Roland RD-88 Stage Piano
Roland RD-88 Stage Piano
"The Roland RD-88 is our most compact and lightest (only 13.5KG!) professional standard stage piano. It features the PHA-4 action, which has ebony/ivory feel, escapement and individually fully-weighted keys. All great stage pianos need to be ready for the road and, depsite it's compact size and easily transportable weight, the RD-88 is extremely robust and durable. All the parameters and onboard controls are high quality and easily accessable. Plus, the buttons are the same that feature on the flagship RD-2000, again proving the quality of this more affordable option. At the heart of the RD-88 is our latest Eco-System, named Zen-Core. This allows the renowned, SuperNATURAL engine (which powers the Pianos and E.Pianos), to run at 24bit 48K giving it crystal clear resolution and superb sound quality. Using this technology means that the RD-88 has the most detailed and realistic version of SuperNATURAL to date. You can then layer 3 sounds on top of each other or split them across the keybed, giving you a massive amount of variation/control. These 3 tones can be made up of internal sounds, as well as external. The RD-88 perfectly synchronises with Apple Mainstage, acting as a control surface for this widely used programme. Although the RD-88 is primarily designed for the stage, the inbuilt speakers make it the perfect home use/low volume rehearsal tool too. These can quickly be turned off/on via an easily accessable button found on the front panel. The RD-88 is even a great studio/songwriting tool, thanks to the integration with other Zen-Core instruments (Roland Fantom, Jupiter-X, Jupiter-Xm, AX-EDGE, MC-707, MC-101, and the Roland Cloud). Zen-Core allows you to seemlessly share patches, enabling you to use the most efficient instrument for each specifc musical application required. For example, you can perfectly craft a vintage Zen-Core synth sound on the Jupiter-X, put that into your Roland Fantom to create a track and then place the final version into your RD-88 to play live. You can even directly communicate with the Roland Cloud Zen-Core sounds and have your favourite sounds saved on your computer, synthesiser, workstation and stage piano. For users looking to layer/split more instruments, have a more detailed effects section a modelled piano and a hybrid wooden action, check out the RD-2000. The Roland RD-88 comes with a 3 year warranty and lifetime tech support with myself". GAK's Roland/Boss Product Specialist, James Purvis.
Overview By GAK
The Roland RD-88 is one of our favourite stage pianos on the market because of it's lightweight and compact design, making it perfect for easy transport and setup. Weighing at just 13.5KG, your back will be saved when going to-and-fro from your gigs. Nothing is worse than lugging a huge keyboard around after a gig and the RD-88 is the perfect solution!
Usually when a keyboard is compact and light, the realism and quality of the action has to be sacrificed. This is absolutely not the case with the RD-88, as it features the PHA-4 action (found on the HP-702, FA-08 and FP-60). This has individually-weighted keys, graduating in feel from left to right, ivory/ebony feel and escapement, just like a high end Grand Piano. It even has built-in speakers, which is easy to forget when picking it up! These speakers are surprisingly loud for the size, making it perfect for home practice and small rehearsals. The speakers can be turned off/on with a button on the front panel.
All the best Stage Pianos need to have the highest quality sounds, that can be accessed/edited instantly. Due to the hands on approach on the front panel, with plenty of onboard parameters to control the 90+ inbuilt effects, the RD-88 is exactly that. It also features new SuperNATURAL pianos and electric pianos based on the acclaimed RD series, which are essential to any pro keys player. There is also a massive selection of popular instruments (Organs, Strings, Clavs etc) and synth sounds, courtesy of Roland's Zen-Core sound engine. You can split/layer 3 independant zones, which can be either be from the internal sound engine or from a source external to the RD-88, like Apple's Mainstage Software.
The technology in the RD-88 has been designed with the future in mind. As Zen-Core is more than just a sound engine, it is also an Eco-System, unlocking the potential of your Roland gear like never before. Zen-Core allows you to seemlessly share patches, enabling you to use the most efficient instrument for each specifc musical application required. For example, you can perfectly craft a vintage Zen-Core synth sound on the Jupiter-X, put that into your Roland Fantom to create a track and then place the final version into your RD-88 to play live. You can even directly communicate with the Roland Cloud Zen-Core sounds and have your favourite sounds stored on your computer, synthesiser, workstation and stage piano.
For users looking to layer/split more instruments, have a more detailed effects section, a modelled piano and a hybrid wooden action, check out the RD-2000.
If you require a keyboard with the same great feel, but without sounds/speakers, check the Roland A-88 MKII Midi Keyboard Controller.
Take The Stage
RD Pianos have been the choice of professional keyboardists for more than 30 years, appearing on stages around the world. Now you can have the acclaimed RD sound and playability in a lighter, more accessible, and more affordable instrument.
For over three decades, RD Pianos have been trusted by professionals, night after night, on stages the world over. One key reason is how playable they are, and how connected you feel when you play one. You get sturdy controls and smooth, reliable keyboard action that feels natural—never stiff, never spongy.
A great stage piano needs sounds that are authentic and have character. The RD-88 draws upon its rich heritage and features newly developed SuperNATURAL pianos and electric pianos that can go from sparkle to grit with a few knob twists. And for extra versatility, there's a curated selection of acoustic and electronic sounds from our historic legacy using the ZEN-Core Synthesis System found in our flagship synthesizers.
RD Pianos are easy to connect with, thanks to their intuitive controls and friendly layout. The RD-88 is no different, giving you just what you need for confident and expressive performances. Vital controls are clearly marked and always in reach, so you can quickly find your favorite sounds, add effects, or shape the tonal balance to suit the venue.
Integrate soft synths.
Sometimes you need a very specific sound or the unique capabilities of a particular soft synth or sample library. The RD-88 has three zones that can be configured with internal sounds, or can integrate and control soft synths from Apple MainStage. This makes it simple to duplicate the sound of a track live or mix favorite soft synths with the RD-88's own palette of sounds.
Fits your life.
The RD-88's clean and compact design fits neatly into your lifestyle. Its lightweight and sturdy build makes it easy to take with you and quick to set up, even on small stages or in cramped rehearsal spaces. And the room-filling integrated speaker system is ultra-convenient and lets you play with less clutter and less fuss.
- Lightweight and compact design for easy transport and setup
- Ivory feel piano-touch keyboard (PHA-4) for world-class playability
- New SuperNATURAL pianos and electric pianos based on acclaimed RD series
- Easy to use interface optimized for performance
- Three zones with external control and Apple MainStage integration
- Room-filling, onboard speaker system
- KEYBOARD SECTION
- Keyboard - 88 keys (PHA-4 Standard Keyboard: with Escapement and Ivory Feel)
- SOUND GENERATOR SECTION
- Sound Generator
- - ZEN-Core
- - SuperNATURAL Piano
- - SuperNATURAL E.Piano
- Parts - 3 parts
- - Scene: 400
- - Tone: Over 3,000
- - Zone Multi-effects: 3 systems, 90 types
- - Zone EQ: 3 systems
- - Zone Tone Color: 3 systems
- - Scene Multi-effects (IFX): 90 types
- - Sympathetic Resonance
- - Chorus/Delay: 8 types
- - Reverb: 6 types
- - Master Compressor
- - Master EQ
- - Input Reverb
- - Input EQ
- Other Functions
- - Favorite
- - Rhythm Pattern
- - Song Player
- - MIDI Master Keyboard
- - DAW Control
- OTHER SECTION
- - Assignable Wheel x 2
- - Assignable Control knob x 8
- - Master Volume knob
- - Damper Pedal
- - Assignable Pedal x 2
- Rated Power Output - 6 W x 2
- - Full Range 12 cm x 2
- - Tweeter 2 cm x 2
- Display - Graphic LCD 128 x 64 dots
- External Storage Device - USB flash drive
- - PHONES jack: stereo 1/4-inch phone type
- - OUTPUT jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4-inch phone type
- - MIC INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
- - LINE INPUT Jack: Stereo miniature phone type
- - Pedal (DAMPER, FC1, FC2) jacks: TRS phone type
- - MIDI OUT jack
- - USB MEMORY port
- - USB COMPUTER port (supports USB MIDI/AUDIO)
- - DC IN jack
- Power Supply - DC 12 V: AC adaptor
- Current Draw - 1,500 mA
- - Owner's manual
- - Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
- - AC adaptor
- - Power cord
- - Pedal Switch
- Options (sold separately)
- - Stand (KS-12, KS-10Z)
- - Pedal (DP-2, DP-10, EV-5, RPU-3)
- - Carrying Bag: (CB-88RL, CB-76RL)
- - Headphones
- - USB Flash drive (*)
- SIZE AND WEIGHT
- - 1,284 (W) x 258 (D) x 159 (H) mm
- - 50-9/16 (W) x 10-3/16 (D) x 6-5/16 (H) inches
- - 13.5 kg / 29 lbs 13 oz (excluding AC adaptor)
- * Use a commercially available USB flash drive. However, we cannot guarantee that all commercially available USB flash drives will work.
Love this piano, great key weight and great sound. Perfect for someone that needs a real piano feel but does not have the space or moves a lot.
I bought it for the pianos but the other sounds are very useful also. First class service from GAK