Getting Started on the Keyboard
Whether learning to play, or creating musical masterpieces, having the correct electronic keyboard can make all the difference to the sound that is created. But, with so many types of keyboard available, it’s not always easy for a beginner to know what to look for. Before buying a keyboard, it’s a good idea to get more familiar with the features commonly associated with electronic keyboards – and what kinds of options are on offer.
First look at the number of keys on the keyboard. The number of keys can vary, according to the type of music being created. This ranges from 25 keys on small MIDI controllers, up to 88 keys, just like traditional acoustic pianos. When choosing a keyboard, it’s a good idea to think about the response of the keys. This relates to how the keys feel when they are pushed down. Weighted and semi-weighted actions respond in a similar way to a traditional piano, while a hammer action enhances this response even more. Having a synth action is similar to that found on traditional organs, with keys that have no resistance and can be played very quickly.
Look for touch or velocity sensitivity, for a keyboard that senses the speed or force with which the keys are played, as well as polyphony and multitimbrality, to play a number of sounds at once. When creating a music workstation, computer connectivity, MIDI compatibility, input/output and storage are all important, as are features such as a sequencer, arpeggiator and sampler.
Investing in a Keyboard
After spending some time looking in to what is available, it’s time to look at the various options on offer. Check out eBay’s great selection of keyboards, to find everything from starter models to professional keyboard workstations. Searching for a particular brand? eBay is home to a variety of keyboard brands, well-known for their quality and features, such as the Yamaha keyboard.