The Prestige and Prestige Artist digital pianos come with best-in-class sounds and graded-hammer action keys. Is this the most authentic affordable piano yet?
The name suggests that these are going to be the best digital pianos ever made whereas the affordable pricing suggests something more entry-level. Is it possible to be awesome on a budget? Well, Alesis believe they deliver the “most realistic sounding and feeling digital piano experience” ever.
The internal sound engine is formed from a multi-sampled piano which is apparently “the most advanced and versatile sound library ever created for a digital piano” and runs with an impressive 128 notes of polyphony on the regular Prestige and up to 256 on the Prestige Artist so you’ll unlikely to come across any note stealing any time soon. There are other sounds too like electric pianos, organs and strings and you can split or layer up 2 voices simultaneously.
All that authentic sound is projected from 2 x 25w micro-array speakers or via the stereo line output or headphone socket. In-built reverb adds to the illusion of playing the piano in a real space. It has a USB-MIDI output, built-in metronome and comes with a sustain pedal. The 88 full-sized keys have a graded hammer-action with an adjustable response. A Record Mode lets you record and listen to your performance.
With an eye on education, it comes with a variety of education software options. There are 60 free lessons from Melodics, 3 months of Skoove Premium and 2 months of live video lessons from TakeLessons – Live. The keyboard can also be split into two sections with identical pitch to help with side-by-side teaching.
The Artist version gets more sounds as well as more polyphony and an OLED screen for making changes.
These look like solid and capable digital pianos with the air of a stage piano if you lose the music stand. The interface is simple, it offers the usual sound combinations that piano players need and the included software could help you play.
For the price of £399.99 for the Prestige and £489.99 for the Artist there’s a lot of competition from home piano makers such as Casio and Kawai but Alesis believe the Prestige Series is more than a match for them. I’ll let you check out the videos and decide for yourself.