How Do Musical Keyboards Work?

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Musical keyboards work by sampling the sounds of an acoustic piano and other instruments and then playing those sounds through speakers or a sound system. Learn about the advantages of an electric keyboard, such as never going out of tune, with information from a professional musician and actress in this free video on keyboards.

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Hi, I'm Athena Reich, I'm an actress and musician and performance coach here in New York City and we're just blocks away right now from Times Square, the home of Broadway. In this clip, I'm going to talk about how musical keyboards work. Basically this is a Yamaha MP30 and the company Yamaha went and sampled got audio samples of real acoustic live piano. But there's other sounds in here, there's orchestra sounds, there's harpsichord sounds, there's many different kinds of sounds here. So we can hear, this is a harpsichord for example, there's many different sounds. But these are actually live sample sounds that have been put into a computer chip and so you play it like a regular piano but the sounds are recorded sounds. They're recorded on each note. So a great thing about electronic keyboard is that it never goes out of tune. It's perfectly sampled, it's perfect. This keyboard has speakers built in. Some don't, some you have to have an amp or a sound system that you wire your keyboard out. And it basically plugs into the wall, sometimes you can use batteries and you definitely have to have a stand and some keyboards come with a case or you can buy a case to carry it around. This has been Athena Reich in New York City about how electronic keyboards work.

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