What is a digital piano?
A digital piano is a type of electronic keyboard that simulates the sound and feel of an acoustic piano. They typically have weighted keys that respond more realistically to the fingers, and some models also offer a simulated acoustic pedal response. Digital pianos are often used in live performance settings as well as in the home, studio, or classroom.
Why choose a digital piano?
A digital piano offers a number of advantages over traditional pianos. These include:
What is the difference between a digital and an acoustic piano?
The main difference between digital and acoustic pianos is the mechanisms they use to produce sound. An acoustic piano produces sound using hammers and strings whereas a digital version uses technology that plays the sound back through electronic speakers when a key is pressed. Additionally, digital pianos are usually smaller and lighter than their acoustic counterpart and adjusting the loudness and quality of the sound can be made simpler by plugging it into an amplifier or a PA system. This differs from an acoustic piano where the overall quality of the sound can differ due to a variety of factors, such as tuning, condition of the piano and the general acoustics of the room in which the instrument is being played.
Which is the best digital piano?
The ‘best’ digital piano is highly subjective as each brand has its own unique feel and style and deciding which piano is best for you will depend on your needs and budget.
If you’re looking for a budget entry-level solution, the Kawai KPD series or Roland F portable pianos would be a good place to start. If you have a little bit more to play with in your budget, you may want to consider a Roland digital piano such as the Roland LX digital piano, a Yamaha or a Casio.