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#2100790 - 06/11/13 04:22 AM Re: Roland RD64 - first impressions [Re: anotherscott]
Toblerone Offline
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Registered: 04/02/13
Posts: 27
I agree, RD76 would have been great. I'm in 2 minds about getting rid of it though, it really does play well (64 keys do anyhow!!) and many of my gigs are ok with this range. I 've yet to find something which ticks all the boxes, there always seems to be a compromise somewhere.

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#2100807 - 06/11/13 05:46 AM Re: Roland RD64 - first impressions [Re: Toblerone]
JFP Offline
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Registered: 07/19/10
Posts: 1374
Loc: The Netherlands
+1 ; since the introduction of the PX5S the A-88 and RD-64 seem indeed a little superfluous. Especially considering the relatively high Roland prices. Roland must really rethink it's strategy in many ways. Appears they are not doing so well with their current product line. Only the Integra-7 seems to be a hit. See what they come up with this year as an answer to all the 'threats' .

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#2397868 - 03/14/15 10:58 AM Re: Roland RD64 - first impressions [Re: Toblerone]
Gretel Offline
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Registered: 01/04/14
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A question to RD-64 users:

Is my understanding correct that you can apply overdrive to the E-Pianos with the D-Beam? Or is the overdrive only available for organ and clav? The manual doesn't seem to mention this, but a few users seemed to indicate this.

Thanks in advance!

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#2399316 - 03/17/15 02:40 PM Re: Roland RD64 - first impressions [Re: Toblerone]
Gretel Offline
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Anyone?

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#2426057 - 05/28/15 02:04 PM Re: Roland RD64 - first impressions [Re: susanmusic]
ramoore44 Offline
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Registered: 05/28/15
Posts: 1
I know this is an old post, but I have the same question and was wondering if the MIDI out is active when in piano mode as well as controller mode on the RD-64. Did you ever find out?

Regards.

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#2467740 - 10/08/15 08:35 AM Re: Roland RD64 - first impressions [Re: Toblerone]
Gretel Offline
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Registered: 01/04/14
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Yesterday I finally gave in to my GAS and bought a RD-64. Super happy so far. In order to answer my own question (in case other users are interested) and ramoore44's question:

1) Setting the D-Beam to "assign"-mode applies overdrive to the EPs. That's really good since then you can have reverb, tremolo, phaser and overdrive, which means that you have basically everything that you could want for EPs. I only need to figure out a good way of controlling the D-Beam without holding a hand over it. So far I put a small bowl on it but that's not really a permanent solution. By the way, for APs the D-Beam applies a detune effect, making the APs honkytonky

2) When in piano mode (i.e. not controller mode), the unit sends MIDI information like note on/off. For example I controlled my MicroKorg with it in piano mode.

I really like the unit. The sounds are very good and the effects as well. It's pretty limited, but that has it's own charme. It basically is a poor-man's Nord Electro - not a bad thing at all.

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#2537891 - 05/08/16 08:16 PM Re: Roland RD64 - first impressions [Re: Toblerone]
rolfie Offline
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Registered: 07/22/13
Posts: 49
Please Roland , make that rd64 in 76 key, and put the knobs on top ...

It's like making a 4 string guitar for saving weight ....


Edited by rolfie (05/08/16 08:17 PM)

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#2537902 - 05/08/16 09:00 PM Re: Roland RD64 - first impressions [Re: rolfie]
ando Offline
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Registered: 11/23/10
Posts: 4851
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Originally Posted By rolfie
Please Roland , make that rd64 in 76 key, and put the knobs on top ...

It's like making a 4 string guitar for saving weight ....


So you're looking for a 5 string guitar? wink

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#2538260 - 05/09/16 08:40 PM Re: Roland RD64 - first impressions [Re: ando]
rolfie Offline
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Registered: 07/22/13
Posts: 49
Originally Posted By ando
Originally Posted By rolfie
Please Roland , make that rd64 in 76 key, and put the knobs on top ...

It's like making a 4 string guitar for saving weight ....


So you're looking for a 5 string guitar? wink


well, ... to be a purist ,gi(tar), gi=is the number 6. They should not even call it a piano ... anyway 64 is just comin on to "short", the size is not all ...oh yeah


Edited by rolfie (05/09/16 08:43 PM)

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#2562484 - 08/11/16 05:40 PM Re: Roland RD64 - first impressions [Re: Toblerone]
sonicblasphemy Offline
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Registered: 10/19/15
Posts: 42
Hi,

Can anyone tell me if the "Ivory Feel G" action in RD64 is as noisy as the one in RD300NX, especially on the black keys? The Juno DS88's iteration seems free of it and feels as great as the FP-30 (PHA4 Standard).

And as a general question:

- Does anyone know the constructive difference between "Ivory Feel G" and "PHA4 Standard"? I only found a picture of the last on the net...

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthrea...d_p.html#UNREAD

Thanks.

PS: An RD73/76 would really be great!

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#2562929 - 08/13/16 03:17 PM Re: Roland RD64 - first impressions [Re: sonicblasphemy]
drewr Offline
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Registered: 06/07/16
Posts: 186
Loc: Pennsylvania
As to your general question, I do know of having read here numerous posts with substantial discussion spread across multiple threads and subject titles in which the same question was asked and requested specific physical differences across the spectrum of Roland key-action-designs and/or key-action-(marketing) names; for instance, the [construction] differences between Ivory Feel G and PHA-iv-Standard and are there brochures or cut-away photos depicting the physical differences?

The short answer that Ive landed on in all this reading thus far - Ivory Feel G design was intended as an action suitable for a portable DP and while Roland still touts as a high quality design the subsequently released design known as PHA-iv-Standard is miles ahead by comparison.

Here is one such sample thread wherein is referenced numerous other links external or internal and such.

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2388003/The_action_in_the_Roland_HP508.html



Edited by drewrst (08/13/16 03:19 PM)
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#2563580 - 08/16/16 07:20 AM Re: Roland RD64 - first impressions [Re: drewr]
sonicblasphemy Offline
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Registered: 10/19/15
Posts: 42
Thanks drewrst for reply and link.

I'll also paste here my reply on that thread, for anyone who might read it:

"Hi everyone,

I would very much appreciate if anyone could tell me if Ivory Feel G action has been improved from one DP to another, because I've noticed a huge difference in NOISE between RD300NX and Juno DS88 for example. Besides the overall noise level, the black keys (on the whole board) in RD300NX had a weird knocking at return, like there was no felt to absorb it. The store guy told me that the RD came like this from the factory...

In the same store I could briefly compare the Juno with the FP30 (PHA4 Std.) and the mechanical feel and "quietness" were very similar, though I didn't turn on the power to compare the sound and/or responsiveness. I assume the mechanical structure of Ivory Feel G is very similar to PHA4 Std. regardless of the sensor systems. I only found some pics of the last on the net, right here:

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthrea...+_nekkid_p.html

My target (for now, as I already own a CP40) is the RD64 which sounds and looks pretty interesting as a more compact HA DP, though a 73/76 version would be better. As you all can imagine, I don't have an RD64 in my proximity to solve this matter.
"

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