2017 NAMM Show: Roland has announced the RD-2000, the latest generation of their long-running RD stage piano series.
The RD-2000 is designed to offer top-level live and studio performance features, including dual sound engines, full polyphony, a hammer-action keyboard and advanced controller capabilities.
Here’s the official video intro:
The RD-2000 is Roland’s most powerful stage piano yet. A dedicated sound engine for acoustic piano incorporates Roland’s latest V-Piano technologies for rich, authentic tone. And with full-keyboard polyphony, players can create piano performances with no compromises.
A second engine with 128-note polyphony drives an extensive electric piano library, which includes classic EPs from the 1970s, plus all-new recreations of the Roland RD-1000 and MKS-20 from the 1980s. There are also more than 1100 ensemble sounds on board for covering any musical style.
The PHA-50 progressive hammer-action keyboard with escapement is the perfect platform for playing the RD-2000’s responsive acoustic and electric pianos. This innovative keyboard features hybrid keys constructed of wood and molded materials, combining classic feel with rugged durability.
Offering the most extensive controller features of any RD-series piano to date, the RD-2000 is ideal for commanding a large stage or studio setup. A newly designed interface offers a massive range of control with Scene memories, LED knobs and sliders, eight internal/external zones, and more.
Via the built-in USB audio/MIDI interface, it’s easy to integrate computer-based software instruments. Users can control them with zones along with the internal sounds, and route their audio through the RD-2000. In addition to main stereo outputs on XLR and ¼-inch jacks, there’s also an assignable stereo sub output for flexible sound routing on stage.
Details on pricing and availability are to be announced.