A family of musical instruments both acoustic (piano, harpsicord, etc.) and electronic which is played by depressing keys, each of which represent a musical tone. In electronic music, keyboards are often used to imitate other instruments or utilize wholly electronic sounds.

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Keyboard + laptop or synthesizer?

I am on a budget of about £150 and need a portable keyboard to take to gigs with both realistic-ish piano sounds and some synth sounds too. I have a laptop but no keyboard, would it be best to get a ...
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What to consider when selecting the number of keys for a keyboard

I might be planning to buy a keyboard in the near feature, now I see they come in different amount of keys. It makes me wonder for how many keys I should go, more allows more complex music... But how ...
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Can anyone recommend a cheap midi keyboard? [on hold]

I'd like a cheap midi keyboard, preferably under £150. The keys don't have to be weighted as long as they don't feel cheap. At least 61 keys. It'd be nice if it had some assignable pads/buttons to ...
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What options are there for cheap synthesiser/synth modules to get for gigs?

I have an electronic piano with nicely weighted keys and a midi out, but I want to play 80s music with my band and it doesn't have the right sounds. I need a fairly cheap (sub £300) synth/synth ...
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Make different ranges across a midi keyboard play different voices?

Without using a laptop (since I don't have one and will be playing live) is it possible to make the top half of a midi keyboard play sax while the bottom half plays a different synth sound? My low ...
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Is there a color code for notes?

A few days ago, to learn to play music, I bought a keyboard (Yamaha, EZ-30). It has lighted keys and all light red. It somehow felt wrong that all keys light up red. If A lights up red, then C should ...
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Advice for a compact midi keyboard for practice [closed]

I've played guitar for over 10 years and recently took up the saxophone (LOVE IT!). I'm using an old Casio keyboard as a practice tool, it has a 100 different rhythm "styles" and also plays the chords ...
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Which instrument is used to play starting melody of Main Agar kahoon song [closed]

Song: Main agar kahoon Movie: Om Shanti Om Notes: A A# A A# A A# A G F F G F G F G F E D D E D E D E D C A# A This is the very starting music. I want to know the musical instrument being used to ...
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Is it possible to learn theory without sight reading?

I'm learning music theory by myself with online books and video lessons. I don't have much trouble understanding the basics of theory, such as intervals, basic scales and modes, but I have a huge ...
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MIDI-Keyboards with integrated audio?

I'm looking for a MIDI keyboard with integrated audio interface so I can play without plugging in to the computer. There were few products like M-Audio ProKeys and M-Audio Keystation 49i but these ...
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Playing on white notes only

My keyboard has a transpose function which lets me transpose its keys up and down a given number of semitones. This consists of a button with # and a button with b. So lets say I'm playing a tune ...
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Piano/keyboard versus synth

I've been aiming to buy a keyboard for quite a while now, but just recently, I've been interested by synthesizers due to some new band I've been listening to. I don't know much about these two ...
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Best option to practice piano whilst away from home?

In a few weeks, I will be on a holiday that will last just over a month. Most of my hobbies can be bought with me, however I fear that this will not be the case with piano. This answer outlines some ...
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Is there a standard width for piano keys?

Is there a standard width for piano keys? If not, how much variation is there? Do other keyboard instruments have significantly different widths of keys?
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Does the MicroKORG XL+ have internal speakers?

I just bought a MicroKORG XL+ and have plugged in the power adapter and turned this on. The volume is up but it makes no sounds. Does it have its own speaker? Or do I need to have this connected to an ...
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How do many keyboard players sound different in each song?

Something I find truly intriguing, is when a keyboard player sounds completely different in each song they play. The band ∆ (Alt-J) is a good example of this. I'm a one-man recording band myself, and ...
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Are some synthesizers and keyboards able to interchange sounds?

Synthesizers create new sounds, and many keyboards have thousands of tones to choose from; sometimes a musician may want a sound heard in a recorded song - but it is difficult to find. This may be ...
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Will a 61-key keyboard severely restrict my piano repertoire?

I'm planning on trading my 88-key digital piano for a 61-key portable music workstation as I'm more inclined into rock keyboards as of late than classical music. However, I do enjoy playing classical ...
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Trying to program a piano staff/stave. Is this what it's supposed to look like?

I'm currently writing a software application which creates notes on a staff, when a piano key is pressed. Unfortunately I have no background in music, and thus am finding it quite hard to get started. ...
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Is there such thing as a piano-like keyboard with all whole tones between two adjacent white keys?

Just a quick question, which came to my mind several days ago. I thought that it would be much easier to learn to play a piano (or a keyboard), which has a consistent structure - a black key ...
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Keyboard suitable for student housing? [closed]

Are there Digital keyboards that hook-up to earphones and let the notes come out of the earphones only? I'm attending university so I am living inside student housing, and I do not want to create ...
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Complete fingering-technique reference book for keyboard player for chords and scales?

I'm now studying harmony and since my instrument is not keyboard, I don't know how to execute complex chords such as 13 or other chords that involve more than 5 notes. Do you play them with just one ...
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Origin of the asymmetrical keyboard layout of a piano

The piano keyboard has white keys based on the C Diatonic scale plus black keys, which add the remaining notes used in western music. The asymmetrical way in which the black and white keys are placed ...
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Why shouldn't you use your thumb on black notes (Harmonium / Keyboard)

When I was younger I took a couple Harmonium classes and the teacher taught us how to play all of the scales. We weren't allowed to place our thumbs on the black notes. I haven't had any piano ...
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Locating a key on the keyboard

I'm trying to figure out what the correct technique is for locating a key on the piano keyboard. As far as I can tell, there are the following clues (names invented on the spot): "absolute ...
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What is this common chord pattern, if that's the right term?

I really commonly find that contemporary songs use an arpeggiated up-and-down progression over notes that are in this shape, here are some examples: C1, G1, C2 C#1, G#, C#2 E1, B, E2 A1, E, A2 Is ...
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Some questions about prospects of using MIDI a keyboard with MilkyTracker

I have an electronic keyboard (Casio CTK-4000). I want to use it with MilkyTracker on Ubuntu. After connecting it to my laptop with a USB A/B printer cable and doing some aconnect routing, I was able ...
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Linking organ pedals to a keyboard

Having 'rescued' the bass pedals from an old organ, I wish to use them as add-ons to my keyboards, when the bassist can't make it.What is a simple way to connect them so that they work through the ...
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Store only voice in PSR keyboard memory bank

I tried to store my voice settings in a PSR i455 keyboard, but the style also got saved along with it. I want to store only voice so that I can use it while playing in ACMP mode. The problem is ...
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Speakers for electronic keyboard

I am upgrading from a Yamaha arranger with speakers to Korg Kronos. The arranger has speakers but what types of speakers do I buy for Kronos? I just play at home. Nothing professional. Do I need PA ...
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How to get started on keyboard?

I'm 18 years old and I'm soon getting a keyboard because I'm really interested in music. I am especially interested in composing my own music and learning a lot of music theory. I used to play the ...
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Getting a bigger sound for solo keyboard/voice performance

I've played keyboards in a band that plays pubs/clubs for a few years now. I'm thinking of trying some solo gigs where I try to recreate as much of the band sound as possible. I definitely want to ...
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How to translate rock guitar style to keyboards?

The particular property of the guitar, at least to my ear, is that it can easily "fill the room", as it were, even when playing simple chords or patterns. The keyboard seems to want... more ...
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Is there piano music for reduced number of keys (32)?

So, I was scammed into buying this (if you are wondering, a yamaha portasound ps-1) for 60€. 2 and a half octaves (32 keys). I learned a bit to play simple songs and about general music theory ...
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Software that allows playing in different temperaments

Do you know of any software out there that will allow me to play in different musical temperaments (e.g. Well temperament and Meantone temperament)? I'm especially interested in software that accepts ...
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Play drums with a MIDI keyboard

How could I use my Novation Ultranova to play various types of drums with the keyboard ? (it does not contain any drum sound) Do I need additional hardware or simply a software with samples? How to ...
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Software for virtual midi device?

I have software that supports input from a midi device (Plugging a keyboard into pc to record MIDI audio). I have recorded a few MIDI files on my keyboard, but I don't have the keyboard anymore. Is ...
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I need help choosing between learning guitar and piano [closed]

I'm a 15-year-old guy with no experience in playing musical instruments or in reading music, although I've wanted to learn one for a long time. I'm really into western classical music, especially ...
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What does a Clavinet “Register” mean?

I've got a keyboard (Korg Krome 88) that has a few clavinet sounds. They're named "Clav Register AC", but also "AD", "BC" and "BD". Trying to figure out what these things mean. I can hear the ...
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Low(est) level digital piano vs keyboard comparison

first of all, I have not touched a keyboard/piano in my life before. I am planning to pick it up as soon as next week. Normally if I knew that I'd stick with this new hobby, I would not limit myself ...
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Is It too late to start learning keyboard again?

I had a few keyboard lessons when I was around 12 years old. At that time I used to have a Yamaha psr 530 , a decent one for beginner . But back then, I loved to play video games rather than to learn ...
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What kind of converter do I need to go from a Yamaha-p105 'USB to Host' to standard MIDI?

I have a Yamaha P-105 and an Alesis drum machine. The Yamaha has an out 'USB to Host' for connecting to a computer's USB port. I want to use the keyboard to control the sounds on the Alesis drum ...
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Recommended tools for live performance for a keyboardist, composer, producer, singer? [closed]

I would like to begin performing live. I want to create beats, harmonies and melodies on some kind of looping device. I would like it to be reliable as I don't want to push my limits in a live ...
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What to look for when buying a digital piano for a beginner?

My wife has recently started learning to play the piano and needs something at home on which to practise. I'm inclined towards a digital piano as it is more practical (Mainly space but also no tuning ...
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Recommendation for a MIDI controller keyboard with 88 keys and piano-weighted action [duplicate]

I'd like to buy a keyboard instrument with a piano touch, 88 keys, and a midi output, and otherwise extremely minimal features (no built-in speakers or sound synthesis, etc.). I'm hoping this will ...
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Minimal MIDI digital piano

I'd like to buy my first keyboard instrument. I want a piano touch with 88 keys and MIDI output and otherwise extremely minimal features. I'm hoping this will allow me to experiment with different ...
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How to play left handed chords in piano and keyboard?

While playing songs from a fake book, I use the left hand bass octave with chord voicing on the right hand if I am playing in piano. However in keyboard, I can't play the bass octave along with ...
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Can one install new sample libraries in a digital piano?

I've heard that a keyboard with poor quality sound can be reprogrammed with a library of better quality MIDI sounds. Is this possible with all keyboards? If not, what determines whether a keyboard can ...
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Is the most important feature of a musical keyboard the action/keys? [closed]

As an experienced piano player, I am shopping for my first musical keyboard. I am very early in the process of doing research and testing out specific models. Here is a list of the main questions I ...
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Software to edit and load keyboard sounds and settings on to any keyboard [closed]

I play the keyboard for multiple ensembles and bands and between them I use 5 different keyboards. I seem to always run into the problem of finding a really good sound for a song on one that I can't ...