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Roland RD-800 Digital Piano

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With each redesign and reissue, the new version of Roland' RD stage piano series is a widely anticipated release event. Professional piano players ha...Click To Read More About This Product

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Become king of the stage.

With each redesign and reissue, the new version of Roland' 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' 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' library.

Of course paramount among all of the sounds is the RD-800' 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' 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' 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.

FEATURES
Keyboard
  • Number of keys: 88 Key
  • Action: Graded Hammer action
  • Key size: Full
  • Aftertouch / Velocity: Adjustable
  • Key Type: Piano-style
Sounds
  • Number of voices: 1113
  • Polyphony (max): 128-note
  • Layers: Yes
  • Split: Yes
Connectivity
  • AUX input: No
  • MIDI Connectivity: MIDI In/Out/Thru
  • Line output: Yes
  • Line input: No
  • USB Connectivity: Yes
  • Headphone jacks: 1
  • Pedal inputs: 4
  • Storage type: Internal & USB
  • Expandability available: No
Onboard Features
  • Recording/Playback MIDI sequencer
  • Accompaniment styles: 200
  • Preset songs: 60
  • Display: Backlight LCD
  • Effects: Yes
  • Built-in speakers: No
  • Pitch bend/Modulation: Both
  • Other controls: 4 sliders, 7 knobs
Effects
  • Reverb: Yes
  • Chorus: Yes
  • Delay: Yes
  • Equalizer: Yes
  • Arpeggio: No
  • Other: Yes
Other
  • Width: 55.125"
  • Height: 5.625"
  • Depth: 14.5"
  • Weight: 47.9 lbs.
  • Power: IEC cord
  • Batteries: Not applicable
  • Stand or bench included: Sold Separately

Order today and experience more control on stage than you ever have.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • KEYBOARD SECTION
  • Keyboard
  • 88 keys (PHA-4 Concert Keyboard: with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel)
  • SOUND GENERATOR SECTION
  • Maximum Polyphony
  • 128 voices
  • Parts
  • 16 parts (4 parts are used in the live set)
  • Sound Generator
  • SuperNATURAL Piano
  • SuperNATURAL (E.Piano, Clav)
  • Virtual Tone Wheel Organ
  • PCM Sound Generator
  • Tones
  • 1,113 tones
  • Live Sets
  • 200
  • Piano Designer (Only for SuperNATURAL Piano)
  • Tone Color: 0 - 127
  • Nuance: TYPE1 - TYPE3
  • Damper Noise: 0 - 127
  • Duplex Scale: 0 - 127
  • String Resonance: 0 - 127
  • Key Off Resonance: 0 - 127
  • Hammer Noise: -2 - +2
  • Character: -5 - +5
  • Sound Lift: 0 - 127
  • Individual Note Voicing
  • Tuning: -50.0 - +50.0 cent
  • Level: -50 - 0
  • Character: -5 - +5
  • * adjustable in individual notes, Only for SuperNATURAL Piano
  • Effects
  • Modulation FX: 4 systems, 56 types
  • Tremolo/Amp Simulator: 4 systems, 5 types
  • Reverb: 6 types
  • Delay: 5 types
  • Sympathetic Resonance (Only for SuperNATURAL Piano)
  • 3-band Compressor
  • 5-band Digital Equalizer
  • AUDIO FILE PLAYER
  • File Format
  • Audio Files (WAV format, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear)
  • RECORDER SECTION
  • File Format
  • Audio Files (WAV format, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear)
  • OTHER
  • Rhythm Pattern
  • 200 patterns
  • Controllers
  • LAYER LEVEL slider x 4
  • EQUALIZER/DELAY/ASSIGNABLE knobs x 4 (with illumination)
  • REVERB knob (with illumination)
  • TONE COLOR knob (with illumination)
  • MODULATION FX DEPTH knob (with illumination)
  • MODULATION FX RATE knob (with illumination)
  • TREMOLO DEPTH knob (with illumination)
  • TREMOLO RATE knob (with illumination)
  • AMP SIMULATOR DRIVE knob (with illumination)
  • Pitch Bend/Modulation lever
  • S1/S2 Buttons (Assignable)
  • Display Theme
  • 3 themes
  • Display
  • Graphic color LCD 320 x 240 dots
  • Connectors
  • OUTPUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
  • OUTPUT (L, R) jacks: XLR type
  • INPUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type
  • Pedal (DAMPER, FC1, FC2, EXT) jacks: TRS phone type
  • MIDI (IN, OUT1, THRU/OUT2) connectors
  • USB (COMPUTER) port: USB type B
  • USB (MEMORY/WLAN ADAPTOR) port: USB type A
  • PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type
  • AC In jack
  • Power Consumption: 12 W
  • Accessories
    • Owner's manual
    • Power cord
    • Damper pedal (capable of continuous detection)
    • Cord clamp
    • SIZE AND WEIGHT
    • Width
    • 55-1/8"
    • Depth
    • 14-1/2"
    • Height
    • 5-7/16"
    • Weight
    • 47 lbs. 14 oz.
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    RolandRD-800 Digital Piano
     
    4.6

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Responsive / good action (8)
    • Good audio (7)
    • Portable (7)
    • Touch sensitive keys (7)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment (6)
    • Concerts (6)
    • MIDI (6)
    • Travel (5)
    • Chamber music (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (7)

    Reviewed by 9 customers

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    (21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Acoustic piano(s) sounds STUNNING.

    By A proud new fan of Roland!

    from Stamford, CT

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Amazing Action
    • Beautiful Resonance
    • Best Acoustic Piano
    • Easy to Use
    • Incredible Piano
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

    • A Bit Long
    • Manual Is Not Great

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Concerts
    • Live Performance
    • MIDI
    • Studio Recording
    • Travel

    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.

    (18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A professional stage piano in every way

    By Vic2014

    from Hampton Falls, NH

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Amazing Ap Sound
    • Easy to Use
    • Extremely User Friendly
    • New Rock Solid Design
    • Portable
    • Pre-programmed music
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording
      • Stage
      • Studio

      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.

      (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      "I would buy this product again and agai

      By Pianistablue

      from Centerville GA

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Perfect
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Concerts
        • MIDI

        Comments about Roland RD-800 Digital Piano:

        i love this digital

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        An outstanding professional quality digital keyboard

        By cosmicsurfer007

        from Maui, Hawaii, USA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Pre-programmed music
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • Has too many unusable voices or sounds.
        • Heavy
        • Poor Instructions

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Chamber Music
        • Concerts
        • Electronic Music
        • In home studio purposes
        • MIDI
        • Outdoor and concert hall performances.
        • Recording
        • Travel

        Comments about Roland RD-800 Digital Piano:

        I must add to my previous latest comments reviewing the Roland RD 800 digital keyboard. Not all of the voices and sounds are good. Roland has a drum kit section; which is not necessary, in my opinion....for a keyboard player in a professional setting...in addition, with further investigations...not all of the voices and sounds are good or of any good use. However, as one explores this keyboard, one will discover quite a bit of useable sounds with exceptional sound qualities.....other than, those I have commented on....such as the acoustic pianos, electric pianos, strings, bass, and organs. Some of the pad and synthesized sounds
        are excellent and with a good imaginized charged composer, the possibilities are unlimited....for the electronic music venue. The right choices for the traditional instruments are excellent...such as within the
        vibraphone section, which carried me away, I could not stop playing....along with the pad/synthesizer section. I am a person of integrity with all that I do and speak....thusly, I have added these further comments...and taken the time do present as such. Neverthless, overall, this Roland RD 800 digital keyboard is outstanding; outside of the negative comments; and I stand firm on my other positive comments about it. It is an excellent and outstanding digital keyboard for all the purposes stated.

        PS Please read my previous comments under cosmicsurfer007 listing. Tks.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great sounding professional quality digital keyboard

        By cosmicsurfer007

        from Maui, Hawaii, USA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Pre-programmed music
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Chamber Music
        • Concerts
        • Electronic Music
        • MIDI
        • Travel

        Comments about Roland RD-800 Digital Piano:

        After many hours and months of investigation into digital piano sounds and actual acoustic piano sounds...actually playing acoustic grand pianos and googling the major piano manufacturers on line....
        Yamaha, Steinway and the Bosendorfer acoustic pianos...I decided on trying out the Roland RD800 NX,
        Originally, I purchased the 300 NX; but, it need lots of sound editing to get the piano sound I liked, based
        on my investigations, as mentioned. Thusly, I exchanged the 300 for the 800 model....I have no regrets.
        I did consider the Yamaha CP4, the Kurzwiel Artiste model. I also, have owned two Korgs, including the
        Kronos....nice sounding; but lots of flat keys during scale runs. We are talking fine line....hair line differences; but, for me the Roland RD 800 is that keyboard for me after all that months of research...no regrets. The electric, organ, and string voices are superb. All out of the box. Every voice, including the pianos...can be further edited and saved as an instrument by it self. Out of the box...still, the sounds for
        pianos, etc....are right on. Keyboard sensitivity is excellent. Electric pianos are crisp and clean, great for
        stage and big concert venues...working with the sound techs...helps however. As an in home piano...
        it is perfect!!! In my opinion, Roland has upped the bar in digital keyboard manufacturing, for sure...with
        the RD800 model. I highly recommend purchasing the Roland RD800 NX digital keyboard. I was considering this one with the Yamaha CP4....I am happy that I choose to try out the RD800 prior to a
        further exchange for the CP4. The RD 800 is a sturdy built all metal casing keyboard; which is good to
        have. A bit heavy....but, what a great keyboard. Try it....you will like it...for sure.
        Piano sound is heavy and dark, on the on set....much like the Bosendorfer...but, if you like the Yamaha or
        Steinway acoustic sounds.....you can still edit the presented piano sounds to your likeing without much
        trouble.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent!

        By Ben

        from California

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Roland RD-800 Digital Piano:

            Pretty much a home run for Roland here. Key feel and action is stellar. The acoustic and electric piano sounds are outstanding. The other sounds are adequate. Love having the XLR outs on the board.

             
            1.0

            Not as advertised...

            By Michael M.

            from Tonawanda, NY

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Not applicable

            Cons

            • Not applicable

            Best Uses

            • Not applicable

            Comments about Roland RD-800 Digital Piano:

            Although the RD-800 is a fantastic keyboard, my experience on this particular one was not good. It was described as having "slight wear and/or scuffing, but fully functional", which made me go for it at the price, which was about 300.00 less than purchasing it new. However, when I opened the package and fired the power up, there were several non-functioning LEDs and even a function button that was jammed in. I called customer service, who were friendly and understanding. They e-mailed me a return shipping label immediately. I packaged it right back up and it was shipped back the next day. I must admit that I am getting antsy about my money being refunded to my bank account in a timely manner. I went and purchased the same keyboard brand new in a bundle which effectively made the new keyboard about 40.00 less than the faulty one I received from Musician's Friend. I am sure this was a random case as they are a highly reputable company; however I must say I was less than thrilled at the condition of the product I received.

             
            5.0

            A superb professional quality digital keyboard

            By cosmicsurfer007

            from Maui, Hawaii, USA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Portable
            • Pre-programmed music
            • Realistic Sound
            • Responsive / Good Action
            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Chamber Music
            • Concerts
            • Electronic Music
            • MIDI
            • Travel

            Comments about Roland RD-800 Digital Piano:

            I must add to my previous review comments. I originally got this keyboard based on acoustic piano sounds; however, as I have begun to explore the various voices or instruments contained within this incredible keyboard....I was compelled to comment further. BELIEVE THIS OR NOT.....all the voices or instruments are beyond excellent. I was playing the vibraphones voices and was completely carried away. All voices or instruments are excellent. That is it... EXCELLENT!!! All of them....to include the acoustic piano sounds, strings, electric piano sounds and further. The Pad section will carry you out of this world, for sure. All voices and instruments have clean real and clear sounds. This is completely amazing me.

            If you are looking to own and play an outstanding digital keyboard....the Roland Rd 800 is it....do not waste your time looking and hearing else where. One reason, I am here making these comments...more than twice.

            You big concert rock bands guys, etc. Demand the Roland Rd 800 keyboard for rent out....and talk with the sound tech where your band is playing at. Super sounds, for sure.
            Recording studios....add this one.

             
            5.0

            Great Sounding Professional digital Keyboard

            By cosmicsurfer007

            from Maui, Hawaii

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Portable
            • Pre-programmed music
            • Realistic Sound
            • Responsive / Good Action
            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Chamber Music
            • Concerts
            • Electronic Music
            • MIDI
            • Travel

            Comments about Roland RD-800 Digital Piano:

            These are comments in addition to my most recent review of the Roland RD 800 nx digital keyboard.
            I ran out of review space. I must add...the sound system that one runs this keyboard thru for sounding is
            important. I recommend using high quality powered speakers...and in this case, be sure to listen thru both speakers, not just one....this is an important procedure. Going thru a powered mixer and passive speakers
            will be okay...same results. Be sure to zero out at the mixer...and at the speaker settings...in both situations. My review comments are based on the keyboard going thru to two JBL Eon 515 speakers directly fm the keyboard to the powered speakers via guitar sytle cables...although, I could have used
            XLR type cable hook ups...there might be a hairline difference in sounds here. However, my review was
            based on the standard guitar type cables....and with this, the keyboard sounds excellent as I haved reviewed it. With all musical instruments, played on a larger scale; such as an outdoor venue, sound
            systems qulaity do come into play....along with sound technician expertise or lack of none.
            For more intimate situations...such as studio, recording, and home environments...what you hear in
            those high quality speakers will be what it is. The Roland RD 800 Nx digital keyboard is an exceptional
            one. Try it, you will like or love it's professional abilities.

            On the other end...with the great big time band concerts worldwide...these guys rent out instruments. I know...I know a guy that rents outs everything that has to do with doing an outdoor big concert happenning. It costs less to rent; rather than ship your own instrument to the location....except for the guitarists. Drums, too. As, an musician....this situation would drive my wild.

            Okay....sound system is important....that is my main point here. Be sure to play back this keyboard
            thru the best sound system you can get a hold of. Bottom line....the RD800 is pretty much perfect
            in many respects.

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