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Buying a digital piano, especially for the first time, can be really intimidating. You might feel as if you have to spend more than you’re comfortable with in order to get a decent keyboard, but that isn’t true. You can get an excellent digital piano for under $500.

In this article, I’m going to fill you in on important details about the 7 absolute best digital pianos that you can get for less than five hundred bucks. Then, we’ll rank the digital pianos and choose the best of the best.  And to better help you, please take a look at our interactive guide below:

PhotoModel# of KeysWeightPriceRating
Casio PX-16088$Dual Headphone Outputs on Front★★★★

Williams Allegro Iii Keyboard Home Package
88$Can Use Williams App to Control Sounds, Learn to Play★★★★
Korg B1SP88$$Stand and Pedal Unit Included★★★★

Williams Legato Iii Keyboard Package Home Package
88$Bluetooth MIDI capabilities★★★★
Yamaha P-4588$64 Note Polyphony★★★★
Yamaha YDP-14488$$$GHS action, CFX Grand Piano Voice★★★★
Korg B1SP88$$Stand and Pedal Unit Included★★★★
Casio CDP 24088$$Amazon Exclusive★★★★★
Roland F-14088$$$SuperNATURAL Piano engine★★★★★
Yamaha DGX-66088$$Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard★★★★★
Korg C1 Air88$$$120 Notes Polyphony★★★★
Yamaha P-51588$$$Natural Wood X Key Action★★★★
Yamaha YDP-18488$$$Graded Hammer 3 Action (GH3)★★★★
Yamaha P-45

The Yamaha P-45 costs $449, which is extremely affordable. 

This Yamaha 88 key digital piano comes with ten onboard sounds, so its sound offering is pretty decent given the price.

The Yamaha P-45’s onboard sounds include: 

  • two acoustic piano sounds
  • two electric piano sounds
  • two organ sounds
  • two harpsichord sounds
  • one strings sound
  • one vibraphone sound

While this isn’t an extraordinarily vast sound offering, this Yamaha model does offer enough sounds to spark your creativity and to allow you to experiment with various sounds a bit. 

Keyboard Corner - Yamaha P45 - YouTube

The Yamaha P-45 has 64-note polyphony. Polyphony basically refers to an instrument’s ability to sound more than one note at a time. Some onboard sounds use more polyphony than others because they are stereo sounds, so they technically sound two notes while you press one key. Also, effects use up some polyphony as well. (Read up on polyphony here.)

This amount of polyphony is enough to support beginner players and most intermediate players. At some point, however, you might find yourself itching for more polyphony. 

The Yamaha P-45’s only effect is reverb. Reverb basically makes it sound as if you are playing in a different-sized space. For example, you can make it sound like you are playing in a large concert hall while playing in a small apartment.

Korg B1SP

The Korg B1SP is currently available for $499.99 and is marketed as an entry-level piano, so it is perfect for beginners. It comes in just under our budget though, so it might not be the best option for those of you on a really tight budget. 

This digital piano comes with 8 onboard sounds, so its sound offering is just a little less than that of the Yamaha P-45. This will only be a problem for those who want a variety of sounds at their disposal; still, the Korg B1SP offers more sounds than you need to learn how to play the piano. 

KORG B1: Your First Choice Digital Piano - YouTube

The Korg B1SP has 120-note polyphony, which is nearly double that of the Yamaha P-45. Considering this Korg model only costs $499.99, this is an impressive amount of polyphony. 

This Korg digital piano comes with a stand, three-pedal unit, and a music rest. Thus, you get everything you need to start playing when you buy this instrument. The three-pedal unit is definitely a huge plus. Most acoustic pianos have three pedals, so this will get you used to working with all three before you transition into playing an acoustic piano. 

The Yamaha P-45 only comes with a music rest and a sustain pedal, so you would have to shell out more money for the other two pedals and the keyboard stand if you wanted to have them. 

The Korg B1SP also has a chorus effect, which makes it sound like more than one of the same instrument is playing whatever you are playing. When combined, with this digital piano’s reverb effect, chorus can make for a really powerful performance.

Casio PX-160

The Casio PX-160 costs $499. Like the Korg B1SP, this might not be the best bet for tight budgets because it comes in at just under $500. 

This digital piano has 18 onboard voices, so it offers a good bit more variety than the Yamaha P-145 and the Korg B1SP.

Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano Review - YouTube

This Casio digital piano has 128-note polyphony, just a wee bit more than the Korg B1SP. This amount of polyphony is definitely enough to prevent note dropout as you use any of this digital piano’s eighteen onboard voices and its reverb and chorus effects. 

Alesis Recital Pro

This Alesis model costs $349, so it is incredibly affordable.

The Alesis Recital Pro has a weighted keyboard with adjustable touch sensitivity. The touch sensitivity can be set to soft, medium, hard, or off, which results in a fixed velocity. 

Alesis Recital Pro 88 Note Digital Piano | Gear4music demo - YouTube

This digital piano has 12 built-in voices, including organs, synths, and bass. Split mode allows players to assign one voice to the lower half of the keyboard and another voice to the upper half. Layer mode lets musicians put one sound over another, like a piano sound over strings.

With 128-note polyphony, this digital piano can support the average player’s experimentation with intricate chords and the keyboard’s effects, like chorus, reverb, and modulation. This amount of polyphony is on par with the Casio PX-160,so the Alesis Recital Pro is just as powerful in that regard.

This digital piano makes it easy for new players to get started on their new instrument by including a 3-month subscription to Skoove Premium, an online piano lesson service.

Yamaha P71

This Amazon exclusive costs $399.99. 

Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano with Sustain Pedal and Power Supply - YouTube

There are no functional differences between this digital piano and the Yamaha P-45 (read more about their similarities here). This instrument does not come with a music rest, however.

Still, with the little bit of money you save (especially if you get free shipping with Amazon Prime), you can buy a music rest later and rest assured that your digital piano has the same quality as the Yamaha P-45. 

Artesia PA-88W

The Artesia PA-88W currently goes for $279.99.

This digital piano has a Weighted Spring Action keyboard, which is perfect for players who don’t want to press the keys as heavily as they would have to on a hammer-action keyboard. Players also have the option to change the key sensitivity to suit a softer or harder touch.

Artesia PA88W - YouTube

The Artesia PA-88W’s Grand Piano sound is created by a three-layered sample, and this voice is as rich and authentic as can be expected at such a low price. This digital piano also included eleven additional built-in voices and reverb and chorus effects.

The Artesia PA-88W has 32-note polyphony. This amount of polyphony will not appeal to more experienced and advanced players, but it is enough polyphony for beginners. Please keep in mind, however, that you will likely have to upgrade to an instrument with higher polyphony later on in your piano-playing journey.

This digital piano is great for people who want to perfect their piano skills without blowing their budget. At $279.99, it would be hard to find a cheaper, quality digital piano. The Artesia PA-88W would work well as a child’s first keyboard, too. Because it’s under $300, parents won’t be too upset if their child gives up on learning how to play piano soon after taking up the instrument.

Artesia PA-88H

This Artesia model costs $401 and offers double the polyphony (64-note polyphony) of its slightly cheaper cousin, the Artesia PA-88W. 

Artesia PA88H Hammer Action 88-Key Portable Digital Piano - YouTube

It’s keyboard is more realistic than the Artesia PA-88W’s,too. This model has a hammer action keyboard, so it feels more like an acoustic piano’s keyboard than the Artesia PA-88W’s Weighted Spring Action keyboard.

The Artesia PA-88H offers sixteen onboard sounds, which is quite decent for its price.

Williams Rhapsody 2 88-Key Console Digital Piano Ebony Polish

The Williams Rhapsody 2 costs $399.99. 

This digital piano has a fully weighted keyboard, so it is about as close to the feel of an acoustic piano’s keyboard as you can get at this price point. 

Williams Rhapsody 2 88-Key Console Digital Piano - YouTube

The Williams Rhapsody 2 also comes with 12 onboard sounds and 12 demo songs that you can play along with.

This Williams model has 64-note polyphony, so it is suitable for beginners and most intermediate players.

Honorable Mention Pianos

If none of the above digital pianos interest you, consider these two popular portable digital pianos from Williams:

  1. Williams Legato Iii Keyboard Package Home Package
  2. Williams Allegro Iii Keyboard Home Package
Williams Allegro III Digital Piano - YouTube
Which of These Keyboards Is the Best Value?

I rank these keyboards as follows: 

  1. Korg B1SP
  2. Yamaha P-71
  3. Yamaha P-45
  4. Artesia PA-88H
  5. Williams Rhapsody 2
  6. Alesis Recital Pro
  7. Artesia PA-88W

The Korg B1SP is the winner here and the Yamaha P-71 is a close second. The Korg B1SP is just one hundred dollars more than the Yamaha P-71 and offers double the polyphony. 

The only downside that the Korg B1SP has compared to the Yamaha P-71 is that it comes with eight onboard sounds instead of ten onboard sounds. Still, this only gives the Yamaha P-71 a slight advantage because it’s only a difference of two sounds. 

The Korg B1SP also comes with a stand, music rest, and three-pedal unit, so it gives you everything that you need to get started. Trust me, it’s best to get everything you need at one time if you can.

The Yamaha P-45 is exactly the same as the Yamaha P-71, but it is a bit pricier so the Yamaha P-71 beats it out for the number two spot. 

The Artesia PA-88H is in fourth place because it has a nice hammer action keyboard and offers sixteen onboard sounds. Considering it only costs $401, this is a very nice sound offering, so the Artesia PA-88H definitely racks up a good bit of points here.

The Williams Rhapsody 2 comes in fifth. This digital piano offers twelve sounds, which is more than the Korg B1SP, the Yamaha P-45, and the Yamaha P-71. However, Korg and Yamaha are known for their great sounds, so they take the top spots despite offering only eight and ten sounds, respectively.

The Alesis Recital Pro takes the sixth place spot. Its most helpful feature is the 3-month subscription to Skoove..

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In this article, I’m going to present you with my opinion of the 10 best keyboards for live performance that are available on the market.  These keyboards will be great for gigging purposes, and should serve you well thanks to their versatility and wide array of features.

To better help you find the right keyboard for your needs, we encourage you to check out the interactive guide below, which is full of popular keyboards on the market that you can compare and contrast.

PhotoModelKeysWeightPriceRating
Roland Juno DS6161$$8-Track Pattern Sequencer w/Non-Stop Recording★★★★★
Nord Electro 6D61 & 73$$$Organ, Piano and Sample Synth Independent Sound Sections★★★★
Roland Juno DS8888$$$128 Note Polyphony★★★★★
Roland FA-0888$$$16-Track Sequencer w/Non-Stop Loop Recording★★★★★
Casio PX-56088$$$5.3” Color Display★★★★
Casio XWP161$$400 Fully Editable PCM Based Sounds★★★
Korg Grandstage88 or 73 Keys$$$500 Sounds★★★★★
Kawai ES11088$$Bluetooth MIDI★★★★★
Roland F-14088$$$SuperNATURAL Piano engine★★★★★
Yamaha DGX-66088$$Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard★★★★★
Nord Piano 488$$$88-Note Triple Sensor Keybed★★★★
Yamaha P-51588$$$Natural Wood X Key Action★★★★

Without further ado, let’s begin with a Moog synthesizer.

1) Moog Sub 37

The Moog Subsequent 37 is an advanced keyboard.  The abyss basses, lavish leads and elegant pads allows you to express yourself in live viewing. 

The Sub 37’s Duo Mode: Two oscillators can play a different note while sharing the same audio path. Either hold a bass drone note while playing a lead over it, play in fifths, or create other effects you can’t achieve with a single monophonic synthesizer. Hands-on Control (40 knobs, and 74 switches, and 37 keys) allows sound design to take place in the present moment.

Moog Subsequent 37 Sounds - YouTube
Keyboard Features:
  • Legendary Moog ladder filter can sound smooth or aggressive with resonance, MultiDrive, and selectable slope.
  • Audio: 1 x 1/4″ (In), 1 x 1/4″ (Out), Headphones: 1 x 1/4″
  • Re-tuned Multidrive circuit for a wider range and more dirt.
  • Increased mixer headroom delivers even better sounds in Duo mode.
  • Upgraded 37-note, velocity- and aftertouch-enabled key-bed with enhanced action.
  • All-analog Moog synthesizer with Mono and Duo modes.
2) Roland V-Combo VR-09

Sliding in at a weight of 12 lbs. and 3 oz. and 61 keys, the Roland V-Combo VR-09B comes equipped with a clear LCD smart user interface. It gains you access to an elite lineup of vintage electric pianos, rich acoustic grand pianos, and synthesizers. 

Kraft Music - Roland V-Combo VR-09 Keyboard Demo with Ed Diaz - YouTube

The hands-on sliders gives you control on stage with tonality shaping and a ton of knobs and buttons for tweaking. The VR-09 can run on batteries or AC power supply. Roland included a free VR-09 iPad editor application, giving you the power of attorney over the VR-09-B’s organ and synth sound engines right from the comfort of your tablet.

As a bonus, the Onboard sound library expansion pack is available for free on Roland’s Axial website. Technology made to advance to your performance sets and stand out from the rest.

Keyboard Features:
  • SuperNatural Synth tones range from vintage classics to modern essentials
  • Three onboard rotary effects included with a rock rotary type is a must for loud bands
  • Velocity Sensitive Keys with Pitch-bend/Modulation Lever, D-Beam Controller
  • Rhythm patterns will change your performances and practice sessions. With a metronome, USB audio recording/playback, and more features.
  • Effects types include Overdrive, Delay, Reverb, Chorus, Rotary, Vibrato
3) Korg SP280

A piano bundle styled with a stand, gig bag, keyboard bench and dual instrument cable—where do I sign up? The SP=280 features vintage electric piano sounds, perfect for live performance, a high-output amp section, a stylish design, and a natural weighted hammer action (NH) keyboard that faithfully reproduces the touch of an acoustic piano. 

Designed at 42 lbs., the newly designed stand is light and easy to attach. Powerful 2 x 22W stereo sound system is perfect for use at home and for small gigs. A stereo audio input is provided for playing with external audio sources. 

Kraft Music - Korg SP-280 Digital Piano Demo - YouTube

The Korg SP-280 offers the experience of playing a concert grand piano in a beautifully-designed digital piano that’s ideal for your home or stage use! Incredibly rich, dynamic acoustic piano sounds, authentic vintage electric piano sounds as well as organs, clavs, strings and more make the SP-280 perfect for any seasoned pianist and even beginners. 

High quality built in speakers deliver superb sound while Korg’s Natural Weighted Hammer Action keyboard provides the touch of an acoustic piano. The line out jacks can be used to connect to amplified speakers or a recording device. You can connect a portable audio player or similar to the LINE IN jack (stereo mini-jack) and listen to it through the Korg SP-280’s speakers while you play, making a setup for live performance simple.

Keyboard Features:
  • Rich, dynamic acoustic piano sounds that are enjoyable to play
  • Authentic vintage electric piano sounds, perfect for live performance
  • High-output amp section produces plenty of volume
  • Stylish design
  • Natural Weighted Hammer Action (NH) keyboard faithfully reproduces the touch of an acoustic piano
  • Lightweight design makes transportation easy
4) Roland Juno DS88

Portable, versatile battery or AC operation, weighted keys, and complete sound customization is what this 88-key Roland keyboard offers potential buyers. The JUNO-DS88’s realistic element makes playing a wonderful experience for pro and amateur players. Setting you up for success on the main stage. Adjustable parameters and hands-on control provides room for experimentation. 

Roland JUNO-DS Synthesizer Performance with Scott Tibbs - YouTube

Furnished for usage with any DAW for live or studio settings, you can enhance your sound organically with pianos and organs. Pre-patched and customized synth, pad sounds are inserted for any genre of music. The waveform expansion feature gives you exclusive access to over 1,000 free EXP sounds downloadable from Roland’s Axial website. 

If you’re really feeling experimental, import WAV files into the JUNO-DS88 and play them from the keyboard. The JUNO-DS88’s wave expansion slot comes preloaded with the EXP-06 Studio Collection

Keyboard Features:
  • Velocity-sensitive with realistic progressive hammer action
  • Compatible with all previous-generations of JUNO-Di’s patches
  • An entire 1,000+ sound set
  • Add a gang of new sounds with the wave expansion slot
  • A mobile recording studio can be created with the integrated USB interface
  • Sonic vocal effects for solo performers
  • 8-track sequencer
  • Phrase Pads for performance
  • Audio Inputs: 1 x 1/4″ (Mic), 1 x 1/8″ (Aux)
  • Audio Outputs: 2 x 1/4″ (L/R)
5) Yamaha MX61

This keyboards features 61 full-size velocity sensitive keys and is jam packed with more than 1000 killer MOTIF XS sounds.

The MX61’s VCM FX engine makes leveling vintage effects at the circuit a beautiful thing. EQ, phasers, flangers, wah-wahs, and more transports the sounds of the 1970s to now. The 16-part multitimbral and 128-note polyphony lets you build up intense sequences and play them without overlapping. 

Yamaha MX61 Music Synthesizer Demo with Cubase Integration - YouTube

This makes the MX61BK a candidate tone generation solution for onstage performance and live playback of MIDI tracks off your DAW. 11.31 pounds is an amazing weight-class you can’t deny. The top panel is stamped with solid knobs and buttons for, you know, tweaking sounds and stuff. 

The streamlined interface lets you search, edit, and store your sounds onboard without stress. Cubase AI, Steinberg Prologue, and Yamaha YC-3B software is bundled You can build complete productions tracks just with the MX and Cubase AI alone!

Keyboard Features:
  • DAW Remote controls transport, mixer, and software instruments from the MX top panel
  • A new FM Essential iOS synth app including free effects, drum and loops. Sounds ranging from acoustic pianos, EPs, strings, and drums to evolving 8-element synth textures
  • Real-time control over DAW and VSTs
  • Input and output midi and audio connectivity ports
  • Layer, switch, randomize, and control up to 8 elements each single voice
  • Re-creates the sound and behavior of vintage signal processors and FX
  • Record/play-back stereo audio and 16 channels of MIDI
  • 1/8″ aux line input for connection of tablets and mobile devices
6) Roland FA-06

A semi-weighted 61-note velocity sensitive keyboard. No piece of equipment can match the energy that the FA-06 keyboard workstation provides. For example, thee sounds collection is loaded with over 2,000 patches from the flagship INTEGRA-7 sound module involving the SuperNATURAL synth engine. 

Roland FA-06 & FA-08 Keyboard Workstation Demo by Daniel Fisher - YouTube

Slapped with effects and processors, the sequencing and sampling builds up anticipation for your performance and trackings. The friendly user interface makes navigation a breath of fresh air. Total DAW integration at its finest.

Keyboard Features:
  • MIDI communication with iPad (Apple’s iPad camera connection kit)
  • Guitar/Mic and Line input jacks for performing, sampling, and DAW recording
  • Onboard sampler based on the SP-404SX features 16 pads, 4 banks, and direct recording and playback via SDHC cards
  • 16-track sequencer with nonstop loop recording
  • Effects including 16 independent MFX engines, 6 COMP+EQ processors for drums
  • Tweak tones, effects, and external MIDI devices in real time via 6 user-assignable Sound Modify knobs
  • Chord memory, D-Beam, arpeggiator, and rhythm pattern functions for your live performances
7) Casio WK-7600

Affordable, arranger and a keyboard with Batman’s utility belt of creative tools. The WK-7600 has 820 presets and 260 rhythm with 76 piano-style keys. 32-channel mixer, song sequencers, tone editor, DSP effects, drawbars, and arpeggiator are few qualities the WK7600 possesses. 

Focus On - Casio WK-7600 - YouTube

The Pattern Sequencer has eight tracks: Percussion, bass, drums, chord 1 through chord 5. It can be edited to create algorithms. A 17-track Song Sequencer (16 tracks plus one system track) allows recording up to five songs (30000 notes). Recordings can be converted to(standard MIDI file format and stored on an SD memory card (2-32 GB Slot).

Keyboard Features:
  • Equipped with 820 tones; 260 rhythms
  • 100 DSP effects for a powerful after effect
  • Arpeggiator; tone and rhythm editor
  • 96-setting registration memory
  • Speakers: 2 x 7W bass reflex
  • Drawbars makes room for real-time tweakability
  • LC beautiful display, data entry dial
  • Multiple Digital Effects (For polished productions)
  • T76 piano-style keys
  • Drawbars; pitch bend wheel and modulation button
8) Casio PX-560

The Casio PX-560 is a stage piano that weighs 26 lbs. Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard duplicates the touch response of a concert grand piano. The PX-5S processor allows you to add new sounds and user-programmable rhythms. 

Casio PX560 Stage Piano Demonstration Buyers Guide Amazing!!! - YouTube

Built-in speakers makes you to be the captain of your ship, complete control over hammer response, damper resonance, string resonance, and key-off simulation. Splits and layers are made to be easy. A 256-note polyphony lets you build up a soul fulling track.

Keyboard Features:
  • 96 Performance Registrations
  • Hex Layer Synthesis Capabilities
  • 5.3″ Color Touch interface
  • 600 Preset / 400 User Tones
  • Expression Pedal Input
  • Pitch-bend, Mod Wheel Controllers
  • Effects: EQ, Chorus, Delay, Reverb 
9) Nord Electro 6D

Made for live Performance, this 73-key Nord Electro 6D 73 stage synthesizer has an user-friendly interface that lets you see your settings, effects, and many more. The physical drawbars give you real organ feel, allowing you to edit your sound in present time. 

A large OLED display lets you instantly see your settings, effects, and more. You can also set up splits and layers that combine the organ, piano, and sample sections. A dedicated Sample Synth section, with 512MB of memory, offers a large selection of samples and controls for attack, decay, and dynamics. 

Nord Electro 6D All Playing, No Talking! - YouTube
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In this article, we’re going to help you determine the eight best synthesizer keyboards under $1,000 that you can buy on the market. 

And, in order to better help you, we’ve compiled the list below which features some of the most poplar synths available.

PhotoModel# of KeysWeightPriceRating
Moog Sub Phatty25$$Polyphony: Monophonic★★★★★
Moog Sub 3737$$$Polyphony: Selectable Monophonic or Paraphonic★★★★
Korg Minilogue37$$16-Step Polyphonic Step & Motion Sequencer★★★★
Korg Monologue25$2 VCO (Square Wave, Triangle Wave, Sawtooth Wave)★★★★
Yamaha Montage888$$$Balanced Hammer Effect Keyboard★★★★
Yamaha MODX888$$$83-Key Synthesizer★★★★
Korg Krome88$$$800 x 480 pixel TouchView Color Display★★★

Korg Kronos 273$$$SGX-2 Grand Piano Sound Engine★★★★
Roland FA-0888$$$16-Track Sequencer w/Non-Stop Loop Recording★★★★
Yamaha MX6161$$27 Demo Songs★★★★
Kawai VPC 188$$$RM3 Grand II Keyboard Action★★★★
Yamaha MODX888$$$Replaces Yamaha MOXF8★★★★
Korg MS20 Mini37$USB MIDI Plus 5-Pin MIDI★★★★
1) Arturia KeyLab 49

This Arturia synth comes packed with 16 RGB backlit performance pads, five expression control inputs, nine rotary encoders, nine large faders, four CV outputs, and a software bundle by Analog Lab 3. 

Rock star capability in a synthesizer onstage or in a home studio brought has never been so feasible. A design built off of a desire to express you creativity, provides your virtual instruments and DAW software with complete control over a MIDI. 

Made of lightweight aluminum for any electric environment. At 15.4 pounds? No arguement here. Superb aftertouch-sensitive keybed is handly for velocity feeling staccato lines, repetitions, and trills. This is the ultimate package for the music creator.

Arturia Keylab 61 MKII - The Most Integrated Midi Keyboard Ever? - YouTube
Highlighted Specifications:
  • Software (DAW) Integration
  • Software Included: Ableton Live Lite, Arturia Analog Lab 3, Piano V 2, Arturia MIDI Control Center
  • Ultra-responsive keyboard action with 61 aftertouch-enabled keys
  • MIDI and USB connectivity
  • Advanced configurable interface
2) Novation Bass Station II

I believe this piece of gear doesn’t need much of an introduction. This beast of a cannon includes. The more knobs, the more fun. The black and strong aqua blue leaves you mesmerized. 

Novation Bass Station 2 Review - YouTube

An in-and-output for the midi, 25-keys, a analog synthesizer, a line for sustain, line output, ext in, and headphone jack. This piano seals the deal for the visual acoustics. Sound quality matches up to its appearance. Sounds like a win-win situation.

Highlighted Specifications:
  • Intergraded arpeggiator and step sequencer
  • Two filter designs for distinct sounds (LPF, HPF, and BPF modes)
  • “I need a tight, punchier bass.” Ok, Hard SynceDual oscillators can solve that problem.
  • Need a full rich low-end? Solution: Sub-oscillator with square, sine, and narrow pulse-width waveforms
  • 64 factory presets, 64 user slots
  • Distort the LFO waveforms for more modulation possibilities with the LFO Slew
  • AC or USB bus power
3) Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2

A powerhouse synthesizer with complete control of developing a sonic sound. Pitch and mod wheels, and more, along with unrivaled integration with your Komplete instrument collection. The Fatar keybed is a pleasure. It’s purpose fulling browser section makes navigation on the preset system easy. DAW control is allowed over real time instruments. A transport section makes that possible. 

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol MK2 Keyboard Controller Demo - YouTube

The full Komplete 11 Select software is included, a premium instrument and effect package worth $1,000 when purchased on its own. The Komplete 11 Select is provided as a download after hardware registration. It comes with 20 legendary vintage synths, classic and electric pianos, and more. 

Highlighted Specifications:
  • 61-key Controller with Fatar Keybed and Custom Controls 
  • Four direction push encoder
  • 2 HD Full-color displays allow for  tweaking
  • Ergonomic pitch and modulation wheels
  • Dial in the main parameters of any Komplete instrument, which automatically map to the touch-sensitive controller knobs
  • Create arpeggiated melodies at the touch of a button, play chords with single keys, or map the whole keyrange to scales
  • Intergraded DAW playback

    You can check out our Komplete Kontrol S49 review here.
4) Korg ARP Odyssey

Black and orange sported with a few sliders and keys is a boon for buyers, as the Odyssey is versatile across genres. The proportional pitch control transforms you into a sound architect. Sized at 11.2 pounds (¾ of the original size). It’s crispy sound and duophonic features allow simultaneous play, making it a dominate force to be reckoned with. 

Korg ARP Odyssey - In Depth Review! - YouTube

Of course, it’s not a synthesizer without filter designs (3 classic modes).. The S/H section also includes the Output Lag slider, which generates a glide effect between voltage steps, effectively rounding off the edges of the LFO waveform. When you set the LFO to be triggered via the keyboard, this gives you an outrageously cool auto-wah effect on each note you play. 

And using Ring Modulation in conjunction with oscillator sync or the wealth of pitch modulation available, you can create all manner of clangorous, thunderous – and completely magical musical mayhem. A semi-hard case is included. The Odssey is never going out of style.

Highlighted Specifications:
  • Drive switch
  • 37-note Slimkey keybed (no velocity sensitivity, no aftertouch – just like the original)
  • Proportional Pitch Control pads
  • White/pink noise generator
  • Portamento speed control
  • Two VCOs with Sawtooth, Square, and Dynamic Pulse waveforms (with PWM)
  • Lowpass filter (resonant): 12 and 24dB/octave; frequency range: 16Hz-16kHz
  • Voltage Controlled Amplifier (VCA), dynamic range: 80dB
5) The Studiologic Sledge 2.0

This is the synthesizer that gives you the most analog feeling from a digital board I’ve perhaps ever seen. Its Moog-like display makes you feel at ease. You can either select to play a true producer and play from panel mode or you can choose from the thousand patches like a regular player. 

Studiologic Sledge 2.0 61 Key Synth (Sounds Only) | Gear4music Demo - YouTube

Studiologic is a realiable brands with quality behind their name. Aftertouch with 61 full-size keys and 5-octave range at 18.3 pounds.

Highlighted Specifications:
  • 35 pots, 3 “chicken head” rotary switches, 1 rotary encoder with push function, master volume control
  • Up to 999 sounds, easy selection with 2×16 digits LCDs
  • 66 digital wavetables from the Waldorf PPG Synth Engine
  • Sledge 2.0 introduces sampling
  • High-quality Fatar TP-9 keybed
6) Behringer DeepMind 12

A 49-key polyphonic synthesizer with 12 voices, the Behringer DeepMind 12 is a semi-weighted, aftertouch and velocity sensitive synth for all the pitch/mod lovers out there. It features a 32-step sequencer and arpeggiator for the shortcut lovers too. 

Behringer DeepMind 12 Synthesizer Demo by Daniel Fisher - YouTube

Two oscillators per voice, a noise generator, an oscillator sync function, and a unison mode, just like the rest. Expect is comes with detune options! VCA/VCF envelope, and an assignable mod envelope. A LFO for each voice makes excellent textures. 

Highlighted Specifications:
  • Three ADSR generators per voice, and there’s also an 8-channel modulation matrix.
  • Four simultaneous effects engines with TC Electronic, Midas, and Klark Teknik algorithms
  • Chorus, flanger, phaser, delay, multiband distortion, and more effects included.
  • Lexicon 480L and vintage EMT250 plate reverb.
  • 1,024 patch memory locations,(8 banks of 128)
  • LCD display
  • Can also be controlled using the DeepMind iOS app.
7) Korg Minilogue

So Sophisticated Sound Shaping: The Korg Minilogue analog polyphonic synthesizer delivers to the table. Up to 200 setting capacity, along with 100 presets installed. I’ve never seen a OLED oscilloscope display, but there’s a first time for everything.

Minilogue 2-YEAR Review - IS IT STILL WORTH GETTING? - YouTube

Not sure what’s better, the Polysynth or the 100 baller presets. A polished white exterior with a wooden backpannel. The knobs and switchers are vertically pleasing to the eye. 

Highlighted Specifications:
  • Chassis-mounted pots and rubber-coated knobs
  • Eight unique Voice modes (Poly, unison, duo, delay, mono, arp, chord, sidechain)
  • Modulate many parameters with an ADSR envelope and an LFO
  • Tape delay effect with highpass filter
  • Cross modulation and oscillator sync onboard
Conclusion

These are all amazing synths, but I think the Studiologic Sledge 2.0 is the one that stands above the others. I’m in love with the yellow exterior colorway, and it brings joy to my eyes to see something so bright with funky sound expressions. 

For under $1000.00, it’s a great choice for those wanting a new experience with sound design and selection. A large bank and pleasurable sounds can make anybody fall to their knees.

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As I’m sure you’re very well aware: digital pianos can be very expensive. Lots of people will tell you that you have to spend loads of money to get your hands on a great digital piano, but those people are wrong. There are plenty of high-quality digital pianos out there that cost less than a thousand dollars. 

In this article, we are going to take a look at eight great digital pianos that you can buy without blowing your budget. We’re going to go over the specs of these keyboards and their features before crowning one of these digital pianos the best of the best.  And to better help you, please take a look at our interactive guide below:

PhotoModelKeysWeightPriceRating
Casio PX-16088$Dual Headphone Outputs on Front★★★★
Roland FP-30

88$$Built-in Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity★★★★
Korg B1SP88$$Stand and Pedal Unit Included★★★★
Yamaha YDP-14488$$$GHS action, CFX Grand Piano Voice★★★★
Yamaha P-4588$64 Note Polyphony★★★★
Yamaha YDP-16488$$$GH3 action, CFX Grand Piano Voice★★★★
Korg B1SP88$$Stand and Pedal Unit Included★★★★
Casio CDP 24088$$Amazon Exclusive★★★★★
Roland F-14088$$$SuperNATURAL Piano engine★★★★★
Yamaha DGX-66088$$Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard★★★★★
Korg C1 Air88$$$120 Notes Polyphony★★★★
Yamaha P-51588$$$Natural Wood X Key Action★★★★
Yamaha YDP-18488$$$Graded Hammer 3 Action (GH3)★★★★
Casio PX-770

The Casio Privia PX-770 is currently available for $699, so it is well under our $1,000 budget. Still, this Casio 88 key digital piano comes packed with features that will help you to advance in piano-playing skill quickly. 

The Casio Privia PX-760 has 19 onboard sounds that were created with Casio’s Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source, so they are among the best sounds that you can get in this price range. You can also create splits and layers between the sounds, which means you can get pretty creative with your 19 sounds.

The split function can be used to split the keyboard between two sounds; for example, you can play a piano sound with your right hand and a bass sound with your left hand. The layer function, on the other hand, layers one sound over another; for example, you can layer a piano sound over a string sound. 

This digital piano also offers a duet mode, which splits the keyboard into two identical halves. This feature makes it possible for you to play along with your piano teacher, a parent, or a friend.

Casio Privia PX-770 Digital Piano - YouTube

All acoustic pianos have graded hammer action keyboards. Essentially, what this means is that the keys feel lighter in the piano’s higher register and heavier in its lower register. So, when you’re practicing on a digital piano, it is important to replicate the feeling of playing on an acoustic piano so that your eventual transition to playing on an acoustic piano is easier. Learn more about hammer action keyboards and other types of keyboards here.

The Privia PX-770  is built with Casio’s Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard II. This digital piano’s keyboard is also made with simulated ebony and ivory keys so the surface of the keys feels a bit more like the surface of an acoustic piano’s keys.

Some digital pianos have keys that feel very plasticky, especially if you have experience with acoustic pianos. The simulated ebony and ivory keys of the Privia PX-770 add an extra layer of realism to your playing experience while also keeping your hands from slipping when they get sweaty. 

The Casio Privia PX-770 offers 128-note polyphony, which is pretty good for its price of $699. Polyphony basically refers to an instrument’s capability to play more than one note at once. (Learn more about polyphony from this article.)

Technically, this Casio model can play 128-notes at once, but polyphony gets used up by stereo sounds and effects. Thus, you might actually be playing three or four notes while only pressing one key, so I recommend staying around 120-note polyphony or higher. 

Korg B1SP

The Korg B1SP is currently available for $499.99 and is marketed as an entry-level piano, so it is perfect for beginners. Plus, its price is really hard to beat!

KORG B1SP Digital Piano Narrated Overview - YouTube

This digital piano comes with 8 onboard sounds, so its sound offering is on the low side.This will only be a problem for those who like having a variety of sounds at their disposal; still, the Korg B1SP offers more sounds than you need to learn how to play the piano. Think about it: an acoustic piano only offers one onboard sound!

The Korg B1SP has 120-note polyphony, which is pretty good for this price point. 

Casio PX-160

The Casio PX-160 costs $499.

This digital piano has 18 onboard voices, so it offers considerably more sound variety than the Korg B1SP does and just as many sounds as the Casio Privia PX-760.

Kraft Music - Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano Demo with Adam Berzowski - YouTube

The Casio PX-160’s voices include:

  • Concert Grand Piano 
  • Modern Grand Piano
  • Classic Grand Piano
  • Mellow Grand Piano
  • Bright Grand Piano
  • Electric Piano 1
  • Electric Piano 2
  • FM Electric Piano
  • 60s Electric Piano
  • Harpsichord
  • Vibraphone
  • Strings 1
  • Strings 2
  • Pipe Organ
  • Jazz Organ
  • Electric Organ 1
  • Electric Organ 2
  • Bass

This Casio digital piano has 128-note polyphony, just slightly more than the Korg B1SP. This amount of polyphony is definitely enough to prevent note dropout as you use any of this digital piano’s eighteen onboard voices and its reverb and chorus effects. I always recommend never dipping below 120-note polyphony (like the Korg B1SP has), so this digital piano’s 128-note polyphony is just slightly above my minimum polyphony standard. 

Kawai ES110

This Kawai digital piano costs $699 and comes with nineteen onboard sounds, just like the Casio Privia PX-770. 

The Kawai ES110 has 192-note polyphony, so it is perfectly capable of handling splitting and layering sounds without risking note dropout. This is a pretty nice jump from the Casio Privia PX-770’s 128-note polyphony. With 192-note polyphony, you can definitely play whatever you want to on this keyboard and still have room to experiment with its reverb settings. 

Kawai ES110 88-key Digital Piano Review - YouTube

The Kawai ES110 offers three reverb settings: room, small hall, and concert hall. You can play with these settings to make it sound as if you are playing in either of these three types of locations.

Yamaha DGX-660

The Yamaha DGX-660  is currently available for $829.99 and comes packed with great features. 

This Yamaha digital piano allows you to connect a microphone to it by simply plugging it in to the Yamaha DGX-660 itself. This is especially handy if you plan on taking your piano skills and your singing skills to the stage. The Yamaha DGX-660 also lets you sing along with karaoke files from their MusicSoft website (check out the site here).

Additionally, you can add a layer of professionalism to your vocal performance by applying the DGX-660’s reverb and chorus effects.

Is Yamaha DGX-660 Piano Still Worth Buying in 2019? - YouTube

The Yamaha DGX-660 lets you connect to your iOS device so that you can use compatible music apps with your digital piano. For example, the Chord Tracker app analyzes the song’s in your iOS device’s library and provides you with the chord symbols you need to play along.

The Chord Tracker app is definitely beneficial to new players, particularly at times when learning how to play the piano gets frustrating. Being able to learn how to play your favorite songs makes the learning process much more fun. 

This Yamaha model also comes with 41 types of reverb and 44 types of chorus, 151 onboard sounds, and 192-note polyphony. 

Casio PX-870

This Casio digital piano is currently available for $999, so it–like the Yamaha Arius YDP-143–comes in right under budget. 

The Casio PX-870 comes with nineteen onboard sounds, which is a pretty nice sound offering. This model’s  acoustic piano sound is a four-layer stereo sample that includes a recreation of an acoustic piano’s damper resonance. Damper resonance refers to the sound of the strings inside of an acoustic piano vibrating sympathetically with each other when the sustain pedal is used.

Casio Privia PX-870 | Everything You Need To Know - YouTube

Although a digital piano’s acoustic piano sound can be beautiful without the addition of damper resonance, damper resonance adds an additional layer of realism and beauty. Learn more about damper resonance from this forum post.

This digital piano has 256-note polyphony, so you can play to your heart’s content without worrying about note dropout. This is a really great amount of polyphony, especially at this price point. The Casio PX-870’s polyphony ensures that you will be able to grow with this instrument for years to come.

Yamaha YDP-S34

This digital piano also comes in at $999. 

The Yamaha Arius YDP-S34 has ten onboard sounds, so it is pretty much on par with the Korg B1SP in that regard. This digital piano comes with a stunning sample of Yamaha’s flagship 9’ CFX concert grand piano.

Yamaha Arius YDP S34 review - What piano should I buy? - YouTube

The CFX concert grand has been played on some of the world’s most famous stages, and this piano is considered to be one of the greatest modern pianos. Clearly, there is a lot of value to having the sound of this concert grand piano at your fingertips. 

Like the Yamaha Arius YDP-143, this Yamaha digital piano has a Stereophonic Optimizer, which makes the experience of playing with headphones on more enjoyable.

Roland FP-30

 At $899.99, the Roland FP-30 is definitely a steal. 

The FP-30 is built with Roland’s PHA-4 Standard Keyboard, which tries to recreate the feel of playing on an acoustic piano. The PHA-4 Standard Keyboard is built with Ivory Feel keys that are topped with synthetic ivory in order to more closely simulate the feel of an acoustic piano’s keys.

Roland FP-30 Digital Piano Review - YouTube

This keyboard also uses Roland’s escapement feature; this feature recreates the slight clicking of an acoustic piano’s keys. On an acoustic piano, the escapement feature is typically only noticed when playing pianissimo passages, so the FP-30’s escapement might not be all that important to the casual player.

The piano voices within this digital piano were developed with Roland’s SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine. As such, the Roland FP-30’s piano voices are rich and realistic. In total, the FP-30 contains 35 onboard sounds: 6 pianos, 7 electric pianos, and 22 other sounds, like organs and strings. This instrument contains more onboard sounds than any of the other digital pianos listed here, so this is definitely a huge plus.

The Roland FP-30 has 128-note polyphony, so it is quite similar to most of the other digital pianos listed in this regard. 

So Which Digital Piano Is the Best Under $1,000?

I rank these digital pianos as follows:

  1. Roland FP-30
  2. Casio Privia PX-770
  3. Casio PX-870
  4. Kawai ES110
  5. Korg B1SP
  6. Yamaha DGX-660
  7. Yamaha Arius YDP-S34
  8. Casio Privia PX-160

The Roland FP-30 is the winner here. With 35 onboard sounds, it offers nearly five times as many sounds as the digital piano with the lowest sound offering here, the Korg B1SP. Also, Roland is known for crafting excellent sounds, so all 35 sounds are sure to please. 

The Casio Privia PX-770 is a rather close second. It shaves $200 off of the Roland FP-30’s price while still offering the same amount of..

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Synthesizers are hip hop—along with catchy bass-lines and banging drums. Sub-genres such as Trap, gangsta, g-funk, west coast, pop rap and more have synthesizers as their passenger.

But what are the best synthesizer keyboards for hip-hop?  In this article, we’ll help answer that question so you can make an informed buying choice.  And, to better help you, please use our interactive table below, where you can directly compare the top synthesizer keyboards against one another.

PhotoModel# of KeysWeightPriceRating
Moog Sub Phatty25$$Polyphony: Monophonic★★★★★
Moog Sub 3737$$$Polyphony: Selectable Monophonic or Paraphonic★★★★
Korg Minilogue37$$16-Step Polyphonic Step & Motion Sequencer★★★★
Korg Monologue25$2 VCO (Square Wave, Triangle Wave, Sawtooth Wave)★★★★
Yamaha Montage888$$$Balanced Hammer Effect Keyboard★★★★
Yamaha MODX888$$$83-Key Synthesizer★★★★
Korg Krome88$$$800 x 480 pixel TouchView Color Display★★★

Korg Kronos 273$$$SGX-2 Grand Piano Sound Engine★★★★
Roland FA-0888$$$16-Track Sequencer w/Non-Stop Loop Recording★★★★
Yamaha MX6161$$27 Demo Songs★★★★
Kawai VPC 188$$$RM3 Grand II Keyboard Action★★★★
Yamaha MOXF888$$$GHS Keyboard (Initial Touch)★★★★
Korg MS20 Mini37$USB MIDI Plus 5-Pin MIDI★★★★
1) Moog Sub Phatty

Based on first impressions, the Moog Sub Phatty is a classic. The 25 note velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keys lets you add emotion to the playing field. It includes a controller that includes a pitch bend and mod wheel. The Multidrive control it includes allows you to add from low subtle grit to over exaggerate distortion. Bringing a vintage element to the modern soundscape. 

Moog Sub Phatty (Presets) - YouTube

The Moog Sub Phatty contains a MIDI In/Out and a USB for a network connection with a DAW of your choice. Keyboard gate inputs and control voltage permits you to connect your new Moog with your vintage or any other that has a CV/gate connectivity. The keyboard control metrics (Filter CV, Pitch CV, and Volume CV) puts you in the driver’s wheel for success.  Weighing in at 16 lbs., this is an ideal piece of equipment for your collection.

Overview:

  • CV/Gate Inputs
  • Noise Generator
  • Two-Variable Waveshape Oscillators
  • One Pink Noise Generator
  • Ladder Filter
  • 25 Semi-weighted Keys (Analog Monophonic Synthesizer with 2 Oscillators)
2) Yamaha Reface CP

The Yamaha Reface CP power supply is 12V DC. It can operate on 6 AA batteries for up to 5 hours for portability.  An assortment of effects (Tremolo, chorus, reverb, phaser, delay) is included. The Reface CP takes notes from the Yamaha CP80’s electric grand piano, in a smaller revolutionary packed sizing.

Weighing in a 4 lbs. and 3oz., transporting this from location to place is not an issue. Including 6 vintage electric pianos like the Tine, Reed, Clavi, and Toy. It comes with 5 stompbox-style effects with direct control. Running the Reface CP through pedals like years ago is a thing of the past. Get your rock n roll on with a Yamaha Reface CP.

Yamaha Reface CP In Action - YouTube

Weighing in a 4 lbs. and 3oz., transporting this from location to place is not an issue. Including 6 vintage electric pianos like the Tine, Reed, Clavi, and Toy. It comes with 5 stompbox-style effects with direct control. Running the Reface CP through pedals like years ago is a thing of the past. Get your rock n roll on with a Yamaha Reface CP.

Overview:
  • Stompbox-style effects with direct control
  • 128-note polyphony ensures dropout-free performance
  • HQ mini keyboard allows fast, natural performance with premium feel and response
  • Continuous sustain pedal input for half-damper effect and increasing sustain as you depress the pedal
  • Stereo speaker system lets you take your sounds anywhere
3.) Yamaha Montage8

This keyboard comes with sound engine Motion Control Synthesis, AWM2, and FM-X as an addiction. Synthesizers can be addictive, this one meets the quota. A Super Knob included lets you execute one-hand modifications, controlling multiple parameters at once from soft to extreme. It can be assigned to a foot controller. Ambiance can be added to an instrument, from the deep abyss of the ocean to in-your-face. 

Yamaha MONTAGE 8 Synthesizer Demo - YouTube
Overview:
  • Aftertouch-enabled Balanced Hammer Action Keybed
  • DSP Effects
  • Envelope Follower: Use any audio as a modulator for any synth parameter
  • Control Matrix
  • AWM2 and FM-X Synthesis Engines
  • Tempo-sync control sequences, assignment to any parameter
  • USB: 1 x USB Type A, 1 x USB Type B (6 x 32)
  • Envelope Follower
  • Check out our Yamaha Montage 8 review here.
4.) Korg Monologue

The Korg Monologue is a 25-key Monophonic Analog Synthesizer, with 2 VCO(s), 1 VCF, 1 EG, 1 LFO, and 16-Step Sequencer. The monologue show starts with two oscillators and a handful of waveforms, plus waveshaping, Sync, and Ring Modulation capabilities. 

Korg Monologue | Reverb Demo Video - YouTube

The built-in OLED oscilloscope shows your sound-shaping skills. The oscillators feed into a 2-pole filter designed specifically for the monologue, optimized for mono bass and leads. Three envelope shapes and the attack and decay controls allowing you to create pads and soundscapes, in addition to rock-solid bass and lead sounds. 

The monologue is a raw monophonic synthesizer for all types of music. Filters, modulation, drive, and LFO creates passionate basses and sharp leads. The step sequencer inserted in the Korg Monologue allows more editing for a hands-on approach.

Overview:
  • Analog monophonic synthesizer with a built-in 16-step sequencer
  • Save your own presets (80 factory presets, 20 user locations)
  • VCO 1 ( Saw, Triangle, and Square waveforms/waveshaping)
  • VCO 2 (Saw, Triangle, and Random waveforms, with waveshaping, Sync, and Ring Mod)
  • Three Envelope Generator modes allow for creative sound shaping
5.) Korg MicroKorg

An 8-band vocoder and microphone make the analog modeled synthesizer a quality piece of work. The microKORG offers a wide platter of waveforms. This mini-keyboard sports 37 velocity-sensitive keys for musicians on the go. 

Korg Microkorg 10 Year Anniversary Demonstration - YouTube

MIDI in/out and thru and can be powered by supply or 6 AA batteries. LED illuminated button makes program selection possible in the night time.

Overview:
  • 8-band vocoder (Capture and freeze, play it across the keyboard, or shift the formant frequency)
  • Flexible presets and audio inputs
  • Sound Generation Method: Analog Modeling Synthesis System
  • Synthesizer Program: Multi Timbral=2 (max, Normal/Dual Mode)
  • Sound Source: 2 Oscillator + Noise Generator, 
  • 4 Voices Vocoder Programs: 128 programs
  • Modulation effects (3 types) with 2-band equalizer
6.) Roland GAIA SH-01

Weighing less than 10 lbs., this synthesizer packs a mean punch. An analog synthesizer with an arpeggiator setting, this is a a 64-note polyphony keyboard. 

Roland GAIA SH-01 Virtual Analog Synthesizer Demo - YouTube

With the GAIA SH-01, this 37-key Virtual Analog Synthesizer has Arpeggiator, Phrase Recorder, Onboard Effects, and 64-note polyphony involved. Lovely synths in a lightweight keyboard! Virtual analog engines (oscillator, filter, amplifier, envelope, and LFO) make up massive tones that give you a vintage synth vibe. 

No menu, just classic analog knobs and faders. A lightweight chassis with some awesome sounds are a bonus here.

Overview:
  • It can layer up to 5 simultaneous effects, including delay, flanger, bit crash, phaser, distortion, reverb, low boost, pitch shifter, and fuzz
  • 3 virtual analog engines onboard, each with a dedicated oscillator, a filter, an amplifier, an envelope, and an LFO
  • Layer up to 5 simultaneous effects, including distortion, flanger, delay, reverb, low boost, and more
  • D Beam, arpeggiator, and phrase recorder onboard
  • 64-voice polyphony
7.) Behringer MS-101

The MS-101 from the 1980s and 1990s is a synthesizer with 32 semi-weighted full-size keys, an arpeggio, and a 32-step sequencer.  Used heavily in the 1980s and ’90s in genres such as progressive rock, wave, EDM and synth-pop music. 

Roland SH-101 vs Behringer MS-101: Can you hear the difference? - YouTube

Create virtually any sound with fun. A pure analog signal path, legendary 3340 VCO with 4 simultaneously mixable waveforms, and flexible VCF and VCA filters, no wonder the MS-101 is easy to be your best friend. Covering everything from super-fat bass and lead tones to stunning effects and otherworldly sounds. 

This synthesizer was used heavily in the 1980s and ’90s in genres such as progressive rock, wave, EDM and synth-pop music. Also, the VCO can be adjusted across a wide, 4-octave range. The VCF includes faders to cutoff Frequency from 10 Hz to 20 kHz, which can be modulated via the keyboard tracking, ADSR, and Bender controller. MS-101 has 57 knobs, faders, and switches. Excellence is called the Behringer MS-101.

Overview:
  • Comprehensive USB/MIDI implementation for connection to keyboard/sequencer
  • Monophonic synthesizer with authentic 3340 analog oscillator
  • Oscillator with 4 simultaneously mixable waveforms
  • Attachable handgrip included with pitch bend wheel and pitch modulation trigger
  • Guitar strap for live jamming on stage
  • External audio input for processing external sound sources
Conclusion

Thebest portable synthesizer goes to the Moog Sub Phatty 25-Key Analog Monophonic Synthesizer is the God of all Moog. A catchy sub-bass while being in a league of its own. Its gritty sine bassline is a treat for your ears. 

Subtractive synth made with voltage controlled oscillators. The Moog is for sound lovers who originate their own ideas from thin air. This is for you. Innovation at its finest. The Sub Phatty takes everything that is vintage Moog and wraps it up into a machine that is smooth. It has 25 keys, 31 knobs, and 13 switches.

Analog is what gives vintage equipment that warm feeling. Buying a used digital piano is a solution to keep in mind for a budget. Price relevancy is included, but not welcomed to the daring.

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Digital pianos are wonderful instruments, especially considering how versatile they can be. Some pianos are aimed towards live performance, for example, while others can be more focused on music production. And in this article, we’re going to focus on both, helping frugal shoppers best determine the best digital pianos under $300 you can buy on the market.

And, to help you get started, please take a look at our interactive guide below, which will help you compare and contrast some of the top digital pianos on the market:

PhotoModel# of KeysWeightPriceRating
Casio PX-16088$Dual Headphone Outputs on Front★★★★

Williams Allegro Iii Keyboard Home Package
88$Can Use Williams App to Control Sounds, Learn to Play★★★★
Korg B1SP88$$Stand and Pedal Unit Included★★★★

Williams Legato Iii Keyboard Package Home Package
88$Bluetooth MIDI capabilities★★★★
Yamaha P-4588$64 Note Polyphony★★★★
Yamaha YDP-14488$$$GHS action, CFX Grand Piano Voice★★★★
Korg B1SP88$$Stand and Pedal Unit Included★★★★
Casio CDP 24088$$Amazon Exclusive★★★★★
Roland F-14088$$$SuperNATURAL Piano engine★★★★★
Yamaha DGX-66088$$Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard★★★★★
Korg C1 Air88$$$120 Notes Polyphony★★★★
Yamaha P-51588$$$Natural Wood X Key Action★★★★
Yamaha YDP-18488$$$Graded Hammer 3 Action (GH3)★★★★
1) Casio CT-X3000

This 61-key keyboard is adaptable to any level of expertise. Its weight (15.2 lbs.), keyboard stand and battery operation (6 D) make it highly portable, too. A 12V DC power supply is combined in this instrument for those using this keyboard in their living room or bedroom.

Casio CT-X3000 Demo | Full Compass - YouTube

The sound library includes 800 tones and 260 styles with the AiX Sound Source technology. DSP effects consist of 151 amp models, a rotary speaker simulation that lets you dial in a cool vintage tone. The CT-X3000 is an excellent piece of technology for under $300

Overview Of Specs:
  • The AiX Sound Engine library consists of 800 instrument tones and 260 Accompaniment Styles
  • 17-track MIDI data recorder with a 42-part mixer
  • Record up to 100 different phrases, can replay with phrase pads
  • Pitchbend Controllers
  • 64 Notes Polyphony
2.) Yamaha NP-32

Looking for a sleek, lightweight, and highly compact digital piano? The 76 note NP-32 has advanced Wave Memory Stereo Sampling and Graded Soft Touch action. A 64 note polyphony puts the icing on the cake.

Yamaha NP-32 vs P-45 | Better Music - YouTube

The Piaggero NP-32 is equipped with USB-to-host to connect your favorite DAW. Compatible with Yamaha’s iOS apps, including the Controller App, giving you a faster user interface on your Piaggero NP-32 (Requires Lightning Camera Adaptor, sold separately). Pick your favorite colorway, from black to white. Simplicity runs the show whether it’s on the stage, in the park, or a performance in the mall. 

Overview Of Specs:
  • 64-note polyphony
  • Half-damper control with optional FC3A pedal
  • Built-in speakers
  • Includes music rest
  • 5 hours of battery operation on 6 AA batteries
  • 10 presets (Piano1, Piano2, E.Piano1, E.Piano2, Organ1, Organ2, Strings, Vibes, Harpsi1, Harpsi2)
3.) Alesis Melody 61 MKII

For under $200, the Alesis Melody 61 MKII keyboard gives you all you need for your price range. There are 61 piano-style keys with 300 built-in sounds on the Melody 61 MKII, covering mallets, pianos, brass, Fx(s), strings, woodwinds, percussion, guitars, and synthesizers. 

Keyboards should give players with an adventurous outlook on life some new sound scenery. I love that this handles the job. With an easy-to-assemble bench with three adjustable height settings, you can travel, giving your new scenery some luxurious background music.

Alesis Melody 61 MKII - 61-Key Portable Keyboard Review 2018 | Alesis Melody 61 MKII Review 2018 - YouTube

Layer mode can be activated with the Dual mode ability on the LCD display. Mount multiple sounds or split two sounds across the keyboard in Split mode. When ready to change the world of music, hit the record button to lay out your next tracking. 

Three months of Skoove Premium, (Piano instructional website) is involved in this package. Gain access to online courses and personal feedback for your evolution as a piano warrior. New lessons are added each month as an extra.

Overview of Specs:
  • Built-in speakers, headphones, and mic for performance
  • 40 built-in demo songs (Variety of genres)
  • Weight: 11 lbs.
  • Speakers: 2 x 4.7”
  • Audio Inputs: 1 x 1/4″ (mic)
  • Headphones: 1 x 1/8″
  • 2 x 5W Amplifiers
  • 6 x AA batteries / 9V DC power supply (included)
4.) Yamaha PSR-EW410

This 76-keys piano is for the determined beginner player—it has everything you need in a starter kit. 

The New Yamaha PSR-EW410 Keyboard - Tutorial - YouTube

Light-weight and portable design with USB to HOST audio and MIDI connectivity, it’s easy to expand by interfacing with creative or educational apps on your iOS device or computer. The new Touch Tutor gives on-board lesson functions to regulate regular piano lessons. 

Want to spark things up a bit? Plug in your portable music player to the Aux Input and use the melody suppressor to soften the lead vocal, allowing karaoke so you can sing and play along with your favorite jam!

Overview of Specs:
  • Two sets of four AA batteries
  • A power supply
  • A sustain pedal
  • A pair of stereo headphones
  • 2-year extended warranty
  • Hundreds of dollars in Rebate Coupons
  • 48-note polyphony
5.) Williams Allegro Iii Keyboard Home Package

The Williams Allegro III is an 88 weighted-key digital piano with stargazing sounds and attributes that are ideal for the player who values key control. A compact digital piano with 10 high-resolution sounds, this custom sound library includes electric pianos, basic pianos, basses, strings, and organs. 

Williams Allegro III Digital Piano - YouTube

The finest instruments in the world with full dynamic ranges were recorded for this piece of art. The Allegro III can run on batteries or with an AC power supply (Included).

 Bluetooth MIDI connectivity and a free downloadable iOS app for sound adjustment make this piano stand out from the competition.

Overview Of Specs:
  • Built-in metronome
  • Full-frequency dual-driver speakers
  • Solid music rest supports tablets
  • Sustain pedal songs
  • McCarthy Music piano software with a free live remote lesson is included
6.) Alesis Recital

The Alesis Recital is a full-sized digital piano with 88 semi-weighted keys with an adjustable touch response for your preferred playing style. Customize 5 meticulously curated instruments (Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Synth, and Bass) by combining two of them at once with Layer Mode. Customization offering a fuller and richer sound. 

Best Beginner Keyboard - Alesis Recital Keyboard Review - YouTube

Also, you can assign voices to the left or right hands with Split Mode. The built-in 20W speakers can fill up a room with a delicate sound. Stereo RCA outputs to connect to a recorder, mixer, amplifier or any other sound system. The Alesis Recital is a piano for a minimalist that can maximize the potential of any piece of gear.

Overview Of Specs:
  • Skoove 3 month premium subscription online piano lessons
  • Power adapter involved
  • Adjustable chorus and reverb effects
  • Built-in 20W speakers
  • ¼” (6.35mm) sustain pedal input (pedal not included)
  • Maximum 128-note polyphony
  • 6.35mm Input for headphones
7.)  Williams Legato Iii Keyboard Package Beginner Package

The Williams Legato III features a full-size digital piano with 88 touch-sensitive keys, Bluetooth MIDI, an iOS app, and speakers. More than just a piano for playing, practicing and performing. The Legato III offers a lifestyle rather than random sounds. Streaming from the incredible Williams Custom Sound Library, this keyboard features a collection of gnarly vintage pianos. 

Williams Legato III Digital Piano | First Impressions & Demo - YouTube

10 of the best voices ever heard morph into a sparkly library. The dual-driver speakers deliver all those lush tones with outstanding and room-filling clarity and volume.  Bluetooth MIDI allows connectivity to your iPhone or iPad to run educational applications like the McCarthy Music Teaching app that’s included. The Williams iOS app is for the self-taught, providing guidance to the Legato III advanced menus. No accessories are involved. One of the biggest flaws in my words. 

A Williams ESS1 Accessory Pack ( AC adaptor, sustain pedal and headphones) can be added on for $29. 6x D-cell batteries can be used instead of a power supply (Not included either). One of the most affordable digital 88-key piano on the market, you cannot get a better Legato at a price like this. Low-quality plastic with cheap buttons, knobs, and design. If you’re not about looks, then disregard that message. Otherwise, it’s lightweight at 19 pounds with high-quality instrumentation. 

Overview Of Specs:
  • Music rest
  • Battery Operation Guide
  • Optional: Williams ESS1 Accessory Pack (includes AC adaptor, sustain pedal and headphones)
  • 88-key touch-sensitive piano keyboard
  • 10 Sounds including Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Synth and Bass from the Williams Custom Sound Library
Conclusion

You really can’t go wrong with any of these affordable digital pianos, but the Yamaha PSR-EW300 is a very nice keyboard in and of itself. The price is around $269.99 (Under $300.00 as promised), plus it gives you everything needed in a digital piano including sound selection, sleek design, portability, and reliability.

 The most important qualities in a piano. Picking an instrument requires some observation, but don’t overanalyze it. The specifications should cater to your own personal needs. The fact they’re affordable makes it all better. Although they have fewer features than the advanced digital pianos, these pianos rank high for its durability, accessibility and unique features. Quality doesn’t always have to be expensive and this list beats the point.

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In this article, I’m going to help you discover the 2019 best digital pianos under $1,000 that I think are some of the top instruments on today’s market. 

And to better help you make this important decision, please use our interactive guide below, which showcases some of the top instruments on the market.

PhotoModel# of KeysWeightPriceRating
Casio PX-16088$Dual Headphone Outputs on Front★★★★
Roland FP-30

88$$Built-in Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity★★★★
Korg B1SP88$$Stand and Pedal Unit Included★★★★
Yamaha YDP-14488$$$GHS action, CFX Grand Piano Voice★★★★
Yamaha P-4588$64 Note Polyphony★★★★
Yamaha YDP-16488$$$GH3 action, CFX Grand Piano Voice★★★★
Korg B1SP88$$Stand and Pedal Unit Included★★★★
Casio CDP 24088$$Amazon Exclusive★★★★★
Roland F-14088$$$SuperNATURAL Piano engine★★★★★
Yamaha DGX-66088$$Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard★★★★★
Korg C1 Air88$$$120 Notes Polyphony★★★★
Yamaha P-51588$$$Natural Wood X Key Action★★★★
Yamaha YDP-18488$$$Graded Hammer 3 Action (GH3)★★★★
Figuring Out the Right Piano for My Needs

Most people, when they consider buying any kind of a piano for the first time, balk at the price ranges involved in both digital and acoustic pianos.  They learn that they can buy a dinky little 42-note keyboard with plastic keys and virtually no sound anywhere near resembling a “real” piano for less than $40.  On the opposite end, a 9-foot concert Bosendorfer grand will set them back more than $150,000, if purchased new and un-restored.

Yikes!  If your name isn’t Daniel Barenboim or some of the other world-famous concert pianists, that’s probably a little more than you want to spend.  So let’s look at some digital pianos that are considerably less expensive, some portable, that a piano teacher would recommend a person purchase for their first piano experience. Almost all of these pianos are 88-key digital pianos; the exception is noted.

Here is my list of 13 digital piano deals that are easy on the pocketbook—less than $1,000—and still offer good value and sound for the money:  

  • Casio AP270 (Celviano) 
  • Roland FP 30 
  • Kawai ES 110 
  • Yamaha YDP 144 
  • Roland RP 102 
  • Yamaha P 125 
  • Korg LP-380 
  • Yamaha P45 
  • Yamaha DGX-660 
  • Casio Privia PX-160 
  • Alesis Recital 
  • Casio Privia PX-770 
  • RockJam 61-Key Keyboard 
Casio Ap-270 Digital Cabinet Piano Black

The Casio pianos probably surprised me the most.  I’ve always pictured Casio keyboards as those funny little 18-key keyboards that my in-laws bought for my kids when they were toddlers.  Not today’s Casio!  Take, for instance, the Casio AP 270, in the Celviano family.  This digital piano displays a remarkable sound for such a small piano.  

Casio Celviano AP-270 Demo with Rich Formidoni - YouTube

Because of the technology now available, this piano even has the overtones present on an ‘acoustic’ piano without the strings!  I was impressed with all of the Celviano family of Casio digital pianos, but this little dynamo can be found online for less than $1000.  With a two-speaker system that projects rich, full sound to the 192-voice polyphony that allows a smorgasbord of sounds for recording and overdubbing your own musical performances, this mighty little digital is worth every penny.

Roland FP-30

The Roland FP was the most portable 88-key digital piano I found on my search.  Even if you live in a motorhome or RV, you can probably find room in your domicile for this handy little piano with the big sound.  The keys are quiet, and with a good set of headphones this digital piano could be played all through the night without disturbing neighbors or even anyone with whom you live.  

Roland FP-30 Digital Piano Demo with Alicia Baker - YouTube

You can leave it on a table top, or you can purchase the optional stands and 3-pedal attachment that allows the buyer to set this piano up permanently.  I found it at a local keyboard retailer for less than $1000.  I almost brought it home!

Kawai ES110

I’ve long been a fan of Kawai acoustic pianos, especially the grands.  The Kawai digital pianos surprised me with their sound and their quality.  The ES 110 did so, as well.  It also offers built-in Alfred piano lessons.  (Alfred is my favorite method book publisher, so that endeared this piano to me.)  

Kawai ES110 88-key Digital Piano Review - YouTube

I love the weighted keys on this instrument; it felt like I was playing a Kawai grand.  The music store in which I played this instrument includes the stand and pedals with purchase for less than $1000, but some retailers may not.

Yamaha YDP-144

As I mentioned before, I love Yamaha’s digital pianos.  They’ve come a long way since 1992!  The Yamaha YDP-144 is a delightful little digital piano.  A member of the Arius family of digital pianos in the Yamaha production, it is small enough to fit in the smallest apartment.  

Yamaha YDP144 | Better Music - YouTube

The touch and tone are reminiscent of the Yamaha acoustic pianos.  It’s Graded Hammer Standard mimics the feel of an acoustic Yamaha, so beginners can develop the correct hand posture and touch to enable them to play acoustic pianos.

Roland RP-102

This digital piano requires relatively little space but has a sound worthy of an acoustic upright piano.  The keys are weighted action which gives them an acoustic ‘feel,’ and the three pedals are integrated into the cabinetry, rather than a single plug-in pedal.  One of the best things about digital pianos is the ability to utilize modern technology with them.  

Roland RP-102 Digital Home Piano | Overview - YouTube

This sweet Roland piano provides Bluetooth options, including plugging into a computer or tablet for access to digital sheet music available on an optional app. 

It plays quite a bit like an acoustic piano, which is a significant accomplishment for a digital piano made by a company renowned for their electronic synthesizers that changed the world of performance music in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  This piano only weighs 84 pounds—true portability for an 88-key digital piano.

Yamaha P-125

This piano is an upgrade from the discontinued P 115 model.  As with all Yamaha digital pianos, it has a full 88-key keyboard with weighted action and good, rich tone.  The ‘P’ stands for portable, and this Yamaha digital piano is one of the better portables.  It also has the Graded Hammer Standard and 192-note polyphony.  

Yamaha P-125 Digital Piano - Full Demo with Gabriel Aldort - YouTube

This piano features adjustable touch sensitivity; if you prefer soft (easy) touch to the stiffest touch, you have 4 touch options to choose from on this instrument. It does not come with an instrument stand or 3-pedal option, although you can purchase the stand separately.

Korg LP-380

Korg makes great synthesizer products.  I suppose their digital pianos are pretty decent as well, although not my favorites.  The Korg LP 380 is a fairly decent digital piano at a decent price.  However, I was not impressed by the lack of dynamic differential—no matter how lightly I touched the keys, this instrument played loudly.  

Kraft Music - Korg LP-380 Digital Piano Demo - YouTube

It has a big sound, though, so if touch isn’t important to you, this instrument is a good value.  It compares favorably to the Korg C1 Air without the big price tag of the Air.  It looks good and has 3 pedals like a grand.  This piano is my favorite of the Korg pianos, but not my favorite digital.

Yamaha P-45

The Yamaha P45 is the most portable of the Yamaha digital piano family.  It is a tabletop model, although a stand is an option for separate purchase.  This instrument comes with a sustain pedal; as far as I can tell, there is no 3-pedal option.  The harpsichord sound is one of the most authentic.

Yamaha P-45 Digital Piano Review - YouTube

I’ve heard on a digital piano, as is typical with the Yamaha digital piano family.  I’m not so crazy about the string effect, but most digital string effects sound weird to my ear.  The piano sound is rich and full and authentically piano.  This instrument weighs only 25 pounds, which makes it very easy to take with the aspiring musician to a lesson or to a gig.

Yamaha DGX-660

I think it’s pretty easy to tell that I still love Yamaha digital pianos.  This instrument allows the player to connect a microphone so he or she can sing along to the music they make on this digital piano.  It also provides a USB port so that the musician can record the songs or pieces that they play and share with family and friends and fellow musicians.  

Is Yamaha DGX-660 Piano Still Worth Buying in 2019? - YouTube

It offers the Graded Hammer Standard and samples the sounds and overtones of a Yamaha CFIIIS 9′ concert grand piano.  Like most of the other digital pianos, this instrument is wireless capable and has a chord analyzer built in to analyze the songs recorded by the musician for display with chord symbols.  For a musician who wishes to learn more about chords, this feature could be invaluable!

Casio PX-160

This portable piano offers 3 touch sensitivity options and a full, rich ‘grand piano’ sound, as do most of these digital pianos.  Designed as a possible tabletop piano, you can purchase the optional stand and 3-pedal attachment. 

Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano Review - YouTube

With the stand and attachment, the piano only weighs 46 pounds; without the stand, it weighs 25 pounds.  

Alesis Recital

This is a tabletop digital piano with full-size and semi-weighted keys.  A sustain pedal is available but not included.  The most interesting thing about this instrument is that it comes with 3 months of free piano lessons (on an app called Skoove Premium).  Skoove offers the option of continuing the lessons after the 3-month period for a fee.  I haven’t used the service, but anything that is offered for free is certainly worth what you pay for it! 

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Buying a digital piano can be overwhelming for anyone, even so-called piano “experts.”  So many manufacturers and so many models can make anyone confused. 

In this article, I will attempt to make some sense out of what can become chaos when shopping for a digital piano. 

And to better help you, please take a look at the table below, which showcases some of the top digital pianos on the market

PhotoModel# of KeysWeightPriceRating
Casio PX-16088$Dual Headphone Outputs on Front★★★★
Casio PX-87088$$$Redesigned Cabinet, Speaker System★★★★
Yamaha P-4588$64 Note Polyphony★★★★
Yamaha YDP-14488$$$GHS action, CFX Grand Piano Voice★★★★
Korg B1SP88$$Stand and Pedal Unit Included★★★★
Kawai ES11088$$Bluetooth MIDI★★★★★
Roland F-14088$$$SuperNATURAL Piano engine★★★★★
Yamaha DGX-66088$$Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard★★★★★
Korg C1 Air88$$$120 Notes Polyphony★★★★
Yamaha P-51588$$$Natural Wood X Key Action★★★★
Nord Piano 488$$$88-Note Triple Sensor Keybed★★★★
Korg Grandstage88 or 73 Keys$$$500 Sounds★★★★★
Yamaha YDP-18488$$$Graded Hammer 3 Action (GH3)★★★★
Top Digital Piano Brands Worth Discussing

Moving on, let’s start with my top five digital piano manufacturers, from bottom to top:

  • Kurzweil
  • Roland
  • Casio
  • Kawai
  • Yamaha

Of all the digital pianos I’ve played over the past two weeks—and there have been many!—these manufacturers have produced the best quality instruments.  Just one caveat: price range is not considered on these instruments. 

Starting from the least to the best, here are the 12 best digital brands (models) from the above manufacturers:

  • Kurzweil CGP 220
  • Roland FP 30
  • Roland RP501 
  • Roland GP 607 EP 
  • Casio AP 270
  • Casio AP 470 
  • Casio GP500 
  • Kawai CA 98 
  • Kawai Novus NV10
  • Yamaha P515
  • Yamaha CSP 150 PE
  • Yamaha CVP 709
Kurzweil CGP 220

Kurzweil is known for their synthesizers more than their digital pianos.  I found one that really impressed me: the Kurzweil CGP 220.  This instrument visually resembles a small grand piano, which is a traditional piano look.  It sounds like a large grand piano with sampling from a 9-foot grand piano as its best sound feature.  

Kurzweil CGP-220 u nas - YouTube

This piano has all the bells and whistles of a high-end digital piano, from its 200-watt 4-speaker sound system, to integrated 3-pedal action, to an onboard metronome, transposer, and recording system.  The keys are wooden, which is such a nice touch, and it has Italian graded hammer action to resemble the touch of an acoustic piano.

Roland FP-30

This piano is a sweet little digital piano with 35 sounds onboard.  The piano sampling comes from Steinway, one of the premier piano manufacturers in the world, which gives this smaller-sized digital piano a big sound.  

Roland FP-30 Digital Piano Review - YouTube

The FP 30, one of the many digital instruments produced by the Roland company, proves that a small piano can project just as much sound as a large one, if the technology is used well.  This little piano is small enough to fit in a decent-sized motorhome, but your neighbors in your RV park will think you smuggled a Steinway into your motorhome!  

Roland RP501

Another in the Roland family is the RP501.  This digital piano has 305 sounds onboard and offers 72 various rhythm styles and backing tracks.  Equipped with a USB port, it can record and play back any music you choose to record.  It also has Bluetooth and wireless capability and can accommodate your tablet or smart phone.  

Roland RP-501 Digital Piano Review | Better Music - YouTube

This instrument comes with cabinet and integrated 3 pedals and is family friendly.  It only weighs about 90 pounds, so two adults (or large teenagers!) can handily move it.  With all of the features on this instrument, it would make a great first digital piano for any musician or family.

Roland GP 607 EP

This piano is the ‘big daddy’ of the Roland family of digital pianos.  Modeled on the Steinway escapements (which is a specific action of the keys that feels like a second level) and the lovely overtones (resonation of the hammers on the strings and all of the surrounding strings), this digital piano plays like it belongs in a concert hall.  Many digitals tend to fall short on the overtone resonation, but not this one!  

Roland GP607 Digital Mini Grand Piano Review - YouTube

This piano offers Bluetooth and MIDI capability, a set of headphones that will make you believe you’re in Carnegie Hall even when practicing privately, and multi-speaker sound projection that will fill your room—or your house—with beautiful piano sound.  If I were going to buy a Roland and money was no object, this instrument is the one I would select.

Casio Ap-270 Digital Cabinet Piano Black

The Celviano Casio class of pianos came as a great surprise to me.  My mental picture of Casio instruments was limited to the little 18-note keyboards my kids used to play around with and torture.  These Casio Celviano pianos are far more than the dinky little keyboards I remember! 

Discover The Celviano AP-270 Digital Piano - YouTube

The Casio AP 270 includes integrated cabinetry in black or walnut, integrated 3-pedal system that functions as a grand, and it weighs less than 90 pounds.  It features damper resonance, which simulates the entire body of a grand piano, not just the strings.  A nice piano for a nice price!

Casio AP-470

This model features 22 sounds and 256 notes of polyphony, which is the maximum I have found on digital pianos.  This instrument offers 60 installed songs that you can enjoy listening to or can play along.  It features USB and MIDI recording capabilities.  

Casio AP-470 Digital Piano | Better Music - YouTube

This Casio would be a welcome piece in any room with its rich cabinetry in black, walnut, or white finishes.  Three pedals are standard and integrated in this model.  The damper resonance offered on the 270 is also a feature of the 470.  

Casio GP500

The most advanced of the Celviano class of digital pianos, the GP500 offers beautiful cabinetry, rich sound, and what Casio calls “Grand Hybrid” keys.  The Grand Hybrid key system consists of full length, Austrian wood keys and actual hammers, with the associated moving parts, that make this piano feel more like an acoustic grand piano that almost anything else I played during this research.  

Casio Celviano Grand Piano Hybrid GP500 Review - YouTube

The Casio company sampled three different types of grand pianos—the Berlin, the Hamburg, and the Vienna—and offers each one, as well as several others, in this amazing instrument.  This piano offers such amazing features and a multitude of options that I would have loved to bring it home with me! 

The priciest of the Casio Celviano line, this piano is probably for the most discerning tastes in furniture and music; not the kind of piano someone would buy for an uncertain beginner, but a piano that could last a lifetime.

Kawai CA 98

I have always loved the Kawai brand of acoustic pianos with their rich tone and easy feel.  This digital piano is one of what Kawai calls its Hybrid Digital Pianos.  Offered in a satin black, polished ebony or premium rosewood cabinetry, it is beautiful as well as functional.  This instrument features a 5-inch digital touch screen display on the side plate of the piano.  

Kawai CA78 & 98 Review | Better Music - YouTube

It offers authentic, acoustic piano touch with its Grand Feel II wooden keys key action.  In short, it plays with a touch very close to that of an acoustic piano.  As with most digitals in its class, it offers Bluetooth technology and USB storage capability.  A good piano for a good price!

Kawai Novus NV10

The NV 10 is a beautiful hybrid digital piano that replaced the Kawai CP series.  It offers wooden-key hybrid technology and mechanisms that play like a Kawai acoustic grand piano.  It uses a key-and-hammer combination with contact-less optical sensors to mimic the touch of a grand.  

Kawai Novus NV-10 review - YouTube

Its 7-speaker sound system blew me away with the magnitude and clarity of its sound.  Four types of resonance imbedded into this system give this piano one of the most authentic acoustic sounds anyone could find in the digital world.   

Yamaha P-515

This piano is actually a portable piano.  The sales associate I spoke with told me that, as a working musician, he had purchased two of these instruments for use with the band with whom he regularly plays gigs. 

Yamaha P515 Portable Stage Piano | Better Music - YouTube

The stand, pedals, headphones, and bench are all sold separately.  That being said, this is a sweet little digital piano with 88 full-size keys and an impressive grand piano sound.  

Yamaha Clavinova Csp-150 Polished Ebony

I love Yamaha digital pianos.  I owned and taught piano on one of the earliest models of Clavinova, which I bought more than 25 years ago.  Of all the digital pianos I played in my research, the CSP 150 PE was my favorite. 

It offers all sorts of smart technology, from analysis of any song that you wish to play in its vast library to creation of a chord and melody chart to lights above the keys to show you which ones to play, this piano does so many amazing things to help a musician improve skills.  

Yamaha CSP-150 vs CSP-170 Clavinova piano comparison - What piano should I buy? - YouTube

It offers a microphone input so you can play and sing along through the sound system of this piano.  The GH3X graded hammer system mimics the feel of a grand piano even to the lighter touch in the treble keys and the heavier touch on the bass end.  The cabinet is clean and simple, with the electronic features offered through your tablet.  You can even charge your tablet by plugging it into the piano!  

The escapement touch mimics that of a grand, as does the beautiful overtones offered through the Virtual Resonance Modeling of this model of Clavinova.  If I could have loaded this instrument into my (little) car, it would have come home with me!

Yamaha Cvp709 Home Digital Piano Polished Ebony

This model of the Clavinova is the granddaddy of all the digital pianos I played.  The CVP 709 has all of the bells and whistles that a musician could ever ask for, including (but not limited to) two grand piano samplings (Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial), a built-in recording studio that allows the musician to record their own compositions or their own arrangements of already-published songs, the 88-key Linear Graded Hammer action that assigns each of the keys its own unique weight, and so many more amazing features.  

Yamaha CVP-709 Clavinova Demo & Review by Piano Gallery of Utah - YouTube

It’s beautiful, and it almost feels like sitting at the cockpit of a jetliner with so many buttons and functions.  Yamaha has sampled almost every instrument they build and placed those samplings in this piano.  That means that the ‘clarinet’ sounds like a Yamaha clarinet.  The ‘flute’ sounds like a Yamaha flute.  You get the picture.  When you use the various orchestral and band options on this digital piano, you will be playing with a Yamaha orchestra/band!  

You can download karaoke tunes from a dedicated Yamaha web site and sing and play along.  This instrument is the most expensive of all of the digital pianos I researched, but it does more than any of the other instruments that I played.  Whether you are a beginning musician or a virtuoso, this piano will bring learning and enjoyment for the rest of your life.   

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Most parents would like for their children to play some type of musical instrument.  Most experts suggest starting to learn music on a piano, since it incorporates both treble and bass staves and learning to use both hands somewhat equally.  

Music theorists who study the neuroscience of music and how it affects the brain also recommend learning to play a piano first, preparatory to learning to play any other instruments.  They theorize that the whole-brain activities of learning to play the piano using both hands develop neural pathways that help simplify learning other instruments.

To better help you find the right piano, we encourage you to use our interactive guide below, where you can compare some of the best digital pianos for beginners in 2019 against one another.

PhotoModel# of KeysWeightPriceRating
Casio PX-16088$Dual Headphone Outputs on Front★★★★
Casio PX-87088$$$Redesigned Cabinet, Speaker System★★★★
Yamaha P-4588$64 Note Polyphony★★★★
Yamaha YDP-14488$$$GHS action, CFX Grand Piano Voice★★★★
Korg B1SP88$$Stand and Pedal Unit Included★★★★
Kawai ES11088$$Bluetooth MIDI★★★★★
Roland F-14088$$$SuperNATURAL Piano engine★★★★★
Yamaha DGX-66088$$Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard★★★★★
Korg C1 Air88$$$120 Notes Polyphony★★★★
Yamaha P-51588$$$Natural Wood X Key Action★★★★
Nord Piano 488$$$88-Note Triple Sensor Keybed★★★★
Korg Grandstage88 or 73 Keys$$$500 Sounds★★★★★
Yamaha YDP-18488$$$Graded Hammer 3 Action (GH3)★★★★
Buying a Digital Piano

Investing in an acoustic or high-priced digital piano would probably not be a good idea at the beginner stage of learning to play.  An acoustic piano is a pricey investment, even if purchased used.  Spending thousands of dollars on a musical instrument that may end up gathering dust, however, is a frugal parent’s nightmare. Piano manufacturers have long been aware of this conundrum.

Fortunately, there is an alternative.  Due to advancing improvements in the quality of sound systems and digital engineering, a lower-priced alternative instrument seems to be the wisest course for a parent—or anyone—wishing to purchase a piano for the first time.  

A digital piano or keyboard is a great way to find out if you or a child truly wishes to learn the piano.  Besides costing significantly less than an acoustic piano, digital pianos and keyboards usually have lots of fun ‘bells and whistles’ that tend to keep a student engaged, and thus learning.

Your Favorite Digital Pianos [buyer's guide/popular choice] - YouTube

To help you or anyone else make a prudent decision about a piano, I have compiled a list of instruments that would be suitable for beginners.  Some of these pianos are portable, meaning they are designed for tabletop usage or to carry around.  

Some are much too heavy to be considered portable; these instruments usually come with a stand or some sort of cabinetry.  None of these instruments retail for more than $1,000, and many of them are in the $500-600 range.

Here are my recommendations for 10 pianos/instruments that could satisfy the beginning student:

  • Alesis Coda Pro
  • Yamaha P45
  • Artesia FUN-1
  • Roland Juno-DS88
  • Casio Privia PX-770
  • Yamaha Arius YDP-103
  • Yamaha PSR-EW300 
  • Yamaha EZ-220
  • Yamaha YPT-360
  • Roland RP 102 (replaces 101)

Now I’ll explain to you the features and selling points that landed these instruments on my list.  Keep in mind that all digital instruments will save you money because they don’t require tuning.  Considering that piano technicians recommend tuning an acoustic  piano once or twice a year, this savings amounts to $200 to $300 per year, or more.

Alesis Coda Pro

This little keyboard from a rather obscure manufacturer isn’t really so little.  The Alesis Coda Pro offers 20 built-in piano voices on a full size 88 keys.  It features a built-in sound system which alleviates the need to plug it into any speaker system.  It also allows the keyboard to be split, which enables two different voices to be played simultaneously.  

Alesis Coda Pro 88-Key Digital Piano Review - YouTube

An optional keyboard stand gives the keyboard a 3-pedal option similar to an acoustic grand piano.  It also features a USB/MIDI port to plug into a computer or tablet, creating full control over the software.

Yamaha P-45

You’re going to see a lot of Yamaha products on this list.  Besides being the premier manufacturer of acoustic pianos for over 100 years and of digital pianos for more than 30 years, Yamaha somehow manages to incorporate a good deal of their manufacturing “smarts” into their smaller, more price-friendly instruments.  

Keyboard Corner - Yamaha P45 - YouTube

The P45 is an excellent example of this.  Yamaha has included the Graded Hammer Standard on this instrument, giving the weighted, full-size keys a touch similar to the feel of an acoustic grand.  The Advanced Wave Memory sampling, recorded using two separate microphones for a fuller, richer sound, allows this instrument to resemble the sound of a grand piano.  For a piano beginner, this would be an excellent choice for their first instrument.

Artesia FUN-1

This cute little digital piano put the ‘FUN’ in ‘FUNCTIONAL’!  Designed especially for kids, it even includes animal sounds!  It comes in white or pink.  Yes, you read that right: PINK.  It offers 61 full-size, touch-sensitive keys so that a little one can learn the correct hand posture and dynamic control.  It comes with a matching bench, headphones, a sustain pedal, and a DC power supply.  

Artesia FUN-1 61-Key Children's Digital Piano - YouTube

This instrument also includes an iPad app for teaching piano, so a parent can find out the interest level of their child before they engage the services of a qualified private teacher (always recommended if your student shows interest for more than a month or two!).  This can save a parent a lot of money!  The Artesia FUN-1 61-Key Children’s Digital Piano is recommended for students from age 3 to 10.  Unless you find a reputable Suzuki teacher, I would suggest waiting for formal piano lessons until your child is 7 years old or older.  

Whatever you decide, please make certain to engage a qualified teacher!  For less than $300, this whimsical instrument provides a great and inexpensive way to find out if the piano will interest your child.

Roland Juno DS88

This instrument truly is a synthesizer and the Juno-DS88 looks like a synthesizer.  Marketed as a ‘band’ instrument for working musicians, it could easily become a new musician’s first keyboard.  It offers technological options from pre-recording music to connections with your computer or tablet.  It doesn’t weigh much—just 35 pounds. 

Roland JUNO-DS Synthesizer Performance with Scott Tibbs - YouTube

Yamaha provides optional accessories such as 3 different keyboard stands and a sustain pedal.  The 128-voice polyphony allows the musician to record their own background band or orchestra to play along.  

Casio PX-770

Casio comes through with a nice little digital piano with 88 keys, weighted hammer action and a rich, full tone.  This instrument will plug into virtually any smart device or computer system you could own to allow you full access to its many features.  

Casio Privia PX-770 - Demo with Rich Formidoni - YouTube

Using the Chordana Play app, a free feature, allows you to display PDF music files, giving you access to hundreds of songs you can learn to play right along with the score.  Casio has come a long way in its manufacturing process for digital pianos, and this model is a great way for a beginner to start playing piano and learning to incorporate technology into their musical experience.

Yamaha YDP-103

This console digital piano by Yamaha is priced a bit higher than the pianos I’ve discussed so far, but in the piano world, anything with a Yamaha brand on it is worth every penny.  Just like other Yamaha digital piano, this instrument utilizes the Graded Hammer Standard, which ensures that the keys on the treble end of the piano have a lighter touch than the mid-range keys, and the keys on the bass end of the piano have a heavier touch than the mid-range keys.  

Yamaha ARIUS YDP-103 Overview - YouTube

This simulates the touch of an acoustic grand piano and helps a beginner become accustomed to a standard piano touch.  Among other features, this instrument can plug into your tablet, allowing a full range access to all of the electronic features this piano offers.  Yamaha has been making acoustic grand pianos for more than 100 years, so purchasing one of their fine digital pianos is always a good idea for a beginner in the music world.

Yamaha PSR-EW410

If you prefer a more portable Yamaha product, the PSR-EW410 may be just what you’re looking for.  It offers 76 touch-sensitive keys and some versatile functions.  It offers “Keys to Success” lessons and over 500 various voices and sounds to keep a beginning student interested and engaged in learning.

This keyboard is the successor to the popular Yamaha PSR-EW400.

Yamaha EZ-220

Maybe the most dollar-friendly keyboard from Yamaha, the EZ-220 is a tabletop, portable keyboard that still has 61 touch-sensitive keys and connections to your tablet that will turn this keyboard into a veritable music studio. The keys are lighted, which helps a beginner learn how to follow along in a musical score.  

Demonstration of EZ-220 - YouTube

This instrument has 392 different voices to satisfy even the most adventurous musical beginner!  It also has 100 built-in songs to enjoy listening to or to learn how to play along.  It retails for less than $350 and could probably be found at an even lower price with some research.

Yamaha YPT-360

This touch-sensitive keyboard has 61 keys and over 500 sounds, making it a versatile instrument that is fun for a beginner.  It boasts 48-note polyphony, which will allow a beginning musician to experiment with sound layering. The Yamaha Education Suite allows you to learn to practice playing along with the preset songs at your own pace—one hand at a time, if necessary—to develop your piano skills along with finger facility.  

Yamaha YPT-360 Digital Keyboard Overview - YouTube

This instrument includes 165 auto accompaniment styles, enough to satisfy any beginning musician.  Of course, it also features USB and MIDI capability for connecting to your favorite tablet or smart device.

Roland RP-102

This Roland digital piano offers great value with a price surprisingly low for the features.  The MSRP is $1,000, although a lower price could likely be found or even negotiated at your local Roland dealer.  What makes this piano such a good value?  It comes with an attractive cabinet and integrated 3-pedal performance.  It provides Bluetooth capability for instant access to hundreds of apps through your tablet or smart phone. 

Roland RP102 Digital Piano Demo with Alicia Baker - YouTube

If you pair the piano with Roland’s free Piano Partner 2 app, you will find learning opportunities not available from the instrument alone.  This app allows the musician to display digital notation for the songs imbedded in the instrument, as well as turning pages to follow the..

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Wading through pages and pages of keyboard information online or wandering through a music store alone can be scary, but you are definitely taking a step in the right direction by reading this article.

In this article, I will give you an in-depth look at eleven of the best beginner digital piano models. I’ll take you through these pianos’ helpful features, explain their specs, and ultimately declare one of these digital pianos the best of the best.   And to better help you, please take a look at our interactive guide below:

PhotoModel# of KeysWeightPriceRating
Casio PX-16088$Dual Headphone Outputs on Front★★★★
Casio PX-87088$$$Redesigned Cabinet, Speaker System★★★★
Yamaha P-4588$64 Note Polyphony★★★★
Yamaha YDP-14488$$$GHS action, CFX Grand Piano Voice★★★★
Korg B1SP88$$Stand and Pedal Unit Included★★★★
Kawai ES11088$$Bluetooth MIDI★★★★★
Roland F-14088$$$SuperNATURAL Piano engine★★★★★
Yamaha DGX-66088$$Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard★★★★★
Korg C1 Air88$$$120 Notes Polyphony★★★★
Yamaha P-51588$$$Natural Wood X Key Action★★★★
Nord Piano 488$$$88-Note Triple Sensor Keybed★★★★
Korg Grandstage88 or 73 Keys$$$500 Sounds★★★★★
Yamaha YDP-18488$$$Graded Hammer 3 Action (GH3)★★★★

Let’s begin!

Casio PX-770

The Casio Privia PX-770 is currently available for $699, which is quite affordable for a digital piano. Still, although this Casio 88 key digital piano is extremely budget-friendly, it comes packed with features that will help you to advance in piano-playing skill quickly. 

This digital piano comes with 19 onboard sounds. All 19 sounds were created with Casio’s Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source. The piano sounds were created by recording acoustic pianos at four levels of dynamic sampling; so, these sounds are really realistic and lend themselves well to dynamic expression. Learn more about the AiR Sound Source here.

The Casio Privia PX-770’s hammer action keyboard is built with Casio’s Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard II, so it can detect really soft touches. Thus, this keyboard allows you to play loudly as well as really softly. 

The Casio Privia PX-760 offers 128-note polyphony, which is nice for its price. With this amount of polyphony, you should be able to play anything you want while experimenting with the Casio Privia PX-760’s effects.

Casio Privia PX-770 - Assembly Guide - YouTube

Speaking of effects, this digital piano comes with 4 reverb settings, 4 chorus settings, and 3 brilliance settings. Reverb lets you make your playing sound like its coming from closer or farther away; you choose a setting like concert hall or sound stage to make it sound as if you are playing inside that type of room. Chorus makes it sound as if a chorus of the same type of instrument is playing whatever you are playing. Finally, brilliance adds a shimmery quality to your playing.

The Casio Privia PX-770 is definitely  a great first digital piano. It has enough onboard sounds to spark your creativity, a great hammer action keyboard, and an impressive amount of polyphony. This digital piano is sure to help you on your piano-playing journey, and you can expect to be able to stick with this Casio model for a number of years.

Yamaha YDP-184

This Yamaha digital piano is currently available for $2,199.99, so it is considerably pricier than the Casio Privia PX-770. 

The Yamaha Arius YDP-184 offers 256-note polyphony, split mode, layer mode, a hammer action keyboard, and synthetic ebony and ivory keys. Thus, you can expect this keyboard to feel just as good as the Casio Privia PX-770’s keyboard. 

The Yamaha YDP-184 comes with 24 onboard sounds, which is a bit of a step up from the Casio Privia PX-770’s 19 onboard sounds. Having five additional sounds gives you a bit more sounds to play around with, but they’re not exactly a game changer.

Yamaha Arius YDP-184 Digital Piano Review - YouTube

This Yamaha digital piano also includes a Stereophonic Optimizer, which improves the experience of playing with headphones on. The Stereophonic Optimizer makes it sound as if the sounds you are hearing inside your headphones are coming from within the digital piano itself instead of from inside the headphones; as such, the sound quality is less tinny and is closer to the quality of the sound of the digital piano when it is played without headphones. This feature alone is worth the price jump from the Casio Privia PX-770.

Overall, the features of the Yamaha YDP-184 are similar to those of more budget-friendly digital pianos. Its Stereophonic Optimizer, however, cannot be found at a lower price point. If you know that you will have to practice with headphones on rather frequently, it may be well worth investing in the Yamaha Arius YDP-184.

Check out this review of the Yamaha Arius YDP-184 for more info about this Yamaha digital piano.

Korg B1SP

The Korg B1SP is currently available for $599.99 and is explicitly marketed as an entry-level piano, so it is perfect for beginners. 

KORG B1SP Digital Piano Narrated Overview - YouTube

The Korg B1SP has 120-note polyphony, which is enough to support beginner-level playing. At some point, however, you might find yourself itching for an instrument with more polyphony. This Korg digital piano model is perfect for those of you who are buying a child’s first digital piano, however; your kid will be able to stick with this digital piano for a while, but if they abandon their piano lessons altogether you won’t be losing thousands of dollars. 

This Korg model has 8 onboard sounds. This sound offering is pretty low compared to some of the other digital pianos included in this article, but this is definitely a decent number of sounds for the price. 

Nord Piano 4

The Nord Piano 4 currently costs $2,999, so it is not as budget-friendly as some of the other digital pianos included in this article. However, the Nord brand is recognized for its excellence and many of today’s most famous musicians use these iconic red keyboards onstage.

The Nord Piano 4 is perfect for those who are looking for a digital piano that they can grow with and play for many years to come. Most digital pianos that are marketed as beginner or entry-level digital pianos are made with the assumption that their players will eventually move on to a higher-end digital piano or an acoustic piano. The Nord Piano 4 is generally marketed 

Nord Piano 4 Stage Piano Demo - YouTube

toward people with some piano-playing experience, so it is meant to be an instrument that you can stick with for quite a while.

This digital piano boasts an astounding 400 preset sounds, and you can add sounds to your library or even replace the factory sounds with sounds from the Nord online libraries for free. Thus, this digital piano’s sound library is highly customizable. All of the sounds housed in the Nord Piano 4 and in the brand’s libraries were created by expert sound engineers, so you can expect to hear a high-quality sound every time you press down one of the Nord Piano 4’s keys. 

The Nord Piano 4’s sounds are arranged into a piano section and synth section. The sounds in the piano section have 120-note polyphony and those in the synth section have 34-note polyphony (you generally don’t need as much polyphony for synth-based performances as you do for piano-based performances). So, you should be able to play pretty much anything you want without worrying about note dropout.

Like I mentioned earlier, the Nord Piano 4 is played by many recognizable keyboardists. While you’re in the beginning stages of your piano-playing journey, performing may seem very far off; however, you might eventually find yourself looking to take your skills to the stage. This digital piano comes with plenty of effects that’ll help you to make your piano or synth performances memorable.

The Nord Piano 4’s effects include:

  • pan
  • tremolo
  • phaser
  • flanger
  • chorus
  • delay
  • reverb

Again, the Nord Piano 4 isn’t necessarily a beginner digital piano, but it is one that you can stick with as you gain skill. Most beginner digital pianos come with an acoustic piano sound and a few non-piano sounds. The Nord Piano 4 comes with an abundance of sounds. While its sound offering may seem unimportant–especially if you are just looking for something to practice the piano on–being able to play around with a variety of sounds sparks creativity and makes learning how to play the piano even more fun, which will help you to stick with your practice routine even when things get frustrating. Even just playing the songs you are practicing in a different voice makes rehearsal time seem to go by more quickly!

Kawai ES110

This digital piano can be purchased for $699. The Kawai ES110 comes with 19 onboard sounds, so it is comparable to the first digital piano we discussed, the Casio Privia PX-770, in regard to sound offering. 

The Kawai ES110 has 192-note polyphony, so it is capable of handling splitting and layering sounds without risking note dropout.

The Kawai ES110’s most helpful feature is its built-in Alfred piano lessons. Many a piano player (myself included) has used an Alfred songbook in the beginning stages of their piano-playing journey. The Kawai ES110 has songs from the Alfred songbooks built into its system, and you can follow along with them as you learn how to play the piano.

Kawai ES110 Digital Piano Performance with Adam Berzowski - YouTube

Additionally, you can adjust the tempo of these songs and practice the right and left hand parts separately, which will help you to finetune each song until you can play it perfectly. This will help you to identify the areas you are struggling with and isolate them so that you can perfect them before moving on.

The Kawai ES110’s built-in lessons are definitely a beneficial tool that can help you to gain skill quickly. These built-in lessons will be especially helpful to those of you who are teaching yourselves and not taking piano lessons.

Korg C1 Air

This Korg digital piano costs $1,399.99. Like its cheaper relative the Korg B1SP, the Korg C1 Air has 120-note polyphony. 

It might seem ridiculous to spend over a thousand dollars on a digital piano that has the same amount of polyphony as a six hundred dollar digital piano. The Korg C1 Air has features that are not available at a lower price point, however.

KORG C1 Air: A new standard for the Digital Piano - YouTube

This Korg model can connect to computers and mobile devices via Bluetooth, and it can play audio from those devices through its speakers. This feature is definitely very helpful when trying to learn new pieces. I, like many other piano players before me, sometimes practice along with recordings of songs that I am learning.

When I play the song from my laptop or phone, I sometimes drown out the audio with the sound of my own playing–even when the audio is playing at full volume. By controlling the external audio through the digital piano, this problem is eliminated and players can hear absolutely everything that they need to hear.

Korg G1 Air

This Korg digital piano is just a teeny bit more expensive than the Korg C1 Air at $1,599.99. Like the Korg C1 Air, the Korg G1 Air can connect to smart devices via Bluetooth. The G1 Air boasts 32 onboard sounds whereas the C1 Air has 30 onboard sounds, so they are pretty comparable in regard to their sound offerings.

Korg G1 Air Digital Piano - Demo with Frank Tedesco - YouTube

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