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Piano The piano was founded on earlier technological innovations.  The sound of it has been made by stretching the strings accordingly. The invention of the modern piano which was known as Pianoforte is credited to Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731) of Padua, Italy. Types of Pianos Modern pianos have two basic configurations (with subcategories): the grand piano and the upright piano. Configuration Keys - Almost every modern piano has 36 black keys and 52 white keys for a total of 88 keys. Many older pianos only have 85 keys. Pedals – Most Pianos have 3 pedals. Sustain pedal / Damper pedal – rightmost pedal in the group which used alter the overall tone by allowing all strings, including those not directly played, to reverberate Soft Pedal / Una corda pedal- is placed leftmost in the row of pedals. The effect is to soften the note as well as change the tone. Sostenuto pedal – middle pedal. This pedal keeps raised any damper already raised at the moment the pedal is depressed. Electronic Keyboard An electronic keyboard (also called digital keyboard, portable keyboard and home keyboard) is an electronic or digital keyboard instrument. Configuration – Keys – have keyboard with 49, 61 and 76 keys and prefer to have a keyboard with at least 61 keys. Musical keyboard: The plastic white and black piano-style keys which the player presses, thus connecting the switches, which triggers the electronic note or other sound. Most keyboards use a keyboard matrix circuit to reduce the amount of wiring that is needed. User interface software: A program (usually embedded in a computer chip) which handles user interaction with control keys and menus, which allows the user to select tones (e.g., piano, organ, flute, drum kit), effects (reverb, echo, telephones or sustain), and other features (e.g., transposition, an electronic drum machine) Rhythm & chord generator: A software program which produces rhythms and chords by the means of MIDI electronic commands. Sound generator: An electronic sound module typically contained within an integrated circuit or chip, which is capable of accepting MIDI commands and producing sounds. Amplifier and speaker: a low-powered audio amplifier and a small speaker that amplify the sounds so that the listener can hear them. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/
Difference between Keyboard can be moved from one location to another easily but Piano weighs much more than Keyboard hence; it’s difficult to move from one location to the other. Standard piano has 88 keys but, standard keyboard has only 61 keys. Piano makes only one type of sound but in Keyboard you can select a sound as per your need. In cost wise, Keyboards are much cheaper than Pianos. You need more strength to press Piano notes than Keyboard notes.
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