FR-3

V-Accordion

Compact is Beautiful!

Information

(Oct. 22, 2013)
Matthias Matzke from Germany is the winner of 7th edition of V-Accordion Festival.

Compact is Beautiful!

Even the junior member of the V-Accordion family, the FR-3, provides all the features of a traditional accordion—and a lot more! Lightweight and portable, the FR-3 will be appreciated by budding accordion players and experienced entertainers alike for their portability and flexibility!
Now thanks to the new Version 2.0 operating system, the FR-3 comes with 10 programmable user programs that can be backed up on your PC together with 16 Musette micro tuning presets programmable for each Set.

Experience it! Product Interactive Tour is here.
* Check the successor "FR-3x"


  • - 37-key piano-type treble keyboard/120 bass buttons
  • - 7 new Orchestral Chord/Orchestral Free Bass registers with completely new sounds
  • - 10 User Programs
  • - Onboard MIDI socket
  • - Supplied with an adapter and a battery compartment (for optional rechargeable AA-type batteries)
  • - Bellows Resistance Regulator
More
Details
Specifications
Option
Relevant product
Accordion

Realistic accordion simulation

The FR-3 can simulate up to 10 different accordions, each including 12 Treble registers, 7 Bass/Chord registers, and 7 Free Bass registers (Free Bass and Bass/Chord are mutually exclusive). For these high-quality sounds, Roland sampled traditional acoustic accordions to provide an instrument that can emulate various accordion types, complete with their specific tuning characteristics. And although it is an electronic instrument, the FR-3 faithfully responds to bellows movement and pressure for authentic expression. Stronger inward and outward movements create a richer, fuller sound, while lighter movements make the sound softer and quieter. There’s even a unique bellows resistance regulator that can be set to match the player’s strength or preference. Increasing or decreasing the bellows resistance is a matter of selecting one of four positions using a conveniently located wheel.

Educational functions

The FR-3 is ideal for students. And not just because it is the smallest accordion in the world to provide a Free Bass mode, but also because it boasts an adjustable metronome. Thanks to the instrument’s MIDI functionality, students can even record their performance on their computer. Practising has never been easier or more efficient!

Orchestral sounds

The V-Accordion includes 10 orchestral sounds (including Trombone, Trumpet, Sax, Clarinet, Flute, Violin, etc.) that can be used together with the traditional accordion sounds in one of four selectable modes.

LED display and multicolor Roland logo

The FR-3 comes with a 3x7-segment LED for monitoring the current sound selections and setting a host of parameters. The illuminated Roland logo is interactive in that it changes color depending on the accordion Set and section (accordion or orchestra) you select. You can even choose your favourite color (from among 26 options), which may prove invaluable when you play in an accordion ensemble with several FR-3 users.

Ins and Outs

The FR-3 can be connected to various external devices (sequencer, arranger keyboards, etc.) using the onboard MIDI socket. Combined with a wireless system you can connect to the external outputs, the FR-3 can be used on the biggest stages while granting its player absolute freedom of movement. The FR-3 also provides a headphone socket.

The lightest member of the V-Accordion line

The FR-3 doesn’t have speakers and is therefore the lightest member of the V-Accordion family. Moreover it has a compartment for optional AA-type batteries (rechargeable).

User Programs

Now thanks to the new Version 2.0 operating system the FR-3 contains 10 memories where you can store your settings. Working with those memories has the advantage that you can recall frequently used settings at the press of a button.

Musette Detune

The FR-3 comes with 16 Musette micro tuning presets programmable for each Set.

Keyboard & Bellows

Right hand
Piano-type, 37-key with velocity
Left hand
120 bass buttons with velocity
Standard, Free Bass mode, Orch. Bass, Orch. Chord, Orch. Free Bass
Bellows
Real pneumatic detection of bellows pressure, high-resolution pressure sensor
Bellows Resistance Regulator
Wheel with 4 positions

Sound

Sound Generator
Max polyphony: 64 voices
Tones
10 Accordion Sets, each one including:
12 Treble registers, 7 Bass registers, 7 Free Bass registers,
7 Orchestral Free Bass registers, 7 Orchestral Bass registers,
7 Orchestral Chord registers, 10 Orchestral sounds
Treble reed footages
4
Bass reed footages
5
Chord reed footages
3
Free Bass footages
2
Orchestral Sounds
Trombone, Trumpet, T Sax, A Sax, Clarinet, Harmonica, Violin, Flute, Jazz Org, Blues Org
Orchestral Bass Sounds
Acoustic, Bowed, Fingered, Fretless, Picked, Tuba, Tuba Mix
Orchestral Free Bass Sounds
Trombone, Clarinet, Oboe, Flute, Perc Organ, Ac Guitar, Ac Piano
Orchestral Chord Sounds
St. Strings, Chorus Organ, Steel Guitar, St. Orch Brass, Choir, Harps+Strings, Guitar+Organ

PBM (Physical Behaviour 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
Switching Reed Sound Wave
By bellows acceleration, By note repetition speed

Musette tuning

Micro tuning presets
16: Off, Dry, Classic, F-Folk, American L/H, North Europe, German L/H, D-Folk L/H, Alpine, Italian L/H, French, Scottish
Musette tuning programmable for each Set

Effects

Reverb
8 types
Chorus
8 types
“Cassotto” and “Sordina” simulation
Yes

Panel controls

Knob controls
Volume, Treble/Bass balance, Reverb, Chorus

Panel Switches

Treble Registers
10 + Orchestra + Set+ User Program
Bass Registers
7
Metronome
On, Off
Other switches
Sordina Mellow/Bright, Power

Operation Modes

Orchestra Mode
Solo, Dual, High, Low
Bass & Chord Modes
2 Bs Rows, 3Bs Rows A -7th, 3Bs Rows A-5dim, 3Bs Rows B-7th, 3Bs Rows B-5dim, 3Bs Rows Bx
Free Bass Modes
Minor 3rd, Bajan, Fifth, North Europe, Finnish
User Programs
10 programmable User Programs
Octave
Down, 0, Up for Treble and Orchestra

Others

Onboard connectors
Headphones Jack (Stereo), Output Jack: L/Mono(Treble), R/Mono(Bass), MIDI connector: OUT/IN (adjustable via MIDI parameter)
Power supply
External AC adapter (100V~240V universal) Battery (optional): AA type battery (rechargeable)
Supplied accessories
External AC adapter, Owner’s manual, Accordion cloth, Straps, Bass reference caps, Battery holder (pre-installed in compartment)
Optional accessories
Gigbag (BAG-FR-3)

Size and Weight

Width (W)
481 mm18-15/16 inches
Depth (D)
270 mm10-11/16 inches
Height (H)
425 mm16-3/4 inches
Weight
7.5 kg16 lbs. 9 oz.

Weight without straps and without optional battery

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.

Support

To the top of page