Welcome to Keyboard Stuff.
We call our web site “keyboard stuff” because that’s what it’s all about – dedicated to keyboards, electronic pianos, digital keyboards, synthesizers, keyboard controllers and all keyboard stuff. It doesn’t just stop at keyboards themselves – keyboard stuff includes keyboard stands, keyboard amplifiers, keyboard stools or benches, pedals, leads and more.
Modern electronic keyboards are versatile – Whether you want to play the traditional piano, master modern keyboard, or synth it out with a band, there is a keyboard to suit your exact needs and way beyond.
Digital pianos, with the traditional full 88 note keyboard with weighted action to emulate the feel and response of a real acoustic piano and with a wonderful range of real piano sounds, as well as other classic tones such as harpsichord and organ, allow you to own a piano and practice on your piano, without the hassle or expense of tuning or the need for professional piano movers when transporting. Digital pianos don’t have to be large pieces of furniture and they can live unobtrusively in your home. They are available in sleek, modern designs or with a more classic piano cabinet, depending on your taste. They usually come with the same foot pedals as their acoustic piano counterparts and are far less expensive than standard acoustic pianos.
The smaller 61 and 76 note Keyboards are great for the beginning musician. There are features such as backing tracks and even recording capabilities in some keyboards. Most feature touch sensitive keyboards and USB connectivity for connection to a computer.
Synthesizers are aimed at the creative musician who is into fashioning and molding his or her own sounds using the highly configurable tone generators and signal processing capabilities,effects etc. on board. Synths are fully integrated and sound great on the stage and in the studio – and they are normally lightweight for easy travel.
There are also some crazy little boxes from Korg – the Kaos range, which are endless fun to play with, as well as the powerful Yamaha MDX series keyboard synths.
Another extremely popular trend is software synthesis. Installed on your computer, a software synth can be a standalone program, or one that integrates into your host software as a “plugin”. These are available for popular workstation programs such as Logic Studio, Pro Tools, Cubase, Sonar etc where they can be played either using the computer mouse or keypad, or more usefully with a controller keyboard.
A classic example of an all-powerful software synth program is Propellerhead’s Reason, an intuitive and flexible system that has been a standard of the music production industry for years. Teamed with a good controller keyboard, there is almost no limit to the power and versatility of Reason and from Version 6 onwards it includes Propellerhead’s Record multitrack audio workstation software integrated into the program, to make one very capable audio tool that represents fantastic value for the money.
Other manufacturers, such as Arturia produce excellent keyboard controller hardware teamed with their powerful software synths. Some other names to watch out for are Korg. Roland and Alesis.
In fact, there is so much stuff out there now for keyboard players and other musicians needing access to keyboard sounds that it can make your head spin!
In the world of keyboards there are too many features to fit into one simple paragraph, so please feel free to come in to The Music Spot and chat to our experienced staff. We’ll be happy to give you all the info you need and help you to find your perfect keyboard.We can also supply hard cases, gig bags, stools and stands for your keyboard no matter what size and weight.