The RD-800 was designed for fast, effortless operation while playing on stage. Live Sets allow you to store prepared setups including tone layers, keyboard split points, effects, and much more for qui... Read More
The RD-800 was designed for fast, effortless operation while playing on stage. Live Sets allow you to store prepared setups including tone layers, keyboard split points, effects, and much more for quick recall via dedicated buttons while performing. For those times when you need to call up and modify sounds on the spot, it's a breeze to dial things in quickly. The panel features a logical layout and dedicated controls, and it's extremely simple to accomplish essential tasks such as selecting and layering tones, setting split points and adjusting effects. The color LCD provides an inviting interface for manipulating parameters in any lighting condition, and all panel knobs have LED indicators that make it easy to see current settings on dark stages.
Authentic grand piano sounds designed for the stage
The RD-800 features a large selection of grand piano sounds to suit any style, from solo performing to ensemble playing. There are 5 acoustic piano types and 34 variations to choose from, including a new Concert Grand tone derived from Roland's flagship V-Piano Grand which features enhanced presence for cutting through in live situations. A newly developed upright piano is also provided, offering the unique short decay and up-close sound of a traditional upright instrument. Powered by Roland's acclaimed SuperNATURAL Piano engine, the RD-800 delivers a truly authentic acoustic piano experience with seamless tonal color changes, natural note decay, and authentic key range behavior.
Customize piano sounds to suit a performance venue or your personal style
With the RD-800, you have an incredible amount of control to shape any piano sound to your liking. The onboard Piano Designer lets you easily adjust overall tonal elements with familiar piano-oriented parameters such as string resonance, key-off resonance, hammer noise, and many others. Even deeper control is available with Individual Note Voicing, which allows you to adjust the pitch, level, and tonal character independently for all 88 notes. In addition to personal tone shaping, this unique voicing option is also useful for balancing the overall piano sound to perfectly suit the venue you're performing in. When a SuperNATURAL Piano tone is selected, the Tone Color knob is automatically assigned to control the sound width, allowing you to easily adjust the output from full stereo to mono to suit any situation. Of course, all your custom settings can be stored as Live Sets for instant recall during your performances.
Vintage electric piano tones reproduced to perfection
In addition to authentic acoustic pianos, the RD-800 includes a variety of newly enhanced SuperNATURAL-based electric pianos representing classic instruments from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. You can select among 5 types and 56 variations, and then fine-tune a sound in great detail with parameters like mechanical key on/off noise, key off resonance, damper noise, and many others. With the Tone Color knob, you can even morph seamlessly between two different electric piano models or tones to create all-new sounds. Great effects are available for enhancing your EP sounds, including a number of tremolo variations, an authentic phaser, and an amp simulator (with several speaker types) to achieve accurate vintage distortion characteristics.
Set your inspiration free with unparalleled touch response
If you're looking for the finest keyboard action available in a stage piano, the RD-800 is an easy choice. Roland's new flagship PHA-4 Concert Keyboard with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel includes the latest touch-detection technology, allowing you to fully explore the deep tonal potential of the SuperNATURAL-powered acoustic and electric pianos. With high-resolution sensing and lightning-fast response, the PHA-4 accurately translates into sound the subtlest differences in tone from different playing styles and dynamics. Additionally, the keys are finished with specially developed materials that have moisture-absorbing properties, providing the natural texture and tactile sensation of real ivory and ebony keys on a fine acoustic grand.
Additional sounds for maximum versatility on stage
Going far beyond piano tones, the RD-800 offers an enormous variety of additional sounds to expand your versatility for live gigs. With over 1,100 tone variations available, you're sure to find just the right sounds to suit any genre or performing situation. 10 different Virtual Tone Wheel organs are on board, as well as 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 powerful master MIDI keyboard features for playing and controlling external sound sources on stage or in the studio.
Studio-quality effects with real-time controls
Included in the RD-800 is a large selection of simultaneous effects with dedicated real-time controls for processing and enhancing your sounds as you play. Rich ambience is available with the reverb and delay effects, while the Modulation FX section offers a choice of 56 diverse effects types. The Tremolo and Amp Simulator section includes a number of tremolo and amp types for electric pianos, a rotary effect for authentic organ tones, and more. There's also a dedicated five-band equalizer for shaping your sound, and four controls that can be assigned to control a variety of parameters of your choosing. In addition, the unique and powerful Tone Color knob allows you to dramatically alter many sound aspects optimized for different tone categories with a single control, such as widening or narrowing the stereo image, morphing between two different sounds, or boosting the presence to cut through a dense mix.
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Comments about Roland RD-800 Digital Piano:
This 5 star review includes the service I got from Guitar Center. I am very pleased with this product. It's been a month since I bought this Roland RD-800 and I am very glad I bought it. I am a piano player and also like to play synths. As an acoustic piano user and clavinova clp-150 owner for many years I was looking for a second piano, portable but with better key action and great piano sound. I didn't want the synth/piano approach for this particular purchase because I wanted something that came with the best piano sound and key action possible in this price range - for my piano solo music - so that put the only synth/piano consideration that I had made out of my price range, the Nord Stage 2. I narrowed down my search (through the web) to the CP4 and the RD-800 which I tried in the store. To my surprise the RD-800 was an easy decision; better key action, better feel, better sound, better materials and modern looks. Someone in the store said "that's why Rolands are Rolands", and now I agree and this is now my second Roland keyboard. My decision to buy the RD-800 was based on the good balance of price, low weight, modern looks, key action and the most important, the sound. I have to admit that after the purchase when I set up the Roland in my house and played it for a few days I was even more impressed with the key action feel which is very good but most importantly with the quality of the piano sound which is incredibly realistic and well balanced throughout the whole keyboard, I rarely have to adjust the piano sound to get a nice balanced sound but if I need to all the dedicated knobs are right there for instant access. I don't have to struggle with the lower-mid range section getting muddy - which is something I've seen in many portable pianos - I like the color screen and modern board layout, with lighted buttons. I don't really care much about sounds other than the piano but when I went through the sound library the electric pianos sounded better in the CP4. I was concerned about amplification/sound at home since this can be a real issue when trying to get the good piano sound out of the keyboard so I bought a pair of yamaha's HS7 with the RD-800. The sound of the roland RD-800 is so good and enjoyable through this speakers that I don't have to use the headphones that much. In summary I consider the RD-800 a quality product, well built very good key action and excellent piano sound. My gear: Motif XF8, Jupiter 80 and now the RD-180. For technique practice, Clavinova CLP-150
Comments about Roland RD-800 Digital Piano:
I have been making music for a living since 1972. I have waited and waited for the keyboard to be everything that the RD-800 is. Thank you Roland! The 800 is a pleasure to play. Great sound, great feel. I am heavy into Hammond so that makes me wish that there was actually a physical drawbar section to work with because the Hammond sound on the RD is really good. I do have my Hammond XK-3c for that though. Special thanks to Scott Piatt at Guitar Center for recommending this keyboard and putting one at my finger tips. ;)Get the keyboard! You will love it! Best price I found was at GC!
Comments about Roland RD-800 Digital Piano:
First off, I loved my roland RD700NX for many years. No digital piano is perfect but the RD700NX was near perfect for me with a few cons. Well, the RD800 completely knocked my cons off the list. I wanted improved action, sound, features, and lighter weight and the RD800 delivered it perfectly. I have had it now for 10 days and could not be more pleased. 70% of my work is studio and the other 30% is live performance. I depend on both for income and the RD800 is my perfect tool to achieve it all. Not only do I have all the sounds of the NX but many more, MUCH better editing functionality, electric and acoustic pianos are stellar, and the new touch of the PHAIV is quiet and extremely controllable which is ideal for my studio work. Again, no digital piano is perfect, but the RD800 is just a hair away from perfection designed for the serious professional musician.
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