Roland HP-207

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:

9 thoughts on “Roland HP-207

    • Hi Neama, the main two differences between a piano and an organ are range of expression and mode of playing it. The piano is a percussion instrument, whose sound production is elicited by the striking of a mallet on a string. The sound thereby can be sustained for a progressive diminution of duration by means of a sostenuto pedal being depressed by ones foot.

      The organ is a wind instrument, whose sound production is elicited by means of wind being blown thru a pipe(if a pipe organ- not familiar with other kinds) the initiation of which is caused by the depression of a connected key. A key on an organ has a different engineering: it will cause the pipe to sound indefinitely as long as it is activated. But when unpressed, the sound production is immediately, and totally stopped. That of a piano as noted above, can be sustained for a limited amount of time. And on the organ, there are doors that can be closed, which make for a far off distant sound, and volume pedals for volume control; plus multipe stops for all kinds of different sounds, mimicking those of orchestral instruments or just about any kind of sound you can think of, on the older theatrical organs.

  1. I just want to know what the songs are that you were playing as you were demonstrating the different tones. Some of them were really beautiful and i would like to learn them very soon. I do feel like I will come back to this when I am in search for a new piano or keyboard. Thank you!

  2. I would check out the Kawai line ( MP-10 or CA93) or Yamaha CLP 380-480.
    Not that I have tried them, just researching lately and am also in the market


    • Hi Abelardo, the Roland HP207 price is between 2,000 and 3,000 usd. Depending where you buy it. You can also look out for a second hand, might be hard finding one for sale as it is a great digital piano. RE: Maintenance, perhaps you can get in touch with Roland or find out if they have a place in the Philippines where you can take your Roland piano for service.

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