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Digital Pianos with the Most Realistic Piano Feel

Friday February 23, 2024. 02:00 PM , from Sweetwater inSync
Greetings from the keyboard enclave of Sweetwater! From one set of piano nerds to another, we just want you to know something . . . We know what you want. You want a keyboard — but not just any keyboard because you are a true pianist. You want an 88-key keyboard you can sit down in front of, start playing, and get so wrapped up in the experience that you forget you’re playing a keyboard at all. A keyboard that has an acoustic touch and feel with meticulously sampled sounds. A keyboard that fits your playing style like a glove — an instrument with real life to it. It could weigh as much as a Buick and look like one, too, but if it fits all those criteria, then you want it. “Well, that’s a tall order,” you might say. To fill it, you might wonder, “What digital pianos have the most realistic piano feel?” Have no fear — Sweetwater has your answer! Read on to explore our favorite selections of realistic digital pianos that are sure to stoke that musical fire.

If you want to learn more about grand-piano and digital-piano action before you read this article, then check out the videos linked at the bottom of this article on Sweetwater’s YouTube channel.

Note: At Sweetwater, we know there’s no such thing as “best” when it comes to music gear. Every player and artist has unique tastes, which is what makes selecting gear so fun! The items on this list feature some of our favorite products from top manufacturers to help you start your buying journey! Explore these recommendations and dive into Sweetwater’s massive collection of gear on our online store. For personalized picks and expert advice, please contact our knowledgeable Sweetwater Sales Engineers at (800) 222-4700!

Kawai MP11SE 88-key Professional Stage Piano Roland RD-2000 88-key Stage Piano Dexibell DX VIVO S8 88-key Digital Stage PianoKorg Grandstage X Stage PianoYamaha Clavinova CVP Digital Pianos

Kawai MP11SE 88-key Professional Stage Piano

A standard with high standards

You’d be hard-pressed to find a similar list that doesn’t include the Kawai MP11SE. Many regard it as the standard for acoustic-piano feel. The sampling of the piano sounds and the construction of the feel and touch are arguably second to none. It has extraordinary piano sounds, including the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano. But the standout feature of the Kawai MP11SE is its Grand Feel wooden-key keyboard action, which has keys that are made entirely of wood, let-off simulation, triple-sensor detection, and Ivory Touch key surfaces. This is another instrument that doesn’t sacrifice feel or sound. The same wooden-key action can be found in other Kawai home pianos like the CA48 and CA58.

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Roland RD-2000 88-key Stage Piano

Classic Roland design

The Roland RD-2000 is a favorite among studio owners and performers alike. The PHA-50 action (progressive hammer action with escapement) has a lot to offer the acoustic purist with its hybrid wood/molded construction and advanced sensor mechanisms, allowing for optimal expression and a realistic playing experience. This action can be found in other Roland models like the FANTOM 8 workstation, the FP-90, the HP601, the DP603, the LX705, and the GP607. Benefiting from the latest V-Piano research, the RD-2000’s acoustic piano sounds are stunning — natural, responsive, and detailed. You’ll find this keyboard in many studios around the world. One of those studios is Sweetwater Studios right here in Fort Wayne, Indiana!

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Dexibell DX VIVO S8 88-key Digital Stage Piano

The sky’s the limit here

In the Dexibell DX VIVO S8 88-key digital stage piano, the culmination of Dexibell’s innovative Italian design finds a shining star. Pianists looking for something above the cut will find it here in the hammer-action keyboard with Ivory Feel white keys that combine with a state-of-the-art quad-core processor to bring you an unimaginably detailed playing experience. Another aspect that comes into play is Dexibell’s T2L (True to Life) hybrid sampling/modeling technology and unlimited polyphony that give you a natural feel to rival that of true acoustic pianos!  

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Korg Grandstage X Stage Piano

Another engineering triumph from Korg

We’re completely bowled over by the Korg Grandstage X stage piano‘s capabilities, which include seven mighty sound engines, an RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3) keybed, and 128-note polyphony — there’s hardly anything you can’t do with the Grandstage X. What’s more, the stunning realism of its SGX-2 acoustic piano engine brings magnificently detailed sound right to the forefront, whether you’re performing or recording. A bevy of tactile controls also gives you direct, hands-on access to modifying your sound, whether you’re pirouetting through an acoustic grand’s charms or disco dancing to an upbeat synth!  

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Yamaha Clavinova CVP Digital Pianos

A truly impressive digital collection

Some will say we saved the best for last when they see this collection of Yamaha’s breathtaking Clavinovas. As some of the best digital pianos available today, the CVP-905, CLP-785, CLP-775, and grand CLP-795GP feature Yamaha’s GrandTouch keybed, VRM (Virtual Resonance Modeling), and either the Genos sound engine or the lifelike Real Grand Expression 2 Modeling. All of these details and more combine to create a nearly flawless digital instrument that can hold a true candle to an acoustic peer. Don’t believe us? Lay out a Chopin sonata or a Bach suite on these keys, and you’ll see the light!

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Waltz Through Performances Like Never Before

Nothing can truly replicate the enthusiasm and renewed inspiration that come with purchasing a digital piano that will be with you for life, and Sweetwater wants to be right there with you the moment you find the one! This curated list of some of our favorite realistic digital pianos only scratches the surface of what else lies within our showroom floors. If you want to dive deeper into the features of any digital piano in this article, or if you want to explore other options, then give one of our knowledgeable Sweetwater Sales Engineers a call at (800) 222-4700!We look forward to joining you on your musical journey.

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