The DGX-500 is an 88-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. Further, it comes with a furniture-style wood stand with matching end panels.
A Piano that will please your teacher, your decorator and your accountant
The DGX-500 is the first Portable Keyboard with piano keys and is the flagship in a new series of instruments from Yamaha called Portable Grand™. It is packed with functions and features designed specifically for the new piano user. Included with the DGX...
A Piano that will please your teacher, your decorator and your accountant
The DGX-500 is the first Portable Keyboard with piano keys and is the flagship in a new series of instruments from Yamaha called Portable Grand™. It is packed with functions and features designed specifically for the new piano user. Included with the DGX-500 is a furniture-type stand that completes its piano image. The Yamaha Portable Grand feature in the DGX-500 is immediately apparent when you see the large, piano-shaped button in the center of the front panel. When you push it, the best piano is automatically chosen, the auto-accompaniment is turned off, putting the keyboard in full keyboard mode – just like a piano. A piano accompaniment style is automatically selected and is waiting for you if you choose to use it. Next to the piano button is a metronome-shaped button, giving you a built in metronome for practice.
Yamaha is one of the only portable keyboards manufacturers that builds and designs real pianos and in fact, Yamaha is recognized as the world leader in pianos, from home models to concert grands. This experience makes the introduction of the DGX-500 especially significant due to its piano focus. 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-500, Yamaha confirms its leadership position once again. As for sound, the DGX-500 features an extra-high quality stereo piano sample, General MIDI (GM) compatibility and a 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.
Value, Performance and Innovation are apparent in the new Yamaha DGX-500
Because Yamaha is first and foremost a music company, we know that you you'd rather spend time creating and playing music, not trying to learn how to operate a keyboard. To that end, we've taken the latest technological advances and designed an easy-to-use panel to access them. For example, when you want to record your playing, just press record, the track button you want to record on, and start playing. It's that easy. When you're done, save your song internally or to the floppy disk drive as a Standard MIDI File (SMF) to make it compatible with other General MIDI keyboards as well as most computers. Then simply pop the disk out of the drive and insert it in your computer.
Imagine recording your student's first song onto a disk, placing it in your computer and attaching it to e-mail so friends and family can hear. Another new addition to make song playing easier is the Music Database. Just pull out your favorite music book, select a song from any of the over 200 songs in the Music Database and the entire keyboard sets itself up. Start playing and the keyboard will follow your every chord – no other buttons to press.
And finally, 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 instrument 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 88 keys. In addition, "Layer" mode allows you to combine two sounds across the keyboard range. For example, you could layer piano and strings and play both sounds at the same time. With over 600 voices to choose from, the combinations are only limited by your imagination.
3.5" Floppy Disk Drive opens up a Whole New World
The DGX-500 has a 3.5" disk drive 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 instrument 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. And finally, even though the DGX-500 comes with a generous amount 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 disk drive will allow you to save and organize your favorite data for years to come.
Yamaha Education Suite™ Learning to play songs and chords
The DGX-500 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.
- 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-500 includes a huge assortment of 135 built-in styles that cover all genres of music 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-500 will follow you through a piece of music, providing all of the drums, bass, piano, guitar, horn and string parts for you. 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!
For a demonstration of "What is a Style", click here (1.3MB download – requires Macromedia Flash and computer sound).
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-500 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.
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|Weight||Weight||14kg (30 lbs., 14oz.)|
|Keyboard||Number of Keys||88|
|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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Comments about Yamaha dgx-500:
The 23X models let you play 5 songs at a time, but don't let you save the songs. The 5XX models have a larger display which can show sheet music and lyrics, and you can save songs to floppy disk (this one) smartmedia (the 505) and the newest ones save to USB drive or SD card. It's heavier than the 23X models and came with stool and wooden stand, but you can lug it around or put it in a $200 fabric case like gator. If you want to share songs on the internet, you'll need the floppy feature like this one has, but you'll probably need to get a USB drive for modern computers. If you want SD card or USB drive storage, you'll need a newer model.