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#2008230 - 01/02/13 09:54 PM Sound check: Roland RD-700NX vs Roland LX-15
Amaruk Offline
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Registered: 12/02/11
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I must say that I am more than pleased with my recent Roland LX-15 purchase. I so reminds me of playing on our acoustic upright when I was a kid. It is really fun to play on it!!!

However, my RD-700NX is not going to collect dust. It is amazing too but in a different way. The feeling I get on the stage piano is that it is more a professional tool and it gives me so much more control over the sound with all its sliders. Very convenient!!

Here is a quick test recording I did on the two pianos to compare the recording process and the sound quality.

One difference I noticed right away is that the software in the LX-15 is a bit smarter in that it suggests unique names for the recordings all the time. On the RD-700NX you have to be careful not to overwrite old recordings (there is a warning message though should you enter a name that is in use) as the default name is always "Audio.wav".

Here is me trying to play Chopin's beautiful Prelude Op. 28, No. 7 on the two pianos. I apologize for the less than stellar performances. This is one of the pieces I am working on at the moment...



Update: This is a new version of the video as the first version I uploaded had artifacts in the sound due to a setting in my video editor... This version should have clean audio though.


Edited by Amaruk (01/02/13 10:26 PM)
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#2008251 - 01/02/13 10:29 PM Re: Sound check: Roland RD-700NX vs Roland LX-15 [Re: Amaruk]
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Hi Amaruk, I can't see the video, it shows "private video". Can you please check? thanks.

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#2008261 - 01/02/13 11:02 PM Re: Sound check: Roland RD-700NX vs Roland LX-15 [Re: Amaruk]
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They both sound really nice. I close my eyes and I see a good upright in the right tone... laugh

I ask myself when Roland will update their stage pianos... and if it will be a big improvement...
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#2008358 - 01/03/13 05:20 AM Re: Sound check: Roland RD-700NX vs Roland LX-15 [Re: Amaruk]
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Amaruk, thanks for the comparison. So far, I am not surprised that the 'grand piano' tone sounds the same, because electronically (according to technical specifications) they should be the same in both "SN" instruments.

Now, could you also play the same on your 700NX with the "studio grand" tone? I read so much about that tone here on the forum, that I am really interested to hear that one as well!

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#2008375 - 01/03/13 06:23 AM Re: Sound check: Roland RD-700NX vs Roland LX-15 [Re: pianoismydream]
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Originally Posted By: pianoismydream
Hi Amaruk, I can't see the video, it shows "private video". Can you please check? thanks.

The video was down for a minute or so, just when you posted. It should be working now. Sorry for that.
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#2008376 - 01/03/13 06:25 AM Re: Sound check: Roland RD-700NX vs Roland LX-15 [Re: Marco M]
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Originally Posted By: Marco M
Amaruk, thanks for the comparison. So far, I am not surprised that the 'grand piano' tone sounds the same, because electronically (according to technical specifications) they should be the same in both "SN" instruments.

Now, could you also play the same on your 700NX with the "studio grand" tone? I read so much about that tone here on the forum, that I am really interested to hear that one as well!

Marco,
I can easily do that. I think I will use Dewsters favorite settings just to give you an idea of the sound.


Edited by Amaruk (01/03/13 06:25 AM)
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#2008735 - 01/03/13 08:53 PM Re: Sound check: Roland RD-700NX vs Roland LX-15 [Re: Marco M]
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Registered: 12/02/11
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Loc: New England, USA
Originally Posted By: Marco M


Now, could you also play the same on your 700NX with the "studio grand" tone? I read so much about that tone here on the forum, that I am really interested to hear that one as well!



Marco,

Here is another video with regards to your request that I just recorded. This time I compare the Studio Grand on the RD-700NX with the FortePiano on the LX-15. Again, I apologize for the not so perfect performances of Chopin's Prelude Op. 28/No. 7.

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#2008912 - 01/04/13 10:03 AM Re: Sound check: Roland RD-700NX vs Roland LX-15 [Re: Amaruk]
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Amaruk, thank you so much!!!
The Studio Grand is indeed beautiful as well. To me it appears with the same character as the Concert Grand, but having the mids carefully increased without loosing much the bass and height. So, to me it sounds more direct, slightly fuller, maybe I should say closer to the ear (like from 5 m distance between grand and audience in a closed 10 m x 10 m sized room), while the Concert Grand appears to be listened to in a more open environment (like from 5 m distance between grand and audience, but outdoors).

Hmmm, reading what I wrote I see that I describe the one to more sound like positioned in a studio, and the other one positioned in a concert hall. Ha! Now I understand why they call them 'Studio' and 'Concert' grand, and why the character in the end appears to be the same. It is basically the same piano, but carefully varied to render a different room situation. So, Roland continued in the 700NX to in the end provide only one piano (like in my HP-505 and your LX-15), but then tweaking it to different flavors ('ballad' and 'bright', and in the 700NX also 'studio'). I first thought that I would have bought several pianos, grouped in the piano bank. But it is only one piano sound of very well defined character tweaked to different flavors. Well, fortunately I love that character!

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