Roland announces the availability of the FR-18 digital diatonic accordion.
The FR-18 diatonic has 12 ethnic accordion sound sets onboard, including Cajun, Organetto, Tex Mex, and Alpine, allowing accordionists to play various musical styles like Zydeco, Balkan, and Irish. In addition, there are eight orchestral voices and four Virtual Tone Wheel organs with fast and slow rotary effects. It's also possible to assign drum sounds to the bass and chord buttons and play them manually. Finally, sounds can be customized and stored in four user registrations for recall.
The FR-18 Diatonic's keyboard and bass button layout can be reconfigured, and users can store 12 different tablatures onboard for quick access. A simple software-based editor (available via free download) with the FR-18 lets users create custom tablatures on their Windows- or Mac-based computer. These tablatures can then be transferred to the FR-18 diatonic via USB flash memory.
The accordion ca be paired with a battery-powered amp, and features a headphone output for silent practice. Another feature of the FR-18 Diatonic is the ability for users to customize its look with replaceable inlay sheets.
Pricing & Availability:
The FR-18 Diatonic V-Accordion is available now in black (FR-18D-BK) and red (FR-18D-RD) finishes. MSRP is $2199.00.
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