Korg D1 88-Key Stage Piano w/ MIDI Out

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91 out of 100. Incorporating 90+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$670
Korg D1 Stage Piano

While the Korg D1 is first and foremost a Stage Piano with built-in sounds, its amazing feel coupled with its MIDI I/O make it an excellent controller for those who prefer the feel of acoustic pianos but also want a standalone unit with internal sounds.

Key Features:

  • Keys: 88 key (A0–C8), RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3) Keyboard
  • Zones: No.
  • Pads: No.
  • Controls: Power, Volume, Piano song, Transpose, Function, Touch, Brilliance, Reverb, Chorus, Bank, Sound x 10, +, -, Metronome
  • Automap: No.
  • Power: DC 9 V, AC adapter (included)
  • Connectivity: 5 pin MIDI in & 5 pin MIDI out + USB MIDI
  • Dimensions:52.24" x 10.35" x 5.04"
  • Weight: 35.27 lbs
  • Bundled Software: none

Pros

Rave reviews abound for its realistic feel and how subtle nuances such as half-pedalling get captured. As a MIDI controller, this is important for properly translating your playing dynamics especially when using synths, samples and virtual instruments that have very dynamic layers. The D1 shares the same pedigree as Korg's higher end Kronos line of digital pianos.

Cons

Not many but some users wanted a USB MIDI connection.

Overall

We recommend the Korg D1 to anyone looking for a moderately priced stage piano. Alternatively, if you want a MIDI controller specifically for expressive and realistic piano feel, the Korg D1 is a good pick for that too.

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