Tones, Programs, and Scenes

Roland has chosen a slightly different naming convention.  This may be good, because they are not going to work exactly like previous controllers you have used.  Not that this difference is good or bad – it is just different.


These are the basic sound building blocks.  As a stage piano, not a workstation or synthesizer, the user has little control over the tones.  You have some control over basic adjustments, such as tone “color”, effects, and the settings under “Tone Designer,” and only in the context of a program or a scene.  However, any edits to the setting cannot be stored back into a tone.

When you press the “One Touch Piano” button you are recalling a fixed program that has the selected tone enabled in zone 1, with the other internal zones off.   This program also has zone 5 enabled at full volume for external on MIDI channel 1, and the ninth slider at full volume for external audio.

The same thing happens if you have zone 1 selected  and press one of the 10 Tone buttons, or from either of these points scroll through tones to select a tone — you recall a default program.

Demo:  Press one touch piano button.  Press the enter button — you will see the program settings that were recalled with the one touch piano, greyed out since they are inactive. 

One Touch Piano1
One Touch Piano Recalled
One Touch Piano2
Press Enter, and you see the complete program behind the tone, with inactive zones greyed out.  This is the “default” program that exists behind all tones (that I have checked so far).

If you select zone 2 – 8, then press one of the tone buttons, the behavior is different — the selected tone, with factory settings, is recalled to that zone in the current program.


The program is where most of the work in the RD-2000 happens.  As discussed above, even when you recall a Tone, you are actually in a program.  The program provides setting for up to eight zones.  When you have a setup you like, it is saved in a program.

User edits are usually saved in programs, by pressing the “Write” button, then following prompts to select a program location, select a name, then do the write.  When you write to a new program, you automatically switch to that location.

If the next program you want is not immediately adjacent to the current one, it takes several button presses, potentially with two hands, to recall a program.


Scenes are very similar to programs, with a few notable differences.

  • Scenes can be easier to recall as a bank of 10 are assigned to buttons for single button selection.
  • Scenes can have 32 character memos, which provides more information than a program name
  • Instead of using the “write” button, you record Scenes by holding down the Scene button and choosing the desired Tone button for that scene.  You can use the bank up/down buttons to choose the desired Scene bank.
  • When you record a Scene to a different location, the RD-2000 does NOT shift to the new location, it stays in the previously selected Scene.
  • Programs go from 01-20 per bank, Scenes start at 00 and go through 09 in the first bank, 10-19 in the second, etc.

You can copy Scenes to Programs, using Scene Utility, and record a program to a Scene using the Scene register button.