Why We Love Korg LP 180 Digital Piano ?
Korg is one of the oldest (formed in 1962) and most iconic company when it comes to musical instrument.
It may also surprises you the that the renowned guitar manufacturer "Vox" is also a subsidiary of Korg.
Solely focusing on musical instruments Korg has raised the bar a lot in terms of quality and innovation.
This competitive war of supremacy between these music giants (Yamaha,Casio, Korg, Kawai) has no doubt always benefited the consumer "US".
And The Famous and Fantastic Korg LP 180 is the type of result we get every time when the competition is tough.
The Korg LP 180 is the ideal choice if you're looking for a stylish slimline digital piano.
With minimalist design and Natural beautiful sound is what made it one of the coolest digital piano when it was launched (2014).
The LP 180 is the one of the finest keyboard from Korg which in reality a bit dated as of now but still getting love like other member of Korg's growing family of digital pianos.
Korg LP 180 Specs and Features
It features a slim compact yet elegant design with an included wooden stand and a hinged key cover.
Overall look of LP 180 is very Minimalistic and Sleek and Luxurious.
With the depth of just 27 centimeters and a lift up keyboard cover the LP 180 elegantly blends into any room and is the perfect solution where space is limited.
It is available in two rich colors shiny black and elegant white.
The Simple Design keyboard with Simple furniture stand looks quite elegant and complements the surrounding.
Portability of console type pianos is a big NO-NO but that's not the case with this.
You just need to remove the side screws from the stand and the keyboard will come out effortlessly.
It's outstanding features and rich piano tone make it superb for beginners and more advanced pianist as well.
The opening and closing key covers (lid) protect the keyboard from dust and increases the overall look. The lid also serves as the music rest.
[simple design and simple stand, can also be dismounted from the board by just removing the two side screws, only two connection on back for power and cables, the opening lid also serves as music rest, full size keys,]
Keys of Korg LP 180
The LP 180 features a 88 full-size touch sensitive natural weighted hammer action keys.
As you know weighted hammer action keys the keys gradually feels lighter as you move up the keyboard to accurately recreate the feel and response of a traditional piano.
Touch sensitive keys are also termed as velocity sensitive keys.
In touch sensitive keys the impact of the key-press determines the intensity of the sound. Giving you more room to play your music in a much more expressive way.
The top panel has a very clean easy to understand layout.
There's a power button, the volume control and a piano play button.
So no matter where you are if you push piano play you'll be presented with the best piano sound.
There's also a sound button that lets you cycle through 10 different sounds including electric pianos, harpsichord, vibraphone, organs and so on.
Sound and Speaker System:
Sound of Korg LP 180 is very natural and beautiful. It does not offers too many voices and effects but the natural pianos sounds are simply outstanding.
When you play the piano you will actually hear the sound of a real piano digitally sampled and stored in the instrument.
As I mentioned above in addition to the acoustic pianos other sounds are also available like organs, harpsichord, organs and etc.
You can use the piano for any type of music from classical jazz to rock and so on.
And when you want to go back to your grand piano simply press the piano play button and its done.
The LP 180 also features a powerful detailed speaker system which is aimed downward to envelop the player and the audience in sound.
In conjunction with the advanced stereo speaker system the rich expressive sound encountered ground is recreated in meticulous detail.
LP 180 also features all three pedals that you would find on a grand piano soft, sostenuto and sustain. So you can have a very accurate classical music performance.
A matching standard of three paddle unit are included to give you a complete home digital piano solution.
Overall the back side of the digital piano looks quite clean as it only has two wires on the back 1 for power and 1 for pedal connectivity.
The audio output lets you practice in silence with headphones or connect to a sound system for performing in larger venues.
It also has two separate headphone jacks so a teacher and student can be seated at the piano at the same time without disturbing others once again.
The LP 180 features a MIDI out which lets you interact with computers or other musical gears easily.
Korg LP 180 vs Korg LP 380
Korg LP 380 was launched at the same time as LP 180 and is couple of steps ahead of LP 180 in every terms.
Despite of looking what's common in these models, It would be much better if we just mention what's the difference between these. And instead of focusing on the feel and after-math we will only highlight the differences in terms of specs.
So, Lets check Korg lp 180 vs 380.
My Experience With Korg LP 180
Korg is one of the world's largest musical instrument manufacturers it's renowned digital keyboards pianos and other music products are used onstage in studios and homes around the world.
I used the LP 180 in late 2015 for just a couple of weeks. The sound really impressed me but when I used LP 380 later my love was shifted to LP 380. It feels much more authentic and a bit closer to acoustic piano when I compare it with 180.
One big drawback which needs to mentioned is the absence of Layer and Split functionality. These are one of the most basic feature that even a $100 keyboard comes with but Korg somehow or intentionally does not give even a second thought about it. Which is really disappointing.
The elegant and compact body make it fit even in the smallest corner of your home and still able to stand out and leaves a luxurious look.
As I mentioned earlier the piano is now quite dated but the natural feel and awesome sound are the reason it made its place in heart of pianist.