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The GP609 is a grand piano without compromise. You can experience the performance of a traditional acoustic grand, whose sound has been at the heart of music for over 300 years. And you also get to explore the endless creative possibilities offered by the latest digital technology. Since creating the world’s first touch-sensitive electronic piano in 1974, Roland has become a leader in digital piano innovation – and the new GP609 embodies our belief that advanced technology and know-how can take your music further.
If you need convincing that technology and tradition can coexist, take a seat at the Roland GP609 Digital Grand. This luxurious instrument offers every type of player a sublime grand piano experience, fusing advanced technology and authentic playing feel with classic grand piano cabinet design. Be inspired by an instrument that combines the latest sound engine with a brand-new keyboard mechanism, enhanced multi-channel speaker system and a variety of digital advantages – along with stunning sounds that will spark great performances for years to come.
If you’ve played acoustic pianos for years, you might conclude that nothing can recreate that evocative tone and feel. Press a key on the GP609 and reconsider. This latest digital instrument features Roland’s acclaimed SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling, replicating the entire sound creation process of an acoustic piano, for a rich, complex tone. You’ll be inspired by a unique keyboard that blends wood and molded materials for great feel and durability, while even the most demanding players using advanced techniques will be satisfied by the expressive Progressive Damper Action pedal.
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Tone is a priority for any serious pianist, but it’s also where many digital pianos fall flat. The sound of an acoustic piano is the result of endless physical interactions. The key is pressed, the hammer strikes the string, the string resonates within the cabinet – before a thousand further elements shape the final sound. Roland’s SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling technology recreates all these factors, so for the first time, a digital piano truly sounds and behaves like an acoustic instrument.
Traditionalists will immediately feel at home with the GP609’s keyboard. The keys recreate the look and feel of real ebony and ivory, complete with moisture-absorbing properties that ensure your fingers won’t slide off. But while each key has sophisticated wooden sides, the internal frame is made from modern molded materials, connected to high-resolution sensors that will endure for years to come. The benefit is not only authentic playability, but also a consistent feel during temperature and humidity changes, saving you the maintenance costs associated with a traditional keyboard.
Featuring Roland’s Progressive Damper Action pedal mechanism, which closely replicates the pedal response of an acoustic piano, the GP609 can support the most expressive and nuanced techniques. Just as you’d expect from an acoustic piano, when you start to depress the damper pedal, it offers lighter resistance, but as you depress it further, the resistance increases. Meanwhile, when a musical piece demands a lighter touch, you’ll also benefit from the more accurate ‘half-pedaling’ response, with the depth of the damper pedal allowing subtle control of tone decay.
Although packed with advanced technology, the GP609 is reassuringly traditional when it comes to style. Combining classic lines with a space-saving compact grand piano cabinet, there are two premium finishes available; polished ebony, and polished white.
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Gorgeous in every detail, the GP609 is a high-end instrument that will complement any environment. The polished ebony and white finishes are stunning, and the light brown soundboard further enhances the premium look. Just as with acoustic grand pianos, the GP609’s fallboard reflects the performer’s hands as they play. Completing the elegant look is the understated front panel — inviting, clear, and easy to use.
Although the GP609 is light-weight (325 lbs 5oz/148 kg) and compact (59-1/8 inches/ 1,501 mm), its grand piano aesthetic is unmistakable. It’s nearly half the weight of an acoustic grand piano too, and much easier to install or move.
Built-in casters help you move the piano around and find the perfect position, and the space-saving footprint means you can play a grand piano even where there is limited space – whether at home or at a venue.
Once you’re ready to play the piano, you don’t even need to press the power button to begin – just open the lid and start playing.
One of the joys of a traditional acoustic grand is the commanding natural tone and projection. The revelation is that the Roland GP609 achieves the same head-turning effect, thanks to a built-in sound system whose specially designed multi-channel audio technology delivers an immersive spatial sound that appears to come from the very heart of the instrument. Whether you’re playing at home – or in larger venues from restaurants to hotel lounges – you can rely on a powerful, expressive and controllable sound that fills any space.
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Strike the keys and you’ll be thrilled by a rich, realistic acoustic grand piano tone, delivered by an onboard 6.1 channel multi-speaker system comprising six speakers and a woofer. It’s designed to produce optimal sound projection and recreate the multi-dimensional power of a traditional grand piano, from rich bass to sparkling high-end, all with immersive spatial sound fields. But whereas acoustic pianists struggle with volume issues, the GP609 offers dedicated volume control, making it flexible for any venue or playing scenario.
Roland’s Acoustic Projection system is a multi-speaker setup that produces rich, immersive tones in minute detail, with each speaker playing a specific role in the overall sound. Powerful cabinet speakers produce the expansive main piano sound in both upward and downward directions, while spatial speakers on either side reproduce the resonance of the piano’s frame to expand the left/right sound fields. The nearfield speakers project the more noticeable sounds including dramatic, dynamic overtones and even the noise of the hammers as they hit the piano strings.
The great thing about digital pianos is using headphones for silent practice. Good headphones provide remarkable clarity, but some pianos don’t take advantage of this; instead merely switching the sound from speakers to the headphones. Roland pianos use Headphones 3D Ambience to optimize the audio so it sounds like it’s coming from within the piano itself and not through your headphones, giving a completely immersive playing experience. Using either 1/4-inch or 1/8-inch mini jack input, just plug in your headphones and lose yourself in the music – any time of the day or night.
People often play piano along with their favorite songs stored on their smartphone. With built-in Bluetooth® wireless support, the GP609 goes even further by streaming your music through the piano’s powerful internal speakers for an inspiring and immersive experience. Installing Roland’s free Piano Partner 2 app on your tablet lets you learn and enjoy playing piano, without any wires – thanks to Bluetooth technology.
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Sometimes you want to make music. Sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy it. Either way, the Roland GP609’s high-quality speaker system will fill your home or venue with rich, exceptional sound. When you’re playing piano, you get full-bodied, volume-controllable sound through the 6.1 multi-channel speakers. When you’re entertaining friends, Bluetooth audio functionality allows the piano to replace your hi-fi, wirelessly connecting to your tablet or smartphone and playing your favorite songs and playlists through the speakers.
Ensure piano practice is a pleasure and not a chore by using the GP609’s integrated Bluetooth MIDI functionality. You can wirelessly connect to educational apps like Roland’s Piano Partner 2, accessing digital sheet music, song libraries, and more. And when you’re just relaxing, the dedicated app for Apple Watch lets you control the GP609’s internal song library from the comfort of your sofa.
Roland’s Piano Partner 2 app is a fun, interactive way to learn and enjoy music on your GP609. See the piano’s internal music scores on your smartphone or tablet screen, improve your skills with music exercises, and check your daily progress as you practice. Just connect your device and GP609 wirelessly via Bluetooth, or USB cable. Available for free from the App Store or Google Play.
*Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, as well as Android devices.
The GP609 includes over 300 versatile sounds, with an extensive selection of non-piano instrument types including strings, brass, organ, and many others. These extra sounds mean you can play a wide variety of music genres, which helps keep you motivated too. You can layer sounds as well, pressing a single key to play a piano note with a string sound layered on top.
The GP609 provides an alternative to the conventional book-learning method with its onboard educational features. Jamming alongside the onboard songs prepares you for joining a band or orchestra, while the Twin Piano mode allows a learner and teacher to sit side-by-side and play in the same key range. The built-in metronome helps develop accurate timing, while the onboard recorder lets you capture what you’ve just played and then listen back, instantly evaluating your progress.
The grand piano is a refined and majestic instrument with a powerful and expressive tonal character. Its graceful appearance brings an air of classic elegance to any interior – whether at home or at a venue. And yet, although undeniably beautiful, owning an acoustic grand piano is not without challenges. Consider regular tuning and keyboard maintenance costs, as well as the considerable weight which makes it difficult to move around. The GP609 avoids these issues thanks to a variety of digital advantages that make it easy to enjoy a grand piano at a venue – or at home – without the cost or hassle.