Bluetooth could change the way you play piano

Roland’s new Bluetooth-equipped HP and LX pianos will change the way you practise, perform and compose. Meet the three game-changing features…

You’ve heard of Bluetooth: the technology that allows short-distance wireless data exchange without a spaghetti junction. You’ve probably already used it for hands-free calls or on your wireless keyboard. But what you might not realise is how Bluetooth could change the way you play piano – because there’s never been a digital model on the market to feature this tech.

Until now. Choose a digital piano from Roland’s latest Bluetooth-equipped HP or LX range and you’re all set to wirelessly connect with your mobile device (phone or tablet). Whether you want to access sheet-music and tutorial apps for iOS/Android, record your own original music using DAW or accompany your favourite song as it streams through the piano speakers, Bluetooth is the wireless, mic-less, painless solution.

You don’t need your nose in a manual to get started, either. Here are the three basic Bluetooth modes, all accessed in seconds via your HP or LX piano’s function menu.

Stream tunes and tutorials with Bluetooth Audio

When you’re using an app or watching an online video tutorial, it can be hard to get inspired by the tinny audio from your tablet or smartphone’s weeny speaker. Bluetooth Audio lets you stream audio from your mobile device through the piano speakers – whether that’s a song you’re learning for tonight’s gig or an online tutorial – and enjoy a far more dynamic sound.

Hassle-free recording with Bluetooth MIDI

Maybe you’re looking for a way to get your own tunes recorded without the hassle of mic’ing and wires. That’s where Bluetooth MIDI comes in, effectively turning your Roland piano into a wireless MIDI controller as it interfaces with your mobile device’s DAW software apps. Whether you want to compose original tunes using GarageBand or dream up a signature piano sound with Roland’s Piano Designer, the process has never been smoother.

Painless practice with Bluetooth PageTurn

In 2016, apps are changing the way that pianists practise, and when you’re learning a new piece, Bluetooth PageTurn gives you a helping hand. Choose an app that displays sheet music – like piaScore – then simply pop your mobile device onto the piano’s music stand and press the centre pedal to turn the pages on the screen. PageTurn can also be used when you’re receiving MIDI info from an app: just select the PageTurn and MIDI mode.

So that’s the elevator pitch. Now watch this walkthrough video for a demo of Bluetooth in action, and a taste of where this technology could take your practice, performance and recordings…

Bluetooth-equipped Roland Pianos:

Roland LX-17 Digital Piano
Roland LX-7 Digital Piano
Roland HP605 Digital Piano
Roland HP603 Digital Piano