Here is a video blog I made since I get a lot of questions about keyboards. Once you know the difference between the features of home and professional keyboards you’ll have a better idea of what will fit your needs.
A question I get a lot is “What keyboard should I buy?” There are so many out there that it can be confusing.
To start, let’s talk about a home-type keyboard. There are all different sizes in the store, including 61, 76, and 88 keys. If you want a full piano sound, you must have the full range of the piano with 88 keys. You can buy smaller keyboards, but I recommend the ones with 88 keys.
Keyboards intended for home use will have several other markers, including:
- Speakers mounted on the keyboard
- No audio outputs, typically, but possibly a place to plug in headphones
- Built to appear more like a piano so it looks nicer in the home
- Weighted keys feel more like real piano keys
A professional keyboard, or one that people use for commercial purposes, have other features, like:
- Smaller keyboards
- Faders and Synth sound options
- Outputs for the L/Mono R Audio, MIDI, and to plug in to connect a computer
- Places to plug in speakers and headphones
- No weighted keys
- The ability to sound like other instruments, besides the piano
Choose a keyboard based on what you need and the features that are important to you. Compare these needs to your price range. Home-style keyboards will cost between $100 and $1000, depending on the quality and style you choose. Professional keyboards are usually between $1000 and $3500. They require more options and a higher quality sound.
No matter which style you buy, make sure that you buy one with all the features you need. A general rule of thumb is that you should buy a midrange or higher keyboard to get a realistic piano sound when playing.
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