Stage pianos are not normally very exciting. They tend to be weighty, high-quality workhorse machines capable of surviving both the performer and the environment. The new Roland RD-2000 seems to be packed with an uncommon amount of features in a bid to offer more control and sonic potential to the performing keyboard player.
It has two complete and independent sound engines packed inside. There’s a raft of controller features and performance controls all laid out in easy reach. 8 knobs and 9 sliders offer real-time adjustment to whatever you’re doing. The PHA-50 keyboard features hybrid wood and molded construction and has, they say, a premium touch and lasting durability.
The sounds are of course supremely important and the first sound engine is dedicated to the acoustic piano sound. It has an “authentic, richly detail tone with full polyphony” and uses the Roland V-Piano technology. The second sound engine is called “SuperNATURAL” and offers 128 voices of electric pianos and other sounds. It’s compatible with the RD-800 Live sets and includes sounds from the RD-1000 and MKS-20. The keyboard can be split into 8 zones for combining internal and external sounds. There’s 100 scene memories available to save the entire setup. There’s a number of recreations of analog effects including the Boss CE-1 Chorus and Roland Dimension D.
To round it off you’ve got a built in MIDI and audio USB interface. That means when connected to a computer you can have the software sounds coming straight out of the RD-2000.
It’s a big, chunky machine that does exactly what it says on the tin. The updated controller section and ability to route software instruments makes it a very modern and capable stage piano.
More information on the Roland website.