Ensemble digital pianos (above left pic and left pic) have everything traditional digital pianos have but take technology a step further by giving the player not only a lot more melody instruments to choose from, but also also providing the ability to play music with what are known as "backing track styles." Other names for this type of technology are as follows: arranger, interactive, music styles, auto accompaniment, ensemble, interactive music styles, backing tracks, multi-track arrangements, and so on. Most people realize that listening to live musicians playing music together in bands or orchestras is great entertainment! Whether it be Benny Goodman or Glenn Miller in their Big Bands from the 40's, Elvis or Frank Sinatra with their bands from the 50's, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, or Simon & Garfunkel in the 60's, Stevie Wonder, Santana, Chicago, and Elton John and their bands in the 70's, Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston in the 80's, and up to current music today including Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, and Kelly Clarkson with their bands, all of this music is rhythmic, moving, and include various instruments being played at the same time by different people. There are also famous recognizable film scores including music from Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman, Jurassic Park and a host of others, many of them written and conducted by John Williams of the Boston Pops. That music is far more complex with many more instruments being played at the same time by many more people in arrangements that are obviously impossible to duplicate by just one person on one instrument.
|Samick SG450 ensemble B Grand|
Another option (although a limited one) is the Kohler (part of Samick piano company with US headquarters in Nashville, TN) digital grand ensemble piano model KD165 (left pic). At one time not long ago, Kohler produced an incredible (in my opinion) ensemble digital piano in an authentic 5' long acoustic baby grand piano cabinet that not only had all the ensemble piano "bells & whistles" including backing tracks, built-in mic karaoke singing with auto-harmony, a wonderful grand piano touch and tone, and built-in 360 watt 5-way sound system, but the piano also had a actual player piano system built into it that played live music with moving keys! Those systems alone cost about $4000 to get installed on regular acoustic grand pianos. The KD165 piano also was very expensive at the time, selling for about $10,000. However I was recently told that the Kohler/Samick piano company has a few of these digital ensemble baby grand pianos remaining at their factory and they're being sold for well under $6000 while they last, which in my opinion compared to what's out there today, is a very good deal. The only caveat is it is only available in a brown mahogany high polished finish which is very beautiful (I have seen it). I just thought I would mention it because it's an unusual opportunity, and I don't hear about that kind of thing very often.
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Here are 2 videos below of ensemble digital pianos in action.