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I have an old electronic keyboard. When I play a triad, even using only my right hand, it sounds very distorted. Diads work passably well but triads cause this problem. Even worse if I play the root note with my left hand (root note an octave below the triad). Sounds extremely harsh and unmusical. Is this a characteristic of all electronic keyboards or it it likely due to my keyboard being very old? Would a reasonably priced (€250 give or take) new keyboard solve this problem? Thanks.
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 3555
    It sounds as though your keyboards faulty, there should be no distortion even with octave bass left hand and triad with right hand. 
    There are some real bargains keyboard wise out there, something like this be ideal 

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Roland-Juno-D-Keyboard/173041242965?hash=item284a0fd355:g:3-wAAOSwe7laOWOx
    www.2020studios.co.uk 
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  • An amplification problem, methinks.

    If the keyboard has built-in loudspeakers, one of the units could be on the verge of terminating itself.

    Rocker said:
    Sounds extremely harsh and unmusical.
    If you ran a Fender Rhodes electric piano through a guitar amplifier, with or without a ring modulator effect, that distortion would qualify as jazz fusion.
    I fear the Geeks, even when they bear GIFs.
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  • SassafrasSassafras Frets: 12376
    Could be the cables.
     ;) 
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  • goldtopgoldtop Frets: 812
    Check with headphones. Is the distortion still there? And does it remain when you lower the volume?

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  • goldtop said:
    Check with headphones. Is the distortion still there? And does it remain when you lower the volume?
    Good thinking, Batman.

    Rocker said:
    old electronic keyboard ... sounds very distorted ... Sounds extremely harsh and unmusical. 
    If the keyboard sound generation technology is digital, the distortion could originate in the digital-to-analogue audio conversion chip.

    If the IC sits in a socket, it should be possible to reseat it. This would restore normal operation. If the IC is soldered directly to the main PCB, it will be a royal pain to take a soldering iron anywhere near it. This runs the risk of overheating the IC to destruction.
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2619
    Comments for this thread now on C18Q1. Learning to read music.
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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