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Roland Announces RD-08 Stage Piano

Hamamatsu, Japan, March 19, 2024 — Roland announces the RD-08, a new entry-level model in the long-running RD series of stage pianos for performing musicians. Roland’s most affordable RD to date delivers no-compromise sound and playability for professional gigging, along with versatile sounds, an intuitive interface, and onboard stereo speakers for self-contained operation. And with the upgradeable design, users can add even more sounds and features as needs evolve.

Used by everyone from weekend warriors to top touring pros, Roland RD pianos have been the leading choice of stage musicians since 1986. The RD-08 makes this acclaimed heritage accessible in a budget-friendly instrument with core RD features.

Backed by Roland’s SuperNATURAL technology, the RD-08 is filled with dynamic, characterful acoustic and electric pianos for boundless expression on stage and in the studio. The instrument also includes a vast selection of organs, synths, strings, and other sounds to tackle any musical style, driven by the same ZEN-Core sound engine found in flagship synthesizers like FANTOM and JUPITER-X.

The RD-08 offers best-in-class playability crafted from over four decades of Roland piano development. The PHA-4 88-note keyboard features weighted hammer action and Ivory Feel keys for an authentic grand feel, realized with innovative design elements that reduce the instrument’s weight without compromising the feel or performance.

Like all RD pianos, the RD-08 features an intuitive panel for smooth operation. Top-level buttons provide fast access to sound selection, transpose, and other functions, while four multi-function knobs offer hands-on control of layers, effects, EQ, and more. All keyboard tweaks can be saved within Scene memories, ready for instant recall while performing.

The RD-08 is an ideal stage piano for active players. The friendly weight and streamlined dimensions make it easy to move, while the rugged build will hold up to years of heavy use. Built-in stereo speakers project rich, room-filling sound, eliminating the need for an external amplifier while practicing at home, playing at rehearsals, and performing in small venues.

The RD-08 is primed to support ambitions as future needs grow. Available exclusively on Roland Cloud, the RD-08 Upgrade enhances the factory features with the SuperNATURAL Acoustic Piano 3 expansion, Apple MainStage support, Roland Cloud sound expansion options, additional USB capabilities, and more.

To learn more about the RD-08 Stage Piano, visit Roland.com.

About Roland Corporation

For more than 50 years, Roland’s innovative electronic musical instruments and multimedia products have fueled inspiration in artists and creators around the world. Embraced by hobbyists and professionals alike, the company’s trendsetting gear spans multiple categories, from pianos, synthesizers, guitar products, drum and percussion products, DJ controllers, audio/video solutions, gaming mixers, livestreaming products, and more. As technology evolves, Roland and its expanding family of brands, including BOSS, V-MODA, Drum Workshop (DW), PDP, Latin Percussion (LP), and Slingerland, continue to lead the way for music makers and creators, providing modern solutions and seamless creative workflows between hardware products, computers, and mobile devices. For more information, visit Roland.com or see your local Roland dealer. Follow Roland on Facebook, Twitter (@RolandGlobal), and Instagram (@RolandGlobal).

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