Best musical instrument keyboards & midi according to redditors

We found 574 Reddit comments discussing the best musical instrument keyboards & midi. We ranked the 265 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Musical Instrument Keyboards & MIDI:

u/Trazac · 1304 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I spent way too much time on this, but let's see how your claim plays out.

2. Akai MPK249 $400
2. Yamaha P71 $415
3. 21.5 inch iMac $1100 (although this is the base model, probably a good estimate)
3. Edifier R1280T Near Field Monitors $99
5. Asus 24" monitor $130x5=$650
4. Logitech G27 I'm going to say around $300, even though Amazon has it listed for nearly $1000. Seems like the MSRP a few years ago was $300-$400.

  1. Logitech G Saitek X52 Flight Control System $150
  2. Logitech C600 $30
  3. Opolar F401 $12
  4. Logitech G610 $90, although some versions on amazon are closer to $60
  5. (I couldn't figure out what the other keyboard is, but it's probably junk that the OP didn't spend a lot of money on.)
  6. Logitech Z623 $100 (I think these are right)
  7. HTC Vive $500
  8. Logitech Z-2300 $180 MSRP, I'm fairly certain that I'm wrong about this one though
  9. Wireless Xbox Controller $42

    Add in like $1000 for each desk and $2000 for each computer we don't see (assuming there are two), that gets us to a total of $11,068.

    There is a laptop bag stashed on the left side of the frame, so maybe it's a $9000 laptop.
u/ClusterCucc · 15 pointsr/makinghiphop

Add some extra dollas and get this

u/Mr_Liney97 · 9 pointsr/Flume

The two ROLI bags belong to the ROLI Seaboard Rise. Awesome, but pricey.

The small item to the left of it is a Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer.

To the left of it is a audio interface, Scarlett. To me it looks like a 2i2.

Below that is the Arturia BeatStep Pro.

Below the ROLI bags is the Apogee Quartet Audio Interface

And to the left of that is the Yamaha Reface DX

I don't know what the other things are, but I hope that I helped

u/ik1w · 9 pointsr/OP1users

Your seller "just launched" (just opened) their account:

Amazon has one listing for every product, and multiple sellers for that product. That's why there are reviews.

Any merchant fulfilled seller can claim that they have stock. That's how this scam works. They say they have it, but they don't.

This is a classic scam.

u/[deleted] · 9 pointsr/Guitar

I wouldn't be surprised if Amazon is pushing to make deals like this with music instrument manufacturers.

They have some kind of deal with Yamaha to sell the Yamaha P45 digital piano for $50 dollars cheaper than any other store. It's called the Yamaha P71 but it's identical to the P45.

u/boobsmolester · 7 pointsr/videos

It's about $30.



u/mxdalloway · 6 pointsr/OP1users

I have a backorder from MOMA store that I made in February (because I’m a member so get 20% discount AND I had a $100 gift card to use), MOMA was estimating them to be in stock today but I have a sinking feeling that I’ll still be waiting a long time and wish I could just hit that buy now button on Amazon! 😞

u/WeathersRabbits · 5 pointsr/Wishlist

First off this is a fun contest! Second off... I am so sorry that you also struggle with depression and anxiety. I feel the pain and I get it. I actually use 7cupsoftea to chat with free listeners that give me advice. However, if things start to get bad for me I work on my rabbit charity or go out and volunteer. Getting out, helping and interacting really boosts me and helps me get the focus off my depression.

And.... now for the item that I think might help with your depression? I think maybe this weird instrument might help? Haha I've been watching YT videos about them for weeks now.

u/dr_wtf · 5 pointsr/volcas

Never underestimate the Chinese market for fakes. They'll fake the strangest things. However, the price often gets lower than that on Amazon. So they are probably real. Especially if it's on one of the big sites like Gearbest or Banggood that don't generally sell fakes.

Personally, I'd set up a pricewatch on camelcamelcamel and buy from Amazon, in case something goes wrong. You have no consumer rights buying from China and I've had things get "lost in the post" before.

Price history of Volca Keys, for example:

Prices have been consistently lower in the UK for some reason. I paid £90 for mine last year, which is around 115 USD.

u/ThrustingMotions · 5 pointsr/piano

I don't think you can go wrong with a Yamaha P-115. It's gorgeous and sounds beautiful.

Amazon has a P71 which is "Amazon Exclusive" and a bit cheaper than the P45 but exactly the same keyboard.

I just got myself an MX-88 at Guitar Center yesterday for $1000 and she is a wonderful board with lots of fun features.^172488555108-device^c-plaid^260767648984-sku^1500000043688@ADL4GC-adType^PLA

Hope this helps you out!

u/nm1000 · 5 pointsr/piano

The $100 keyboards aren't really digital pianos. They may have some piano sounds but they don't play like a piano. The keys don't have the same feel that a piano has which makes it difficult to play with the proper touch that a piano requires. Worst of all the cheapest ones will play every note at the same volume regardless of how heavily you play a key.

The least expensive good digital piano, that I'm aware of, is the Yamaha P71 for $400. It's identical to the Yamaha P45. It has headphone outputs.

>and I'm thinking the ones Im seeing on Amazon are just bad then?

They don't resemble a piano.

u/BlueEyedDevel · 5 pointsr/piano

Doesn't Casio have a reputation for poor sound quality? I'm not sure how true it is, but that's the vibe I've picked up. I'm pretty happy with my basic Yamaha. It's quite light too, at 25lbs

u/AllAlexi · 4 pointsr/xboxone

I recommend:

Mouse - Cheap and deals on buying multiple.

Keyboard - Reviewed really well and great for beginners but not the cheapest.

u/DrRedOrDead · 4 pointsr/CasualUK

A piano keyboard. I want to teach myself piano.

Edit: This one.

Edit 2: In order to learn and play disney songs on it, cos I fucking love disney songs. Like this

u/Powdercum · 3 pointsr/LateStageCapitalism

US Amazon

Canadian Amazon

In other words, F*CK YOU AMAZON!

u/MattBoySlim · 3 pointsr/gaming

It's a Stylophone. Usually available through your usual online retailers for relatively cheap.

u/tachikara · 3 pointsr/piano

The FAQ says that the starting price of keyboards worth getting if you want to study piano cost $500. There are a lot of keyboards that will be cheaper. Here are the Yamaha and Casio entry-level digital pianos that this subreddit will probably recommend as the absolute minimum:

u/Very_Good_Opinion · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Do you have Guitar Centers in Canada? You should really feel a piano's action before buying it. That being said I really like the feel of my Casio Privia PX-150 for that price range:

It has midi out like most digital pianos, they have midi to usb cords for next to nothing if you need one.

u/thamesynne · 3 pointsr/synthesizers

This synth-action piano from Alesis fits your budget - with room for a cheap multi-effect pedal on top. (A multiFX is probably the quickest way of turning five relatively undistinguished sounds into something a bit more unique. Within your budget, these kinds of GM boxes are your alternative for expanding your palette in a relatively portable way, perhaps combined with a slightly cheaper dumb keyboard like the Keystation 88 mk2; but chances are you'd still want the multiFX, and that quickly turns into Too Many Boxes...)

edit: If you can stand to lose an octave, Casio do a few 76-key keyboards (the WK245 is $199) - but at least one commenter complains that the black keys are too thin, so maybe try one first if you can. That might be your best option for something you can sling under your arm and vamp on with a few friends.

u/JuanPRamirez · 3 pointsr/piano

Technically you can. It's just that you will have to get used to how a piano really feels like whenever you are going to perform, that and you might not get the added benefit of having all the octaves to play on, meaning some songs will not be possible to play.

And I know this one isn't in the FAQ, I am not sure about your price range, but I still found that this keyboard works pretty well, however make sure to counter in for the essentials pack ($30) because without that you'd need batteries and a suspension pedal. It's still a great keyboard for a great cost. Try looking at guitar center for this one, they usually have it on sale for like $160

Williams Legato

u/Zusunic · 3 pointsr/piano
u/IllTryToReadComments · 3 pointsr/piano

NOOooooooooooooo. DO NOT GET THE YAMAHA P45B, instead, consider the Yamaha P115. The reason is because the P45B comes with only 64 polyphonic voices while the P115 comes with 192 polyphonic voices. This makes a HUGE difference when playing piano! Especially when you get to more advance pieces.

I was in the same position as you last black friday as well and I choose the P45B at first because of it's price. It was pretty bad and some notes would just cut off at certain points (related to the polyphonic voices)! So I returned it and got the P115 and have been loving it ever since. The only thing I wish it had was a note display cause I started out as a beginner.

I took a look at the Kawai ES100 and it has 192 polyphonic voices as well, which is good, but it doesn't seem to have as much button settings as the Yamaha P115 does. I would suggest you look up the manuals for both to see all the settings both have. Some have hidden settings which use a combination of a function key + note key.

FINALLY. DO NOT MAKE YOUR DECISION OFF OF THE PEDAL. You can easily get a $20 pedal off of Amazon which is already better quality than both pedals you listed combined.

In conclusion, because I love my P115, I will recommend that over the Kawai. Hope this helps in your decision!

EDIT: Extra read up on polyphony.

EDIT 2: Me performing one of my favorite songs on the Yamaha P115.

u/WienerCheney · 3 pointsr/piano

Try to find some used pianos.

and also your local craigslist/letgo/offerup

also on amazon:

u/joegod · 3 pointsr/indieheads

Looks like a Yamaha Reface DX

u/2JokersWild · 3 pointsr/piano

I started on an Alesis. It gets you a full sized keyboard to start practicing on, but it definitely leaves a bit to be desired. I am going to upgrade in the next month or so, but to get something you can sit in front of and get started it gets the job done.

If you can spring it I'd go for a Korg B1, Yamaha P45 or Roland FP10 though. The keys are significantly better and far more accurate to a real piano.

u/Chillbit · 3 pointsr/amazon

Well I'm thrilled. Been saving for a Yamaha P71 and it's $121 off.

u/StarkFists · 3 pointsr/piano

I picked up a Yamaha P45 in the States for $450. Here's the Amazon exclusive model (they're identical) for $400 US:

u/jaschac · 2 pointsr/Whatisthis

Yep. Was just about to post this:

Retro pocket stylophone.

u/jmjpc · 2 pointsr/AudioProductionDeals

or get a stylophone for even cheaper?

u/maltballfalcon · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

The Stylophone! It's so much fun, there is even a song about it!

My number shall be 65.

Thank you for the contest!

u/ImperiumOfMankind · 2 pointsr/avantgardefashion

So, I ordered two instruments online and they finally got here. I ordered a mini Stylophone and a Otamatone. They are pretty awesome and hilarious. I've also learned only musical nerds still play the stylophone because there are not too many sites that have notes up for songs, guess I'll have to go through trial and error.

u/animatedintro · 2 pointsr/videos

The one you have sounds awesome! I think I'll pick one up as soon as I can convince myself to spend $75 on another instrument. I just ordered this PocketSynth today so maybe I'll wait a few weeks. Thanks for the advice.

u/daygomel · 2 pointsr/splatoon

Oh those are the bigger versions (Otamatone Deluxe) as I mentioned earlier. Also aside from sizes, apparently this is the only video I have of someone having notes on their otamatone, but if you can find a way to sticker print it then it'll maker it simpler.

Otamatone $30 Amazon

u/givemeyourlunch · 2 pointsr/needadvice

Great question! Start him now! Most people who end up professional musicians start around age 5, actually. But don't worry about how good he will or won't get - music is an amazing thing that can be a lifetime pursuit, even if you never do it professionally or all that well. I've made some of my best friends through playing music, and had countless good times. It also teaches patience, discipline, attention to detail, how to calmly work through frustration when you don't know how to do something, how to be creative on the fly, and a million other good personality traits.

Ideas on picking an instrument – piano and violin are two common ones little kids start on. See which one he's more drawn to, or if he's more interested in something like drums, guitar, etc. Recorder is the worst sounding instrument ever – you don't want to listen to him practicing that thing. I remember when they had us learn them in elementary school – having taken piano, I thought it was really lame. Actually, one of the best things to do is get him singing, and not only because it's free.

Find him a teacher for a weekly lesson. Talk to them about their experience in music and their teaching philosophy – don't start him with some tough hard-ass classical guy (one of these is what made me quit piano way too early, though I later came back to music). Start him with someone nurturing who has experience with little kids. Ideally it's someone who appreciates musical creativity / experimentation / writing / improvising / playing, not just rote learning – I have too many friends who can play Beethoven but can't pick out the chords to a Beatles song, and I think that's sad. Ask for advice on what instrument to buy from the teacher.

A lot of music stores will do a rent-to-buy program for student instruments. It's important to get one of decent quality - it's impossible to learn on a broken instrument, and will just cause frustration. A good space-saving (and money saving) alternative to a real piano is one of these digital things – make sure if you get one it has 88 fully weighted keys. It should at least be fine for his first couple years. If he gets serious about piano, you deal with getting a serious piano (and keeping it in tune) later.

Your kid will get assignments to practice. It's more important that he spends a little bit of time on these every day than big blocks of time less often. Encourage him to practice, help him keep to a schedule, and leave him alone to do it. Encourage him to just play around after he gets through his assignments, especially after some time has passed and he starts learning some chords and stuff - it keeps it fun. Oh, and get yourself some good earplugs – it'll be rough at first, but you NEED to restrain yourself from getting frustrated at the noise.

Take him to see somebody GOOD play the instrument he plays, live. He'll think it's the coolest. Listen to all kinds of music around the house.

If you want inspiration, look up youtube videos of little kids playing instruments – they're awesome.

u/Snozaz · 2 pointsr/Learnmusic

I just purchased my first keyboard a few days ago.
After talking to a lot of people and researching what I needed, I went with this.

There are some keyboards that are 50-100, but the extra features you get with this one make it worth it.

I love it so far, sounds and feels great.

If you're in Canada it's a little more expensive. I got mine from best buy for 599 inc. a wooden stand.

edit: I think almost any modern electronic keyboard has a headphone jack, this one does as well as the ability to connect to your computer through usb for midi control and to upload different songs to play along with.

I had it narrowed down to three, I was also looking at.

u/ChrisF79 · 2 pointsr/piano

Definitely not the Privia. Look at it brand new.

The YPG-535 is a good deal actually.

The P120 is old and discontinued.

u/babuji83 · 2 pointsr/piano

I like Yamaha. Their keyboards typically have great actions and samples. However, I'm always a little leery about buying used keyboards. I know I put my keyboards through hell, and I'm do not gig very frequently. I shudder to think what regularly used keyboards go through. Amazon has an entry-level P-series piano for $450; I'd pick it up from Amazon instead. I don't know what the difference in features is between the P80 and this P35B I linked, but if you're in it to learn how to play the piano, it's irrelevant.

But you need to keep your goals straight. The only time you want a stage piano is when you need a piano; stage pianos do not fill the same function as a synthesizer keyboard. If you want to learn actual piano music and become good at playing it, this is a good choice at a decent price.

If you want to do keyboard work, though, this will severely limit you. Both this and the P80 are not designed for synth work. You'll find that they won't have the samples you need, and they won't have any controls to modify the sound (change the attack, sustain, decay, etc). But most damning is the action. Stage pianos have fully weighted keys that replicate the hammer action of traditional pianos. For fast synth parts, you really need unweighted keys. In addition, weighted keys will not feature aftertouch, which modulates the keyboard sound depending on the pressure you exert on the keys. It is immensely useful for synth players, and I highly recommend looking into keyboards offering it.

I don't trust used keyboards, look on Amazon for an alternative. Make sure you know what you want to do with your keyboard. Stage pianos are good if you want to be a pianist, bad if you want to be a keyboardist.

u/punisher1005 · 2 pointsr/malelivingspace

I'd get rid of the piano completely and get a digital one that you can stash under the computer desk or behind the computer when not in use. Something like this:

Hang your guitars on the wall too. I'd go with the same size bed you have, but i'd go with something a little nicer in the bedding area. I'd also get a rug and matching curtains.

Get some curtains you can let some light through but not see through. Then a second set of curtains that are darker that you can close over the lighter set of curtains. It will make the room much nicer and give you some versatility with the window situation.

Finally, get some art dude. Get something that expresses something your interested in.

u/OldBirdWing · 2 pointsr/ThriftStoreHauls

LOL I saw the small thumbnail and thought it was an OP-1

Teenage Engineering 002.AS.001 OP-1 Mini Synthesizer Pack

u/glengood87 · 2 pointsr/synthesizers

YMMV, but I just ordered one from the German Amazon site:

I chose the Amazon Prime listing and since VAT should get removed outside of the EU, mine worked out to 564EUR, approx $600

-- EDIT --

Looks like they have upped the price after I purchased, so it's closer to $700 now after VAT removal and delivery.

u/chokingonlego · 2 pointsr/videos

Here's one for $25. It seems the expensive ones are the techno and digital ones, not the original.

u/Drovious17 · 2 pointsr/piano

This [piano] ( seems to be within your budget right now, but idk much about it's quality sadly, but it has weighted keys and it's a full size. it doesn't come with a stand or a power cable but there's a usually purchase combination that has that.

u/Patrickann777 · 2 pointsr/piano

Well, if you're really interested in playing piano for the long run and not just starting and quitting, you should get something nice. Because if you get something cheap and want to go further you'll probably regret it.

On the cheaper side, there's the Yamaha P-45 or the P-71 (They're the same thing)

The keyboard that my teacher has at lessons is a P-105. It's pretty good, probably better than the 45, but a bit more expensive. It may be a little old though idk.

I've also seen a lot of people on here getting the P-115. It may be something you want to check out too. It looks exactly like the P-105... Strange

I haven't gotten to play on them, but I've also heard really good things about the Kawai CA-67 and the CA-97. These are quite a bit more than the Yamahas I showed you but are a lot better quality. The two models are the same but the 97 has a better sound quality. It actually has a acoustic soundboard. You may be able to get these online or maybe at a store nearby.

I think they just came out with newer models of these though. The CA-78 and the CA-98.

Anyway, here's some different options but definitely check out the FAQ on this subreddit. There's a whole page dedicated to this stuff.

u/lithedreamer · 2 pointsr/piano

There are definitely better keyboards out there, but going off of what little I know about your needs, maybe the P115? Try it in a store if you can, or some Yamaha with Graded Hammer Standard, to make sure the keys feel right to you. Amazon has them new, used and refurbished, so hopefully one of those prices works for you.

It has 88 fully-weighted keys, but you can't get the best weighted keys on the cheapest keyboard, so YMMV. The keyboard has USB-to-Host MIDI, so it can act as a controller for your piano software. It also has an aux in, so you can run that sound back from your computer to the keyboard's speakers.

u/Saiing · 2 pointsr/GetMotivated

I can't tell you for sure what the keyboard in the video is, but my daughter is currently learning on a Yamaha P-115 and I very much enjoy playing it. It's a full size 88-key weighted action keyboard and fairly good balance of some of the technology from their more expensive digital pianos balanced with a reasonable price. If that's a little out of your price range, you could look at the cheaper P-45. Both keyboards have Yamaha's Graded Hammer System which mimics the feel of a real hammer action piano by making the lower range keys a little heavier and the high range keys lighter to the touch.

In my experience, if you want something reasonably compact with a good sound and realistic feel, you can't really go wrong with Yamaha's digital pianos (I don't work for them or have any connection to the company!)

u/RarelyNecessary · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

/r/piano has an awesome wiki with recommendations like that, although they'll be aimed more at 88-key pianos. Avoiding Casio, they say that this is your best bet under $500 (if you're willing to go over, this is supposed to be better). I've used both of them a little, and they're definitely rock-solid in sound and build quality, but they're definitely more focused at being a piano, so while they do have some other voices, you might wanna check one out in person first to see if it's really what you're looking for.

Roland-wise, they recommend this'un, although it's up to $700. I don't really have experience with this so I can't really say anything.

Hope that helps!

u/Retroactive_Spider · 2 pointsr/piano

I think Long & McQuade listed the MSRP, or the price was for a bundle (stand, seat, pedals).

I can't find a listing for P-115 on Amazon Canada to compare prices there, but the US prices are more reasonably in line with each other:

u/Jarmanuel · 2 pointsr/synthesizers

Hmm, I haven't seen anything about that keyboard, but it seems like a really good deal for the price, especially with the included pedal. Before seeing this one, I was looking at the Yamaha P71($400) and the more expensive Yamaha p115($600), both of which seem like very good beginner digital pianos. Both are more expensive though, so I'm curious what those offer that the Alesis does not.

u/oans · 2 pointsr/piano

This is what I have. I mostly play classical stuff and it sounds really well. The difference between a 500$ electrical piano and a 1000$ one if you just plan on to use default settings mostly (grand piano) and not do any fancy recordings or midi stuff is really minimal and not worth the extra 500$. So id say if you play mostly classical this one's the best for your buck.

u/Phonsarr · 2 pointsr/piano

I'm not sure if I should just message the mods about this, but I have a question so I'm just gonna mention it here. The faq is a little outdated, it says that the Casio privia px-350 costs $700, but it seems that the price dropped to $600.

So now for the actual question, as someone who is looking to buy my first digital piano, would it be a good idea to buy a yamaha p115 that is a little damage from Amazon warehouse? Specifically this deal. it seems like it's just cosmetic damages, so I don't see why not, but just wanted to know what you guys think.

And also relating to the first paragraph, how does the privia px-350 compare to the p115 since they have the same price now? And should I make this into an actual post?

u/Blanco27 · 2 pointsr/piano

I'm 21 years old, and have been dealing with depression for a few years now. In order to help combat this, I'm trying to do things that I've always wanted to do, including learning to play piano.

I was looking at 88 key weighted electronic keyboards, and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations? Is there one that reigns over the rest as the best? this is the one I sort of had my eye on, but definitely not set on anything.


u/iamduh · 2 pointsr/piano

I haven't played one, so I don't know. This sub likes to recommend the P45, which is the same price on Amazon right now.

You will need a stand and a pedal, though.

u/Taome · 2 pointsr/piano

It is really best that he tries out the various possibilities before you plunk down the money for one. For example, the YPG-235 only has 76 keys (full size is 88). Can he really make do with that? Which one does he like the feel of the keys best? Which one sounds best to him? Does he really need/want the hundreds of extra voices on the YPG?

Alexis digital pianos are basically beginner pianos mostly meant for parents who don't want to spend a lot of money to see if their child will like playing piano. They are cheap and sound like it, tend to have quality issues, and definitely are not suitable for busking.

For your price range, my suggestion would be the Yamaha P-45 (or Amazon's "exclusive" version, the P-71 ). Keep in mind that you will have to spend another $30 or so for a stand (which should at minimum be double-X style, not a single-X which are wobbly).

I hope this helps a bit.

u/SunmanIsMyLife · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

Again, digital piano. I would recommend the Yamaha P45. I've been using it for roughly 2 years now and it's basically perfect for piano playing. It's got most of what you want to look out for: midi functionality, weighted keys, etc.

u/goofyomnivore · 2 pointsr/katawashoujo

Self-taught mostly with help from the internet. I started out learning video game songs from like Zelda, Banjo Kazooie, Conker, etc since that was the type of stuff I liked to listen/play. A friend ended up dragging me to the music club and she was kind of a tutor after a while.

I'd suggest finding a used digital piano for like $150 or $200 and trying to learn with that to see if you like it or not. If you want to jump right in or have $500 I'd suggest this its what I use now and I love it.

There's a ton of helpful sites on the internet or channels on YouTube that range from never touched a piano in your life to expert tutorials. It takes a lot of practice at least for me it did. I was pretty awful and frustrated with it for two to three months because I was so bad. I sucked it up tho and I'm glad I did.

u/zenhexzen · 2 pointsr/piano

That's fantastic! If you're looking around $800 the Roland FP-30 prices at $700 is great, but if you want something that looks a bit more traditional, the Yamaha P-125 with Cabinet is about $830 on amazon.

u/blindluke · 2 pointsr/piano

With a price that low, I would go with Yamaha NP-12. Pretty decent for the money.

u/redd_dot · 2 pointsr/piano

I just got the Alesis Recital. I love it :) and it ticks all your boxes. Only complaint I have is the speakers in it aren't great. Can hear them strain a bit sometimes. Here it is! Just under budget. The headphone jack is 1/4, so keep that in mind.

I'm a beginner myself, btw.

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u/woojoo666 · 2 pointsr/piano

just found this today, and fyi the Amazon exclusive Yamaha p71 is identical to the P45, but $50 cheaper and doesn't include the sustain pedal (which is worth $15).

I also tested the P45 at a guitar center yesterday, and it was my favorite piano in the <$700 range. It just felt way easier to play than most of the other pianos, sounded amazing too. Though I am a beginner at piano, so YMMV

u/At_the_Roundhouse · 2 pointsr/AskNYC

This one. Very happy with it!

u/AwkwardAtParties · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers


Here's what I know:

The Hugh Tracey model is, I think, the best and most popular choice. I've never had one myself, but the tines are supposed to be soft and easy to pluck. It's got 15 tines, so that should allow for a pretty decent range of at least like 2 octaves. It also has an internal pickup, so I guess you could plug it into an interface and record it!

Here's the model I've had two of so far: the $40 Amazon model. Most people complain about how much harder the tines are to play than the Hugh Tracey's, but I think it plays just fine; the tines are kind of heavy so the tones on all tines are very full, except around the higher notes, where it gets kind of plink-y. The kalimba vibrato thing (when you stick your thumb in the hole and it makes this 'wah' sound) is still accessible in this model, but mostly just for the midrange notes – or at least that's what I've found. The tines are pretty hard to tune for this model, though. You have to use a coin or some kind of blunt metal object to nudge the tines back and forth, and it can get kind of frustrating.

Overall, I think the better choice would be the Hugh Tracey, but if you don't want to spend as much, the cheaper alternative is still a pretty solid kalimba.

u/DMKrodan · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

They are actually fairly affordable There is a music shop that carries them in decatur. When I took care of my gramma and lived with her I would take my day off and walk to the music store, and play the instruments. Contrary to what was expeected, alot of people made decisions to buy an instrument that I was tinkering with, not becauseI was all that amazing, they just seemed to like the sound of it being tinkered with like a normal person would lol.

u/apathetic-panda · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This thumb piano is kinda awesome.

u/bloodyell76 · 1 pointr/Music

If this is what you're talking about, then the keys are laid out like a piano keyboard. Seems to me it would take far less time to just learn to read sheet music than hunting around for specialised tabs.

u/CullenDM · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. Violin - Because it is one of my dreams to learn the violin.
  2. Sony Headphones - Because I desperately need a new pair for running.
  3. Pocket Synth - Because synths are awesome!
  4. Letter Opener - Because I broke my old one.
  5. Inkless Pen - So I never need to buy a new pen again!
u/FromAGreatHeight · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Pretty much this. I can't come up with a reasonable excuse to buy it.

u/Pays_in_snakes · 1 pointr/santashelpers

There's lots of fun, not super expensive musical toys out there he might be into - Otamatone, buddha machine, theremin kit, etc.

For the books angle, this is awesome

u/libcrypto · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I really hoped not to have to make the Obamaphone joke but whomp, there it is.

u/akarlin · 1 pointr/piano

I'm looking to restart playing piano after a 10 year break. I was at an intermediate level when I stopped, though I will no doubt be pretty crap now.

This electronic piano has the full 88 weighted key and is very reasonably priced. It comes with the stand. (Also Costco is really good for returns if one makes a bad mistake).

Is it more or less the same as the Casio PX-150 that costs $500 on Amazon and is recommended in the FAQ?


u/RyanSamuel · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

A friend of mine uses a Yamaha P-35 in his studio as a Midi controller purely for the keys. Sadly, it doesn't have USB (I think the next model up does - the 105), but he never moves it and it is beautiful to play.

I would highly recommend it if you are willing to pay around $450 new (you can probably find it cheaper, I'm from the UK so that was just an example) for less features and the primary focus being to replicate the feeling of a piano.

u/voixxy · 1 pointr/Music

There are plenty out there that will upload to a program, it really depends on how you want to capture it. If you have the right program, you can either make an audio recording (garageband will do it just fine) or you can capture the MIDI if your keyboard has a MIDI output.

Personally, my favorite for light stuff like this is the Yamaha P35. I've got one that I use for gigs and recording and MIDI. It's a full-size 88-key keyboard, with weighted, graded hammer keys that has a great sound and even sounds pretty good with just the on-board speakers. It's got a line-out that can line-in to basically any sound system (3/4"), and it's also got MIDI ports so you can use it as a MIDI controller and record that way as well. AND it's pretty cheap, usually less than $400.

I swear by this thing. I've had a bunch of fellow professional musicians try it out and end up buying one for themselves. It's great for any situation, really, from beginners to advanced players, from composers to hobbyists. Pretty versatile and simple.

u/Wrinklestiltskin · 1 pointr/springfieldMO

If you end looking into buying a piano, I highly recommend this digital piano. The keys are weighted to feel just like like a real piano's keys and it has a wonderful, accurate sound. It doesn't have lots of different sound settings though, if that is important to you. I got that piano and this stand a couple years ago.

As far as learning to play, the piano is a pretty easy instrument to teach yourself. I taught myself on my dad's old keyboard from videos online. The biggest challenge is learning to play with both hands at the same time. What helped me was imagining both hands as one, as weird as that sounds...

I can take pictures of the piano so you can get a better idea of the size if you're interested.

u/jepyang · 1 pointr/synthesizers

Did she ask for a Kaoss Pad specifically?

u/MyNameIsRu · 1 pointr/DJs

I run an Akai LPD8 alongside my Numark MTP. I use the top row as a drum machine and the bottom row for other samples. I got extremely lucky and picked one up used from a local Guitar Center for $15, I just had to get a new mini-USB cable for it.

It's not a MIDI controller, but I also use a Korg KP3 for effects.

u/Wrongframeofmind · 1 pointr/synthesizers

I own a Yamaha 76 key, and about a month and a half ago bought a novation launchkey 25 key. With both I use Ableton, and I feel I'm starting to get a proper hang of the program and playing keyboard in general. I'm looking into buying my first synthesizer, I want to get a physical analog one. I'm considering getting this one -

- But I'm not sure how playing my keyboards with it will work. Basically, I'm hoping it'll be as easy as plugging it into my computer and loading it onto Ableton and play sounds I make off it using my keyboards. I know it might sound silly, but since I'm still new to all this, I just want to make sure I understand.

I was also considering saving up a bit more, and getting something like this instead -

- The only downside however is it would replace my Novation midi keyboard, and I bought that only a month and a half ago.


I appreciate any help. I'm really looking forward to getting into synthesizing.

u/Gameboy1821 · 1 pointr/synthesizers

I am looking for a synth that is this or is similar to this ( I am new to synth but not new to music. I am looking for something that I can use with my Windows PC (soon to be dual-booted w/ Linux as well). I am familiar with programming/software development and would appreciate any recommendations for software to go along with the recommended synth. I want something that I can easily connect with my PC (preferably USB but I'm not sure if that is even possible/enough, am fine with buying some adapter and chords if necessary). Thanks for any recommendations. Price Range ~200 w/ chords/setup.

u/citrojohn · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

Best I can do in terms of design is this, linked from this thread. Although I do seem to remember something with both piano-like and computer-like keys... There are slim keyboards using Cherry's ML switch (the Cherry G84-4100 is probably what you'd be looking for, and it clacks just as much as MX!) and there's a new Kailh switch of similar characteristics just coming out.

Optical, capacitive or Hall-effect switches are capable of giving analogue output. Relatively modern keyboards with those are: Wooting (optical); Topre (capacitive); XMIT (Hall-effect). But the difficulty is that nobody's (up to now) found a way of making analogue sensing useful for typing text, so typist keyboards with analogue switches usually have some circuitry to convert the analogue inputs from the switches to simple on-off. For example, the XMIT has the circuitry in the switches, so it's probably infeasible to mod that to give analogue output. (See the thread about the keyboard.)

This Deskthority thread might be of interest - also, possibly, the Hall-effect mod of MX linked from the first post. Also:

  • Topre claimed some analogue capability in their Realforce RGB - don't know how much got into the production board.
  • I believe RAFI still sell their RS 76 C Hall-effect switches, but I don't know if they give analogue output.
u/tannerpet · 1 pointr/Flume

This was posted into the comments of a post asking the same thing from u/Mr_Liney97 (Everyone say "Thank you Mr. Liney!")

The two ROLI bags belong to the ROLI Seaboard Rise. Awesome, but pricey.

The small item to the left of it is a Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer.

To the left of it is a audio interface, Scarlett. To me it looks like a 2i2.

Below that is the Arturia BeatStep Pro.

Below the ROLI bags is the Apogee Quartet Audio Interface

And to the left of that is the Yamaha Reface DX

I don't know what the other things are, but I hope that I helped

u/-JWS- · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

I'd highly recommend a synth if you want the sounds of it. If you want a midi controller on the really cheap, get a cheap casio keyboard or something that has midi out, then get a midi to usb adapter, plug it in, and go. If you want a better midi controller that's dedicated for midi and probably has better keys, yadadada get an MPK Mini MKII.

Lastly, if you want a synth, get a MicroBrute. Great sounding portable analog synth for around $300.

u/Jameshays1 · 1 pointr/synthesizers

Amazon has one new for $149. I'm very tempted but usually when something is too good to be true...

u/N33bu · 1 pointr/piano

Trying to get my first piano have the option between the Alesis Recital 88 keys or Casio WK-245 ?

u/EnjoyablyDifficult · 1 pointr/videos


Looked at the reviews...

> Everyone I care about has now given up attempting to talk to me. I've lost contact with friends, family members, pets... Small children cry when they see me approaching. My ears have yet to cease bleeding since I starting playing the instrument. I haven't eaten or slept in weeks. But, in the famous words of Miley Cyrus, I can't stop. And I won't stop. Yeah-e-yeah.

u/pigeonsandroses · 1 pointr/Music

OMG I'm getting one! They also have black! If white looks a little too... spermy for you.

u/Pilgrim143 · 1 pointr/piano

What have been people's experiences with the Williams Legato 88? I am looking to spend a little as possible on a piano and this looks like a good place to start. Any feedback?

u/mtf612 · 1 pointr/piano

What about something like this or this?

They are certainly a step up from the $150 portable keyboards but obviously are a step down from the $500 ones listed.

u/tgb33 · 1 pointr/piano

Basically what I got. You can learn on it and I still am using mine two years in, but you'll wish you had that extra $170 to spend on a real keyboard when you buy one. Try checking for second hand options on craigslist or in stores. Or go for this instead, it's only a little more but has 88 keys, probably better action (but you also have to buy AC power adapter).

u/audigex · 1 pointr/piano

TL;DR: Okay this comment got very long. Basically, I think it's entirely accidental but people have a habit of going OTT when they're "into" an instrument, and forget what a beginner truly needs. I think there's a minimum requirement, but that it's achievable for something closer to $180-300

I see two clear sides to this.

Part of it is that Piano tends to be a predominantly middle class "hobby" (/pastime.... the fact "hobby" doesn't feel like the right word half proves my point), and therefore perceptions of "cheap" can vary quite wildly. That can throw out a feeling of snobbery, especially when anyone new to the instrument knows they can get a basic keyboard for $50. That's where the stuck up/snobby side comes in

There's also a point that most people who are here take the piano fairly seriously: and therefore have a different perception of what is needed for a "minimum acceptable" piano, because they themselves would find anything below that level completely useless. This is where the elitist side comes in to the perception

Similarly, there's a point that the more "into" piano, or anything else, you are, the higher your minimum accepable level is. I struggle to recommend cheap laptops for my family, because a $400 Dell from target could never cover my needs. We're all guilty of this sometimes: because we've invested so much time and effort into something that our expectations are far higher and we can find it difficult to recognise that others don't have very advanced requirements.

On the other hand, there is a clear minimum level (touch sensitive keys) below which many strongly feel that you are no longer playing the Piano, but are instead using a basic synthesiser with the notes arranged in the same way as the piano. I think we all agree that a basic Casio keyboard doesn't allow you to learn how to play staccato, or even to understand the difference between playing piano and forte. Therefore, there is a basic requirement that isn't covered by cheap keyboards.

It's not that people are being elitist in saying "Look, if you want to be able to learn on this keyboard and then transfer the skills to a piano, you really need weighted, hammer action (or at least touch sensitive) keys", it's that.... well, they're right. If you play a keyboard without touch sensitive keys, at an absolute minimum, you can't learn many of the skills that go beyond plinking out a basic melody.

It's a tricky one, balancing the two, and I feel the FAQ definitely strikes the wrong balance. It aims too much for "assuming you can already play and are happy to invest heavily", rather than "You've got an interest and want something that you can learn on from scratch"

Particularly with this line, which definitely lends itself to the "snobby and elitist" thing. The line in question is linked to <$500 keyboards

> Keyboards in this price range are more toys than they are instruments.

So the first thing I'd ask here is that if <$500 gets you a toy rather than an instrument, we have two things to ask.

  1. What is the true minimum needed?
  2. How much is the cheapest instrument that reasonably covers the above.

    While we see lots of "You need midi", "You need voices" nonsense banded around, I think we can sensibly limit the "needed" down to:

  • Touch sensitive keys: Mandatory
  • 88 keys: debatable
  • Semi-weighted or weighted keys: debatable

    Personally I'd say that for a true beginner on a tight budget, weighted keys are a nice to have, but not a deal breaker. 88 keys, similarly, is nice... but how many beginner or even intermediate level songs use the 1st and 7th octaves? Anything over 60 keys, if we're honest, is enough to cover the 5 octaves used in most music.

    So we're looking at 60+ keys and touch sensitivity, as being the "true minimum". With 88 keys, weighted or hammer action etc being "nice to have". So how much is one of those?

    Here's one for $300 that's got graded, hammer action keys. So we're already at 60% of the $500 mark in my first search, hitting both my "necessary" and ll three of my "nice to have" measures.

    Is it an incredible piano? No idea, I've never tried it. But it certainly looks good enough to learn on, as far as I can see.

    And here's one for $180 that lacks the hammer action and fully weighted keys, but still has 88 keys, and is touch sensitive and semi-weighted. Would anyone say that a beginner couldn't genuinely start to learn with this instrument?

    I do see the point that there's an element of "buy right or buy twice" here, that buying a $700 instrument that will last you well until you're proficient, rather than a $300 beginner instrument and upgrading later, will actually save you money in the long run... but we have to remember that this sub has a confirmation bias. By being here, you instantly belong to the "didn't give up on Piano" club. For everyone in this sub, there are others who wasted $300, never mind $700.

    So yeah, I'd say that we really just need to re-define the "minimum" and "recommended" levels, find the right instrument for those levels, and then discuss them sensibly

    There's nothing wrong with saying "This is the basic piano that's worth having at $180" (or whatever) "And here's a better one for $300 that will last you beyond beginner, and a $600 one that's good enough for anybody to keep at home" or whatever.

    It's just the re-adjustment at the bottom end that's needed. Just because I've got a $1400 Yamaha Arius that's practically an Acoustic replacement, doesn't mean that's suitable for a beginner on a budget. Let's try to give the best advice we can, regardless of situation.

    Of course, I accept that others may think that those pianos I've linked aren't worth learning on: I'd welcome any responses justifying that (not in a "Defend yourself!" way, but for genuine discussion)
u/TheWardenShadowsong · 1 pointr/piano

Well, on a budget, I see three digital pianos that stand out. The Yamaha P-115, the Kawai ES100 and the Roland F-20. They have around the same specs. The differences are the number of voices, styles, speakers and polyphony and MIDI support and most importantly, Tone. They all support the three pedal assemblies sold separately and come with one. Also stay away from Casio. Their action and Tone are inferior.

Voices and Styles don't matter if you are playing the piano because a piano is not a keyboard.

As for Speakers, the Yamaha and Kawai have 2 7W speakers and the Roland has 2 6W speakers. This means the Yamaha and Kawai will probably be louder and will sound possibly better. I've only compared the higher end Yamahas and Kawais and not these particular models but i find their digital piano sound quite comparable. This will not matter if you practice with headphones or are planning to buy a separate keyboard amp which can go from an extra 100 to 300 dollars.

Polyphony in a nutshell is the number of keys you can press simultaneously that will be played through the speakers. The Kawai and the Yamaha are 192 while the Roland is at 128 but this shouldn't matter. 128 is for most people much more than needed.

The Kawai has a MIDI input and output port for digital recording as well as the usual headphone ports. The Roland has a USB port for digital recording and can connect to a computer. The Yamaha has just a USB to host connector which can record MIDI to your PC but no MIDI in unlike the other two. Here, I like the Rolands features the most and the Yamahas the least. None of this will matter if she records via AUX and MIDI does not matter to her.

Now Tone. I find Yamaha and Kawai to be very similar on tone and I prefer Roland to them. It sounds warmer to me which I like. Get your girlfriend to try one/any digital piano from each company to see which she prefers.

Overall, Id get the Roland because its more or less equal to the Kawai and the Yamaha but the 100 bucks more than the Yamaha gets me a tone I prefer. Then I'd get the Kawai because of MIDI IN/OUT. Else, I would have gotten the Yamaha. But the Yamaha is the cheapest and only loses features you possibly may not care about and has a very nice Tone too.

Here are the Kawai and the Yamaha with the furniture stand, the furniture bench and the three pedals in a combo. I recommend you get one of these.

And here are some good Keyboard amplifier to have a better and louder sound

u/the_grumpster · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

For the money, I recommend something like this. Remember, it's for her, so you want to avoid the mansplaining.

No hassle and complete in itself. Yamaha has got this down at each price point. This kind of occupies the bang for the buck position.

u/13ig13oss · 1 pointr/piano

So I'm finally going to start working part time and start saving up for a keyboard. My first question is if the Casio PX350 is worth the 100$ more than the Yamaha P115. And my second question is how much are piano lessons on average? I'm so damn excited to finally get formal lessons after all these years of butchering music on my own.

u/hitbelg · 1 pointr/piano

I started with a weighted piano. Poeple told me that the feeling of a not weighted piano is not worth it after if you want to continue in playing

u/ZacAC · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

i tried this one out in-store and it had a super nice natural feel to it! it feels like a grand piano to the touch, imo. i was definitely considering selling my smaller synth that i use as a midi controller and picking up this thing.

u/touchmybutt420 · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Something like this would be good:

By itself its a digital piano, but over USB it is a midi controller that you can use in a DAW.

IDK if that particular model is good but I would look at other digital pianos and find something that suits your needs.

u/Rascojr · 1 pointr/piano

I use an older model of this I went to guitar center one day and played all the ones they had and picked the one I felt go closest to the expressiveness I was looking for. I'd definitely recommend doing something similar before you buy even if you'll eventually order online - they may even price match you

u/TripKnot · 1 pointr/piano

Many online retailers offer discounts if you contact them.

Amazon Harmony (there is a link to have them call you on the items page). You have to speak to a rep but you can get ~15% off. Also, if you have an amazon credit card you get an additional 10% back. This brings the PX160 down ~23% + tax.

Guitar Center also offers 15% off if you call a rep through a number listed at the top of their site.

Las Vegas Music has a discount if you call/chat too but I don't know how much.

All of these are to get around MAP (minimum advertised prices).

u/bartturner · 1 pointr/piano

Is this it?

Any thoughts compared to the Yamaha P45?

Here is an article that I found that compares the two

u/BouncyBoar · 1 pointr/piano

I bought a Roland FP-30 a while back, and it was well worth the money. It's not super expensive for a piano. But as a beginner, I don't know if you'd be looking to spend that much.

It has weighted keys n all that. I use it during the night with headphones, just like you were looking to do, and play my Grand during the day.

u/Fames57 · 1 pointr/saudiarabia

I bought a Roland FP-30 from Adawliah in Khobar Al-Shamalia at:

On the other hand, I'm looking for a good piano instructor to give me lessons. Do you have any information about that?

u/kalospiano · 1 pointr/piano

I'd consider a Roland FP30.
88 keys, weighted, nice to play and hear, several sounds, has metronome and midi built-in recorder, about 700 dollars on amazon, I think. Not too big and not too heavy compared to other similar models. IMHO good for beginners, intermediates and even more.
You can get an idea of the specs at the below link, but I'd definitely try it out at a local shop before buying it.

u/expeditionsinsound · 1 pointr/piano

Start with your budget and then consult your teacher. If its electronic make sure it has a graded hammer action which is heavier in the bass than the treble. I've had a few, but now have settled on the Roland series because of the action. The Roland FP30 is a good beginner piano:


Used real pianos are hit and miss. I was a piano tech for a while but got out seeing where the market was heading. Don't buy a used piano without testing each key.

u/BillGrooves · 1 pointr/piano

The price seems to be similar online as well:

On Reverb it's more or less the same.


u/ChordFunc · 1 pointr/musictheory
u/pudgylumpkins · 1 pointr/piano

I bought a Yamaha NP12 for my 6 month deployment. It isn't great, actually it is pretty awful compared to my Roland, but it works for a small period of time.

u/saberkiwi · 1 pointr/JazzPiano

As other commenters have noted, it depends on where you want to go with this. If guitar will remain your primary instrument, you may not need something super sturdy. I'm picking up the chromatic harmonica (primary is jazz piano), and I absolutely started with something meager to get me going.

In terms of learning more theory, and as a fan of myriad voicings and chordscales and how they sound in different ranges — I think range will be more important than how organically natural the hammer action is. You don't want it to feel like a synthesizer, for sure, but you may want to compromise on priciness of super-professional weighted keys versus full range of keys.

I found this one for ya at a similar price point — I've always liked Yamaha's pianos and loathed their keyboards for some reason, but I know nothing about the Alesis brand.

u/VeryKodak · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

This has 88 keys, and they're weighted, though not hammer-action:
Alesis Recital

Edit: & be sure to get a sustain pedal, such as the cheap and nice M-Audio SP-2

u/IKissCats · 1 pointr/piano

Alesis Recital - 88-Key Beginner Digital Piano/Keyboard with Full-Size Semi-Weighted Keys, Power Supply, Built-In Speakers and 5 Premium Voices (Amazon Exclusive)

Is this one trash? Came up while looking at the p series

u/Demokrates · 1 pointr/piano

Alesis Recital seems to be within your budget.

Id be careful with used ones.. you never know how much abuse they took :D

u/WOOKIExCOOKIES · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

You want at the very minimum 49 keys. Preferably 61 for learning piano. Have you looked at digital pianos? If you want to learn to play actual piano, you'll want something with keys that are closer to the feel of a piano. Weighted or hammer action. Some digital pianos are in the same price range as controllers and work as controllers as well. This Alesis Recital has semi-weighted keys, MIDI over USB, and is full sized for about the same price as a 49 key controller.

u/coldwar252 · 1 pointr/piano

What do you think about this one?
The only downside is see is the keys are semi weighted

u/Enoratato · 1 pointr/FL_Studio

Thank you very much for your help. It really means a lot. My plan is to borrow my friend's keyboard and learn piano from their before making my first purchase. I am also looking at this piano because it cost less then what I posted, and upon further inspection, it fits the requirements of what I want as a starter 88 key board that works with Midi.

"USB Connectivity

Expand your performance capabilities and experience the unmatched processing power of modern computers with Recital’s seamless USB-MIDI connectivity. Simply connect Recital to your Mac or PC using the on-board MIDI output for instant use with virtual instrument plugins, educational software or digital audio workstations"
So maybe this can work out once I prove my parents I can learn while also making some nifty remixes/remade songs I always wanted to do.

u/nickyjkim · 1 pointr/piano

I'm looking for pianos/keyboards that match your description. Would it be better to try to find a used one? I don't want to overspend as I am a beginner.

So far my searching has brought me upon this.

Not sure if this is a good one. Not sure if it's worth is price. Is there a better one/cheaper one that I should get because I am a beginner?

Anything you would suggest I take a look at?

u/dropDtooning · 1 pointr/piano

Thanks, the FAQ helped. Although that Casio doesn't seem to have fully "weighted keys". Any thoughts on this Yamaha? I'm looking for something to simulate a real piano feel, with audio output and able to hook into my computer. I'm a beginner but will need to practice on a fully weighted keyboard frequently, as close to a regular piano as possible.

u/chudslayer · 1 pointr/keys

For standalone digital pianos, personally I've had good experiences with Yamaha. I have a Clavinova, which is more expensive but it is an absolutely spectacular piano. They make this one which I haven't tried, but it's in your price range and has good reviews. I'd probably go with that in your position.

With a MIDI controller, you could plug a keyboard into your computer and play a software piano app, such as Pianoteq or Spectrasonics Keyscape. You would want to have good computer speakers. It would give you much more power and flexibility for music-making, but it would also be less immediate to use and the computer could potentially distract you from practicing. I would've recommended a Roland A-800 (61 keys but great feel) for that option, but based on what you've said I think a standalone digital piano is probably the way to go.

u/HeroSword · 1 pointr/piano

I've been learning on this and it's amazing. Simple metronome and a few voices. Midi support and full 88 keys. Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano with Sustain Pedal and Power Supply (Amazon-Exclusive)

u/filthywill · 1 pointr/piano

I second this - it's the cheapest I could find when I started earlier this year. I think I paid $449 for the setup which even without the sale is really close to your budget. I've linked the bundle below, the refurb version is just under $400. The keyboard itself without being on sale is also $400, so worst case you can make due and add on a cheap stand and chair.

The bundle:

The keyboard:

u/SpiralT · 1 pointr/piano

It did last November. I haven't heard anything about this year, but I'll be watching. If it does, my guess is it'll be a Cyber Monday sale, since it looks like that's what it was last year.

u/enteleform · 1 pointr/piano

Thanks for the feedback. I checked out the PX-160 & found some models in the same price range in this review. Went to Guitar Center earlier
and got a chance to try out the Yamaha P-45 & P-125, and also a Casio that was around $600 (wasn't the PX-160, don't remember the exact model). I preferred how the keys felt on the Yamaha models, so I'm gonna try to get one of those used if I can find a good deal and if not then maybe a new P-71, which is the same model as the P-45 at a cheaper price (Amazon Exclusive).

u/Texasryano88 · 0 pointsr/DJs

I originally started producing, barely haha. Downloaded some music software, and learned the ins and outs of it. Wasn't the best software by no means. But you soon get a handle of how music is supposed to be structured. Got introduced to people like Deadmau5, Adventure Club, Avicii, Daft Punk, Nero, and Flux Pavilion at somewhat of an early age. though it was 2007 when I found out about this music, it was basically still underground from where I live. Then around junior year of high school I was bored and looked up apps on my phone. Turned out there was a DJ app, go figure. Now don't hate people, I only used it to keep me entertained. For some reason though I had a big urge to do my own research. Then I would constantly look up stuff music related. Watch documentaries, YouTube videos, tutorials, you name it. I went head first into the culture and loved every bit of it. DJing fascinates me because there is so much potential for skill in it. The complete unknowing always believe that its just a big iTunes playlist equipment, but there is far more to it.
After that I bought my first set of turntables.

Then I got better headphones, to adding stuff like this bad boy! Also this too!

Being used to controllers and on a budget, I upgraded to this I personally wouldn't recommend it because it lags, and makes my computer run terrible at times. Keep in mind that I do have a solid laptop.

And now I've saved up and will be adding this to my collection.

It's all how you want to get started. Keep in mind with my first turntables I was able to easily do house parties and keep it simple with it. With my second one I soon started doing bigger house parties as well as doing events, and using speakers that only used XLR cables made me have to upgrade. Now the newest one is basically one of the best before going full CDJs. I get several events now and having the amount of stuff those turntables have is something that I need. Keep in mind I love to mix live, and play fully house, dubstep, and trap.

So it's up to you man, if you love music, love remixing it, and love the culture, I would say go for it. Now don't go full blast just yet. Always good to start small then work your way up.

u/McKrackerJack · 0 pointsr/piano
u/dsk83 · 0 pointsr/piano

I'd go for a digital piano/keyboard. The primary thing you need to look for is that it has weighted keys so that it replicates the feel of an acoustic keyboard.

I was fortunate and stumbled across a used dp-105 for $300 on craigslist. I had been researching and shopping for a bit over a month. If I didn't end up finding the dp-105, I would probably have gone new with a dp-71. The dp-71 based on reviews is identical to yamaha's dp-45, which is their entry level weighted keyboard, and from my research the lowest I'd consider going. The dp-71 is an amazon exclusive partnership with yamaha and is $50 cheaper and comes with a sustain key, so seems to be a superior deal to the dp-45. You could go cheaper with williams brand I think they've got some semi-weighted keyboards for under $300, but if you really want a good experience learning piano I probably wouldn't do anything less than a dp-45.

If you buy used, make sure to bring headphones to test the audio output and test all the keys to make sure they sound ok. I'd also recommend going to a guitar center to feel out a few different keyboards, my local one had a dp-45 and it felt pretty good.

There was another reddit thread about searching for a new piano I found useful, I'll let you know if i find it again.