Big Piano Sound with Hammer-Action Keys, Please!
Trust Yamaha to create an affordable digital piano that sounds and feels this authentic: the DGX-650 Portable Grand. With Yamaha's 88-key weighted Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard, you get the experience of playing a full-sized grand piano. And with Yamaha's stereo-sampled grand piano sound recreated through the DGX-650's 12-watt, 2-way stereo speaker system, you'll get the full piano experience without all the weight and cost. Add in the hundreds of expressive instrument voices, split/dual/layer modes, the built-in accompaniment styles, and learning tools from the metronome to the Yamaha Education Suite's interactive teaching program, and you've got an instrument that guarantees years of fun and productive practice.
Watch out our exclusive overview of the Yamaha DGX-650 Digital Home Piano:
- Graded Hammer Standard fully weighted keybed for Yamaha's most piano-like action
- Stand included
- Footswitch jack for damper pedal, or add the optional three-pedal unit for soft, sustain and sostenuto pedals
- Stereo-sample grand piano sound plus hundreds more realistic instrument voices
- PureCF sampling
- 128-note polyphony -- layer multiple voices and play dense chords with no notes dropping out
- Easy-to-read LCD screen displays notes, chord names, lyrics and more
- Press the "Portable Grand" button to get back to the stereo grand piano voice
- Play along with built-in drum patterns and auto-accompaniment "styles"
- Y.E.S. (Yamaha Education Suite) steps you through songs
- USB to Device: Connect flash drives or hard drives
- USB to Host: USB MIDI interface with your computer
- USB audio recorder for recording and sharing CD-quality performances
- Headphone jack for silent practice
Yamaha's Graded Hammer Standard Keybed
The GHS keybed is what you'll find on Yamaha's highest-end digital pianos. Unlike some soft-touch keyboards that don't provide piano-like resistance, the DGX-650's 88 Graded Hammer Standard 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 more resistance -- and so, too, do the keys on the Yamaha DGX-650. This is a must for pro pianists -- and it prepares the novice player for the mechanics of an actual acoustic piano.
Grand Piano Sound and Beyond
Like all Yamaha Portable Grands, the DGX-650 is stocked with Yamaha's detailed stereo-sampled grand piano voice, thanks to the incredible PureCF sampling. You'll be just as impressed by the other sounds on board, from the electric pianos to Yamaha's dynamic "Sweet" and "Cool" saxophone and trumpet sounds, which respond to your touch on the pitch bend wheel. The DGX-650's XGlite soundbank has literally hundreds of instruments for you to play with, including strings, woodwinds, guitars, bass, drum kits, percussion, and even synthesizer sounds and sound effects. 128-note polyphony means you can make an incredible amount of sonic combinations, letting you create the exact sound you are looking for on the keyboard. 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 piano with your right. Yamaha's PureCF sampling means all these instruments are reproduced in high resolution.
Yamaha Education Suite and Performance Assistance
As part of the Yamaha Portable Grand series of digital keyboard instruments, the DGX-650 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. No time for lessons? The Yamaha DGX-650 boasts Performance Assistance Technology. With this mode engaged and a song file loaded, the striking of any key will produce the correct pitch.
For the competent sight-reader, the Yamaha DGX-650 can connect, via computer, to the Internet, where a virtually limitless library of sheet music from Yamaha's online store awaits. Your Yamaha DGX-650 can read, display, and play back MIDI files, too -- simply 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, the DGX-650's built-in, six-track recorder can help you flex your composition muscles. And with 165 preset auto-accompaniment "styles," you'll have drums, guitar parts, and a whole virtual band backing you up. Just press the buttons for A and B sections, intros, fills and endings to have your keyboard follow the notes you play and display your chords on the LCD screen. The built-in USB Audio Recorder lets you record and transfer CD-quality performances to your computer and share them -- just another way the DGX-650's versatility makes it easier for you to learn and perform.
Built-In Stereo Speakers
Each sound is amplified and projected through the DGX-650's built-in, stereo, two-way speakers. 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. And when it's time for those late-night practice sessions, just plug in a pair of headphones to enjoy your Yamaha Portable Grand in silence.
Not a cheap-o toy nor an overpriced vanity piece, the Yamaha DGX-650 is a great investment for any musician. It's a fraction of 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 DGX-650 Portable Grand will only grow over time.
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Yamaha PA-150 Power Cord (Included)
NOTE: Yamaha LP-7A pedal system (pictured) not included.
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