Korg B1 in-depth review

Korg surprises us with a portable digital piano at a very competitive price. You can easily find it for less than €400. So let’s take a look at it.

We are going to study aspects such as sound, materials and connectivity. But first we’ll leave you some quick reference tables with the places where you can buy it. The analysis follows below.

Where to Buy Korg B1?

Amazon

  • Free Shipping and possibility of shipping in one day with Amazon Premium.
  • Full Guarantee but they are no experts in music equipment
  • Leader in fast shipments.
  • Precios that change a lot daily.

Thomann

  • Free Shipping
  • Full warranty. If you have any problems, they take care of everything.
  • 100% reliable payment.
  • Leader in trouble-free shipping.
  • Usually Best Price.
  • Best Reputation: They are the leading online store in Europe and have the best catalogue and information.

Sound and Voices

The Korg B1 is a digital piano with 88 sensitive and weighted keys designed for the studio. He’s got a 120-voice polyphony. That’s enough for your price range. The polyphony is the amount of notes that can sound at the same time by counting the notes you are playing and whether an accompaniment sounds.

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Your synthetic Hammer Action NH keyboard is quite nice and has three sensitivities to regulate the force with which the note sounds.

It’s a piano mainly weighing for the studio. It has 8 sounds among which the natural piano and electric piano stand out. But you also have sounds of baroque key instruments and organs. In the following video you can hear the sounds it brings. Don’t worry because it’s in English, just so you can hear what it sounds like. After the video we tell you more things and tell you the best place to buy the Korg B1.

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Connections and Extras

In sound and in touch the Korg B1 comes very well endowed by its price. Although there are certain things that limit it a little. Korg has focused on creating a quality digital piano to study for a low price by sacrificing some things.

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It comes with a sustain pedal, which serves to hold the note in time and is a basic for playing the piano. Totally necessary to learn.It also admits triple pedalboard although it is not included. This is good because we will need it when we advance in our piano training. With what this piano can be worth to us for a medium level of piano without problems.This is very good thinking about the classic music studio.

Its main limitation is that it does not have a MIDI connection to connect it to the computer. This allows you to record what you play in programs like CUBASE for example and then automatically export that MIDI track to music sheet. This is very powerful.

Of course bring a headset connector so you can study in silence. It also has Duet mode to divide the keyboard into 2 and you can study teacher and student together.

Another limitation is that it has no line output. This is logical because it is primarily intended for study. You can plug the output of the headphones to an amplifier or table but in many cases you will need an injection box to give more power. It’s not intended as a live show piano.

Portability is good. It weighs less than 12 kg and that makes it very portable. It has a support that does not come with the piano keyboard but can be purchased separately.

It’s got some pretty powerful 9W speakers.Bring the included charger, it doesn’t support batteries and it has a metronome and all the chorus and reverb effects you need.

Now let’s compare the Korg B1 with its main competitors.

Korg B1 vs Yamaha P45

They are a little different although the price is usually almost the same. Even the Yamaha P45 is usually a little cheaper. In touch and polyphony wins the Korg B1 because the Yamaha P45 only has 64 polyphony.

On the other hand the Yamaha P45 has MIDI and the Korg B1 does not. Which is a limitation in the future for doing things on the computer.

Both bring sustain pedal and Hammer Action. The Yamaha P45 has some more sounds but both are ok.The Korg B1 supports triple pedal and the Yamaha P45 does not. In addition the Korg B1 speakers are more powerful.

The Yamaha P45 has two more piano sounds.If you only want to study and you have clear that you will not need a MIDI controller buy the Korg B1 that is only a little more expensive. Take a look at our review of the Yamaha P45.

Korg B1 vs Yamaha P115 vs Yamaha P125

Here the difference is clearer. The Yamaha P115 usually costs about 100 euros more on average but it brings many more things.

Now it is necessary to bear in mind that the new version of the Yamaha P115 has come out that is the Yamaha P125 that brings 10 more piano sounds than the 115 and surpasses the Korg B1 in:

  • In total it has 24 different piano sounds compared to the 8 of the Korg B1.
  • Supports also triple bottom bracket
  • It’s got USB MIDI.
  • It has a line output to connect it as a live piano.
  • Sound Boost functionality for better live sound.
  • The keyboard can be divided into two and has two headphone outputs.polyphony of 192 voices.

If you can pay the difference in price do not hesitate. With the Yamaha P125 you have it all. Check out our review of the Yamaha P125 to find out more. We also leave you a video in English that also guides you a lot about things to keep in mind:

Where to buy the Korg B2 at the best price

These types of keyboards are best bought online, as they can be obtained at very good prices. It is important that the store you choose has a good reputation, is would be with the shipments and give you full warranty.Worldwide the leader is Amazon but in Europe Thomann is a good option, the most famous store in Europe, we leave here the direct link to the Korg B2 the new model of the B1:

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Jaime Echagüe

Hi! I'm Jaime Echagüe, a musician and an authentic fan of musical instruments. With this blog I want to give general information about musical instruments in an easy, direct and honest way. I hope you enjoy my website and that you find it very useful.

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