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On the hunt for a digital piano that can double as a satisfying option for the home, and as a lightweight, all-in-one gigging instrument for both the stage and studio, all for a price that will make you smile? There’s a good chance that your hunt for a portable piano can end with the Roland FP-30X. The upgrade to the hugely popular FP-30 digital piano, the FP-30X boasts a laundry list of improvements, including increased polyphony, Bluetooth Audio, and discrete ¼” outputs making this a true gig-ready instrument.
Introduction to the Roland FP-30X Digital Piano
It’s no secret that Roland is a leader in digital piano technology, which has been the case for more than 4 decades. The FP series of portable all-in-one digital pianos were released in the early ’90s to many accolades. The FP series has ever since been a mainstay of Roland’s lineup, with upgraded models seeing the light of day every several years.
To mark the 30 year anniversary of this successful line, Roland has launched the latest generation of the FP series in the form of the FPX series. Building on the success of the FP-30, widely regarded as one of if not the top instruments in its class, the FP-30X looks poised and ready to continue this long line of success.
The acoustic piano experience is faithfully recreated as Roland once again raises the bar and essentially issues a formal challenge to the rest of the class. The FP-30X stands tall against competitive products from Yamaha, Kawai, and Casio, with arguably the top action in the class. Add Roland’s legendary durability with the latest tech, the FP-30X serves up an all-around package that will turn the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals, and beginners alike.
**Upgrades over the FP30 include**
- Polyphony increased to 256 notes
- 21 additional onboard tones for a total of 56
- Bluetooth Audio
- Twin ¼” outputs
- Increased Data playback options
- Compatibility with new Piano Everyday app
Roland FP-30X Features Roland’s 88-note PHA-4 Standard Keyboard Action
Returning from the FP30, the Roland FP30X digital piano once again features Roland’s 88-note PHA-4 standard keyboard action with Ivory-touch and escapement. This is a professional, high-quality action used throughout Roland’s lineup up to the $2,000 mark, at which point the action shifts to the PHA50. This really demonstrates the FP30X’s exceptional value – a remarkably portable digital piano available for what amounts to slightly more than an entry-level price point. If you told someone 10 years ago that they could get a hammer action grand piano keyboard this good at this price, they would have laughed at you.
You’ll also find the in the FP-60X, F701, and the RP701, which is a borderline high-end home digital piano. There’s a nice texture with the ivory feel keys, a well-executed escapement sensation modeled after a real piano, and is quite quiet as far as digital piano key actions go due to its solid construction. The total range of sensitivity expression may not be as large as Roland’s higher-end actions, the PHA-50, and Hybrid Grand action, but it’s still widely regarded as the top action in the class.
Roland FP-30X Features Roland’s Renowned SuperNATURAL Piano Sound Engine
The FP-30X utilizes Roland’s highly regarded Supernatural Piano Sound Engine with built-in ambience effects. This engine is also a mainstay throughout Roland’s lineup under the $2,500 price mark. It’s got 256 notes of polyphony – literally double the polyphony of the FP-30 – meaning the odds of ever running out of juice with this sound engine, even if playing complex classical music, are slim.
They’ve doubled up the onboard acoustic piano tones to 12 and beefed up the electric piano tones to 20, while offering 24 various additional tones, such as strings and synthesizers. There’s a solid 22 amplifier running the two-speaker system – you won’t need any additional power for home use, but you should be performing in a professional setting, there’s a ¼” out port for quick connectivity to an external amp or PA.
Roland FP-30X’s Bluetooth MIDI Connectivity
One of the most surprising upgrades with the FP-30X is the inclusion of Bluetooth Audio, as this feature is generally reserved for instruments at a higher price point. Bluetooth Audio turns your instrument into a large Bluetooth speaker for streaming music from a smart device.
The FP-30X retains MIDI Bluetooth wireless connectivity, which means you don’t need to bother with cables when connecting to mobile devices to access apps such as Roland’s Piano Designer, which gives the user an enormous amount of control over the piano sound. Additional music apps you’ll want to check out include Garage Band and Sheet Music Direct, among many others.
Another nice upgrade is the inclusion of L/MONO, R ¼” output connectors. With the FP-30, if you wanted to connect to an amp you had to use the headphone port which is less than ideal. The presence of twin ¼” outputs solidifies the FP30X as a true gigging instrument.
The FP-30X also has an on-board option to connect USB memory to capture songs recorded with the onboard recording function.
Notable Features and Specs
It’s simple, but the combination of tone and touch the FP30X delivers is seriously tough to beat for the price – definitely the main highlight of this instrument.
- Roland’s famous SuperNATURAL Piano engine
- PHA-4 Standard 88-note action with escapement and ivory-feel keys
- Onboard 22W stereo amplifier and two stereo speakers delivers great sound
- Headphone output lets you play at all hours
- Compact and lightweight for those on the go
- Bluetooth wireless connectivity with Android and Apple iOS (Audio and MIDI) lets you use the FP-30X with popular apps
- Dual and split modes for duets and self-accompaniment
- A broad selection of non-piano sounds
- Twin Piano mode
- 30 internal songs
- USB-to-device memory slot lets you:
- Save songs recorded with a built-in SMF recorder
- Play along with favorite songs in WAV or SMF format
- USB-to-host port lets you connect with your computer
- Optional DP10 sustain pedal/damper pedal with half-damper control
Optional three-pedal unit (KPD-70, which can also be used as a hands-free page-turner with some sheet music apps) and optional matching stand (KSC-70) available as add-on accessories provide a classic piano look.
The FP30X really raises the bar for the entire category, and is undoubtedly going to cause a bit of a stir when the reviews start piling in. The FP30 was already one of the top instruments in the category, and with these new improvements, the FP30X stakes an even bolder claim for class superiority. All in all, the FP30X is a wonderful follow-up to the Roland FP30.
Roland FP-30X Owner’s Manual
Roland FP-30X Related Resources
|Piano Sound||Piano Sound: SuperNATURAL Piano|
|Tones||Piano: 12 tones E.Piano: 20 tones Other: 24 tones|
|Keyboard||88 keys (PHA-4 Standard Keyboard: with Escapement and Ivory Feel)|
|Speakers||12 cm x 2|
|Rated Power Output||11 W x 2|
|Audio||Bluetooth Ver 3.0 (Supports SCMS-T content protection)|
|MIDI||Bluetooth Ver 4.0|
|Compatible Android / iOS Apps (Roland)||Piano Every Day Piano Designer|
|Playable Software||Standard MIDI Files (Format 0, 1) Audio File (WAV: 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear format, MP3: 44.1 kHz, 64 kbps - 320 kbps, requires USB flash drive)|
|Recordable Software||Standard MIDI Files (Format 0, 3 parts, Approx. 70,000 notes memory) Audio File (WAV: 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear format, requires USB flash drive)|
|Internal Songs||30 Songs|
|Touch Sensitivity||Key Touch: 5 types, fixed touch|
|Master Tuning||415.3--466.2 Hz (adjustable in increments of 0.1 Hz)|
|Effects||Ambience Only for organ tones: Rotary Speaker Effect Only for E.Piano tones: Modulation Speed|
|Convenient Functions||Metronome (adjustable Tempo/Beat/Volume/Tone) Transpose (Keyboard/Song: in semitones) Dual Split (split point adjustable) Twin Piano Auto Off|
|Connectors||DC In jack Pedal1 (Damper) jacks (capable of continuous detection when optional pedal connected) Pedal2 (Damper, Sostenuto, Soft) jacks (capable when dedicated pedal board connected) Output (L/Mono, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type USB Computer port: USB B type USB Memory port: USB A type Phones jack x 2: Stereo miniature phone type, Stereo 1/4-inch phone type|
|Power Supply||AC adaptor|
|Power Consumption||16W (When using the included AC adaptor) *Approximate power consumption when playing the piano at medium volume: 4W Power consumption when sound has not been played after power-on: 3W|
|Accessories||Owner's Manual Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY" AC adaptor Power cord Music rest Pedal switch (DP-2)|
|Option (sold separately)||Dedicated stand: KSC-70 Dedicated pedal board: KPD-70 Keyboard stand: KS-10Z, KS-12, KS-20X Damper pedal: DP series Carrying Bag: CB-88RL, CB-76R Headphones|
|Dimensions||Detached music rest: 1,300 (W) x 284 (D) x 151 (H) mm 51-3/16 (W) x 11-3/16 (D) x 6 (H) inches FP-30X with KSC-70 and music rest and dedicated stand: 1,300 (W) x 344 (D) x 931 (H) mm 51-3/16 (W) x 13-9/16 (D) x 36-11/16 (H) inches|
|Weight||14.8 kg, 32 lbs 11 oz (FP-30X with music rest) 23.0 kg, 50 lbs 12 oz (FP-30X with KSC-70, KPD-70, and music rest)|
|Dimensions||55 × 17 × 11 in|