Music keyboards are more compact, easily portable and come with many great features these days. It’s even possible to find affordable, budget-friendly options that’ll let you enjoy playing without the expense of an acoustic piano. As technology continues to advance, you’ll find more keyboards available than ever before. You’ll need to consider size, what you plan to use the keyboard for, and any special features you may need as you make your buying decision. To help you on your musical quest, here’s a look at several great music keyboards we like.
This music keyboard offers a compact way to create pro production sounds, and it’s still affordably priced. The USB MIDI controller includes 25 velocity-sensitive keys and the ability to octave up or down so you can still enjoy playing through the full melodic range on this small keyboard. It features a four-way thumbstick that handles modulation MIDI and dynamic pitch control, as well as a built-in arpeggiator that features adjustable modes, range, and resolution. It’s easy to make your own beats with the eight included drum pads, which are velocity sensitive, backlit and feature note repeat.
This keyboard has 61 responsive, touch-friendly keys and features built-in speakers that make it easy to perform for family, friends, or small music audiences. The included headphones ensure you can practice, too, without everyone hearing you. Not only does it feature 300 build-in tones with both split and layer modes, it also has 300 rhythms built right in, too. Enjoy playing along with the 40 fun demo songs, or you can record songs yourself with this piano. The keyboard comes with a bench, keyboard stand, headphones, power adaptor, microphone, and music rest.
A perfect choice for beginners, this 88-key digital piano from Alesis comes with full-sized, semi-weighted piano keys. The adjustable touch response lets you make adjustments so the response is suited to your playing style. Five different voices, including acoustic piano, organ, bass, electric piano, and synth are built right in. It features two built-in speakers that offer clear, beautiful sound that’ll fill a room. Power the keyboard with the included power adapter or use D-cell batteries, which makes it easy to play and perform anywhere. Great educational features include lesson modes and a three-month, premium Skoove subscription for quality online piano lessons to get you going.
With this Casio portable keyboard, you get a playable keyboard that won’t break the bank. It comes with 400 great sounds, as well as 100 different rhythms. Even if you’ve never played before, you’ll still have a blast with this music keyboard. The dance music mode lets you create fun dance music that’ll have you and your friends dancing the night away. It also includes a step-up lesson system that’ll help you learn how to play the keyboard.
If you want to enjoy the real feel of playing an acoustic piano and a stellar playing experience, this full keyboard from Yamaha offers 88 weighted keys that feel like the real thing. Along with an excellent feel and touch, it comes with 10 different voices, as well as a dual mode that lets you combine two voices together for beautiful new sounds. Some of the digitally sampled tones included are from Yamaha’s own acoustic grand pianos. Despite offering the full 88 keys of a piano, it still features a stylish, slim design that requires little space, and it weighs in at just 25 pounds, making it easy to transport to gigs. A sustain pedal and power adapter come included with this keyboard.