While not quite as slim and compact as the FP10, the FP30 is still a fairly portable piano. Its key selling points are in relation to its features. First up, as mentioned earlier, it has more onboard sounds to play with. This includes an expanded piano library, organ selection and range of orchestral tones. In addition, 128-voice polyphony ensures an even richer tonal texture, making the FP30 a deceptively powerful choice for recording and performance.
FP30 Key Features
- 88-key PHA-4 Standard hammer-action keybed
- 35 onboard sounds from Roland’s SuperNATURAL sound engine
- 128-voice polyphony
- Built-in effects including ambience, compression, string resonance and more
What do the FP10 and the FP30 have in common?
We’ve discussed the differences, but it’s worth noting the common ground between these two pianos. As you may have noticed in the spec comparisons above, they share quite a lot. Most notably, the PHA-4 Standard keybed is one Roland’s proudest innovations, offering a brilliantly authentic and responsive feel. You’ll seldom find this sort of action on a piano of this size/price.
Secondly, while there are differences between polyphony and number of onboard sounds, they all come from the same place: Roland’s SuperNatural sound engine. As the name suggests, this sampling engine is designed to provide seamless, realistic dynamics to your sounds – it’s used on everything from their entry-level pianos to their flagship V-Drums kits.
If we stripped it right down to the basics, we’d say that the FP30 is a compact, affordable piano solution that packs enough of a punch to be used for professional performance and recording. On the other side, the FP10 is more portable and affordable still – combine this with its simple feature set, and you’ve got the perfect piano for beginners.
So the FP30 is an affordable jack-of-all-trades with surprisingly premium features, while the FP10 is a brilliant learning piano that still provides that coveted Roland feel.
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