One of the essential parts of any musical fraternity is the keyboard. The concept or the mechanism behind a keyboard is simple. There are adjacent depressible levers, which when pressed in an order produce sounds, rather music. When a keyboard comes in the hands of a master it goes alive and produces truly remarkable music. Along with the keyboard comes the keyboard gear to complement the player as well as the instrument.
All instruments that use a keyboard almost, share a common layout. The list goes on with piano, organ, electronic piano, harpsichord, synthesizer and more. Piano is the most common form of instrument that has the keyboard. More often it is referred to as piano keyboard.
Usually, keyboards that dated back to 19th century came in a design where the colors of the keys were reversed. The fundamental of music has been same from centuries onward; but the techniques have changed and hence the need for improvement in keyboard gear has come in place.
In the later part of the keyboard history digital synthesizer had taken the fore front. Thus came into being the electrical devices they used to amplify sounds. In the last decade the synthesizer market has advanced rapidly, thereby dumping the old musical gears used by the synthesizers. Old gears, which were slow, were replaced by more improved and deign conscious keyboard gear.
A general keyboard gear constitutes of bench seat, chord finder, expression and volume pedal, expansion card, user interface software and more. The gear, generally, depends on the player and his preference.
The parts of keyboard comprise of food pedal or switch, modulation wheel, pads and pitch bend. For an enthusiast keyboard player the range of gear can start with its cases, duct covers, porters with wheels, gig bags, music stands, custom flight cases and more. Keyboard stands are found in various configurations for both on stage and studio purpose.
Synthesizer & computer music commodities also include RAM cards, SCSI kits and Flash ROM. The use of updated user interface software is great help for the keyboard operator. Variations of synthesizers come with USB 2.0 port also. This helps in the data storage purpose as the USB 2.0 drive can be used with compatible devices.
Other components that a keyboard player can use are lighting to light up keyboards, MIDI gear, gear racks. He can also they can go for thinner designs of case which would be able to provide better noise reduction technology that could prevent disturbance from outside sources.
For transportation purpose, there are carts that make the moving of instruments from one place to another easy. Tough protective gears, which stand the usual wear and tear, can also be the choice of the player. This has also been a part of the keyboard gear.
One thing the keyboard musician has to keep in mind is the nature and purpose of his playing gear. Is the audience large or small? The size of the audience, also, plays a role in determining the keyboard gear a player needs to employ.