If you want to learn piano in order to impress your friends and be a whiz at any party with a piano, you need something easy and also compact. While it might seem fun to start with a concert hall-style grand piano, depending on where you live and your budget, it might not be feasible.
However, there are plenty of keyboards available that provide the same piano playing fun as a grand piano, at a fraction of the size and price.
One of these is the Alesis Recital Keyboard, which is a beginner-friendly piano that also has some advanced options for when you are a little more confident in your skills. However, whenever you get it out of the box, you expect it to be in top working order, right? Well, whether it works for a few hours or a few days before suddenly stopping, you need to figure out how to fix it.
Often, the best way to fix something is to turn it off and turn it back on, giving a quick reset. But how do you do that for an Alesis Recital Keyboard? And what causes a digital keyboard to even need to be restarted in the first place?
Restoring the keyboard to the original settings is simple. To reset your Recital keyboard, hold down the Reverb and Chorus buttons while turning on the power on the Alesis Recital.
A factory reset on an Alesis Recital Keyboard can be a big blow. You are losing out on anything you have saved on the keyboard, from your songs to your settings. Possibly even practice time while you spend your time troubleshooting. If your keyboard is having problems, a factory reset should be your last resort. There are a few common issues that can fix an unresponsive keyboard.
First, take a look at where the sound should be coming from, if the speaker settings are set to ‘On’ or ‘Normal’, then make sure that the speaker is activated and the settings are enabled.
And also, make sure that your speakers are on, or the headphones are plugged in and engaged, but not both. Fiddling around with the audio is one of the best ways to solve the problem of your piano not making sound.
If your keyboard won’t turn on at all, then you can do some other troubleshooting to fix it up. You can take a look at the wireless connection, make sure the wireless keyboard power switch is on, and that the battery and adapter are working.
Additionally, you can make sure all the drivers are installed. Ensure that the batteries are charged and put in correctly if you aren’t using the internal power source.
Whenever you make a factory reset on your computer or another device, you know what will happen. All your data, files, and everything you have done on the computer will be wiped. It will restart and return to its state just out of the box. You will need to:
It can be a hassle, but sometimes it is the only way.
However, whenever you do a factory reset of your keyboard, you might not know what will happen. For the Alesis Recital Keyboard, you need to hold down the Reverb and Chorus buttons whenever you are powering down your keyboard.
If for some reason, that isn’t working, then you can power down the keyboard while pressing the Chorus and Lesson buttons.
All of the listed values will be reset to their default values, and the reset parameters will include Reverb, Chorus, Metronome Tempo, Metronome Time Signature, Metronome Volume, Upper Volume, Lower Volume, Split Volume, Split Point, MIDI Channel, Touch Sensitivity, and Auto Power Off.
For a serious piano player, the most important values will be the metronome and the touch sensitivity. The rest of the options might even be fine as they are for people who are only playing every so often.
Whenever you are playing the piano, a metronome can help you keep time when learning new songs. It can also provide something that you can listen to whenever you are playing in an unfamiliar environment. As long as you can time your movements with the metronome, you will be able to play songs easily.
Making sure you have the correct tempo and time signature is something you need to keep in mind whenever you do a factory reset, especially if you are taking your keyboard to a concert or to a public area and want to play as quickly as possible.
Additionally, the touch sensitivity will be very important depending on if you want to use this keyboard to graduate to an acoustic keyboard one day. Especially since the Alesis Recital Keyboard has an acoustic option.
Touch sensitivity is designed to replicate what you would feel on an acoustic keyboard, where harder touches will allow for bigger and louder sounds, and playing softer will create a lighter sound.
If you have your touch sensitivity set just right, then you will need to reset it whenever you reset the keyboard as well. It can be a hassle, but at least you know that no matter how hard you touch the keys, the sound will be there!
With semi-weighted keys and a digital keyboard consisting of 88 keys, you would think that the keyboard is just like any other instrument. However, the digital component provides the sound, rather than the system of keys and levers that cause the vibrations of sound whenever you are dealing with an analog piano.
That means that the keyboard needs to be connected to a power source and turned on whenever you want to play it, and like any other digital product, that can be the cause of a lot of problems.
You could have connection issues, power issues, dead batteries, or other problems that stop the sound from coming out whenever you put your fingers to the keys.
If your keyboard won’t turn on, isn’t making sound, or is making the wrong type of sound whenever you press on the keys, then you might need to give it a reset if other common troubleshooting problems aren’t working.
Sometimes you might find that your piano is working fine, but the volume is either low or inconsistent despite not touching the settings or even making any changes. One day you are playing it, and the next day you come and see that your piano isn’t the way that you left it. This can be frustrating, and there are a number of things that could have been adjusted to cause the changes in the volume.
No matter what the problem you are experiencing with your Alesis Recital Keyboard, you don’t need to have a full factory reset as your only course to fix the issue. Indeed, a reset should be one of your last resorts. The problems could be very easy to fix if you start looking for them.
The keyboard can be connected to a lot of things to improve your experience. You could connect it to your MP3 or music player in order to play songs that you like, rather than just the ones included in the application.
Additionally, you can connect the keyboard to your computer, and that will allow you to access additional software, as well as the Mac program GarageBand, which also allows you to record your music.
If you find that your connections are slow, unreliable, or taking a very long time to hook up whenever they were previously fine, then you might need to do a reset in order to fix them up. If you’ve made sure that the problem isn’t on the computer’s end, a factory reset can help return the connections to their previous state.
If you find yourself having problems with the keyboard and have found that your solutions or your attempts to do a reset haven’t fixed whatever problems you might be dealing with, then you can contact Alesis customer support to get help.
They have a massive online database where you can search for solutions for every problem you might have, as well as phone numbers that you can call depending on your region for one on one support.
No matter what the problem might be, with a little looking around and some resets, you can fix the issue and then get back to playing the piano again. Whether you want to play to have a hobby, want to play to show off to your friends, or want to play in order to become the next big piano star, the Alesis Recital Keyboard will work for you, and you won’t need to worry about it not working for you, because you will know how to fix it!
Linda Ritter is a passionate pianist and a songwriter for more than 7 years. With a Masters in Music, she has explored the world of music and has collaborated with several musicians and brands like Roland, Tune Core, and plenty of blogs.