A stage piano is an electric, plastic musical instrument made especially for use in live performing on a stage, either in a church or in a community center, and for video recording in popular and jazz music. The instrument is a scaled-down version of the piano used in composing opera, dramatic works, and contemporary classical music. Although the instrument is smaller than its full-sized counterpart, it still has the same capabilities. This article discusses some of the advantages and disadvantages of this instrument.
The instrument usually consists of five parts, including the headstock (which contains the hammers), the body (which holds the keys in place and provides the sustaining force to strike the keys), the pickup (the black cylinder that strikes the keys when the user presses the keys), the tailpiece (which connects the pickups to the headstock), and the pickup switch (which activates the sustaining mechanism when the user pressed the keys). Most digital pianos have two sets of speakers, each set connected to the appropriate channel on the soundboard. Stereo speakers are preferred over single-channel speakers because of their superior sound quality. Many users prefer using the stereo speakers because they produce a better overall sound stage.
Other advantages of using stage pianos with built-in speakers are that the player can easily alter the level of the sound produced by the instrument by adjusting the volume knobs and the volume level knob on the front panel. One of the disadvantages of using the built-in speakers is that they are often very heavy. Pianist often prefers to use the lightweight and compact portable models, particularly the ones with the rechargeable batteries. Some models even come with PA system compatibility kits so that the player can connect the instrument to a PA system.
Piano enthusiasts also prefer digital keyboards to play along with stage pianos because they produce higher quality sounds. The sounds are more realistic and more appealing to the ears than electric piano sounds. Digital keyboards are also easier to use because there are no physical keys or chords. Instead, all the required actions have to be made via the computer's mouse.
If you would like to purchase a digital keyboard, it is best if you buy one online because there are many sites that offer different models, styles, brands and prices. If you choose to order a digital keyboard (or an instrument that uses digital sensors such as an Emax) from a local store near you, then you must also find a template message that is displayed on the screen of the computer. The template message usually contains some important information about the model you have chosen.
The most important information that you should check on the template message is whether it provides details about which midi controllers are compatible with your desired digital piano. Some of the popular midi controllers are Event Player, VST, iConnect, Sonar and Serato. Make sure that the model you have chosen can be used with these midi controllers so that you can practice at home without any problems.
Next, you should check the midi commands that come along with the preset instrument in your chosen midi interface. Usually, there are five voices that are available in a digital piano. These voices are namely the treble, bass, tenor and the bass clef. There is also a voice that clarifies notes or other words. However, if you are only learning the skills needed for reading out lyrics, you can use the available words and phrases.
As a beginner, you have to decide between digital pianos designed for home use and full orchestra models. Most people prefer digital pianos because they are easier to handle and less expensive. However, if you have the budget for a full orchestra model, then that option is indeed a better choice especially if you plan to play in a band. After you have gained some experience in playing the piano, you may want to consider upgrading your digital keyboard to a full orchestra instrument so that you will have enough voices to choose from.