VIMA RK-300

Recreational Keyboard

Better Life with Music, Better Life with VIMA

  • Progressive Hammer Action Keyboard
  • XGlite
  • GM2
  • D-BEAM
  • ism
  • DigiScore

Better Life with Music, Better Life with VIMA

Experience a new world of multimedia entertainment and musical enjoyment with the VIMA RK-300. Whether played as a solo piano or utilized as a complete audio-visual entertainment system, VIMA will transform any home into a party zone. VIMA’s world can include a wide variety of external data and devices, such as audio CDs, MIDI files, iPods, USB memory keys, and more. Play, sing, listen, visualize — your VIMA experience can be simple or extravagant.

  • - Full-featured multimedia instrument that combines music and visual content
  • - Roland’s finest 88-note stereo sampled grand piano onboard, plus hundreds of other top-quality sounds for complete backing-band enhancement
  • - 88-note PHA II (Progressive Hammer Action II) keyboard with Escapement
  • - Complete karaoke features, including backing tracks, lyric display, vocal effects, auto-harmony, tempo/pitch change, and more
  • - ANIME visual effects can be synced to music or controlled via D Beam
  • - RK-300 can record your performance on the VIMA’s keyboard, as well as any vocal microphone, E. Guitar, V-Drums that are connected, and onboard CD drive allows you to burn the audio CDs instantly
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VIMA piano sound — based on Roland’s decades of world-leading research in acoustic-piano analysis and digital-piano technology

The RK-300 incorporates Roland’s finest 88-note stereo sampled grand piano sound, offering incredible realism from powerful low-range notes to brilliant highs. Due to meticulous sampling of all 88 notes of a world-famous acoustic grand piano, the RK-300 reproduces every sound and resonant characteristic with clarity, detail, and authenticity. With the Piano Designer function, you can adjust delicate sound characters such as the open / close degree of the piano lid, string resonance, etc. Up to 128 voices can play simultaneously, ensuring the natural resonance of strings when using the damper pedal extensively.

The continuous pedals react your pedaling techniques and emotional expressions

The RK-300’s damper and soft pedals can detect the slightest and most delicate pedaling work. Piano-pedaling techniques such as positional depth are authentically reproduced with the RK-300.

Natural-feeling key touch with expressive control

The RK-300 is outfitted with Roland’s acclaimed PHA II keyboard, which realizes the natural touch of a grand piano exclusively with the weight of hammers (no springs are used). The keys sink quietly and smoothly when pressed lightly, and provide slight resistance when pressed more forcefully. Even the grand-piano keyboard's unique “let off” feeling is faithfully reproduced.

A variety of lesson-oriented features are also onboard

RK-300's convenient lesson-assist features (metronome, recorder, Twin Piano, etc…) can help students master the piano.

Let's play your favorite songs backed by MP3 or audio CD

The RK-300 comes with a popular and widely varied song library on the bundled CD-ROM (stored as music data). With music data, you can change key and tempo, and you can mute or solo each part separately (right hand, left hand, backing) for play-along practice. The RK-300 can also play audio data such as MP3 files* from USB Flash Memory and other media; audio CDs can be played via USB CD drive. With audio data, you can change key and tempo, while the Center Cancel feature lets you minimize the melody part so you can play along. You can be a soloist with your favorite CD, for example.

*WAV files, MP3 files, audio CD

Piano Roll lets you visualize the music

Piano Roll plays in sync with the music data. Two types of Piano Roll displays are provided (Classic type: early 20th Century player-piano-like design; Modern type: futuristic music score).

ANIME function combines sound and visual images

Onboard ANIME effects can appear onscreen along with your performances or music-data playback. Eight types are provided, including Petal, Musical Notes, Note Names, Snow Crystals, etc. It’s an exciting new performance experience, as if you are playing notes and graphics simultaneously. You can change ANIME parameters (type, color, etc.). You can also control the ANIME effects using the D Beam. You can layer ANIME with visual images from external DVD player (sold separately), VIMA TUNES etc. to create unique visual effects.


Enjoy karaoke at home!

With RK-300's bundled songs, VIMA TUNES songs, and Standard MIDI Files with lyrics, you can enjoy a complete karaoke experience at home. Remote controller (included) allows you to start / stop / change key, etc. from across the room. Your own digital-camera photos can be utilized as background images of the karaoke-lyric display.

Add background harmony to your singing

RK-300 allows you to add nice harmonies to your singing without any complex operation. While performing with the RK-300's onboard songs / VIMA TUNES*1 you can automatically add harmonies onto your voice. You can turn vocal harmonies on/off with a footswitch, freely adding background singing whenever you want it. You can choose the most suitable harmony styles among three types of presets: Duo, Trio and Quartet. In case a singer is singing along with audio data playback on RK-300, his/her voice can be harmonized as well, according to the real-time keyboard performance on RK-300*2.

*1 The song data of RK-300's Internal Songs / bundled CD-ROM and VIMA TUNES specially contain the dedicated chord information which enables RK-300 to harmonize your voice automatically.
*2 Keyboard player needs to play chord backing in order to let RK-300 recognize the chords.

Your favorite music library can be transformed for karaoke

Thanks to the RK-300’s Center Cancel feature, your personal music library can become backing tracks for karaoke. Your CD, DVD*1, or downloaded audio files (via portable audio player such as iPod*2) can be transformed into karaoke songs. Create a karaoke-party environment by connecting the RK-300 to a large TV monitor and loading visual content such as DVD video*1, 2, etc.

*1 Commercial DVD player is required.
*2 Connection with RK-300 is made via RK-300's Audio/Video port.

Why not create your own custom-made VIMA TUNES library?

You can easily create your own VIMA TUNES titles for the RK-300 with Cakewalk’s SONAR Digital Audio Workstation software and the VIMA TUNES Image Tool plug-in. Standard MIDI Files and your digital-photo libraries can be incorporated with the VIMA TUNES library. Experience a new, personalized style of karaoke that consists of your favorite songs and photos.

*1 Following Cakewalk SONAR products are compatible with VIMA TUNES Image Tool: SONAR 6 Producer/Studio, SONAR 6 LE, SONAR Home Studio 6/6 XL, SONAR 7 Producer/Studio, SONAR 8 Producer/Studio

Let's enjoy ensemble sessions with VIMA, guitar, drums, and vocals

Plug a microphone and a variety of electronic musical instruments into the RK-300. Thanks to its powerful speakers, onboard vocal effects (echo, etc.), and built-in guitar-amp models, the VIMA RK-300 is a dream machine for the whole band. Plug in V-Drums, a vocal mic, and an electric guitar and your rock band is ready to jam through the RK-300. With its ability to combine realtime instrumental performance with music-data playback and visual imagery, the VIMA RK-300 is in a league of its own. When playing the internal song titles or VIMA TUNES data, the RK-300 can display DigiScore notation with chord names on a TV monitor.

Control the visual and sound by moving your hand over the D Beam

The built-in D Beam is a unique live performance tool that makes your keyboard performances magical. Your hand movement over the invisible beam can control ANIME effects or the sounds of RK-300, including sound effects such as applause.

Record your RK-300 performances and karaoke parties, and burn CDs immediately afterward

As you perform on the VIMA’s keyboard, it can save and record everything you do. It can even record any vocal microphone, electric guitar, V-Drums, or other instruments that are connected too. CDs are a great way to archive your jam sessions, songwriting ideas, performances, parties, etc. The RK-300 can burn CDs instantly with its onboard CD drive. CDs of karaoke sessions make nice souvenirs for the party guests. Jam sessions can be recorded and distributed to band members for song evaluation and learning.

Keyboard

Keyboard
88 keys (PHA II with escapement)
Touch Sensitivity
Touch: 100 levels/Fixed Touch (level adjustable), Hammer Response: Off, 1 to 10
Keyboard Mode
Whole, Layer (volume balance adjustable), Split (split point adjustable), Manual Drums/SFX, Twin Piano

Sound Generator

Sound Generator
88 keys stereo multi-sampled piano sound, Conforms to GM2 / GS / XG Lite
Max. Polyphony
128 voices
Tones
330 tones (incl. 8 drum sets, 1 SFX set)
Temperament
8 types (Equal, Just (Major), Just (Minor), Arabic, Kirnberger, Meantone, Pythagorean, Werkmeister), selectable tonic
Stretched Tuning
On/Off
Master Tuning
415.3 to 466.2 Hz (adjustable in increments of 0.1 Hz)
Transpose
Key Transpose: -6 to +5 (in semitones), Playback Transpose: -6 to +5 (in semitones)
Effect
Reverb (10 levels), Dynamics (3 types), Tone effects Only for Piano Tones: Open/close lid (7 levels), Hammer Noise (5 levels), Damper Noise (10 levels), Duplex Scale (10 levels), Damper Resonance (10 levels), String Resonance (10 levels), Key Off Resonance (10 levels)

Metronome

Metronome
Tempo: Quarter note = 10 to 500, Beat: 2/2, 0/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 7/4, 3/8, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8, Volume: 0 to 10 levels, Metronome Pattern: 11 patterns, Metronome Sound: 8 types

Recorder (SMF)

Recording Method
Realtime
Control
Song Select, Reset, Play/Stop, Rec, Bwd, Fwd
Tracks
1 Track
Songs
1 Song
Note Storage
Approx. 30,000 notes
Tempo
Quarter note = 10 - 500
Resolution
120 ticks per quarter note
Others
Melody (Mute, Guide), Count-in, Countdown, 16 part Mute,
Tempo Mute, All Song Play, Volume Balance

Recorder (Audio)

Recording Method
Realtime
Recording Format
WAV 44.1kHz / 16bit Linear Format
Control
Song Select, Reset, Play/Stop, Rec, Bwd, Fwd
Tempo (Audio)
-75 to +125%
Others
Center Cancel

User Memory

External Storage
USB Flash Memory, CD-ROM, CD-R
Playable Song Format
Standard MIDI Files (Format 0/1), Roland Original Format (i-Format), Audio File (WAV 44.1kHz /16bit Linear Format), MP3 File, Audio CDs (CD-DA)
Save Data
Standard MIDI Files (Format 0), Audio File (WAV 44.1kHz / 16bit Linear Format), Max. 99 User Program Sets

External Memory

External Storage
USB Flash Memory, USB CD Drive
Playable Song Format
Standard MIDI Files (Format 0/1), Roland Original Format (i-Format),
Audio File (WAV44.1kHz / 16bit Linear Format), MP3 File, Audio CDs (CD-DA)
Save Data
Standard MIDI Files (Format 0), Audio File (WAV 44.1kHz / 16bit Linear Format), Max, 99 User Program Sets

Internal Songs

Internal Songs
75 songs + 3 demo songs

Display

Display
Graphical Color LCD 800 x 480 dot (with backlit)
Notation
Grand staff / G clef staff / F clef staff, with note name / lyrics / chords/ fingering
Lyrics
Yes (built-in display / external display)
Language
English / Japanese / German / French / Spanish (these languages only apply to some messages in the screen)

Other Functions

User Program
8 User Programs, Max. 99 User Program Sets
Others
Panel Lock, V-LINK, Piano Designer, Demo, Recommended Tone Slide Show, Piano Roll, ANIME
Audio CD Burning
Max. recording capacity: 650 MB (approx. 74 min), 700 MB: (approx. 80 min), Up to 99 songs

Connectors

USB Connectors
USB MIDI Connectors, USB Ext Drive Connector, User Memory Connector, Ext. Memory Connector
External Display Connectors
External Display connector (15-pin D-Sub type)
Other Connectors
Audio Output Jacks (L/Mono, R), Output Jacks (Video, L, R), DVD Input Jacks (Video, L, R), Audio/Video Port Jacks (Video, L, R), Phones Jack (Stereo) x 2, Mic1/Guitar Jack, Mic2 Jack, MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT), Piano Pedal Jack, Control Pedal Jack, AC In, AC Out (for KSC-48)

Other

Rated Power Output
15 W x 2 (without KSC-48), 15 W x 2 + 30 W x 2 (with KSC-48)
Speakers
8cm x 12cm x 2 with Speaker Box (RK-300), 16cm x 2 with Speaker Box (KSC-48)
Control
Volume, Balance, Mic1/Guitar volume, Mic2 volume, DVD Input volume, Audio/Video Port volume
Vocal Effect
Auto Harmony (3 types), Transformer (9 types), Vocal Echo (2 types)
Guitar Effect
Effect (5 types), Chorus (10 levels), Reverb (10 levels)
Pedal
Without KSC-48: Damper Pedal (half-pedal recognition), With KSC-48: Damper Pedal, Soft Pedal (half-pedal recognition, function assignable), Sostenuto Pedal (function assignable)
D Beam
Pitch, Filter, Volume, Snare Roll, Applause, Wind Chime
Power Consumption
140 W
Accessories: RK-300
Quick Start, Owner’s Manual, Roland 60 Classical Piano Masterpieces, CD-ROM (Roland Music Files Best Selection), Power cord, Headphone Hook, Music Rest, 2 screws for the Music Rest, Remote Controller, Dry-cell Batteries, Anti-theft Lock Damper Pedal: DP-10 x 1 (available Half-damper), Console Cover, Drum Key-Map Label USB Flash Memory, CD Stand (with 2 screws, Spacer), USB CD Drive: CD-01A
Accessories: KSC-48
Piano Pedal (available Half-damper)
Options
Dedicated Stand: KSC-48, Stand: KS-G8, Expression Pedals: EV-7, EV-5

Size and Weight (with Music Rest)

Width (W)
1,368 mm53-7/8 inches
Depth (D)
476 mm18-3/4 inches
Height (H)
340 mm13-7/16 inches
Weight
33.0 kg72 lbs. 13 oz.

Size and Weight (with Music Rest and KSC-48)

Width (W)
1,368 mm53-7/8 inches
Depth (D)
476 mm18-3/4 inches
Height (H)
967 mm38-1/8 inches
Weight
62.9 kg138 lbs. 11 oz.

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.

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