Posts Tagged ‘Digital Pianos’

New Yamaha YDP-184 Digital Piano

Yamaha Arius YDP-184 Digital Piano

Yamaha Arius YDP-184 Digital Piano

The Yamaha Arius YDP-184R digital piano is the new flagship of the YDP Digital Piano Series. The Yamaha CFX piano sample, Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM) and the GH3 keyboard action set it apart from its closest kin, the YDP-181.

The GH3 Graded Hammer action uses the same hammering system and springless mechanism of a grand piano. As a result, it reproduces the authentic piano touch, from the heavy feel in the lower register to a lighter touch in the upper keys.

It also features a three-sensor setup which facilitates quick note repetition and authentic expressive control while producing a grand piano style experience. Additionally, synthetic ivory key tops provide a tactile surface to the white keys, absorbing moisture from the fingers and preventing them from slipping.

The keyboard action of a digital piano is very important to most piano teachers, more so than price or tone. Although the sound is a close second to touch, with price being a distant third prerequisite. Let me give you an example.

When one of our piano teacher customers comes looking for a digital piano to recommend to a student, the very first thing the teacher does is touch and play the keys. If it feels authentic, they’ll continue the search process and listen to the instrument. If it doesn’t feel right, they move to another instrument without hesitating.

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New Yamaha Digital Stage Pianos

Yamaha-CP4-Stage-2

Yamaha recently introduced the CP4 and CP40 Stage Pianos. They feature a selection of grand piano sounds based on the Yamaha CFIIIs, one of Yamaha’s Premium Collection grand pianos.

The CP40 also includes a selection of vintage electric pianos with VCM effects and a variety of sounds from Yamaha’s Motif round out the sound set. With this versatile setup,you’re ready for any musical situation. Some of the classic Yamaha sounds on-board are the DX7, CP80 electric grand, DX Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and many, many, more.

One touch is all it takes to layer and split sounds on the CP40. The large lighted buttons make it easy to split and layer sounds even on the darkest stages, allowing you to switch from a full piano, to a piano voice layered with strings, or piano with a split bass sound. The Main Solo function lets you go back to playing piano across the entire keyboard with the touch of a button.

  • 15 CFIII grand piano voices
  • 35 Vintage electric pianos (tine, reed, DX and original CP80)
  • 247 Voices including Basses, Clavs, Organs, Strings and Pads based on our flagship Motif
  • 62 Virtual Circuit Modeling effects, Reverb, Chorus, Master 3 band EQ and Compressor
  • 88 Note Graded Hammer action
  • Slim, elegant lightweight design (36 lbs.) for portability
  • FC3 foot pedal for half damper and sound board resonance included

Yamaha Announces New YDP142

Yamaha YDP142

This is the time of year when music manufacturers begin making announcements of new products that are “coming soon”. The new Yamaha YDP142 Arius digital piano is one such product.

The YDP142 is replacing the popular YDP141, with new features and finishes. New features include: PureCF Sound Engine, Acoustic Optimizer and 128 note polyphony (the YDP141 had 64 note polyphony). The new finishes include the traditional Rosewood finish YDP142R, and a new Black Walnut finish, YDP142B. Yamaha decided to add a black finish to this series, because black is the most popular color for acoustic pianos.

Yamaha has been producing well-made and affordable electronic pianos since the 1970’s, when they introduced the CP30 and CP70B electric grand. And now, they’re adding the YDP142 to the fold. With its new features and finishes, it’s sure to be a winner!

For more information, visit www.AndysMusic.com, or call 251-633-8944.

New Yamaha P-105 Digital Piano

Yamaha P-105 Digital Piano

Yamaha P-105 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano

The new Yamaha P-105, a new portable digital piano featuring Yamaha piano touch and tone, was introduced at Summer NAMM 2012. The P-105 is for anyone looking for an affordable and great sounding 88-key weighted action keyboard.

The Yamaha P-105 has an 88-note, Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) weighted action keyboard that feels heavier in the low end and lighter in the top, just like the keys of an acoustic piano. It also features the PureCF sound engine that recreates the sound of Yamaha’s famous CFIIIS concert grand piano.

The versatile USB TO HOST port and line-level AUX outputs allow a variety of connectivity options with everything from an amplifier to an iPad. Additionally, with the optional Apple Camera Connection Kit, the world of Yamaha Apps like Piano Diary and NoteStar opens up all sorts of possibilities. With its increased 128-note polyphony, the P-105 ensures the suppression of dropped notes even with simultaneous Dual & Split modes and a drum pattern playing. In the EQ department, Intelligent Acoustic Control provides full, balanced sound that adapts to each user’s volume setting for the best possible tone at any level.

The P-105 also allows for side-by-side piano practice for two people using the new Duo mode, a distinctive benefit that makes it ideal for schools teaching group lessons as it accommodates two students per piano, each with their own middle C.

Additional features include ten pianist styles that essentially give the user a built-in duet partner that plays along in one of ten different playing varieties like boogie woogie, stride piano, or ballad Arpeggios. Furthermore, the built-in Rhythms offer ten versatile patterns as an alternative to the traditional metronome and this virtual drummer is always on time.

Yamaha P105 Features:
New PureCF Sound Engine – CFIIIS samples
88-Key Graded Hammer Standard
USB-to-host Port
Line Outputs with iPad Connection
Dual and Split Modes
Drum Pattern Playing
Intelligent Acoustic Control
Duo Mode for Side-By-Side Practice
10 Pianist Styles
10 Rhythms
Metronome
Also Available in White

For more information on the Yamaha P-105 visit www.AndysMusic.com, or call Andy’s Music at 251-633-8944

New Yamaha Keyboards Announced At Winter NAMM 2012

Yamaha Arius YDPC71PE Digital Piano

Yamaha YDP-C71PE

Yamaha will introduce at least two new keyboard products at this year’s music dealer trade show ( NAMM), the YDP-C71PE Arius Digital Piano and the EZ-220 portable keyboard.

The Yamaha YPD-C71PE features a high gloss polished ebony finish – like Yamaha Grand Pianos – and is very suitable for churches, schools, and of course, home. It has the GH graded hammer action, AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling, and the half-damper effect, which provides different levels of sustain for acoustic piano realism.

Other features include a two track song recorder, dual headphone jacks, and the ability to mute either hand of the 50 preset piano songs, so you can practice each hand independently. For more information on the YDPC71PE or the EZ200, visit www.AndysMusic.com, or call Andy’s Music at 251-633-7495.

Yamaha YDP-135R Digital Piano Announced

YDP-135R

Yamaha just announced the YDP-135R, the latest addition to its Arius digital piano line. It is similar in features to the YDP141, sans bench and a few other features, and will sell for $999; at this price, it is one of the most affordable Yamaha Arius pianos available.

The Yamaha YDP135R is ideal for beginning students and experienced players alike, and provides true piano sound and feel. The Graded Hammer Standard keyboard makes it enjoyable to play, both in practice or performance, and the AWM Stereo Sampling technology delivers authentic voices and clarity. The Dual voice mode lets you play two different instrument sounds at the same time, piano and strings are a popular combo, and the 1-track song recorder captures your original musical ideas and performances.

Attractive wood cabinetry and Yamaha’s legendary heritage in piano craftsmanship make ARIUS/YDP the premier name in entry-level console digital pianos. For information on the complete line of Yamaha keyboards and digital pianos, visit www.AndysMusic.com, or call 251-633-8944.

New Roland RD-700NX Digital Piano

Roland RD700NX

Roland RD-700NX Digital Piano

Roland marks a new RD series milestone with the introduction of the RD-700NX digital piano, a stage piano that raises the bar for onstage performance with its incredible sound, touch, and control capabilities. This flagship stage piano is packed with professional features for gigging keyboard players, including Roland’s SuperNATURAL® Piano sound engine along with newly developed E. Piano based on SuperNATURAL technology, the finest keyboard action: PHA III Ivory Feel keyboard with Escapement, a unique Sound Focus feature, and a large, high-resolution LCD Screen.

Onboard the RD-700NX are three stunning grand pianos (with 30 variations), all driven by the groundbreaking SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine. SuperNATURAL Piano offers the ultimate playing experience, delivering seamless variations in tone from pianissimo to fortissimo, notes that fade naturally without looping, and three-dimensional sound and response.

The RD-700NX stage piano is also equipped with E. Piano sounds based on SuperNATURAL technology that offer painstakingly accurate models of varied classic electric pianos from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Going far beyond standard sampling of electric pianos, the SuperNATURAL technology enables complete control and expressivity, giving players the ability to customize sounds and create entirely new electric piano voices.

For a true grand piano playing feel, the RD-700NX is outfitted with the PHA III Ivory Feel Keyboard with Escapement. This keyboard offers maximum comfort, playability, and response, and perfectly conveys dynamic, velocity-based tonal changes. This supreme keyboard action draws maximum expressivity out of both SuperNATURAL Piano and E. Piano sounds. Additionally, the keys feature Roland’s acclaimed Ivory Feel, a comfortable and realistic moisture-absorbent material that prevents slipping from perspiration during performance.

For musicians playing in large ensembles, the new Sound Focus feature ensures that the RD-700NX cuts through the densest mix without adding compression or artifacts that color the tone, and is customizable based on the type of musical performance. Combined with SuperNATURAL technology, Sound Focus provides enough presence without sacrificing any essential expressivity. New One Touch Piano feature provides instant access to three acoustic pianos and three E. Pianos with the touch of a button.

In addition to Roland’s finest acoustic and electric piano sounds, the RD-700NX is filled with hundreds of additional quality sounds for performance versatility, including organs, strings, synths, rhythm sets, and more. Navigating the vast library and editing sounds is easy with the new high-resolution display, which provides clear visibility and an intuitive graphical interface.

For more information on the Roland RD700NX and other Roland keyboards, visit www.AndysMusicOnline.com, or call Andy’s Music at 251-633-8944.

Yamaha Arius YDP181 Digital Piano

Yamaha Arius YDP181

Yamaha YDP181

As the replacement for the Yamaha YDP223, the YDP181 has some big shoes to fill. But, based on its specifications, it should do an admiral job. Updated features include: dynamic stereo sampling, 128 note polyphony, 2-track, 3 song sequencer, damper resonance for richer sustained tones, and USB TO DEVICE port.

The Yamaha Arius YDP181 uses the USB device port for storing songs recorded on the instrument. The damper pedal includes a half-damper effect, giving you nuanced expressive control over the sustained sound, and Dual Voice capability lets you play two different instrument sounds at the same time. An on-board 2-track song recorder allows you to capture your original musical ideas and performances while practicing or performing.

The YDP181 is suited to students and experienced players alike, and provides true piano sound and feel. The Graded Hammer keyboard of the YDP-181 makes it a true joy to play, both in practice and performance, and the 3-level AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling Voices deliver remarkably authentic sound.

Casio PX-3 Privia Digital Piano

Casio PX3 Digital Piano

Casio PX3 Digital Piano

The new Casio PX-3 digital piano is a professional stage piano with all the sounds and functions for playing live in a band. The PX3 piano is packed with functions that set it apart from standard models. With a slim body like every Casio Privia piano, the newly developed PX3 has powerful master control functions that enable control over four zones, each of which can simultaneously control internal tones and external MIDI instruments.

The internal tone banks offer a wealth of various instrument sounds, including highly realistic pianos and electric pianos that are often used in live performances.

  • Compact and lightweight (only 24 lbs) for conveniently carrying to the stage or studio.
  • Features a complete range of instrument sounds required from a stage piano, including 16 piano sounds, 20 electric piano sounds, 18 organ sounds, 8 clavinet and vibraphone sounds, and 20 string and ensemble pads.
  • Internal tones can be edited using the synthesizer function, which includes attack and release time, filtering, and vibrato.
  • Applying the keyboard split and layer functions allows control of four zones of sounds simultaneously, assignable to four different internal tones as well as external MIDI instruments via four designated MIDI channels.
  • 64 types of DSP effects, including phaser, flanger, wah, tremolo, rotary simulation, and distortion, can be applied to two tones simultaneously.
  • Four-band equalizer allows sound to be freely adjusted according to one’s taste across four frequency ranges.
  • Registration function enables user to save settings for tones, MIDI, DSP, etc., for immediate call up when performing.
  • In Card Player mode, MIDI files (in SMF type 0 or 1 and other formats) can be played back during a performance.
  • The pitch bend wheel smoothly changes note pitch to reproduce note-bending on guitar and other performance techniques.
  • Two assignable buttons can be set to select modulation, and the speed of the rotary effect, change the portamento, etc.
  • Convenient SD memory card slot allows registration and playback of MIDI files.
  • Fitted with various connection ports including line-in and line-out, MIDI in and out, and a USB terminal.
  • The Casio PX-3 digital piano offers great value at an affordable price and will be available this summer.

    Yamaha DGX640 Portable Digital Grand Piano

    Yamaha DGX640W

    Yamaha DGX-640 Portable Grand Digital Piano

    Earlier this winter, the new Yamaha DGX640 contemporary digital piano was introduced at Winter NAMM 2010.  Replacing the best-selling YPG635, the DGX640 is ideal for musical home entertainment,  piano students and keyboard hobbyists of all ages. The DGX640W has a walnut finish, and the DGX640C has a cherry finish.

    The Yamaha DGX640 offers excellent value for a digital piano in this price range. Beyond Yamaha’s unsurpassed acoustic piano heritage and brand, this musical keyboard offers remarkable touch and tone, quality of styles and an industry-leading three-year warranty. Included are such features as an 88-key Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard,  auto-accompaniment, Style content and a front panel USB device port for storing user songs or importing song files from external sources, to make creating and saving music quicker and easier than ever. A high-quality speaker system is also placed on the front panel, providing optimum tonal positioning for the user.

    The DGX-640 additionally offers interactive features for multi-student music education labs. It can also be used in conjunction with the LP7A 3-pedal unit (for more piano-like performance) and the WB2 bench.

    The DGX640 is expected to ship in July 2010 and comes in two finishes: Walnut and Cherry. For more information, visit www.AndysMusicOnline.com, or call Andy’s Music at 251-633-8944.