Topic: Roland FP-90 - Feels great, sounds great
I just got the Roland FP-90. As it has the same key bed and sound source as the just under $7000 Roland LX-17, I thought it would make, at the very least, a suitable MIDI controller for Pianoteq that would be every bit as authentic in feel as the Kawai VPC1.
I am very impressed with the smoothness and response of the keys. The keys are very quiet, a bit light, but with enough counterweight that you can really dig into it with gusto.
Furthermore, the modeled piano voices are, in my opinion, comparable to Pianoteq - every bit as enjoyable to play. One caveat, it feels like the four modeled pianos that come with the FP-90 are essentially the same piano but with different settings. With Pianoteq, when you choose different models, it really feels like you're playing a completely distinct instrument. For those who like to tinker, there are some, but not nearly as many parameter adjustments that are possible with Pianoteq. There are very few effects.
The FP-90 seems like it was made mostly for hobbyists and professionals who just want to play and not tinker a lot.
This beast weighs 51lbs. If I were to perform with it, I would leave the peripherals at home.
For Pianoteq fans this is an attractive controller that can also make great sounds.