Roland RD-300NX Digital Piano
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You don't have to be a big-time touring musician to take big-time piano sound and feel onstage. Nope. All you need is Roland's killer RD-300NX digital stage piano! It's all right at your fingertips: super-cool pianos, electric pianos, and other instruments. You even get a bunch of great onboard effects, including reverb, EQ, chorus, and compression. AND, the RD-300NX's Sound Focus feature makes sure that even your quiet parts are heard; now, you won't have to pound your way through that song to get noticed. Want onboard rhythm patterns? How about 200 of them? Done. Easy access to pianos and electric pianos? That's what the One Touch Piano feature is for. Great piano feel? Thanks to the Ivory Feel-g keyboard with Escapement, you'll feel like you're playing the real deal. This piano rocks, and you'll love the price too!
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What won me over was the RD300NX features were not significantly different than the flagship RD700NX. Indeed, the sound was comparable, as was the selection of instrument types, and the keyboard feel was nearly identical on both. I decided the conveniences like the selection wheel on the 700NX for rapidly selecting an instrument voice, and other nice-to-have features were not worth the additional thousand dollars for the 700NX. I also liked the fact that the RD300NX is nearly 20 pounds lighter.
Make no mistake, the reason to purchase this board is for the piano voices and the keyboard feel. The organ, synth and other voices are not as impressive (although I do like the bass voices, especially when I split the keyboard and use double bass voicing for the bass keys.)
The organ voicings are frankly a little lame, especially if you want B3 emulation. I purchased a second board - a Roland V-combo 76 Key Stage Keyboard - to remedy that shortcoming (see my review for details.)
Back to the piano sounds: they are rich and accurate. The grand sounds like the real thing, and with the optional Roland RPU-3 pedal, combined with the amazingly realistic key feel, it would be difficult to distinguish between this board and the real thing. As an aside, while I purchased the RPU-3 pedal as an accessory it spends most of its life in storage because the Roland DP-10 Real-Feel Pedal with Non-Slip Rubber Plate is more than sufficient for most playing situations.
The keyboard has many features I have never used, such as the ability to build custom pianos and layer sounds, which I am sure some pianists will find useful - especially in a studio - but for me they held little interest. On the other hand, the ease of navigation and selecting the instrument voice you want with little fuss is a major plus.
Another characteristic is the solid construction of this board. I store and transport mine in a custom made ATA case, and I recommend that you invest in a high quality case if you are using this instrument for gigging. I do not like the power supply that the RD300NX requires because it is flimsy and too short for on stage use (the RD700NX uses a standard cord). I highly recommend that you purchase an additional power supply as a spare: Roland PSB-120 Power Adapter (same as PSB-1U).
Overall, this is one of the best keyboards for musicians who want a solid instrument on stage, and who play mainly piano (as I said, the organ sounds are lacking in my opinion.) I have never regretted opting for this model over the RD700NX and suggest that you make a careful comparison between the two if you are considering the higher end instrument and make your purchase decision accordingly.
My biggest complaint about a digital pianos was the lack of an adequate dynamic response. This one has DR to spare! I can bang on the keys as hard as I want and not only does the volume increase, but the timbre and overtones change imitating a real grand pretty well. The action is also a very realistic medium/heavy action with ivory textured keys, a pleasure to play. Right now I'd rather play the Roland than my 1920 Steinway M.
Although there are many sounds available, the only sounds that are really excellent are the pianos and electric pianos and those tones can be adjusted to taste. Unfortunately the incredible Hammond B3 sounds of my 700sx aren't on this keyboard.
Please note that I play it through a Motion Sound KeyPro 100, a true stereo amp, with Monster keyboard cables. I can't recommend more highly using a true stereo amp or PA with any keyboard.
I've only had the keyboard a couple of months and really haven't gotten past using the simplest controls. Nevertheless, I love it, and other musicians at gigs are blown away by the sound. The bottom line is if you are a serious player, I would strongly recommend testing one out before you buy something else, I'm sure you'll be impressed.
The 300GX is a pleasure to use in regards to these essential gigging categories where it is necessary to frequently adjust parameters and make patch changes. The reason for this is that the 300GX has simple buttons built onto the hardware that makes adjusting any of these a simple click or two away. Unfortunately on the NX this is not so. Layering, splitting and even volume control require that you sift through digital menus in order to make changes.
My biggest problem with the NX comes with frequent patch changes. On the GX let's say you're playing a song where you need to switch between E.Piano patch #12 and Synth patch #6 frequently throughout the piece. Well on the GX this is simple, select #12 in the E.Piano and #6 in the Synths and then you can easily jump back and forth between them just by pushing their respective category buttons. This easy and intuitive function does not exist in the NX. Instead every time you change between E.Piano and Synth categories it will send you back to the beginning of the category where you will have to sift through to the one you were using, hope your setting wasn't in the end of the memory bank or it could take a while.
To add insult to injury when it comes to patch changing let's stay with the current hypothetical situation. I'm playing a song that requires I change between a synth and an e.piano multiple times. It seems intuitive that you would want the volume of the two patches to remain consistent to the sub fader that these are assigned to. This is the case on the 300GX you set your max volume level on the master fader and then control patch volume with the sub faders which remain consistent from patch change to patch change. Well on the 300NX every time you change the patch the sub faders are completely ignored and the volume is reset every time to the max of whatever you have the master fader set to. This can result in unwanted volume EXPLOSIONS if you change the patch without re adjusting the sub faders before playing the new patch.
Need to make a layer or split? With the 300NX you can be prepared to ask the band to wait on you while you sift through the appropriate digital menus while on the 300GX both functions can be accomplished with as few as two button clicks.
The 300GX was and is a great keyboard, I really looked forward to the 300NX but was horrified after gigging with it nightly for 7 months. The hoops I had to jump through to generally approximate the fluid ease of the 300GX were by far not worth the improved patch sounds or slightly better touch. I found a used 300GX in perfect condition and could not ask for more. . . except for a Nord. . . but that's another story!