After weeks of deliberating I finally put my hard earned down on a Korg SP250 last week.
Having spent many hours fantasising about owning a Nord Stage or one of the top of the range Rolands, I had an unsual bout of sensibleness and realised that I neither required nor could afford such extravagance.
A trip to the local music shop rammed this fact home even harder as the assistant suggested I try out the Korg which was a quarter of the price of some of the previously mentioned digital wizardry.
Suffice to say I was knocked out enough by the sound and feel of the keys to place an order. And now it sits comfortably in my home studio.
Having spent most of the weekend learning the intro to Pink Floyd’s Great Gig in the Sky I can honestly say the £559 I paid for the piano was an absolute bargain. If, like me, you dont possess a fantastic knowledge of pianos and their individual nuances and tonal qualities, the SP250 will do you perfectly. If the reviews on the web are to be believed, it isn’t that far off the RD700’s of this world.
Inbuilt speakers are handy, as is the metronome and while many will be dismayed at the lack of USB connectivity, it can be hooked up to your PC or Mac via MIDI, as you’d expect, if you wish to use it as a controller keyboard for your software synths.
As previously mentioned, the piano sounds come highly recommended and the electric pianos are more than adequate offering the enevitable Rhodes clone along with a few other punchy patches to boot. Strings ain’t half bad either and complement the piano sounds nicely when used in tandem.
The organs are probably the weakest of the lot but still perfectly useable. If truth be told, I have little interest in the other instruments, as my studio already contains everything from full orchestra sections to burning piano samples (courtesy of Omnisphere), therefore everything is covered and it’s not really the reason I bought the piano in the first place. Those that are expecting a wealth of general midi sounds will be disappointed. But then, GM is so 90s, isn’t it?
On the learning side of things, I’m still engrossing myself in some of YouTube’s tutorials and, in particular, as mentioned above, The Great Gig in the Sky. Rick Wright, god rest his soul, wasn’t Mozart which makes his pieces quite a nice way of easing yourself into piano. He uses relatively basic albeit unusual chord structures which are a joy to play.
Next up – it’s time to book some real lessons.