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Roland FR-18 diatonic Diatonic V-Accordion

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Roland FR-18 diatonic V-Accordion Black

 is the world's first diatonic digital accordion. The FR-18 diatonic is a dream for accordionists looking for a world-class diatonic instrument that can do it all, equipped with the same level of sound quality and natural, dynamic response as its award-winning V-Accordion predecessors.

The FR-18 diatonic features a brand new sound set that lets you choose instantly from a lineup of 12 virtual diatonic accordions. On top of that, it also features a variety of orchestral instruments, Virtual Tone Wheel organs, percussion and more.


Performance Style & Comfort
With the speaker-less, lightweight body, the FR-18 diatonic is comfortable 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; it looks cool and stylish onstage yet elegant in the classiest of settings. Additionally, there're 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.

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. Diatonic musicians won't have to carry a truckload of accordions onstage anymore! On top of its amazing collection of virtual accordions, the FR-18 diatonic 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 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.

Private or Public
High-quality Roland earphones are included with the FR-18 diatonic package. You can practice it at any hour and don't worry about disturbing neighbors or surrounding environments. When it’s time to blast, however, plug the FR-18 diatonic into one of Roland’s award-winning amplifiers, take the SA-300 stage amplifier as example.


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)

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)

reverb: 8 types
chorus: 8 types, rotary (Slow/Fast) for organ sounds

Panel controls
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

Power supply: AC adaptor, Batteries (AA, HR6 Rechargeable Ni-MH x 8)
Current draw: 500 mA
Expected battery life under continuous use (using Ni-MH 2000 mAh batteries)
±5.5 hours
Actual battery life varies according to usage conditions, the quality of the batteries and the number of charging cycles. Be sure to use only rechargeable Ni-MH batteries.
OUTPUT jacks (L/Mono, R/Mono): 1/4" phone type
PHONES jack: stereo 1/4" 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"—1/4" phone (guitar) cable, Earphones (with 1/8"—1/4" adaptor plug), Strip for securing the adaptor, MIDI and/or audio cables, Hexagonal wrench, Replaceable "traforo" inlay sheets
Options (sold separately): Accordion soft bag

Size and Weight (without straps or optional batteries)
Width: 365 mm; 14-3/8 inches
Depth: 195 mm; 7-11/16 inches
Height: 375 mm; 14-13/16 inches
Weight: 5.3 kg; 11 lbs. 11 oz.

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