For digital piano manufacturers, the goal is simple: translate the sound and feel of the best acoustic pianos into a lightweight, portable keyboard. Easier said than done, but Yamaha is in a unique position to achieve this goal. They make some of the finest acoustic pianos in the world, so they know what it takes to get that tone. Combine that craftsmanship with their advanced technological know-how, and you get the YPG525 digital piano; an ultra-realistic acoustic experience you can take anywhere.
Lightly weighted keys for natural acoustic feel
The biggest difference between a keyboard and an acoustic piano (besides the obvious size and weight) is the action and response of the keys. While most keyboards are little more than overgrown buttons that trigger various sounds, The keys on the YPG525 are lightly weighted to simulate the same touch and feel as an acoustic piano. You'll notice a slight resistance as you press any of the 88 full-size keys, as if there were real mallets "under the hood" striking real strings. Many beginners have a difficult time switching from keyboard to piano because they just aren't used to the extra pressure. With the YPG525, the transition is seamless. You can practice at home on this compact keyboard, and not have to worry about compensating for the acoustic piano at the recital. You'll have the confidence to play expressively, concentrating on the sheet music instead of worrying about the unfamiliar action.
High-resolution Live! Grand piano samples
While feel is definitely important, it is always secondary to the sound. Anyone who's ever played an out-of-tune acoustic piano will agree. Fortunately, the YPG525 never goes out of tune. Yamaha loaded their famous Live! Grand piano into this keyboard, and your ears are in for a treat! These are high-resolution stereo samples of a real grand piano, giving every note rich, warm, resonant character. Nothing else comes this close to the real thing! Also, since this is a digital instrument, Yamaha includes additional instrument samples to help kickstart your creativity. Choose from any of the drum sounds, guitars, horns, organs, and more, and build your own arrangements.
Onboard stereo sound system
When it's time to take your show on the road, the YPG525 is a self-contained unit. For small, intimate gigs, the integrated sound system is all you need to get your music out to the crowd. While some digital pianos offer two speakers, all Yamaha keyboards feature true stereo sound. Special bass ports on each speaker boost the low-end response for deep, full tone with articulate clarity. For larger gigs, use the stereo headphone output to feed a PA system or keyboard amplifier, and you can cut through any mix. This jack is also great for quiet late-night practicing. Weighing less than 29 pounds, you can take this keyboard anywhere.
In addition to its expressive feel and natural sound, Yamaha included some helpful features for both beginners and advanced players. Onboard flash memory stores song data, which can be viewed on the large LCD screen. Load songs, save patch settings, and read the score without ever turning the page. Your hands stay on the keys, and your mind stays focused on the music. The YPG525's Music Finder function lets you scroll through all your saved songs, instantly recalling tempo, right-hand voice, and song style. Not sure which patch to pick? The One Touch feature makes it easy. Choose the Jazz style, and a piano is automatically loaded. Play a few chords, and the appropriate backing tracks follow your progression. How about a nice Latin groove. Press a button, and a silky acoustic guitar, complete with reverb, is called up. Beginners will also appreciate Your Tempo mode. If you're unfamiliar with the song, the tempo automatically slows the accompaniment while you search for the next correct note, then gets back up to speed when you've found your place. Use any of the sixteen combination presets to save and reload all your patches.
Advanced players will appreciate split keyboard mode, letting you play one sound on the lower keys and another up high. How about a bass guitar holding down the groove, and a sax melody on top? Layer mode lets you blend two patches, triggering both with a single key-press. Fill out your chords and add dramatic swells by combining piano and strings, for example. Additionally, an onboard sequencer lets you build your own compositions, playing up to six parts at once. Create a rhythm section with bass and drum patches, add some rock organ and horn stabs, and pretty soon you've got a full band backing you up! Two USB connections let you move your song data for even more control. The USB-to-device port can be used to load sheet music or MIDI sequences from a portable flash drive. Use the USB-to-host port to connect to your computer, archiving all your files on your hard drive.
The YPG525 includes a keyboard stand, music rest, sustain pedal, power adapter, and owner's manual. Purchase the Yamaha Survival Kit, and you also get a Watch and Learn DVD, felt keyboard cover, stereo headphones, and three-year extended warranty.
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The Yamaha YPG-525 Portable Grand is a piano-focused keyboard with 88 piano-style keys, adaptor, stand and sustain pedal. Main features include high resolution Live! Grand stereo sample, song recorder, USB MIDI, USB storage capability and exceptional sounding voices.
The YPG-525 is a direct replacement for the popular DGX-505, with more features and sounds.
88 piano-style keys
Stand, sustain pedal and PA5D adaptor included
Large Wave ROM features extra high quality Live! Grand sample
Backlit LCD (320 x 240) displays lyrics, chords & notation
USB to DEVICE for storing songs & styles (storage device optional)
Performance Assistant: play melody & chords like a pro
6-track sequencer: record your own music
Interactive Lessons: Your Tempo mode helps you learn to play
Pitch bend wheel for more expressive playing of brass/guitar
Yamaha XGlite/GM, Sweet!, Live!, Cool!, Split & Layer voices
Don't forget your Survival Kit!
Designed to provide you with everything you need to get started. Includes a 3-year extended warranty, Watch & Learn DVD, Grand piano key cover, Stereo Headphones, Bonus coupons, Yamaha Survival Kit DVD-ROM