Portability and Ergonomic Aesthetics
Apparently, the Alesis learned its lessons from their previous failure, the Cadenza series. As a result, most of the upgrades of the Coda Series came from the shortcomings of their previous product.
The first noticeable improvement of the Coda Pro piano is its aesthetics. It is evident that Alesis abandoned the traditional looks of keyboards. Instead, they embraced the modern design, which is a plus point for many users.
Specifically, the piano comes with two speakers on its chassis. Meanwhile, the Coda Pro has a major facelift improvement, with all the layout and interface being placed correctly.
The hardware of Coda Pro is pretty impressive, too. With the mixture of matte and lucid finishes on its chassis, the Coda Pro became more elegant and appealing compared to its predecessors.
Moreover, we like the portability of the Alesis Coda Pro. Although it is true that it is not as compact because of its 88-key scheme, this keyboard is still lightweight.
In this Alesis Coda Pro review, we compared this piano with other digital pianos such as Yamaha DGX-660 and William Legato. And among them, Coda Pro is the lightest. Specifically, it has only a weight of 27.6 pounds.
The interface of the Alesis Coda Pro offers you a myriad of controls. Such of these are its LED display and 16-control buttons for MIDI, Patterns, Metronome, and other modes.
There is also additional ten buttons that you can use to play with its built-in voices. Moreover, you can explore other control options by the use of its "Shift" button.
There is a pitch wheel on the left of the keyboard that you can use to lower or raise the notes of the keyboard.
On the opposite side, the USB port, Sustain jack, MIDI out, and power jack is present. Meanwhile, the headphone outputs are placed in the front portion of the piano.
People won't forget how awful the sounding of the Cadenza grand piano is. It was one of the biggest regrets of the Alesis. That's the reason why this company focused on improving the sound quality of the Coda Series.
In fact, they tapped AIR and SONiVOX to help them in amplifying the sound of their latest keyboards.
If you lurk in the market today, you can notice that the Coda Pro is now among the best entry-grade digital pianos.
They are even at the same level as the Yamaha P-45, which is pretty remarkable already. Specifically, the mid and lower notes of the Coda Pro are exquisite!
Meanwhile, we can notice that the tone of this digital keyboard is warm, rich, and organic. Apparently, it is due to the 64-note polyphony technology that the keyboard has.
This particular innovation enables you to sustain various notes while the "Split/ Layer" mode is active.
The sound versatility of the Alesis Coda Pro is something that you have to look out for. The availability of 20 different presents will allow you to maximize your playing style. The built-in sounds include Vibraphone, Clavinet, and Harpsichord voices.
Moreover, it also got different tones of Grand Piano and Electric Piano as well. Of course, it won't be complete if the organ, harmonica, and accordion sounds are not there!
As we highlighted earlier, this piano can layer or split two tones simultaneously. Moreover, it can do the same functions at one. Moreover, you should not worry about the sound, thanks to its polyphony.
Because of this capability, the Coda Pro can produce a vast array of rich tones. We can even say that the versatility of this piano is better than its counterparts in Yamaha.
Also, the integration of DSP allowed the Alesis Coda Pro to become an excellent piano of choice.
Of course, we should not forget to emphasize the weighted hammer action of this instrument. It is among the biggest improvements that Alesis did for their pianos.
We all know how horrible the key bed of the previous Cadenza. Nobody wants to remember that thing anymore.
Honestly, you can still hear "tapping" noises, but it is not that audible. In short, this keyboard already the standards of the industry.