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Roland RD-88 Stage Piano Features

23 Jan 2024

Step into musical versatility and innovation with the Roland RD-88 Stage Piano. This lightweight instrument challenges the notion that exceptional musicality requires a bulky setup. From its authentic acoustic piano-like feel to an expansive range of sounds and convenient built-in features, the RD-88 emerges as a transformative tool for musicians who are always on the go. Let’s delve into five compelling reasons that set this stage piano apart.

Featherweight Design with Authentic Feel

Weighing in at a mere 13.5 kg, the RD-88 seamlessly marries portability with performance. Its ultra-compact frame houses Roland’s acclaimed PHA-4 weighted 88-note keyboard with a textured ivory finish. This keyboard doesn’t just mimic but truly embodies the responsiveness of an acoustic piano. The result is a performance that encapsulates the nuanced touch of your favorite acoustic instrument without the physical strain often associated with transporting heavy gear.

Sonic Exploration with Roland Cloud

Unlock a universe of sonic possibilities with the RD-88, thanks to Roland’s Super NATURAL Acoustic Engine and the ZEN-Core Synthesis System. Boasting a palette of over 3000 sounds, ranging from acoustic and electric pianos to synths, organs, orchestral instruments, guitars, and drums, the RD-88 is a sonic playground. The synthesizer engine further enriches your sonic toolkit by blending PCM synthesis with Virtual Analog modeling, offering a spectrum of modern and vintage synth sounds. Roland Cloud provides access to additional sound packs to amplify your creativity, allowing you to craft your unique instruments.

Effortless Setup for Live Performances

The RD-88 streamlines the process of creating sonic landscapes during live performances. With the ability to stack up to three sounds in layers or split them strategically, the stage piano offers unparalleled flexibility. Control over mix, tone, and effects parameters for each layer is easily accessible from the front panel knobs, catering to the demands of dynamic live shows. Save your favorite configurations into ‘scenes,’ creating a setlist for instant recall, ensuring a seamless transition between songs during your

 Versatility for Intimate Gigs

Enhanced with seamlessly integrated speakers and dedicated microphone input, the RD-88 is ideal for creating an intimate musical ambiance in snug settings. Crafted to resonate harmoniously in cozy venues, this stage piano presents a volume prowess that effortlessly fills spaces such as quaint restaurants, trendy bars, or inviting coffee shops. Its built-in speakers not only deliver a rich audio experience but also eliminate the necessity for an external PA system, simplifying the setup and ensuring that your performance remains intimately connected with your audience. Adding a stereo line input allows you to incorporate backing tracks directly from your portable device effortlessly. Whether you’re practicing at home, rehearsing with fellow musicians, or hosting a casual get-together, the RD-88 easily adapts to various settings.

Regarding sound quality, Nord 1 laid the foundation for exceptional acoustics, offering a repertoire of classic piano and organ sounds that resonated with performers and audiences alike. Even in its early stages, Nord keyboards embraced an intuitive front panel, ensuring that every essential function was easily accessible during live performances, acknowledging the importance of quick adjustments on stage.

Seamless Integration with MainStage

For the technologically inclined musician, the RD-88 seamlessly integrates with Main Stage, Apple’s software designed for playing software instruments on your laptop. Enhancing its utility for live performances, the RD-88 displays performance patch names on its screen. Connecting to your computer via a single USB cable lets you play instruments loaded into Main Stage using the RD-88 keyboard, with the audio routing back through the RD-88’s outputs. This integration significantly expands your sonic palette, making it a powerful tool for crafting memorable live performances.

The Nord Grand, featuring a custom Kawai Hammer Action keybed, takes piano realism to new heights. Its retro boutique profile and portability make it a stylish addition to any stage or studio, emphasizing aesthetics and functionality.

For those seeking a blend of organ and piano, the Nord Electro 6 Series is a versatile choice. Tailored keybed options accommodate the preferences of both organ and piano players, demonstrating Nord’s commitment to addressing the specific needs of musicians.


In conclusion, the RD-88 Stage Piano has gained favor among gigging musicians for its fusion of acclaimed sound and playability within a lightweight, accessible, and affordable framework. With its diverse sound offerings, seamless Main Stage integration, and user-friendly features, the RD-88 is a versatile companion for musicians ready to take the stage with confidence, creativity, and unparalleled musical expression.

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