What we think of the Roland RD-800 Stage Piano
The all new Roland RD-800 stage piano is simply sublime. Incorporating technology drawn from across Roland's comprehensive instrument range this stage piano offers the same responsive and realistic keyboard found in the HP series digital pianos and stunning piano sounds from the V-Piano Grand and HP instruments. It's simple to use interface, coupled with real-time controls and hundreds of built in sounds make it a very versatile instrument for use in the studio or on the road. It is incredibly light too at only 22kg, making it the lightest RD stage piano yet. In short, highly recommended!
88 note PHA-4 Concert keyboard with synthetic ivory keytops and escapement
4 layer live set plus 16 additional parts
128 note polyphony
1113 instrument voices
SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine
SuperNATURAL E.Piano sound engine
PCM Sound Generator
Piano designer menu with individual note voicing to create your perfect piano
GM2 sounds for SMF midi file playback
6 types of reverb
5 types of delay
5-band digital equalizer
Sound focus effect
Standard MIDI file format 0/1 and .wav audio file playback capability (44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear)
Audio recording and playback facility as a .wav file (44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear)
200 preset rhythm patterns
4 x layer level slider controls
Realtime EQ control knobs
Realtime compression knob
Realtime reverb and chorus knob
Pitch Bend/Modulation lever
Assignable S1/S2 effects buttons
200 preset rhythm patterns
320 x 240 dot graphic backlit LCD screen
Output jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4-inch phone type
Sustain pedal jack
Control pedal jack (FC1, FC2)
MIDI connectors (IN, OUT1, OUT2, THRU/OUT3)
USB connectors (MIDI, MEMORY)
PHONES jack: stereo 1/4-inch phone type
12W power consumption
A STAGE PIANO 25 YEARS IN THE MAKING
It sounds obvious, but a stage piano has to really sound like a piano. The RD-800 is powered by Roland’s acclaimed SuperNATURAL Piano engine, for a truly authentic acoustic piano experience with seamless tonal colour changes, natural note decay, and authentic key range behaviour. You get five acoustic piano types with 34 variations, an upright piano, and a concert grand with enhanced presence for cutting through in live situations. And regardless of the piano you choose, each and every one has the power to move people.
RESPONSIVE AND PLAYABLE KEYBOARD ACTION
If you’re not feeling the keyboard action, the audience won’t feel the performance, so make sure your keyboard is up to the job. The RD-800 is built around our latest, most expressive keyboard: the PHA-4 Concert Class with escapement and Ivory/Ebony feel. There’s a lot of technology behind the scenes - but all you need to know is that we designed the keyboard with one aim; to feel like you’re playing a world-class grand piano. And we think we’ve nailed it.
EASY TO USE LIVE AND QUICK TO TWEAK ON STAGE
The RD-800 has the power to be every piano you ever need; but never at the expense of simplicity. With our latest SuperNATURAL Piano engine, the RD-800 lets you shape the piano sound exactly to your liking via the onboard Piano Designer that lets you adjust string resonance, key-off resonance, hammer noise, and many other aspects of the sound. Of course, all your custom settings can be stored as Live Sets for instant recall during your performances.
MATCH YOUR PIANO SOUND TO THE VENUE
Here’s the thing with stage pianos. Until you get to the venue, you never know what the stage will be like; a wide-open space with poor acoustics or a small, intimate corner where the crowd are on top of you. With the RD-800’s Individual Note Voicing, you can adjust the pitch, level, and tonal character independently for all 88 notes. so you can balance the sound to perfectly suit the venue you’re performing in.
22KG OF STADIUM-FILLING SOUND
You can have the best sounding piano, but if it weighs a ton you’ll think twice about taking it out to play. Although it’s built to withstand life on the road, the RD-800 is one of the lightest stage pianos around, weighing just 21.6kg. Which means you can walk into the venue with a stadium-filling sound under your arm.
A WIDE VARIETY OF VERSATILE, TRUSTED SOUNDS
Make no mistake: the RD-800’s piano sounds will give you goosebumps. But what happens when you arrive at the gig to discover no-one told you to bring a second keyboard? With the RD-800 you’ll be just fine, as you also get strings, electric pianos, organs, synth sounds and more - with each and every one guaranteed to get the crowd moving.
BUILT FOR LIFE ON THE ROAD
If you’re going to have crowds of people staring at you, you’d better be prepared. The RD-800 looks as good as it sounds, combining smooth sleek lines with a strong, sturdy onstage presence. It’s strong on the inside too: decades of building stage pianos has taught us that life on the road is hard, so we designed the RD-800 to be the toughest RD yet.
Please note that this instrument does not have built-in speakers, and will require external amplification. Please refer to our keyboard amplification section.
Weight: 21.7 kg