Introduction of the EP-10, Roland’s first all-electronic, oscillation-based combo piano
In this era, oscillation of the tone/bar and lead with electricity was the mainstream in electronic piano technology, and the introduction of the all-electronic, oscillation-based piano engine was a big leap forward.
The debut of the EP-30, the world’s first electronic piano with a touch-sensitive keyboard
The touch-sensitive keyboard — one that senses playing velocities from soft to hard — is standard technology in today’s digital pianos. However, in the early days of electronic piano technology, it was a groundbreaking advancement.
Roland introduces Japan’s first genuine digital pianos for home use (HP-750R/HP-760M/HP-860R/HP-870M/HP-872M)
Equipped with hammer-action keyboards and wooden cabinets, these pioneering instruments set the standard for today’s digital pianos.
The debut of the EP-09
A portable electronic piano equipped with a CPU and keyboard split and auto-arpeggiator functions.
The debut of the wood-finished HP-60 and HP-70 compact pianos
These compact performance pianos featured a stylish design, excellent sound quality, and onboard speakers.
The HP-300 and HP-400, the first digital pianos with MIDI
These digital pianos were the first to incorporate MIDI, an industry-standard protocol that enables digital musical instruments to communicate with each other. Their new two-piece cabinet design (main body and stand) was another innovation that became mainstream thereafter.
Introduction of the RD-1000 Stage Piano
Equipped with Roland’s cutting-edge SA (Structured Adaptive) sound engine — the era’s very latest digital technology — this piano set a new standard for expressiveness and realism. Roland has retained the “RD” designation for its stage piano models to this day.
The debut of home pianos equipped with the SA sound engine (HP-5600S/HP-5500S/HP-4500S/HP-3000S)
Roland brings its advanced SA technology to the home market.
Concerts to explore the future of music held in Tokyo and Osaka
A lineup of digital musical instruments — with the RD-1000 featured — co-star with a symphony orchestra in performances that celebrate the integration of digital instruments with traditional acoustic instruments.
The debut of the KR-3000L, the first digital piano with onboard auto-accompaniment
With this touchstone product, home pianists could now enjoy playing along with “music styles” featuring both rhythm and chord backing in musical genres from all over the world. To this day, music styles continue to be an integral part of Roland’s KR-Series models.
Introduction of the HP-2700/HP-3700 with the advanced SA sound engine
These models integrated Roland’s award-winning SA sound technology with a newly designed furniture-grade cabinet, changing the image of the home-based digital piano forever.
Introduction of the FP-8, a portable piano with 88 keys
The fashionable red/white/gray color scheme was an instant success, as was the hammer-action keyboard. Incorporating a key mechanism with only a weight hammer and no springs, this keyboard’s feel rivaled the natural touch of an acoustic piano.
The debut of the HP-7700, a digital grand piano
This instrument combined the compact size of digital piano electronics with the majestic and elegant look of an acoustic grand.
The introduction of the HP-2900G, equipped with a floppy disk drive
This instrument featured a high-quality piano sound along with the sounds of over 200 other instruments. With the onboard floppy disk drive, users could enjoy playing along with accompaniment from a large library of Music Data disks.
The debut of the KR-570, the first digital piano with a large graphical LCD panel
The fast-paced growth of digital technology allowed Roland to include more and more features into its digital pianos, and the large display in this new instrument made it easier for the user to access and operate them all.
The Hammer-Action Keyboard with Escapement is first introduced
Included in 2000’s HP-557R, HP-337R, and KR-577 piano models, this groundbreaking keyboard mechanism featured progressive hammer-action keys with no springs. This brought the acoustic grand piano’s characteristic “click” feel to digital pianos, along with a traditional heavy touch on the lower notes and a light touch on the higher notes.
The debut of the F-90, featuring a slim and compact design, and stylish finish
This top-selling piano became extremely popular thanks to its genuine piano sound and simple, compact body.
The introduction of the HPi-5 with DigiScore™, an LCD built into the music rack
The groundbreaking DigiScore feature introduced a new way of practicing the piano, with a notation display (with automatic page turning) for the built-in piano songs, commercial music data, and song lyrics. It also displayed the user’s playing as notation in real time.
The introduction of the stylish DP-900 Designer Piano
With a depth of just 30 cm and a flat top with the lid closed, this simple and elegant piano instantly became a big hit.
The debut of the HPi-7, equipped with the largest DigiScore display yet
The extra-wide, full-color DigiScore display made piano practice more enjoyable than ever.
The RG-7 captures the form and sound of an acoustic grand piano
Equipped with the new 88-Key Multi-Sampled Piano Engine, the RG-7 captured the unique, expressive sound of every note on an acoustic grand piano. The instrument was also equipped with a “moving keys” feature that automatically moved the keys as the built-in demo songs played.
The chic and modern LX-10 opens a new era in digital piano design
This groundbreaking piano combines the superb sound and elegant finish of a grand piano with the space-saving design of an upright, and features a newly designed speaker system for unparalleled sound quality.
The revolutionary V-Piano® is born
Roland reinvents piano technology with the V-Piano, a modeling-based digital instrument that uses no sampling whatsoever. With its groundbreaking “living” piano engine, the V-Piano is able to create the sounds of nearly any piano, both real and imagined.
The debut of the SuperNATURAL® Piano Series
The new SuperNATURAL Pianos come equipped with the SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine, a breakthrough technology that offers unprecedented sound, response, and feel.
Roland introduces the V-Piano® Grand
This exquisite instrument blurs the line between digital and acoustic worlds. Stepping up from the previous generation, the V-Piano Grand’s sound generator has been further refined to create the world’s first “stringless acoustic piano.”