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Settings for Roland fp-90
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Some time ago, someone who seemed quite experienced with the fp-90 shared his/her settings for the piano designer -- but now, when I want to try them out, I can't find them in this vast forum. Damn! So I asking anyone who's played around with the settings and is happy with them to post recommendations. I'm looking for a richer, more resonant sound than comes with the factory settings, particularly for the grand piano sounds but, really, for any piano sound that the user prefers. Also, I'd rather not get into a discussion about third-party piano sounds or other digitals that people prefer. Thanks, all!


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Start by raising the "string resonance" setting. The factory default gives a "dryer" sound (less inter-string resonance) that most acoustic pianos.

And don't be afraid to put a bit of reverb in -- you don't usually play an acoustic piano in a completely dead room.


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Re: Settings for Roland fp-90
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Thanks, Charles. Is reverb supplied by the Ambience setting?


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Raising string resonance and increasing reverb helped a lot, as did incorporating some suggestions made on other threads. Maybe you or someone can help me with another issue: I'm having trouble balancing out the sound coming from the lower octaves -- these notes play a good deal louder than the higher octaves. They're rather boomy unless I'm super light with the touch. Any suggestions on how to balance?


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The manual is silent on what "ambience" does.

Try the maximum setting. If you say

.. "How did I travel to Yankee Stadium?"

it's reverb. Adjust to your taste.

There are two "string resonance" settings.

The "duplex scale" setting will give you a high-frequency shimmer, unaffected by the damper pedal. I never tested that, use your ears.

The "full scale string resonance" gives you resonances between the note you strike (and its overtones) and notes with their dampers up (and their overtones). I think the default level is 5. I found that 8 made the FP90 sound like the acoustic piano in my head. The effect won't change the sound of a single note. But as music gets more complex, it will make the sound richer.

Kawai had a short description of string resonance, and how to test it. Might be worth Googling.

Have fun --


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I'm not very experienced...
I tried adjusting string resonance and soundboard setting, but I couldn't say I made much progress. Muddy middle octaves.
One thing that did seem to make a difference was plugging in my old Sennheiser HD545 headphones. Not sure what about them; certain 100+€ earplugs don't work as well. Maybe try connecting good external speakers over line-out and amp.
> I'm having trouble balancing out the sound coming from the lower octaves
Lowering the bass eq slider doesn't help?

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No, sem, lowering the bass eq slider didn't help much. But overall, adjusting the settings, particularly the string resonance and ambience settings, helped a lot. If I can figure out the booming bass, I'll be in good shape as far as settings go. Next, I want to upgrade my headphones and, just for fun, try out some imported piano sounds. Making progress.


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Correction: Lowering the bass eq slider past what I considered "reasonable," almost to the lowest setting, did help with the booming bass. It seems that the bass slider is oddly calibrated, at least on my piano, but the important thing is that it helped balance things out.


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Originally Posted by Baltguy
Thanks, Charles. Is reverb supplied by the Ambience setting?

If you are using headphones, there are two versions of 'ambience' on the FP-90 (can't remember the menu settings for them):

One is a standard reverb - you stop playing, and you can hear it echo/reverb for a short period.

The second, it a type of ambience that I found quite immersing on my closed-back headphones... the problem with it is when you stop playing it just stops dead, instantly. This makes it a tad unrealistic and annoying.

Originally Posted by Baltguy
Correction: Lowering the bass eq slider past what I considered "reasonable," almost to the lowest setting, did help with the booming bass. It seems that the bass slider is oddly calibrated, at least on my piano, but the important thing is that it helped balance things out.

In the menu system, you can adjust the crossover frequencies for each EQ slider. So, say you lower the bass slider... but find it is at the expense of some of the mid-range, you can make an adjustment. I'm not sure how much adjustment there is, but it's there.


RE Muddy middle octaves - I noticed it (at grade 1) playing some pieces above my grade, so I did the opposite of what you're doing - I lowered all of the resonances in order to get some clarity. It could well have been my lack of experience - I'd be interested in whether I still feel the same now.

Last edited by OscarRamsey; 07/06/20 06:01 PM.

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Mind the eq parameters are adjustable, eg you can change the crossover frequencies and the midrange width, see p.19 of the manual.


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