Roland RD-2000 Stage Piano w/ Wooden Key Action
The Roland RD-2000 delivers unmatched performance on stage, in the studio, or in the comfort of your own home. It is equipped with two independent sound engines, premium wood-key action, and advanced controller features that make this the most intuitive, feature-packed stage piano on the market today. Blending evolved piano technologies with an extensive modern control, this next-generation instrument takes the industry-standard stage piano series to new levels of inspiration and creativity. Version 1.50 software adds new sounds joining the latest piano models already on board as well as historic RD stage piano series available from Roland’s Axial website.
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The RD2000 Action – PHA-50 Goes Portable
Roland has deployed its newer action design, designated the Progressive Hammer Action Keyboard (PHA-50), on several of their high-end models, including HP and LX series instruments. However, the Roland FP90 and RD2000 are the only two portable models to be equipped with this upgrade. The action feels and behaves differently than the PHA-4 plastic action, both in terms of sensitivity as well as physical feel.
The action feels slightly shallow compared with the PHA-4, and also gentler…without such a hard bottom to the action it also gives a sense of more weight, although having measured them out, it’s virtually the same.
Classical players and people using this action for solo work will be far more impressed with its precision and its versatility, whether in a studio setting or live performance.
The RD2000 digital piano gives one of the highest fidelity wave signals of any digital product on the market, period. Its near limitless polyphony, and the ability to blend up to 8 internal patches together at once without even batting an eye, makes the RD2000 a dream for keyboardists of all stripes.
The stock piano sounds are totally acceptable, although the expansion piano options give even more character and depth to the acoustic piano function. The E piano category has a massive selection, ranging from contemporary sounds to very authentic reproductions of vintage sounds as well.
The Organ engine has one of the most authentic Hammond B-3 tone engines of any stage piano on the market. Using the 8 slider bars as tone bars, users can set and save as many personalized presets as they wish.
Beyond the traditional keyboard sounds, a massive selection of synths, leads, pads, strings, brass, and percussion sounds are also preloaded on the instrument.
The Roland RD2000 digital piano offers up to 4 simultaneous effects processors to function, as well as real-time EQ, Reverb, Amp simulation, and envelope control.
As a prior user of the Yamaha S90 series, the RD700, Motif 8, and Fantom X8, my expectations of the RD2000 were extremely high. Having used the keyboard in close to 500 shows at this point, I can definitively say that I love the machine and many of the well-thought-out features it offers. Complaints are few; the weight is definitely back-breaking, and an arpeggiator would be kind of cool to have onboard. But for the majority of its use as a live performance beast, this checks all the boxes.
Ever since Roland introduced the world’s first touch-sensitive electronic piano, the EP-30, in 1972, it has been a leader in the design and manufacture of the digital piano. Roland instruments of all kinds are known by professional musicians, educators, and home hobbyists all around the world for their sound quality and durability.
Roland’s current line up of digital pianos incorporate their expressive SuperNATURAL™ Piano Sound with Progressive Hammer key actions to faithfully recreate the grand piano experience while providing all the advantages of the digital world.
The SuperNATURAL™ Piano sound combines the realism of multi-sampled piano sound with the extended dynamic range and realism of modeling technology gleaned from their flagship and revolutionary V-piano engine.
Their Progressive Hammer key actions are precisely weighted from low bass to high treble to recreate the control of a grand piano action, with ivory–feel key surface, and escapement.
Here at Merriam Music, we have chosen some of the best current Roland models to add to the offerings in our digital piano showroom.
Roland has been one of the lead innovators in digital and electric pianos from the 1980’s onward. Many of the approaches to manufacturing and synthesis technology that Roland developed in their early years have become industry-wide practices. They were one of the first companies to bring MIDI recording to people’s homes, and also one of the first to develop a truly life-like piano tone. Roland’s embrace of the entire range of instruments led to the development of the V-Series of instruments, encompassing everything from Accordions to Drums, to Pianos.
|KEYBOARD||Keyboard||PHA-50 Keyboard: Wood and Plastic Hybrid Structure, with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel (88 keys)|
|SOUND||Sound Generator||2x Independent Sound Engines
Sound Engine1: V-Piano Technology
Sound Engine2: SuperNATURAL
SuperNATURAL (E.Piano, Clav)
Virtual Tone Wheel Organ
PCM Sound Generator
|Max. Polyphony||V-Piano Technology Sound Engine: Full Polyphony
SuperNATURAL Sound Engine: 128 voices
|Parts||16 parts (Max 8 parts are used in the PROGRAM)|
|Tones||1,100 tones Over|
|Effects||Modulation FX: 4 systems, 62 types
Tremolo/Amp Simulator: 4 systems, 6 types
Reverb: 6 types
Delay: 5 types
Sympathetic Resonance (Only for SuperNATURAL Piano)
5-band Digital Equalizer
|AUDIO FILE PLAYER||File Format||Audio Files (WAV format, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear)|
|RECORDER||File Format||Audio Files (WAV format, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear)|
|External Storage Device||USB flash drive (supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed flash memory)|
|OTHER||Rhythm Pattern||200 patterns|
|Controllers||Slider x 9 (with illumination)
Knobs x 8 (with illumination)
Pitch Bend/Modulation lever
Modulation Wheel x 2
|Display||Graphic LCD 256 x 80 dots|
|Connectors||MAIN OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
MAIN OUT (L, R) jacks: XLR type
SUB OUT (L, R) jacks:1/4-inch phone type
NPUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type
Pedal (DAMPER, FC1, FC2, EXT) jacks: TRS phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT1, THRU/OUT2) connectors
USB (COMPUTER) port: USB type B
USB (MEMORY) port: USB type A
PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type
AC In jack
|Number of USB Audio Record/Playback Channels||Signal Processing: 24-bit
Sampling Rate: 192 kHz, 96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
Record: 2 channels
Playback: 2 channels
|Power Consumption||23 W|
Damper pedal (capable of continuous detection)
|Options||Keyboard stand: KS-G8B
Piano pedal: RPU-3
Damper pedal: DP-10
Pedal switch: DP-2
Expression pedal: EV-5
USB Flash Memory
|SIZE AND WEIGHT||Width||1,412 mm
47 lbs 14 oz
* Actual weight can vary slightly from that indicated due to the fact that wooden parts are involved.
|Dimensions||60 × 21 × 11 in|
Basic Sustain Pedal (incl)