How to connect your Roland FP-90X to Bluetooth and Apps

How to connect your Roland FP-90X to Bluetooth and Apps

If you’re here to find out how to connect the FP-90X to Bluetooth, then scroll down to the “How-to” section further down in this article.

If you’re thinking of purchasing an FP-90X and not sure what all the fuss is about with Bluetooth, then read on and discover some of the really cool things you can do with the FP-90X and Bluetooth technology

Contributed by Rudi Zarka for Roland Corporation Australia

Play music wirelessly through to the FP-90X’s built-in speakers

FP-30X Bluetooth

Use Bluetooth audio to stream music from your iOS or Android device to the FP-90X’s built-in speakers. Maybe you just want to jam along with your favourite track on Spotify, or play along with a You-Tube tutorial.  If you happen to be using wired headphones, the streamed audio will come through to your headphones combined with the FP-90x’s sound. That way you can practise and jam along in private.

This is especially useful if you’re a gigging musician. It makes learning new songs or transcribing songs so practical and easy!

One of the other excellent features of the FP-90X is the Microphone input with built in effects. That way, you can not only play along with streamed audio, but also sing through the piano’s powerful speakers. In fact the on-board speakers are powerful enough for use in a small venue even without external amplification, perfect for piano/vocal performances.

Roland Bluetooth Apps

The FP-90X is also able to communicate via Bluetooth MIDI to apps such as Roland’s Piano Every Day which is a free download for iOS or Android devices.

Because staying engaged and motivated is so important, Piano everyday has a built-in practise diary, backing rhythms for jamming, full remote control of the piano’s functions, and access to Sheet Music Direct, the world’s largest online sheet music store, all right in the app!

That way you can browse a vast selection of scores spanning every musical genre, from classical, pop, and jazz to movie soundtracks, holiday songs, and beyond. Because variety is important!

Piano Every Day

Sound engine

One of the amazing things about the FP-90X is it’s incredible and ultra-realistic piano sound engine.

Common industry practice with digital pianos is to use sampling technology or a recording of each note of a piano. Whilst sampling works well, it results in a limited range of expression, similar to when animation is composed of still images. Roland engineers wanted to improve on this technology, they wanted the sound to be authentic both in its quality, behaviour, and range of expression. 

Pure Acoustic Modelling

At the heart of the FP-90X is the incredible Pure acoustic modelling engine. 

What is Pure-acoustic modelling?

If you long for the detail and character of a great acoustic grand piano, the you’ll love the way the modelling engine reacts instantly to what and how you play. The more you play it, the more you listen to it, it becomes clearer just how immersive and true to life the behaviour of the sound is. This is the pinnacle of Roland’s Piano sound technology and this is the first time it has been available in a portable piano.

Key Action

The FP-90X also uses the superb PHA-50 key mechanism featuring a hybrid structure including wooden inserts and stabilising pins for reduced sideways motion of the keys. Coupled with the excellent non-slip ivory key surfaces, this action lets you get the most out of the FP-90X’s incredible sounds.

Piano Designer

If you are all about creating your own unique and personal sound, then you will love the free Piano Designer app for Android & iOS.

Piano Designer using bluetooth technology

Piano designer also connects via Bluetooth MIDI and allows you to fine tune your FP-90X directly from your smart device. Adjust string and damper resonance settings as well as key-off resonance. You can even voice and tune individual notes on the piano.

There is so much scope for personalising your sound in the Pure-acoustic sound engine on the FP-90X, Piano designer gives you a unique and graphical way of delving deep into the settings.

Save your favourite settings directly into the app for future use. You can then transfer them directly to your FP-90X at any time via the Bluetooth connection.

Teaching apps

If you’re thinking of doing some online lessons, then there’s a lot to choose from these days. With the ability to stream the audio from these apps directly to your FP-90X’s speakers you’ll be playing in no time!

Here are some popular apps that are worth checking out:

Yousician

Why this app is good for learning piano:
  • Well-regarded by self-learners and professional teachers alike
  • Attractive visual interface with hybrid notation to make reading music easy
  • Gives you real-time feedback and connects you with millions of other Yousicians worldwide with the Weekly Challenge

Skoove

Skoove is a great app and has just recently launched a new version (2.0) for apple iOS. The interface is clear and well laid out. It also allows Bluetooth integration.
  • Hand videos help you get your positions and technique just right.
  • ​Play by ear teaching helps you learn to play tunes just by listening.
  • A moving score shows you which notes to play and when.
  • Artificial Intelligence listens to you and helps you improve.
  • Play-alongs let you play your favourite music alongside a full band.

GarageBand

More and more third-party app developers are coming on-board with Bluetooth Midi connectivity. The most notable app is Apple’s Garage Band for iOS. This is free with most Apple devices and is an incredible tool for learning, recording and just plain having fun! If you’re feeling creative, It’s a great way to discover new musical styles and inject some variety into your piano playing. Use the Live loops or session drummer and jam along! As you can see there is a lot to be gained using Bluetooth technology. In addition to providing real tools to help your musical progress, there is also a lot of fun to be had which is always a good thing!

FP-90X & FP-60X Bluetooth “How-To”

Connecting Bluetooth audio to stream music to your FP-90X or FP-60X speakers

The best way is always to connect Bluetooth audio first as per below instructions. The connection for Bluetooth MIDI is made in the Piano everyday app. If you do not wish to use Bluetooth audio you can always disconnect it in your phone’s settings once Bluetooth MIDI is connected.

1. Place the mobile device that you want to connect near the FP-90X

2. Hold down the [Function] button for at least five seconds.
3. Turn on the Bluetooth function of the mobile device.
Bluetooth menu

4. Tap “FP-90X or FP-60X Audio” that is shown in the Bluetooth device screen of your mobile device.

5. The piano and mobile device are paired. When pairing is completed, a display like the following appears.
Mobile device “FP-90X Audio” is added in the “My Devices” field
Piano The display reads : Bluetooth Pairing Completed and the AUDIO symbol is shown beside the Bluetooth symbol.
RP-701 Bluetooth pairing
You can now playback audio from your device through to the Piano’s built-in speakers. The volume of the audio is controlled on your device’s volume controls.

Pairing Bluetooth Midi to use with Apps

Once the above Bluetooth audio connection is made then the Bluetooth MIDI connection is made in the Piano Everyday app as follows:
1. Turn on the Bluetooth function of the mobile device.
FP-30X Bluetooth

NOTE: Even if the “Devices” field shows the name of  the device you’re using (such as “FP-90X MIDI or FP-60X MIDI”), do not tap it.

2. Start the Piano Every Day app on your device and make sure that your device is connected to the internet.

3 Tap the menu located in the lower right of the app screen, and then in the menu screen tap “Bluetooth.” Piano everyday will then scan for available devices and detect your FP-90X or FP-60X

Piano Everyday App connected via Bluetooth Technology

4. Tap “FP-90X MIDI or FP-60X MIDI.”

The piano and mobile device will then pair. A pop-up may occur (depending on your device) asking for a pairing request , accept the pairing request. When pairing is completed, a display like the following appears.

Mobile device “FP-90X MIDI” is added in the “My Devices” field
Piano MIDI will be written next to the Bluetooth symbol on the piano's display

Settings are now complete.

If pairing is not successful then try these steps:

Make sure that the piano’s Bluetooth function is “On ”

1. Press the piano’s [Function] button.

2. Use the [K] [J] buttons to select “Bluetooth.”

3. Press the [Function] (Enter) button.

The Bluetooth setting screen appears.

4. Use the [K] [J] buttons to select “Bluetooth On/Off,” and

then use the [–] [+] buttons to turn it “On.”

The piano’s Bluetooth function turns on.

5. Press the [Function] button.

You exit function mode.

Exit all apps on your mobile device

Closing the app
Double-click the home button, and swipe up on the app

iPad off

The way to exit an app may differ depending on your mobile device. Exit the apps using the method that’s appropriate for your mobile device.

If already paired, cancel pairing, and turn off the Bluetooth function

1.  In the mobile device’s screen, tap the “i” located beside “Connected,” and tap “Forget This Device.”

My Devices will show whichever piano you are trying to connect with.

turn bluetooth off
2. Turn the Bluetooth switch off.
bluetooth switch off

Re-start the pairing process from the beginning starting with Bluetooth audio as per above instructions.

If you are using any other apps that have Bluetooth MIDI functionality the FP-90X will show as available for connection if correctly paired within Piano Everyday.

Here is also a video showing how to connect Bluetooth:

How to connect FP60X & FP-90X to Bluetooth

 

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