There was once a time when every family had a piano in the parlor. Today hardly anybody has a parlor, but with modern digital pianos, every family can still have a great-sounding piano around, no matter how tight their space (or budget) may be. Designed to offer the feel and sound of traditional acoustic pianos, digital pianos may not have the glamor of the latest whiz-bang digital workstations, but they deliver rich sound and an authentic playing experience.
Based on sampling technology, digital pianos come in a range of sizes and configurations to fit every space and budget. The level of sonic realism will usually be determined by the size of available sample memory and the amount of multi-sampling done. Multi-sampling is the technique of sampling the same note multiple times with different playing attacks and with different pedal combinations so the dynamics of playing offer a more realistic response. Generally, the more memory and more multi-sampling, the more like an acoustic piano in terms of sound. Most digital pianos include a variety of piano sounds (grand, upright, tack piano and electric pianos) as well as some extra sounds like organs and strings that can, in many cases, be layered with the piano sounds. A MIDI connection for use with other sound modules or computer sequencers has become an almost universal standard, as well. Read More>