If the grand piano is as majestic a beast as the north American bison, or blue whale, then the Yamaha YPG-635's stereo-sampled grand piano voice is like famed painter-naturalist John James Audubon's uncanny renderings. So vivid and rich is the recreated sound, if you were to close you eyes and play you'd think were sitting at the keys of a massive, heirloom instrument in the hallowed halls of Avery Fisher or Carnegie. How, you ask, does the Yamaha YPG-635 accomplish such a feat? Through the employ of their famed XGlite sound processor and massive sample memory, of course! The larger memory means larger digital sample files, which means high resolution samples for the Yamaha YPG-635. And higher resolution is akin to painting with a finer brush: more of the subtle nuance and detail is captured, and a more lifelike sonic image is presented. The aural spectacle doesn't stop with piano sounds, however. The Yamaha YPG-635's XGlite sound-bank has literally hundreds of interments for you to play with, including strings, woodwinds, guitars, bass, drum kits, percussion, and even synthesizer sounds an sound effects. Want even more variety? Engage "Dual Mode" to combine two different voices at once, or go into "Split Mode" and play acoustic bass with your left hand and trumpet with your right. You'll never get tired exploring new and exciting sonic textures with the Yamaha YPG-635. Each sound is amplified and projected through the YPG-635's built-in, stereo, two-way speakers. What's in a two way speaker? Glad you asked! Two-way means that each channel, left and right, is voiced by it's own pair of speakers, one for the low end and one for the highs. By giving each part of the audio spectrum a dedicated speaker element, the bass is bigger, the treble is crisper, and the sound overall is clearer. It's just another refined touch brought to you by the audio experts at Yamaha.
What A Feel
"Refined Touch" is exactly how you'll describe playing the Yamaha YPG-635 as well. The 88 keys on this portable grand (and what keyboard could honestly call itself a "portable grand" without a full set of eighty-eight keys) exemplify Yamaha's painstakingly designed "Graded Hammer Standard" weighted action system. With the ultimate goal of perfectly emulating the experience of playing a full-sized grand, the Yamaha YPG-635's keys are not only weighted, but weighted in a graded increase from right to left. What does Yamaha mean by "graded"? The ivories on a real piano are connected to strings, and these strings get progressively thicker and longer as they get lower in tone. The result of this necessity of physics is that the higher notes on a piano will have a feathery touch, whereas the lower notes will present a stouter resistance, and so, too, do the keys on the Yamaha YPG-635. It's a stunning feat of mimicry that not only heightens the playing experience, but also prepares the novice pianist for the mechanics of an actual, acoustic piano.
What A Looker!
A fine instrument is a point of pride, and the proud student will want to play their instrument at every chance. For reasons utterly practical, the Yamaha YPG-635 was designed to exude the air of the finest of finely-crafted acoustic pianos. Your mother taught you not to keep your toys lying around; that's why your other
synthesizer is always locked away in the closet. "The pretty piano is the public piano is the played piano" goes the old adage (that we just made up), so why buy a new student an instrument that's never going to see the light of day? With its wood accents and smartly matching wood stand, the Yamaha YPG-635 will perfectly accent any public living space, or church, or wine bar, or grand ballroom...heck, any joint you can name, the Yamaha YPG-635 digital grand will class it up.
And Brains, Too
As part of the Yamaha Portable Grand series of digital keyboard instruments, the YPG-635 comes pre-loaded with the Yamaha Education Suite, or Y.E.S., an interactive learning program that will guide the absolute beginner pianist through their first musical steps. With a beautiful, easy to read LCD screen, the keyboard displays music notation so there's no need to shuffle through pages when all you want to do is concentrate on the notes. Three different learning modes help the student first read pitch, then read rhythm, then bring the two elements together and play in tempo to accompaniment, just like with a private instructor! For the competent sight-reader, the Yamaha YPG-635 can connect, via computer, to the internet, where a virtually limitless library of sheet music from Yamaha's online store awaits. Alternately, the Yamaha YPG-635 can read, display, and playback MIDI files. MIDI is short of Musical Instrument Digital Interface, and it's a near-universal protocol for storing and transmitting musical information. Simply download MIDI files directly to your keyboard, or load them from a USB flash memory stick, and you get an onscreen display of the song as notes on a proper music staff. If you're feeling especially creative, Yamaha's YPG-635 built-in, six-track recorder can help you flex your composition muscles. Lastly, for the enthusiast who is both incompetent and
has no desire to learn, the Yamaha YPG-635 boasts "Performance Assistance Technology." With this mode engaged and a song file loaded, the striking of any key will produce the correct pitch. It's great for party tricks, prop pianos for movies or plays, or for "teaching" your dog how to play "What's New Pussycat." We're sure you'll come up with even more fun applications for the Performance Assistance system.
Not a cheap-o toy nor an overpriced vanity piece, the Yamaha YPG-635 is a great investment for any musician. It's a fraction the cost of a grand piano, with an inviting feel and helpful features that surpass typical "student" instruments. Its stellar stereo sound and handsome appearance will ensure that your appreciation for your Yamaha YPG-635 Portable Grand will only grow over time.
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The Yamaha YPG-635 88-Key Portable Grand Piano is an affordably priced 88-key weighted graded hammer action keyboard that boasts an authentic grand piano-like touch. The YPG-635 features many more voices and styles than previous models along with brand new DSP effects for improved rotary organ sounds. The expanded 64-note polyphony adds to the lush sound palette especially when using the on board sequencer.
Lyrics, Chord, and Notation Display
The Yamaha YPG-635 can display the score to a song whether it comes from the Internet, the internal selections or ones that you record yourself, and the pages scroll automatically when a song is played back – no more page turning. And for singers, the screen also displays chords and lyrics to XF compatible songs. For those that want to learn to play using the Yamaha YPG-635, notation adds a new dimension to the Yamaha Education Suite, allowing you to hear a song while you follow the notes in the display.
Record Your Own Music
Imagine capturing your child's first performance or writing and recording your own songs. With the Yamaha YPG-635, you have the equivalent of a built-in multi-track recorder to record one or multiple instrument parts at a time and assign each part to a different track. Six tracks are provided to accommodate sophisticated melodies, chord accompaniment and rhythm parts.
Learn How to Play
The YPG-635 has 30 built-in songs plus 70 more on included CD-ROM for you to learn to play using the Yamaha Education Suite. The songs are separated into left and right hand parts, providing 7 levels of lessons plus a convenient chord dictionary.
Featuring Extensive Digital Effects
Yamaha has long been a world leader in digital signal processing technology. In fact, Yamaha professional audio products are found in most professional recording studios around the world. The Yamaha YPG-635 takes full advantage of this know-how, giving you an extensive range of twenty-nine, top-quality reverb effects that simulate playing in everything from a small room to a large spacious concert hall and twenty-four chorus effects that add richness to electric pianos and guitars in particular and 182 DSP types for adding everything from distorted guitars to rotary speaker effects. You'll also find 26 types of Harmony effects for your melody part.
Full Keyboard Mode
The YPG-635 delivers on its piano theme with a special mode of fingering called Full Keyboard Mode. This allows the player to play the keyboard like a piano; for example a chord with the right hand and bass notes with the left. When using the accompaniment feature, the virtual band will follow these chords. Traditional portable keyboards normally require you to chord on the left side of the keyboard, in the bass section, which is foreign to most piano players. The YPG-635 is also capable of this mode, for those who prefer it.
Yamaha YPG-635 Digital Grand Keyboard Features:
- 88 key Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) weighted action
- Large Wave ROM features extra high quality Live! Grand sample
- USB To Device: connect USB devices (storage device optional)
- 6-track sequencer: record your own music
- 64-note polyphony
- Decorative wooden stand, PA150 adaptor and sustain pedal included
- Backlit LCD displays lyrics, chords and notation
- Performance Assistant: play melody and chords like a pro
- Interactive Lessons: Your Tempo mode helps you learn to play
- Yamaha XGlite/GM, Sweet!, Live!, Cool!, Split & Layer voices
Optional Yamaha YPG-635 Premium Pack Contents
The Premium Pack includes a set of Nady HP03 closed-back stereo headphones, a Yamaha WB2 padded wooden bench, and Yamaha LP7A three-pedal system.
Optional Yamaha YPG-635 Survival Kit Contents
Designed to provide you with everything you need to get started. Survival Kit includes a two-year extended warranty, full length Watch & Learn DVD, Grand Piano cloth key cover, stereo headphones, bonus coupons and a DVD-ROM.