Keyboard amplifiers and monitors need to be flexible with their tone and sound. Considering the vast array of keyboard types available, from synthesizers to more traditional electric pianos, amplifiers are built to compensate for all sorts of different tonal differences. No matter what your sound, a solid key board amp should accommodate you if ever feel like switching genres.
Even though combo amps are the main option for keyboardists, that doesn’t mean you can’t turn up the volume to a level that can be heard in larger areas. There are an excellent range of sizes that can suit everywhere from an apartment to a crowded stage scene. Smaller amps are offered with speakers as compact as 8” or 10”making it easy for you to practice at home, while larger units ranging from 12” to 15” speaker sizes can easily be used in bigger clubs or bars. If you decide to choose a combo amp, your unit can be miked into the PA for maximum volume.
Your keyboard monitor is also charged with giving you a clear representation of your sound. Both powered and unpowered monitors are available but you’ll have to decide which route is best for your practice and performance. Powered monitors have the speaker and power amp present in one unit, while the unpowered monitors require you have a separate power amp to plug into. If you’re on the road, constantly gigging, you’re probably already travelling with a power amp so this will be no issue, but if you’re more into smaller solo gigs, a powered monitor will make things easier to tote along.
Whatever your style of music, a solid keyboard amp and monitor ensure your style rings through clearly. Each type of amp has its little differences, but when it comes down to the basic purpose, keyboard amps and monitors are all meant to do the same thing, make your keyboard sound as true to the sound you are using at any moment. You just have to decide how much volume you need to project for your next show.