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Lazar's Early Music
425 N. Whisman Rd., Ste. 200
Mountain View, CA 94043
(408) 705-1960 fax
Roland C-200 Classic Keyboard
Roland has discontinued the C-200
The following sound clips show some of the potential of the C-200 with repertoire outside the Baroque and Classical. The cuts explore orchestral potentials from individual instruments to string orchestra providing the backdrop to flourishes of (human) choral strains and some interesting syncopations showcasing Middle East modalities. They were performed by Len Friedman, recorded on one track with no stacking, from the internals speakers using a Zoom H3-HD recorder. No pedalboard was used; the expression pedal was used for sustain; the split manual keyboard was used to get the layers of other instruments. Here is what Len Friedman has to say:
"The C-200 is not exactly a beginner's instrument. I'd expect that at first glance, it would appeal only to musically literate individuals seeking to imitate and/or duplicate long established and revered sounds first encountered in houses of worship. As it happens, though, the story needs not end with that. What we have is something akin to an all-in-one office machine equivalent but in the music business.
Nice to hear from you, Bill. I play the Roland C-200 almost every day and it never gets old - what an instrument! My girlfriend loves it too. Thank you, AW, 08/13
Bill, My new organ (Roland C-200) arrived today on schedule. I've got it all setup at home and it sounds beautiful! I LOVE IT! Thank You! AW 07/12
Bill, The organ arrived yesterday afternoon. I looked at it in the cartons (keyboard & stand) for probably an hour before I decided it was time to put it together. Packaging was extraordinary---everything was perfectly protected and while not labeled, all was as clear as could be desired in the paperwork accompanying the stand.
The organ is much more professional in appearance than online photos suggest. The laminate surrounding the keyboard itself resembles a faux wood grain, probably meant to simulate red/brown mahogany. The speakers are located on the top surface. This tells me a person could place the instrument on a table in a pinch for a short performance time although I suspect air cooling from underneath would be an important consideration.
The organ sounds very much like a pipe organ, of course. At first I was delighted and then the awful truth sank into my thick skull: I'm going to have to unlock registration secrets if I'm to get the voicings I especially want! Horrors!
Played and explored for awhile, then got away from it. Bedtime had me pecking away once again and I finally got a murky blues going with a walking bass that got so raunchy, even my wife had to get out of bed...probably thought I had a sexy lady out in the living room. I swear, it was "Casa Blanca" all over again but without the booze, the sultry smokey air and if anything, the atmosphere was about as subtly reverent as a church with a Pope lying in state. She was lavishing praises and I was shocked at what this thing will do. Going to bed was difficult as I was almost afraid I'd forget how to get the jazz voicing I so desperately needed and had uncovered.
This morning I went after the oboe sound, having failed in my prior attempts the night earlier. Suddenly it was right there to be heard in all its glory. Mind you I was an oboist in jr. high, high school and then college. As an undergraduate, I earned part of my tuition by making oboe reeds which the college bookstore happily sold to professional players---so I know quality oboe sound. It's truly uncanny that Roland has been able to come up with the componentry that will yield such a unique tone quality.
The trumpet will be my next goal. The tab labeled "trumpet" is more like a choking Farfisa organ tone out of the 1970's...suffocation might be pleasanter than having my neck squeezed if only to produce such an unstable, wobbly & colorless sound. So I just played Hector Olivera's YouTube offering of Mouret's "Rondeau" which opens with trumpets. This piece is the backbone offering for Public TV offerings in Texas, by the way, and is understandably appreciated not by the few but, instead, the many. I've got to reproduce it as I know it will be widely enjoyed. I stopped Hector's (Olivera) presentation, freezing the panel so I could copy the registration. He uses things I'm not clear on yet but at least I can begin to make some sense out of it. I'll get it, yet.
This is probably the long way to tell you I'm loving the C-200. If there's any weakness in any of this at all, it's in my impatience to master a few things. There's a lot to learn, a lot to experience anew and then to learn from all of of it. The pedal board will help immensely as it will give me the third hand I need so even that will usher in a whole new playing field..
Have you any info on the C-110 (2.1 speaker system) yet? I'm thinking it will produce more extremes in the tonal spectrum---possibly mellow midrange sounds or more pointed highs. The pedal board comes with a swell pedal, I believe. If not, then we need to get one as it's absolutely essential.
This is definitely a highlight of my musical life as I struggle to find a comfortable place in my senior chapter. The C-200 brings so much opportunity to recreate performance of classical stature right in a person's own living room! It's not possible to beat that, is it?
Thank you for having done your part in making this possible, Bill. LF, 2/12
This morning I was able to replicate a clarinet voice with a wonderfully throaty bottom. I then contrasted it with a simple Irish sounding penny whistle tonal quality reminiscent of Celtic street music such as "line dancing." This is such great fun!
JA and I went out with Androids in hand in search of music manuscript so I can get down to transcribing some literature specifically for the organ...some baroque classics and show tunes, too. I love production numbers---these are larger scaled renditions of typically simple ballads or upbeat duple/triple meter tunes but set to a more classical orientation. I think many of these will work out great when I can produce various registrations at will without having to think about it. Today, for example, I combined the trumpet with the two lowest bass tabs and played that on the equivalent of manual #1 while I used a very muted and mellow flute-like voicing in manual #2. When that bored me I used the tone knob to the left and got a near-perfect oboe to cut like butter. Incredible fun, just mind boggling.
More: Bill, Just played a jazz session and absolutely
loved every minute of it. This organ is beyond belief in so very
many ways. I love it, I love it!
Bill, The organ is everything I could have wanted and more. It's
going to mean a lot when the pedal board arrives...exciting.
Bill, We received the (Roland) C-200 (digital organ). It is really wonderful. I played it for hours, and enjoyed it very much. DC, 09/11
Hi Bill, First let me say how wonderful it is to have the C-200 as part of our music program here at the parish. The Christmas concerts and Masses were truly enhanced by the creativity of my staff and their use of the C-200. DC, 12/11
most streamlined and affordable of
Roland's Classic Organ series is the new
C-200. Ideal for students or musicians who
desire great sound with portability and
simplicity, the C-200 offers a clean, clear
user interface and an instantly selectable
menu of high-quality organ, piano and
celesta sounds as well as harpsichord and
fortepiano for baroque ensemble
applications. For portability sake, the
C-200 features high-quality built-in
speakers with Bass Reflex and a single
76-note keyboard, however it easily lets you
simulate dual-manual performance via
programmable keyboard split points and
zones. For additional performance
flexibility, an optional pedal board can be
added. The C-200 is the ideal instrument for
classical music students, small choirs, and
intimate churches, chapels, concert halls,
Classical Organ Sounds
The C-200 features dozens of high-quality organ sounds based on the Roland/Rodgers library, including samples of historic European church organs. The organ sounds and the orchestral sounds can be conveniently accessed in real time via the front-panel tilt tabs.
Beautiful Orchestral Sounds
More than just high-quality organ sounds, the C-200s authentic orchestral sounds can be played via each virtual manual plus pedals. Add an optional pedal board, and turn the C-200 into a full-console organ akin to a church pipe organ.
Also of note is the C-200s unique Windchest Panning feature, which recreates the sound of a classic church environment by simulating the physical location of pipes for each note played. Each note will emanate from its own unique location in the stereo sound field just like a true pipe organ!
In the interest of product improvement, the specifications and/or appearance of this unit are subject to change without prior notice.