Another way to decide if a digital piano will work for you is by examining the top features of the product. In the case of the Alesis Recital, there are a number of features to consider. But, don’t take our word for it . . .
Alesis is committed to teaching the piano as well as selling products. Therefore, they have included a number of educational features with their Recital. Most importantly, you can choose between the standard, split, layer, and lesson modes.
Most of these modes are standard on many digital pianos. But, the lesson mode adds a new element to the Alesis Recital. The lesson mode divides the Recital’s keyboard into two areas. Each of these areas has the same pitch and voice. This allows a teacher and student to play the same notes at the same time; facilitating learning.
Additionally, the Alesis Recital includes a three-month subscription to Skoove. Skoove is a service that provides interactive online piano lessons. After the three-month trial, you can choose to continue your membership or cancel it. Now you don’t even need a teacher. The Alesis Recital teaches you to sound like a professional.
If you want a digital piano with a lot of connectivity, then the Alesis Recital is the product for you. It comes with a number of inputs and outputs. These include a ¼ inch sustain pedal input, ¼ inch stereo headphone output, and stereo RCA outputs.
Each of these connectivity features provides important benefits to you, the player. Attaching a sustain pedal makes the Alesis Recital play like an acoustic piano. It also allows you to work on that all-important pedal technique. The headphone output allows you to practice as much as you want without bothering anyone. Finally, the RCA outputs mean that you can connect a recorder, mixer, amplifier, or other sound system of your choice.
You will find the keyboard listed as one of the top features in many of our digital piano reviews (such as here and here). We include this feature so often because it is essential to a well-constructed digital piano. And the Alesis Recital is no different.
Alesis’ Recital comes with a full-sized keyboard of eighty-eight keys. The keys are all semi-weighted and the same length and width of those on an acoustic piano. Plus, this style of key design requires a much lighter touch than a fully weighted keyboard. So, with this key configuration, Alesis has designed a keyboard that will conform to lighting playing styles.
The semi-weighted nature of the keys is the one drawback to the keyboard on the Alesis Recital. Check out the fully weighted or graded weighted keys like those on the Yamaha YDP 103 for another type of keyboard. The light weight keys of the Alesis Recital are perfect for beginners or children. However, they may be distracting for the experienced player.