Digital Piano Review – Differences in Features Part 2
Digital Piano Review brings you the 2nd part article of differences in features. In the part 1 of the article (which can be read here) covered features of pianos. Those included the type of keyboard or piano, keyboard action and weighting, touch sensitivity, and keyboard size.
In this second part, we will cover differences within polyphony notes, pedals, speaker wattage, and other technical features.
Polyphony means being able to play two or more sounds at once. Digital pianos are polyphonic instruments, as opposed to monophonic. Normally, musical keyboards and pianos come in various polyphonic notes. Some have as low as 32 and 64. Some have 98 or 128 polyphony notes.
Most pianos – the digital ones, have 64 or 128 notes. However, 64 polyphonic notes are enough. If you want more, expect to pay more. But do not go for the instrument with something like 32 notes. That is not enough and you may regret it.
To mimic the sound of a traditional acoustic piano, most digital pianos come with built-in pedals. Having the right pedals is really important. Make sure the pedals allow grand piano-like sounds to come out. You may need to buy pedals separately. Usually, you will get 3 pedals: soft, sostenuto, and damper. There is also half-damper.
This is important if you’re buying a digital piano. Find out what kind of pedaling it has – does it mimic a real piano (this is preferable)?. Sometimes you can buy the pedals separately. Ideally, try and find one that has three pedals (like the acoustic has).
Almost of current models have built-in speakers. Aim for a minimum output of 30 watts. If it is less, it is best to avoid it since the result will be weaker sound.
Depending on the manufacturer and models, the features will differ.F or example, having a USB or MIDI connection is important. This allows you to connect your instrument with a computer. It will help you with the composing, editing, and recording process.
For more help to beginners, you may get a sequencer that is built-in. Then there is a bunch of voices of difference instruments you can play. There are metronomes, headphone jacks, etc. There are all great, but not essential.
Top 10 Digital Piano Reviews – Conclusion
After reading this post, and also part 1, it will be easier to choose a digital piano. Make sure you consider features that you may or may not need. Each model will have its advantages and disadvantages. Along with the price, also consider the features when shopping. Make sure your choice is best suited for you. You’ll be happier in the long-run.
Thank you for reading this Digital Piano Reviews article.