Korg D1 – Stage Pianos are NOT Home Pianos. Learn to Make the Right Choice..


how’s it going Jeremians. In today’s
video I will be discussing with you what is the difference between a stage piano
as well as a home digital piano which is geared more towards a learner or a home
base scenario kind of piano player and not really made specifically with the
stage player in mind because the requirements of a stage pianist a stage
performer that is playing with a band is pretty much quite different from one who
is in a home based environment and the stage keyboard is the stage piano player
would usually have a certain level of skill proficiency that the kind of
features and functions that they require in a stage piano is quite different from
a consumer kind of piano so in this video I have shortlisted four pianos in
the six hundred US dollar range from Casio, Roland, Korg as well as Yamaha to
show you the difference between a home-based piano and a stage piano so
that you are able to make a better informed choice if you’re gonna be
upgrading to your next piano or you’re looking for one that will allow you to
perform on stage perhaps in church with your school band and eventually when you
reach the kind of skill level you might be playing in a club so in an ideal
world every stage piano player gets a very fanciful stage piano like for
example the Yamaha CP88 or the Nord Stage 3 piano however technology as well
as sound sampling has come a long way and I think that for a price of about us
$600 is a very decent kind of compromise in price and performance and features
that someone who is looking for their very first stage piano can look at
I have shortlisted pianos from four different brands around the u.s. $600
range which i think is a sweet spot in terms of price versus performance and
from Yamaha we have the P125 which goes for 599 dollars on Amazon I have made a
very very thorough review on that piano and if you want to have a look at it I will
leave a link right up here above and from Casio we have the PX-S1000 which
goes for $599 and it also gives a lot of value for that kind of price and from
Roland we have the FP30 which is the most expensive in this lineup which goes
for $699 and it has been around for a little while a couple of years but the
key bed and it sounds has been a massive perennial favorites among piano players
and I approached Korg Singapore to lend me this D1 stage piano here so that I
can show you what is the difference between a stage piano which this D1 is
specifically manufactured and designed for this is the more consumer home
digital piano that the other brands offer one thing about stage piano though
that you want to know is that they don’t come with built-in speakers so you’re
expected to use your own monitor speakers or use headphones when you are
back at home or in your studios that is because the weight penalty from the
speakers are usually not necessary and is a burden if you’re trying to keep the
weight low they were rather be spending the weight on things which matters more
which is like the a very good key bed so this is something which is found across
all kinds of stage pianos like the yamaha CP or the Nord stage pianos as
well and on the clock d1 this is the same thing you should expect as well it
doesn’t come with built-in speakers and most stage musicians would have a studio
setup at home and they can already connect it to the existing monitors
which is a huge contrast we have consumer-oriented home-based digital
pianos which almost always come with built-in speakers and a lot of them also
run off batteries the number one item on my list for a
stage piano is that it must have an extremely solid key bed it should feel
as close to an actual acoustic piano as much as possible and for this KORG D1
this is actually the key bed that is made in Japan and that is from the KORG
LP 380 the KORG LP380 is one of the very few
digital pianos that is completely made in Japan although this KORG d1 is not
made in Japan it is made in China but the keybed itself the keybed is from the
LP 380 and it is made in Japan and the feel on this key bed is definitely a cut
above the rest for this price range so out of the four pianos that I have shot
listed here and that I have tried and reviewed the one that I prefer the most
is the KORG d1 because it really has a very realistic yeah no touch and the
second one on my list is the rollin FP Tati that also has a fantastic he bet
and fantastic touch and the third one is the casio PX-S1000 and the Yamaha P125
although it has a very good action but it just is a little bit data because the
graded hammer action that is using it’s from the prior generation however there
is a price to pay for the KORG D1 having such a good key bed and the price
to pay is wait if you want a good quality solid feeling key bed there is
no way around it and the feature number 2 that stands out in any stage piano is
that it really has a set of good quality bread-and-butter songs so a stage piano it’s not concerned
about having a thousand sounds or having lots of rhythms and styles and that kind
of stuff in fact a stage pianist that place with a band we have the drummer
who’s already doing percussion we have a singer who’s already singing the lead
lines and it’s usually a guitar which strums the rhythm as well as a bass
player to cover the bass lines and so really the kind of bread-and-butter
sounds we’re looking at are like the electric pianos the acoustic pianos the
grand piano sounds a couple of jazz organ sound pop organ sounds in here in
strings for layering a couple of Pet Sounds for layering so sampling
technology has really evolved to a stage and mature to a stage that really there
isn’t a very big appreciable difference between the Yamaha P125 the Casio PX-S1000 and the Roland FP30 as well as this KORG D1 especially if
you’re talking about a stage environment where that perceptible quality in
difference that you hear over headphones is just gonna be lost in the mix anyway
and feature number three that a stage piano must have is quarter-inch separate
left-right line outputs and for this the Yamaha has this feature the Casio has
this feature and the KORG D1 being a stage piano would definitely have this
feature but the Roland FP30 just doesn’t have these feature
feature number four is really really quick sound selection so when you’re on
stage and you want to change your sounds for different songs that’s coming up you
want to make sure you can change the sounds really really quickly and on the
Casio as well as the Roland you have to press the combination of buttons as well
as specific keys on the piano in order to get the kind of sounds you want and
that is just not gonna be quick enough you need to always keep your function
chart beside you so that you know which one to press and the ability to very
very quickly layer sounds on the piano is an advantage and it’s a must-have
when you’re playing on stage so for the KORG D1 all you need to do is just press
the two buttons of the two instruments you want a layer and they are
automatically layered without having to fumble through different features
functions the LCD screen or whatnot just to get it to layer but one thing I miss
about the KORG D1 is that it doesn’t have and that the other models
have is the ability to split the keyboard into two different sounds on
each side I think that is pretty useful if for example the bass player is out of
action for a specific set and you just want to cover the bass part with a bass
voice on the left hand and it is just a feature that is not found on the KORG
D1 and feature number five that I look for
in a stage piano is the ability to transpose really quickly so there
shouldn’t be a lot of button presses in order to get to a specific key feature
number six has progressively been taken out from a lot of the keyboards and that
is proper fived in MIDI in and out port which the KORG D1 has it has dedicated
5 DIN MIDI in and out and this is really useful for connecting to an
external point generator so on the other brands usually you get a USB MIDI port
however that USB MIDI port is usually a USB to host mini port which means that it
is meant to be connected to a computer and if you want to use a tone generator
with that you have to connect from that piano to the computer and from the
computer to a tone generator in order to get access to the sounds on that one
generator feature number seven has got to do with how quickly you can access
the effects to modify the tone to the way that you want it it’s only more
consumer based digital pianos you have the luxury of time to go through the
function chart to go through the manual press lots of function buttons many many
times and then find which corresponding key on the piano is for sudden effect
however on stage you do not have the luxury of time feature number eight is
build quality I expect a stage piano to be built like
a tank because it will be tossed about thrown
behind a car in the car boot it will be locked around trolley it around and the
KORG d1 is really built like a tank so we
have wooden panels at the side and you can feel that this is really very solid
of all the four models here I think the Casio px-s1000 is the one that doesn’t
look like it can withstand a lot of fussing about it it’s meant to look good
and it does look good by his sacrifices that
built quality for that sort of aesthetics and feature number nine is
cable management when you’re up on stage you don’t want a massive number of
cables it’s just sticking out from behind your piano with most home-based
digital pianos in order to keep costs down they actually lay out all the parts
just right behind a piano on the KORG d1 you can see that all the parts are
located at the side so that everything is just so cleanly located there that
you can just cable tie all the cables and then you can also use gaffers tape
to kind of duct tape that up and you get a very nice clean cable management I
hope this video has expanded your knowledge on what is the difference
between a stage piano as well as a home digital piano there the next time I’ll
see you soon