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Digital Pianos - Explore the Future

Since 1973, Roland has consistently pushed the envelope of electronic piano innovation. The company balances its drive for ever-greater realism and the urge to explore fresh sound and design territories with respect for the legacy of traditional pianos. It’s been a high-wire balancing act, and one Roland has managed to walk for most of its 50-year history.

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Comparing Acoustic and Digital Pianos

Acoustic Pianos

A decent acoustic piano will likely cost close to R100,000. A great acoustic piano may cost more than the down payment on a house. And there are other expenditures as well. Acoustic piano owners should hire a professional tuner at least twice a year. In addition, over time, wear and tear will require repairs. Sure, a well-built acoustic piano can endure for decades. However, it will demand your consistent attention and care. Other important factors to consider are portability / weight as well as the inability to control volume, connect to PC or Bluetooth.

Digital Pianos

Digital pianos are much more low-maintenance than their acoustic counterparts. Since they never go out of tune, they’re fantastic for novices who need a reliable ear-trainer. Many digital pianos are travel-friendly and affordable. Also, they sound great through headphones for practice and recording sessions. Nowadays, digital pianos have extensive preset libraries beyond classics like harpsichord and organ. The sound design possibilities are endless.

Acoustic pianos require physical adjustments to alter tone. For example, a piano player must close the cabinet or use a practice pedal to achieve a darker timbre. By contrast, getting a warm tone from a digital piano is as easy as picking a preset. In addition, tools like Roland Piano Designer offer powerful tonal adjustment options. This app allows users to finely adjust sound elements like a piano technician fine-tunes an acoustic piano. You can tame the high frequencies with the built-in EQ on some advanced models. A digital piano can also transform into a MIDI controller when needed. That fact alone makes it an attractive choice for anyone interested in producing music with a DAW.

Grand, Upright and Portable Pianos

Grand Versus Upright

Choosing between grand and upright is a cosmetic decision if you’re looking for a digital piano. But with acoustic and hybrids, you’ll notice that the volume and tone get richer as you size up.
That said, some spaces are better than others for a concert grand piano. A baby grand may sound resonant and muddy in a small, acoustically untreated room. Grand pianos usually stay in concert halls and recording studios for a reason. The larger the cabinet, the more accurate the overtones will be. Bass notes will have more impact, and high notes will reverberate without harshness. But these sonic details shine best in the right environment.

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With that in mind, upright varieties should be on your radar even if you have the budget and space for a grand. Among upright pianos, there are various cabinet sizes, too. Each comes with its advantages and disadvantages in cost, tone, and volume. Luckily, you can always visit a few showrooms before you make your final decision.

Portability Versus Playability

As beautiful as they can be, acoustic and hybrid pianos are unsuitable for traveling. A luxurious digital piano like the LX708, too, should be stationed at a designated spot. Still, there are plenty of portable options for performers.

Back in the day, portable digital pianos didn’t even come close to the experience of playing an acoustic. The keys would feel too light against the touch, and the resulting sound would be bearable at best. This is no longer true, thanks to superior models like the FP-90X. With its weighted keys and advanced sound system, the FP-90X is portable and playable. A benefit of digital pianos is the ease of putting them in apartments or second floors of homes, thanks to their flat-pack form.

Number of Keys

A full-size digital piano has the identical number of keys a standard acoustic piano does: 88. Go far enough to play a challenging sonata by Lizst, and you may have to reach for some of the lowest keys. In such a case, a 61-key piano falls short. On the other hand, most pop and jazz keyboardists find five octaves to be perfectly adequate. Therefore, the GO-61P or GO-61K may be perfect if you’re after an easy-to-store, affordable solution.

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