Published on 17/05/2013
Digital pianos are packed with features, but what do they actually do?
Touch Sensitive Keys/Hammer Action
One of the main features of a traditional acoustic piano is the weight of its keys. They require a certain amount of effort to press. A fully weighted digital piano replicates the weight you would expect on an acoustic piano equivalent.
A hammer action imitates the feel of the moving hammers.
This is the number of notes that the instrument can play at any one time. It is better to have higher polyphony so that you can play more complex pieces of music or play pieces with complex music backings.
This lets you divide the keyboard into two zones, letting you play with separate tones on each zone of the keyboard (for left hand and right hand play). This way you could assign an upright piano to the lower half of the keyboard, and an electric piano sound to the upper half, to create the impression of a jazz duet.
Auto accompaniment allow you have the sound of a full band playing along with you while you play! The styles range from country, pop and rock, throught ot contemporary modern styles.
The damper, or sustain pedal, recreates different levels of damping according to how far the pedal is depresed.
A piano performance can be recorded in digital format on USB flash drive using a port on the piano. The recordings can be used to accompany a pianist during perfromances. The digital sound data can also be played back on a PC using standard audio file playback software.
See Crescendo Music's range of Digital Pianos here.