The Yamaha YDP223 is the next best thing to an Acoustic...
The Yamaha YDP223 delivers exquisite sounds, responsive touch and understated beauty. Yamaha has been crafting fine acoustic pianos for over a century and innovative digital pianos for over two decades. This unparalleled expertise is clearly evident in the YDP223.
From the real acoustic piano feel of the 88-key Graded Hammer keyboard and 14 superb, stereo-sampled Yamaha AWM sounds on the Yamaha YDP223, to the finer details like digital reverb, chorus and brilliance effects and a built-in metronome, this is a remarkable instrument.
The Yamaha YDP223 features include 3 foot pedals, a 2-track song recorder, a PC interface, MIDI In/Out/Thru, built-in speakers powered by two 20-watt amplifiers, 2 headphone jacks and 50 onboard songs. A piano bench is included.
You've probably heard the stories about the intense care that all-wood, acoustic pianos require. The climate controlled environment that the instrument needs and the expensive, professional tuning that should be performed regularly. These are the hidden costs when it comes to buying a quality instrument. This is why many beginning and professional pianists turn to digital pianos. But when it comes to buying a digital piano, the choices are almost endless. How do you know what you are buying is well-made? Will it last for years to come? And what about the feel of the instrument? Will it help or hinder your technique now or in the future? Valid questions indeed. But with Yamaha, your fears of making the wrong decision can be put to rest. Years of experience with electronic digital pianos are embodied in the entire Yamaha line.
The Yamaha YDP223: Classic Look and Feel
The Yamaha YDP223 combines great sound and features in an attractive cabinet that will add a touch of elegance to any home. From the moment that you turn it on and start playing, you'll be glad you made the decision to buy Yamaha, the world leader in musical instrument manufacturing. The YDP223 features an 88 Key Graded Hammer Action. Graded Hammer Action emulates the action of a grand piano - heavier in the bass and lighter in the treble areas of the keyboard (on a grand piano, the hammers get thicker as you move from treble to bass). And nobody does this better than Yamaha, one of the most respected manufacturers of upright and grand pianos in the world today. The YDP223 comes with a selection of 14 voices and features a Stereo Sampled AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) piano sound that feels, reacts and sounds like an acoustic. When you play harder, the sound is louder and brighter. And when you play softly, the sound is quiet and warm. And of course, it never needs tuning!
YDP223 - The Musician's Choice
The YDP223 is the tool of choice for home hobbyists, professionals, music students and music institutions. There are many useful features built into the keyboard that apply to musicians at any level of playing ability. For example, the keyboard has MIDI In/Out/Thru plus a To Host jack, which are necessary for connecting to computers. Anything you play on the YDP223 can be captured into a music program in your computer and turned into music notation. If you wish, you can send the file to your friends and family or just archive it like you would a photograph.
There is nothing more rewarding than recording your child's first song and e-mailing it to their favorite grand parent. In addition, there is a 2-track recorder built into the instrument that is extremely intuitive and easy to operate. This feature is wonderful for recording a performance and analyzing it from an audience perspective. But it's not just for practicing; it's also a lot of fun! For example, you could record an Electric Piano part, then overdub a String track and finally, play a Piano part live while the other 2 tracks are playing back. It's like having your own recording studio right in your living room!
Practice Makes Perfect
Are you aware that learning music could increase your child's grades at school? (For more information, please visit http://www.amc-music.org/.) If you are looking to purchase a digital piano for a child that is going to, or is presently taking lessons, you'll be happy to know that the weighted action makes sure that all those hours of practicing are well spent, building strength in the fingers so that a progression to an acoustic piano at a concert or performance is all taken in stride. The stereo-sampled piano sounds beautiful, and inspires people to want to play. This too, is important. The 88 keys is an investment in the future so that as the level of playing ability progresses, they won't run out of keys.
The YDP223 has an incredible 64 notes of polyphony (polyphony is how many notes that can sound simultaneously, including sustained notes). Just like most things in life, more is often better and 64 notes of polyphony will insure that you don't run out of notes, even in the most dense of musical passages. In addition to playing through the built-in speaker system, all Yamaha digital pianos have 2 headphone jacks so that you can perform to your heart's content without disturbing other family members or the neighbors and still share your music with that someone special. There is also a convenient headphone clip under the keyboard for storing them when not in use.
Playing in Tune
If you had an acoustic piano in the family growing up, you can probably relate to this. Most of us know it's a good idea to have an acoustic piano tuned and regulated at least once a year, preferably more. It's part of the regular maintenance of the instrument and insures that whoever is playing on it is playing their piece of music in pitch - something that is very important for ear development. But how many people do you know that actually get their acoustic piano tuned as often as they should? Well, Yamaha Digital pianos never need tuning or regulating. Once you purchase the piano, you can forget about that maintenance stuff and just enjoy playing your new instrument. About the only maintenance you'll need to do on a Yamaha digital piano is to spoil it once in a while and dust it!
The YDP223 features a dark rosewood finish and a woodgrain cabinet with sliding key cover. You'll notice from the picture that this keyboard has 3 pedals - just like it's acoustic counterparts. Also included is an LED on the panel (provides visual feedback), a built-in Metronome, Digital Reverb (simulates playing in a church or concert hall), Chorus and Brilliance controls, and Transpose which allows you to play in any key you like (great for family sing-a-longs). The instrument comes with 14 different voices for you to choose from. These include 2 Grand Pianos, 2 Electric Pianos, 2 Church Organs, 2 Harpsichords, Vibraphone, 2 Strings, Jazz Organ, Choir and Guitar. And you can combine two sounds at once, like Piano and Strings. For your learning and listening pleasure, you'll find 50 built-in songs with Songbook. And finally, there is a matching padded bench.
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