Alesis Cadenza Premium 88 Key Digital Piano: Things you need to Know

Today, Digital Piano Reviews brings you the review of the Alesis Cadenza. Now, most of you are probably not familiar with this brand. Before we tell you whether we recommend it or not, let’s get a brief on the company.

Based in Rhode Island, Alesis is a private company that designs and markets digital mixers, audio processors, digital interfaces, drum machines, recording equipment, and electronic keyboards and percussion instruments. Contrary to what you may think, Alesis has been around for a while. It was founded in 1984. However, the company has been through a lot of ups and downs.

In the summer of 2011, Alesis announced its new Cadenza 88-key digital piano. So it’s safe to say that Alesis is new to the digital piano market.

Anyway, is it worth the price? Just to save you time, we’re going to tell you right away: don’t buy it. You can go back and read another review…or continue reading this review to find out why we don’t recommend it.

Unfortunately, Alesis recently stopped the production of the Cadenza. This could be due to this digital piano not being able to compete with the Yamaha and Casio models on the market. But you can still buy it until supplies last. But we strongly suggest you don’t waste your money on it.

This review of the Alesis Cadenza will answer your questions about the features of the instrument and give you the information you need about the pros and cons of the product.

Here are some of the features:

  • 88-key weighted, graded hammer action keyboard
  • Variable Touch sensitive settings
  • Chorus & Reverb effects; Metronome
  • 8 stereo instrument voices with split/combine capability
  • Bass & Treble controls; built-in speakers
  • On-board 2 track recorder
  • Head phone jack; USB/MIDI outputs
  • Blue, backlit LCD screen
  • Includes: sustain pedal, and music stand
  • Weighs 50 lbs.

The Pros:

  • Very easy to assemble
  • The feel of the weighted keys is actually good
  • The variety of inputs make it easy to connect to a PC or Mac, making it easier to transfer files back and forth

The Cons:

  • The sound quality is only decent; not something worthy for the price you pay
  • It’s weighs 50 pounds; so portability is out of question
  • The maximum volume wasn’t very loud and there is no volume control
  • Lacks many features you get on digital pianos in the same price range

Note: Although we didn’t experience this with the model we tested, some customers reported some keys not working, with clunking sounds.

Click here to watch the video of these faulty keys recorded by a customer.

Digital Piano Reviews – Conclusion

As you have already read, do not buy the Cadenza. Alesis may be great at designing other products, but it has failed to compete in the digital piano market. It’s probably the reason why the production has ended so soon. For the same price models, you should stick to Yamaha and Casio.

Good for: no one; or someone willing to waste their money for no good reason

Not so good for: someone looking for a valuable instrument

Final Verdict: Not Recommended