Choosing the perfect music keyboards or synthesizers is a big decision. Whether you’re buying your first keyboard or adding another instrument to your music collection, we’re here to help you navigate the wide range of choices you’ll find on these pages. To get started, here are a few points you might want to consider when choosing your ideal keyboard or synthesizer.
A great place to start is a piano keyboard. It’s the ideal tool for those just starting their musical journey. Whether you want an acoustic grand piano for your living room, an acoustic upright for your music class or a maintenance-free digital piano for your house of worship, MusicarteStore can connect you with the right keys for your needs.
If you like EDM or vintage synth-pop music, you’ll need a synthesizer. The first consideration would be polyphony. Classic subtractive monophonic synthesizers can only play one note at a time, making them natural for greasy bass and burnt cables.
Synth or Synthesizer?
Some synthesizers are duophonic, but the more modern synths are completely polyphonic, so you can play chords on them. Want a synth with a musical keyboard? If you’re already using a MIDI controller with virtual instrument plug-ins, adding a hardware synth module or two to your setup can really expand your sound horizons. Choose from Eurorack and other modular synths from Moog, Pittsburgh Modular, Doepfer, Waldorf and Dave Smith Instruments. In Beat production? Check out a controller pad from Akai Professional, Ableton or Native Instruments.
Perhaps you are a fan of the legendary Jimmy Smith, who helped popularize the B-3 organ with his unique soul-jazz instrumental fusion brand. MusicarteStore has a wide selection of electric organs from well-known manufacturers including Hammond, Nord, Roland, Crumar and Yamaha.
Maybe you’d like to “have it all” in one keyboard. You will watch keyboard workstations from Korg, Kurzweil, Yamaha or Roland. If you want to compose and organize everything in one simplified keyboard, check out our portable keyboard and arranger category. Yamaha and Casio are the big players in this space.
Full of keys and only need a keyboard amp? Check out our selection of keyboard amplifiers from Leslie, Motion Sound, Behringer and Peavey. Do you need keyboard accessories? Whether it’s keyboard mounts, pedals or benches; keyboard covers, concert bags or cases, we have your cover! From MIDI and Keyboard Sound Expansion and ROM interfaces, to RAM and memory cards, MusicarteStore has the keyboard accessories you need. Call us: our sales engineers will help you build the keyboard of your dreams!
How To Choose A Keyboard For Home?
Whether you are looking for a digital piano to beautify your home or a portable keyboard / Arranger for advanced music creation, the following MusicarteStoreBuying guide provides detailed information on many questions about owning a home keyboard. When you have more questions, please do not hesitate to call us at (800) 222-4700.
What Is A Digital Piano And How Can It Help Me Play Better?
Let’s start by defining an acoustic piano, one of the most common musical instruments in history. A piano contains a series of strings stretched on a metal frame. These strings are struck by felt-covered hammers connected to the keyboard. The vibrations of the strings, combined with the resonance of a wooden soundboard, create the sound of the piano. However, there are many factors that must combine to make a piano sound good, including the room it is in, the temperature and humidity and the quality of its design.
A digital piano solves most of these problems by replacing strings with key activated samples – digital recordings of an acoustic piano. Since there are no strings or soundboards, it is a much more compact instrument. Digital pianos range from less than $100 to several thousand dollars. The price depends on the quality of each instrument: the sound of the samples, the realistic “feel” of the keyboard and the quality of the speakers and cabinet. Many instruments include additional voices over and above the normal piano sounds and allow you to play individual voices or different sound levels.
A vital quality of any digital piano is the action of the keyboard. Virtually all digital pianos have 88 keys, but none can exactly match the mechanical action of a conventional keyboard. Different manufacturers use different methods of applying weights to replicate the true “feel”. But you have to decide whether you like the feel of a particular keyboard: is the resistance too light or too heavy? Do the keys come back into position when released? Are there any mechanical or electronic adjustments you can make?
What Is An Arranger Keyboard And Why Would I Want One?
If you want to play songs with full solo accompaniment, an arranger keyboard might be ideal for you. These extraordinary instruments combine the best features of synthesizers and sequencers or “auto-accompaniment” (sounds of accompanying instruments). With an arranger keyboard, you can quickly select a style and form of song, then start playing. The sophisticated electronics on the keyboard will follow your left hand and the melody will change with realistic sounding backing tracks, giving you the sound of an entire ensemble in the style you want.
What is a style? It is a combination of accompanying instrument sounds (such as bass, drums, horns, etc.), chord progressions and rhythms that fit specific musical genres such as Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Latin, Country, Jazz, Techno and more. These self-accompaniment styles allow you to focus on the way you play while enjoying a full musical performance. Entry-level arrangers also offer dozens of styles, as well as piano sounds and even DJ/techno sounds.
Once primarily designed as home entertainment systems, arranger keyboards are now powerful and portable units used by many popular songwriters and recording artists. Arranger keyboards range from less than $100 to $3000 or more. Some models come with a microphone input, a digital mixer or a screen that displays song lyrics or notation.
Arranger keyboards are available in several key formats. Some have 61 spring-loaded keys (called “synth style”); others have 76 semi-weighted keys – a balance between organ style keys and a realistic piano keyboard. Finally, some have 88 fully weighted piano style keys, just like a digital piano. See the section above for more information on these.
What is MIDI and what do I need to know about it?
MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is the network software and hardware that allows electronic musical instruments to connect and communicate with computers. MIDI covers everything from the type of cables and plugs to be used, to other musical information such as volume, note duration, pitch bend and modulation. If you intend to connect your home keyboard to an extra audio module or computer, you need to know that the MIDI Out jack on your keyboard connects to the MIDI In jack on the other unit and vice versa. This is the most common mistake people (even professionals) make when connecting MIDI gears! Many new devices transmit MIDI data over a USB cable, simplifying the connection process.
They were born as “substitutes” for the Acoustic Piano but today the Digital Musical Piano is an instrument on its own that lives its own life and has its own audience.
Basically, digital pianos are used to have the sound of the classic acoustic piano but in a digital version, however, compared to the traditional instrument the musiale piano has a certain practicality of arrangement and use not to be underestimated.
In particular, the digital piano does not need to be re-tuned from time to time, as any electronic instrument is subject to much less wear and tear and does not require special care for proper use that can ensure a good durability over time.
Another advantage of digital pianos is that you can use them without volume problems: thanks to the headphone output or the volume of the adjustable speakers (if they are integrated) you can play them at all hours of the day, even at night, without making noise (except for the noise of the key pressed of course).
Last but not least, the last but not least advantage of the digital musical piano lies in its portability: with the latest sound generations coupled with more and more advanced and realistic mechanics, digital pianos offer lightweight and transportable solutions without compromises.
Even the most demanding pianists can have the touch and sound of an acoustic without dragging around tens and tens of kilos of weight and always having a piano tuner in tow.
At Musicarte you can get tips to choose from leading brands such as Korg, Kawai, Roland, Yamaha, Casio, Kurzweil, Nord, and Alesis. Or Dexibell for Made in Italy.