Roland RP401R digital piano now available


It’s a blast having a piano at the heart of your family home – but hunting for the right model can be a headache. Acoustic grand pianos demand space you don’t have, while maintenance and lessons drain money you can’t spare.

The solution? Roland’s RP401R Digital Piano is an instrument that fits around real life, with a compact cabinet, volume-adjustable speakers and a headphone option for practice when it suits you. Acoustic connoisseurs will love the faithful tone and feel, while learners will progress faster with features that include onboard rhythms and hook-up to Mac, PC and iPad apps.

A digital piano that saves you space and money

When you’re learning piano at home, a noisy, expensive, full-size acoustic grand doesn’t always compute. But the RP401R has compact dimensions and a choice of black/rosewood finishes, making it a stylish and practical choice when space is tight. You can practice day or night through the volume-adjustable stereo speakers, and keep kids on the leash with a Volume Limit and a headphones setting featuring Roland’s atmospheric Headphones 3D Ambience effect. The affordable Roland RP401R saves you money too, with the digital format meaning no wallet-busting visits from the piano tuner.

Stay inspired with faithful acoustic tone – plus 305 onboard instruments

You want authentic piano performance: not the artificial plink-plonk of a cheap synth. Play the RP401R and you’ll agree that Roland’s SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine nails the full-bodied tone of acoustic. Hit the stool and you’ll find a familiar three-pedal layout, including a Progressive Damper Action pedal for techniques like half-pedalling. Tickle the keys and you’ll find the PHA-4 Standard Keyboard offering faithful sensing technology and Ivory Feel texture. For added inspiration, why not tear up the rulebook with 305 onboard instrument tones, including brass, strings, guitar and more.

Your own onboard band – with 72 rhythms & 6 pianist styles

Solitary practice can get dull, but with the RP401R’s onboard rhythm programmes, you’ve always got a band on hand. There’s full accompaniment in 72 different styles, from reggae to electronica, while the intelligent backing means the virtual band even automatically follow your key changes. Because we all learn differently, there’s also an old-school metronome, plus an onboard recorder for self-assessment and a Twin Piano mode that splits the keyboard so you and a partner can play side-by-side in the same ranges.

Supercharge practice sessions with Mac, PC and free iPad apps

Computers and tablets are invaluable tools for keeping improving pianists motivated, and the RP401R is ready to interact with your Mac, PC or iOS mobile device*. Maybe you’ll use the USB port to record to your home computer’s Digital Audio Workstation (or DAW) production software. Or perhaps you’ll interact with your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, boosting your skills with free Roland apps like Air Performer (jam along with favourite songs through the RP401R sound system and adjust pitch/tempo to suit), Piano Partner and Flash Card (which targets listening and reading). Learning the piano just got thrown into the future.

*Wireless communication requires the Roland WNA1100-RL Wireless USB Adapter (sold separately) and a wireless LAN access point with an Internet connection