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NEW – Roland RD-2000 Stage Piano

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Roland continues to innovate in digital pianos with the introduction of the new RD-2000 stage piano.

The Roland RD-2000 digital piano blends time-honored piano technologies with modern control, and provides unmatched performance on stage or in the studio. Containing elements of the V-Piano, the RD-2000 contains both traditional and innovative design.

It’s designed from the ground up with the working pro in mind, with careful attention to details of the interface workflow, sound organization, and physical layout of connectors, switches, knobs, and sliders.

The RD2000 features two independent sound engines, the V-Piano Technology with Full Polyphony, and the SuperNATURAL sound generator with 128 voices; the PHA-50 superior action keyboard, 1100 tones, 300 programs, digital effects, advanced controller features, and more.

Arriving soon at AndysMusic.com.

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New From Roland & BOSS

January 21, Winter NAMM – Roland and BOSS have just announced new products for this year’s Winter NAMM Show in Anahiem, CA. For now, let’s look a three: Cube Lite Guitar Amplifier, DA-2 Distortion Pedal, and the V-Combo VR-09 Live Performance Keyboard.

The new Roland CUBE Lite guitar amplifier lets you play and record at home along with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. It combines COSM guitar tones, iOS interfacing, and a quality 2.1 Channel audio system. Simply put, its a cool guitar amp with a built-in iOS interface.

The CUBE Lite blends in seamlessly with any living space, home, dorm, whatever, and and looks more like a consumer audio system than a typical manly guitar amp. Also, it’s not only a versatile guitar amp, it doubles as a high-quality playback system for your digital music library.

The BOSS DA-2 guitar effects pedal features Multi-Dimensional Processing with multiple distortion processors to seamlessly adapt the sound in real time and create the ideal tone for every register. It’s not like standard distortion pedals that process the entire guitar signal with one effect. As a result, the DA-2 delivers a rich, musical distortion that plays well all over the neck, from tight, edgy low-string tones to fat, smooth highs for lead playing. With the power of MDP, the DA-2’s distortion is dramatically responsive to your playing dynamics, and every note is heard with clarity and definition.

The V-Combo VR-09 is loaded with ready-to-play synthesizer sounds, from vintage analog classics like JUNO strings and ‘80s synth brass to textured, modern-era digital tones and beyond. Front-panel controllers allow you to tweak the synth tones intuitively in real time, including convenient ADR and cutoff/resonance adjustment with the harmonic bars in the ORGAN block. Onboard effects like “Bit Crash” provide the ability to create modern synth voices for current dance music.

 

New Roland Jupiter 50 Synthesizer

Roland Jupiter 50 Synthesizer

Roland Jupiter 50 Synthesizer

The new Roland JUPITER-50 Synthesizer has just been announced. It has a lightweight, streamlined design that makes it an essential keyboard for keyboard players everywhere.

The sound engine of the JUPITER-50 is the sonic equal of the Jupiter 80. Users can import JUPITER-80 sound data into the JUPITER-50 or utilize powerful onboard multi-effects and reverb for studio-quality sound processing.

The Roland JUPITER-50 brings state-of-the-art technology to a slim, light, and portable synthesizer keyboard designed for live performance. It has a 76-note weighted keyboard, with a well-organized user interface that’s intuitive to navigate while performing. The color-coded front panel and Registration function makes it extremely simple to find, create, and save sounds in the heat of music making.

Features include:
* SuperNATURAL sounds powered by Roland’s most advanced sound engine
* Travel-friendly design; 76-note weighted keyboard
* Fast, friendly user interface with intuitive color-coded buttons and sliders
* Registration function for saving and selecting sounds instantly
* Pro-quality multi-effects and reverb
* Expressive performance controllers, including D BEAM, pitch/mod lever, and control input jacks
* USB Song Player/Recorder
* USB audio/MIDI functionality; bundled with SONAR LE and JUPITER-50 Control Surface plug-in for SONAR

The JUPITER-50 will be ship in the spring of 2012. For more information on Roland keyboards, visit www.AndysMusic.com, or call Andy’s Music at 251-633-8944.

New Roland RD-700NX Digital Piano

Roland RD700NX

Roland RD-700NX Digital Piano

Roland marks a new RD series milestone with the introduction of the RD-700NX digital piano, a stage piano that raises the bar for onstage performance with its incredible sound, touch, and control capabilities. This flagship stage piano is packed with professional features for gigging keyboard players, including Roland’s SuperNATURAL® Piano sound engine along with newly developed E. Piano based on SuperNATURAL technology, the finest keyboard action: PHA III Ivory Feel keyboard with Escapement, a unique Sound Focus feature, and a large, high-resolution LCD Screen.

Onboard the RD-700NX are three stunning grand pianos (with 30 variations), all driven by the groundbreaking SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine. SuperNATURAL Piano offers the ultimate playing experience, delivering seamless variations in tone from pianissimo to fortissimo, notes that fade naturally without looping, and three-dimensional sound and response.

The RD-700NX stage piano is also equipped with E. Piano sounds based on SuperNATURAL technology that offer painstakingly accurate models of varied classic electric pianos from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Going far beyond standard sampling of electric pianos, the SuperNATURAL technology enables complete control and expressivity, giving players the ability to customize sounds and create entirely new electric piano voices.

For a true grand piano playing feel, the RD-700NX is outfitted with the PHA III Ivory Feel Keyboard with Escapement. This keyboard offers maximum comfort, playability, and response, and perfectly conveys dynamic, velocity-based tonal changes. This supreme keyboard action draws maximum expressivity out of both SuperNATURAL Piano and E. Piano sounds. Additionally, the keys feature Roland’s acclaimed Ivory Feel, a comfortable and realistic moisture-absorbent material that prevents slipping from perspiration during performance.

For musicians playing in large ensembles, the new Sound Focus feature ensures that the RD-700NX cuts through the densest mix without adding compression or artifacts that color the tone, and is customizable based on the type of musical performance. Combined with SuperNATURAL technology, Sound Focus provides enough presence without sacrificing any essential expressivity. New One Touch Piano feature provides instant access to three acoustic pianos and three E. Pianos with the touch of a button.

In addition to Roland’s finest acoustic and electric piano sounds, the RD-700NX is filled with hundreds of additional quality sounds for performance versatility, including organs, strings, synths, rhythm sets, and more. Navigating the vast library and editing sounds is easy with the new high-resolution display, which provides clear visibility and an intuitive graphical interface.

For more information on the Roland RD700NX and other Roland keyboards, visit www.AndysMusicOnline.com, or call Andy’s Music at 251-633-8944.

Roland Juno Di Synthesizer

Roland Juno Di Synthesizer

Onstage or in the streets, the JUNO-Di  Roland keyboard is a traveling musician’s dream. It’s lightweight, it can run on batteries, and it’s easy to use, yet it performs and sounds like a heavyweight synth. It’s packed with a wide variety of top-quality sounds — over 1,000 to choose from! It has a friendly “direct access” control panel for easy editing and a Song Player for larger-than-life performances. First-timers and pros alike will love this friendly, portable, great-sounding synth.

  • Professional synthesizer with over 1,000 instruments onboard
  • Friendly, intuitive user interface
  • Battery operation for mobile use (supports Ni-MH AA-size rechargeable batteries)
  • MP3, WAV, AIFF, and SMF playback capability via optional USB memory — perfect for backing tracks when performing live
  • Microphone input with dedicated reverb and vocoder effects for sing-along
  • PC/Mac Editor software included

Roland V-Piano

Roland proudly announces the next chapter in the V legacy … the V-Piano digital piano. Throw away all preconceived notions of what a digital piano was and is. This instrument changes everything.

Since 1972, Roland has pioneered many groundbreaking technologies and “world’s first” products. In recent decades, no family of Roland instruments has won more respect and acclaim than the revolutionary “V” series: V-Accordion®, V-Bass, V-Drums®, V-Guitar, V-Synth®, etc.

  • Revolutionary “living” piano core that breaks the digital-sampling barrier in a stand-alone instrument
  • Stunning pianos onboard, from grand-piano classics to never-before-heard futuristic hybrids
  • All pianos are customizable
  • Newly developed 88-note PHA-III Ivory Feel keyboard with Escapement
  • Analog (XLR and 1/4”) outputs, digital output (coaxial), USB Memory port and MIDI I/O

For more information on Roland keyboards and digital pianos, visit www.AndysMusicOnline.com, or call Andy’s Music at 251-633-8944.

Roland DP990 Digital Piano

Close your eyes and play the Roland DP990 digital piano. Your fingers will experience the feel of a real piano, and your ears will hear the authentic sound of a true grand piano. Roland’s mastery of music technology culminates in features such as the DP990’s PHA II(Progressive Hammer Action II) keyboard, which provides a true piano touch that gets gradually lighter as you travel up the keyboard. If even faithfully the “Escapement” click feel of a grand piano key action.

The Roland DP990 digital piano is sophisticated, stylish, and compact, only 13-9/16 inches in depth. It can fit easily into the tightest of spaces. When the lid is closed, the top becomes a smooth, flat surface. The DP990 is available in two attractive color choices: Satin Black and Medium Cherry, and the lid closes slowly and silently.

The Digital Piano – Yamaha, Casio and Roland

The digital piano is a very popular musical instrument; it has its proponents and opponents. On the plus side, it’s very affordable, doesn’t weigh much – compared to an acoustic piano – and it has a good sound and weighted (on most models) keys; some models can connect to a computer. On the con side, the only real argument is that it doesn’t sound EXACTLY like a real piano, and that is true; it doesn’t have a soundboard to amplify the sound into a room, or a large resonant cabinet to aid in that amplification, or all the other parts of an acoustic piano that enhance its acoustic abilities. But overall, the good far out ways the (not so) bad.

The Clavinova digital pianos by Yamaha are some of the best sounding instruments available; they start in price below $2000 and go beyond $10,000! One of our popular models is the CLP230, which is similar to the Yamaha YDP223 digital piano. Both feature a very good weighted action and sound quality, attractive cabinet – would look good in a home, church or business – and can be purchased for under $2000.00. Other popular models include the Yamaha N100, YDP213, YDP323, and the recently introduced YDP-S30.

The digital pianos intended for professional use – on the road every night or in recording studios – are somewhat different. They have professional features, but not a fancy cabinet – it would not stand up to road use.  Popular models include both Yamaha and Roland keyboards -the Yamaha CP300 and CP33, and the Roland RD 700SX, FP7, and FP4 digital pianos.

On the very affordable side are the PX310 and PX110 Casio digital pianos. They also feature a weighted, 88-key action, good sound quality, and are priced at $599.99 and $499.99 respectively. They have been the price and performance leader in this category for a while now, and nothing should change until someone comes out with a “new and improved” version. We’ll just have to wait and see.

This article would not be complete without mention of the Yamaha P70 digital piano, which is available in black (P70) and silver (P70S), and priced at $599.99.  Both models feature an 88-key Graded Hammer Standard keyboard, AWM stereo sampling and 32 note polyphony. The Yamaha P70 series is very popular, and like the Casio mentioned above, is both affordable and practical.

For additional information on digital keyboards, visit the music instrument music store at www.AndysMusicOnline.com.

Roland SP 555 Sampler

The newest member of the Roland SP-sampler family breaks ground with innovative features such as Loop Capture, and Super Filter. The SP-555 is fast and powerful, but one thing has been preserved from previous SP models: fun! It’s the ultimate toolkit for DJs, producers, sample-based musicians, or performers who want to take their act to the next level.

  • Ultra-easy sampling with innovative Loop Capture feature
  • Versatile sampling through Line input, phantom-powered Mic input, USB audio streaming, and WAV/AIFF import
  • Dozens of killer performance effects, including Super Filter and DJFX Looper
  • Audio interface capability with any DAW or DJ audio application (Cakewalk SONAR LE included)
  • Large Sample Memory via Compact Flash (up to 2GB)
  • Bundled Wave Converter software (Mac and PC) for importing and exporting WAV/AIFF files
  • Infrared D BEAM controller and V-LINK compatibility for high-impact performance
  • For information on Roland products, visit the music instrument music store at www.AndysMusicOnline.com