Keyboards have become not only a great substitute for exercise that fits not only in your house, but also in your budget. Although it was around for decades, it really started shining as an instrument in the 80s with the emergence of synth-pop and has since then grown into an almost inevitable part of every band today.
Electronic keyboards have also become a vital component of music production as well. The beat making and sequencing of today’s music production industry would be almost unimaginable without the MIDI sequencing done by them. It comes as no
surprise then that the popularity of this instrument has grown ever since. As analogue music production has slightly become a thing of the past, and digital composing, recording and producing has taken over, electronic keyboards experienced a second rebirth.
That’s why we’re going to take a look at some models to see what the best options for you are, and, most importantly, what to look out for when buying this instrument.
Casio Inc. CTK2400 PPK 61-Key Premium Portable Keyboard Package
Casio keyboards have always been a “thing”. Mostly they’re associated with naïve sounds that children play with. The reason for this is the wide range of keyboards they produced over time. Contrary to that, this model falls in the big league category.
Of course, it is far from something that would be considered a professional electronic keyboard per se, but in terms of a good deal, this keyboard is sufficient enough for everyone who needs something to practice on. This will cost around $130.00
- USB MIDI
- Headphones and stand included
- 400 AHL keyboard voices, 150 rhythms, 110 songs and 10 digital effects
- Intuitive sampling function with built-in microphone and audio input
- No touch sensitivity to the keys
- Even though it has a pedal, it isn’t the best choice for producing genuine piano sounds with it
The “Casio Inc. CTK2400 PPK 61-Key Premium Portable Keyboard Package with Samson HP30 Headphones, Stand and Power Supply” model is great for beginners who want to learn the basics on the piano. The MIDI function is great as it can be used as a MIDI sequencer for beat making and composing on the computer, but it lacks the respective feeling of a “real” instrument since there’s no touch sensitivity.
Professionals will probably stay away from this one, and they’ve got a right to do so, but for beginners, it has everything you need to get your pianist career started.
Yamaha YPT-240 61-Key Keyboard Pack
Yamaha is a strong leader in the instrument industry. From guitars to keyboards, they’ve covered almost every segment of music and music production. Their range of devices for studio recording and editing is vast. Hence, it comes as no surprise that this electronic keyboard with the Yamaha name on it is at the same time affordable as well as pleasing to even more experienced musicians. This will cost around $150.00
- E.S Lesson Functions
- USB MIDI
- Connection with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
- Master EQ
- Ultra Wide Stereo
- YPT-240 rests on top of classic X-Style stand with adjustable rubber feet for stability.
- Headphones, power supply and stand included
- Comes with no charger
- Stand that comes with the keyboard seems to not be suited for this model
The “Yamaha YPT-240 61-Key Premium Keyboard Pack with Headphones, Power Supply, and Stand” model is great for beginners, but also unusually good for those you have higher standards. I say unusually, because of the price range this keyboard is in. Compared to other electronic keyboards with similar price tags, it clearly stands out as something special. Also, it is very good for use in studios, where it can be used as a sufficient enough MIDI sequencer. Although, it may be a bit big when compared to more compact sequencers that bring in the same results.
Hamzer 61 Key Electronic Music Electric Keyboard Piano
The Hamzer model on our list here is the most affordable one. But don’t be fooled by this. It’s got all the features we’re come to expect from a modern electronic keyboard. OK, maybe it is not the most attractive one when you look at it, but its performances speak for itself. A wide variety of installed sounds, record and playback function and a MIDI port are some of the things that make this keyboard stand out. This will cost around $80.00
- Very affordable
- 100 Timbres, 100 rhythms, 8 percussions, and 61 keyboard percussions
- Dual teaching modes and 12 demonstration songs
- 46 Level tempo control
- Record and play back functions
- Stand included
- Not suited for professional use on stage or in a professional studio
- Feels cheap
- Speakers may have issues with buzzing
The “Hamzer 61 Key Electronic Music Electric Keyboard Piano with Stand – Black” model is a very budget-friendly buy for every beginner. The intuitive commands are great for everyone who wants to get into playing the piano (or keyboard), and the MIDI port is not the best for professional studios, but very good for home studios and enthusiasts in music production.
Casio CTK2400 PPK 61-Key
- Ideal for beginners
Yamaha YPT-240 61-Key
Hamzer 61 Key
- Very affordable
- For beginners
When comparing musical instruments it is very important to keep in mind that one keyboard may be good for someone but not for someone else – each person had their own preferences when it comes to instruments. This is especially true for electronic keyboards. The different aspects of the functions necessary in this digital age may trump over some other technical stuff more experienced players are looking for.
The Hamzer and Casio models on this list are very good choices for beginners and music production enthusiasts. Whether you want to learn the piano, or use it as a MIDI sequencer, you will be very pleased if you are realistic about the price you’re paying.
On the other hand, the Yamaha model seems more like a professional instrument. But, one must have in mind that it simply isn’t. It is in almost the same price range of the Casio keyboard, but offers just so much more, even for semi-professionals.