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Roland Digital Piano Reviews
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Roland V-Piano

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Receiving the award for NAMM 2009 'Best in Show', the Roland V-Piano is an instrument to consider if you are in the market for a new digital piano. The V-Piano adds four new piano models to the feature set, with excellent pianos onboard, from grand-piano classics to interesting and usebable hybrids. Ready to gig or record with analog XLR and 1/4" outputs, as well as coaxial digital output, USB and MIDI.

Creating and customizing sounds
This instrument is made for playing, with an easy to navigate panel, making you play more music, and play less with screen menu's. One of the great things with this piano is the ability to create and edit sounds, however there are already lots of onboard instruments to choose from if you aren't into tweaking. If you do like to edit your own instruments, it's pretty straight forward and you can be creating new sounds within minutes.

Four new piano models
The four new piano models added by the V-Piano Evolution system upgrade include two vintage and two vanguard piano samples. The two Vintage Type piano models include:

  • Vertical (warm upright-piano model)

  • V1 "Impactance" (Vintage 1 piano equipped with heavier hammers for more power and energy)

  • Two Vanguard Type: Triple Large (featuring triple copper-wrapped strings for each key with a newlyextended piano body)

  • Metallic SB (based on the previous "All Silver" model with a new virtual soundboard made of thin metal boards sandwiched between thin wooden boards for a unique metallic tonal character).
  • Note: Owners of existing V-Pianos can download the "V-Piano Evolution" update from Roland's Downloads page.

    The Specifications

    Sound Generator Section (V-Piano)

    Maximum number of tone-producing virtual strings
    264-string (varies according to the sound generator load)
    Preset: 28 Tones, User: 100 Tones
    (With V-Piano Evolution system upgrade)
    V-Piano editing parameters
    Unison Tune, Hammer Hardness, Cross Resonance, Tone Color, String Resonance, Damper Resonance, Soundboard Resonance, Key off resonance, Damping Time, Damping Noise Level, and more
    Ambiance: 12 types, 4-band Digital Equalizer

    Sound Generator Section (GM2: playable via SMF and MIDI)

    16 Parts
    Maximum Polyphony
    128 voices
    256 Tones

    Sequencer Section

    Playable File Format
    Standard MIDI File: format-0/1, Audio File: WAV, MP3
    Recording Format
    Standard MIDI File: format-0
    Number of Recording Tracks
    1 track (realtime recording)
    Note Capacity
    approx. 30,000 notes
    Play/Stop, Backward, Forward, Tempo Change, Transpose, Center Cancel (only for audio playback)
    Quarter note = 10 to 500, Audio Playback Speed: 75 to 125%
    120 ticks per quarter note
    Beat: 2/2, 0/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 7/4, 3/8, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8, Volume: 11 levels
    Song Length
    Max 998 measures


    240 x 64 dots graphic LCD (with backlit)
    Volume knob, Ambience knob
    Damper (half-pedal recognition), Soft (half-pedal recognition, function assignable), Sostenuto (function assignable)
    Internal Memory
    4M bytes
    Other Functions
    Panel Lock, V-Link
    Output A (L/MONO, R standard), Output A (L, R XLR), Output B (L/MONO, R standard), Output B (L, R XLR), Input(L/MONO, R standard), Piano Pedal, Damper Pedal, Control Pedal (FC1, FC2), MIDI (IN, OUT, THRU), USB (MIDI, Memory, For Update), Digital Audio Out (Coaxial), Headphones, AC Inlet
    Power Consumption
    Owner's manual, CD-ROM (Editor), Piano Pedal, USB Cable, Power Cord
    Keyboard Stand: KS-V8, Stereo Keyboard Amplifier: KC-880, Stereo Headphones: RH-300, Monitor Headphones: RH-A30, Damper Pedal: DP-10, Expression Pedal: EV-5, EV-7, Footswitch: BOSS FS-5U, Dual Footswitch: BOSS FS-6

    Size and Weight

    Width (W)
    1,411 mm55-9/16 inches
    Depth (D)
    530 mm20-7/8 inches
    Height (H)
    166 mm6-9/16 inches
    38.2 kg84 lbs. 4 oz.

    All specifications and appearances are subject to change.


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