The RD 2000 layout has been one of our classics since the first version was uploaded in 2018. There were multiple updates until the layout was mature (and completely full) in 2020.
Usually, when a board gets to ~ five years old, you do not expect much new content from the manufacturer. However, Roland recently released a V-Piano expansion pack for the RD 2000, based on a German Concert Grand. It includes 17 new tones built on the German Concert Grand model. (The supporting software update for the RD 2000 has two new expansions slots, so hopefully we will see another V-Piano expansion.)
The original update intent for the RD 2000 Manager was simply to add the 17 new tones to the picker. However, the improvements in MDP2 since the last Manger release meant there was lots of opportunity to improve functionality of the layout.
– Support for German Concert Grand
– Sound Chain Functional View
– Sympathetic Resonance Editor (from the RD 2000 Piano Manager)
– Interface Upgrades and simplification
Sound design capability with the V-Pianos is nearly unlimited. While Roland provides 17 new tones, you can use the V-Piano Designer and Individual Tuning to create your own sounds based on the German Concert Grand. The RD 2000 Piano Editor layout provides a set of tools to simplify customizing your piano design. (Check back – we expect an update to the Piano Editor based on the new German Concert Grand content.)
See more at midiDr.com/qa/6548
Learn about the Roland V-Piano
And don’t forget, MDP2 now runs on Apple Silicon Macs.