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I am very very stranger to this world and made research for a week or so.I played instruments with strings in an intermediate level and wanted to learn piano from now on.However it seems to be a piano is very expensive insturement for a student.So I decided to buy a digital piano...Still expensive.After eleminating the expensive choices,for a starter I believe there are two choices,a MIDI keyboard with a computer and an ORG with everything including in itself.

There are some parts that I don't understand and appreciate any help.

  • Why I bother to buy a MIDI keyboard while there is orgs with midi option in it.Orgs seemed advantageous to me.I learned org sound quality is not as good as a computer software producing sound.However it has MIDI cable too.This confused me.

  • I want to enjoy the experience playing piano-like instrument.MIDI keyboard can afford this?

  • On the other hand I can also experience using a DAW and trying to make some complete songs after a while.Is MIDI keyboard is ahead of orgs with MIDI options in themselves at this topic? If you please answer these three basic questions I asked I would be very appreciated.Thank you before hand.

P.S: I also finded a Casio CTK -3200 that seemed fullfilling my aims.It has pitch-bend,61 keys and seemed to be great choice for beginners.It also have MIDI option.I would be happy if you guys tell me if I am on the true path for me and help the beginners like me.

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    I didn't quite understand your word 'org' - I guessed you meant a keyboard with a sound engine built-in? – topo morto Feb 18 '15 at 8:16
  • Yes,I meant exactly that term – McOne Feb 18 '15 at 15:51
  • OK to rename to the question to "MIDI controller or home keyboard for starting playing piano?" – topo morto Feb 18 '15 at 16:29
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Typically people buy dedicated MIDI controllers because

  • They have more options for transmitting MIDI than a general purpose keyboard with MIDI built in - for example they may be able to do more complicated key splits, send program changes, have a number of controls for transmitting MIDI continuous controllers, and so on. (This is often relevant if you are trying to control a number of different instruments live - you may not need this.)

  • They might have a higher quality playing action or have more keys than a keyboard of the same price with a sound generator built in.

Even if you already have a computer, it's nice to have a keyboard with built-in sounds as you can just turn it on and start playing without booting up the computer.

As to whether a MIDI keyboard can be truly 'piano-like' - it depends how close you want to get. A cheap instrument won't feel like a real piano but it may well give you an experience that's good enough. Personally I prefer lighter keyboard-style keys to a real piano.

You will be able to do most things with a DAW using any type of MIDI keyboard.

The Casio you mention seems well-regarded but you might want to compare it to second-hand digital pianos that are available in your area (if there are any).

  • I may tend towards second hand products after your suggestion.I will consider the MIDI option especially second hands with better options.Thank you so much. – McOne Feb 18 '15 at 16:03
  • Depending where you are, digital pianos might be the best second-hand deal as they are more common than dedicated MIDI controllers and people often want to get rid of them quickly as they don't have space, etc. – topo morto Feb 18 '15 at 16:14
  • I am very confused again,I don't know what to buy.I mean while yamaha e423 has midi in out too,what is to reason to buy a midi keyboard,is it portability,I can also connect the yamaha to the computer and get sound right? @topo – McOne Feb 24 '15 at 0:21
  • People might buy a MIDI controller for portability, or to get more MIDI features for a cheaper price. The Yamaha e423 only has a USB socket for MIDI, so you can only connect it to computer systems that you can get drivers for (It seems well-supported for now - see usa.yamaha.com/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/… - 'Support') – topo morto Feb 24 '15 at 0:37

I suggest you just try with a digital piano (yamaha p-35 in example) that has a midi-port.

So for the starter, you not only gets the natural sound of piano and great tuts(like wood piano) exacly, and also the capabilities of a midi-controller keyboard just by plug your digital piano with a usb-midi-cable into your computer-music.

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