🎹Roland F140R Digital Piano Review and Demo | Piano Apps, Bluetooth, Smartphone Connectivity🎹
My name is Stu Harrison and today we’re going to be talking about Roland’s, ultra popular f, 14 TR, digital home piano. We love this instrument, we’re going to be talking about that beautiful cabinet that comes in we’ll be covering the action the supernatural sound we’re going to be talking about all the connection options it has through its bluetooth function and, of course, who it might be. Just a perfect solution for at home, if it’s your first time to the channel, please do subscribe. We’D love you to come back for more videos in the future, and we do our best to reply to every single comment that you leave thanks again for joining us. Let’S get started right away: Music, we’re gon na talk about the sound on the roll in deaf 140, our first and when we say sound, I guess there’s a few components that go into that we’re. Talking about the speakers in the amplifier, but we’re also talking about the tone engine which is kind of a computing side of things that takes your physical input and translates that into an audio signal that we then wind up. Hearing the role in f, 14 TR is equipped with their supernatural sound engine, and this is something that’s been in the works being developed being evolved for many many years now. Roland’S got really quite good at producing piano tone and other tones with the supernatural engine and it’s kind of an interesting blend of both a set of samples and then adding extra synthesis.
On top to add the detail, like the sound of the hammer hitting the strings and sound of the damper coming back down or the sound of the pedals and all of those are actually something you can manipulate within the piano technician, app that you can hook up With Bluetooth – and I will show you how to do that – a little bit later when we start talking about the wireless connectivity, so the supernatural sound engine is inside the F 140 we’ve got 128 no polyphony, which even by today’s standards, is pretty solid. If you’re just going to be doing piano playing on its own as a solo player and you’re, not sort of sending all kinds of extra MIDI signal back through it, 128 is usually pretty sufficient it’s hard to max that out. Unless, of course, you’re doing some really intense, classical playing or you’ve got sort of multiple tracks going within a sequencer, so 120 80 is fine. You’Ve got your supernatural piano tone. I find the supernatural sound, and this is just on the default tone. By the way, it tends to have really crisps well rendered trebles and upper partials Music. The base is really very clear: Music, nice, strong attack, Music and, of course, it’s equipped with several different types of acoustic piano in there as well, which sort of rounds out that attack. So you’ve got a few different sample sets to choose from you’ve got the virtual technician, which I think they’re app.
They call just piano technician. You can modify that save it to the instrument. You can have some fun with that being driven by that tone. Engine is 26 watts worth of sound or sorry, 24 it’s, 12 watts per side, and I would say, for a small room and even for a medium room that isn’t super padded that produces a pretty decent pre respectable amount of tone. Overall Music. I do think that it when you first start to here at lack, is when you get down into the base and you really try and drive some thicker harmonies. You can tell that there’s a bit of presence there, that you do get on some of the higher level Rowling’s. That maybe is not quite there on the F 140. But you have to keep in mind the price point and, of course, what this compares to Music and in that respect, I think the F 140 is really well balanced, even at max volume, this isn’t breaking up or distorting so I think, it’s. Every part of the design is really well paired, so there’s no weak link anywhere in the tone generation chain. I guess we could call it. It’S got a very we’ll just get to some. Some a piano sounds here: Music actually really really love the roads on here. There’S, a beautiful tremolo going on left and right. I don’t know if you can hear that at home Music, yeah tons of fun to play Music, some really really beautiful chorus effects, so lots of variety on there and, in fact, when you pair it up with the piano partner to app, it gives you access to Over 300 sounds so it’s got the entire general MIDI to sound bank in there.
In addition to all the supernatural sounds as well so 128 note, polyphony we’ve got 24 watts of power and all of that being driven by the supernatural piano engine with about two dozen sort of really high quality well crafted tones. In addition to the general MIDI, sound Bank, so that’s all for sound we’re, going to splash the specs up there for you to take a look and we’re gon na move on to action, Music. The action in the role in f 14 TR is called the pha 4 with escapement and with ivory touch. This is exactly the same action that Roland is now putting in all of their FP series, except the FP 90, which is using the PHA 50. It also is going in the RP 501 and the f 14 TR it’s a really fun satisfying action to play very, very effortless in terms of feeling like there’s lots of response Music and as your key is sort of hitting the bottom. There it’s a little bit of a harder bottom than you’d expect out of say a Kauai digital, but in some respects that almost allows your finger to sort of bounce off the bottom. And you wind up feeling like this action, is a little more kind of effortless and almost effervescent in some ways to play Music. The action has that ivory texture on it that’s right in the name and it’s pretty cool. I actually think they’ve done a nice job of creating a texture which is it doesn’t, distract it doesn’t feel overdone, but visually.
It makes it feel like you’re playing on a bit more of an elegant action and you’re. You actually do appreciate the texture that it gives. You, the black heat, also has a texture. Maybe you’d call this a micro texture. It doesn’t really simulate the ebony key at all, but it does give a bit of grip so that it’s matched with the white key that’s, also really nice. Another thing that I will say about the pha 4 action, because I’ve played on many of these, both on instruments that have I’ve owned, as well as what we’ve seen throughout the store is they’re super durable. So, whether or not you like the feel of them, whether or not it’s giving you, you know accurate enough response, which you know everybody’s going to have a different situation. One thing that can’t be debated is how reliable and how well made those actions are. So, if you’re putting it into a situation where it’s going to get a lot of abuse, you can be sure that this is not something you’re gon na be having to bring back for warranty claims, which I always love being able to tell that to customers and Really feel, like I’m being honest about that advice, you will not regret and you will not find tech problems with the pH for action. So we’re gon na throw some specs up about the action and then we’re gon na move on to the all of the different ports and the connectivity options, including bluetooth.
So thanks for sticking with us we’ll be back in a second Music okay. So the last thing we’re going to cover is the various sort of ports and connections that the instrument has and, of course, what you can do with the Bluetooth Roland has installed bluetooth connections or Bluetooth connectivity virtually on their entire lineup of digital pianos, which is great. Thank You, Roland and I’ve actually got a smartphone here and we’re gon na hook it up right now, just so, you can see at home how easy it is to actually use this, because people sometimes know that it’s there but there’s an intimidation factor and actually trying To get it working and feeling like it’s always going to be complicated, this is not complicated even to set it up. The first time only takes about 30 seconds and then once it’s connected the first time going back to the instrument again and again is literally just the press of one button, which is awesome, the so the first thing you need to do when you get the F 140, to enable the Bluetooth and granted there’s nothing intuitive about this. You kind of just have to know this and you could look it up in the instruction manual or you could just watch this video. So you need to press the function or activate the function, button which is pressing the metronome and the split button down at the same time, we’re gon na do that and then you’re going to see the f4 function come up and then there’s a variety of functions Which you can scroll through with your plus and your minus keys, you want to go to F 15, which is actually whether to turn the Bluetooth radio on or turn the Bluetooth radio off.
We want to make sure that it’s on, so you press the startstop button to enter function 15 and then you can use the plus and minus to simply indicate whether you want it on or whether you want it off in this case. We definitely want it on. Then you press the start and stop again to get back to the f 15 now you’re going to go to f 16, which tells the instrument what the mode that you want, the Bluetooth in and so there’s the potential to have just the MIDI or the audio And so you can choose to have one or the other, or you can have both turn on at the same time. I don’t really personally know why you would just have both turned on at the same time, but I’m sure there are some circumstances. If you have multiple devices in the room and you’re, you only want it to be pairing to one, and you have others that are competing for the pairing I I could yeah. I could see why maybe you would need to have those differentiated, but for most people I think the safe thing is to just have both turn done. So you’re gon na want to put the function on f, 16 now you’re gon na press, the startstop button to enter that f16 function, and then it looks like what you want to put it on. As it looks like a P andor, I guess that could be an a, but I think it’s N and that seems to turn off on both the audio and Bluetooth.
So we’ll we’ll keep it on that. Once that’s done, you would go to an app and the app that I really really like to use is called BL e MIDI. I believe, it’s a free app and it makes it very easy for you to connect. So I don’t know if you can see that on the camera, if not we’ll, just get, you know some b roll later, but I can see my F 140 is right there and it’s connected so that whole thing that I just did you literally only have to Do just one time after that, all you do! Is you just go into whatever app you’re going to use in this case, I’ve got the Roland piano partner, app open, and this now gives me access to all of the different function, areas that Roland packs in this app it’s a free app and it let it Literally acts as like a companion to this instrument, it unlocks all sorts of functionality that otherwise would be really difficult or impossible actually to access just through the onboard button systems. So we’ve got rhythm and in fact this comes with 21 different rhythms built right in so the F 140 actually has auto accompaniment or intelligent accompaniment, which i think is really cool. Music super easy to use very intuitive in terms of how you control it, which is great. It also has built in sheet music that you can play along with, which is also a ton of fun and it’s got the various lesson like method books that have the repertoire from the method books also built into here.
So you can use this to hear back as a reference point. What you’re supposed to be working on it’s got flashcards and it’s got the ability to use this as a wireless recorder from the instrument so tons and tons of stuff that you can get out of this piano partner too, and of course, the most basic. But sometimes the most useful function on here is just as a remote control for picking the sounds and the key and the tones that you want on this and switching between single mode, split mode, dual mode or twin piano mode, all of which have separate and very Very useful functions: you’ve got the metronome function in here and, of course, your master volume is also in there, so it makes it very easy to select the different categories of sounds. As we said, this thing is equipped with the general MIDI Bank, sound Bank, which includes over 300, sounds so tons and tons of stuff kind of just buried just below the surface. On the F 140 now let’s talk about the rest of the instrument. It comes with its own Kate or its own stand. It’S integrated right in so you can’t separate the F 140 from its stand. If you’re looking for something like that, just go by the FP 30, very, very similar in terms of its overall capability, but you come in a slab, so otherwise it’s coming in this sort of one size or sort of one format.
And this kind of annoyed me when I first saw this come out now. I really like it to be honest and that’s. This cover this key cover that also acts as a music stand so it’s. It goes down really quite smoothly and it’s very easy to get up as well and they’re kind. Just locks in place and you’ve got a nice wide music stand that that functions, that it’s really great. It comes in two colors as well. This is the classic black. It also comes in a satin white on the back. You’Ve got a 3.5 mill in put and a 3.5 mm output that’s. In fact how you’re hearing this instrument today we’ve just taking a straight line out of the 3.5 you’ve, got two different headphone jacks on this. Both the quarter inch and the 3.5, so you do not need to keep track of an adapter, that’s, really handy and then you’ve got USB in and out as well. The F 140 comes with a triple pedal system, which is also very handy, and these triples pedals. I know at least one or maybe all three are what they call continually sensing. So, as you’ve got the sustain pedal down, you can actually be half pedaling and it’s constantly detecting, where you are on pedal, instead of only being sort of a basic closed circuit, open circuit type of situation. So for people who are more finesse, players are starting to do some work with classical.
You might find that to be useful as well, so that basically wraps up most of the functionality on the F 140 Music. What is this gon na compare well in the marketplace? I know that Kai’s KDP 110 is something that’s going to compare very well Yamaha’s ydp, 144 143. Those models are going to be compared pretty frequently to this strictly because of the price. So if you can get it, you know if you are somebody who is looking for a first instrument, but you’ve got the budget to go a little bit more than entry level and you’re looking for something is going to have a really satisfying action. I think of this kind of as a prosumer type of a you know, piano level for people who shop cameras and TVs and are used to that segment of the market. I just referred to. This is great, try and get to a store where you could maybe compare this to a KD, P 110 or compare it to a wide, a P 140 series. I think you’re going to be really pleased with what you find and, like I said, our experience over the last year or two with this model with our customer base has been resoundingly positive. Not a single warranty claim has come back from this instrument and everybody who gets it loves it anyway. Thank you so much for watching be sure to watch the video where all we do is give you some playing samples of the F 140 and I hope it’s been helpful.
Good luck with the shopping we’ll see you back for another review shortly.
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Hey, I can't connect my phone to my piano through midi, I followed every step but it could not find the piano
Having turned 40, I have a huge urge to learn to play piano. I’m torn between the Roland FP-30, RP-102 or F140R. I want it to be a piece of furniture, so the FP30 would be purchased with the proper stand and three pedals, which is why the other two models come into play now. Really struggling with what to go for.
How easy is it to record playing this piano?
Is this cover at all removable? Even if it takes some effort to do so. It'd be nice to be able to put a laptop above the keys.
Does it sound the same to fp 30? Which is better?
thanks for the review! I'm seriously considering this one, but I hesitate because the polyphony is only 128. do you find this to be a problem with intense classical playing?
Hello! Thanks for the great review. Can you tell me how long the f140r has been out I'm looking to buy it just afraid if Roland will come with a substitute within 2020. Also do you have any side by side reviews with equivalent Yamaha pianos? Thank you
Do you know if you can pair this digital piano with Bluetooth headphones?
Thank you for the great review!!!
Hi Stu, great demo and playing! Quick question: is it possible to remove/disassemble the lid completely?
So as per you, I can connect F140R to Piano Partner 2 App! Forgive me but I have come to know that such communication with F140R not possible …. something like that. Please let us know these very clearly because I am going to buy one F140R. I am relying on you. Please help.
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Thank you for this detailed test. Roland says the same "88 keys (PHA-4 Standard Keyboard: with Escapement and Ivory Feel) "for the FP-30 / RP102 / F-140. While on the touch the FP-140 looks different closer to a piano touch. What do you think? Does the "Piano Partner 2" application have the same full functionality as with the RP102 ou fp-30 on the F-140?
On the action section in the video you said that the roland f-140r does not have the triple sensor but in the specs that comes later in the video it said it had a tripple sensor instead of one. Can you make this clear?