Digital Piano Review – Differences in Features Part 1
Welcome to Digital Piano Review. As they are “digital”, the features included in models vary. Such features include keyboard size, touch sensitivity, polyphony, and other technical components. Some of these are most suitable for beginners, some for professionals, and some of all.
So when choosing that perfect model, make sure you know beforehand what features you will need. A digital piano or any musical instrument for that matter can be a serious investment for majority of us. You should consider the following variations in features before making a purchase.
The type of piano or keyboard
Firsthand, you should know the differences between keyboards, digital, and acoustic pianos. You certainly don’t want to make the wrong choice. We have written articles on this topic.Read the article on this instrument’s advantages here, and the article on major differences here.
Keyboard action and weighting
The feel of the keys is considered important to many pianists. Having the proper feel means better playing technique. Unlike electronic keyboards, most digital pianos have weighted, piano/keyboard action keyboard. These keys have the authentic feel of a traditional acoustic or grand piano. They have the same heavy feel highly responsive to finger movements. As mentioned already, electronic keyboards don’t have weighted keys, and are made of plastic.
Weighted keys in piano on the other hand feel thicker and heavier, making the experience of playing joyful. Also, the keyboard action has to be good. Having so will allow playing the instrument with real dynamic expression. Depending on the manufacturer and the model, the piano actions vary. There is piano action, scaled hammer action, hammer-standard action, and graded action keyboards. The feel and sound you get with these actions will make your investment worthy.
You might come across slightly different terms (depending on the manufacturer) – graded/piano action, or scaled hammer action. It can sound very technical, but all it really means at the end of the day, is that it is reproducing the feel and sound of an acoustic.
Along with the weighted, keyboard or piano action, there is also touch sensitivity. Most pianos, digital or acoustic, have this feature. So the keys actually respond to how soft or hard you press them. If you have touch-sensitive keys, you will be able to play the music at various volumes – something necessary.
Size of keyboard
The number of keys on the instrument varies, too. Usually, the cheap electronic keyboards come with 32, 49, or 61 keys. Acoustic or grand pianos have the standard 88 keys. Digital pianos also come with 88-key standard; while some may have 76 keys. It’s best to have 88 keys since this is the full range of notes.
Digital Piano Reviews – End of Part 1
Well, this is it for part 1 of the article. Stick around and we will post part 2 very soon! The second part will mention more varieties in features. We hope this will help you. Thank you for taking you time for reading this post.