The Roland FP-90 is the new flagship of the Japanese piano manufacturer in the series of portable pianos. This piano is the successor of the FP-80. Major differences are present in the speaker system, in the keyboard and in the technological functions.
- 1 Roland FP-90 Features
- 2 Roland FP 90 – The Ultimate Portable Piano
- 3 Superior piano sound
- 4 Powerful built-in speakers: suitable for main amplification on the smaller stages
- 5 Bluetooth connection broadens the gaming pleasure
- 6 Flexible enough to play anywhere
- 7 Roland FP-90 Specifications and Prices
- 8 Review for Roland FP-90
For the piano, optional accesoires have been developed with which the piano can be changed into a fully-fledged living room piano with a tripod and three pedals. Roland has brought the KSC-90 tripod and the KPD-90 pedal beam on the market.
Roland FP-90 Features
If you play the piano, you may understand that inspiration can appear anywhere and at any time. It can arise depending on where you play, with whom you play music and of course for which audience you perform.
Roland FP 90 – The Ultimate Portable Piano
The Roland FP-90 Digital Piano helps you bring your music to the audience. The instrument has a piano sound generator and a top quality keyboard, which are housed together in a sleek, modern housing. The built-in multichannel loudspeaker system has enough power to give intimate concerts. A carefully composed series of extra sounds – which includes electric pianos, strings, organs and synthesizers – is also available; making the FP90 effortless to use in a variety of musical scenarios. And via the Bluetooth® audio / MIDI support it is possible to connect wirelessly to Piano Partner 2 from Roland, as well as other music apps that are on a smartphone or tablet. The flexible FP 90 is available in a black or white finish, and is ready to be taken anywhere.
Superior piano sound
Why should you have to settle for a portable piano with compromises in terms of sound quality and the feel of the keyboard? With the FP-90 you do not have to make concessions, since the sound generator and the high-quality keyboard construction of the instrument were derived from those of our top pianos. The FP-90 piano is housed in a stylish and extremely portable housing. Roland’s unique SuperNATURAL Piano modeling technology accurately reproduces the entire sound creation process of an acoustic piano; including the note combinations that are formed, their resonance and the way in which different piano elements influence each other. The result is a rich, complex sound – including overtones – that follows your playing style and changes it together. And then there is the PHA-50: a new keyboard type that fuses wood and cast materials for the best of both worlds. The beautiful wooden sides give each key a familiar, stiff mass that feels perfect while playing. The durable inner frame ensures that you will be able to use the FP-90 for years to come, without having to worry about the reliability of the piano.
Powerful built-in speakers: suitable for main amplification on the smaller stages
The FP-90 is equipped to sound good no matter what space you play on it. The discrete built-in bi-amp system sends a rich, powerful sound to the main speakers and sparkling highs to the newly developed dome tweeters. The audience can thus enjoy a wide dynamic range and precise reproduction of each acoustic sound element. And with the handy three-band equalizer on the front panel it is possible to easily adjust the sound according to the playing space. Whether you only use the built-in speakers during small performances, or connect to an external PA on larger stages: you will always be amazed by the great sound of the FP-90.
Bluetooth connection broadens the gaming pleasure
Nowadays people often play together with their favorite songs that are stored in their smartphone. With the built-in wireless Bluetooth support, the FP-90 goes one step further. The piano makes it possible to stream your music to the powerful internal speakers; for a pretty immersive experience. If you also activate the free Roland Piano Partner 2 app on your tablet, you get creative possibilities on top of that. Think of: rhythmic background accompaniment in genres such as pop, jazz and blues. The accompaniment even follows the chords you play: all completely wireless via Bluetooth technology.
Flexible enough to play anywhere
Even though the FP-90 is packed with the latest technologies and time-saving features for the busy musician, the external design was kept simple and refined. And even though this is a portable piano; yet the FP-90 looks great at home too; especially in combination with the optional KSC-90 stand and the KPD-90 pedal for a fresh, contemporary look. The KSC-90 stand is stable and durable, despite its simple, modern design. And the three pedals on the KPD-90 support Progressive Damper Action, which provide a continuous response: perfect for traditional piano playing techniques.
Roland FP-90 Specifications and Prices
- 88 key PHA-50 Ebony / Ivorite wood keyboard with pressure point
- SuperNatural Piano Modeling
- 350 sounds
- Polyphony: unlimited piano sounds, 384 voiced others
- Stepless detection damper pedal
- USB-to-host, USB-to-device, Bluetooth
- Mini Jack input, Jack stereo output
- Record recorder based on WAV
- 4 speakers, duo amplification 2 x 25 watts, 2 x 5 watts
- Online Price: $1,799.99
Review for Roland FP-90
With the FP-90, Roland’s SuperNatural Piano Modeling sound generation is entering the world of portable digital pianos. What else the instrument brings with it to take pianists for themselves, this review shows.
The Roland FP-90 comes with a black or white case. The black version looks a bit more sophisticated, while the white digital piano certainly makes a good impression in the modern living environment. Mobile musicians are more likely to resort to black, because here the housing surface is less prone to stains and finger marks. A transparent acrylic music stand can be easily attached to the instrument with two knurled screws.
With the KSC-90 stand, also available in black and white, the FP-90 becomes a compact piano and can even be supplemented with the KPD-90 triple pedal bar. Otherwise, the instrument fits on all suitable for digital pianos keyboard stands and tables. Supplied with the semi-pedal single-pedal DP-10, optionally you can also connect the triple pedal RPU-3. With 23.6 kg weight you can transport the digital piano alone; despite the more elaborate keyboard, it is even 200 grams lighter than its predecessor FP-80.
For the keyboard Roland relies on the model PHA-50, a hybrid construction made of wood and plastic, whereby the wood veneer on the key pages only serves the look and not the feel. The keyboard offers a very pleasant feel with a subtle pressure point and delivers good results thanks to three key sensors even with fast repetitions. A surface coating of synthetic ivory / ebony leaves the keys while playing nice grip, the fingers pleasantly dry.
Two headphone sockets can be found on the left front of the case, the other connections on the back. For headphones, both a 3.5 mm and a 6.3 mm jack are available. So you save if necessary, the adapters, which has been relocated anyway in the case of the case anyway. Also on board are line outputs (jack, L / R), a stereo line input (mini jack) and a controllable microphone input (jack, only for dynamic microphones). The three jacks “Damper”, “Sostenuto” and “Soft” are available for pedals, a classic in / out duo and a USB socket for MIDI connections. There is also a USB socket for memory sticks and a built-in digital piano Bluetooth interface, which can accomplish both MIDI and audio streaming. The Roland FP-90 gets its power from an external power supply – this is not ideal for use on stage, but at least there is a strain relief that prevents the low-voltage plug from being accidentally torn out of its socket.
The generation of sound has gotten the FP-90 from his sibling models of the HP / LX series from the Home Piano Group. Her name is SuperNatural Piano Modeling, which indicates that no samples are used for the piano sounds, but that the sounds are calculated in real time on the basis of complex algorithms. Physical Modeling is the name of the method. As a result, the reciprocal effects of oscillating strings and the housing as well as mechanical noises in an acoustic instrument can in principle be reproduced in more diverse ways than is possible with samples. And indeed, the sound generation of the FP-90 is doing very well in this field.
Although there are 15 tones in the piano section of the FP-90, only the real piano sounds are created by physical modeling. Harpsichords and additional melodies like “Magical Piano” are based on samples like the sounds of the other sound categories. The portable digital piano offers a total of 350 sound programs (including GM2 set) to its players. Polyphony is unlimited in physical modeling sounds and 384 in sample tones. The ambience effect and the resonances of the piano sounds are adjustable, otherwise there is no access to effects. However, one hears that some are firmly integrated into the various sound programs. Especially in the case of e-pianos, that’s a shame, because you’d like to keep adding chorus and some other effects to the sound.
The first of the four grand piano sounds is a Roland sound with a lot of brilliance. He has a rich overtone spectrum and sounds a bit sharp in a strong attack. The advantages of piano modeling sound generation unfold in the differentiated play in the different layers. It is very nice to see how the sound changes – fluently and not clearly audible. The dynamic spectrum can be fully exploited, and you get multi-layered sounds – on good headphones even more than on the built-in speaker system.
Recommended for your own audition: If you play fast repetitions of sound in the deep octaves, you can hear the vibrations of the virtual strings swinging up to the wing-typical, metallic whirring. Of course, it will be easy to find differences in the A-B comparison with the acoustic model, but it still remains remarkable how well the sound generation of the Roland FP-90 works.
Build quality of the Roland FP-90
In terms of physical construction, everything on the FP-90 feels solid and exudes a sense of real quality. The volume and the graphic equalizers all have a well-made feeling (the slider itself has been rounded off, which gives a huge enough amount when shifting). The speakers are directed upwards and recessed in the full length of the device with a metal grill that covers them. There are four speakers that offer a complete stereo sound, including a very subtle but noticeable directional placement. The low notes come from the left side, while the high notes come from the right.
The LCD screen offers one of the best user interfaces I have ever seen on a stage piano. This is refreshing, as this is often added as an extra that is almost forgotten in cheap stage pianos. The interface is easy to use and you do not need much time to master it. Everything is arranged comfortably, with Roland certainly taking into account the musician.
The housing itself feels substantial rather than plastic. All in all, this feels like an impressive instrument with a reassuringly solid construction.
How do the keys feel?
Of course, no digital piano will leave a good impression if the keyboard feels awful to play. But as you would expect from Roland, the keyboard is really great.
The 88 keys are made of wood with a surface that has an ivory feel. The progressive hammer action feels heavier at the bottom and lighter at the top, just like a real grand piano. And for an added realistic feeling, the keyboard has a great escapement mechanism.
It is very easy to get lost in your playing experience when such a convincing keyboard is paired with a beautifully rich and powerful piano sound (with 100 velocity levels). It is rare that a digital piano reacts so accurately to the musician’s hands, but I think this keyboard has been developed with just enough finger resistance (you could get the idea that you play with a real piano).
Roland FP-90 vs Kawai ES8
A comparable stage piano in the same price range is the Kawai ES8, which I was honestly disappointed by. The ES110 is a great stage piano with a superior playing action, but the ES8 feels heavier under the fingers. I prefer the keyboard feel of the ES110, so the ES8 pales in comparison to the great Roland FP-90. If the keyboard action is not good, there is still little to recommend and that is why I would immediately choose the FP-90 without any problems.
Roland FP-90 vs FP60
The Roland FP-60 is aesthetically similar to the FP-90 and has a polyphony of 288 notes. This is more than sufficient for most people, but not as impressive as the boundless polyphony of the FP-90. The speakers are not very powerful and there is no microphone input, so this instrument immediately falls off for me. However, if this is a function that you will not use, you can save a bit of money and opt for the equally impressive FP-60.
Roland FP-90 vs RD-2000
The Roland RD-2000 is a beast of an instrument and would make a performing musician proud to stand on stage. There is a colossal set of instruments and two independent soundmotors, which offer a dizzying amount of synthesizing possibilities. It is also twice as expensive as the FP-90, so if you have a larger budget and are a fan of electro / EDM, the RD-2000 will certainly make you happy.
Overall, the Roland FP 90 gives everything you need on the stage: good piano sound, wooden keys and good keyboard response, transparent control panel, Bluetooth connection, powerful amplifier and microphone input with effects.