Roland FP-30 88-Key Digital Piano

89
GEARANK

89 out of 100. Incorporating 80+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$700
Roland FP-30 88-Key Digital Piano
Roland FP-30 88-Key Digital Piano

The Roland FP-30 is a sleek looking digital piano that combines a traditional acoustic piano playing feel with modern sound processing and connectivity features.

It starts off with 88 fully weighted keys with 5 sensitivity tiers to choose from, so you can better personalize the feel of the instrument. Roland then equipped this piano keyboard with 35 voices via their "SuperNATURAL Piano Engine", which provides enough flexibility without compromising sound quality. But what sets this digital piano apart is its extras which include practical features like Bluetooth wireless connectivity, built-in recorder, rhythm section and more input/output ports.

Finally, the FP-30 has student/teacher friendly features that include Dual/Split/Twin Modes, and a built-in metronome.

Features:

  • Keys: 88 Full Weighted Hammer Action Keys
  • Touch Sensitivity: 5-Levels
  • Speaker System: 2 x 11W Amplifier and Speakers: 2 x 4.75"
  • Pedal: Damper, Optional 3-Pedal Accessory
  • Presets: 35 Tones, 30 Internal Songs
  • Effects: Ambience, Brilliance, Resonance
  • Polyphony: 128
  • Functions: Bluetooth 4.0, Dual/Split/Twin Modes, Metronome, Transpose, Recorder, 8 Rhythm Types, Audio Playback,
  • Audio Output: 1/8" and 1/4" Headphone Outputs (these can also be used AUX Outputs)
  • Pedal Input: 1 x 1/4" (damper), 1 x 8-pin DIN (optional KPD-70 pedal board)
  • MIDI I/O: Bluetooth, USB
  • Power Supply: DC Power Supply
  • Stand: Optional Metal or Furniture Stand
  • Dimensions: 5.87" x 51.18" x 11.87"
  • Weight: 31 lbs

Pros

"Stellar" is an appropriate summation of how the market feels about the Roland FP-30. Many reviewers were impressed by the authenticity of Roland's SuperNATURAL piano sounds. The playing feel also got a lot of thumbs up, and mostly from experienced pianists who consider the FP-30 as a serious gigging/teaching instrument. The simpler interface was also mentioned in a positive light, with some commenting that they learned how to properly use the instrument faster than they expected. Many also thanked Roland for the unit's expanded connectivity options, which some feel should be a standard on all digital pianos.

Cons

There aren't that many complaints, however there were a number of users who wanted more sounds and an LCD screen for monitoring. The lack of these features brought its ratings and Gearank score down.

Overall

Although we had removed the Roland FP-30 from our recommended list back in March, its ratings are up so we've re-included it in our current recommendations in our guide to The Best Digital Pianos.