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post Jun 7 2008, 03:44 AM
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So I'm looking into buying a digital piano/ keyboard, or technically "portable keyboard". Anyway, I dont need anything fancy, just something I can learn to play piano better on, and add it into my songs. This is a model I was looking at, Hoping to get some advice from more experienced players though, some people who know this.

So these any good, seem pretty decent for the basic stuff I need it for, Also suggestions are welcomes (Keep them under $300, Price is a factor )

Casio WK119 76 Key

Like i said, Just the basic piano functions, and USB For recording.
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post Jun 7 2008, 05:35 AM
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well if it is just for recording,and to help you learn to play better,maybe you should buy midi keyboard for less money,but that requires a good sound card.Midi keyboard are not expensive at all, you can find one for 100$ or less.So that gives you the room to buy a great sound card.I did that.And it is cool for me.


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post Jun 7 2008, 08:00 AM
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Yea, you should find like a midi piano like my friend did and he bough a few programs and runs everthing through his computer. Sounds pretty terrific if you ask me! But I do understand if you want to bring your keyboard somewhere like a friends house and not bring your computer/laptop with you. Sorry really no help here laugh.gif


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post Jun 7 2008, 11:51 AM
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Novation generally get a thumbs up in reviews in terms of quality and keyboard feel. One thing which may be important is that most portable keyboards are not 'weighted hammer action' and so they tend to feel like a synth rather then a piano keyboard. Also below 300USD many will not have after touch.

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post Jun 7 2008, 01:10 PM
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If you are going to use it by computer , maybe you want to look into midi keyboard + good sound card.


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post Jun 7 2008, 01:39 PM
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+1 with Vince - if you are interested in recording this to make songs ultimately, you should regard the keyboard as a controller only, and have your PC make the sound form a soft synth - this gives you a lot more options as you record the midi signals not the sound of the keyboard itself. This allows you to very easily edit mistakes and tweak the performance - essential if you are not an experienced player. Even with a soft synth, you can still get a great playing experience just for writing songs and casual playing, you just have to have your PC on whenever you want to play. That can be a little annoying, but ultimately this is a great way of moving to keyboard parts in songs, as you aren't limited to the sounds your keyboard can make. You can buy a new soft synth and get a complete new range of sounds.

For midi only keyboards, as Tony says, Novation are great, and M-Audio have some great models, I have a prokeys 88 full size weighted keyboard. Only problem with that is that it doesn't have aftertouch, although this is only a real issue for live playing. You can always edit it in afterwards if you really need it.


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I would have to agree with majority of people here and recommend MIDI keyboard. It's great for studying and I think there are a few learning softwares available for MIDI keyboards too.


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post Jun 7 2008, 10:14 PM
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Alright, I bought a MIDI Controller, I got a Roland one on sale actually for $200, it sounds great, especially the piano, has a great concert hall sound, I can record with it, and it will be good for practicing! smile.gif

Thanks for steering me in the right direction once again GMC smile.gif
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post Jun 7 2008, 10:37 PM
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good one from Casio and the price is ok .i have it here in my shop


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post Jun 8 2008, 06:03 AM
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QUOTE (The Uncreator @ Jun 8 2008, 02:14 AM) *
Alright, I bought a MIDI Controller, I got a Roland one on sale actually for $200, it sounds great, especially the piano, has a great concert hall sound, I can record with it, and it will be good for practicing! smile.gif

Thanks for steering me in the right direction once again GMC smile.gif


rolleyes.gif hope you are happy with your purchase!


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post Jun 8 2008, 04:27 PM
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Congratulations man, good choice. Have a blast, and hope to hear some keyboard tunes soon wink.gif


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