Choosing a Digital Piano
All digital pianos have a MIDI interface, thanks to which you can connect the instrument to a computer, which opens up unlimited possibilities for creating music. As a rule, in addition to the piano sounds themselves, most digital instruments have a variety of electric piano sounds (Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Clavinet, harpsichord, champagne, etc.) and the sound of a vibraphone. Samples of organs and stringed instruments are added to the preset a little less often. Also, many models are equipped with more or less powerful sequencers that can record your performance and play ready-made songs. Some digital pianos have such a wide variety of patches and a developed sequencer that in fact they are real workstations. Currently, digital pianos are produced by more than a dozen companies, and each offers from one to twenty models. Naturally, it is difficult for an inexperienced person to understand such a variety, and our task will be to find the best option, both in terms of its capabilities and price.
When choosing a digital instrument as a home piano, two things are important above all: sound quality and a keyboard device. The sound of a digital piano depends on several factors. First, which grand piano samples were used to load the instrument. The “live” grand pianos of different companies and different models sound differently. Accordingly, the sound of an electric piano in which Yamaha piano samples were used will be different from that in which Bosendorfer piano samples were used. Of great importance is the number of samples per note, as well as the quality and conditions of their recording. Secondly, the hardware and software of the instrument is important, that is, how well it handles these samples and outputs the sound. It does not make sense to go into technical details, since anyway, in most cases, you will not be able to find out this information from the manufacturer. It is best to evaluate the sound yourself, that is, come to the store and play different instruments. One point to consider here. Electric pianos intended for home use are equipped with low-power amplifiers and speakers and it is unrealistic to expect good sound from them. To get a really high-quality sound, you need to connect the instrument to a more powerful amplifier and speakers. In the store, you can ask the seller to connect the piano to some amplifier or keyboard combo, and in the absence of such an opportunity, evaluate the sound in good headphones, otherwise you will get an idea not about the capabilities of the instrument, but about the capabilities of its small speakers. Keyboards that give the most authentic gaming experience should have the following characteristics: Full Weighted or Scaled and Hammer. Another point that adds realism is that the lower keys should be heavier than the upper ones, like on a live piano. In connection with the above, a logical question may arise: it might be better to buy a piano without them, if Is there a solution to use a separate amplifier with speakers? In fact, the built-in speakers perform another function that few people know about, but which, in my opinion, is also quite important. The fact is that in a real piano, sound vibrations are transmitted through the instrument body to the keyboard, causing the keys to vibrate. Built-in speakers (with sufficient power) are able to perform the same function, thereby giving additional sensations to a “live” instrument. Now to summarize: we need an electric piano with a fully-weighted hammer keyboard, with different elasticity of the keys in different registers and built-in speakers (the more powerful, the it’s better). It is desirable to have a USB / MIDI port (so as not to buy a specialized audio card for the computer), the presence of additional sounds and other features – a sequencer, accompaniment functions, etc. And all this for a reasonable, low price.
Under all the above conditions, the choice becomes not so great, and the new model of Casio called PRIVIA PX-410R, with which I would like to introduce you, is becoming the undisputed leader. An excellent keyboard (naturally, full-weighted, hammer and graduated) and excellent sound make this electric piano on a par with the best and most expensive models on the market. But besides this, the PRIVIA PX-410R offers a ton of other features – some of them are unique in general, and all of them are not represented in any of the digital pianos that exist today. Firstly, the built-in speaker system of this instrument contains four speakers, and the low-frequency speakers are equipped with phase inverters, which provides powerful and high-quality sound – that is, this is the rare case when you do not need additional speakers and an amplifier. Secondly, the PX-410R contains 670 different sounds of all possible categories (organs, thongs, pads, FX tones, etc.).