With a lot of piano reviews, you will hear the often repeated two-most-important-aspects of choosing a digital piano: touch and tone. Touch because you want to find a digital piano that closely resembles the real life feel of an acoustic piano which will give you that realistic ‘heavier’ feel of the low register and the ‘lighter’ feel of the notes in the higher register.
And tone, because tone is everything. Tone provides warmth and emotion to any piece of music and a digital piano that has captured the tone of an acoustic piano well, is one that you will enjoy playing on.
Which brings us to the Roland HP-207, the flagship model in the HP series. This digital piano features “an ultra-realistic 88-key multi-sampled piano sound” which captures the distinctive sound qualities of each note and faithfully reproduces it, right down to the string striking the hammer.
You can also control the design of the piano with the HP-207s Piano Designer function, which gives you full control over all aspects of the piano sound. It allows you to effective raise the top of the grand piano, alter the damper resonance and change the key touch to meet your playing comfort.
These features alone, make the 207 well worth a play. But like any half-decent digital piano, there are added features, such as effects and additional piano sounds. The HP-207 features Reverb, 4-band-equalizer, and tone effects to name a few. It boasts a massive 337 tones which you can layer any two together or split the keyboard with a tone each for the upper and lower registers.
If you’re concerned with polyphony, you won’t have a problem with the HP-207s max of 128 voices, which means your notes will be sustained longer without being lost among the other notes being played.
It has onboard memory containing 99 songs as well as the option to save to external memory. You can save your files as standard MIDI as well as playing them back in addition to Roland Original Format (i-format), standard WAV files and CDs.
There’s certainly enough features to keep you amused here, but the resounding impression you will be left with is the authentic tone and the realistic touch of a grand piano.
To hear just how great the HP-207 sounds and to give you some ideas of what is possible, check out the following video: