- 37 keys and 120 left-hand buttons
- Compact and lightweight
- Sound module and user interface from the flagship FR-8x
- Headphones and line outputs
- 100 accordion sound sets (including 67 pre-loaded sets), 162 orchestral sounds, 32 organ sounds, 3 drum sounds
- Built-in chorus, reverb, and rotary effects
- Onboard audio recorder
- Fast response and high sensitivity from bellows pressure-sensing circuitry
- Bellows Resistance Regulator to adjust bellows’ inertia
- Powerful onboard amplification system (two speakers + one tweeter)
- Character-type LCD screen
- Four expansion slots for access to additional tone libraries (Balkan and Dallape expansions are pre-installed)
- Dedicated FR-4x Editor software
- USB connection and MIDI I/O
- USB memory port for song playback and recording
- Powered by AC adaptor or 10 AA-size batteries
- Available in black or red; made in Italy
Play in Any Style with Customizable Onboard Tones
A traditional acoustic accordion offers just one dedicated sound. With its powerful sound engine carried over from the flagship FR-8x, the new FR-4x puts an entire orchestra in your hands, with a wide range of onboard sounds to support any musical style. Maybe you’ll dabble in 100 preset accordion sets, switching between French musette and Russian bajan in the same song. Or perhaps you’ll investigate 162 orchestral sounds derived from Roland’s latest keyboards, transforming your accordion into an organ, string quartet, or bass guitar. You could add chorus, reverb, and rotary effects, or accompany your melody lines with the onboard drum sounds. And factoring in the fast, easy sound customization process—plus additional sound libraries available from the official Roland website—the FR-4x is a truly open-ended instrument with immense creative potential.
The Digital Accordion That Honors Tradition
If you play a traditional accordion, you won’t want to compromise on the expressive feel and portable format. You don’t have to with the Roland FR-4x, which plays like a great acoustic accordion and travels light. The intuitive layout of 37 velocity-responsive keys and 120 left-hand buttons feels instantly familiar, while the pressure-sensing bellows circuitry lets you tailor the inertia to your preference. This new digital accordion might feature lots of onboard technology, but its light and compact design—plus the option of powering from an AC adaptor or AA batteries—make it a great choice for players on the move.
Flexible Outputs for a Variety of Music-Making Scenarios
Practice. Rehearsal. Studio. Stage. The Roland FR-4x has the flexibility to support you wherever you’re making music. The headphones jack lets you practice at home without disturbing the neighbors, and when you’re on the go, a powerful onboard audio system with two speakers and a tweeter supplies big, full-range sound. Ambitious music makers can even connect with external MIDI devices like the Roland BK-7m Backing Module for controllable accompaniment. Gigging accordion players will appreciate that the FR-4x is fully stage-ready, providing a direct connection to a venue’s PA system via the Line Out and sparing the headaches of trying to mic up a traditional accordion.
Jam with Your Favorite Songs, or Record Your Own
The USB memory port is your pathway to some of the Roland FR-4x’s most useful features. By inserting a USB stick preloaded with your favorite songs or your band’s latest material, you can jam along with the music as it plays back and perfect your parts at your convenience. If you want to get creative, the FR-4x also features a handy onboard recorder; simply record a new part, save it to a USB stick, and then transfer your creation to a computer and share it with the world. USB export also allows you to safely archive your customized sound settings.
KEYBOARD, BASS & BELLOWS
37 keys (with velocity sensitivity)
120 bass buttons (with velocity sensitivity)
Bass & Chord Mode (Left-Hand Keyboard Note Layout)
2 Bass Rows, 3 Bass Rows A-7th, 3 Bass Rows A-5dim, 3 Bass Rows B-7th, 3 Bass Rows B-5dim, 3 Bass Rows Bx-7th, 3 Bass Rows Belgium
Free Bass Mode (Left-Hand Keyboard Note Layout)
Minor 3rd, Bajan, Fifth, North Europe, Finnish
High-resolution pressure sensor for the detection of bellows pressure
Bellows resistance regulator: wheel with fine adjustment
Fixed Low, Fixed Med, Fixed High, X-Light, Light, Standard, Heavy, X-Heavy, Close, Open, Tango, Traditional, Jazz, Classic, Dynamic1, Dynamic2
Tones (Accordion Set)
100 Accordion Sets
Each Accordion Set includes (number of sounds that can be assigned to the register buttons):
Right Hand Registers: 14 Accordion registers, 14 Orchestra registers, 14 Organ registers
Left Hand Registers: 7 Bass & Chord registers, 7 Free Bass registers,
7 Orchestra Bass registers, 7 Orchestra Chord registers, 7 Orchestra Free Bass registers
7 Treble, 5 Bass, 3 Chord, 2 Free Bass
Upload from USB memory and saved on internal memory
* Orchestral sounds can also be used with orchestral bass sounds, orchestral chord sounds, and orchestral free bass sounds.
Organ sounds (Virtual Tone Wheel)
32 presets for Treble, Orchestra Chord and Orchestra Free Bass sections,
16 presets for Orchestra Bass section
98: 7 User Program Bank x 14 registers
PBM (PHYSICAL BEHAVIOR MODELING)
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
Bellows opening/closing sound change
By bellows opening/closing detection
16 Types: Off, Dry, Classic, F-Folk, American L/H, North Europe, German L/H, D-Folk L/H, Alpine, Italian L/H, French, Scottish
Fine Tuning reed footages 8- / 8+
-100 to 0 to +100
* Includes delay type.
* Includes delay type.
Rotary for Organ sound
4 Band EQ for Internal Speakers
Knob controls & Registers
Volume, Balance, Reverb, Chorus,
Right hand register buttons 7 x 2
* Use the A/B button to switch between sounds assigned to the register buttons.
Left hand register buttons 7
Menu/Write, Exit/No, Enter/Yes, Cursor , Value -/+ (Set Down/Up)
Right Hand Parts switches (Accordion, Orchestra, Organ)
Left Hand Parts switches (Drums, Orch Bass, Orch Chrd/F.Bass, F.Bass, Bass&Chrd)
User Program, Song List, Play/Pause, Rec, Power
6 user assignable function switches on last row of bass buttons
Right Hand Keyboard Mode
Layer (Zone), High, Low
-3, 0, +3 for Orchestra
This setting can be saved individually for each set.
-1, 0, +1 for Treble, Orchestra, Organ (Right hand)
This setting can be saved individually for each user program.
Orchestra Chord Guitar Mode
Gtr Table1, Gtr Table2, Gtr Table3
* The dedicated editor allows full editing.
Bass to Treble
Accordion, Orchestra, Organ, Bass&Chord, Free Bass, Orch Bass, Orch Chord, Orch Free Bass
Bass & Chord with drum/percussion sounds
Programmable drum/percussion sounds for Bass/Orch Bass rows, Chord/Orchestra Chord rows.
Audio Player and Audio REC
MP3/WAV file playback from a USB flash drive, WAV file recording to a USB flash drive
Left-hand Button Keyboard Layer
Custom LCD (8 characters + 16 segments x 4)
Rated Power Output
2 x 11 W
2 x 10 cm
1 x Tweeter
4 internal areas (8 MB each) to load new sounds
* When shipped from the factory, sounds are pre-installed in two areas.
Batteries (AA-type rechargeable Ni-MH x 10)
* Expected battery life under continuous use: 5 hours speaker ON mode, 9 hours speaker OFF mode
OUTPUT jacks L/Mono (Treble), R/Mono (Bass): 1/4” phone type
PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4” phone type
INPUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type
MIDI (IN or OUT) connectors
USB MEMORY port
USB COMPUTER port (USB Hi-Speed MIDI support)
(Use a USB cable and a USB port on your computer that supports Hi-Speed USB.)
DC IN jack
Power cord (for connecting the AC adaptor)
Reference caps for the bass buttons
Option (sold separately)
USB Flash memory
Soft case for accordion (BAG-FR-3)
MIDI foot controller (FC-300)
SIZE AND WEIGHT
19 lbs. 10 oz.
(Without straps and batteries)