Best digital pianos with MIDI to buy [Cyber Monday]

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Best digital piano with midi

MIDI describes a communications protocol, digital interface, and electrical connectors that connect a wide variety of electronic musical instruments and computers.

Basically, it is a language through which a signal is sent from a musical device to another device which in turn translates it into sound.

Having a digital keyboard with MIDI can be extremely useful to those that know how to make use of it. That is why we’ve decided to compile a list of what we think are the best that you can currently buy so that picking one will be easier for you.

Note: Deals are subject to change. Keep in mind that the price tag often varies. We recommend going on the vendor’s website to check the price. Some of the products may be out of stock by the time you’ve made your purchasing decision. So, hurry up and hit the buy button.

What are the best digital pianos with MIDI that I can buy?

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Alesis Recital

Alesis RecitalIf you’ve just bought your first digital piano and have no idea how to play or maneuver around it at all, then the Alesis Recital is the right model for you.

Not only is it packed with features that are extremely user-friendly, but it also comes with a subscription to one of the best interactive expert piano lessons that you can find on the Internet.

Pros:

  • Loaded with 5 expertly crafted voices (Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Synth, and Bass)
  • Powerful educational features that guarantee to have you playing professional keys fast
  • Feel 88 premium full-sized semi-weighted keys with adjustable touch response
  • Built-in 20W speakers
  • ¼ inch sustain pedal input (pedal not included)
  • ¼ inch stereo headphone output
  • Power via 6 D cell batteries or included power adapter and stereo RCA outputs
  • Standard, split, layer, and lesson modes with 128 note max polyphony
  • Built-In FX: Chorus, Reverb
  • Includes Skoove 3 month premium subscription for online piano lessons

Cons:

  • May be too simplistic for intermediate and advanced users

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Yamaha P71

Yamaha P71If you’re looking to buy a digital piano, but lack the space needed for a bigger model, then the Yamaha P71 is the model you should be looking at.

It weighs only 25 pounds and its size allows you to store it pretty much anywhere. However, this doesn’t mean that it sacrificed any performance at all since it has plenty of features that make it great for new and advanced users alike.

Pros:

  • Includes power adapter and sustain pedal
  • 88 fully weighted piano-style keys
  • Simulates the feel of an acoustic piano and provides a quality playing experience
  • Contains 10 different voices
  • Dual Mode lets you combine two Voices together
  • Slim and stylish design with a depth of fewer than 12 inches
  • Requires little space and weighs only 25 pounds

Cons:

  • Pedal quality isn’t very good

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Alesis Recital Pro

Alesis Recital ProIf you’re a fan of fidelity, but lack the otherwise enormous budget one would require when dealing with a real grand-opera piano, then the Alesis Recital Pro is the right choice for you.

It features all the tools necessary for a new musician to learn, but it is designed to look, feel and sound like an actual grand piano, making it great for those preparing for future concerts.

Pros:

  • Loaded with 12 expertly crafted voices
  • Powerful educational features that guarantee to have you playing professional keys fast
  • 88 premium full-sized hammer-action keys with adjustable touch response
  • Features a ¼ inches (6.35 mm) headphone output which mutes the internal speakers
  • Recital Pro also features stereo ¼” (6.35 mm) outputs to connect to a recorder, mixer, amplifier or other sound systems
  • Standard, split, layer, record and lesson modes with 128 note max polyphony
  • Built-In FX: Chorus, Reverb, Modulation
  • Includes Skoove 3 month premium subscription for online piano lessons

Cons:

  • Customer service is undependable in case of issues

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Yamaha P125

Yamaha P125The Yamaha P125 is a compact, 88-key weighted digital piano that perfectly blends incredible piano performance with a user-friendly, minimalist design, making it a great choice if you’re looking for your very first digital piano.

The sleek and slim design is so well-made that it may hide the fact that this is indeed a professional tool that you can depend on when making quality music.

Pros:

  • A fully weighted digital piano with 88 full-sized piano-style keys
  • GHS weighted action is heavier in the low keys and lighter in the high keys
  • The pure CF sound engine faithfully reproduces the tone of the acclaimed Yamaha 9 feet CFIIIS Concert Grand piano.
  • Tempo Range: 5 to 280
  • Split Mode
  • USB to host connectivity with MIDI and audio transfer

Cons:

  • Quality control issues at times

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Casio CGP-700BK

Casio CGP-700BKThe Casio CGP-700BK is probably the entry on our list that you could most easily label as new-aged, thanks to the ultra-modern design.

It features a 5.3-inch color touch interface display which makes everything feel very automated, and the dedicated button for Grand Piano sound and 550 instrument tones and effects make it a real beginner’s instrument.

Pros:

  • 5.3-inch color touch interface display
  • Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II 88 key keyboard
  • The keyboard boasts simulated Ebony and Ivory feel
  • Includes a stand with 40-watt speakers, sustain pedal, music rest, and power supply
  • Dedicated button for Grand Piano sound
  • 550 instrument tones and effects

Cons:

  • Quality control issues at times

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Closing thoughts on digital pianos with MIDI

As we go further and further into the digital age, so must the instruments we play our music on.

As such, it is no wonder that more and more have MIDI support because then the sound can be further improved upon using third-party gear and software. This allows music to be enhanced to a whole new level.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in November 2019 and was revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.