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Hi all, I’ve recently bought a Roland RD-88 stagepiano. Does anybody know if it allows you to layer piano sounds in such a way that it results in a “one finger note” latin piano sound (i.e. two pianos layered with 1 octave shift for the second layer)? I’ve searched in the manual and different fora but can’t find the answer). Thanks a lot!

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FWIW (I don't own an RD-88) --

I checked the manual for an "octave shift" button, or menu setting -- no luck. Digging deeper:

The RD-88 has a lot of "synth-like" controls, buried in the "Parameters" manual. One of those is "Coarse Pitch", which adjusts the pitch of a tone +/- 48 _semitones_.

. . . So to set up a "Piano" tone, which is one octave down from "concert pitch":

. . . change the Coarse Pitch of one of the standard "Piano" tones to "-12".
. . . Save it (I don't know how to do that) as a new Tone (say "Bass Piano"),
. . . . . or (if saving it is not possible), don't use the main Piano tone as the source, but some other Piano tone.

The keyboard can be split into three Zones, _and they can overlap_.

. . . Set Zone 1 and Zone 2, both, to cover the full keyboard.

. . . Set "Bass Piano" as the Tone for Zone 2;

. . . Set "Piano" as the Tone for Zone 1.

Presto -- an "octave piano".

It should be easier than that, and there might be a better way.

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Nailed it, thanks a lot Charles for your prompt reply and solution! Cheers

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Charles, you take much more interest in pianos you haven't got than I do....

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Lacsap75 -- you're very welcome. Glad to be helpful.

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Charles, you take much more interest in pianos you haven't got than I do....

I got a Roland SH01 "Gaia" a while ago. It has some of the same tone-building structure as the RD-88. And I figured there _must_ be a way to build an "octave piano", with such a rich assortment of capabilities. Thirty years of computer programming warps the mind in strange ways.

It's much easier on my PX-350 -- there's an "Octave Piano" tone.<G>


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My AP-650 has one too. smile


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