SummaryThe Williams Rhapsody 2 digital piano fills your home or studio with impressive looks, great sound, realistic feel and plenty of features
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In the realm of digital pianos, the task can seem daunting when searching for a model suited to personal piano playing needs. What are the best makes and models? How much horsepower do I need? What kind of playing/practicing will the piano be used for? The best place to begin is with the basics, like a Williams Rhapsody 2 88 -Key Console Digital Piano. This model meets with industry standards when it comes to rhythms and tones built into the machine.
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The Williams Rhapsody adds two sounds to the standardized 10 (which accompanies most upright pianos). These sounds are well paired and offer a full piano sound, locked within the Williams digital piano. The collection of sounds available to the pianist consists of a Grand Piano, Electric Piano 1 and 2, a Church Organ, Rock Organ, Strings, Vibraphone, Guitar, Bright Piano, Bass, Harpsichord, with a Choir Voice completing the list of features. This vast array of sounds gives the pianist a wide range of options for each performance. The Rhapsody also comes with a demo song for each of the voices on the instrument, which will allow the player to sample each sound before they begin to play.
The Williams Rhapsody also comes with standard features one expects from any digital piano model. These features include a built-in metronome – a key component to any pianist’s practice sessions as it teaches rhythm, timing, and pacing of various pieces of music. The tempo is also adjustable to suit whatever piece of music being performed. Not only do experienced pianists use this tool, but beginners are also in need of this crucial pace keeping device. Over time, a player learns to keep time on their own, but until that is achieved, it is good to have a metronome built into the instrument, so no matter when the practice occurs, the pianist is sure to have a metronome nearby.
Divide and Conquer
The Williams Rhapsody comes with a function that divides the range of keys into various instruments. In other words, the player can take advantage of the additional Bass Voice and add it to their left hand, while playing a more traditional sounding piano with their right. Or perhaps, if they want, they can mix up the bass and harpsichord voices available. The secondary part of this feature is layering. For example, the pianist would be able to layer strings over a grand piano. This not only allows for the creation of a personal mix of sound but can also add various dimensions to whatever pieces the pianist is playing. Thus encouraging practice and creativity when sitting behind the keys.
MIDI and USB Connections
This function, though common, is a much -appreciated feature among digital pianos – the ability to record and playback pieces of music. This function gives the pianist a chance to hear what the piece sounds like and then offer up a personal critique. The recording function located within this model is a two –track recorder. There is also a USB MIDI connection which allows the pianist to connect to a computer or mobile device (smartphone or tablet), and transfer their recordings onto said device. This will open up the option for creating CD’s, uploading to the Internet or stored on a personal device. Also, the player can turn their recordings into mp3 files for listening on compatible devices.
The Williams Rhapsody 2 88 -Key Digital Piano features a weighted keyboard. This particular function provides an acoustic piano feel hidden within the instrument. Not only does this feature encourage proper finger positioning for beginners, but also allows the pianist to receive the same look and feel they would get with an acoustic grand piano. This is key if the instrument at home will be different from the one being performed upon elsewhere. There is also an easy to read LCD, music rest (or stand), 64 -voice polyphony for a rich — layered sound, sustain and sostenuto pedals designed for realistic playability, and an elegant wood grain finish to complete the elegant look one would find on a grand piano.
The Good Stuff
- Good value for the cost.Tan be used in an auditorium or church
- Excellent practice piano.’Well suited to beginners.
- Wore like a portable keyboard than a digital piano.
- The weighted keys are a little unresponsive.
- Not as crisp of a sound.
Does it sound like an acoustic piano?
To a point, it will, but as with any digital, there will be minimal tonal differences.
Does it come with a music stand?
Yes, it comes with a music stand built into the top of the piano.
ls there additional room on top of the piano for a piano lamp?
Yes, there would be enough space to store a lamp. The music stand is also supportive enough for a clip lamp.
Does it come with a piano bench?
No, a piano bench will need to be purchased separately.
In conclusion, the Williams Rhapsody 2 88 -Key Digital Piano is the perfect unit for a player looking to kick-start their piano playing endeavors. It boasts multiple features perfect for anyone looking to work with layering, play using various voices (such as strings, organ, harpsichord and more), recording onto different devices, or use functions such as ‘playback’ to experience the piece played from an audience’s perspective. The Williams Rhapsody also falls into a lower price range, making it available to a pianist on a smaller budget. It’s also fairly portable, meaning it can be maneuvered in and out of a music room.