Alesis Recital Keyboard
Digital pianos are the best alternative to a real piano. They have the ability to produce the same sound and effects while also giving you the creative freedom to create with a variety of sounds such as a church organ or strings which you are able to record. Digital pianos also make the perfect learning tool for both students and teachers due to their compact design and lesson features.
What To Consider When Buying A Digital Piano?
For a beginner, it is crucial that you get the right piano that will allow you to learn the basics of music while also allowing you to explore creatively what you are into. For this, you may not need the most expensive and expansive piano but rather something slightly cheaper with more limits that will allow you to get used to the feeling of a full keyboard.
- Keys – Weighted keys are a must-have for anyone who wants to feel like they are learning on a real acoustic piano. The best digital pianos will replicate the sensitivity of piano keys by using a hammer action that is directly influenced by real pianos.
- Recording ability – While there are many different ways that you can record from your digital piano, the most popular way is by using MIDI. Not only does this allow you to edit your recording, but it also allows you to layer up different tracks to create a full song.
- Lesson features – Many digital pianos offer a learning feature that teaches you the basics of piano playing while also giving you a hands-on learning experience. Look into how functional these lessons are in regards to the piano you are considering and if this is the right style for you.
Is This Piano For Me?
Alesis’s Recital keyboard comes with a wide range of powerful features. With a full-sized 88 keys along that are semi-weighted and have an adjustable touch response, this piano allows the user to get used to the scale and the feel of an acoustic piano while also giving them the option to adjust it to their taste. This professional feel is amplified by 20-watt built-in speakers allowing you to really hear your performance as if you were playing for a crowd. Paired with a 128-note polyphony, this really is the ideal beginners piano for those who wish to be able to transfer their skills to a real piano.
As this is a piano designed specifically for beginners, Alesis has recognised the importance of its educational features. A built-in feature labelled ‘lesson mode’ allows both the student and the teacher to play the piano at the same time, allowing for a more productive, hands-on experience. This paired with a 1/4″ headphone output for more private practices will allow you to really develop your skills as a pianist and will have you playing at a professional level in no time.
As well as this inbuilt lesson feature, the piano comes with a three-month premium version of Skoove. A programme that has been praised for its in-depth online piano course that adapts to your style and needs. It’s up to date course allows you to play your favourite hit singles while keeping you on track to becoming the best pianist you can be.
For beginner music producers who are considering buying this digital piano to enhance their creative skills, there is an inbuilt USB-MIDI output that allows you to connect your computer to the piano so you can edit your recordings as you wish. Featured RCA outputs allow you to connect a recorder, mixer or amplifier to the piano to really allow you to explore your creative possibilities.
You also have the option to customise the 5 realistic builtin voices by combining any two at one time in ‘layer mode’ to enhance their rick tone. These voices include acoustic piano, electric piano, organ, synth and bass. You are also able to add adjustable reverb and chorus to create unique sounds tailored to your taste.
Is Alesis A Good Brand To Buy?
Alesis understand that it takes more than just a design to create a well-engineered digital piano. Having repeatedly revolutionised the music industry due to their groundbreaking technology, their dedication to delivering the best results tailor for the individual musician is outstanding. Instead of working around new technology, they work with it as they understand the importance of the impact that the digital world has on the modern creative mind.
Common Issues With The Piano?
Seeings as the keys are only semi-weighted which therefore affects the sound quality, the user will inevitably outgrow that piano which will mean investing in another one. The choice you have to make is whether or not it is worth buying this beginners piano that give you a chance to learn the ins and outs of the instrument, or whether you want to jump right in with a more professional piano but by doing so you may be out of your depth.
Do Any Accessories Come With It?
While the piano does not come with any accessories e.g a pedal, bench or stand, they are available to buy separately and are manufactured to a matching standard. What is included with the piano is
- A music rest
- A power adapter
- A user guide
- A safety and warranty manual
What Makes This Piano Suited To Me?
If you are a beginner then this is the ideal starting point for you. Built with the intentions to feel like a real piano, it makes you get used to playing around a full set of keys and sets you up with three months worth of important digital piano lessons. However, you must keep in mind that there is only so much you can grow as a musician while using this module. Once you feel more confident and want to advance to more complex songs or compositions, then you will need to buy a more professional piano.
Likewise, if you are already an advanced pianist, then this is not the digital piano for you. Certain features that the more experienced musician would prefer are not included in the design as to make room for the inbuilt lessons.
- A digital piano that’s tailored to you: Feature-packed electric keyboard with 88 premium full-sized semi weighted keys with adjustable touch response to suit your preferred playing style
- Premium sounds - Five voices (acoustic piano, electric piano, organ, synth, and bass), built-in FX: Chorus, reverb, and two built in 20 W speakers that deliver crystal-clear, room-filling sound
- All the right connections: ¼ Inch sustain pedal input (not included), ¼ Inch stereo headphone output for private practice and stereo RCA outputs for connection to speakers / amplifiers
- Play the keyboard anywhere - Power via the included power adapter or 6 D cell batteries (not included) for professional piano performance wherever you are
- Powerful educational features - Standard, split, layer, and lesson modes with 128-note max polyphony and Skoove 3 month premium subscription for expert interactive online piano lessons