piano especially now as I'm learning how to take full advantage of all the editing features. I think the RD800 makes me sound like a better player than I really am. I fully and highly recommend it to all semi and professional keyboard players in the market for a new stage piano. It will up your game without a doubt.
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