Roland has given key models in its home digital piano family a more authentic, natural sound and feel. Four instruments now benefit from the company's updated SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine for improved velocity response, note decay and key-range behavior as well as more realistic ivory and ebony keys.

Roland's new sound engine merges its acclaimed, state-of-the-art V-Piano technology with 88-key stereo multi-sampling wizardry for a more acoustic-sounding digital piano. The company says that note to note transitions across the keyboard benefit from a more authentic piano sound, the unnatural looping that's sometimes experienced in note decay is replaced with sounds that linger and fade naturally and the new engine delivers smooth tonal variations from pianissimo to fortissimo.

As well as receiving a sound engine upgrade, the RG-3F Digital Mini-Grand Piano, RG-1F Digital Mini-Grand Piano and LX-10F Digital Upright Piano are all kitted out with PHA III Ivory Feel keyboards. This technology offer players a more authentic "click feel" of a grand-piano whilst also taking on the appearance, texture and moisture-absorbing properties of actual ivory and ebony keys - but without harming any elephants.

In a slight variation, the DP-990F Designer Piano benefits from Roland's PHA II Ivory Feel technology which, in addition to the grand piano feel offered by the other models, "yields a heavier touch in the lower range and lighter touch in the upper, providing lighter resistance for pianissimo passages and stronger resistance for fortissimo."

Roland has set a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$11,999 for the RG-3F, US$8,399 for the RG-1F, US$5,999 for the LX-10F and US2,699 for the DP-990F. More information is available via the product links above.

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