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Best keyboard amplification 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated November 1, 2018
Best keyboard amplification of 2018
Customers need to be careful on how they spend their money on these products. I want to find something that’s designed well (both for aesthetic purposes and efficiency). So this is not only going to give you an insight to the best keyboard amplification of the 2018 but also those which are user friendly and easy to work with. Simply review and buy them.
Test Results and Ratings
№1 – Cable Matters SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Type A Male to Female Active Extension Cable 5 Meters/16.4 Feet
Why did this keyboard amplification win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
Why did this keyboard amplification come in second place?
Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery.
Why did this keyboard amplification take third place?
I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials.
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Keyboard sound magnifier is slightly different than a guitar or a bass amp. They usually cover a wider frequency response and put you in charge of your equipment’s rig sound. They come in all shapes, sizes, and prizes. If you play keyboards, digital pianos or synths, and performing live is your forte then getting a nice keyboard amp is essential for you. Not only live, but the right keyboard amp can help you inside the studio in getting those crystal clear sounds.
Now that you know that getting a keyboard sound magnifier is a must for you, get ready to be confused as there are so many options to choose from. Different brands, various functionalities, design and all other similar factors make buying an amp extremely difficult. In this guide, we will be reviewing top amps from the best brands, so that choosing the right keyboard sound magnifier for yourself can become easy.
And lastly, look for keyboards amps that offer at least a basic EQ adjustment. As mentioned previously, you may end up fighting for space in the same frequency range as some of your fellow musicians, so being able to tweak your equalization on-the-fly at a gig can come in handy.
The Roland KC-550 is going to be the best option for most people. 130 watts is more than enough to fill a small-to-medium sized venue, plenty loud enough for rehearsing.
Sometimes a small portable PA system might be the answer. It can double as a rehearsal PA, or a monitor system where club PAs are inadequate.
It also works well as a keyboard monitor in larger settings. It has a XLR (mic output cable) so you can send your signal directly to the mixing board, while using it as a keyboard monitor.
Using a Common Amplifier
There are good reasons why a common amplifier is not used for all musical instruments.
Musical instruments have their own qualities and an Amplifier should take that into consideration while amplifying.
So if you were thinking of using a guitar amp or a bass amp for your digital piano-keyboard, just because it is available or if you are getting it cheap, think twice.
Here are some of the unique aspects of different instrument amplifiers, compared to a Keyboard Amp.
The Standard Ones
Guitar amps are supposed to deliver sounds ranging from a clean, warm sound (used in soft rock or country) to a roaring, natural overdrive, especially when the volume is set near maximum.
Another important task for a guitar amp is to reduce the extreme high frequencies (on the treble side) and to reduce the boom (on the bass side).
So these amplifiers have a sharp treble cut-off at around kHz and a bass roll-off at around 60–100 Hz.
For Hard rock and Heavy Metal
For this style of music, you need an aggressive intensity to the guitar sound at higher frequencies, and that too with distortion effects. So, on these amps you will find distortion effects, pre-amp boost controls, and tone filters.
A Bass amplifier has extended bass response and tone controls, which is optimised for bass instruments that produce pitches as low as 40 Hz.
The more expensive, high-end bass amplifiers usually include compressor or limiter feature, which is included to eliminate distortion at volumes near maximum.
An Acoustic amplifier is meant for acoustic instruments such as violin, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar, basically instruments use for quiet genres like classical, pop, country, folk and bluegrass.
Like a keyboard amp, these are designed to deliver relatively flat frequency response, without introducing any additional tonal coloration.
What you need is a clean sound here, so the amplifiers have to be powerful to prevent unwanted distortion.
In certain cases, when you connect a microphone to the XLR input of a keyboard amp, you might experience feedback (On some amps, when feedback occurs, you can see LEDs light up).
The easiest thing to do is to turn the amps away from your mic. Make sure they are as far away from the mics as possible.
Mystery of Wattage
Having said that, a keyboard amp with 300W (75W per channel) will always be powerful compared to a 180W (45W per channel), and also more expensive.
Another good thing about amplifiers is that you can always chain them up for more power.
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The first one is the Apple Pencil – still a name that brings a smirk when you say it out loud. This is a smooth white plastic stylus that packs a rubberized tip at the end – but loaded with reams of sensors to let you sketch and write with force.
This means the angle you use it at or the pressure you exert will bring different results – although in terms of angles it’s just straight down or side on – there’s no subtlety in between.
It does run out after about a couple of days with intermittent use though, so you’ll need to keep an eye on that by using the widget in the notifications shade.
It’s great to use. It doesn’t quite mimic the feel of sketching on paper as it’s just rubber on smooth glass, rather than the tactile feedback you get pushing lead or ink across a rough piece of paper.
While the results using the Pencil are rather good (the latency when trying to take notes is great, for a start) it’s not better than the feel of writing using the traditional implements – the same with sketching on a piece of paper.
I’ve found that I can take this into meetings, have the pencil out and sketch down notes with ease – without feeling like I’m writing on something impractical. The looks and sniggers I get from co-workers are another story though…
It’s irritating that the iPad Pro 12.doesn’t have any handwriting recognition though. Being able to write things down and have them appear as prose would be a nice trick – but clearly Apple couldn’t get it to work well enough, else it surely would have been included.
With the Pencil / iPad vs traditional methods argument, it’s the same as ebooks: you might appreciate the portability of having an entire library in your pocket, but you’ll still miss the feel of a ‘real’ book. There’s space for both, and Apple’s efforts here are definitely going to appeal to creatives.
I’ve noticed that my crude attempts at drawing rude pictures has increased massively. I’m a guy, we can’t help drawing one thing whenever we get hold of a pencil and paper – digital or not. And the iPad has helped me improve that already.
I’ve also been caught out twice in meetings, drawing everyone else in there with the Adobe Sketch app, using watercolors to create an impressionists look at people in the room. It’s not good by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s encouraged me to try.
I just wish there were apps that I could use to learn how to use these tools – even my Mum, who’s an artist, found it was easy enough to use, but it didn’t make her want to give up the easel and watercolors.
There are other rivals of course – Samsung’s Note Tab range is a good example, and Microsoft’s Surface range – but the iPad Pro has impressed me a lot.
The most irritating thing is there’s nowhere to put the thing. I’ve nearly lost it three times since using it for the review, as there’s no holder or clip – even with the Smart Keyboard cover. Feels like that’s a missed trick from Apple, although it’s rumored to be fixing that in an Apple Pencil update with the power of magnets.
Apple’s already opened up the Smart Connector to third party developers, and Logitech was the first in to create something that’s a bit more powerful. A full case, with a more Mac-like keyboard, packing metallic keys that have a longer travel and an increase in the number of places to tap.
This means you’ve got a home button to play with, and the space between them offers a more accurate feeling. That said, I didn’t notice much of a change in accuracy between the two keyboard, but the speed was slightly slower for typing on both.
It’s also MASSIVE – it made me feel like I was carting a full laptop around in my bag, although it was better for protecting the iPad Pro 12.It’s a nice addition, but there has to be a happy medium here.
Apple’s done something it’s not really done on a tablet or phone before with the iPad Pro: offered up a huge amount of sound kicking out the sides of the device.
Each corner has a powerful speaker that pumps out a scary amount of sound – scary because it’s both very loud and surprisingly good quality. In fact, each is three times the volume of the iPad Air – and it even re-balances the sound depending on which way you hold the iPad Pro 12.9.
You’d think using these small speakers at high volume would mean maximum distortion, but in reality it comes together really nicely. I found myself looking for places where I could use the iPad Pro without the need for headphones, as it was a more immersive experience than I was expecting. The output really is rather nice – although I enjoyed it more for movies than music.
That’s not to say it’s poor at pure audio, but the iPad Pro’s large screen combined with enveloping sound was something that really caught my attention.
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While it’s impossible to entirely simulate the experience of playing on an acoustic piano, there’s nothing wrong with starting a beginning student on a digital piano.
Acoustic vs. Digital or Electronic
There are certain advantages to having a digital piano or electronic keyboard over an acoustic piano, such as the ability to plug in headphones so that a child can practice without disturbing anyone. Many digital or electronic instruments can also be connected to a computer with a midi cable and used with all kinds of educational and music production software. They’re more portable, and, unlike acoustic pianos, digital pianos and electronic keyboards never need to be tuned. A beginning student can get a good start on learning the piano with one of these instruments.
The amazingly-powerful ULTRATONE KXD1excels as an extraordinarily-versatile keyboard and drum amplifier, as well as a high-quality 4-channel Public Address (PA) system, with a 12″ TURBOSOUND Speaker in one compact and easy-to-transport package.
Specializing in rich, accurate tone and professional features, such as a studio-grade KLARK TEKNIK Multi-FX Processor, true bi-amplifier design, and our own FBQ Feedback Detection System, this 600-Watt workhorse will bring out the best in your instruments and vocals gig after gig.
KLARK TEKNIK FX
KLARK TEKNIK effects into their products. Featuring 100 world-class presets to choose from including reverb, chorus, flange, delay, pitch shift and many other amazing effects, KLARK TEKNIK created the 24-bit, studio-grade effects engine for BEHRINGER – to give your performance that truly professional finishing touch.
Church Sound Systems
The Microphone is the first device in the system to capture a sound source and put it into the sound system. Many different types of mics are available for many different applications. There are mics for Vocals, Instruments, Choirs, Wireless etc.The mic pictured to the left is a Shure SM5which is considered a standard of sorts for vocals and is a true workhorse.
The next component is the Amplifier. These are selected mostly by power and name brand for reliability. The amplifiers should match the speakers in the power rating. Additional power is acceptable but never less. These can and should be located near the speakers and not necessarily near the soundboard. The closer they are to the speakers, the shorter the speaker wires can be and less power is lost due to long speaker wires.
Chorus can be used to make a choir sound fuller, or add depth to an acoustic guitar.
Delay can be used as an effect to make something sound farther away or in a larger space. It can also be used to tame time delays in very long rooms.
Monitor speakers are used to provide sound to the performers and speaker. Monitors come in a variety of sizes. The larger the monitor, the fuller the sound. The smaller monitors can be less conspicuous on stage. In-ear monitors are the least conspicuous. An example of a basic monitor would be a singer who needs to hear their voice and needs to hear the music they are singing with. A floor monitor that the singer stands in front of is a good choice. The size will depend on the need of a good full sound balanced with costs.
The microphone is the first device to capture the source material into the sound system. Using quality microphones makes a very positive difference to the over all system. Vocal microphones should have built in wind screens. Wind screens are not needed for instrument microphones. Pulpit microphones are great for a permanently mounted microphone. They have a very small profile and a huge sound. Choir microphones are similar to pulpit microphones but hang from the ceiling over the choir. Wireless microphone come in hand held and lavaliere types. A minister may want to use a lavaliere wireless so they can be free to move around. These also work well with drama members. A hand held wireless microphone works well soloist, guest singers, or events where the mic needs to be passed around.
MICROPHONES for INSTRUMENTS
Obviously microphones are used for speakers and singers but they are also used for certain instruments. Instruments that may require a microphone include acoustic guitars, guitar amps, piano, drums etc. When you mic an instrument, the position of the microphone will make a big difference. It is usually trial and error to find the best microphone position. In general, positioning the microphone as close as possible to the source is best. The closer the microphone is to the source, the better capture of the source and the better noise rejection of nearby sound sources. Placing the microphone too close to a really loud source could cause distortion. If the source is loud enough to do this, it may not need a mic or the microphone can be placed farther away.
WHEN TO MIC AN INSTRUMENT
Another technique being used is to add an instrument into the sound system to make is quieter. For example, say the electric guitar player tends to play too loud, you can have him or her face their amp to the back of the stage with a microphone on it. This way, the amplifier acts as their monitor and the sound system can put the proper amount of guitar into the mix out front.
The drums can be isolated acoustically with clear plastic dividers and adding microphones behind the plastic allows the sound person to bring just the right amount of drum volume into the mix. This also accounts for the growing popularity of electronic drums, which make no sound outside its electronic outputs connected to speakers.
Each channel has an effects send control (Some have more than one) which allow you to send an amount of each channel to the effects processor. For example, a singers voice may be enhanced by adding a touch of reverb. An acoustic guitar can be enhanced by adding a little chorus. If you have two sends per channel, you could have different effects on each send. Keep in mind that effects are easily over used and not always needed. An example might be when a singer finishes singing and begins to speak, the effects should be muted or greatly reduced. Most effect processors have stereo outputs. Many sound operators like to run the output of the effect to unused channels. This way you have the benefit of tone controls and the ability to send effects to the monitors.
Amplifiers are an essential part of the system. They determine to overall power of the system. The basic specification of an amplifier is the power rating. This rating is usually listed per channel at a certain load (ohms) with a rating in watts. An example is 200 watts RMS per Channel into ohms. A more precise rating would be 200 watts RMS at.1% HD both channels driven into ohms 20hz to 20Khz. This means the amplifier is being tested with both channels running which is the way you will be using it. Also, the.1% Harmonic Distortion means the amp is providing this amount of power at a low distortion level throughout the entire hearing range. The amp should also give a power rating at ohms. This rating should be about 50% higher than the ohm rating. In this example, the ohm rating should be 300 watts.
Single speakers are commonly rated at ohms. If you connect two ohm speakers to one channel of an amplifier, the load changes to ohms. (Parallel resistance divides) So in the above amplifier example, a single speaker would be driven with 200 watts, while two would be driven with 150 watts each. Some amps can certainly go lower than ohms and some even have ratings at ohms. I personally think not going lower than ohms is a good idea. This means not connecting more than two ohm speakers per channel. This may require more amplifiers in the system but it also means not pushing the amps too hard and having the benefit of redundant amp channels.
Effect Processor Tips
If your room has plenty of natural reverb, you may not need any additional reverb from an effects processor. If on the other hand, if you have little natural reverb, then additional reverb may give you a deeper dimension to your sound.
Reverb is also useful in the vocal monitors. Singers tend to sing in a more inspired fashion if they hear themselves with some reverb on their voice.
Chorus effects are used to widen or thicken a sound. Chorus effects shift the pitch of the source in a regular repeating fashion. Some processors will use their stereo outputs to create a stereo sound from a mono source. So chorus may be used to make a mono source sound stereo.
Delay is an effect that simply delays a signal by an adjustable amount. You could even have each output of the processor have a different amount of delay. There is a ping pong delay that bounces back and forth between the outputs. Delay would normally be considered a special effect. An effect that might be used on certain songs or maybe certain instruments on certain songs. This effect is very obvious and can be easily over-used.
Delay can also be used as a tool to help tame long buildings. For example, the sound reaching the rear of a long building will be delayed slightly from the sound leaving the stage. If you placed reinforcement speakers in the rear of the church the sound in those speakers would sound like they were ahead of the sound from the stage causing a delayed effect. By using a delay processor, you could apply an equal amount of delay into the rear speakers that matches the delay from the stage. This way, the sound from the speakers will not sound out of sync with the sound from the stage.
The sound board has inputs labeled as effect returns. Usually you would connect the output of the effect processor into the effect returns. Then, with the return effect volume controls, you can adjust the volume of the effects into the mix. However, many sound professionals prefer to use unused channels as effect returns, rather than the ones provided. This is because with the regular channels, you have all the extra controls such as tone, aux sends, panning, buss assignments etc. An example would be the tone controls. You can adjust the tone of the effects separately from the source. You can also send effects to the monitors by simply adjusting the aux sends on the effects return channels.
Monitors are speakers used on stage for the performers. Ideally, each performer might have his or her own monitor. In reality, this would be a lot of speakers and some sharing is usually employed.
Monitors help the performers hear themselves and each other. Setting up a good monitor system can be harder than setting up the mains. In designing a monitor system you must decide how many monitors you will use and how many monitor mixes will be needed. Each separate mix will need a separate EQ and amp. Different mixes refers to having different material in different speakers.
For example, the singers may want primarily to hear themselves and a little guitar or keyboard. There will be plenty of drums and bass right on the stage and may not be necessary to put those into the monitors. The guitar player will want plenty of guitar and maybe keyboards plus vocals. These are different mixes that can be realized by how many aux sends your board has.
I have worked with three monitor mixes. We had a vocal mix. We had a different vocal mix. And we had a vocal plus instruments mix. Understand that the more mixes you have, the more complicated it is to run the monitors. There is certainly a good argument for keeping it simple. Still, two mixes is more flexible than one.
A typical setup for PA speakers is two speakers placed up high for good coverage, placing them in front of the most forward microphone to reduce feedback. They are usually located one on each side of the stage or hanging from the ceiling in the center. Recently trends are to hang them in the center. This way, you can run your system in stereo and still have the proper mix no matter where you sit.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your keyboard amplification wisely! Good luck!
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