Digital Piano Roland GO KEYS Full Review. Is it a good choice?

Digital Piano Roland GO KEYS Full Review.
Is it a good choice?

This is a full review from Roland GO KEYS. Is it the best choice for you? If you have a budget of €280/$325/£259 it could be a good option.  Let’s see it now.

  • 61 Ivory-touch keys with velocity sensitivity (no weighted)
  • 128 voice polyphony(In other words, the number of notes that can sound at once. This also includes songs that sound at once. To clarify, if you play over an accompaniment sound, more notes will accumulate.)
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • MIDI format compatible with GM2(It’s a MIDI sound format that stores information about the musical notes you’re playing.)
  • 500+ Sounds(Different sounds of piano and other instruments)
  • Multi-effects/Chorus/reverb(To clarify, reverberation effect is a reflection effect of the sound)
  • Transposer(Transposition allows you to move the note spectrum of a keyboard. In other words, this allows you to play with transposing instruments. It is not an easy concept, but it is made to facilitate the writing of an orchestration for instruments with very different bass and treble registers.)
  • Over 12 sets of loops mix
  • Over 672 patterns (12 sets x 56 patterns)
  • 10 interpretation pads
  • Functions: Bender: pitch bend(To clarify, this is a functionality that changes the sound wave of what you play and then returns to its original state) / Modulation; Effect: Roll / Filter
  • Recording function
  • LCD display
  • Two x 2.5W speakers
  • Possibility of operation with batteries
  • Includes power supply (PSD-230 EU)
  • Usb to Host(It’s a more modern MIDI connector. MIDI allows you to do such wonderful things as connect the keyboard to the computer, record a soundtrack and with certain programs pass, with a single click what you have played to musical notes in a score. MIDI tracks store note information)
  • Sustain pedal(The most important pedal of a piano or keyboard, is the sustain pedal and it’s used to keep the note playing even if you stop pressing the key.) input (not included)
  • Headphone output and auxiliary input
  • Dimensions: 877 x 271 x 82mm (W x D x H) and a weight of 3.9kg.

Digital Piano Roland GO KEYS Full Review. Is it a good choice?

Now that we’ve listed and described the features of this digital piano; There’s no better than taking a look at the following video where they tell us more about the Roland GO KEYS, and you can hear the different sounds of this piano.

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Now let’s compare the Roland GO KEYS with its more common alternatives. In addition, you will find a section with the best shopping possibilities for this digital piano at the end of the post. But you can go directly to that part of the post by pressing the following button..

Roland GO KEYS vs Roland FP 30

The digital piano Roland GO KEYS is usually about€280/$325/£259 and the Roland FP 30 is €619/$700/£555.  However, the two of them have different features but you must look carefully to learn which one is perfect for you right now. I just introduce you this piano because it is piano portable most sold worldwide. So it is important for you to know it

Roland FP 30 is the most portable digital piano nowadays with 88 keys and weighted keyboard. So it is perfect if you want to learn classical music in a proper way (weighted keys it a good point for this)

Now that you know every Roland GO KEYS feature we’ll just compare with Roland FP-30 features.

First of all, notice that Roland FP 30 has 88 keys with hammer action and velocity sensitivity which is different from the 61 keys with velocity sensitivity of Roland GO KEYS.

To clarify, Roland GO KEYS imitates the sound effect of making the volume louder or softer according to how hard or fast you press the key while Roland FP 30 additionally, simulates the weight of acoustic piano keys.

Roland FP 30 offers a more real and comfortable experience.

Roland FP 30 also has more powerful speakers than Roland GO KEYS. The first one has Two x 11 W – 12 cm while the GO KEYS has Two x 2.5 W speakers.

Furthermore Roland FP 30 offers the option of playing the same pitch with a partner on Twin piano mode. In addition, it has available layering and splitting sounds, transposer, built microphone and SMF recorder.

Roland GO KEYS has definitely more sounds (500 sounds) than Roland FP 30 (35 sounds) and it also has 12 sets x 56 patterns available.

Another feature of Roland GO KEYS different of Roland FP 30 is MIDI format compatible with GM2 and Multi-effects/Chorus/Reverb option available.

In short, you can choose the best for you depending on how you want to use it and how much would you like to spend.

Roland go keys is a really good option if you has less of 300 euros (350 USD) but if you study classical music or you want a real piano feeling when you play Roland FP 30 is the most popular option as portable piano. And in addition brings a mic to sing. What i really love it

And below a video of the Roland FP 30:

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our Roland FP 30 review

Roland Go Keys vs Yamaha PSR E353

We are comparing two models from two of the most well known keyboard and piano manufacturers. Both models are aimed at the low to mid-range of keyboard instruments, and at a beginner audience or one whose requirements are not demanding. Although the price difference is remarkable (€280/$325/£259 for the Roland and about €198/$230/£180  for the Yamaha, which would be a difference of 90 euros) . In this case the Roland has more features than the Yamaha, but the Yamaha is adigital keyboard for tighter budgets. Let’s go on to describe and compare its main features:

  • Same number of keys (61) Both cases have touch-sensitive keys with dynamic volume control at the touch of a button (the more you press it, the louder the note will sound).
  • The Roland can have more notes in polyphony. It also provides the possibility of making Loops (repetitions of compositions or musical sequences, repeatedly or in a loop).
  • The Yamaha presents more variety of sounds with the Roland, but beats the latter in patterns compared to the amount offered by the Yamaha PSR-E363.
  • Both feature Reverb and Chorus effects. It also features transposition, which helps to move different tones of scale.
  • Both models have sustain pedal input. An advantageous resource when learning to play the piano and improving the expressiveness, quality and quantity of the songs we can play.
  • Both have a USB MIDI connection, which allows you to record songs using MIDI tracks to take them to the computer, and do things like pulling out your sheet music.
  • The Roland doesn’t have a metronome, whereas the Yamaha keyboard does.
  • Both have batteries (they can be easily transported anywhere without depending on the power supply) and are very lightweight:
    • Roland Go Keys: 3.9 kg (incredibly light).
    • Yamaha PSR-E363: 4.6kg.
  • Both have 2.5W speakers, very little power to be well heard in rehearsal rooms or live performances such as bars or pubs.
  • The Yamaha has a duo function (it allows you to split the keyboard into two keyboards with half of the keys each, and you can play one person accompanied by another, for example a teacher). The Roland does not have this function.
  • Only the Yamaha keyboard has an auxiliary input (minijack). This allows you to put an mp3 or an instrument in it and have it play through the speakers.
  • Possibility of making arpeggios (musical phrases or sequence of notes) in the Yamaha PSR-E363. The Roland does not have this function.
  • The Roland features modulation and slide with Picth Bend adjustment, of this function and others. The Yamaha features a joystick that does similar functions for control. In contrast, the Yamaha features an equalization system (Master EQ).

We will put the characteristics of each of these pianos in 2 different columns to make it easier to see the differences:

 

Roland Go Keys

Yamaha PSR-E353

  • 61 Ivory-touch box-shaped keys with velocity response
  • 128 Voice polyphony
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • MIDI format compliant with GM2
  • Over 500 sounds
  • Multi Effects / Chorus / Reverb
  • Transpose function
  • Over 12 loop mix sets
  • Over 672 patterns (12 sets x 56 patterns)
  • 10 Performance pads
  • Functions: Bender: Pitch Bend / Modulation Effect: Roll / Filter
  • Recorder: Standard MIDI Files – Format 0
  • LC-Display
  • 2 Speakers with 2.5 W each
  • Battery operation possible
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 877 x 271 x 82 mm
  • Connections: Phones Out, AUX In, Pedal, USB to host
  • Weight (without power adapter): 3.9 kg
  • Power supply unit (PSD-230 EU) included
  • 61 Standard keys with touch response
  • 574 Sounds – including 18 drum / SFX kits, 339 XG lite and 20 arpeggios
  • 165 Styles
  • 154 Internal songs
  • 48-Voice polyphony
  • 2 Track sequencers / 5 user songs
  • 1 One-touch setting per style
  • Effects: Reverb, Chorus, Master EQ, Harmony, Arpeggio 150 types
  • Duo mode
  • SMF (format 0 & 1)
  • Registration memory
  • Metronome
  • Transpose
  • Backlit LC display
  • USB to host
  • AUX in (Stereo mini)
  • Headphone jack
  • Sustain pedal connection
  • Speaker system: 2 x 2.5 W
  • Battery operation possible
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 945 x 368 x 118 mm
  • Weight: 4.2 kg
  • Successor to the PSR-E353
  • Colour: Steel
  • Includes Yamaha Education Suite, PA-130 power adapter and music holder
  • iOS apps are available for iPhone / iPad (additional connection cable i-UX1 article no. 312469 required – not included)

Now have a look to this short video review:

Don´t miss our full review of this top seller. The Yamaha PSR E363

Roland GO KEYS vs Startone MK 300

The digital piano Roland GO KEYS is usually €280/$325/£259 and the Startone MK 300 is around €115/£102 . But if you live at Europe the Startone brand could be a really good option if your budget is around 120 euros. For this price you have the Startone MK 300 that has sensitivity keyboard, sustain pedal input and MIDI. It is like the Yamaha PSR 363 but a little worst. But it is a really good value for the money.

Startone MK 300 can play just 64 voice polyphony while Roland can play 128 voice polyphony. Also, Roland has more sounds (500 sounds) than Startone MK 300 (390 sounds)

Both models has 61 Keys with velocity sensitivity and can operate with batteries. Also, both of them possess two speakers: Roland GO KEYS has two x 2.5W speakers and Startone model has two x 3W speakers.

Additionally, both models have recording function, Headphone output and USB to Host.

Importantly, Roland GO KEYS has a few features not available on MK 300 these are some of them:

  • MIDI format compatible with GM2
  • Multi-effects/Chorus/Reverb
  • Transposer
  • More than 12 sets of loops mix
  • More than 672 patterns (12 sets x 56 patterns)

And below a video of Startone MK-300

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our Startone MK 300 review

Where to buy Roland GO KEYS

Amazon

  • Free Shipping and possibility of shipping in one day with Amazon Premium.
  • Full warranty, but they’re not experts in music equipment.
  • Sometimes better price.
  • Particularly, he’s got worse stock than Thomann.

 

Thomann

  • Free shipping.
  • Full warranty. If you have any problems, they take care of everything.
  • 100% reliable payment.
  • Leader in trouble-free shipping.
  • Usually best price.
  • Best reputation: They’re the leading online store in Europe and have the best catalogue and information.

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Yamaha Startone Casio
 NP 32 Piaggero Startone MK 300  SA 46
 PSR E463 Startone MK 200  SA 47
 PSR E363 Startone MKR 61  CTK 240
 EZ 220  CT X700
PSR E263 Midiplus  LK 280
 PSR EW300 Stage 88  SA 76
 sonogenic SHS 500  CTK 3500
YPT 260
 LK 265
 LK 136
 CTK 1500
 SA 77
 SA 78
CTK 2500

 

 

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