Concert pianists know full well the importance of a well -crafted, perfectly tuned an instrument. They also know the cost behind such an instrument. This cost can be upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars, which puts such a tool out of reach for those looking to hone their craft at home. That’s where Yamaha comes in; they’re offering concert piano quality (without the concert piano costs) with their line of concert pianos for the home — namely the Yamaha DGX650B Digital Piano.
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This particular Yamaha digital piano is a PureCF Sampled Piano. Meaning it has been ‘sampled” from Yamaha’s renowned CFIIIS concert grand. No other digital piano brand offers an instrument of this particular concert quality, within such an affordable price range. Additionally, the pianist is able to use this instrument for recording various pieces of music, without losing the professional sound a more costly acoustic piano has to offer. Though not classified as a portable piano, this instrument can be easily moved from room to room, giving the pianist the ability to practice in whatever room inspires them. It also means this model can be moved into a recording room (or studio if available) without too much difficulty.
Mother unique function of this particular Yamaha model is the Auxiliary Line Input, which provides the pianist with the ability to conned any device with a line output (Definition: one or more connectors or terminals from which an output signal is delivered. In other words, a headphone style jack.) This includes mobile devices (phones, tablets and the like), mixers, and computers. Even other keyboards (pianos) can be connected. Once any of the above devices are plugged in, the sound will come through the internal speakers, which are built directly into the PureCF Piano. Once any of the above devices have been connected, the player can then mix, layer, record and transfer songs, and learn new pieces of music.
The Yamaha PureCF Sampled Piano comes complete with 128 -note polyphony. On an electric keyboard, polyphony is defined by the quantity of notes/voices that can be played simultaneously, without losing the quality of tone. And though a keyboard may consist of 88 keys, the polyphony can be lower or higher. Specifically, polyphony pertains to a number of individual notes/tones a piano is able to produce. By choosing a digital keyboard with 128 polyphony, it will provide enough horsepower for what’s known as a “dropout -free” performance, while offering the ability to layer multiple voices, and play two-handed — sustained chords. In other words, the pianist can now experience a full rich sound (often only found in acoustic piano’s), through the Yamaha DGX-650.
The piano, in actuality, is a percussion instrument, which means having keys with a bit of weight, or “force” behind them is necessary. This gives the pianist a way to punch those notes really, and add some weight to their performance. By having a fully weighted keyboard (GHS action), the pianist is required to exercise similar force to that required with an acoustic piano. They keys are also “touch sensitive” – a lighter strike of the keys will produce a softer sound, a heavier touch produces a louder sound. It also provides the player with an acoustic experience; not only in sound quality, but it also provides the ‘grand piano enjoyment” often only an acoustic instrument can offer.
You Are The Mist
The final function of the Yamaha DGX-650 is the “You Are The Mist” Series. This application gives the player the chance to perform professionally arranged, play -along with songs, complete with songbooks from Hal Leonard. If the pianist dreams of “playing the greats” from the comfort of their own home, this application is a wonderful way to achieve that. The function provides the pianist with the opportunity to become Elton John, Adele, Taylor Swift and many others. Or, for that just starling out in their lessons, this is a perfect way to encourage said lessons. In short, the “You Are The Mist” Series is a beautiful way to showcase various piano tunes, genres, the pianist’s talent and more.
The Good Stuff
- More compact than an acoustic piano.
- Ability to connect various devices to enhance playing and Recording
- Ability for audio recording
- Excellent speaker sound
- One finger “chord enhancement’ feature.
- Embellishes a single chord for the pianist.
The Bad Stuff
- After some time, the “grand piano sound” can fade in various keys.
- Does not offer a professional recording sound in the keys.
- Not portable
- Initial setup can be complicated
- Will need to be tuned.
What is included in the box?
Keyboard, stand, power supply, music stand, and owner’s manual. Additionally, the customer will want to purchase a sustain pedal. Either the FC4 or the LP7 Three-Pedal Unit. The Three-Pedal Unit offers additional playing options, but the most important feature is its ability to conned to the piano, thus prevent it from sliding around.
Will a bench need to be purchased separately from the piano?
Yes, this particular model needs a bench purchased separately.
Can a mp3 player or iPod be plugged in, and both music and piano be heard at once?
Yes, a device can be plugged in and used simultaneously with playing the piano.
How does the sound quality compare with the P-1057?
The sound is quite similar, potentially a little richer. The main advantages of this model are found in the “extras.” I.E. More sounds programs, ability to plug in various devices, etc.
In conclusion, the Yamaha DGX650B Digital Piano is a perfect purchase for those looking for concert piano quality, at home. From beginner to professional, playing at home alone, or recording for the masses, this Yamaha digital piano offers a vast array of features designed to suit to every need. From the ability to use mobile devices, computers, and additional keyboards for enhancing the piano playing experience, to a weighted keyboard boasting an acoustic piano feel. Lastly, it is important to make a note of the need for a pedal, and an adjustable bench in order to complete the concert piano ensemble. The importance of a well -crafted instrument is crucial to anyone performing at a symphonic, or concert level.