Whether you are a master pianist or just starting your journey, you may be aware that there are numerous options when it comes to digital pianos. Every keyboard has its own nuances and key features, but which one is most suitable for you??? This comprehensive guide aims to provide you with the knowledge and resources to help you get the most immersive piano experience!
Price: $199.00 – $344.85
Cheapest place to buy: Amazon.com
Keyboard type: Full 88 Key
Guarantee: Free Skoove lessons w/ purchase
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Chopins’ Heart Jars
HEADS UP! This review uses Piano Language (the language that all pianists magically use to telepathically communicate with each other.)
Alesis is a music company that manufactures electronic instruments. If you already haven’t heard of them, they market mainly to modern musicians. Since digital pianos are some of their top rated products – boop, you’ve got this review. Alesis has introduced a wide range of products, giving their customers a wide berth. Alesis is also known for including a good amount of features while maintaining affordability in their products.
Alesis Recital Key Features
Now to the Topic at Hand…
In order to get the best comparison, every feature of each product must be listed. So let’s not leave anything out!
- This model looks very modern and techie.
- A full 88 key model, which is the best type for piano students of all levels. This is the best way to become adept at piano practice and mastery of the instrument. This feature is critical to high quality products.
- The keys are semi-weighted and are easy on the fingers for long hours of practice.
- Bolstered by 5 voices that use which is moderate.
- Includes two built in 20W speakers that deliver clear and room filling sound.
- It is easily portable by using 6 D-Cell batteries – you don’t even need an outlet.
This deal does not include many of the features that the pro offers. The sustain pedal is not included nor are the bench, stand or sheet music holder.
The Nice Keys
The white keys have a nice gloss finish. The black keys have an ebony matte finish to them as well.
They are semi-weighted, which provides pianists with a somewhat immersive experience. Basically, it makes practice easier on the hands. For more information, take a look at my For Those With Confidence and Certainty post. Hopefully you’ll get a better understanding of the differences between weighted and semi-weighted keys.
Model and Design
The Alesis Recital has a very new and modern design. It is also meant to be portable for anybody who has a gig or concerts on the go. It was designed to operate off of batteries in the case that there is no electricity. You could entertain your family when the power goes out. This model is certainly bolstered by its durability. In the odd case where the piano tragically falls or is dropped, it will retain its functions. Believe me, my cousin knocked my old Casio Privia right off the stand and fell on the tiles…it did not make a sound…I miss that privia dearly.
Portability is certainly the premium feature of this model.
This feature allows the pianist to combine two sounds and morph them together. For example, you could unleash the vibraphone with strings. It also includes adaptive touch, allowing you to determine the sound.
This features are often overlooked, but it can be essential to playing songs that require a more veritable touch. The keyboard recognizes the difference of the hands by measuring the octaves, thus enabling one sound in the right and another in the left. This allows you to enrich the tones or voices.
The Most Important Feature of All – Sound
What good is a keyboard if it’s sound doesn’t resonate with you? This keyboard includes 5 tones of different variations. Some examples include Acoustic Piano, E piano, Organ, Synth, and Bass.
For the price, the sound quality is above expectations. This makes it good for performing contemporary as well as classical pieces.
There is one headphone jack and a USB port. You could either connect it to your computer or even a speaker system to make sure that everyone hears that treble. The educational features seem endless.
Let’s Talk about SKOOVE!
Skoove is a piano learning platform that s designed to help students learn how to play the piano quickly and effectively. You could get 3 months of free lessons and a premium membership with the purchase of this keyboard
Time For Pros and Cons
- Very affordable
- Skoove included for 3 full months
- Nice Modern design
- Good sound quality and plenty of educational features
- Free Shipping
- Wireless portability
- Sustain Pedal, stand, and music holder not included.
- Only 5 voices
- One color only
Let’s Take a look at the Alesis Recital Pro
The Alesis Recital Pro comes with many features in addition to the ones provided in above. Some of the updated features include:
- More compact and modern design
- The keys are hammer action (basically weighted.) They react to the amount of resistance when you press the keys.
- Bolstered by 12 premium voices as opposed to 5.
- Includes special effects such as: Reverb and ambiance, chorus, and modulation tones.
Straight into Pros and Cons
Pros for the pros:
- Better sound quality with 12 voices
- Skoove lessons included for 3 months
- More compact modern design
- More educational features for teaching and learning
- Free Shipping
- Wireless Portability
- Hammer-Action Keys
- Shipping times vary
- A bit pricey, but it is marketed at professionals
- Sustain Pedal, Stand, and music holder not included
- One color only
What Do You Think?
Now for the more important question at hand. Is it worth your time to go through everything to make this purchase or debate which one is better? I would argue that either of these will help you hone your piano skills. The Alesis Recital has some nice features for beginner pianists and is and *Amazon Exclusive*. The Alesis Recital Pro is marketed more toward professional performers. The choice is ultimately up to you! The Skoove feature is unique to Alesis products and I highly recommend that you take advantage of that if you are starting your piano journey. I will do a separate article on Skoove reviews eventually.
Also don’t forget that Amazon is having a promotion on sustain pedals