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Alesis recital pro review: The most valuable entry level piano?

Updated: Feb 18


Alesis, an original american electronic musical supplier with a large selection of different musical instruments, not only just pianos.


Slow & steady building up their reputation within the piano industry, maybe most known for bringing much value to an affordable price in their pianons.


Something we know after writing this Alesis recital pro review, is that this piano has much to offer for a decent price. We covered 20+ sections about this digital piano, only so you can feel safe when making this purchase.


We cover all the basic features you need to know about, and also some in-depth

so that you get a better understanding about your piano investment.


I’ll just recommend you keep reading and let me dive into this review!


DESIGN.



My first impression of the recital pro was that I got a feeling of a very structured piano. This might sound weird, but what I mean is that if you look at the construction and the panel.


I then really think they succeed to make it easy to understand. The buttons and the panel lay in the middle of the piano on one another kind of material. Makes it easy and structured, my opinion.


Apart from that, I also think it’s a good looking digital piano. In many ways it looks similar to every other digital piano, but i like the matte black interior with the shiny looking keys. Built in a very plastic format, not so surprising in this price range,


Luckily comes in a compact lightweight design, this allows you to be anywhere to be able to play, that’s a privilege every piano player should appreciate to have. The weight is only about 26 lbs (11.8 kg). And dimensions of  51.6 x 13.8 x 5.5" / 131 x 35.1 x 14 cm. 


BUTTONS.


As mentioned before, I really think they made a good job making it easy for people to navigate. Similar to many other digital pianos in the same price range, they actually don’t use the function button to more or less navigate all the buttons.


To get the sound you want, just press the sound button you want, instead of holding down the ‘’function button’’ and then press the sound button. Very easy and smooth.





KEY ACTION.

Comes with 88 fully weighted keys, a little step up from semi weighted keys, but actually not so very impressive. The fully weighted keys provide more resistance to improve your technique.


Keyboards like this often provide an equal weight of the keys all over the piano.


So luckily a little bit more resistance to play with than semi weighted.


They’re actually marketed as ‘’hammer action’’, but if it actually is an authentic hammer action, i really doubt that. But clearly some kind of hammer action is provided.


For a pure beginner this key action could help you develop piano technique on a beginner basis, but for a long time playing to improve with, this could make you fall into a bubble within your learning.


So as a start up piano, i would say go for it if it suits you. But in a long term perspective to develop more piano skills, you’ll have to upgrade sooner or later. 


For an established player with proper technique looking to buy a new digital piano, for you I’ll recommend seeking somewhere else. Maybe the Yamaha P 515 will suit you.


They also provide 3 levels of touch sensitiveness. Soft, medium and hard. Allows you to be flexible with your playing. You will also be able to shut off the touch response.


Sound


As you probably already know, the sound is a very important aspect in a good digital piano. And there are some different sound features we need to know about when considering buying a new digital piano.


The alesis recital pro will provide you with 20 watt tweeters and 10 watt woofers speaker system, the woofer will provide the low frequency sound (bass sound) while the tweeters provide the high frequency sound.


Actually a very good mix with this sound system, provides an accurate high quality sound with no distortion at high volumes.



Alesis recital pro includes 12 on board sounds, I’ve listed them below.


2x Acoustic piano.

Electric piano.

Vibraphone.

Organ.

Church organ.

Harpsichord.

Clavi.

Synth.

Strings.

Acoustic bass.

Fingered bass.




POLYPHONY


The polyphony rate is up to 128, that’s more then what many people require to have in their digital pianos.


And is also kinda impressive to have in an affordable digital piano. You might wonder what the polyphony is, I’ll explain further down.


Shortly, The Polyphony is the maximum amount of notes that a keyboard or sound module can produce at one time. Easy as that.



EFFECT


In a total of 3 sound effects to use while playing, you can really vary your playing style. These effects are reverb, modulation and chorus. They all have a separate button to use them, just press down reverb and the piano will provide the reverb you need. Same with the other two.


With the reverb you will have the ability to allow bigger space around the notes you play, When a sound hits a hard area, it reflects back to the listener, and the listener will hear a big echo (briefly). That's what a sustain pedal is made for. Tho the reverberation in a sustain pedal is very excessive.


The chorus is there to provide a whirring sound and the modulation is somehow manipulating the sound to sound in another way.


FEATURES


The alesis recital pro provides the necessary features we require to have in a budget piano. 

MODES.



The Alesis have 3 modes to choose between. Layer mode, split mode and duo mode.


The layer mode is the most basic one, kinda every digital piano nowadays has this mode. What it does is that you can layer 2 sounds together and play them at the same time.


The Second is called the split mode, my favourite actually. Anyway, this one allows you, for example, to play the piano sound on the left part of the piano and the vibraphone on the upper right. You just press the split button and the sound you want to play.

I actually use this function a lot when I’m personally playing, because then I can play melodies with a more pluck sound on the upper right, and with the lower part play the bass.


Last one is duo mode, and with this mode you split the piano into two equal halves, on left and one right half, with this function you can play with your piano teacher or with a friend. It's also called lesson mode on many other digital pianos, and could really help your piano exercise.


Metronome: Includes a metronome like many other digital pianos, that’s something you should require as a beginner to have on your piano.


It could help a lot to build a good rhythm technique. You can adjust your speed between 30 and 280 bpm.


Recording: You can record a piece of your playing and save it to the internal memory on the alesis recital pro, later on you can playback and listen on your performance.


Unfortunately you can only save one song at the time to the internal memory. So next time you want to record your performance, remember that the previous recording will be crossed out.



Transpose: If wanted, you can easily regulate the pitch with the transpose button. You either move one octave up or down.


CONNECTIVITY


No questions that the alesis recital pro provides all the necessary inputs and outputs for a digital piano.


The output channel for headphones allows you to play without being disturbd, just connect your headphones and play quietly.


Sustain pedal output of course, tho there is no sustain pedal included.


Stereo in and output if you want to connect an external sound system, amplifiers, mixer etc.


And USB to host, this allows you to connect your computer with your music making program and play right into the computer and save your performance there on.





PROS AND CONS



PROS:


  • Provides a total amount of 128 polyphony, pretty much for an entry level piano.

  • High quality sound with speakers that reduce distortion at high volumes.

  • You get very much value for the money you spend on it.

  • Easy to navigate around, not many buttons to think about, all the necessary buttons provided.

  • 88 fully weighted keys.


CONS:

  • No sustain pedal included, tho not so expensive to buy.


Who is this piano for?


First of all, if you read the whole Alesis recital pro review, you might know at this point that this piano is for the most part marketed to beginner players, this is one of alesis entry level pianos and could actually be a very good one for you. It depends much who you are as a player.


It has all the necessary features you want to have on your first piano, but if you require more I recommend you read our other digital piano reviews, anyways, for a pro player this might not suit you. 

Comes with one of the most basic key actions, and this key action won’t develop the best piano skills if you already know the basics. But for beginners that have never played before, I would highly recommend it. Much value for the money.



OTHER REVIEWS


If you want more pianos to choose between in the same price range and the same amount of keys, I would recommend you reading our TOP 10 CASIO PIANOS. Everything from 61 to 88 keys pianos so it suits everybody. Unfortunately, no Yamaha pianos are in the Casio top list. But for sure you can find something that suits you.



Or do you maybe consider starting out with a 61 key piano? Or maybe buy a starting piano for your children, then take a look at our Best 61 key keyboard top list review.



Do you want to teach yourself piano? Then I would highly recommend you taking a look at our flowkey review. We took an in-depth look in the popular piano learning app/program and covered the most important aspects for you. Check it out!



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