Alesis Recital Pro, a Digital Piano with 88 Weighted Keys

Alesis Recital Pro, a digital piano with 88 full-sized hammer-action keys, released in August 2017, is an updated version of Alesis Recital. This is a budget piano intended for beginners. It's easy to use the piano and easy to take it with because of its light weight (ca 26 pounds). It's probably the only digital piano of this type available on the market, which you can power with the help of D-cell batteries. So you can play the piano everywhere. Besides the already mentioned features, the Alesis Recital Pro has some another great ones listed below.

Weighted keys and adjustable touch sensitivity

Alesis Recital Pro Alesis Recital Pro has weighted keys and adjustable touch sensitivity. The previous model, the Alesis Recital, has unweighted keys like on a synthesizer. The weighted keys feel more like the keys on an acoustic piano, but the difference between digital and acoustic piano keys still remains considerable.

Touch sensitivity is to control the level of the voice depending on your playing strength. The harder you press the keys, the louder the sound is. You can set the touch sensitivity to one of three levels: soft, medium or hard. You can also turn off the touch sensitivity. In that case, regardless of how hard or soft you depress the keys, you will have a fixed velocity.

The Recital Pro features several sounds and effects

The Recital Pro features 12 built-in sounds. You can choose between two acoustic piano sounds (regular and bright), an electric piano, vibraphone, organ and church organ, harpsichord, Clavi, synth, strings, and acoustic and fingered bass sounds.

Using the Layer Mode you can play any two sounds of the twelve built-in sounds simultaneously. With Splite Mode you can devide the keyboard into two parts and assigne one sound to only the left hand and another sound to the right hand. This feature enables you to play one musical instrument with one hand and the other instrument with the other hand. You can add or remove Modulation, Chorus and Reverb to further tailor your sound.

The Recital Pro features 128-note polyphony. So the digital piano is capable to produce up to 128 notes simultaneously.

The Recital Pro has all necessary connections

The Recital Pro has two speakers on either side of the top panel with 20 watts powering the bass drivers and 10 watts powering the tweeters. So there is no need to plug the piano in to an amp or stereo system.

Alesis Recital Pro The Recital Pro features a ¼” (6.35mm) headphone output which mutes the internal speakers for convenient, quiet private practice. It has also a ¼” (6.35mm) sustain foot pedal input (pedal is not included). The Recital Pro also features stereo ¼” (6.35mm) outputs to connect to a recorder, mixer, amplifier or other sound system. It also has a USB-MIDI output for connecting to a computer and using educational software or virtual instrument plugins.

To power the Alesis Recital Pro, a 12V DC adapter is included. You can power the piano also with a set of 6 D cell batteries (not included).

The Recital Pro educational features

The Recital Pro includes all the must have education essentials: a fully adjustable metronome and the innovative Lesson & Record Modes.  The metronome enables you to adjust the tempo range between 30 and 280 beats per minute. The Lesson Mode divides the 88 keys into two zones with the same pitch and voice. This enables both the student and teacher to easily watch each other and play together without having to take turns or reach over one another. The Record Mode enables to record your playing and then critically listen back to your performance. With the Alesis Recital Pro you can record only one song and you can't save it. If you want to record another song, you have to overwrite the previous one.

Includes 3-months of Skoove Premium

The Alesis Recital Pro includes three months free subscription for the online piano courses Skoove Premium. With Skoove you can learn piano on your own time and at your own pace. The courses adapt to you and give you feedback.

Conclusion

The Alesis Recital Pro is a very good easy to use budget piano for beginners. Thanks to its light weight, it's easy to take it with. The possibility to power the piano by batteries enables to play it everywhere. The piano has weighted full-sized keys and adjustable touch sensitivity. So the keys feel more like the keys on an acoustic piano and you can control the level of the sound when you toch the keys. It has layer, split and lesson modes and it includes three months free subscription for the Skoove Premium.

On the negative side, it is worth highlighting that you can record only one song. No stand or sustain pedal, as well the keyboard stand is not included, you have to buy them separately.

Featured image: Courtesy of Alesis

The Alesis Recital Pro was first listed on Amazon on August 2017.

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Yamaha P71

 
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Casio Privia PX-160

 
The 88-key digital piano features Casio's famous Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard, with smooth ebony and ivory textured keys.  It also features duet mode, split and layer capabilities, headphone output jacks for silent practice sessions, and a built-in recorder.

Alesis Recital 

 
88 premium full-sized semi-weighted keys with adjustable touch response. 5 expertly crafted voices (Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Synth, and Bass) and powerful educational features (standard, split, layer, and lesson modes with 128-note max polyphony). Includes Skoove 3 month premium subscription.

Yamaha P-125 

 
GHS weighted action is heavier in the low keys and lighter in the high keys, just like an acoustic piano. The special matte black key tops are designed to absorb moisture and remain tactile after extended use without becoming slippery.  Pure CF Sound Engine. Split mode.

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