The Right Fit: Digital Piano vs. Keyboard

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The Right Fit: Digital Piano vs. Keyboard

  1. 1. The Right Fit: Digital Piano vs. Keyboardhttp://digitalpianosandkeyboards.weebly.com
  2. 2. Where To Start?• Youre a piano player. The urge to play is in your blood, and you need an outlet. You need a piano.• But you need something that doesnt put a huge dent in your life savings or in your living space like an acoustic piano would do.• You’re down to two options: buy a digital piano, or buy a keyboard. They are two entirely different things, and this video will help you decide between the two.
  3. 3. Digital Pianos• Digital Pianos are designed to mirror the sound and feel of 88-key acoustic pianos.• The two most important things when looking at digital pianos are: – sound quality and – an authentic feel
  4. 4. Digital Pianos – Sound Quality• The technology used in digital pianos to mimic the rich tones of a "real" piano is called sampling, and it involves taking high- quality stereo recordings from the best-of- the-best concert pianos.• Yamaha has their Advanced Wave Memory (AWM), while Cassio calls it AiF Linear Morphing.
  5. 5. Digital Pianos – Sound Quality• A very nice important thing to consider when shopping for a digital piano is the polyphony.• Polyphony is the number of notes a digital instrument can hold at one time.• The best digital pianos include a very large polyphony (a good size is 128 notes).• A large polyphony means that you will never drop notes in a dense passage.
  6. 6. Digital Pianos – Authentic Feel• If you have ever played an acoustic piano you have noticed that the keys feel quite solid and heavy when you press them.• You may have also noticed that the bass keys give more resistance, and as you travel higher up the keyboard the keys become more sensitive.• In order to copy this feel, digital pianos are usually equipped with what is called Graded Hammer or Scaled Hammer-Action Keyboards.
  7. 7. Digital Pianos – Authentic Feel• Pedaling is another critical part to the feel and expression of piano playing.• Acoustic pianos usually have three pedals: a damper (sustain) pedal, a soft (or una corda) pedal, and a sostenuto pedal. – The damper pedal is the most commonly used pedal nowadays. It keeps notes sustained long after you have released the keys, creating a legato effect. – The soft pedal enhances the timbre of softly played notes. – The sostenuto pedal is used to sustain certain notes while leaving the rest of the keyboard unaffected.• Most good digital pianos have developed a quality 3- pedal system that is attached to the digital piano cabinet.
  8. 8. Digital Pianos – Extras• Many digital pianos feature different voices (anywhere from 10 to hundreds), including church organs, electric pianos, guitars, and drum kits.• Effects like harmony, reverb, transpose, and dual and split voice are featured in many digital pianos as well.• These voices and effects can be fun to play around with, especially when the digital piano has recording capabilities.• If you are really into that stuff, and value it more than the "real piano" set-up of digital pianos, I would recommend a keyboard.
  9. 9. Digital Pianos – Bottom Line• Digital pianos are the perfect option for music lovers who value an authentic grand piano sound and feel, and are content with a minimal amount of voice, effect, and recording features.• There are some very elegant digital pianos out there that offer a great piano experience at a fraction of the cost of a large and heavy acoustic piano.
  10. 10. Keyboards• For those of you not so classically inclined musicians who prefer to unleash your creative side through hundreds of voices, styles and effects, multi-track recording, and computer connectivity, you are clearly in need of a keyboard.• Keyboards are also great if you are on a tight budget or are living in a pretty tiny apartment or dorm since they are so small and portable.
  11. 11. Keyboards• Most keyboards have 61 or 76 keys, a couple scales short of an acoustic or full-sized digital. Its not impossible to find 88-key keyboards; they are just usually a bit more expensive.• Be aware that the keyboard doesnt care much about giving you an authentic piano feel. It is more concerned with giving you all the digital features you could ever want.• Dont expect to play concert hall quality classical music on a keyboard, but prepare for tons of fun.
  12. 12. Keyboards• Keyboards are great learning tools. Many of them come with preloaded songs and lessons that you can play along with.• They are also an excellent way to break into music recording. The best keyboard workstations feature multi-track recording.• The sounds that come out of your keyboard are highly customizable through effects, layering, and EQ adjustments.• Besides a learning and recording tool, keyboards are just as functional in a band setting.
  13. 13. Shopping Time• I hope you have gained some knowledge on digital pianos and keyboards.• This video highlighted the basic functions of each.• Figure out what kind of instrument best fits who you are and where you are in life.• Choose the features you need, and find a piano that provides them.
  14. 14. More Information• For In-depth digital piano and keyboard reviews,• And to get a FREE Digital Piano and Keyboard Buyer’s Guide featuring a collection of articles and information to equip you to pick your perfect piano,• Visit: http://digitalpianosandkeyboards.weebly.com/

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