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Digital Piano Roland FP 10 Full Review. Is it a good choice?

Roland Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, electronic equipment and software. Today I’d like to talk to you about the new Roland FP 10. The new digital piano designed to compete with the Yamaha P45 and the Casio CDP S100. The truth is that this Roland piano was totally necessary and I was surprised that they hadn’t brought it out yet. Normally Roland is priced €499/$589/£449 but this is a complete change of strategy and really worth a look.

Let’s list its characteristics:

  • 88 weighted keys
  • 96-note polyphony, which are the notes that can be played at the same time
  • 15 piano sounds and effects.
  • 2 split zones to divide your keyboard into several instruments
  • Layer function to combine piano and strings for example
  • Hull exit
  • Includes sustain pedal
  • USB MIDI and Bluethooth MIDI 4.0 output
  • Weight 12.3 kg
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 1284 x 258 x 140 mm
  • 6W speakers

Well, as we can see it is a very powerful machine for less than 500 euros. It is true that the Yamaha P45 and the Casio CDP S100 are worth a little less. About 30 – 40 euros more or less.

Sound

The sound has the same engine as the Roland FP 30 . The SuperNATURAL sound engine that’s not bad, although the speakers are a little better on the Yamaha P45. But they are quite acceptable. With a small power but enough to play in a small place.

I’m leaving you a video to hear what it sounds like:

Will it fit the entire Roland FP 10?

It is a good piano for beginners and people who are in the first 5 or 6 years of learning. It is counterbalanced and designed to be a best seller for that price.

It has things that for me are not very important either, like Bluetooth MIDI. I would have preferred a little more power in the speakers or recording possibility.

For the conservatory up to medium grade so go ok. For a beginner or intermediate level person with this budget it is one of the best choices.

Now let’s compare it to your main competitors.

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Roland FP 10 vs Roland FP30

First we will compare the Roland digital keyboards, the already analyzed Roland FP10 with an approximate price of €499/$589/£449, and its big brother the Roland FP30 that has a price of €619/$1530/£555, having a difference of approximately €120, we will see the next one face to face, analyzing its differences and similarities:

  • They both have 88 weighted keys with PHA-IV technology with an ivory touch and leakage release. Let’s remember that weighted keys is the weight that the keys of real acoustic pianos have. As well as that, both have sensitivity in their keys. Sensitivity refers to the option of performing dynamics in our performances, that is, when we step or press a key with force it sounds louder or higher, and when we step with less force it sounds lower.
  • Both keyboards also use the SuperNATURAL sound engine, with excellent singles from different musical instruments such as acoustic pianos, organs and strings.
  • The FP10 has 15 different sounds or voices, a maximum polyphony of 96 notes. The Roland FP 30 has 35 different sounds or voices AND a maximum polyphony of 128 notes having a great advantage over the FP 10. Remember that polyphony is the highest number of notes that can be played simultaneously on a computer.
  • Both devices allow the keyboard modes: integer, dual, split and double piano.
  • Both digital pianos have an integrated metronome function, in order to be used in the piano studio. They also have a Bluetooth function that allows them to be connected to an amplification system without cables.
  • The advantages of the Roland FP10 are: Its lighter weight of up to 12.3 kg.
  • The advantages of the Roland FP 30 are: a greater number of sounds and polyphony, more power in its speakers reaching 11 W in each, its 8 preset rhythms, and an SMF recorder for ideas. As well as input for a triple pedalboard.

Both are good digital pianos for the early years of piano study, however the Roland FP 30 has its obvious advantages over its younger brother. Its triple-pedal entry, is very much appreciated when studying the piano in a decent way, so that’s worth the 120 euros.

Let’s put the characteristics of these pianos in a table so you can compare

Roland FP10

Roland FP30

  • 88 keys with hammer mechanism
  • PHA-4 Standard Keyboard
  • Polyphony of max. 96 voices
  • SuperNATURAL technology: 4 pianos, 2 E-pianos and 9 other instruments such as organ and strings, sound effects
  • Twin-Piano Mode
  • 2 Split zones
  • Layer function
  • Integrated metronome
  • Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless MIDI functionality
  • Connections: 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
  • Headphone connection
  • USB-A, USB-B, input for damper pedal
  • 2x 6 W speaker system
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 1284 x 258 x 140 mm
  • Weight: 12.3 kg
  • Color: Black
  • Includes power supply, score holder and sustain pedal.
  • 88 keys
  • With built-in speakers
  • The PHA-IV action with ivory touch and leakage
  • Supernatural Piano Engine
  • Integrated Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connection
  • 35 sounds
  • Maximum polyphony of 128 voices
  • Keyboard modes: integer, dual, split and double piano
  • Built-in Metronome
  • SMF recorder for ideas
  • 8 standard rhythms
  • USB playback of audio files (WAV 44.1 / 16 bit) and MIDI
  • Illuminated user interface
  • Powerful 2 x 11w speaker system – 12 cm
  • Maximum SPL of 102dB
  • Includes power supply, stand, foot switch
  • Dimensions: 130 x 28,4 x 15cm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 14,1Kg
  • USB connection for the computer: USB Type B
  • USB memory stick connection: USB Type A
  • Headphone jacks used as output jacks: stereo mini-jack and 6.3mm stereo plug

And here is our video review of the Roland FP30 digital piano:

If you are interested in knowing more, we invite you to see our review of the Roland FP30

Roland FP 10 vs Yamaha P45

Now let’s look at the comparison between the Roland FP 10 digital pianos with a price of about €499/$589/£449, as we had discussed before, and the Yamaha P45 which is priced at €425/$500/£389 being £75 cheaper than the Roland. We will see their versus, reviewing their similarities and differences in the next section:

  • The Roland FP 10 has more polyphony. Which are the notes that can sound at the same time including what we play and the accompaniments that sound at the same time.
  • The Roland FP 10 has more sounds
  • Both have MIDI but the FP 10 has bluetooth, although for me it doesn’t matter
  • The good thing about the Yamaha P45 is that its speakers sound a bit better and it’s cheaper
  • The Yamaha P45 weighs less but not a significant difference either

As we can see the Yamaha P 45 has certain advantages over the Roland FP 10 digital piano, not for nothing the Yamaha has been a Super seller since it came out.

Let’s put the features of these pianos in a table so you can compare

Roland FP10

Yamaha P45

  • 88 keys with hammer mechanism
  • PHA-4 Standard Keyboard
  • Polyphony of max. 96 voices
  • SuperNATURAL technology: 4 pianos, 2 E-pianos and 9 other instruments such as organ and strings, sound effects
  • Twin-Piano Mode
  • 2 Split zones
  • Layer function
  • Integrated metronome
  • Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless MIDI functionality
  • Connections: 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
  • Headphone connection
  • USB-A, USB-B, input for damper pedal
  • 2x 6 W speaker system
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 1284 x 258 x 140 mm
  • Weight: 12.3 kg
  • Color: Black
  • Includes power supply, score holder and sustain pedal.
  • 88 weighted hammer action keys (GHS)
  • AWM Stereo Sample Sound Engine
  • Polyphony: 64 voices maximum
  • 10 presets
  • Dual and Duet Mode
  • Integrated effects: Reverb and Chorus
  • Intelligent sound control
  • 10 demo songs and 10 piano songs
  • USB to Host port for connection to computer or iOS drives
  • Built-in Metronome
  • Adjustable Tempo/Transposition and Pitch
  • 2 x 6W amplifiers with built-in speakers
  • 1/4″ stereo TRS headphone output
  • Includes sustain pedal, lectern and PA-150B power supply
  • Dimensions: 1326 x 154 x 295 mm (width x height x depth)
  • Weight: 11,5Kg
  • Color: Black.

Finally, you have a video of the Yamaha P 45:

If you want to know more, here is the review of the Yamaha P45

Roland FP 10 vs Casio CDP S100

Now let’s compare our Roland FP 10 and as we mentioned before it has a price of €499/$589/£449 with the Casio CDP S100 which has a price of €339/£311, and as we will see it has many differences. Here’s the face-to-face:

OK, there’s a difference here but each one is designed for a different thing.

  • The Roland FP 10 has more sounds and more polyphony
  • The advantage of the Casio is that it weighs 2 kg less and takes up much less space. It is designed to be transported and can also be battery operated.
  • Both are counterbalanced with similar quality.
  • For home study, the Roland Fp 10 is best, but for moving it around, the Casio may be the more interesting option.

Let’s put the features of these pianos on a table so you can compare

Roland FP10

Casio CDP S100

  • 88 keys with hammer mechanism
  • PHA-4 Standard Keyboard
  • Polyphony of max. 96 voices
  • SuperNATURAL technology: 4 pianos, 2 E-pianos and 9 other instruments such as organ and strings, sound effects
  • Twin-Piano Mode
  • 2 Split zones
  • Layer function
  • Integrated metronome
  • Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless MIDI functionality
  • Connections: 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
  • Headphone connection
  • USB-A, USB-B, input for damper pedal
  • 2x 6 W speaker system
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 1284 x 258 x 140 mm
  • Weight: 12.3 kg
  • Color: Black
  • Includes power supply, score holder and sustain pedal.
  • 88 keys with scaled hammer action (Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard II)
  • 64 notes of polyphony
  • 10 sounds
  • Layer function
  • Transposition function
  • Reverb
  • Chorus
  • Metronome
  • App function (‘Chordana play for piano’)
  • 2 demo songs
  • USB to Host connection
  • 1 headphone jack
  • 1 jack for pedal
  • Audio input
  • 2 x 8W speaker system
  • Dimensions: 1322 x 232 x 99 mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 10.5 kg
  • Color: BlackIncludes AD-12150LW power supply and SP-3 sustain pedal

Finally, you have our video of the Casio CDP S100:

Visit our review of the Casio CDP S100

Roland FP 10 vs Korg B2

Finally we proceed to analyze the comparison between the digital pianos the Roland this I asked is that as we have commented before it has a value or price of €499/$589/£449 and the Korg B2 that has a price of €389/$500/£389 in its version in black, and something more economic its version in white. Next we will have their differences and similarities in the following face to face:

  • They both have 88 weighted keys with PHA-IV technology with an ivory touch and leakage release. Let’s remember that counterweight is the weight that the keys of real acoustic pianos have. As well as, both have sensitivity in their keys. Sensitivity refers to the option of performing dynamics in our performances, that is, when we step or press a key with force it sounds louder or higher, and when we step with less force it sounds lower.
  • The Roland has a Super Natural Sound Engine which we talked about earlier, and the Korg has a branded PCM sound engine.
  • The FP10 has 15 different sounds or voices, a maximum polyphony of 96 notes. The Korg has 12 different sounds or voices and a maximum polyphony of 120 notes. Remember that polyphony is the highest number of notes that can be played simultaneously on a computer.
  • The Roland allows the following keyboard modes: integer, dual, split and double piano. What the Korg does not have.
  • Both digital pianos have an integrated metronome function, in order to be used in the piano studio. The Roland has a Bluetooth function that allows them to connect to an amplification system without cables.
  • The advantages of the Roland FP10 are: A Bluetooth system for wireless amplification, sustain pedal.
  • The advantages of the Korg B2: More polyphony and more power to your speakers.

Both are good digital pianos, according to their functions and sounds you can buy some Videos for sure you will make the best decision. However, if you are on a tight budget, the Korg B2 is an economical option and not a bad one.

Let’s put the features of these pianos in a table so you can compare

Roland FP10

Korg B2

  • 88 keys with hammer mechanism
  • PHA-4 Standard Keyboard
  • Polyphony of max. 96 voices
  • SuperNATURAL technology: 4 pianos, 2 E-pianos and 9 other instruments such as organ and strings, sound effects
  • Twin-Piano Mode
  • 2 Split zones
  • Layer function
  • Integrated metronome
  • Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless MIDI functionality
  • Connections: 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
  • Headphone connection
  • USB-A, USB-B, input for damper pedal
  • 2x 6 W speaker system
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 1284 x 258 x 140 mm
  • Weight: 12.3 kg
  • Color: Black
  • Includes power supply, score holder and sustain pedal.
  • 88-key keyboard with hammer mechanism
  • 3 dynamic sensitivity curves (light, normal, heavy)
  • 12 sounds
  • 120 voice polyphony
  • 2x 15 W speaker system
  • 3.5 mm mini-jack stereo line input
  • Combined line/headphone output 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
  • USB (MIDI/Audio)
  • Pedal connection
  • Input for external power supply
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 1312 × 117 x 336 mm
  • Weight: 11.4 kg
  • Color: Black
  • Includes score holder, mute pedal as well as Software Bundle with Learning Software.

A video of the Korg B2 digital piano:

If you are interested in learning more we invite you to see our review of Korg B1. Korg B2 predecessor

Where to buy Roland FP 10

Amazon

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  • Sometimes better price.
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Thomann

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  • Usually Best price.
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Jaime Echagüe

Hi! I'm Jaime Echagüe, a musician and an authentic fan of musical instruments. With this blog I want to give general information about musical instruments in an easy, direct and honest way. I hope you enjoy my website and that you find it very useful.

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