The DGX-300 is a 76-key piano-style touch response keyboard with an extra high quality piano sound. It offer features designed specially for the up to date piano user. These include a disk drive making it convenient to save compositions without a computer and play songs, and an outstanding new music database that makes it so easy to sound professional when playing your favorite songs. Basicaly, it has all the performance options and features of the DGX-500.
76 Box-type Piano keys are a hint something is very different about Yamaha's new DGX-300
The DGX-300 is part of a new piano-focused series of instruments from Yamaha called Portable Grand™. Ask yourself: "Who is most qualified to produce excellent piano performance in an affordable portable keyboard?" Answer: The world's most respected piano...
76 Box-type Piano keys are a hint something is very different about Yamaha's new DGX-300
The DGX-300 is part of a new piano-focused series of instruments from Yamaha called Portable Grand™. Ask yourself: "Who is most qualified to produce excellent piano performance in an affordable portable keyboard?" Answer: The world's most respected piano manufacturer, Yamaha. Yamaha is one of the only portable keyboards manufacturers that builds and designs real pianos. In fact, Yamaha is recognized as the world leader in pianos, from home models to concert grands and Yamaha Portable Keyboards have always been recognized by consumer and music publications as superior musical instruments and the portable keyboard brand of choice.
With the advent of the Yamaha DGX-300, Yamaha confirms its leadership position once again. As for sound, the DGX-300 features an extra-high quality stereo piano sample and a generous selection of Yamaha's famous XGlite voices resulting in remarkable sonic quality, far beyond anything in its price point. The quality is enhanced by the inclusion of two-way speakers and bass ports for high fidelity sound.
3.5" Floppy Disk Drive opens up a Whole New World
The DGX-300 has a 3.5" disk drive with the ability to read and write Standard MIDI Files (SMF), allowing it to communicate with the world. You can download a song file from the literally thousands of songs on the Internet onto a 3.5" disk in your computer, then take the same disk, insert it into the DGX-300 and play the song. You can also purchase professionally made MIDI song files and education software with music from your local music store. Conveniently, the backlit display allows you to select a song from the disk by name. To play the song, just push the start button, sit back, and enjoy. If writing songs is your thing, you can save them to disk for permanent storage. And if you don't want to bother writing out the music for a song, you can just record it as you play. Now, imagine recording your student's first song onto a disk, copying it into your computer and attaching it to e-mail so friends and family can hear.
And finally, even though the DGX-300 comes with a generous selection of built-in music styles, the disk drive opens up the ability to load in even more styles for you to enjoy. And guess what, the Internet is alive with people exchanging styles that they have created on hi-end Yamaha keyboards. The amazing benefits of having a Disk Drive inside your keyboard are all there, waiting for you.
The DGX-300 is packed with features and functions that let you maximize your music
Hobbyists, music students and professional musicians will find that the DGX-300 has got their needs covered. For the hobbyist, just pull out your favorite music book, select a style and start playing. In addition to the huge assortment of built-in styles that cover all genres of music, a wealth of special piano-only "Pianist" styles, like Piano Ballad or Boogie Woogie, provide professional-sounding piano accompaniment that changes chords automatically as you do, while you play a piano melody on top! The music student (or parents thereof!) will appreciate that by simply pressing the Portable Grand™ button, they transform the keyboard into a great sounding piano, stunningly rich and authentic in its sound and exceptionally responsive to their playing touch, as well as setting up the keyboard to play as a piano in full keyboard mode. And finally, the professional musician will quickly discover that there is a complement of over 600 sounds to explore.
Not only do you get full compatibility with General MIDI (GM), you get hundreds of XG Lite Voices and full MIDI control of voice and effects parameters like Reverb and Chorus, which add an extra dimension of richness. No matter what level of playing ability your at, you'll appreciate being able to build combinations of your favorite sounds. Pressing the "Split" button divides the keyboard into two parts, allowing you to have two different sounds on the keyboard at the same time, like piano on the right and bass on the left. That's when you really appreciate the 76 keys. In addition, "Layer" mode allows you to combine two sounds across the keyboard range. For example, you could play piano and strings at the same time. With so many voices to choose from, the combinations are only limited by your imagination.
Yamaha Education Suite™ Learning to play songs and chords
The DGX-300 comes with 100 built-in songs with Songbook. But if you've never played before, where do you start? Well, if learning to play music is important to you, the Yamaha Education Suite II™, a wonderful set of music training functions, makes learning music incredibly easy. Seven types of lessons are available as well as a convenient chord dictionary.
- Three keyboard lessons for each hand Timing mode: You can play the melody or chord by pressing any key using the correct timing.
- Lesson Grading – monitors your progress as you practice each lesson.
- Chord Dictionary – shows you how to play chords and tells you which chords you are playing by displaying the notes and chord name on the LCD screen.
Waiting mode: Playback pauses until you find and play the correct chord or melody note.
Minus One mode: Mute the left-hand, right-hand, or both parts of a song and play along nonstop.
Yamaha Portable Keyboards are famous for their ease of use. But, even when the keyboard is easy to operate, how does the novice know which settings to make that are appropriate for the song he wants to play? With Yamaha's remarkable new Music Database, you simply choose from over 200 song titles in the database and the entire keyboard will set itself up for that song. It couldn't be easier.
- 2-Way Speaker System Separate tweeters deliver high frequency sounds with clarity and precision for more lifelike instrument voices.
- Bass Boost System A special port on each speaker adds a powerful impact to bass sound reproduction.
- Stereo (Not just 2 Speakers) We all know that stereo sound adds realistic character and spatial depth. But how can you tell if the portable keyboard you're looking to purchase is stereo or not? With Yamaha, the answer is simple. All Yamaha Portable Keyboards are true stereo.
- Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Enhances sound quality with sophisticated digital effects like Reverb, Chorus & Echo effects.
- Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) Yamaha Advanced Wave Memory technology delivers amazingly realistic sound.
Keyboard Styles and the One Touch Setting
The DGX-300 comes with 135 built-in styles, waiting for you to play along with. It's just like having a built-in band. Call up your favorite style of music like Rock, Big Band, Gospel or Country, press a chord or play Single Finger mode, and the DGX-300 will follow you through a piece of music, providing all of the drums, bass, piano, guitar, horn and string parts for you. And to make it easy and entertaining, when you select one of the styles, the One Touch Setting function will automatically configure keyboard parameters, such as voice selection and digital effects, to match that selected music style. For example, for a Country style, the keyboard might select an acoustic guitar, fiddle or steel guitar for the right-hand voice with appropriate effects.
"Polyphony" is how many notes a keyboard can reproduce simultaneously. As with many things, more is often better. Some keyboards in this price range have 16, 24 or 28-note Polyphony. The DGX-300 has a full 32-note Polyphony allowing you to play intricate instrumental arrangements and dense musical passages.
The Floppy Disk Drive makes it easy to transfer files between your computer and your Yamaha keyboard, but for those who would rather connect the two directly together, Yamaha makes it easy. On the back of the keyboard, you'll find a special MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) port that lets you connect your keyboard to your computer (requires a MIDI Interface like the UX16 and music software ).
Watch & Learn Video Series (Optional)
The Watch & Learn Video Series is an in-home learning series for portable keyboard enthusiasts, featuring Tom Folenta, one of Yamaha's top product specialists.
Audio & Video
|Weight||Weight||10kg (22 lbs., 1oz.)|
|Keyboard||Number of Keys||76|
|Other Controllers||Pitch Bend||Yes|
|Tone Generation||Tone Generating Technology||AWM Stereo Sampling|
|Polyphony||Number of Polyphony (Max.)||32|
|Preset||Number of Voices||122 + 480 XGlite + 12 Drum Kits + 5 DJ Voice|
|Featured Voices||1 Live! Voices, 2 Sweet! Voices, 1 Cool! Voices|
|Preset||Number of Preset Styles||135|
|Style Control||INTRO, MAIN x 2, FILL-IN, ENDING|
|Custom||User Styles||Style File Format|
|Other Features||Music Database||208|
|One Touch Setting (OTS)||Yes|
|Preset||Number of Preset Songs||100|
|Recording||Number of Songs||5|
|Number of Tracks||6 (5 Melody + 1 Chord)|
|Data Capacity||Approx. 10,000 notes (when only "melody" tracks are recorded) Approx. 5,500 chords (when only "chord" tracks are recorded)|
|Compatible Data Format||Playback||SMF|
|Recording||No (Original File Format)|
|Registration||Number of Buttons||2 ( x 8 banks )|
|Lesson/Guide||Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.)||Timing, Waiting, Minus One, Both Hands, Chord Dictionary|
|Tempo Range||32 - 280|
|Transpose||-12 to 0, 0 to +12|
|Miscellaneous||PIANO Button||Portable Grand Button|
Storage and Connectivity
|Storage||Floppy Disk Drive||Yes|
|Connectivity||DC IN||DC IN 12V|
|AUX Pedal||1 Footswitch (optional)|
Amplifiers and Speakers
|Amplifiers||6W + 6W|
|Speakers||12cm x 2 + 3cm x 2|
|Power Supply||Adaptor (PA-5C/5D), or batteries (Six "D" size, R20P(LR20) or equivalent batteries)|
|Included Accessories||Music Rest||Yes|
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- Easy to Use
- Realistic Sound
- Responsive / Good Action
- Touch Sensitive Keys
- Chamber Music
- Electronic Music
Comments about Yamaha dgx-300:
Just had to voice my opinion on the Yamaha DGX-300. Purchased mine in 2002 in Indianapolis for about $450. Previously had a Casio keyboard but had to replace the keys on the Casio to many times as they broke easily. Now after thirteen years of use, the DGX-300 is still working well. Because I frequently play music at different venues indoors and outside, there is some expected wear and tear on the exterior of the unit. But after well over 500 performances as well as daily use in recording my songs onto CD's using my portable recording studio, I can honestly say the unit was well worth the price. Great sound through any amp and I believe the quality is unsurpassed. Thank you Yamaha ! I am so pleased with this unit, I'm thinking of getting one as a back-up, just in case something should happen to the one I have. I don't know what I would do without it! And that's is the truth !