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Roland FP-7

FP-7, Digital Piano from Roland in the FP series.

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All user reviews of 4/5 for the Roland FP-7

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 8 reviews )
 3 reviews38 %
 4 reviews50 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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Sophie et Benoît IVON10/23/2012

Sophie et Benoît IVON's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very reliable, very effective. Ergonomic use basic fairly intuitive."

Roland FP-7
Heavy touch 88 keys

UTILIZATION

Very nice touch to an old classical pianist. That is, it is!

SOUNDS

Sounds nice even if I use more than one point of view "practice" (work, research, records) and on stage maybe I'll invest in a new Roland.

OVERALL OPINION

More than two years after purchase I'm still proud and I think it is a safe bet. Before I was on a master keyboard fatar ... So I was looking for a keyboard very heavy, to successfully pass a pianist keyboardist .... and easy to use in order to familiarize myself with the best new media work.
Melotown09/08/2012

Melotown's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good instrument"

Roland FP-7
Rcente generation, good overall
88 notes are of great vintage Fender Rhodes, its a bit limited for a true piano pianist

USE

The touch is very pleasant for the Rhodes for his piano, discomfort in the bottoming ...

SONORITS

Jazz piano sound is okay, but it never makes good for me!
I use the Rhodes sounds more just got my

NOTICE GLOBAL

Good instrument, with its incorporated pregnant, even if low power, presence makes the sound more natural.
Olivercast03/23/2008

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

Roland FP-7
This piano Submitted trs a quality good value for money.
Bote rhythm, significant customization of the main piano (DIFFERENT types of tuning, SETTING THE many effects that bring more ism) and for the fans, the organ sounds can be modified to measure, harmonic by harmonic.
It is also possible to play midi files, karaoke (with lyrics on screen!) And WAV, from a USB key.
MODEL I possde this for 6 months, and I'm still tonn of all those qualities that persuade me to have made the right choice in terms of competition.

The only missing and competition does not, is not able to sample its own set directly on the piano. Samples are all the same useful function AudioKey thanks, but only from wav files from a USB key.

UTILIZATION

- Ergonomics is excellent as the user guide is indispensable for understanding rvle navigation through menus and use all the features made available. It is best to keep the record proximity ... because we accde some menus by combinations of two keys.

- The keyboard is noisy: a loud noise and strong enough when pressing the keys ... that rvle dsagrable time, and you can not avoid.
In addition, these sounds are transmitted fairly strong Tage infrieur if the vibrations are transmitted to the ground via the medium of the piano. Thus Avoid playing at night, even with a headphone if you have sympathy for your neighbors below :-) . I recommend using at least one pais carpet (the carpet was not enough because it will eventually settle and conduct vibrations ...). I just put four foam blocks under my foot X: Making it better, but it loses stability (it should be supported against a wall) and the tac-tac is always visible (without being g ing) from the Tagus infrieur.

- Another peru default I had in store: a shrill whistle is made (like notches on the old cathode, or as when the rtro-lighting in some MP3 players are active when you press the keys. It is constant intensity, regardless of the volume of the piano. We often do not pay attention, and we do peroit more with age (> 25 years?) dsagrable but if you want to play low volume in a quiet environment.

I put the accent on some default that are not often dvelopps when it comes to the piano. They are relative to the other quality

SOUNDS

Sounds good quality ... except for guitars. The sound of the piano seemed to clump when I bought it (j'tais Clavinovas accustomed to), but I got used to over the uses.
I am not conquered by the amplification of the FP-7, even if it is much better than the FP-4. No deep bass (indeed, nothing to thundering piano portable), it reverses itself lacks emphasis (too?) Mdiums on low and high frequencies tend to distort when it rises a little volume. Note that a customizable equalizer is available.
The sound is good rvle trs when using headphones. It is not a lightweight n'chappe breath if you use headphones in-ear (rsout problem that is easily the case with a song attnuateur volume).

I have hte budget (APRS Reduces shrinking purchasing this piano!) For a string acqurir stereo and enjoy the FP-7 fair value .

OVERALL OPINION

The elements by previous ones, I wanted to emphasize the default "mask" of the FP-7, plutt than reporting an overall opinion and objective.
It remains, despite these few inconvnients, trs a good piano, and I would do this choice today, given the competition because the game is really electronic and sound quality are generally well made.
Pianistiquement07/04/2007

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

Roland FP-7
Edit: I put my mind to date because the previous opinion am questioning two things:
- The fact that I'm obviously a pianist. Yet it is the case, I'm 30 and more than 26 years of acoustic piano behind me.
- The need identified in the Charter related to posting of the opinion that we should not want to offset other notes, but put his own marks, and that's it.

Current high-end Roland FP Series, classic characteristics of a digital piano 88-note mechanical hammer.
Very nice graphical display, excellent lisilibité (uncommon for an instrument in this category).
2 USB ports on the front with A on the left of the keyboard (great). Backups on USB, very convenient!
Comes with a pedal semi-progressive (ideal after all the sustain pedal on an acoustic piano is not progressive either, you can get the pedals, half-pedal but not more).
Many sounds (amazing for a digital). The sounds of its own bills are excellent (only the pitiful folk guitar), and it also contains a sample set GM (2) (ah the memories when I can revive my fingers to the sounds of my old Roland E-16 from there over 10 years !!!!!).
For the record, the drum kit standard FP-7 is particularly troubling about the toms!

The Grand Piano 1 is fully editable (the screen starts with you drawing a grand piano which regulates the opening of the lid, follows a multitude of parameters to be adjusted for you ... Then make your Piano Piano dream or pan, your choice).

In addition to the bank Organ sounds, there is a sound bank that has a TW Organ drawbars modeling (again drawn to the screen). Amazing and really fun to use.

Has the function that allows AudioKey launch Waves assigned to a button in the lower part of the keyboard. Funny but I do not use at all. Maybe interesting for the training.

UTILIZATION

Edit: This was the main point to note keyboard.
1 / While Euro 1400 are difficult to pay, but when you compare the price of digital pianos furniture (1000 Euro more on average for the first good role models) or acoustic pianos (from 5000 Euro for good pianos up to several tens thousand Euro), it is still not the end of the world.
2 / cons in fact, when buying an FP-7 is mainly at the base which is a pianist. And when you're a pianist, it is well known that the weight is not the main component of a piano key, even if it is a significant component. There are exhaust, all the life that exists in the fingertips from sinking to the propulsion of the hammer, everything that vibrates, etc ... All this is not just weight. on the other hand, manufacturers of digital often insist on weight instead of developing other sensations, and that's unfortunate. That was the main drawback of Yamaha GH2. Put an acoustic side of what might be called a good digital piano, and you will see that often, the sound is lighter. Simply there are other things at stake
3 / I do not think it is negligible. On a set of varieties or if we play the Obispo being persuaded to flirt with the ultimate in piano technique, actually, no complaints about the FP-7. But when playing difficult works, Chopin and other composers who, having no friends, spent their time more complex their music, then you realize the damage relative to an acoustic.
4 / Last but not sorry to be a little dry, but I do not see that two musicians who have never made use of acoustic piano all day long is any reference regarding the realism pianistic touch of the FP-7.

That's why I think that a purely pianistic, I still be a little disappointed with the keyboard.
I had just before a Yamaha P120S (GH2 keyboard) and I had the opportunity to play a few times on a Roland RD-700 SX. I found her touch much better, more like a real piano that is both soft and firm ... As I found the Yamaha GH2 too hard (some classics already become very difficult almost impossible to perform), I told myself that I could turn to the RD-700SX and PHA ... Something cool at the same time as I decide, Roland Announces New Digital Piano FP-7 and the new PHA II! So I rush over the eyes more or less closed ... Error! While the pianos are better than the RD-700 SX (especially the Grand Piano 1) but the keyboard is much harder and bears an uncanny resemblance to GH2 Yamaha (in a bit more mellow, we must say what is). In fact when I play with headphones sounds that could be found in the identical P120S (like electric piano FM or Harpsichords), I have the feeling of being back to my old piano ... : - /

All this to say, keyboard a little too hard, which found defects in the GH2 (hello fingers after one or two hours of work). While the dynamic response is set to 100 levels of value ... But it does not change the hardness of the keyboard that is too large.

Next general configuration, the interface is "average +" you still have to read the manual to understand how to edit some sounds, save MIDI tracks, etc.. This is still easily holds.

The selection of patches is very simple.

The manual is very clear, especially in French! I've had this piano just 10 days after its marketing, the user manual was delivered in English. The store provided me with the French manual a few days ago, and it often simplifies the task.

SOUNDS

While it is full of sounds excellent, I must say that as usual on my digital piano, I use almost as a Grand Piano, which is great. It is part of the sounds of FP-7 sample of 88 notes, 4 levels of velocity, bass are striking realism (Infinia more than over-boosted and smoothed with a Clavinova), the medium can be a bit too round (but that's not enough ... very crystalline Roland!) for my taste but still very good and excellent treble. The realism of the piano is pushed, the modeling of the resonance pedal is incredible, and when the pedal is pressed, the piano releases a small sample of the sound of strings for lifting the dampers, and please to dynamically! The free sample is all the stronger and richer than you press hard on the pedal.

This is all very well but be careful, it's a digital piano for pianists, and I would argue, for pianists! Resonance and all that stuff that goes with it is great but beware! Hello errors pedal and the need for accuracy that does not exist in many other digital pianos! The game is called for much more precise control of sound annexes (resonance, persistence of certain harmonics) is particularly required.
Some digital pianos, starting with my ex P120S can quickly give satisfactory results, the accumulation of notes is quite beautiful to the ear ... With the FP-7 is faster but the cacophony ... Like on a real piano, DONE!
Advantage of it, if you repeat about to switch to digital audio then you will have far fewer surprises than I could have passed by.

Overall then a Grand Piano which allows for a piano, and really the piano. Personally I find in a store, put next to a Clavinova, the FP-7 will not pay for mine, it's true that the bass is much less sparkling ... Except that they are more like those of a real piano that serious of a Clavinova. And when we know the acoustic piano (because unfortunately more and more do not see their lives), we see quickly the difference between the realism of severe FP-7 and the appearance of a false Polished Yamaha Clavinova.

The bank has a piano's "Magical piano" which is somewhat equivalent to the sound "Clavinova" on some older models in the range, a kind of California Piano (acoustic piano + rhodes) but also other elements is bells or metal which are added or not depending on the velocity.

Organs seem excellent but I'm not an expert.

The bass is present as anecdotal.

There are a host of effects, almost as much as on a workstation ... I personally do not use them (as I have said, almost exclusively as the Grand Piano 1 ...) so I do not know what they are worth "in the field." By against, on paper, they are there!

Favorite sounds: Grand Piano 1 + + + / 3 Grand Piano, more metallic, but not editable.
Sounds "hated" (the word is strong): Guitar (it has not a hint of realism and one wonders how it could be a folk guitar) and Grand Piano 2 (a round and terribly boring to play).

OVERALL OPINION

I had this piano on March 26, and waited a few weeks before posting my opinion.
So I would say it's a mixed review, the piano sounds are excellent and can do "almost real" piano, but the keyboard is disappointing. For a new generation Roland PHA II, it seems less subtle than the PHA, and joined the Yamaha GH2 was well below the GH3.
The piano itself seems robust, but it is not intended that way from my home so I will not have to test this on the ground.

Edit: With regard to the sound of a Grand Piano, I must say that the more I use it the more I control, more fun is great to play despite the fact that initially it was not enough crystal clear for me in the mediums.

As models I tried in addition to the FP-7:
Roland RD 700 SX Super amplification incorporated but not so great for the scene but not practical for the home.
Yamaha P140: Internal Amplification shabby but on reflection, keyboard much better.
Roland RD 300 SX and FP-4: Keyboards limit toys, so good ...

The value is good (I paid € 1460 against the 1680 list price), but not hot.

In my situation (P120 sold and need to buy a piano), I think of all these models was really the most interesting on a piano. But its keyboard is that I do not keep it for years. Indeed, it has a lot of what made me sell my Yamaha P120S. Some like keyboards (too) hard, I can conceive, but not me, especially because of the fact that they are not so realistic that it thus.

Edit: I'm not saying that nothing is missed that piano. It is simply not up to my expectations, especially for a new generation of PHA, Roland had already done much better finally in the past, in terms of realistic touch. There is a bit heavy to be heavy, you know.

Next group play, I think I may have to buy either a Yamaha CP-33, a Roland RD 700 SX extra because their keyboards are more flexible and will be more lenient in rehearsal and on stage.