Seriously, what doesn’t Yamaha make? Cupcakes, sure, I suppose fancy treats are not manufactured regularly, but Yamaha is a titan of electronics, from motorcycles to TVs to stereo systems. They also make a damn fine piano, which I will tell you about today.
The YDP223 is one of many different Yamaha creations, and as such, it has its own characteristics that separate it from its counterparts. Featuring 88 weighted keys of digital awesomeness, the YDP223 uses Graded Hammer Action to imitate a real grand piano, which means the bass keys are slightly heavier than the higher treble keys. I really like the feel of these keys, because they don’t make any annoying clunking or clicking sounds as you press them — they are smooth, carrying just enough weight to suit your needs.
The response of the YDP223 is very impressive, allowing for harder and softer playing to garner different dynamic levels. Paired with expression pedals and a built in Reverb and Brilliance setting, the tone of this instrument is very pure and warm. The 14 different voices allow for a huge array of musical expression, and the Dual Voice selector gives you the ability to link two sounds at once. This is helpful from a versatility standpoint, but more so from a creative perspective. I am all about being inspired by gear, maybe more than being inspired by other musicians. I love to sit down with a guitar pedal or a synth patch, and just see what comes out. The Dual Voice feature is my avenue for creativity on the YDP223, and I dig it.
Let’s get to some of the neat features that are small, but really make this a winner in my book. The first is obvious — you don’t have to tune the piano. Pretty awesome, considering that, unless you’re Beethoven, you probably won’t hear the difference between this and a Steinway Grand. No maintenance, no problem. The second perk is a headphone jack. ‘Nuff said. My favorite part of the YDP223, though, has to be the recording capability. If you’ve ever tried to record a real piano, Related Postsu know that it’s one the hardest, if not the hardest, instruments in the world to capture. Aside from that, if you do want a piano part on your track, you usually have to resort to a little midi controller that you use for your programming, which doesn’t allow for any feel or emotion to translate into the performance. Having this baby in my arsenal makes me happy.
I would advise you to visit the Yamaha site if you want a full description of all the bells and whistles, as that isn’t what sold me on this instrument, and I don’t find that type of thing particularly interesting in a blog format, frankly. You’re here for a quality read, some witty quips, and nothing more. With that in mind, if you want to get a piano into your house, but don’t have a crane handy, buy the Yamaha YDP223, and you can carry it through doorways with ease, without having to sacrifice your tone. Real pianos are big. You can’t get information like that anywhere else except here on Music is Win.
Turn those pedals off.