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Roland RD-800 stage piano built for live performance

Roland launched the RD-800 Stage Piano, a powerful and intuitive instrument designed for fast, effortless operation while performing at Winter NAMM 2014 in Anaheim. Featuring an enhanced collection of pianos, the latest weighted-action keyboard technology, a streamlined interface, a unique Tone Color function, and much more, the sleek RD-800 takes the RD series to the next level. The RD-800 is also set to be highlighted at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2014.
The RD-800’s logically organized panel provides a colour LCD and many dedicated controls, making it simple to execute essential tasks such as selecting and layering tones, setting split points, adjusting effects, and more. Live Sets let users store their favorite setups and recall them instantly with dedicated buttons. All the panel knobs have LED indicators for easy visibility in dark environments.
Outfitted with Roland’s new flagship PHA-4 Concert Keyboard with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel, the RD-800 offers the latest touch-detection technology. The PHA-4 delivers high-resolution sensing and fast response for musical expression. Additionally, the keys are finished with specially developed materials that provide the natural texture and tactile sensation of real ivory and ebony keys on a fine acoustic grand.
Powered by the SuperNatural Piano sound engine, the RD-800 features a large selection of authentic grand piano sounds designed for the stage. There are five acoustic piano types and 34 variations to choose from, including a new Concert Grand tone derived from Roland’s flagship V-Piano Grand and a newly developed upright piano sound.
With the onboard Piano Designer, users can customize sounds to suit a performance venue or personal playing style. It’s easy to modify tonal elements such as string resonance, key-off resonance, hammer noise, and many others. Even deeper control is available with Individual Note Voicing, which allows the player to adjust the pitch, level, and tonal character independently for all 88 notes.
The RD-800 also includes many newly enhanced SuperNatural-based electric pianos representing classic instruments from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Users can choose among five types and 56 variations, and it’s possible to fine-tune parameters such as mechanical key on/off noise, key off resonance, damper noise, and more. Effects to enhance EP sounds include a number of tremolo variations, an authentic phaser, and an amp simulator with several speaker types.
Going beyond piano tones, the RD-800 also provides a variety of additional sounds for versatility on live gigs. Over 1100 tone variations are available, including 10 different Virtual Tone Wheel organs, a SuperNatural-based clav, a wide range of vintage keyboards, and up-to-date synth sounds for modern music styles. The RD-800 also includes master MIDI keyboard features for playing and controlling external sound sources on stage or in the studio.
The RD-800 offers a large array of sound processing options with dedicated real-time controls, making it simple to enhance tones in a multitude of ways while performing. Included are reverb, delay, Modulation FX, EQ, and many others, plus a Tone Color function newly developed for the RD-800. Tone Color allows players to dramatically alter many different sound elements with a single knob, such as widening or narrowing the stereo image, morphing between two different sounds, or boosting the presence to cut through a dense stage mix.
Roland Stage Piano RD-800
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