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Roland FR-18 Diatonic V Accordion

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Product Description

Introducing the world's first diatonic digital accordion! The Roland FR-18 Diatonic V Accordion is a dream for accordionists seeking a world-class diatonic instrument that can do it all. The FR-18 diatonic accordion features a sound set that lets you choose instantly from a lineup of 12 virtual diatonic accordions as well as a variety of orchestral instruments, Virtual Tone Wheel organs, percussion, and more!

Roland FR-18 Diatonic V Accordion Features

  • World's first digital diatonic accordion
  • 12 onboard accordion models, including three user sets
  • Virtual Tone Wheel organs onboard with slow and fast rotary
  • Four user program registrations
  • Programmable keyboard and bass button layout
  • Drum function for manual percussion via bass and chord buttons
  • Headphone jack allows silent practice so you can play anytime, anywhere
  • Player is free to roam with battery (AA) power and wireless capability (optional)
12 Diatonic Accordions In One
Performing accordionists can cover all bases onstage with this one instrument. No matter the song, you can switch instantly between different tonalities and configurations of the keyboard/bass buttons. Thanks to Roland, diatonic musicians won't have to carry a truckload of accordions onstage anymore!

In addition to its amazing collection of virtual accordions, the Roland FR-18 diatonic accordion has other great instruments onboard, all instantly selectable. Choose from orchestral and brass instruments, exotic world instruments, percussion, organs, and more. The User Sets let you load your custom layouts of sounds and settings for instant recall.

Tablature Sets
The FR-18 diatonic accordion comes with a dozen instantly selectable tablatures, making it possible to cover numerous genres without ever having to change accordions. In addition, you can create your own tablatures with a PC/Mac software app (available via free download). With this software, the FR-18 diatonic is truly an open instrument with customizable layouts for the keyboard and bass buttons. Thanks to USB compatibility, it's easy to transmit and receive custom tablature sets between computer and accordion.

Performance Style and Comfort
The speaker-less, lightweight body makes the FR-18 diatonic accordion a comfort to wear and play. The long-life battery compatibility lets you roam onstage, free of unnecessary cables and clutter. The classic black finish blends well into any environment; the Roland FR-18 looks cool and stylish onstage yet elegant in the classiest of settings. In addition, there are exchangeable inlay sheets that let you change the appearance of the instrument. You can also create your own custom-designed inlay sheets and install them easily.

Private or Public
High-quality Roland earphones are included with the FR-18 diatonic accordion package so you can play the instrument right out of the box. Practice at any hour without disturbing neighbors or surrounding environments. When it's time to blast, however, plug the FR-18 diatonic accordion into one of Roland’s award-winning amplifiers, such as the SA-300 stage amplifier.

Product Specifications
Roland FR-18 Diatonic V Accordion Specifications
  • Keyboards
    • Right hand: 37 buttons, velocity sensitive, selectable tablature and key
    • Left hand: 18 bass buttons, velocity sensitive, selectable tablature and key (same as for right hand), selectable button chord behavior (full chord or omitted third)
  • Bellows: Real pneumatic detection of bellows pressure (high resolution pressure sensor), bellows resistance regulator
  • Sound Generator
    • Max polyphony: 128 voices
    • Wave ROM: 64 MB of waveforms (8+8 MB expansion sounds)
    • Tones: 12 accordion Sets, each including: 8 treble registers, 8 orchestral sounds, 4 organ sounds, 3 bass
    • Treble reed footages: 5
    • Bass reed footages: 3
    • Chord reed footages: 2
  • PBM (Physical Behavior Modeling)
    • Noises: Stopping-reed growl, closing valve noise, left button noise
    • Individual reed simulation: Hysteresis threshold, expression curve, pressure-variant filter, pressure-variant pitch deviation
    • Reed sound wave switching: By bellows acceleration, by note repetition speed
  • Musette Tuning
    • Micro tuning presets: 15 (Dry, Classic, F-Folk, American L/H, North Europe, German L/H, D-Folk L/H, Alpine, Italian L/H, French, Scottish)
  • Effects
    • Reverb: 8 types
    • Chorus: 8 types, rotary (Slow/Fast) for organ sounds
  • Panel Controls
    • Knobs: Volume
    • Panel Switches: 4 treble registers + ORCHESTRA/ORGAN button, SET/FUNCTION register, 3 bass registers, ORCH. BASS button, ORCH. CHORD button, LEFT REGISTER button, KEY/DEMO button, USER PROGRAMbutton, DRUMS button, TABLATURE button, POWER button
  • Operation Modes
    • ORCHESTRA/ORGAN modes: Solo, Dual
    • Key: 12 possible keys (C, C#, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B)
    • Tablatures: 12 types
    • Bass: On/Off
    • Octave: Down, 0, Up (for Treble and Orchestra/Organ), 4 User Program memories
  • Other
    • Power supply: AC adaptor, Batteries (AA, HR6 Rechargeable Ni-MH x 8)
    • Connectors:
      • OUTPUT jacks (L/Mono, R/Mono): 1/4 inch phone type
      • PHONES jack: stereo 1/4 inch phone type
      • USB MIDI connector (computer connection)
      • USB MEMORY connector (storage devices)
      • MIDI OUT/IN connector (function adjustable via parameter)
      • DC IN jack
    • Accessories:
      • AC adaptor, Owner’s Manual, Straps, 1/4 inch—1/4 inch phone cable, Earphones (with 1/8 inch—1/4 inch adaptor plug), Strip for securing the adaptor, MIDI and/or audio cables, Hexagonal wrench, Replaceable traforo inlay sheets
  • Dimensions(WxDxH): 14 3/8 x 7 11/16 x 14 13/16 inches
  • Weight: 11 lbs 11 oz 


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