Roland RD-300SX
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Roland RD-300SX

RD-300SX, Digital Piano from Roland in the RD series.

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All user reviews of 4/5 for the Roland RD-300SX

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Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 8 reviews )
 7 reviews88 %
 1 user review13 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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capillotraktor08/28/2008

capillotraktor's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland RD-300SX
It is a 88 keys, stereo audio outputs, midi in / out / thru, pedal and damper control. Ten banks each with 10 instruments. Simple but effective.

UTILIZATION

The keyboard, vast subject ... I will limit myself to my own experience. I bought this keyboard 4 years ago, at the time that's what we did best in class digital piano stage, apart from its big brother the RD-700 SX. I liked the heavy touch and sound realistic. Looking back a little flattering, and not necessarily easy to manage in the mix: you need a good engineer in the face. Finally after 3 repairs for moisture (and yes in Bordeaux is repeated in caves ...) and above 4 years of intensive use pro (reweighed, concerts, baladages ...) in groups of jazz, reggae, salsa and Balkans (Romania and Turkey), I can say that he has held the road, except that the springs are pretty Shooting Down (but it appears that the salseros change their keyboard every two years ... I want to believe) . The three octaves plants have lost almost all their velocity.
Some details for an annoying stage piano: ridiculous display (resolved on the top model, but 5OO euros more at the time), editing splits tedious, in fact too few buttons on the dashboard which is rather poorly lit . Basically if you exit the config piano, plan to know in advance or put your fingers. The pitch is very nice, it lacks a modulation for Leslie.
The rhythmic accompaniment can help to work.
If not drive, impossible to fly from another keyboard, it really is a stage piano trend spartan.

SOUNDS

In terms of what can be learned, it is good in the studio or on stage if you use: piano (the first, especially for jazz, possibly the second for salsa) and electromechanical (Rhodes quite even if nothing to do with Clavia example, Wurlitzer and Clavi used, why not even harpsichord); organs (two or three interesting but Leslie to reactivate every time, not practical) groundwater (rich and deep) to Otherwise, strings and brass hideous as usual (that is to fill memory and give an impression of versatility, quality severely limits the use). The "doubidouba" singing is impressive, with the syllable which varies according to four levels of velocity. Anecdotal but nice.
My rating is severe because the Clavia now bury this unit on the instruments that really matter for my use: piano, rhodes and hammond. However it has the resource, a dual Rhodes / Strings for example makes it very well, especially since you can adjust the balance of the two sounds with dedicated faders, in return for this setting is not remembered, and it is a real draw in concert, if we pass rapidly through a complex set you better have good reflexes to get the correct config-time (hence my note on "Use").

OVERALL OPINION

In short a good stage piano at a reasonable price in terms of touch and sound, with less focus on patient situation. Many pub was carried around the weight is on ... sure that others are worse, but do not expect to walk for miles with, even with a good bag with wheels is hard, for cons to load and unload the truck, no need to be two . For those who want something really versatile (or ball situation where the keyboard should be present and very versatile), look more like a Yamaha Motif in my opinion. Those who want both piano, Rhodes, Hammond, if you have the budget see the Nord Stage. Those who are just interested in a good imitation piano and some additions to the scene, it's still a very good choice.