What we think of the Korg LP-380 digital piano:
The new Korg LP-380 is certainly an improvement over the outgoing LP-350. The styling is slightly more modern, and it retains its incredibly compact size. The key action is the same RH3 graded hammer action as featured in the old model but this is realistic and feels very much like that of an acoustic piano. Korg have included a new piano sample which now has 4 dynamic levels enabling greater expression in your playing, and the polyphony has doubled too to 120 notes. In summary, this digital piano is a great value alternative to an acoustic piano, especially if you are short on space. The only negative point we can see is that it doesn't have a USB port or recording facility, whereas the slightly cheaper Yamaha Arius YDP-S51 does.
88 note graded hammer action keyboard RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3)
Adjustable key touch control - light, normal, heavy
Sound Generation - Stereo Sampling System
120 note polyphony
30 preset instrument voices including 5 pianos, 7 electric pianos, harpsichord, 2 clavs, vibraphone, marimba, acoustic guitar, 3 jazz organs, 3 church organs, 3 strings, 3 choirs)
Adjustable reverb and chorus effects - 3 levels of each
30 preset demo songs (10 songs in 3 banks)
Metronome with tempo, time signature, accent and volume adjustment controls
Master tuning adjustment with key transpose, fine tuning and temperament (Equal, Kirnberger, Werkmeister)
2 sound layer function
3 piano style pedals with half pedalling on sustain and soft
Line Out L/MONO, R mini-stereo jack sockets
2 x headphone sockets
MIDI In and Out ports
2 x 22 watt amplifiers with 2 x 10cm speakers in a bass reflex speaker box
Soft closing keyboard fall
Supplied with headphones and AC adaptor
The LP-380 is a digital piano that's designed with a style to match your interior décor. Merely 26 cm in depth, it's slim enough to fit anywhere. The wooden key cover is flat on top, allowing the instrument to blend elegantly into your room when you're not playing it. Keeping safety in mind, the cover uses a soft landing mechanism to ensure that it closes gently. The slim and stylish chassis projects a sense of stability. The RH3 keyboard, three pedals, and large-diameter speakers ensure a superb piano-playing experience and rich piano sound. Choose from two colors to match the atmosphere of your room: black or white.
Rich piano sounds that you'll enjoy playing
In order to reproduce the playing feel of an acoustic piano as closely as possible, the sound switches between four piano samples according to your playing dynamics. From subtle touches to powerful crescendos, the sound will respond realistically to your playing. In particular, the Classic Piano and Grand Piano sounds realistically reproduce the damper resonances that occur when you hold down the damper pedal of an acoustic piano, making the overall sound of the piano even more pleasant and enjoyable to play.
Authentic vintage electric piano sounds
As a musical instrument manufacturer, Korg has placed particular emphasis on the electric piano sounds. They reproduce not only the way that the tone responds to your touch, but also the subtle noises that occur when you release a key. Six varieties are provided, covering the sounds widely used in pop music of the '60s and '70s, as well as some of the tones that are highly regarded in soul music.
30 high-quality sounds
Starting with piano and electric piano, there are a total of thirty expressive and high-quality sounds built in. There's also a Layer Mode that lets you play two sounds together, and a Partner Mode that divides the keyboard into left and right regions so that two people can play the same range of pitches at the same time. Two headphone jacks make it convenient for two people to enjoy playing the LP-380 together. You also have a choice of nine different temperaments, supporting historically authentic performances with period instrument ensembles.
There are three effects: brilliance adjusts the brightness of the tone, reverb simulates the natural ambience (reverberation) of a concert hall, and chorus adds spaciousness.
High-output amp and speaker section for powerful sound
The amplifier (22W x 2) boasts the highest output in its class, properly reproducing the expressive piano sounds with rich tone, sonorous lows, sparkling highs, and gorgeous resonance. Two large-diameter 10 cm speakers are placed inside the cabinet, allowing the sound to resonate for even richer depth. Placing the speakers below the keyboard creates the sensation that the sound is enveloping the entire piano, providing even greater realism.
Real Weighted Hammer Action 3 Keyboard provides a superb playing feel
The Real Weighted Hammer Action 3 (RH3) keyboard reproduces the same playing experience as on a grand piano, with heavier response in the lower register that becomes lighter as you play upward. With improved response to repeated keystrokes, even rapid passages can be reproduced without impairing the expression of the performer. There's also a Key Touch Control function that lets you choose one of three levels to specify how your playing dynamics will affect the sound, allowing you to personalize the instrument to your own keyboard touch. With a view toward the environment, no lead is used in the hammers of the keyboard.
Reduced chassis size and weight
In consideration of the user's possible need to move or relocate the instrument, the LP-380 has been lightened by approximately 5.0 kg in comparison to the previous model (LP-350), making it easier to move or transport, as well as making assembly safer.
LINE OUT Jack
You can use the LINE OUT jack (stereo mini-jack) to connect the instrument to your amplified speaker system or recording device.
The built-in metronome lets you adjust the time signature, tempo, and volume. It also lets you use a bell sound as the accent.
Premium pedal performance
The LP-380 includes all three pedals normally found on a concert grand piano, including support for realistic half-pedaling on both the damper and soft pedals. These pedals are affixed to the LP-380 in the perfect position for a true piano playing experience.
The LP-380 supports MIDI, the unified standard for transferring performance data between electronic musical instruments and computers. MIDI allows connected devices to control each other, and lets you use the LP-380 as a 16-part multi-timbral sound module.
Delivery is fast and free to all UK mainland addresses. Depending on your location we will select a courier - normally TNT, UPS or a Pallet service. At Chamberlain Music we aim to deliver as quickly and safely as possible and do our best to keep you informed all the way. Delivery of digital pianos is to doorsteps however many drivers are happy to assist further although they are not contracted to do so. Your piano will be delivered boxed and will require self-assembly.
Manufacturer warranty: 2 years