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Amazon Price: $209.99 (as of June 24, 2017 2:15 am – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

The Alesis Recital is a full-featured digital piano with the features to make it easy to learn, teach, and perform at any level.

The 88 full-sized semi-weighted keys include adjustable sensitivity to fit your playing style, with built-in speakers and effects, so you're ready to start playing right out of the box. Recital includes a power adapter, so you can plug it into the wall and play all day, but it also can go mobile running on six of your own D cell batteries.

Where the Recital really sets itself apart is with its teaching tools. In addition to Split mode for different keyboard voices on the left and right sides, a Lesson mode separates the keyboard into two areas with the same pitch and voice. That means a student can sit next to their teacher with both playing the same notes, for a simpler learning experience.

But what about when an instructor isn't available?

Recital is compatible with Skoove, an online piano-instruction service. Skoove listens to your performance to give real-time feedback, with adjustable tempo settings to match your skill level. Better yet, Recital isn't just compatible with the standard Skoove: it also comes with a free three-month subscription to Skoove Premium to unlock all of the lessons and songs.

Finally, when you know you're a virtuoso, the Recital has a sustain pedal input, USB-MIDI connectivity, and RCA stereo output, so you can expand your keyboard's capabilities to meet your own.

The Alesis Recital is everything you need to get from fumbling in your living room to finessing up on stage.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many built in voices are included?

The Recital features 5 realistic voices: Acoustic Piano Electric Piano Organ Synth Bass

Can I split my keyboard with multiple voices?

Customize the voices by combining any two at once in Layer Mode for a full, rich tone. They can also be assigned to only the left or right hands in Split Mode. You can even add adjustable Reverb and Chorus to further tailor your sound.

Does this digital keyboard include education features?

The Alesis Recital has a ""Lesson Mode"" feature which divides the 88 keys into two zones with the same pitch and voice. This gives the student and teacher the ability to easily watch each other and play together without having to take turns.

What type of connections are included?

In addition to the 1/4"" sustain pedal and headphone inputs, the Recital features stereo RCA outputs to connect to a recorder, mixer, amplifier or other sound system, as well as a USB-MIDI output for connecting to a computer and using educational software or virtual plugins.

Technical Specs Piano: 88 velocity-sensitive semi-weighted keys Adjustable Key sensitivity: low, medium, high Polyphony (max): 128 Voices (Sounds): 5 Preset Songs: 60 Demos: 2 Modes Standard: one voice for keyboard Layer: combine two voices Split: two areas with separate voices for left or right Lesson: two areas with same pitch and voice FX: Chorus, Reverb Metronome: 30-280 beats per minute Transpose: yes Built-in speaker power: 20 watts Connections (1) 1/4” headphone output (1) USB-MIDI output (1) RCA stereo output pair (1) 1/4” sustain pedal input Power: included power adapter for wall power; or (6) D cell batteries (not included) Dimensions(width x depth x height): 50.5” x 11.5” x 3.6” Weight: 15.7 lbs

Box Contents Recital digital piano 3-month Skoove Premium subscription code Music Rest Power Adapter User Guide Safety & Warranty Manual

Customer Reviews

Excellent intro digital piano, sound quality & action is solid – it’s a winner

198 people found this helpful.
 on September 20, 2016
By Kenneth Calhoun
New — check out the recent youtube demo video they posted:

Will surpass the correct expectations

210 people found this helpful.
 on September 28, 2016
By Eric Sedensky
Despite the fact that I own multiple pianos including a Yamaha grand, I was quite excited to try this Alesis Recital electric piano. Alesis makes a lot of high quality music gear (I have one of their MIDI controllers), and a full size piano with weighted keys for around two hundred bucks sounded good to me.

very nice upgrade

38 people found this helpful.
 on November 29, 2016
By Sueshi
i had to upgrade my 10 year old daughter’s keyboard to one that has all 88 keys and she loves it. The keys are definitely heavier and the quality is excellent. She now has all the keys she needs to practice her music.

High quality product without frills

98 people found this helpful.
 on September 20, 2016
By Reading Minds
Happy parents! I purchased this as a starter piano because of the price point hoping that it would deliver adequate sound. I am so glad that I purchased this one. I tested out the Williams Legato which I found to be lacking the real piano timbre. This baby sounds like a real piano. I also wanted a keyboard with minimal distractions for my son. There are only a few buttons on top which minimizes off-task behavior. Great price for high quality product.

Great Starter 88-Key Piano

14 people found this helpful.
 on November 28, 2016

Amazing performance value – don’t hesitate, get one.

11 people found this helpful.
 on March 9, 2017
By MichiganDad410
I’ll jump on the bandwagon with some of the top rated reviewers here. We’ve had this for a few months now and couldn’t be more pleased. I, too, have a little one who’s becoming quite a good player, but we were not sure if she really wanted to keep going. OUr old Yamaha 61 key keyboard was not cutting it any longer. Having owned amazing Alesis digital music products going back to the late 1980’s, I figured I’d give this a try, though the price point made me leery.

Buy one for your young child, and let them play with it before hiring a tutor.

3 people found this helpful.
 on March 31, 2017
By Denis Allen
Bought for my daughter as a present. It took me thousands of dollars in tutors to teach my daughter and son to hate the piano and violin and clarinet, and years of forced practice, but I succeeded. Guess what; with daughter she started at 3 on the piano, and took lessons until 10. Just the other day, 11 years later, she asked for an electronic piano. Son bought his own electric guitar; he is 18 and practices everyday.

my mind was going crazy because I don’t know how good the quality is

6 people found this helpful.
 on February 5, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Before bought it, my mind was going crazy because I don’t know how good the quality is, but after I purchased it, it just so gorgeous and awesome. The keyboard is really smooth and sound is really clean. When I first touched the keyboard, the sound is just same as the real piano. I really like this keyboard and hope next time i can recommend to my friend and let them buy one too 🙂 5 starrrrrrrrrr 5 starrrrrrrrr :—–ppppp

Great beginner digital piano for the money

3 people found this helpful.
 on February 22, 2017
By Mr. Mrs. Scott Gillespie
We were looking for a basic electric piano with weighted keys for our granddaughter to learn on for a reasonable price. This piano fit our needs perfectly! The keys are only “semi-weighted” but they feel similar to piano keys, with the important feature that the harder you press them, the louder the sound. The piano also has a limited number of other voices (organ, electric piano, synthesizer), but not too many so as not to distract young students. There are also a metronome feature and a “split keyboard” feature so that a student and teacher can play simultaneously. The piano has an input for a sustain pedal, outputs for external speakers and a USB port to record your songs. The output volume is adequate (perfect for an ordinary sized room), but it won’t blow you away (that’s what the external speakers are for). Overall, it has a lot of features for the money, and it seems to be very sturdy. So far my granddaughter loves it (and my daughter has also resumed playing). The only complaint I have (and this is a nit) is that the straps on the ChromeCast CC-KSTAND stand included with the package will not attach to the keyboard – the keyboard is too long. However, the keyboard fits fine on the stand, and most stands that I have looked at don’t have straps anyway. We highly recommend this piano.

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