Roland RD-300NX Digital Piano
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- SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine
- New E. Piano sounds based on SuperNATURAL technology
- Innovative Sound Focus feature ensures that every note will be heard in the mix without compressing or coloring the sound
- New Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with Escapement
- Intuitive U/I: new One Touch Piano feature and graphic LCD
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|Item Dimensions||63.00 x 12.00 x 21.00 inches||55.60 x 14.50 x 5.60 inches||54.33 x 15.75 x 11.73 inches||51.10 x 14.30 x 5.56 inches||51.00 x 5.00 x 13.00 inches||14.41 x 57.48 x 9.06 inches|
|Number of Keys||88||—||—||88||88||88|
RD-300NX Stage Piano. Roland raised the stage-piano bar with the RD-700NX. Today, the world-famous SuperNATURAL sound and expression of the flagship RD is available at a lighter weight and more affordable price¦introducing the RD-300NX. This state-of-the-art stage piano boasts an advanced SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine, E. Piano sounds based on SuperNATURAL technology, a newly developed Ivory Feel-G keyboard with Escapement, a unique Sound Focus feature, and more. SuperNATURAL Sound The RD-300NX's acoustic-piano sounds are derived from Roland's acclaimed SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine. With SuperNATURAL Piano technology, three essential elements are dramatically improved - velocity response, note decay, and key-range behavior - resulting in smooth, natural sound and response. For EP lovers, the RD-300NX contains an E. Piano based on SuperNATURAL technology that meticulously models classic vintage EPs. New Ivory Feel-G Keyboard The newly developed Ivory Feel-G keyboard incorporates Roland's most advanced sensor, escapement mechanism, and Ivory Feel features. The keyboard provides the superior touch and sensitivity of Roland's flagship keyboards, in a compact and lightweight design¦a great benefit for gigging musicians who want to travel light. Unique Sound Focus The innovative Sound Focus feature ensures that every note will be heard, even subtle pianissimo passages. Based on SuperNATURAL phase-correction technology, this essential feature ensures that the RD-300NX won't get lost in the mix, penetrating through walls of sound without compressing or coloring the tone. Players can relax and play naturally, achieving presence onstage without sacrificing dynamics and sound quality. Bonus Features The popular One Touch Piano concept from previous RD-series pianos has been carried over the RD-300NX as well. The handy feature provides instant access to essential piano and E. Piano sounds and setups with dedicated one-touch buttons. In addition, the popular and powerful...
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This has a weighted keyboard and feels like a piano. I am very happy with my purchase.
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.