New homemade pianos and keyboards to discover in 2022

GEAR EXPO SUMMER 2022: In recent years, we have seen a tremendous change in players looking for a direct learning instrument. Some people aren’t all that interested in having access to an endless amount of sounds and features, instead opting for a handful of high-quality voices, comfortable action, and a few useful on-board learning aids.

There has been an upsurge in home pianos, all trying to strike the right balance between price, size, weight and functionality. “Faking” a piano feel on a keyboard isn’t easy, and all the big names have their own take on the best way to do it. And the sound of your new keyboard depends as much on the onboard amp and speakers as it does on the quality of the sampling and the sound source used.

And the trusty house keyboard – for those who want more “synthetic” fun and a wider range of sound – still lives strong. We dove into this marked crowd and snatched up something for every taste and budget. Here’s our pick of the best new living room pianos and keyboards of 2022.

Yamaha P-45

Best Yamaha P-45 Deals

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The Yamaha P-45 is already a popular choice for beginner and mid-level pianists, offering a decent set of features in a package that isn’t too room-dominating and just the good side of portable.

Of course, there’s a real 88-note Yamaha keyboard on the front and there are 10 sounds on board. These cover a range of acoustic pianos, electric pianos and strings and you get a generous 64-note polyphony.

While perfect posture would require mounting the P-45 on its optional stand, it is tabletop compatible and – partly thanks to its footprint – can be played quite comfortably when placed on the floor/carpet/ lawn, etc.

For those looking for a firmer action – closer to an acoustic piano – the “portable” P-45 succeeds perfectly. So if that’s your playing style, the P-45 has one of the nicest “authentic” “heavy” actions we’ve tried, thanks to Yamaha’s GHS key action, which attempts to recreate the scaled feel of a real piano. In the most basic sense, this technology is used to vary the weight of the keys as you move from heavier low notes to lighter high notes.

Arguably, this gives more “room for growth” than lighter-fingered competitors, as newer players may one day transition from the Yamaha playing the “real thing”.

The Yamaha P-45 is priced at £399. Learn more on the Yamaha website (opens in a new tab).

Casio CDP-S110

Casio CDP S-110 on a desk

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Quite the ideal partner (read rival) of the P-45 above, the Casio CDP-S110 is an almost identical version, at an identical price, in the same market. It also has 10 sounds, all the usual headphone, USB and pedal ports and an 88-note weighted keyboard.

Where the Casio scores points, however, is in its slightly diminished form, looking everyone like a simple MIDI controller but packing the sound engine and speakers you need into a frame that’s truly transportable d room to room (and house to house) rather than just shipping with legs and a stool.

It weighs only 10.5 kg and many will prefer its more simple and elegant look. There is of course a slight price to pay and that is that the Casio’s keyboard action – although weighted – is rather light, being piano action, without particularly mimicking the heavy feel of the piano.

All of this means the Casio is perfectly suited to sit and play on a desk, however, sounding nearly as big and bold as its rivals while trimming vital thumbs where it counts.

The CDP-S110 is available in black or white and is priced at £320. Learn more on the Casio website (opens in a new tab).

Give DDP-80

Piano Give DDP-80

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Donner’s new DDP-80 is all about looks. Rather than shy away from volume and play the portability card, the Donner strikes an excellent balance between “furniture” without invading the room. With a full-size 1268mm wide keyboard enclosure, it will fit perfectly into your alcoves.

On the contrary, the sleek Donner is even simpler than its rivals, with a single piano sound on board and volume and USB controls concealed in the rear. And yes, you can use the DDP-80 as a high-end controller for your DAW or drive the piano sound (and speaker setup) via your computer.

Neatly, the DDP-80’s complete floor-mounted three-pedal unit offers all the versatility and control of a full-size piano, and the two built-in speakers (driven by a 2 x 20W amplifier) ​​fire up down from the bottom of the piano. chassis to fill the room with sound.

Of course, the DDP-80 also comes with an optional piano stool that matches it perfectly in terms of size and aesthetics and – via the optional custom music stand – Donner can even engrave the DDP-80 stand with the words of your choice – adding a little touch of personalization that the owner will love.

The DDP-80 is £480. Learn more on Donner’s website (opens in a new tab).

Roland FP-10

Roland

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As Roland’s new entry-level digital piano, the FP-10’s most notable feature has to be its best-in-class PHA-4 keyboard. Beautifully responsive and representing staggering value, it’s exactly the same action found on the more expensive FP-30 model.

All 88 keys are individually weighted with different weights, as you would find on an acoustic piano, providing one of the most authentic keyboards in this price range.

Roland’s patented SuperNatural piano technology delivers incredibly detailed and nuanced sound, while split mode gives you a four-octave piano at each end of the keyboard – ideal for teaching. The amp and speakers – while adequate – aren’t as powerful and full-featured as the big rivals, however, with a good pair of headphones you’ll avoid any worries.

MIDI via USB and Bluetooth means the FP-10 works well with Roland’s excellent Piano Partner 2 application, and is also a great MIDI controller keyboard.

The FP-10 is priced at £440. Learn more on the Roland website.

Yamaha Piaggero NP-12

Best Pianos: Yamaha Piaggero NP-12

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If size is really everything (or maybe you’re looking for something that does little more than basic piano emulation), then the Yamaha Piaggero NP-12 fills a much-needed gap in the market.

We’re in “home keyboard” territory here and the Piaggero is Yamaha’s attempt to meet all needs, offering ample piano performance with enough tonal variety and keyboard action for those also looking to launch into larger keyboard/organ/synth playing.

It’s still super easy to use. Gone are the redundant banks and soundbanks, in favor of 10 very usable voices (Piano1, Piano2, E.Piano1, E.Piano2, Organ1, Organ2, Strings, Vibes, Harpsichord1, Harpsichord2) with the two grand piano options sampled from one of Yamaha’s most iconic concert grand pianos.

The NP-12 has 61 keys, which makes it considerably more portable. Additionally, these keys – while nicely actioned – are not piano-weighted, being a good midpoint between piano feel and organ/synth action. It’s arguably easier (and faster) to play than full piano action.

The NP-12 is priced at £190. Learn more on the Yamaha website (opens in a new tab).

Yamaha PSR-EW425 and PSR-E473

Yamaha PSR-E Keyboards

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For those looking for a piano and more, Yamaha recently updated their offering with the PSR-EW425 and PSR-E473 promising “professional quality sound for the first time” at their price points.

The two new PSRs offer “high resolution” voices and are the only models in the PSR-E range to feature two channels for insert effects. Like sounds, these effects are said to be “premium quality”.

The PSR-EW425 and PSR-E473 have 76-note and 61-note touch-sensitive keyboards respectively and offer an impressive 820 voices each. They also come with a Super Articulation Lite feature, with compatible voices promising to simulate the tone, resonance and hardware characteristics of the instruments they emulate.

Both keyboards have redesigned control panels and LCD screens for better workflow, and the numeric keypad has been replaced with direct access to categories. This should make it easier to access the voices, styles, and other features you’re looking for.

There’s also a mic input, so you can sing along to your playing, as well as vocal effects, quick sampling and motion effects. The Rec’n’Share and MusicSoft Manager applications allow you to share your music, exchange data and communicate.

The PSR-EW425 and PSR-E473 are priced at £545 and £412 respectively.

Casio CT-S1000V

Casio CT-S1000V

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Launched in January 2022, Casio’s latest offering has a pretty unique selling point in the form of text-to-speech. In a feature not found on any other keyboard at this price – or indeed any other keyboard, period – the CT-S1000V will “sing” lyrics typed through an app on your mobile device in one of 20 voices. different.

Even without the vocal deception, this is an extremely capable arranger keyboard, with 800 AIX instrument sounds, a 61-key velocity-sensitive keyboard, and smooth-sounding auto accompaniment grooves.

Three controller knobs will let you tweak the sounds as they play, and there’s also a pitchbend wheel, a rudimentary onboard sampler, plus Bluetooth audio streaming and wireless MIDI support with the Bluetooth dongle. WU-BT10 included. Phew!

The CT-S1000C is priced at £390. Learn more on the Casio website (opens in a new tab).

Korg B2

Korg B2 review

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Step into keyboard giant Korg’s vision of the home keyboard/piano scene, with the new B2 being its upgrade to the B1, in the form of B2SP (with stand and pedals) and B2N which opts for a more lightweight and a different set of speakers.

Coming with 88 fully weighted keys and Korg’s Natural Weighted Hammer Action (NH) keyboard, the keys are scaled, meaning they are weighted differently, with low notes being heavier than keys in the upper register. It’s certainly a great action on a slim keyboard.

At the heart of this instrument are 12 unique voices that cover just about any style you would need. From five new piano sounds – thanks to the new piano engine – to electric piano, organ, harpsichord and strings. There’s a headphone output for quiet practice, an audio input for playing along to your favorite songs, and a piano-style sustain pedal.

The B2 is available in black or white and costs around £340. Learn more on the Korg website.