Roland FP-4F (Black) (No Longer Available)
88-key Digital Piano with SuperNATURAL Sound Engine and Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with Escapement - Black
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Elegant, Compact 88-key Digital PianoWhat do you expect in a piano? Superb feel is surely at the top of the list, but so is great sound! You get both with the Roland FP-4F digital piano. Roland has supercharged its popular FP-4 piano concept, and given birth to a beautiful instrument that will inspire you to new musical heights. Powered by the acclaimed SuperNATURAL Piano engine, the FP-4F features a deluxe Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with Escapement. In acoustic pianos, escapement is the mechanism that allows the hammer to be released from the key just before hitting the string. For a digital piano to have realistic feel, escapement is a must to get right - and the FP-4F does, indeed - offering amazing touch, tone, and expressiveness in an elegant, compact instrument.
Pianos are judged by keyboard feel - which is inextricably linked to the sound of the instrument - and Roland has outdone themselves here. The FP-4F's SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine combines Roland's award-winning V-Piano technology with an extraordinary 88-key stereo multisampling core. Through extensive analysis of the sonic characteristics of world-class concert pianos, Roland has painstakingly reproduced the tonal colors and expressiveness of a fine acoustic grand piano. All this superb sound is pumped through the FP-4F's built-in stereo speaker system, so you can play it anywhere - without extra cables or amplification.
When it comes to playing feel, SuperNATURAL delivers the real deal: coherent touch-driven tone variation, silky non-looped tone decay, and extreme expressiveness in each individual key. Endowed with Roland's acclaimed Progressive Hammer Action with Escapement, the FP-4F's Ivory Feel-G keyboard has the look and feel of keyboards found on Roland's high-end pianos.
The FP-4F's got some innovative features under the bonnet. Session Partner provides rhythm and accompaniment patterns created by pro musicians, letting you play along with your own virtual backing band! Let the FP-4F play chord changes and improvs - or add accompaniment to a sing-along piece during live performance. Explore the wide range of onboard rhythm patterns and "musical metronomes" for improving your timing.
The FP-4F's USB flash memory slot lets you effortlessly store your performances and settings. Add backing tracks to a live performance or play along with pre-recorded songs by downloading SMF and WAV files from your computer and playing them via USB memory key, or by connecting the optional CD-01A USB CD drive to layer your keyboard performance over your favorite audio CDs. For play-alongs, engage the Center Cancel feature to diminish pre-recorded vocals or lead instruments. or use Tempo Change to speed up or slow down a track without changing the pitch. The FP-4F's onboard speakers may be compact in size, but they deliver a dynamic, lush soundscape that's just right for intimate performances. At home and in smaller venues, simply plug in and play without having to lug along a separate amp or set up a PA system.
The FP-4F blends elegantly into any environment and requires minimal floor space. With its svelte chassis and manageable 36 pounds, the FP-4F is convenient to transport, and it's available in a chic white or classic black finish. Whether onstage or at home, the FP-4F's high-visibility LCD gives you a clear view of what's going on. You can place the FP-4F on any flat surface, or add the optional matching stand for complete piano gestalt. Gigging? For uber-portability, get the optional, collapsible KS-18Z stand. The included DP-10 Damper Pedal offers continuous-pedaling, but if you want the full grand piano playing experience, go for the optional RPU-3 Triple-Pedal.
All-in, the Roland FP-4F digital piano is an instrument with marvelous feel, gorgeous sound, and some very cool features - packed into a lightweight package that's as easy on your eyes as it is on your ears.
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The Roland FP-4F for me
by Jeff L. from Nashville, TNI bought the FP-4F from Sweetwater for mostly session work in Nashville, for which the engineers and musicians all really liked the sounds, but I have also used the instrument as the only keyboard for... read more [+] several live gigs now. On gigs, I actually like having the speakers turned on, and the other band guys appreciate that I don't have to turn up my onstage amp so much. The weight makes the instrument easy enough to maneuver by myself, though I've found it's easiest to set it on the stand by grabbing it in the middle, not by the ends. I wish Roland had kept the speaker on-off switch (from the FP-4), rather than having to plug in an adapter to the headphones on the back side. The piano sounds are great, as are many of the others. The action is a bit heavy for me, but easy enough to get used to. I wish there were numeric buttons on the panel, to easily access all of the sounds, and a pitch-bend and mod-wheel would be nice. I didn't think there was an expression pedal input when I bought it, but I found that you can re-assign the sostenuto pedal for that purpose. Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase and Sweetwater really helped get it here quickly. close [-]
January 30, 2013
Music Background: Session & gigging musician
by Ste from Traverse City, MII have been with the Roland FP series since 1988. Every generation of FP's get better. I have the FP7 and love it except for the weight in hauling to gigs. I needed the good sound and action that I... read more [+] love in the FPs but lighter weight. The FP4 accomplishes this. It does not surpass the FP7 in sound or touch but it is a very acceptable high 2nd place. I was using a Casio Privia 330 as my light keyboard. The Roland F4 surpasses the Casio in every way. I am not embarrassed by the sound at all. close [-]
May 18, 2012
Music Background: Pro musician
Carter, Mattaponi, VA
Roland FP-4F (Black)
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