Roland has unveiled the latest incarnations of its long-running FP Series of portable digital pianos. The new Roland FP-X Series comprises three models: the flagship FP-90X, the FP-60X and the FP-30X. The design brief for the range is “a premium piano experience in a compact instrument”.
Despite its compact appearance, the Roland FP-90X is a surprisingly high-end instrument. And, like its predecessor, the piano features Roland’s acclaimed PHA-50 hybrid keyboard.
The “X”, however, brings with it various upgrades. The FP-90X now uses Roland’s PureAcoustic Piano Modelling technology as found in the excellent LX700 Series. This incorporates two Behavioural modelling chips which comprehensively analyse how the notes are played. These instantaneously transform performance information into a fully responsive acoustic piano sound. This system replaces the original “SuperNatural” sound engine.
PureAcoustic modelling enables a more nuanced performance to be derived from the instrument. There are eight various concert and stage pianos provided which can be customised to taste using the onboard Piano Designer.
Other enhancements include more piano tones, dual headphone outputs (for teacher and student), and Headphone Acoustic Projection for a more immersive experience.
Roland FP-60X and FP30X
The mid-level FP-60X and entry-level FP-30X continue to use the SuperNatural piano engine, but offer more piano tones than the former non-X instruments. Other additions include the aforementioned second headphone output and a mic input (FP-60X only). And there are also further upgrades to the sound editing and modifier sections.
All three FP-X models feature high-quality on-board stereo speakers. And mobile devices (smartphones and/or tablets) can be linked using Bluetooth 3.0 technology. This allows apps such as Roland’s Piano Every Day, and Piano Designer to further expand the capabilities of the instruments.
A comparison chart for the three pianos is shown below and more information is available on the Roland website. These instruments start shipping this month (January 2021). Prices have yet to be confirmed.
Roland FP-X Series Comparison Chart (new for FP-X Series in RED)
|KEYBOARD||PHA-4 Standard||PHA-4 Standard||PHA-50|
|SOUND SOURCE||Super Natural Piano (BMC)||Super Natural Piano (BMC)||Pure Acoustics Piano (2 x BMC) |
|SLIDERS||X||Vol / EQ / Part Bal / Mic||Vol / EQ / Part Bal / Mic|
|SPEAKERS||2 x 12cm||2 x 8x12cm (BOX)||2 x 8x12cm (BOX) plus tweeters |
|CONNECTORS||Headphones x 2||Headphones x2||Headphones x 2|
|Pedal x 3||Pedal x 3||Pedal x 3|
|WIRELESS CONNECTION||Bluetooth MIDI & Audio||Bluetooth MIDI & Audio||Bluetooth MIDI & Audio|
|DIMENSIONS||1300 x 284 x 151 mm||1291 x 382 x 126 mm||1340 x 390 x 136 mm|
|COLORS||Black / White||Black / White||Black / White|
|APPS||Piano Every Day / Piano Designer||Piano Every Day / Piano Designer||Piano Every Day / Piano Designer|