Roland RD-88 Stage Piano
Roland RD-88 Stage Piano
Roland’s most compact 88 note professional stage keyboard, perfect for gigging keyboard players.
Here’s What Roland Say:
"The Roland RD-88 is our most compact and lightest (only 13.5KG!) professional standard stage piano. It features the PHA-4 action, with an ebony & ivory feel, escapement and individually fully-weighted keys.
All great stage pianos need to be ready for the road and, despite the RD-88’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 accessible. 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 accessible 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/Xm, AX-EDGE, MC-707, MC-101, and the Roland Cloud).
Zen-Core allows you to seamlessly share patches, enabling you to use the most efficient instrument for each specific musical application required. For example, you can perfectly craft a vintage Zen-Core synth sound on the Jupiter, 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 patches 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 2-year warranty when registered with Roland Backstage."
Overview By GAK
The Roland RD-88 is one of our favourite stage pianos on the market because of its lightweight and compact design, making it perfect for those needing a portable keyboard.
Weighing at just 13.5KG, your back will be saved when going to-and-fro from your gigs. Nothing is worse than having to lug around a huge keyboard. This Roland Stage Piano is the perfect lightweight keyboard for live performances.
Usually when a live keyboard is compact and light, the realism and quality of the action have to be sacrificed. This is absolutely not the case with the RD-88, as it features the PHA-4 action found in many Roland Digital Pianos.
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 them 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 possible and they need to 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.
In addition to the SuperNATURAL Piano/E.Piano sounds, there is also a massive selection of popular instruments. You will find Organs, Strings, Clavs, synth sounds, and many more, all courtesy of Roland’s Zen-Core sound engine.
Once you have found your perfect sounds, you can then split/layer 3 independent zones. Each Zone 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. 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 seamlessly share patches between Zen-Core compatible products, enabling you to use your favourite instrument for each specific musical part required.
For example, you can perfectly craft a vintage Zen-Core synth sound on the Jupiter, 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 and do not need sounds/speakers, check the Roland A-88 MKII Midi Keyboard Controller.
- 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.
Great product overall, but note that the on-board speakers are really quite poor to the point of not worth having at all. It is easy to get them rattling and distorting especially as you will have to run them at or close to maximum volume even in a domestic setting.
Good keyboard. Lot's of functions
Great product for the price
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.