FR-3/-3s

V-Accordion

FR-3/-3s
Discontinued

Compact is Beautiful

Even the junior members of the V-Accordion family, the FR-3s and FR-3, provide all the features of a traditional accordion — and much more. Lightweight and portable, the FR-3s and 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 and FR-3s come with 10 programmable user programs that can be backed up on your PC together with 16 Musette micro tuning presets programmable for each Set.

Realistic accordion simulation

The FR-3s/3 can simulate up to 10 different accordions, each including 10 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-3s/3 faithfully responds to bellows movements and pressure for authentic expressiveness. 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-3s/3 is ideal for students. And not just because it’s 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. Practicing 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 “interactive” Roland logo

The FR-3s/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 favorite color (from among 26 options), which may prove invaluable when you play in an accordion ensemble with several FR-3s/3 users.

Ins and Outs

The FR-3s/3 can be connected to various external devices (sequencer, arranger keyboards, etc.) using the onboard MIDI socket. Combined with a wireless system you connect to the external outputs, the FR-3s/3 can be used on the biggest stages while granting its player absolute freedom of movement. Both the FR-3s and the FR-3 also provide a headphone socket, while the FR-3s comes with a set of professional-quality neodymium speakers (hence the “s” in “FR-3s”).

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 Source
Sound Generator
Max polyphony: 64 voices
Tones
10 Accordion Sets, each one including:
10 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
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
Bass Registers
7
Metronome
On, Off
Other switches
Sordina Mellow/Bright, Power
Operation Modes
Orchestra Mode
Solo, Dual, High, Low
Octave
Down, 0, Up for Treble and Orchestra
Others
Rated power output (FR-3s only)
2 x 11W RMS
Speakers (FR-3s only)
2 x 10cm speakers (Neodymium transducer magnets)
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
481 mm
18-15/16 inches
Depth
270 mm
10-11/16 inches
Height
425 mm
16-3/4 inches
Weight (FR-3)
7.5 kg
16 lbs. 9 oz.
Weight (FR-3s)
8.3 kg
18 lbs. 4 oz.
Weight without straps and without optional battery
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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