Roland FP 30 Digital Piano Review

While it was launched almost three years ago now and a multitude of new models are on the market, for many the FP 30 remains a reasonable digital piano go-to. It's also not only because of its attractive price; it offers a great piano engine that still competes on the market with many modern, entry-level models.

The key-bed is an 88-key PHA-4 standard, which once was the most sensitive key-bed you could get your hands on. It operates with a triple-sensitivity that enables both subtle and dramatic dynamics to convey playing styles in nuances. Five different sensitivity settings exist; Super Light, Light, Medium, Moderate, Super Heavy, and Repair, which fully turn off the sensitivity.

Of course, comparing it side by side with the newest editions would be unfair, but the FP 30 holds its own, and in this price range there are fewer than a handful of triple-sensitive, hammer keys available.

The action is realistic; for accomplished pianists, the simulated escape feature helps make it a natural transition instrument. The escape strategy gives it a notch around the mark of mid-depression. In terms of tactile sensation, the keys themselves feel good; made with Rolands' proprietary Ivory Touch, they absorb moisture and mimic an ivory-like feeling.

With two 11 watt amplifiers, the FP 30 digital piano has a capable set of built-in full-range speakers, giving the instrument generous volume levels and efficient delivery. The Rolands SuperNatural engine is an integrated sound engine. It's got a polyphony of 128. On board, there are 35 different tones, including a number of grand and electric pianos, as well as patterned pipe organs, harpsichords, and other strings. There are bass tones, a choice of choirs, a vibraphone, and a lovely piano with great character from Ragtime.

To boost your sounds, there is also ambience, brilliance, and 5-level resonance settings, and eight rhythm parts to accompany you to choose from. There are three modes of play: dual (which allows you to combine two sounds of the instrument together), split (which has one instrument sound in the bass half of the keys, and an alternate sound above middle C). The final mode is twin, which enables the keyboard, a valuable home teaching tool, to be split down the middle for two players to play the same notes.

+With WAV/SMF replay, there are 30 stored tracks. It also has a regular s+equencing MIDI file recorder, provides a damper pedal with inputs, and comes with a hook-up sustain pedal. For your sheet music or books, there is a music stand and a slot to use. It can be attached, either to the host or to the device, via USB, to a computer. It has Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility as well.

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Summary

Though an old gal, Roland's FP 30 offers some fantastic instrument modeling. The FP 30 still has a full-sized key-bed, benefiting from the company's Ivory touch, triple-sensor keys, although it is a convenient size and weight for quick transportation. It allows for attenuation of the sensitivity.With a range of 35 accessible tones, it offers Roland's SuperNatural piano engine. The ambient brightness and resonance settings can be changed. You can also hook up a damper and sustain pedal, giving a practical character to your instrument.It is compatible with MIDI sequencing and has a Bluetooth and USB hook-up built-in. The dual amplifiers give it enough volume to perform; you can use two headphone outputs as well. Three modes can divide and layer the voices, or even allow two half-size keyboards side by side to be supported. You have plenty to play with, with a music bank of 30 tunes and eight rhythms to choose from.

Pros

  •   88 digital key piano.
  •   Keys of great quality.
  •   Sensors triple.
  •   Touch of Ivory.
  •   Simulated evasion.
  •   35 tones.
  •   eight rhythms.
  •   Modifications for ambiance, brilliance and resonance. 
  •   30 Playback Songs.
  •   Twin and Dual Split Modes.
  •   Links to MIDI, Bluetooth and USB.

Cons

- There are many newer models floating around these days with a more comprehensive tone catalog, so if you want a wider range, it's probably not for you.
- The curved back is aesthetically beautiful, but when it is against a wall, it doesn't use space very effectively.

Why We Like It

The FP 30 also makes a great travel choice with its clear branding, high-quality production, and its full-sized main bed all enclosed in compact slim-fit proportions. It provides a variety of tones to explore and environments. The amplifiers are fantastic, the keys have great sensitivity, and it sells below $1000 at a reasonable price range.

A lot of newer pianos are around that have a few more fancier features. But if you're a pianist in a portable kit who wants a good piano emulation, then the FP 30 isn't quite obsolete yet; there are plenty of individuals who are leaning towards its simple functionality.