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Roland RD 88 Stage Piano



https://www.roland.com/global/products/rd-88/

Old 4 weeks ago
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I’m pretty excited to learn more about this. The PHA-4 is a great piano action, and a lot can be done with roland’s piano modeling. I hope we learn more about the Zen-core capability, because if one can load any zen-core sound into this thing, it’s a great buy for a live piano-centric keyboardist.
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Some great info here

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...ey-stage-piano

Roland Streamlines the RD Stage Piano
Roland is on the cutting edge of evolving digital piano technology, and they’ve packed their latest stage piano, the RD-88, with renowned RD sound and playability in a lighter weight, more affordable instrument. For decades, pro keyboardists have trusted RD pianos have been trusted by professionals, gig after gig, on stages worldwide. Now, the RD-88 gives you the premium ivory feel of Roland’s PHA-4 Standard weighted action with escapement, along with their powerful next-generation ZEN-Core sound engine with SuperNATURAL acoustic and electric pianos. The interface, optimized for live performance, is quick and easy to use onstage with hands-on real-time controls and three zones with Apple MainStage integration. Amazingly, Roland has even built stereo speakers into the RD-88’s sleek chassis — incredibly handy for sketching out arrangements backstage!

Packed with authentic sounds
To be truly great, a stage piano should have authentic sounds with character. Drawing upon Roland’s rich sonic legacy, the RD-88 draws features newly developed SuperNATURAL pianos and electric pianos that can go from grit to sparkle with a few knob twists. And for extra versatility, there’s a curated selection of acoustic and electronic sounds from our historic legacy using the same sound engine found in our flagship synthesizers.



Fast, easy-to-use interface
Thanks to their intuitive controls and welcoming, ergonomic layout, RD stage pianos have become famous for their user friendliness. The RD-88 continues the tradition, giving you only what you need for confident and expressive performances. Critical controls are clearly marked and always in reach, so you can quickly find your favorite sounds, add effects, and shape the overall tonal balance to suit the venue.



Integrate your soft synths
Sometimes you need a very specific sound or the unique capabilities of a particular soft synth or sample library. The RD-88 offers three zones that you can configure with internal sounds — or you can integrate and control soft synths from Apple MainStage. This makes it easy to duplicate the sound of a track live or mix your favorite soft synths with the RD-88’s own sounds.



The perfect gigging piano
Whether you’re on the road, gigging locally, or heading out for a weekend getaway, the sleek, compact RD-88 is the perfect companion. Its lightweight, roadworthy build makes it easy to transport and quick to set up, even on tiny stages or in tight rehearsal spaces. And with its über-convenient integrated speaker system, you won't need an amp or PA system for those small coffee house gigs or hotel room jams. With its outstanding portability, great sounds, and classic RD playability, Roland hit it out of the park with the RD-88. Gigging keyboardists here at Sweetwater are blown away. We think you will be, too.



Roland RD-88 Stage Piano Features:
Lightweight and compact design for easy transport and setup
Easy to use interface optimized for live performance
88-note PHA-4 Standard Keyboard with Escapement and Ivory Feel
ZEN-Core Sound Generator with SuperNATURAL Piano and E. Piano
Three zones with external control and Apple MainStage integration
3 Parts; 3,000+ Tones, 400 Scenes
Zone Multi-effects: 3 systems, 90 types
Zone EQ: 3 systems
Zone Tone Color: 3 systems
Scene Multi-effects (IFX): 90 types
Sympathetic Resonance
Chorus/Delay: 8 types
Reverb: 6 types
Master Compressor
Master EQ
Input Reverb
Input EQ
Other functions: Favorite, Rhythm Pattern, Song Player, MIDI Master Keyboard, DAW Control
Controllers: Assignable Wheel x 2, Assignable Control knob x 8, Master Volume knob, Damper Pedal, Assignable Pedal x 2
2-way stereo speaker system (6W/channel)
Graphic display: LCD, 128 x 64 dots
USB flash drive
Phones jack: stereo 1/4"
Output jacks (L/Mono, R): 1/4"
Mic input jack: 1/4"
Line input jack: stereo 3.5mm
Pedal (Damper, FC1, FC2) jacks: TRS
MIDI out jack
USB-to-device; USB-to-host (supports USB MIDI/AUDIO)
DC in jack, Power Supply: DC 12V AC adapter (included)
Weight: 29 pounds, 13 ounces
Includes AC adapter, Switch pedal, Owner’s manual
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So, that $1200 RD-88 gets 3000+ Zen Core sounds. Color me interested.
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oh what, I bought a bloody piano a week or so ago...this looks great
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oh what, I bought a bloody piano a week or so ago...this looks great
Wot flippin joanna u get braski?
Old 4 weeks ago
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Wot flippin joanna u get braski?
Some yamahaha number...aria or something contains no 3000 zen core sounds
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Some yamahaha number...aria or something contains no 3000 zen core sounds
I got the same one but I'm seeing plenty of microseconds of jitter in my lab tests, qc has really fallen off a cliff, plus this bundled mic is worthless garbation

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Just when I think I'm getting closer to figuring out what in the hell I want they complicate things.

Originally I was looking at the Korg D1, since I can probably offload my Juno DS and be in the same ballpark price-wise, and it's compact-ish even if it's a heavy bastard. But there's also the SV2, which is hella expensive on my budget, but I like the feel of the SV1 keybed (IIRC, the 2 uses the same keybed), and it looks like it's more capable than the original. And then there's this... Only reason I second-guess the RD is because I'm looking at either the MC-707 or (equally likely) the MC-101, so it seems like there'd be a lot of overlap in their sound libraries, and an identical sound engine. The Korg would at least be a bit of a contrast to the Roland sound, even though both of those have much smaller soundbanks. Or maybe I'm just overthinking this and would do just as well to go all in on Roland stuff.

kcearl, what'd you end up getting?
Old 3 weeks ago
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It’s a winner.
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How does it compare to the RD-2000? I guess that one's not zen core?

They're bound to have a new flagship then..
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How does it compare to the RD-2000? I guess that one's not zen core?

They're bound to have a new flagship then..



Is $ 1200 true?
Old 3 weeks ago
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Is $ 1200 true?
Interesting.. odd they don't go back and forth with the same source MIDI and as close a sound as they could get (the primary grand piano sound or whatever) - but from my ears for whatever reason, I prefer the RD-2000 in that video.
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The effect of the RD-2000 is applied more strongly. Reverb and Delay are also used.

Manufacturers may be thinking of slightly expanding their targets from a marketing perspective.
There are various types of home pianos, but I think these home piano users will be able to fully consider this RD-88.
It seems to be accepted by a wide range of users.
New user may be looking for built-in stand and pedal options.

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New Track


Old 2 weeks ago
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I'm wondering where the patch list and manuals are. They're putting this thing out in, what, a month? You'd think they'd have something up on the Roland site by now. I'm also curious whether they'll do a 73/76 and/or a 61/64 with the same keybed (similar to the RD-64).
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Ordered. Three weeks of waiting
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In the hunt for a new stage piano atm, looking at used Nord Stage 2 EX/3, Yamaha CP88 and Korg SV2. RD88 seems to be a pretty good deal. Hope there will be some more demos soon.

Any thought of how Rolands SuperNATURAL electric pianos fare against the lastest from the competitors? Need to try an FP-80 or Jupiter-80.
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I was thinking as follows when deciding on the sound and playability of a DP.
Sampled DPs like Yamaha’s P515 tend to have a lack of immediacy when playing. And then there’s that vast bunch of samples libraries to run on your computer.
Modeled DPs like Roland’s V-Piano in their FP-90 or RD-2000 are second to Pianoteq in my book.
Finally there’s the SuperNatural approach of the RD-88, seemingly combining the strengths of samples and modeling. So I got the RD-88.
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I was thinking as follows when deciding on the sound and playability of a DP.
Sampled DPs like Yamaha’s P515 tend to have a lack of immediacy when playing. And then there’s that vast bunch of samples libraries to run on your computer.
Modeled DPs like Roland’s V-Piano in their FP-90 or RD-2000 are second to Pianoteq in my book.
Finally there’s the SuperNatural approach of the RD-88, seemingly combining the strengths of samples and modeling. So I got the RD-88.
So, you've had a chance to try one?
Old 2 weeks ago
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So, you've had a chance to try one?
Sadly, no. Ordered one after trying the FP-30 and FP-60 with the same action.
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very nice.
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Is there a plan for this model to support MIDI 2.0?
Will it be installed later in the update, like the A-88mk2?
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Is there a plan for this model to support MIDI 2.0?
Will it be installed later in the update, like the A-88mk2?
I'd assume it'd be there sooner rather than later even if the initial batch ships without it.
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I'd assume it'd be there sooner rather than later even if the initial batch ships without it.
A very promising synth.
Old 2 days ago
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According to Sweetwater, the RD-88 speakers and amp are:
Built-in Speakers:
2 x 4.7" woofer, 2 x .78" tweeter
Amplifier:
2 x 6W

Two 5” woofers? Nice.

And there’s a more in-depth demo:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2YSwj0wJu-E
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A very promising synth.
Would like to know how capable the synth engines in RD-88 are.
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Would like to know how capable the synth engines in RD-88 are.

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