Our Favorite Piano Keyboard: Reviews

ragtimeadmin April 28, 2014 0

There are tons of keyboards out on the market, and it can be next to impossible to know which one is best for your needs. So, we’ve put together a simple list that will hopefully help you get started in the selection process. Take a quick look at a short list of the best piano keyboard available.

Here are a Few Piano Keyboard Reviews

Keyboard Weighted Keys Lbs Keys Playability Rating Price
M-Audio Axiom
Semi
16.2
49
Excellent
$$$$
Casio CTK-2300
No
20.4
61
Excellent
$$
Yamaha YPT240
No
22
61
Good
$$
Alesis Q88
Yes
29.9
88
Great
$$$
Novation Launchkey 49
Yes
15
49
Good
$$$

 

Casio CTK-2300 61 Key Premium Portable Keyboard

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There is a pre-programmed song book and preprogrammed tunes that make it very easy to learn to play as well. Here is the list of all that the Casio CTK-2300 has to offer:

  • Premium bundle includes: Nady HP03 closed cup headphone, AD5 power supply, and world tour SXKS keyboard stand
  • Easy to play keyboard 61 key portable keyboard with wide range of tones, rhythms and learning capabilities
  • 400 high quality tones, 150 rhythms and auto accompaniments
  • Voice pad allows you to play sampled sounds; connect CD and mp3 players for practicing along with favorite songs
  • Power supply included

Yamaha YPT-240 61 Key Premium Keyboard

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It is very easy to set up and move around even though it is sturdy and solidly made. The only issue that I could really find was that the headphones that come standard with it are cheaply made and will break easily, but that is not really a big deal. You can easily replace those with a better set of headphones. Take a look at what other features the Yamaha YPT-240 has to offer:

  • Y.E.S lesson functions
  • Connection with iPhone, iPad, iPod and iPod touch
  • Master EQ
  • Ultra wide stereo
  • YPT-240 rests on top of classic X-style stand with adjustable runner feet for stability
  • Accessories include: headphones, power supply and stand

M-Audio Axiom 49 Key USB MIDI Keyboard with Semi Weighted Keys

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The pads are very well built inside the keyboard and you can use it with professional tools as well. Here are some other key things that make the M-Audio Axiom keyboard so great:

  • It features 49 piano-style, semi-weighted keys giving musically satisfying playing experience
  • The 9 mixer-style faders and 8 smooth rotary encoders provides hands-on control over your DAW
  • Angled top panel and centrally positioned LCD gives better ergonomics on stage and in the studio
  • DirectLink mode provides automatically map onboard controls to DAW mixer parameters and no complex setup required
  • Axiom Instrument Maps gives instant access to virtual instrument parameters for a hardware synth-like experience

Alesis Q88 88 Key USB MIDI Keyboard

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I am rather fond of the USB plug in capability and I love that it works as a power plug too. There is definitely a long list of what the Alesis Q88 keyboard has to offer, take a look at the list now:

  • 88 key USB MIDI keyboard controller provides the ideal surface for composing and performing music with computer based digital audio workstations, sequencers and more
  • 88 semi weighted velocity sensitive keys give you the piano like responsiveness and range for professionals or practice sessions
  • Pitch and modulation wheels add musical expression; perfect for emulating the nuances of specialized musicians via DAW software
  • Octave up and down buttons extend the note range for expanded melodic range
  • Sustain pedal input, aux pedal input and MIDI output for pro-level performance and versatility
  • Single USB capable simplicity delivers both data and power
  • Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software is included to get you creating right out of the box

Novation Launchkey 49 Key USB/iOS MIDO Keyboard with Synth Weighted Keys

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All of these things lend a hand to the great sound you will get when playing it as well as reduce the amount of latency that you encounter. The performance of it is really out of this world and it is certainly on par with more expensive, professional keyboards. I really enjoyed the fact that it gives you visual feedback when you are playing.

You can expect for the keyboard to light up and change colors depending on what you are doing and what controls you are using at any given time. I am a definite fan of this keyboard for all of the reasons listed above as well as some of the other amazing features the Novation Launchkey has to offer. Take a look at some of the other features:

  • 16 velocity sensitive multi-launch pads triggers loops and play drums
  • Over 50 hardware controls that instantly map to all major DAW’s via InControl technology
  • Professional synth styled keyboard
  • Launchkey includes an entire suite software for iPad, Mac, PC
  • The controller keyboard for electronic musicians: close integration with Ableton Live and FL Studio

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