Yamaha Adds the DGX-650 Digital Piano to its PortableGrand Series


A variety of interactive features in the newly announced Yamaha DGX-650 makes learning, playing, and sharing music fun for everyone, from the aspiring beginner to the accomplished musician. Available in black or white versions, the portable electric piano delivers an expressive piano sound that is just the beginning of what the instrument can do. Speaking of beginnings, the grand piano sound is derived from a meticulous sampling of the company’s acclaimed CFIIIS 9-foot concert grand piano. The samples represent a number of dynamic levels from pianissimo to fortissimo, providing the performer with the delicate touch of a soft passage, or the power of two-handed chords.

But there’s more to a piano sound than just the sound of hammers hitting strings. Damper Resonance digitally reproduces the sympathetic interactions that occur between the strings on acoustic pianos, and depressing the damper pedal allows the harmonics of the other strings to wash over the played notes until the pedal is released. And to take advantage of these features, an 88-key weighted GHS action key bed provides a heavier touch in the low end and lighter touch in the high end. All of this is supported by 128-note polyphony for dropout-free performances even while layering two voices and playing two-handed sustained chords with heavy pedaling.

To complement the performance aspects, a pair of amplifiers and four speakers deliver a realistic representation of an acoustic piano, and an auxiliary input allows for connecting other audio sources for playback through the piano’s speakers. This could be used for practice, playing over backing tracks, or simply for listening pleasure. And speaking of backing tracks, professionally arranged play-along XG song files from famous artists are available, making the keyboard a “piano karaoke” system (song files sold separately). Additionally, the Yamaha Education Suite teaches playing performance by breaking songs down into individual components, like pitch and rhythm, and reconstructing them once they have been mastered.

Other enhancements include Smart Chord that creates entire chords from simple Pop triads to complex jazz 7th and 9th chords using a single finger, while Accompaniment Styles create the rest of a virtual band. The Style Recommender function suggests a list of suitable Styles based on what’s been played—play a piano part, drum part, or just tap a simple rhythm, and Style Recommender will create a list of appropriate Styles based on what’s been played. USB audio (WAV) recording/playback allows for recording performances or MIDI songs as uncompressed CD-quality audio to a USB flash drive. And, of course, there is a large variety of DSP effects, including reverb and EQ.

The DGX-650 ships with a matching stand, sustain pedal, music rest, and external power supply. A metronome is included and the keyboard can be transposed an octave up or down. To further enhance the playing experience, the optional LP-7A pedal unit adds three foot pedals that engage a range of expressive effects similar to those produced by the pedals on an acoustic piano.

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Control Interface
Keyboard Number of Keys: 88
Type: Graded Hammer Standard (GHS)
Touch Response: Soft, Medium, Hard, Fixed 
Other Controllers  Pitch Bend
Display Full-dot LCD
320 x 240 dots
Score Display
Lyrics Display
Language: English 
Panel Language English
Tone Generation Piano Sound Pure CF Sound Engine
Damper Resonance 
Polyphony 128 Maximum
Presets Number of Voices: 147 + 15 Drum/SFX Kits + 381 XGlite 
Featured Voices: 1 Natural! Voice, 9 Live! Voices, 8 Sweet! Voices, 7 Cool! Voices 
Compatibility  GM
Types  Reverb: 35
Chorus: 44
DSP: 237
Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC) 
Functions  Dual/Layers
Panel Sustain (Function Menu)
Accompaniment Styles
Preset Styles: 195
Fingering: Multi Finger, Full Keyboard, AI Fingered
Style Control: INTRO, MAIN x 2, FILL-IN, ENDING 
Custom  User Style File Format
Other Features  Music Database: 305
One Touch Setting (OTS)
Style Recommender
Smart Chord 
Preset Songs: 100 
Recording  Songs: 5
Tracks: 6 (5 Melody + 1 Chord) 
Compatible Data Format  Playback: SMF (Format 0, Format 1), XF
Recording: SMF (Format 0)
Registration  Number of Buttons: 4 (x8 banks) 
Lesson/Guide Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.): Waiting, Your Tempo, Minus One, Repeat & Learn, Chord Dictionary 
Demo/Help  Yes
USB Audio Recorder  Playback: WAV file
Recording: WAV file
Overall Controls  Metronome: 5 to 280 Tempo Range
Transpose: (-12 to 0, 0 to +12)
Miscellaneous PIANO Button: Portable Grand Button
Storage and Connectivity
Storage  Internal Memory: Approximately 1.7 MB
External Drives: USB Flash Memory 
Connectivity DC IN: 12V
Headphones x 1
Sustain Pedal x 1
Pedal Unit x 1
Amplifiers and Speakers
Amplifers 6W x 2
Speakers 4.7" (12 cm) x 2;  2" (5 cm) x 2
Power Supply
Power Supply Adapter (PA-150 or Equivalent)
Power Consumption 13W
Dimensions and Weight
Size Keyboard: 55 x 17.5 x 5.75"
(1,397 x 445 x 146mm)
With Stand:  55.1 x 17.5 x 29.9"
(1,399 x 445 x 761mm)
Weight Keyboard: 49.6 lb (22.5 kg)
With Stand: 65.1 lb