On display and available to try
What we think of the Roland HP505 digital piano
The mid range HP offering from Roland offers a much improved specification over the HP503 and makes for a very worthwhile upgrade. The action on this piano is much more natural, and the newly developed Acoustic Projection speaker system adds another dimension to the sound. With it's piano designer menu and iPad connectivity this really is a very versatile instrument and is also very elegant too with it's traditionally styled cabinet. The best value for money option is to have the satin rosewood or black finish, but in the polished ebony this piano looks wonderful.
It is certainly worth comparing the Roland HP505 with the Yamaha Clavinova CLP470, as whilst they are similarly priced instruments they really are very different indeed - we would be interested to know your thoughts!
The Roland HP505 is always on display and ready to try in our Haslemere showroom, alongside the HP503, HP507 and their Yamaha counterparts.
88 note PHA Alpha III Keyboard with escapement and synthetic ivory keytops
5 levels of touch sensitivity
Twin piano mode splits the keyboard into two 'separate' instrument for side by side practice
Split keyboard mode for playing different instruments in each hand
3 piano style pedals, with continuous detection on the sustain and soft pedals
SuperNATURAL piano sound with 128 note polyphony and the following effects:
Soundboard Behavior (Off, 10 levels)
Cabinet Resonance (Off, 10 levels)
Damper Resonance (Off, 10 levels)
String Resonance (Off, 10 levels)
Key Off Resonance (Off, 10 levels)
Huge selection of built in instrument voices including:
Grand Piano: 10 tones
Early Piano: 6 tones
E.Piano: 10 tones
Strings: 14 tones
Other: 307 tones (including 8 drum sets, 1 SFX set)
8 types of temperament to choose from
Transpose the instrument and adjust the tuning for accompanying other instruments
Adjustable metronome for practice
3 track recording facility with memory for 10 songs
Audio file playback from memory stick or Audio CD (CD drive optional)
Phono inputs so you can connect an MP3 player or iPod
Transpose audio files in real-time without affecting the tempo
Centre cancel feature on audio playback allows you to play/sing along with your favourite tracks
Over 205 built in songs, including technical exercises from Hanon and Czerny
USB to host socket for connecting to a PC or Mac
USB to device socket for external storage
2 x 30 watt plus 2 x 5 watt amplifiers, paired to 2 x 12cm and 2 x 5cm speakers
Innovative Acoustic Projection Sound System
The unique sound space that is created when you play an acoustic piano — the resonance between strings and the resonance from the piano’s frame or body — is realised through a complex and yet harmonious combination of elements. The HP-505 creates this realistic sound space through innovative Acoustic Projection technology, which marries the multi-dimensional sound system found in the flagship V-Piano Grand with our SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine. Acoustic Projection delivers it’s magic though a multi-channel speaker system, with each speaker located properly to project each sound element in its natural position. The sound elements from each speaker are intelligently blended to reproduce the true sound field of an acoustic piano.
SuperNATURAL Piano Engine
The HP-505 incorporates Roland’s SuperNATURAL Piano technology for seamless velocity response, natural note decay, and authentic key-range behaviour to reproduce perfect piano sound and expression. Tone colour changes seamless in response to touch, accurately translating the player’s emotions. Tone decay is natural and organic, with the decaying sound not only decreasing in volume, but also gradually changing in colour to a softer tone. Each note has its own character, which creates variations in tonal colour and resonance of each note.
Authentic Fortepiano Tones Onboard
In addition to the selection of onboard grand-piano sounds, the HP-505 features a newly added Early Piano category containing four fortepiano variations and two harpsichord variations. Masterpieces composed by maestros such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin can be played with the original sounds from the period. The appreciation and understanding for the piece is heightened when using the instrument that was actually used by the composers. You can also play these early piano sounds with built-in historic temperaments which are ideal to play with other classical instruments.
PHA III Ivory Feel Keyboard with Escapement
The HP-505 is equipped with Roland’s flagship PHAIII (Progressive Hammer Action III) Ivory Feel keyboard with Escapement. With fast key-repetition and sensitivity, the keyboard faithfully translates into sound the subtle differences in tones from different playing styles and force at which they are played. The keys are finished with material that provides moisture-absorbing properties, resulting in a keyboard with the natural texture and tactile sensation of real ivory and ebony.
Progressive Damper Action Pedal
The HP-505 is equipped with “Progressive Damper Action Pedals” that have light resistance at the beginning of the stroke and more resistance the instant they begin to take effect, just like real acoustic pianos. This makes it easy for the performer to know when the pedals begin take effect, and also allows half-pedal techniques for subtle control of after tones and resonance. This pedal can accurately convey the techniques of the most demanding pianists.
Built-In Audio/MIDI Recorder with Flexible Control
The built-in recorder lets you capture your performances as audio and/or MIDI data — a convenient feature for pianists as well as students who want to evaluate their playing. Connect an external digital music player to the input jacks, play a song file, and the HP-505 can transpose it in real time. You can even minimise the melody of an audio song using Centre Cancel function. Play along and capture your performance as audio data. Recorded audio data can be saved onto USB Memory, and copied to an external computer for making audio CDs or for uploading to the Internet.
*USB memory is required for audio recording.
Ease of Use
The simple and intuitive control panels afford quick and easy access to the HP-505’s numerous features and applications. LCD panels provide the ideal visual interface with the instrument.
The HP-505 achieves low power consumption while still delivering high-impact performance. They also feature an Auto Off function, which, when activated, automatically switches the power off after a specified period of inactivity; inactivity time is selectable from 10 minutes, 30 minutes (default), 240 minutes, and off.
Delivery is fast and free to all UK mainland addresses. Depending on your location we will select a courier - normally TNT, UPS or a Pallet service. At Chamberlain Music we aim to deliver as quickly and safely as possible and do our best to keep you informed all the way. Delivery of digital pianos is to doorsteps however many drivers are happy to assist further although they are not contracted to do so. Your piano will be delivered boxed and will require self-assembly.
Manufacturer warranty: 5 years
W: 1,387 mm
D: 430 mm
H: 1,072 mm
Weight: 55.5 kg