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Why do I hear higher harmonics, when the strings aren't free to vibrate?

Tim's answer is of course correct, but I'd like to offer a more quantitative way of saying the same thing. As others have noted, digital pianos emulate the sympathetic vibrations of acoustic pianos (...
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Is it an issue if the white and black keys are weighted differently?

TL;DR: It's a matter of personal taste. Preface: I've played scores of different pianos and keyboards, and it has never once dawned on me that the black and white keys were weighted differently. A ...
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Why do I hear higher harmonics, when the strings aren't free to vibrate?

Any piano string (or other, for that matter) will produce harmonics from that root note. The first few harmonics produced from a C string are the octave (C), the 5th above that (G) and the next octave ...
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I accidently plugged my sustain pedal jack into AUX output, will it brick my brand new digital piano?

No, it shouldn't hurt. The worst thing that could have happened was shortening the AUX output terminals. The voltage on audio outputs is low (or zero if no sound was playing), and at the same time the ...
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I accidently plugged my sustain pedal jack into AUX output, will it brick my brand new digital piano?

No. Audio Line level outputs have an output impedance of 100Ohm - 600 Ohm and it's perfectly safe to short them. In the worst case you draw maybe 50 mA or so.
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I accidently plugged my sustain pedal jack into AUX output, will it brick my brand new digital piano?

Very doubtful it's done any harm. It's not even shorting anything out until it's pressed down - that's how it works. To make sure in your own mind, plug something into that aux out, which can go to an ...
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Is it technically possible to play Chopin`s op. 10 No 1 etude at 176 bpm on Casio PX-160 piano?

TL;DR Yes Caveat: I have not been able to access a Casio PX-160 to positively confirm this answer. Is it possible to play Chopin's Etude Op. 10 No. 1 at 176bpm? Yes. It requires outstanding technique,...
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How to record digital piano via USB cable?

To record audio from the keyboard, you need an audio interface with line inputs. When recording, you should connect the line outputs from the keyboard to the line inputs on the interface and the ...
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Does the sound quality of a digital piano's speakers matter for headphone usage

There are other considerations besides sound. I love my Kawai partly, yes, for its nice on-board sound, but also for its realistic key action. To some degree I get the impression that speaker "...
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Can the same piano be used for Indian and western music?

The main reason traditional keyboard instruments like the piano are unsuitable for playing Indian music is because Indian music uses a lot of smooth grace notes and glides between the notes. Some ...
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Flattening pedal information in Midi

Yes there are tools. The filter would be simple. If pedal control > 63, delete note-off (usually note-on velocity 0) If pedal control < 64, leave note-off (usually note-on velocity 0) as is You ...
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I accidently plugged my sustain pedal jack into AUX output, will it brick my brand new digital piano?

Can you perform an experiment to test? Plug in some kind of equipment (amplifier, effect, recording equipment) and see if the output is functioning as normal. That should put your mind at ease. If ...
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Do the touch, feel and weight of the keys matter to play classical music?

Once one's used a good quality grand piano, one realises that its action is as good as it gets, and anything less is, well, less. Even most uprights seem lacking after, in some areas. Weighted actions ...
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Digital Piano or MIDI

This question will likely be closed because gear recommendations are not considered on topic in this forum. I will try and address some of your concerns to help you make a good choice for yourself ...
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Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action vs Fully Weighted keys (Graded Hammer Standard), what is the difference?

Those terms do have specific meanings, although there is a bit of variation (for example, "progressive weighting" is used by some manufacturers, but it's identical to "graded hammer&...
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What is the (tr) sign in sheet music and how to play it in the following example?

The 'tr' sign means a trill (some people call it a 'shake'). It's almost certainly in brackets because the composer didn't write a trill, but the editor thinks there should be one. Because it's ...
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Does the sound quality of a digital piano's speakers matter for headphone usage

Answering the question as it is written when I'm writing this answer: There are keyboards sold as stage pianos that are intended to sound good through PA system (and coincidentally headphones) and do ...
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Soft touches not recognized

Yes, this is normal. It is how acoustic pianos work, so it makes sense for digital piano to simulate the behaviour. Acoustic pianos have mechanism called escapement that allows the hammer to drop ...
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Which instrument is used in beginning of Make you mine (by Public)

Electric guitar, but you don't need to precisely copy the original arrangement in order to do a cover. Some of the best known cover songs don't try to stick close to what the original artist did. Of ...
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Do the touch, feel and weight of the keys matter to play classical music?

Pianos did not did not drop finished from heaven, but were adapted over the centuries to cover additional requirements by pianists trying to get the most out them. So the more similarity a digital ...
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Notes with special sound effect

The video has a string sound doubling the right hand piano line. From about 1:21 the string sound changes to oboe. There's nothing in the notated music to indicate this.
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Is it an issue if the white and black keys are weighted differently?

On a typical piano or organ keyboard, the fulcrum of each key lever is located significantly behind the back of the keyboard. As a consequence, while pushing the back of the exposed part of each key ...
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What do I need to record a digital piano?

Your keyboard offers a (quasi-) stereo pair of RCA output jacks marked Audio Out R and L. We now have to consider what inputs your computer has. If you have an audio interface with dedicated Line In ...
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What should I look for while considering a used keyboard?

You're right to be looking at something with weighted keys and 88 notes if learning piano is your ultimate goal. Weighted keys enable you to achieve a range of volumes by responding to the force you ...
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Have MIDI file. Want Audio. Don’t know how

You need Virtual MIDI Synth. It is a "driver" for PC that simulates a soft synthesizer, it will appear as an output "port" in your computer. It accepts SoundFont files. You would ...
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Is it important to have three pedals on a digital piano?

IMHO the 3 pedals are necessary if you want to play classical music SUSTAIN obvious. SOFT you need it in Classical music. Beethoven already requires many passages to be be played with Una Corda (soft ...
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