Let’s be honest how your group spends money matters. Investing in the right instruments makes a huge difference. Choosing quality instruments for your group is an important investment.
Ultimately you want to be able to choose instruments that are durable, professional grade and that are versatile. The piano plays a very important musical role in every group so making the right choice is imperative.
When you are considering whether to choose an acoustic piano or a digital piano you want to really take a good hard look at the benefits of each before you make your choice.
A lot of groups consider the acoustic piano the superior choice for sound BUT only because they have not ever really listened to the sound of a high quality digital piano.
The fact is that most groups have opted for the digital piano because they offer a stellar sound that can easily match that of the grandest baby grand WITHOUT all the fuss that you have to deal with when you are dealing with an acoustic piano.
Frankly there are some digital piano’s out there that if you did a “blind” sound test even the finest trained ear would have a problem distinguishing between the acoustic and the digital piano.
What Do the Pro’s Use?
When you go to a concert (unless it is a symphony setting) you do not typically see an acoustic piano on stage. Clearly in the recording studio there is not an acoustic piano in sight. Practice sessions, still no acoustic.
Why do all the pro’s choose professional digital piano’s? The answer is obvious; they are actually the superior choice for the professional musician.
They are more convenient to use and they offer way more versatility. They offer a full library of music and a wide range of music making capabilities that are just not available with acoustic pianos.
The ability to create music is heightened with a digital piano.
Professional musicians need the flexibility that a digital piano has to offer. They forgo the acoustic piano because it does not offer the same ability to create music, record music, and access a large library of music.
They are ideal for composing music with a tremendous range of sounds. As a matter of fact, the range of sounds is so great on most modern digitals that only a fraction of the options is typically used but it is certainly nice to have plenty of options.
The pro’s go with the digital because the digital:
- Never needs to be tuned
- Can be used for silent practice
- Offers a MIDI interface that can be connected to a computer
- Natural key feel
One of the main concerns with musicians that have learned on an acoustic and that are going to the digital is that there will be a difference in how the keys feel but that worry can easily be put to rest.
Today’s options have weighted keys that are built with the goal of making them feel as natural as possible. With the right grading the keyboards feel almost exactly the same.
A lot of technological advances have been realized in the last decade that have greatly improved not only the sound but also the feel of digital options.
The pros know that no one has time to worry about tuning issues. Digital options never have to be tuned they are always ready to go. Most models have input jacks for headphones which make them perfect for silent practice or collaboration. They can be connected right to a CPU, laptop or other device for collaboration and recording.
Convenience and Portability
As a practical option you cannot beat a digital piano. They can go anywhere, they can be easily stored when not in use and they are an excellent option for even the smallest of venues because they do not require much floor space.
Can you imagine your group having to roll around an acoustic piano? Even upright acoustics are pretty well stationary instruments that take up far too much floor space and are bulky.
The digital piano can go anywhere! It can easily travel from venue to venue. They are typically lightweight and easy to transport.
The real beauty of a digital is no matter how scaled down the size is; the sound remains the same. The sound of acoustic pianos changes as the size is scaled down.
Frankly if you are looking for the best value you cannot beat a digital model over an acoustic. The top range digital piano will be far less expensive than the top range acoustic.
If your group needs to get as much value as they can out of each instrument than a digital is the right option because it can be used for a wide range of musical options.
Digital is the way to go for your group. Do what the pro’s do and make the choice that will give your group the versatility, portability and sound that it needs!