Roland's FR-18D-BK is the world's first diatonic digital accordion. The FR-18D-BK offers the same level of sound quality and natural, dynamic response as its award-winning V-Accordion® predecessors. Features a sound set that lets you choose instantly from a lineup of 12 virtual diatonic accordions, as well as a variety of orchestral instruments, Virtual Tone Wheel organs, percussion, and more.
The FR-18D-BK allows you to switch instantly between different tonalities and configurations of the keyboard/bass buttons. Diatonic musicians won't have to carry multiple accordions onstage anymore. In addition to its collection of virtual accordions, the FR-18 diatonic has other instruments onboard - orchestral and brass instruments, exotic world instruments, percussion, organs, and more - all of which are instantly selectable. The User Sets let you load your custom layouts of sounds and settings for instant recall.
The FR-18 diatonic comes with a dozen instantly selectable tablatures, making it possible to cover numerous genres without 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 an open instrument with customizable layouts for the keyboard and bass buttons. The FR-18D-BK's USB compatibility makes it easy to transmit and receive custom tablature sets between computer and accordion.
The speaker-less, lightweight body makes the FR-18 diatonic comfortable to wear and play. The long-life battery compatibility lets you roam onstage cable-free. In addition, there are 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.
High-quality Roland earphones are included with the FR-18 diatonic package. Practice at any hour without disturbing neighbors or surrounding environments.
Right hand keyboard: 37 buttons, velocity sensitive, selectable tablature and key
Left hand keyboard: 18 bass buttons, velocity sensitive, selectable tablature and key (same as for right hand), selectable button chord behavior (full chord or omitted third)
Bellows: Real pneumatic detection of bellows pressure (high resolution pressure sensor), bellows resistance regulator
Maximum 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