Korg EK-50 61-Key Arranger Keyboard - Battery Powered w/ MIDI
For a 61-key portable keyboard, the Korg EK-50 offers a big step up in terms of control, voicings and recording features.
At its price point, it is no longer targeting beginners, but is designed to be a portable instrument for more experienced keyboardists.
At the onset, it has a very expressive keybed, with 61 full-size keys that feature adjustable touch control and velocity sensitivity.
It allow you to trigger a wide variety of voicings, rhythms and auto-accompaniment styles that are built into the unit.
Speaking of voicing, there are 700 sounds, 280 styles, 34 effect types (with 148 variations), and many other sonic options to play with, all of which should be more than enough to keep anyone busy tweaking.
Other notable features include an onboard sequencer for advanced recording and playback, multiple input/output options, MIDI connectivity, and it can run on 8 x AA batteries
- USB MIDI
- 61 Full Size Keys with Touch Control and Velocity Sensitivity
- 64-note Polyphony
- 700 voices, 280 Styles, 41 Drum Kits, 18 Demo Songs
- 34 Effects Types (148 variations)
- 1 x 1/8" (Aux in)
- 2 x 1/4" (L & R Output), 1 x 1/8" (Headphones)
- 1 x Type A USB, 1 x Type B USB
- 2 x 4.7" Speakers, 10W Amp per side
- Optional Sustain Pedal
- Included 12V DC Adapter, Runs on 8 x AA batteries
- Weight: 16.5 lbs.
The Korg EK-50 continues to wow musicians world over with its versatility and sound quality. Sonic versatility gets the bulk of commendations, and it's not just because it has a lot of sounds, but also pertaining to the quality of the voicings. Even experienced pianists appreciate the quality of its piano sounds. Its connectivity and recording/arranging capabilities also inspire many to rate the EK-50 highly.
With its many voicings, it's expected that some of the presets sound cheesy, and that's reflected in a few reviews.
If you're looking for a versatile all-around portable arranger keyboard, then this is for you.
This was previously on our recommended list for Best Portable Keyboards Under $500 but was removed from that list due to a price increase.