Yamaha debuts new DGX Portable Grands
For an RRP of £599 the DGX630 Portable Grand is a fantastic investment for the family. Read on to find out more about the instrument, it’s development and exactly what you get for you money.
As part of Yamaha’s continuing goal to make great instruments even more accessible to hobby musicians, a new keyboard concept, the DGX Portable Grand series, was introduced in 2002. These instruments featured many of the musical and tuition features of Yamaha’s successful portable keyboard range, together with an extended 76 or 88-note keyboard, allowing piano-style performance at a much lower price point. The DGX concept was further refined with the introduction of the DGX620 in 2006, which featured for the first time a fully weighted Graded Hammer action keyboard, giving the performer true acoustic piano feel and response. The DGX620 proved to be a big hit with consumers and trade alike, earning high praise for its technology and design, and winning the CES Innovation 2007 Award in the USA, and the Japanese Good Design Award. Now Yamaha goes one stage further with the introduction of the new DGX630, shown for the first time to the UK public at the recent London International Music Show.
A number of significant improvements have been made by Yamaha’s technical boffins, not least in the area of piano playability. The maximum polyphony of the instrument has been doubled to 64 notes, allowing the player to appreciate the natural resonant sound of the piano without any discontinuity or ‘clipped’ notes, especially when using the damper pedal. This difference is even more noticeable when playing with Dual voices, such as Piano layered with Strings, and allows full, rich orchestral textures to be enjoyed in live play. Whilst the DGX630 inherits its superior piano sound from its predecessor, it moves closer to the authentic sound of an acoustic piano, thanks to a special new acoustic adjustment which allows for much more natural reverberation. Finally, pianists can now manage pedals just as on an acoustic piano with the optional 3-pedal unit which provides not only sustain but also soft and sostenuto pedals. These refinements make the DGX630 truly without comparison in the compact arranger piano world… but there’s much more.
New studio quality DSP effects transform the instrument’s orchestral voicing – electric pianos have automatic stereo panning, rock organs scream through rotary speakers, lead guitars get a cool distortion effect, and many more. This sound technology has been adapted from Yamaha’s larger portable keyboard models such as the PSR-S700. A new selection of electric pianos and clavinet sounds adds to the sonic armoury. Yamaha have also adapted accompaniment styles from the recently introduced CVP400 series Clavinovas and added them to the DGX630, giving a more professional backing band than ever before. These styles also include improved fill-in patterns, which give a natural and authentic progression through different sections of a song. Thanks to the expanded range of musical genres in the style section, Yamaha have also expanded the useful Music Database feature to include a total of 300 automatic setups for many of the world’s most popular songs. In short, the DGX630 is an amazing instrument at just £599.99.
The new DGX630 has two smaller brothers – the DGX530 (88-note) and DGX230 (76-note). Both of these instruments feature the new Graded Soft Touch action first seen on the NP30 portable piano, which gives a slightly heavier touch in the bass register whilst still featuring the soft touch of a traditional portable keyboard. Both models feature a selection of new improved voices and styles and represent excellent value for money at £499.99 and £299.99 respectively.
Judging by the public’s reaction at LIMS2008, the new DGX range looks certain to be a massive hit with the UK’s keyboard playing public. Check them out now at Dolphin Music!