When you are looking for starter keyboards, whether it is for you, your child, a family member or a friend, you are struck with a huge variety of different options.
Listed below are 5 slightly contrasting starter keyboards with the most common features you may be looking for. Please feel free to leave a comment or contact us directly if you would like some further advice.
In no particular order, the top 5 starter keyboard of 2019, in my opinion, are;
- Price Range (rated from £-£££): £
- Main Features: 61 touch sensitive keys, 32 note polyphony, 300 voices, 200 styles, 100 songs and 2 demo songs. Includes a lesson and dictionary function, record/playback and an in-built metronome.
- Accessories: supplied with a DV12V power adaptor and a music rest. Features sustain pedal, headphone and USB port connectivity.
- Best Suited For: beginners on a budget, self-teaching students, recording, limited space, silent practice and the mobile musician.
Firstly, the Axus AXP25 is a great value keyboard, that has been very popular amongst beginners. It features a touch sensitive 61 note range that simulates the natural response, similar to a piano. The keyboard is great looking and features a wide range of voices and accompaniment styles. It is ideal for exploring the creative opportunities of a keyboard. To top this off, it features a lesson function and a chord dictionary to enable self-teaching.
- Price Range (rated from £ to £££): £
- Main Features: 61 ‘box style’ keys, 255 orchestral and synth tones, 255 built-in rhythms, 24 demonstration songs, percussion buttons, built-in metronome and recording, and a headphone input for silent practice.
- Accessories: comes supplied with a DV12V power adaptor, music rest and a pair of headphones
- Best Suited For: the younger player, self-teaching, music therapy, silent practice, portability, first introduction to music.
Another fantastic keyboard by Axus, the AXP10, is a perfect keyboard for anyone who has a desire to learned without paying too much out. It comes with a range of pre-loaded instrument voices and backing styles, giving you a wide choice of music genres to listen and play along with. With the included headphones, you can play at any time of the day without disturbing anyone.
- Price Range (£ to £££): £
- Main Features: 61 full sized piano style touch sensitive keys, 574 voices and 165 accompaniment styles, in-built 9 step lesson function, powerful speaker system, USB connectivity and a headphone input.
- Accessories: power adaptor and music rest
- Best Suited For: Beginners, younger players, anyone who enjoys the different creative features of an electronic keyboard, self-teaching, small spaces and portability.
The PSRE363 has a whole lot of opportunities to offer at any budget and any level of ability. With 61 touch sensitive, piano style keys and a Yamaha 9 step lesson function for self-teaching, this will be perfect for a beginner. Offering 574 voices and 165 accompaniment styles, this keyboard will also impress a more experienced player. It will definitely go the distance, allowing your playing style to constantly grow and develop. No matter what sort of different creative sounds you wish to explore, you can always instantly return to the portable grand feature for that expressive and pure classical piano sound.
- Price Range (£ to £££): £
- Main Features: With touch sensitive keys as standard, they are also finished in a ‘box style’ to create a piano feel you expect on much higher spec keyboards. The 200 voices and 128 rhythms give you a big selection of sounds, as well as vibrato and pitch bend to twist that sound further.
- Accessories: Includes mains adaptor, music rest and a pair of headphones.
- Best Suited For: The AXP2 entry keyboard is made to give budding enthusiasts the ideal start to take them up to Grade 3.
- Price Range (£ to £££): ££
- Main Features: Authentic piano tone, slim design, 61 note graded soft touch keyboard, built-in stereo speaker system 64 note polyphony, 10 voices, built-in metronome, works both with an adaptor or battery power, USB to Host, headphone input and sustain pedal connectivity.
- Accessories: Music rest and power adaptor.
- Best Suited For: For a potential pianist on a budget or in need of a portable keyboard, and beginners looking for a more classical style keyboard.
Finally… For those of you who would like yourself or your child to potentially undertake piano, but don’t want to spend too much just yet or want to save some space in your home, NP12 is the perfect choice for you. It is almost half way between a keyboard and a stage piano with 61 graded, soft touch keys which offers you a slightly weighted feel. The very classic look and the authentic piano sound will impress everyone and create that light and pure tone wherever you are. With an included power adaptor, this piano-style keyboard also operates on just 6 AA batteries, which means you can take it anywhere! And yet, it still features 10 different voices, 10 piano demos, USB connectivity and a transpose function for when you want your creativity to shine.
I hope that you have found something you were looking for in this article about starter keyboards. In my opinion, all of these starter keyboards are great beginner instruments that can really go the distance. The questions; what you are looking for? how much money you are looking to spend? and do you need all the different voices and styles? or are simply looking for something a bit more traditional? Another relevant thing is how important the inbuilt lessons are to you.
I would say, for a complete beginner, the likes of Axus AXP25, AXP10, Yamaha PSRE363 would all be perfect as the in-built lesson functions will help you learn by yourself, especially if you feel like you want to build up your confidence before seeking a keyboard teacher. Also, the AXP25 and PSRE363 keyboards will have touch responsive keys, allowing more expression while playing.
If a piano-style feel is what you are looking for, Yamaha PSRE363 or Yamaha NP12 would all be perfect as they will have a very pure and natural piano sound, with a touch responsive keyboard and, NP12 will even have slightly weighted keys – as far as starter keyboards go, they really do have a great feel.
If the creative features, different sounds and rhythms are what really excite you, I would recommend the Yamaha PSRE363. The PSRE363 even has an in-built lesson function. To top that off, both of these keyboards will have a world of options to offer that will even impress a more experienced player.
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