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Roland RD-700SX

RD-700SX, Digital Piano from Roland in the RD series.

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sireson07/24/2014

sireson's review"Excellent portable piano"

Roland RD-700SX
I will open this review by saying that I primarily purchased this instrument for the piano action and a reasonable piano sound. I am a classically-trained pianist and regularly need to perform at events where no piano is available and a lightweight keyboard just will not suffice.

This instrument is a stage piano and therefore has a full, 88-key, piano action keyboard. This action makes the piano quite heavy (25Kg) but the pay-off is the realistic feel of the keys. I spent some time selecting my first stage piano and that was an RD-600. Eventually I upgraded to this instrument, purely because the previous piano had seen too many gigs to look attractive at classical events any more.

Connections to the piano are very basic. There are balanced XLR and unbalanced 1/4” output sockets, a headphone socket, MIDI ports and three pedal inputs. The only other connections are power and a USB B socket, discussed later. The layout of the control panel is simple but effective. Almost everything has a dedicated button and those that don’t are easily accessible via menus on the clear, central display.

Something that should be obvious is the lack of internal speakers. This piano requires connecting to an amplifier of some sort. I generally use a Yamaha StagePas for amplification since it is very portable yet provides stereo sound - necessary for really appreciating the piano sound. This is clearly a negative but if there were speakers mounted in this portable instrument they would, most likely, be facing up, towards me, and not to the audience. This would be useless for all the situations I need this instrument for.

Internally there are just over 200 sounds, as well as General MIDI, and 185 rhythm patterns. There are also various different effects that can be applied to the sounds to give quite a variety of results. However, I tend to use this piano primarily as a piano so I have not dug deep into sound/effect combinations. There are expansion slots available for the Roland SRX expansion boards but I have not installed any in my instrument as yet.

UTILIZATION

Operating the piano is very easy. The simplest option is to turn the unit on and then press the one touch piano button. You are then playing the Superior Grand instrument and everything is setup as a classical piano. Edit options then allow you to raise or lower the lid, play with the mic positions and type, add or remove reverb and adjust the touch-sensitivity. All of these options are fairly unnecessary really since the standard sound has served me well over the years. The most useful section, as a pianist, on the instrument is the equaliser section with it’s parametric EQ. Rarely do I find myself in the same ambient environment and it is a matter of seconds for me to match the sound of the piano to the room - such as removing bass when playing on a wooden floor.

When not using the one touch option it is possible to layer up to 4 sounds across the keyboard, two each side of the split point. Each sound has a dedicated fader and on/off button which can be very useful in a live situation. In addition, when an external MIDI device is connected the piano can control 4 external channels via the same faders - by toggling between internal and external sounds. I have used this piano connected to a Roland JV-1010 and controlled 8 sounds at the same time. All configuration on the keyboard can be stored in one of the 99 available presets and this includes any external configuration. This means that the MSB and LSB settings are sent across to the external device whenever a preset is selected. This means that I can leave the JV-1010 on the floor and trust that when I select the preset on the piano the external module will be configured immediately without any need to touch it.

The sounds themselves can be edited quite deeply - in fact it is possible to use PC-based software to edit them ad-nauseam. There are a good selection and in combination I have achieved some fantastic results. However, a keyboard workstation this instrument is not. This is a performance instrument designed to be configured for quick, preset use on stage. This is highlighted by the lack of any sequencer for recording and the appalling addition of the rhythms.

The included manual is well written for new and experienced users alike. As with all instruments, it is generally a case of play, fiddle, consult manual, play fiddle, consult manual. I have yet to not find what I am looking for in short order.

SOUNDS

The selling point for this instrument was the piano action. I tried many different stage pianos before settling on this action. Although this section is concerned with the sounds I wanted to reiterate that the score reflected here is affected by how much I enjoy the touch of this piano.

All the sounds are crystal clear and a grouped sensibly. I have yet to hear any notes drop due to polyphony issues - even when playing Debussy. The two grand pianos and two electric pianos used for the one touch settings are excellent, although the ‘B’ grand piano is generally a little bright for my taste. The use of the faders as tone wheel controllers for the electronic organs is definitely a nice touch. It could be argued that some of the sounds are now getting a little dated. I would even agree that better overall piano sounds can be found elsewhere. However, with the ability to layer sounds together and play sounds from other, connected hardware the piano action is still what gives this instrument it’s edge.

The rhythms are the low-point of the piano. There is a reasonable selection of different beats but with virtually no flexibility I find them so loud and unsympathetic that I fail to see the reason for their being on there. To compound this I continue to be surprised at the lack of a metronome on the piano. How difficult it would have been to one of these I can’t imagine but really? No metronome on a piano?

In addition to the standard MIDI ports there is also a USB B socket to connect to a Mac or a Windows PC. Once connected it is possible to backup all the settings on the piano as well as use the piano as a MIDI controller. I regularly use this piano for recording into my DAW and I have never experienced any latency or drop-out issues.

OVERALL OPINION

There is no doubt that this instrument is expensive. Other digital pianos are available and, if you are not going to need to move it around, I would suggest looking at the Kawai or Yamaha digital pianos. Both these names have excellent hammer-action pianos and I regularly teach students on both. The difference with the RD-700SX is that it is portable - heavy yes, but portable and it has a fantastic action.

If you are after a portable and realistic-feeling piano action and an acceptable piano sound then this instrument is for you. If you want a workstation with sound editing, recording and a raft of different effects then I would suggest looking elsewhere. I wanted a reliable piano that felt like my acoustic grand back home and I have yet to be disappointed with my RD-700.
Dani05/30/2012

Dani's review" very good piano"

Roland RD-700SX
Look up the features on the website.
The reverb and chorus effects available are OK, but nothing special
I don't edit the sounds

UTILIZATION

I think the keyboard is better than the yamaha which I had before, for example
The overall setup is clear, patch and midi channel selection are pretty straightforward and the manual is well done

SOUNDS

I find the sounds quite useful and fitting for me. They are very realistic, the expression is suitable without being exceptional. I have no particular criticisms to make regarding its sounds nor do I have preferences.

OVERALL OPINION

I've used it since 2004. I had a Roland master keyboard and then a Yamaha. I got interested in this piano due to its sound quality and keyboard.
It has an acceptable price for this type of piano. I tried other brands, but in the end this is the one I chose. Its weight is all right, compared to other instruments.
dejavu05/14/2012

dejavu's review"Good stuff"

Roland RD-700SX
Everything has been said about its features.
10/10

UTILIZATION

I don't play piano, I "thump" it. I'm in a '60s-'70s cover band (CSN&Y, Eagles, Beatles, America, ...). I gave up piano a couple of years ago. My wife insisted that I retake it, so I did, and the first thing I played was "Cathedral" by Graham Nash. Suddenly I had the bug again and I started using it once more.
The manual is very comprehensive.
The keyboard is simply stunning.
Setup is both simple and very complex. The possibilities are huge.
10/10

SOUNDS

I only use a fraction of the sounds. Mainly piano, organs, violin pads, and from time to time flute, sax, bass...
The possibility to "split" the piano in four parts can be interesting in certain cases..
Sounds are realistic and effects allow you to add touches to it (although I don't use them much).

9/70 (I haven't tested everything)

OVERALL OPINION

I've used it for 5 years and I haven't gotten tired of it. I tested some other models before. I even came back with a Kurzweil, but it wasn't for me. I took my son along with me to exchange the piano for another model. When he heard the Roland, he said, "Dad, there's no doubt about it, this is the one." It just goes to show that we sometimes need a younger look at things.
The weight might be a problem for some. It weighs almost 90lbs inside its flight case. I always need the help of someone else to take it down to our rehearsal room (which is in the cellar). I bought a cart so I didn't have to bother my "playing mates" too often.
But the weight is a given, since you can't have such a key action mechanism on a unit weighing only 11-13lbs.
For rehearsals I use the Juno, another Roland. I also use this keyboard for certain organ and violin sounds (they are different to the ones on the RD).

I'd buy it again without hesitation.
9/10 (due to its weight)
ericthegreat09/21/2011

ericthegreat's review

Roland RD-700SX
I bought a new RD700sX 3 years ago. It's a good stage box, very versatile with the four layers, foot controller, and a good assortment of factory patches. I've tweaked the patches considerably, and am mostly pleased with the product.

UTILIZATION

Very simple manual.

SOUNDS

I have two major annoyances:
(a) The acoustic and electric pianos sound like a stinking pile of failure.
The acoustics are boxy, mid-heavy, brittle, and just plain ANNOYING.
I've spent many days tweaking them, and still hate them. I think I will have to buy a stereo 1/3-octave EQ for this problem.

(b) The software has a bug that causes the box to forget that it has the lowest octave. During my 5-hour show, I will usually have to cycle the power several times, to restore the lower octave. It has always done this. I have never found a firmware upgrade.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, it has amazing 3 grand pianos 3 electric pianos ivory pha3 keys easy to use nice sound & after touch the best rd series congratulations to roland job well done very recommended gear to all whos looking for digital pianos promise you wont get disappoint on this gear its perfect for you. the RD-700S X (which includes the SuperNATURAL Pianos). The NX is just the next in the line up. I have loved the RD-700 since the SX series several years back, and Rolands has always outdone themselves. The Touch and Feel of the Third Gen - Progressive Hammer Action (PHA3) keys is the BEST in the business, and the synthetic Ivory keys are amazingly effective when out gigging and you get those sweaty hands. Now, in comparison to other stage pianos, the RD-700SX and NX are some of the heaviest stage pianos in the business because of the PHA3..... so if weight is a concern too you, I would look into the RD-300SX. But, I have had many Pianists sit and play my RD-700SX and comment on how shocked they are at the quality of sound and realism of the Action. But I also wish I had a 300sx sometimes as well, Cause the RD-weighs over 55 pounds. So bear that in mind
Denys01/27/2009

Denys's review

Roland RD-700SX
Read other reviews or look online for the features. I always find everything or almost everything I'm looking for.

It has no metronome, which is pretty nasty given the price, Mr. Roland... The SMF reader is limited in terms of capacity (1 Mb, 20-something midi songs) and usability (to delete a track or modify the sound to which it is assigned), there's no possibility to transfer files to a PC running Win 98, you need NT or XP.

You can only save 100 configurations (=setups), including 40 that can be assigned to a button for a fast recall. That's enough for me, but it might not be for certain people. It lacks a couple of things but no real deal-breakers.

A good point is that you can play four layered or split sounds.

Built-in compressor (it's nice to have a homogeneous level when you play in a band), 3-band parametric EQ.

UTILIZATION

I play in a '70s blues/rock band. I wanted to replace my D50 and was looking for:
- 88-keys: I'm not a trained pianist, but I think that the 700 SX resembles a real piano a lot. I wouldn't have accepted a mediocre keyboard 10/10
- A broad palette of good sounds in relation to the music I play: Acoustic and electric piano, B3-like organ, brass, pads and strings. They all deserve 10/10
- One single instrument (no master keyboard + expander (neither in hardware nor software)). I bought a Stagg case with casters ($110), but you need two people to take it in and out of the car and then take it upstairs (it's probably around 70lbs, including the case), plus you need to fold down the rear seat of your car to fit it in. 6/10
- The possibility to add sounds: 2 SRX. 10/10

SOUNDS

Acoustic pianos: Above my expectations. I know the sound I want and the RD-700SX has it. Lots of lows and heaps of settings to fine-tune the sounds (which is surely very useful to play classical music, but that's beyond my abilities). For Piano A I use the superior grand (the default preset), while for Piano B I use piano rock, both of which have been sampled for 88 notes. 10/10
Electric pianos: I use a rhodes for Piano A and a wurli for piano B. Impeccables! 10/10
Organs: I have my doubts here. I tested a clavia nord electro 2 during 10 minutes and its sounds seemed better. A real B3 player will not benefit much from them (and anyway, the heavy keyboard doesn't allow for the same type of playing). The drawbars aren't very practical. A good point for the multi effects: leslie, chorus/vibrato, distortion. I think the 10 tonewheel sounds are virtually the same (I couldn't notice any difference with the same settings for TW1 and TW2...) 7/10
Brasses/pads: Good original sounds to make a pseudo brass section. By layering up to 4 sounds, you can achieve really punchy results... 10/10

Multi effects: Lots of choices available, but you can only use two at a time, tops (I don't know how to split the keyboard to have and effect for the upper register and another effect for the lower one...)

OVERALL OPINION

I've had it for a month, but it took me a year to make up my mind. I'll update my review once I have more experience with my band. It was the only one that met my expectations. I think this is the real deal.

Update after three months of use (January 2009): Indeed it is the real deal! I definitely don't regret my choice. Just one single flaw: I still haven't found a rock organ sound that suits me (in the Santana "Samba pa ti"-style)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland RD-700SX
Here's what's missing: (1) a recording feature (how hard would it be to include a little hard drive or memory card slot on board?); (2) a built-in sheet music stand (although easily corrected for under $15, it's very annoying to have to do so); and (3) the ability to have all three piano pedals.

$1,800 USD

UTILIZATION

Love this keyboard as I do, it could definitely do with a more friendly user interface. Although the LCD screen is pretty decent size, there's a huge number of instruments (at least 450) and wide range of "tweaking" options, and it's often hard to nagivate through them. There should really be some sort of scroll wheel, like on the Ipod. At the very least, there should be a numeric keypad! Also, I think there should be a way to have the keyboard "remember" certain combinations of instruments (you can have a max of 4 playing at a time) and/or rhythms. There should also be a way to define certain buttons as a particular instrument. For example, the only way to access the cello sound is to first hit "Number Lock," then remember which number it is (something like 466). If you then switch to a new instrument, you have to start all over again. Again, for my purposes (mostly playing with just one or two different kinds of pianos), it's plenty sufficient. I just think Roland can do a lot better!

SOUNDS

As I play mostly classical piano, great sound quality was vital to me. I believe the sound quality on this instrument is outstanding. It is for all the world like playing on a real piano (especially if--as I recommend--you invest in excellent speakers like the KRK V4s, or even a decent pair of headphones). What is especially nice about the Roland keyboard (unlike any others in its class) is that it has a "Depth" (i.e., reverb) knob right on the keyboard--very helpful for fine-tuning. (Other instruments make you hunt through endless and confusing menus to make the same adjustment.) My main gripes as far as sound issues are that (1) there is no soft or "middle" pedals); and (2) due to an apparent software glitch, whenever you switch instruments (e.g., from piano to organ), the volume automatically defaults to the highest setting, instead of staying at the existing volume level. This gets vexing if you forget to adjust the volume between instrument changes. Overall, though, the sound quality of the pianos is brilliant (esp. the first two), with great dynamic control due to (1) the weighted keyboard and (2) the ability to open and close the piano "lid" for the first two pianos. The other instruments also sound good to me, but I don't feel as qualified to rate them. Overall, I'm very happy and feel it's worth every penny!

OVERALL OPINION

I bought mine from Guitar Center (love their price-matching!) a couple months ago and so far have had no problems.

The only way I can describe this keyboard (and justify the expense to my bewildered friends) is that it's like going from a box of 8 crayons to a box of 64. The dynamic range and feel of the keyboard is just breathtaking. Overall, dispite my quibbles above, I recommend it highly. Having spent untold hours testing all the keyboards at my local Guitar Center, I'm totally convinced it's the best keyboard on the market, especially for someone who is really into classical music like me. Frankly the only thing that would be better than my setup (with the KRK V4s) would be playing a Steinway on stage.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Bach_in_Brooklyn (January 2-, 2005)
yourmusicismine07/14/2007

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

Roland RD-700SX
CHARACTERISTICS dj t have the deficits before.

UTILIZATION

- The touch keyboard is it enjoyable? Should you use?
Super enjoyable! I play a little bit of every style and keyboard rpond great

- The configuration gnrale Is it easy?
Simple ... can you die rgler all manually!

- The select MIDI channels, patches is easy?
(Not tried Cubase and Reason - I will day)

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Say anything! The rglages the same MIDI

SOUNDS

- The effects are they effective and responsive?
Level because it's all good. (Just the famous "ringmodulator": it is there a musician who uses this ???).

- The expression is good? (Raction VLOC the aftertouch)?
Touch? Just standard.

- What are the sounds you prfrez, you dtest? ...
I really like the sound of Rhodes and organ. While most effects too ... too good!

OVERALL OPINION

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
Most:
trs a good touch heavy
sounds really cool
a terrible design

The -:
weight!
j'tais parties on RD300SX for its weight but when I tried the 700SX ... "here's what bin".
the price, but for those who hsitent: the game of the purse is worth the Chandler!

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
It took me 1 year 1 / 2 before I dcider.J have had one but the RD170 is played not in the same cours.Je went from a Renault Clio (RD170) Ferrari ( RD700SX) Rolls remaining when the same Clavia Nordstage ...
clemgariel10/14/2006

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

Roland RD-700SX
88-key keyboard heavy
about 500 sounds (488 to be prcis)
level connectivity is classic jack, noon, thank you roland, XLR

UTILIZATION

Touch is absolutely fantastic. Of all the keyboards I had the hands (numriques pianos, keyboards, etc. ..) is by far the best. Touch is relatively lightweight, APRS is a matter of got, but it's a really great pianist.
The config gnrale is simple and fairly intuitive, no problem this level. The manual is in English, too bad.

SOUNDS

The sound is bright enough. Many pianos, the sound of "grand piano" is paramtrable (how open the lid of the piano, did a little toy, but REALLY change the sound) I love the sound Overall the keyboard is pop, dynamic and effective.
The effects that I have almost no attempt at this time are good. VLOC nickel, RULES according to his game ..
trs really good

OVERALL OPINION

I used to play another time on a RD700. The test of many other keyboards I have comfort in the ide it would be a RD700 (sx) or nothing. No regrets.
The BTE is heavy, at least, you think it was worth our money, even if by taking it you say that the more lightweight would be better all of the same.
quality price ratio: it's expensive, but worth it.
I tested a few days scne, m'enfin if the 700 was going well, no doubt that the. This is a new friend I'm not prt me spare.
jazzphoton08/03/2006

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

Roland RD-700SX
See detailed: everything is there.
Digital piano full + complete master keyboard.
A little more for the USB connector to connect directly to the PC.

UTILIZATION

Reach firm without being too heavy, rapid rebound, to the proper make notes quickly repeated with the exact nuances.

Response to the Settings button (5 presets + a 20aine nuances between each preset) from ultra light to super heavy.

[EDIT] I just compare it with a Yamaha S90 ES is not nearly as late in the adjustment of keyboard response: Only four presets. This can go for most players, but for those who like hammering in the shade, the S90 ES HARD same set will not be as expressive as almost always stop when there is no limit concerns force with RD700sx. [/ EDIT]

Manuel simple and complete.
Ease of Use.

Progressive sustain pedal! (Not the stupid switch on / off), to reproduce the effect of a half foot of acoustic pianos.

SOUNDS

The sounds are good, in large numbers (more than I need actually).
Let's talk about what interested me most: the sound of acoustic pianos, of very good quality. There is choice in the tone, mellow to bright. A special mention to those with 88 keys were sampled one by one on 3 or 4 levels.

The "ONE TOUCH PIANO" has several settings to make the piano sounds much more alive. Include:
- Sympathetic resonance that reflects the harmonic rules between the notes played (dimmable)
- Sympathetic resonance when the sustain pedal is pressed (3 adjustable parameters, but much more accessible in the settings of the multi-effect)
- Adjustment of opening the lid of a grand piano (6 positions)
- Simulation of a recovery from dynamic or condenser microphones, and remote adjustable
- Each key (!) Can be micro-tuned as you see fit! (With presets and a 15aine user)
etc..

There is a way "pulls" for B3 type organ, in real time to adjust the various harmonics of the ... bleuffant enough, with an effect just as Leslie bleuffant.

OVERALL OPINION

I do not regret my purchase. I got more than I expected for the price and the price difference between a RD700SX RD300SX and is fully justified.
Yann@04/01/2006

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

Roland RD-700SX
There is all I can ask and

UTILIZATION

Access to the various menus could be easier. But none of decoureageant.

SOUNDS

Sounds fantastic after your amplification RULES.
I have tried many digital pianos with the same headphone (especially piano and sounds E.piano), the last Kawai. Personally I do not have AIM kawai piano sound (to taste) despite a good touch.
When I tried the RD 700SX for me there was no photo.

OVERALL OPINION

I just buy it. This piano is great. I plugged into a stereo. I was a little afraid to beginners but it was enough to set the channel to prevent it changes the sound. I dmentiel Dsormais sound (piano, E.piano. Etc) spread over 4 enceintes.Je think a fundamental point not to judge me the piano is to plug it into an amplifier and speaker / quality monitors that do not turn the sound (as c'tait the case in a Paris department store). Try it with a good headphone! Its default? for now just the weight but I have not really planned to move and I still have many things to explore.