The Increasing Popularity of Home Digital Pianos
Have you noticed that in the last few years home digital pianos have become more common than the traditional acoustic pianos? The main reasons for this new preference are: affordability, portability, and variety of sounds. However, should you buy a digital keyboard or acoustic piano? Here are some differences that will help you determine which one is better for your needs.
Acoustic Pianos – they are the most complete instruments (88 keys and 8 octaves) and the most popular in the US and many other countries. A piano has hammers, strings and a soundboard and creates a natural reverberation in the room where it is played. With an acoustic piano you can develop a better technique and dynamic performance than with a digital piano.
Home Digital Pianos – They’re electronic devices that reproduce piano sounds through speakers. These sounds have a very high quality, and unless you’re a highly trained musician, you won’t be able to distinguish them from those of an acoustic piano. These sounds range from four to eight octaves. If you’re planning to study music more seriously, we recommend at least six octaves. Home digital pianos have many advantages. For instance, they allow you to:
- Produce many other sounds, such as harpsichord, organ, flutes, strings, etc.
- Get accompaniments such as rock, swing, rumba, etc., with a built-in rhythm unit
- Record your performances and interact with other electronic music (MIDI).
- Learn a songs or lessons by playing lit keys rather than reading music
- Save on tuning fees. Never needs tuning.
- Use headphones for private practice.
- Move it if necessary due to its low weight.
- Connect it to your computer and run one or more ‘software synthesizers’.
Disadvantages: With home digital pianos, you don’t have the tone and touch of an acoustic piano, or the same ability to convey the subtle emotion and feeling in your music. An acoustic piano holds its value better and last longer than a digital piano. Finally, a digital piano keyboard, like all electronic devices, eventually becomes obsolete.
Improvement of Home Digital Pianos
That being said, home digital pianos have improved considerably over the years. You’ll notice that the modern models can almost replicate the touch and feel of the traditional acoustic piano. The most important factors you should consider before deciding between a digital piano and an acoustic piano are your musical preference, goals, budget and space available. We recommend going to a store and comparing home digital pianos with acoustic pianos so you can make a better decision.