I’m old and have learned to play just about everything except the Piano. I needed something inexpensive and that had a pitch wheel and an analog output for recording. I came across this Donner intro keyboard and it was perfect to learn on and record with. I’m learning fast and the tone bank is fantastic and suits my needs well. Great little keyboard for beginners like me and and for people looking to record without breaking the bank. Great find!!
This is a solid beginner to intermediate piano. We originally bought the Moukey MEK-200 and it had speaker issues and a loose wire. The company gave us a full refund. Now we are trying this Donner DEK-610 side by side. I should have bought the DEK-610 right from the start! There's a big difference even though it's the same company. When they are both set at piano 000 the MEK-200 has a tinny sound and the Donner has a very clear crisp tone that is lovely. I grew up with a baby grand and a solid Yamaha electric. This isn't a grand but it is more what an electric should feel and sound like.
We tested the keys -- a lot of cheap models will cut out if you push too many, some very cheap won't even let you do left and right hand chords together, only 6 notes -- on this model DEK-610 you can push nearly the whole board and none of the keys cut out.
The action (how hard you have to push) is just about right and very natural. The MEK-200 was very stiff. I have sensitive joints and don't want tendonitis or inflamed joints from playing nor would I want my kids to suffer from tendonitis as they learn. So this model gets a thumbs up on their attention to detail there as well.
It looks like from other reviews there was no power chord. Ours had one taped in the styrofoam at the side. I'm not sure if that was a covid shortage or glitch but ours came with it included.
The microphone looks and feels like a toy but having add ons seems to be the fad currently. It's something to get you started or to goof around with and see if that's your kind of thing.
This is a basic keyboard a kid or teen could grow into. It has a lot of options in back like if you want to hook it to your computer and get into mixing music. My teen is going to get a kick out of that. Right now he's still learning his notes.
I'm pleased with it. If you're an advanced pianist you know what you need to make your fingers fly and wouldn't be buying a low end set. But for me and my needs I should have picked this model right from the start!
Fantastic product for the price, love all the options and the be ability to plug in my headphones or use the speakers. I only wish they included a power adapter but for the low price I can understand, so I can't knock that down a star for that.
Really solid beginner keyboard. I'll cut straight to the point:
- Two different ways to power it - because it's portable, it became a back-seat practice keyboard for the car
- Speakers are built in, so you don't need to plug it into any external speaks. Headphone jack which is really important, see: backseat car practice keyboard!
- It's very light
- Plays well enough for a beginner. Not heavy weighted keys like a grand piano, but what can you expect for the price?
Has a pile of demo songs, a ton of different styles and voices, seems to be manufactured well. Just a fun unit that we recommend and are pleased with.
Bought this for my son who wants to learn keyboard. This kit is great because it comes with a stand and a stool. There is some assembly required for the stand but it's very simple to put together. The stand does the job and the stool is sturdy and comfy. The keyboard itself sounds great and has tons of sounds and features. If you've been wanting to learn keyboard this is an excellent choice.
My goodness---first of all, this is an INCREDIBLE bargain. I cannot BELIEVE how much comes with this keyboard. I actually realized AFTER I placed my order, all of the extras (which is really weird, as I am usually so detail-oriented).
I ordered this as a potential replacement for a full-sized electronic keyboard that I received as a gift from my parents when I was in college. I was a music major, and it was meant to help me practice at times when I couldn’t or didn’t want to brave the elements to get to a practice room. Understand, I was NOT a piano major, but a voice major, and part of that degree included several semesters of piano, both class and private (I had also taken lessons as a kid). I mention all of that to say that even after all of that, I am not a virtuoso. I was good at whatever I was practicing at the time, to a degree, but it did not become my passion. However, as a professional singer, I sometimes need a reference point when learning a new song, or I teach voice lessons, etc, so it is great to have a keyboard around. The one from college is large, and I keep it stored in a dedicated keyboard bag. It is cumbersome to drag out…so I don’t do it often! My hope for this one was less trouble, thereby resulting in more use.
So, all of that said…
It is amazing that this comes with a stand and a stool. Even the music holder is wonderful.
And the options…WOW. So many voices possible, so many styles possible. (Some of the funkier percussion options remind me of playing on the electric organ in my grandmother’s house as a kid! Ha!) But truly, the sensitivity of the keys, after playing on it for awhile, I realized, “oh my gosh! This feels exactly like the way the electric pianos we used in Class Piano in college felt like! ” So there you have it…it is up to college music department standards for playability, which is pretty awesome. Granted, it is not full size as far as how many actual keys, but there are not many times people truly need those extra keys on either end, let’s be honest.
The LED window screen is cool, but the notation on the treble and bass clefs is not really accurate, so I wouldn’t spend too much time looking there for affirmation or help.
There is some kind of “teaching” tool that I have not even looked into yet, so it seems as if perhaps one can use this to train themselves/teach themselves somehow…
as well as the usual fun things like recording your own songs, looping, etc.
I am not sure how the MP3 connection works…the connector looks more like a charging cable to me, but perhaps I just don’t have compatible mp3 devices…I am not even sure of the purpose there…are we supposed to be trying to play the keyboard sounds through another device, or play the music of another device through the keyboard? I don’t know.
There is also a midi port, for those who use midi (I have not needed to since the 90’s, way back in the day when I was writing music with the Finale program.)
If this were to have cons:
1- The microphone it comes with is cheap. Feels like a toy. And there is no stand for it, so you would need to provide that (or have I somehow missed seeing a hole to plunk it into, maybe? ) Hard to play and hold a mic at the same time.
2- This would be even better if it came with a storage bag. If you are planning on leaving it out all the time, you won’t need one, of course (though you might want to drape something over it to protect from dust). Right now I still live in a little house that does not have enough room for a dedicated music room, but hopefully someday…so this will have to be stored somehow, much like my older keyboard has been (but at least is till take up less space!).
All in all, WOW, WHAT A DEAL. Seriously. I am certain my dad spent at least three times as much and maybe 5 times as much back in the day, and it didn’t come with some of these extras.
My wife was interested in learning how to play piano, and figured a keyboard would be the perfect learning tool. I had an old Casio (we're talking 20 years old), but wanted her to have something that would be a little more...updated. That's when I stumbled on this keyboard. I've heard the Donner name a few times (own one of their capos, an Alchemy effects pedal, and have heard good things about their ukeleles), and it seemed to have a lot of tools that would encourage her to learn, and at a great price to match. I mean, a full-size keyboard for under $100? There aren't too many of those floating around.
This is a great keyboard for beginners, or even some intermediate players looking to hone their skills. It's made of plastic, but doesn't feel cheap, and the buttons also feel sturdy; I wouldn't go so far as to say that I'd feel comfortable taking it gigging, but for home practice it's a good fit. I'd say the build quality is pretty much on par with my old Casio, but at a much lower price point. It's also much lighter and less bulky, which makes moving it around a breeze, even for my short wife. It can be powered using batteries (just 6 AA, much more practical than the 6 "C" batteries required for my old keyboard), or the included AC adapter, and even has an automatic setting that disables draining of the batteries when the AC cord is plugged in.
There's a large library of "voices" (500 of them!) that range from standard (piano, guitar) to more exotic, so you should have no troubles finding a sound that will fit your mood (or envisioned musical project). We haven't had time to noodle with them all yet, but ones I've heard are useable, and good for the price point. Personally, I wouldn't use most of them in any serious recordings, but for demos, or singalong practice, or posts to social media, they will fit the bill quite nicely.
The electronic display is crisp and, for the most part, easily readable: the only drawback is the finger diagram, as it can be hard to see which fingers are being highlighted when you're playing along. Outside of that, though, it clearly lists all activated settings, and even has cool treble/bass clef staffs that highlight the notes you're playing as you press them (or in the case of learning mode, the notes that you are supposed to press). This can not only help users learn to read music, but also to quickly transcribe cool "riffs" and melodies for later use.
Overall, this is an excellent keyboard for the price point, as long as you go in with the right expectations: this isn't something that's going to blow you away with its tonal qualities or versatility. But it has virtually every feature a budding pianist could want, including MIDI connectivity, a headphone jack to practice even in quiet surroundings, dozens of songs to practice along to, and a handy music stand. If you're looking to learn and don't want to waste a lot of money (who does?), there's no need to look any further.
Great keyboard for beginners (like myself). The sound is a little off in regards to the speaker quality but for the price it is a good sounding keyboard. I love all the different sounds and styles, and the recording function is a definite plus. People say the keys don't have that "spring back" effect but to me they feel like they do to an extent. All in all its a very good keyboard especially for beginners and ESPECIALLY for the price, so many sounds, so many styles with recording and demos, and for me the percusion sounds was a plus. Also a very solid a durable build, in other words it doesn't feel cheaply built as someone might expect for the price. I would strongly recommend this for beginners or anyone who just wants a keyboard to mess around with or as a hobby. Also can be a great MIDI controller as it has MIDI connection and USB as well as audio in/out, mic, and headphone jack.
I have a piano already, but I wanted something more portable because I recently bought a drum set that could not be put in the same room as the piano. This keyboard met my needs perfectly for the price. Sure there are more expensive keyboards out there as well as cheaper ones, but for ~$120 without the stand I think this is a great value. I hope to be able to have mini jam sessions with the kids as they grow up.
I don't have too much experience with other keyboards but I would say the sound is decent. The keys seemed a bit too sensitive and I would sometimes inadvertently play a note twice but I don't know if its because I'm just not used to a keyboard yet or if these keys are too light. That is the only minor issue I've had so far but other than that I really like this keyboard!
I got this “short” piano for my granddaughter. She always seemed to gravitate to my piano when she was here. With all the video lessons it’s great for beginners. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and sound. Also the keyboard action is awesome, mimicking a “real” piano. My old piano does not hold a tuning very long. I did the math and ended up ordering the full 88 keyboard for myself. I’ve been sheltering in place since February. I’m enjoying the new keyboard. I haven’t really explored all the musical options, still brushing up on my basic skills. When life gets back to normal my granddaughter and I are planning to play together. It’s said that music calms the savage breast. In these crazy times, playing music keeps us focused, away from the news and helps fill the holes in our lives created by social distancing.
The Donner piano is a great value for beginners and more advanced, AKA older players. The quality is first rate. I anticipate enjoying this keyboard for many years to come.
I bought this for learning to play the piano, and yes, have been having a great time. Love the different sounds. 500 different instrument sounds, haven't even found them all. And 300 rhythms, I is more than a i will ever need. But as an older adult, just learning, it is fun. I can indeed play slowly, but after only a month I can play a few small tunes.
I still haven't figured out how to use the teaching method that the book, tells about. The book needs to be a bit more extensive on showing the different ways of playing tones and such.
The stand is great, I don't use the stool, seems almost to low, but you must be careful where you set it, as the stand is a little tippy. but for normal use it is ok.
There is a sustain button on the keyboard which is great, but I did get a sustain pedal and beware that when getting the sustain pedal it will patch the 3.5mm plug in. Most don't and you will need to get an adapter for this.
This is a nice little keyboard! Great for practice and learning, trying new sounds and more. It’s not a piano, so don’t expect piano-true sounds or feel when you play, but that shouldn’t be what you expect with this.
My kids enjoy all the different tones and sounds, and we’ve had lots of fun exploring and experimenting.
One of the key benefits/features in my mind is the option to use this as a midi-controller. In that way, this would be an excellent more compact option for midi controller, but not too small.
I was hoping the sound might be a little more true to a real piano, but again that’s not really the purpose of this. The on-board speakers are pretty decent but could level up with an external drum or keyboard amp (Donner has a nice one available if you prefer to stick with the same brand).
I bought this on a drunk shopping night, I’ve been wanting to learn the piano and after reviewing a bunch of keyboards I found this set up that included the stand in the sea and a microphone as well which was a great time. Overall the piano is nice you can change the tone a different meats and sounds and it’s pretty user-friendly. I would recommend it I don’t remember how much I paid but I’m pretty sure it was not too bad price for whatYou get.
The key size is nice and the stand and bench work really well. The sound quality is good and it has a lot of options. I love the headphone option! It can get really soft or really loud.
It's supposed to show you which finger to play which keys with but that isn't matching what our piano teachers telling us. The notes also don't seem to quite match.
I thought the keys were supposed to light up to help you learn, but that actually doesn't happen. It shows you fingers to show which fingers supposed to be used for the note, but not much else.
There is a feature that will play a song and it will show the note on an electronic version of the keyboard and you have to match that up and you can play the songs. However there is no list of what the songs are so you just randomly punching numbers until you find one you like.
The quality could be greatly improved by including a book that showed what the piana does and how to use it. All you get is a bare bones how to put the stand together instruction manual.
However for my son and me who are both learning to play, it does what we need it to and I am pleased with the purchase overall.
I don’t want to work at it! I’m 76, retired and very housebound. I studied music from 7 yr. old to college, then I made a living doing realistic things that paid for living etc. m
Anyway, I bought this piano thing for myself for Christmas, and I love it. I play for an hour or so every day and I have no idea whaat I’m doing, and I don’t much care. I punch up 411, or 101, and I play along with ‘the blues backing tracks from u-tube’, I can rock even when playing the wrong notes (sometimes). I just get creative and make it up as I go, lots of songs to play.
I just wish you could tune it, it needs some tweaking, and it would be great to bypass the (ok) speakers to hook up to something much better (Bose). One more thing, I wish you could stick in a USB data drive to play or record.
I may have to spend more money for the next one....
his is a superb value. I had been looking for a piano/keyboard for about a year when I discovered this amazing product. Because it can be considered full size (large 61 keys versus 49 or 54 keys and not "toy" size keys), has MIDI AND acoustic outputs, and has modes that allow it to be used as accompaniment for performances, it serves every need that I had. (It serves as an electronic piano, a MIDI keyboard, and can serve to provide backup band accompaniment for live performance.)
1) I am using it to learn piano with full size keys, and with the MIDI connection I can use it with PianoBooster (free), Flowkey, Synthesia, Skoove, Musescore(free), or Reaper to get feedback while playing. My tablet computer fits on the backrest of the piano keyboard so I can watch the notes I play.
2) With the acoustic connector, the keyboard can be recorded with Audacity, converted to MIDI, or input to a DAW like Reaper as an audio track.
3) The accompaniments of the keyboard can be increased by using open source Yamaha and MMA accompaniments which are actually very widely available. (I had about 300 from various online sources, and MMA accompaniments that I created using an editor).
4) The number of "voices" allow for full polyphony (meaning that you would able to produce the works of classical composers with decent piano quality.)
This product comes with a chair and table for the piano, so it is complete, so I did not have to find some other mounting. The box it was shipped in was fairly large (40 inche x 20 inches x 14 inches) , so if it were covered in gift wrapping paper the whole thing would be an impressive gift!
Update for my mistake. So before I threw away the box, I checked myself to make sure. I had already looked in box and saw no accessories but this time I actually pulled out the styrofoam and sure enough, the power plug was on one piece and the tiny microphone was on the other piece. Sorry for the original 1 star rating. turns out that this keyboard is really good and we've all had lost of fun with it so be sure and go through the box and don't leave it up to your 12 year old. LOL
So disappointed. Ordered this for my son for Christmas. Just opened box, which has never been opened before and no power supply and no microphone. I don’t have six D size batteries lying around so guess what? I have a keyboard which is totally unfunctional. Have contacted MFG so we’ll see how they respond but can’t fix the damage that’s been done. Thanks a lot Donner. (so embarrassed I wrote this :-( )
I used to have an actual piano a couple years back but I never liked practicing or playing. Recently, I decided I was going to get serious and learn again, only to have to deal with the fact that I can't own an actual piano anymore. I purchased a couple of MIDI keyboards but had to return all of them because they were either too small or they needed a computer to operate at all times. Now, I finally decided that I wanted a decently sized keyboard so that I could practice.
I am so happy with my choice. First of all, the build quality is great, the assembly was fairly effortless and the chair extremely comfortable. As for the sound, the samples are high quality and at high enough volumes — when you can't really hear your own key presses — the recorded "piano hammers" really make the whole thing feel real. The ports are useful and so far I have tested headphones (to play late at night without waking anyone up) and that works great. I haven't been able to use the MIDI feature but I hope I can make it work in order to produce some music too (I will update the review when I get a cable and test it).
Software-wise, the beats are a nice feature, the pre-recorded songs are fun to listen to and the different sounds are really good. The sustain button is very useful if you don't have a pedal but I plan on ordering one soon. Overall, there are a lot of options to play around with and that's great.
As for the negatives, of which there are only a very small number, the biggest issue for me is the sensitivity. Coming from a real piano with pressure sensitivity, it's rather jarring that every key press has the same volume. Now, this wouldn't be an issue if I had to press each key down fully for sound but since I rest my fingers on keys a lot, I end up triggering wrong notes or repeating the note by accident. It's frustrating, but in a way, it means I have to improve my accuracy. There are other tiny issues, such as the notes on the display being useless since they are misaligned or the fact that there is a very faint hum when using headphones but I will gladly overlook those problems given the cost to quality ratio.
In general, I'd say that for the price you are paying, you probably couldn't do any better unless you got a second-hand top tier instrument. I know I give this 4 stars but if the people at Donner can fix the sensitivity issue (or it turns out that my model was just faulty), I'd happily update my review to reflect that.
If I consider about the value of this Keyboard I would honestly can say its really worth that money which I paid for, to make it clear why it worth that money which I paid for mentioning bellow briefly
-Product quality seem good and durable.
-The sounds and tones are rich enough with multiple different tones. as well as it can be really ideal for the beginners and i could recommend for intermediate level too.
-The design is nice enough with built-in good quality speaker which players can feel the beauty of a professional keyboard which is a plus point of it as comparison of its price.
-its coming with a nice microphone stand and small bench which add to its value.
-its nice and big LCD Display is good enough for players to realize the tones and music mode.
-Its Teaching Mode is a plus point too.
- The interfaces ports are good convenient and supportable like for microphone and Audios.
Overall I would recommend this for Beginner level and intermediate level as well as thanks the shipping was fast and secure.
I’m a beginner piano player at 86. Due to COVID I am going crazy to find things to do. I know nothing about music and I thought I would try this