Roland Debuts Four Digital Pianos Plus Version 2.0 of the Piano Partner 2 App

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Los Angeles, CA, September 14, 2017 — Roland Debuts Four Digital Pianos that Offer New Options and Features for Learning and Performance. Also Available is Version 2.0 of the Piano Partner 2 Companion Learning App for Roland Digital Pianos.

The affordable FP-60 offers top-level piano performance, easy portability and Bluetooth® audio/MIDI support in a streamlined design for home playing, stage performing, and music education settings. The HP601 and HP603A allow anyone to bring the sound and performance of a concert-class piano into their living, teaching, or recital space. The affordable HP601 features integrated Bluetooth audio/MIDI connectivity and premium piano action, while the HP603A (based on the current HP603) offers extended functionality with support for Bluetooth audio along with Bluetooth MIDI. Featuring technologies derived from Roland’s premium pianos, the RP102 offers best-in-class sound and touch in a compact, space-saving design with modern Bluetooth connectivity built in.

Also just announced is Piano Partner 2 Version 2.0, a newly updated version of the free iOS and Android companion app for Roland digital pianos. It enhances and extends the functionality of compatible Roland pianos, allowing owners to increase their piano enjoyment and musical development with digital notation, intelligent rhythms, and useful practice functions. 

FP-60 Digital Piano

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Streamlined piano with premium sound and built-in speakers for home and stage

Los Angeles, CA, September 14, 2017 — Roland announces the FP-60 Digital Piano, the latest addition to the award-winning FP series of compact digital pianos. The FP-60 features Roland’s advanced piano technologies for premium tone and feel, plus an onboard audio system with ample projection for performing in small venues. Many non-piano sounds are included as well, plus Bluetooth® audio/MIDI support for working with Roland’s Piano Partner 2 and other music apps on a smartphone or tablet. Offering top-level piano performance and easy portability in an attractive, streamlined design, the affordable FP-60 is an ideal choice for home playing, stage performing, and music education settings.

While sound quality and keyboard feel are often sacrificed in portable piano designs, that’s not the case with the FP-60. Roland’s respected SuperNATURAL Piano engine delivers the dynamic, expressive sound of an acoustic grand, with touch-sensitive overtone changes and 288 notes of polyphony for realizing authentic acoustic performances. The PHA-4 keyboard with escapement and Ivory Feel keys offers true grand piano touch, and features the latest sensing technology for unrestricted musical expression.

Via built-in Bluetooth, FP-60 users can enhance performances and practice sessions with their favorite mobile devices. Audio from a smartphone or tablet can be streamed wirelessly through the piano’s onboard speakers for playing along with favorite songs or music lessons from the web. Roland’s free Piano Partner 2 app extends the piano’s functionality even further with intelligent rhythm accompaniments, recording functions, and more.

The FP-60’s integrated audio system is specially designed to produce rich, room-filling sound, eliminating the need to carry an external sound system when playing in small venues. The speakers and integrated amplifiers have been carefully tuned for precise tonal reproduction, and dedicated speaker boxes engineered into the keyboard cabinet support full-range projection with impressive dynamic range. A convenient three-band equalizer is provided on the front panel, allowing players to quickly adjust the tone as needed to fit the room.

In addition to its core acoustic piano sounds, the FP-60 includes pro-quality electric pianos, strings, organs, and synths, giving performing players lots of versatility. Users can create layers and splits and store favorite sounds and settings in 30 user registrations for quick recall.

The FP-60 looks great in any setting, offering a stylish, understated appearance based on the award-winning design of the flagship FP-90. When paired with the optional KSC-72 stand and KPD-90 pedal, the instrument has a clean, contemporary upright look that’s ideal for home use, concert stages, and education environments. The KPD-90’s three-pedal configuration supports Progressive Damper Action, providing continuous response for traditional playing techniques.

HP-Series Digital Piano Models

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All-new cutting-edge HP601 model and refreshed HP603A model with Bluetooth® audio support

Roland announces the HP601 and HP603A, two new additions to the respected HP digital piano lineup. Roland’s HP series allows anyone to bring the sound and performance of a concert-class piano into their living, teaching, or recital space, with stylish cabinet color choices to suit modern lifestyles. The all-new HP601 is the most affordable model in the series, featuring integrated Bluetooth® audio/MIDI connectivity and premium piano action in an elegant HP cabinet. Based on the current HP603 model, the HP603A offers extended functionality with support for Bluetooth audio along with Bluetooth MIDI, enabling wireless music streaming from smartphones and tablets through the piano’s onboard speaker system. 

The HP601 is equipped with Roland’s SuperNATURAL Piano engine, which delivers the authentic sound and interactive tonal response of an acoustic grand piano and 288 notes of polyphony. The HP603A features Roland’s groundbreaking SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling technology, which recreates the entire sound-creation process of an acoustic piano for a rich, living sound with limitless polyphony and organic tonal changes that naturally follow the player’s touch.

The HP601 and HP603A both include the flagship PHA-50 progressive hammer-action keyboard with escapement. It features the latest sensing technology for superior touch response, and has keys constructed with a hybrid of wood and ivory-feel materials for authentic playability and lasting durability.

Via built-in Bluetooth audio/MIDI support, HP601 and HP603A users can enhance performances and practice sessions with their favorite mobile devices. Music can be streamed wirelessly through the piano’s onboard speakers, perfect for playing along with favorite songs or working with music lessons from the web. Roland’s free Piano Partner 2 app displays digital notation for the piano’s internal songs, and pages even turn automatically as a song plays. The app also provides access to backing rhythms and flash card games that help build skills with intelligent accompaniment and engaging music exercises.

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The HP601 and HP603A come with over 350 ready-to-play songs, including traditional music, classical masterpieces by Mozart and Beethoven, and famous piano etudes from Hanon and Czerny. The onboard metronome helps users develop timing, while the recorder captures playing to USB flash media for checking progress and sharing music with friends and family. Twin Piano mode splits the keyboard into two 44-note pianos, allowing two people to play together side by side.

The HP601 and HP603A are offered in contemporary rosewood, contemporary black, and white finishes, allowing users to select the perfect color to match the décor of any home.

RP102 Digital Piano

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Authentic piano performance and Bluetooth® connectivity for playing and practicing with mobile apps

Roland releases the RP102, the latest addition to the award-winning RP series of affordable digital pianos. Featuring advanced technologies derived from Roland’s premium pianos, the RP102 offers best-in-class sound and touch in a compact, space-saving design. And with modern Bluetooth® connectivity built in, users can wirelessly connect with a smartphone or tablet to enhance learning and enjoyment with Roland’s Piano Partner 2 and other useful music apps. The RP102 is ideal as a first piano for the home, and also a great fit for lesson studios, practice rooms, and other music education settings.

Roland’s free Piano Partner 2 app for iOS and Android mobile devices is a perfect companion for the RP102. Via a wireless Bluetooth connection, the app shows digital notation for the piano’s internal songs, and pages even turn automatically as a song plays. Users can practice each hand individually by muting the left- or right-hand part, and freely adjust the tempo as needed. The app also provides access to backing rhythms and flash card games that help build skills with intelligent accompaniment and engaging music exercises.

With its simple, direct interface, the RP102 allows users to enjoy great piano sound with zero hassle. And when using Piano Partner 2, they can access the piano’s deeper features from their mobile device. A variety of piano and non-piano sounds are available to play, and it’s possible to layer any two sounds together. The app also lets users browse the piano’s onboard song library, select songs, and more.

The RP102 is equipped to inspire music making with over 200 ready-to-play songs, including traditional music, classical masterpieces by Mozart and Beethoven, and famous piano etudes from Hanon and Czerny. There’s also an onboard metronome with variable time signatures, an essential practice tool for players of all levels. Twin Piano mode splits the keyboard into two 44-note pianos, allowing two people to play together side by side.

Offering piano sound and touch inherited from Roland’s premium home instruments, the RP102 will continue to inspire as the user’s playing grows and evolves. SuperNATURAL Piano technology delivers the rich, expressive tone of an acoustic grand piano, while the responsive PHA-4 Standard keyboard accurately translates every playing nuance. A dynamic onboard speaker system provides rich, satisfying sound that fills the room. It’s also possible to plug in headphones and mute the speakers, allowing for late night practice without disturbing others. 

The RP102 features three integrated pedals made of metal for an authentic feel. They also support half-pedal control for playing more advanced piano pieces, a feature not found on typical entry-level instruments.

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Piano Partner 2 Version 2.0 for iOS and Android Mobile Devices

Exclusive companion app for Roland digital pianos updated with many new features

Roland announces Piano Partner 2 Version 2.0, a newly updated version of the free iOS and Android app for Roland digital pianos. The easy-to-use app enhances and extends the functionality of compatible Roland piano models, allowing owners to increase their piano enjoyment and musical development with digital notation, intelligent rhythms, and useful practice functions. The Version 2.0 update brings many new features to Piano Partner 2, including remote controller functionality, song recording, a Diary tool for tracking practice progress, and more. 

Most of Roland’s latest pianos feature more than 300 built-in songs, including popular classical pieces. The Songs tool in Piano Partner 2 Version 2.0 provides access to the piano’s entire library by category. Users can select songs and control start/stop, part muting, and metronome on/off from their device’s display. The DigiScore Lite tool displays digital sheet music for the onboard songs, and pages turn automatically as the song plays. The user can practice each hand individually by muting the left- or right-hand part, adjust the tempo, and repeat song sections to work on specific areas.

The app’s Rhythm tool provides a fun way to develop timing and groove by playing along with a variety of music styles. The full band accompaniment automatically follows the player’s chords, offering the experience of playing with an ensemble. With the Version 2.0 update, the app now supports playing the drum part by itself for song creation, improvisation, and more.

Flash Card is an interactive game for developing ear-training and music-reading skills. In each session, the player is challenged to play a note that’s shown in the app or sounded from the piano, with an award given after five challenges.

With the new Remote Controller tool, users can select tones, adjust the keyboard mode, operate the metronome, and control other piano functions from their mobile device. Another feature added with Version 2.0 is the Recorder, which allows users to instantly capture their playing and check daily progress. 

The new Diary feature offers a number of useful tools to support learning and development. Daily performances are captured and stored automatically in a song list, where they’re available for review and text comments. The Diary’s activity list continuously collects data from all the songs, providing statistics about which keys were used and the time and duration of playing sessions. Users can share stat summaries with family, friends, and teachers through Twitter and other social media sites directly from the app.

Piano Partner Version 2.0 will be available for free on the App Store and Google Play starting on September 29, 2017. The app communicates with a compatible Roland piano wirelessly via Bluetooth® (if supported by the piano), or wired with a USB cable. USB communication also requires the appropriate USB adapter for the iOS or Android device being used.

To learn more about the FP-60 Digital Piano, the HP-Series Digital Piano Models, the RP102 Digital Piano and Piano Partner 2 Version 2.0, visit Roland.com