Electric piano keyboards are electronic instruments that seek to sound similar or identical to acoustic pianos. Many popular rock, jazz, blues and R&B bands have featured electric keyboards in their music. One of the desirable things about owning one of these keyboards is that they are more easily portable than grand or other large pianos. Depending on the model and type, you can also plug them into computers, record directly into the keyboard itself, and store it as memory. Below is a list of some of the best rated electric piano keyboards.
Yamaha YPG-625 88-Key Weighted Portable Grand Keyboard
The Yamaha YPG-625 88-Key Weighted Portable Grand Keyboard is one of the best electric keyboards out there. It features a USB port to plug into a computer and memory stick. It also "features 500 realistic instrument voices and 150 accompaniment styles," according to Gatlttech.com. It holds enough memory storage to record 267 songs and a feature that allows you to read a music score/and or lyrics while playing. One of these keyboards can be priced around £780 or more as of 2009.
Yamaha YPT-310 Full-Size 61-Key Touch-Sensitive Keyboard
The Yamaha YPT-310 Full-Size 61-Key Touch-Sensitive Keyboard is recommended for musicians just starting out. It costs £116 as of 2009, and there are enough features to keep people learning and busy. This keyboard only has "482 instrument voices and 106 accompaniment styles" (Galttech.com), but it also has 102 prerecorded songs that help you learn the correct way by teaching you which hands to use for each key. It also has 61 keys and can play MIDI.
Yamaha MOTIF-X8 88-Key Music Synth Workstation
The Yamaha MOTIF-X8 88-Key Music Synth Workstation is mainly used by professional musicians. It costs £2,340 as of 2009, but not without good reason. This keyboard features more than 1,000 instrument voices, it gives you 20 types of reverb, and 49 types of delay and chorus. It also holds 175MB in the keyboard's memory. According to Galttech, Yamaha is the " best selling brand in keyboards and synthesizers," and the sound of this particular keyboard is supposed to be very close to the instruments it mimics.