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Electric Keyboards Buying Guide

Electric keyboards  are a great way to explore music and learn an instrument.  Different types of keyboards work best for different kinds of players, and we are here to help you determine what will work best for your musical needs. 

Types

Portable Electric Keyboard 

  • Affordable and easy to play, these keyboards can go anywhere with you, as you can even play it on your lap.  These come with built-in speakers so you can be your own one person band, but higher end keyboards will come with a better quality of sound.   
  • These keyboards can often produce a variety of sounds and percussion rhythms, and some even have a recording capability which allows you to sample your sound and then play it back.  

Digital Piano 

  • Though portable keyboards and synthesisers may replicate the sounds of a piano, the digital piano is actually closer to sounding like the real thing.  It can sometimes be portable, making it perfect for a professional musician playing gigs or a beginner student taking lessons.      
  • Digital pianos have two or three pedals and require a stand .  Aside from realistic piano sounds, most can replicate other sounds such as the organ, harpsichord, or strings.  

Synthesiser 

  • Different from a portable keyboard, a synthesiser is capable of higher technology.  Many feature a sampler, working as a digital recorder to save and play back your digital sounds.  
  • Synthesisers or samplers can sometimes fall into the musical workstation  category, as it can function as a complete music studio.  You can often create full compositions without the use of any other equipment.  

Features

  • MIDI:  MIDI means more possibilities!  Many keyboards have a MIDI port , which allows your keyboard to communicate with your computer  or other digital electronic devices.  Some electronic keyboards even allow you to download songs onto your keyboard.  For anyone who likes to experiment with sound, this feature is a must have. 
  • Explore sounds:  Electric keyboards  often come with a variety of sounds, rhythm patterns, and bass lines.  Most standard models include 128 acoustic and electronic instrument sounds along with 47 pre-recorded percussion sounds.  The percussion sounds provide basic rhythms for different types of music. 
  • Digital Effects:  Digital effects  such as reverb, chorus, delay, and even distortion will give your music some colour.  You can often imitate guitar sounds or alter the pitch for a different tone and style.
  • The Keyboard:  The keys of the keyboard can come in one of three styles: mini ,organ , or full size .  Smaller sized keys are appropriate for children or people with small hands; if you want to adapt to the size of an acoustic piano , then a full size keyboard may be right for you.  Electronic pianos  will have a varying number of keys, from 49 to 61 to 88. Digital pianos  should always have 88 keys. 
  • Tutorials:  Often you can find an electric keyboard that comes with a tutorial booklet  or instructional guide .  This is perfect for those who are looking to teach themselves how to play. 

Accessories

Amplifiers 

Gig Bag 

Music Editing Software 

Stands 

Sustain Pedals 

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