Roland RP501r Digital Piano
The Roland RP501R digital piano is an affordable, versatile, and all-together professional-level home digital piano from Roland. It comes with a matching stand (integrated) and 3 pedal system, making it an apt competitor to the Yamaha CLP series or the Kawai CN series. It uses the Supernatural piano engine, and satisfying, authentic-feeling action.
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Roland’s All-In-One Answer for the Advancing Student
Thanks for checking out our review of Roland’s RP501R, a favorite here at the store, and a piano that we would love the chance to tell you more about. This 88-note mid-range digital piano has plenty to offer for both the first time learner as well as an experienced player in search of a second piano or perhaps a family in the downsizing phase.
In many ways, the Roland RP501R is a total dark-horse in the world of digital pianos. The exterior design, one of the understated wood-tones and a simplistic control panel, belies a feature-rich beauty that out-specs many similarly-priced instruments from the likes of Yamaha.
A home piano with a good tone and touch? Check. Lots of onboard features with easy compatibility with the latest educational apps and Piano Partner 2? Check. An elegant furniture style cabinet? Check. If these are the bases you’re trying to cover, the Roland RP501R just might be the piano for you, all for under $2,500.
Currently the top Roland model among the RP line, the RP501R currently serves as an upgraded alternative to Roland’s entry-level RP102 or their F140R. Here are a few reasons to give it some serious consideration:
Speakers: The Roland RP501R has almost double the speaker power of the RP102.
Onboard Features: Unlike the RP102, the RP501 does not require a tablet or other device to access its extensive array of onboard features.
Cabinet Design: The RP501 features a traditional and elegant furniture style cabinet, with an appearance similar to a real acoustic piano
Different Finish Options: Unlike the F140R, the Roland RP501 is available in both contemporary black and contemporary rosewood.
Roland RP501R Digital Piano Features:
Onboard 24W stereo amplifier and speakers serve up a rich, robust sound
- Headphone output lets you play at any time without disturbing others
- Traditional piano cabinet
- Bluetooth wireless connectivity lets you use the Roland RP501R with popular piano apps using iOS iPad & Android
- Dual and split modes for duets and self-accompaniment
- Broad selection of non-piano sounds, including strings, voices, organ, drums, and more
- Twin Piano mode lets student and teacher play side by side in the identical octave range
- USB-to-device memory slot lets you:
- Save songs recorded with built-in SMF recorder
- Play along with favorite songs in WAV or SMF format
- USB-to-host port lets you connect with your computer
- The RP501 gives the user the ability to select sounds, using onboard rhythm accompaniment, and more
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 engine 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-Grand piano.
The PHA-4 Standard Keyboard actions are precisely weighted from low bass to high treble to recreate the control of an acoustic 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 electronic and digital 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 Bluetooth 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||88 keys (PHA-4 Standard Keyboard: with Escapement and Ivory Feel)|
|Touch Sensitivity||Key Touch: 5 types, fixed touch|
Dual (volume balance adjustable)
Split (split point adjustable)
|Pedals||Damper (Progressive Damper Action Pedal, capable of continuous detection)
Soft (capable of continuous detection)
Sostenuto (function assignable)
|SOUND GENERATOR||Piano Sound||SuperNATURAL Piano Sound|
|MIDI Format||Conforms to GM2, GS, XGlite|
|Max. Polyphony||128 voices|
|Tones||Piano: 11 tones
Other: 305 tones (including 8 drum sets, 1 SFX set)
|Stretched Tuning||2 types (Always On)|
|Master Tuning||415.3–466.2 Hz (adjustable in increments of 0.1 Hz)|
|Transpose||Key Transpose: -6–+5 (in semitones)|
|Effects||Ambience (Off, 10 levels)
Brilliance (21 levels)
Only for Piano Tones:
Damper Resonance (Always On)
String Resonance (Always On)
Key Off Resonance (Always On)
|METRONOME||Tempo||Quarter note = 10--500 (When rhythm function turns on: Quarter note = 20--250)|
|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|
|SMF RECORDER||Parts||1 part|
|Save Song||Standard MIDI Files (Format 0)|
|Songs||Internal memory: Max. 10 songs
External memory: Max. 99 songs
|Note Storage||Approx. 30,000 notes|
Top of song
All Songs Play
|Tempo||Quarter note = 10–500 (When rhythm function turns on: Quarter note = 20–250)|
|Resolution||120 ticks per quarter note|
|RHYTHM||Rhythms||72 types x 2 variations|
|AUDIO||Playback||File Format: Audio File (WAV 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear format)|
Top of song
|INTERNAL MEMORY||Save Song||Standard MIDI Files (Format 0)|
|Songs||Max. 10 songs|
|Internal Songs||Piano Masterpieces: 69 songs
Easy Piano: 8 songs
Czerny: 100 songs
Hanon: 20 songs
Scale: 36 songs
|EXTERNAL MEMORY||External Storage||USB Flash Memory|
|Playable Software||Standard MIDI Files (Format 0, 1)
Audio File (WAV, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear format)
|Save Song||Standard MIDI Files (Format 0)|
|Songs||Max. 99 songs|
|BLUETOOTH||MIDI, Turning music sheet||Bluetooth Ver 4.0|
|OTHER||Display||7 segments x 3 LED|
|Keyboard Lid||Slide type|
|Other Functions||Panel Lock
|Connectors||DC In jack
Input jack: Stereo miniature phone type
Output jack: Stereo miniature phone type
USB COMPUTER port: USB Type B
USB MEMORY port: USB Type A
Phones jacks x 2: Stereo miniature phone type, Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
|Rated Power Output||12 W x 2|
|Volume Level (SPL)||103 dB (This value was measured according to the method that is based on Roland’s technical standard.)|
|Speakers||12 cm (4-3/4 inches) x 2|
|Headphones||Effects: Headphones 3D Ambience|
|Controls||Volume (with the speaker volume and the headphones volume automatically select function, with the volume limit function)|
|Power Supply||AC adaptor|
|Power Consumption||9 W (3–22 W)
9 W: Average power consumption while piano is played with volume at center position
3 W: Power consumption immediately after power-up; nothing being played
22 W: Rated power consumption
Leaflet “USING THE UNIT SAFELY”
Power Cord (for AC Adaptor)
|Options (sold separately)||Headphones
USB Flash Memory (*1)
*1 Use USB Flash Memory sold by Roland. We cannot guarantee operation if other products are used.
|Dimensions||65 × 23 × 14 in|