There remains the other part of the question: whether the keyboard can suit a professional musician? I suppose Creative hasn’t found any hitch to excite a professional. Otherwise, this feature would be advertised hard and loud.
So, assuming Prodikeys DM is intended for all user groups, then it doesn’t matter if you have any special musical education or not, does it? The company’s got a cunning answer to this question:
Q: Do I need to have any music knowledge to be able to play music on Creative Prodikeys DM?
A: No, the Creative Prodikeys DM is designed to let anybody start playing music on the Creative Prodikeys DM – even without any music training or background.
So, they stress the fact that you don’t have to have any special training to use Prodikeys. Well, there is nothing wrong in these words, but I think some skills at playing the piano and some knowledge of the musical notation would be welcome for you to get the maximum pleasure from the purchase. Of course, Creative touts its keyboard as a “product for everyone”, but without those skills and knowledge you will hardly use the potential of Prodikeys to the full extent. That’s my warning to you.
Don’t only think I’m trying to blemish the reviewed keyboard and assure you of its uselessness. None of that. The keyboard is darn good, I am only left to praise its infinite advantages.
Before continuing with the review, I’d like to tell you breifly about the basic technical characteristics of the Prodikeys DM keyboard and the software it comes with:
Basic technical characteristics:
- Standard IBM-compatible PS/2 keyboard (104 keys);
- Integrated musical keyboard with 37 sensor MIDI keys like those you see in the accordion;
- The MIDI keyboard is covered with a removable lid (Palm Rest);
- Volume control wheel;
- Pitch bend wheel;
- Music (Fun) button for launching the Prodikeys DM software;
- Sustain buttons;
- Octave shift buttons;
- Multimedia keys for controlling the playback;
- Internet hot keys;
- 1.5m-long connection cable;
- 1.9kg weight;
- 505x258x47mm dimensions.
- Six modes for learning and playing music: FunTunes, PentaTunes, Learn, IntelligentChord, FixedChord, Perform;
- Step-by-step “How to Play” guide;
- FunTunes and PentaTunes modes with presets of rhythms, instruments and effects for simplest making of music;
- Learn mode offers you five music lessons;
- Perform mode allows for easy selection of the accompaniment;
- Intelligent and FixedChord modes automatically select the accompaniment;
- Score system for controlling the training process;
- Up to 50 melodies for training (in three difficulty levels);
- Up to 128 musical instruments and effects compliant with the General MIDI standard;
- Up to 100 rhythmical compositions classified into ten music styles: Ballad, Slow Ballad, Pop, Dance, Rick & Roll, Old Latin, Modern Latin, Jazz, World Music and Folk;
- You can save compositions in WAV, MP3 and MIDI formats;
- Downloadable and expandable content libraries for PentaTunes, FunTunes, Rhythms and Learnable Songs.