Yamaha DGX-660 Digital Piano Review (Updated)
The Yamaha DGX-660 is Yamaha’s superior compact console. Named a “Portable Grand”, the Yamaha DGX-660 highlights an entire 88-key keyboard with top notch fantastic piano sounds and also various different highlights for instruction, execution, and fun.
In this audit, I will center around the console physical highlights and associations, how the keys feel from a prepared piano player’s perspective, the quality and execution of its instrument library, and the route and employments of its numerous highlights.
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Features of Yamaha DGX-660
On the off chance that anything, the Yamaha DGX-660 is loaded with helpful highlights. A portion of the standard highlights I’ve implied at as of now incorporate having the capacity to layer diverse patches, and also split the console to have one a player in the console play one sound and the opposite side another.
Like most consoles, the Yamaha DGX-660 has a metronome, yet additionally has some extraordinary adaptability, for example, tapping in the beat with the damper pedal, changing the time signature, and altering whether the sound is a tick or a ringer. These capacities are effortlessly done on the Yamaha DGX-660 and can be found in the manual.
The Yamaha DGX-660 takes other slick highlights found on different consoles adding amicability and sponsorship backup to improve your playing, however takes them to the following level with highlights like the Style Recommender that picks the right backup style in view of the mood you play.
You can record these sort of exhibitions effortlessly with this console as both sound and midi documents as energizing, multi-track documents.
Different highlights on the Yamaha DGX-660 incorporate instructive apparatuses to learn melodies as of now on the console or imported through USB. The music documentation is shown on the console’s screen and three unique capacities “Pausing”, “Your Tempo” and “Short One” offer distinctive levels of learning. In all trustworthiness, this is to a greater extent a gimmicky element as I would like to think. The screen isn’t vast and you should take a gander at the console; this isn’t exceptionally helpful for learning.
It might be enjoyable to see the harmonies and tunes for a portion of the Yamaha DGX-660 ‘s tunes, yet not the best introduction. In a similar way, utilizing Yamaha’s XG melody documents for karaoke and play along, the verses for well known tunes that are accessible are shown on the screen. Looking straight down might be okay to take in the melodies, yet certainly not a decent search for execution time.
There are part’s of other helpful highlights on the Yamaha DGX-660 , yet one that separates it from others in Yamaha’s compact computerized piano line is the capacity to associate a receiver into the console for an opened up vocal execution.
Connect a dynamic receiver to the console before turning it on and have the volume turned the distance down. Three vocal impact presets which incorporate powerful preparing and eq are incorporated and can be altered in view of your vocal style and needs. Yamaha need into astonishing point of interest in this component!
I was not able test this last element for my audit, yet the Yamaha DGX-660 can likewise be utilized with remote gadgets, for example, tablets and cell phones that can transmit sound and midi information between the gadget and the console.
The Chord Tracker application is an extraordinary case of this: it examines your main tunes on that are on your gadget and can transmit what harmonies are being utilized in the melody so you can learn them all the more effortlessly. It’s an extraordinary device and the information can be transmitted to the presentation of the Yamaha DGX-660 .
Contrasted with a nine-foot, 1000 pound acoustic fantastic piano, the Yamaha DGX-660 is exceptionally compact.
With the included stand, it is around 30 inches tall, 55 inches wide, 17.5 inches down, and 61 pounds. Beyond any doubt it’s somewhat overwhelming and awkward, yet a companion or family can without much of a stretch help you move.
The instrument is a jazzy dark with engineered wood grain on the stand. At the point when obtained new, the instrument and its stand should be amassed.
Get together can be somewhat confused, so it is best to allude the manual when assembling the Yamaha DGX-660 . The floor-demonstrate I tried felt solid when given a little shake and I’m certain the piano can deal with non-thorough travel for something like a bistro open mic. The console likewise comes furnished with a music rest that effortlessly fits into the spaces on the best edge of the console.
Keep in mind, this instrument is ordered as a compact console, not a phase piano; it isn’t intended to be moved that frequently.
Associations and Ports
The Yamaha DGX-660 is an adaptable keyboard, and with that it has a wide range of associations and ports. It is outfitted with the ordinary DC in control port, one quarter-inch stereo yield/earphone jack, manage pedal jack, one helper input (this is an awesome component I will examine later), and one quarter inch amplifier input.
Mouthpiece links are regularly XLR, so you will either require a connector or a mic with a devoted quarter-inch male association for it.
An ordinary, damper no one but pedal can be utilized with Yamaha DGX-660 , however more expert, three pedal units can be appended, for example, the Yamaha LP7A can be utilized. This is more normal for somebody who is utilized to an acoustic piano’s pedal design.
Pedal’s, for example, the LP7A likewise have a half-damper capacity that progressions the measure of clearness on the piano’s reverberation in light of how profoundly you press the damper pedal. It’s an extraordinary element!
How Can It Feel?
The Yamaha DGX-660 is as yet considered a “compact console”, so it’s not very astonishing that it doesn’t satisfy its detail as a “Convenient Grand”. The keys are plastic, yet at the same time have some feeling of value about them.
The piano has a Graded Hammer Standard keybed which endeavors to imitate the continuous overwhelming to light touch from low to high that one would feel on an acoustic great piano.
When I played the instrument, this component was observable and I can acknowledge, yet it doesn’t measure up to the genuine article.
For me by and by, the key’s backlash in the center to high-midriff has an unnatural force to it that helps more to remember something more like a semi-weighted console. This does not encourage well for immediately rehashed notes or quick trills.
Generally, the touch isn’t terrible. It is ideal for somebody who may not be a genuine understudy of the piano and plays more for relaxation and fun. Yamaha’s distinctive lines of stage pianos and advanced excellent pianos might be more suitable for somebody who is searching for a more valid touch.
Computerized pianos such in the Arius line by Yamaha or the Clavinova have more alternatives and more to offer with regards to keyboards.
Instrument Options and Quality
There are 554 voice choices on the Yamaha DGX-660 . The first is a one of a kind arrangement of piano sounds called “Piano Room” that is exceptionally separated from whatever remains of the consoles sound library. It is gotten to by basically squeezing the “Piano Room” catch. Yamaha needed to give players a more noteworthy feeling of configurability and a good time for those with all the more observing ears. The virtual space can be looked over “condition” choices of Concert, Recital, Stage, Room, or none.
These are basically kinds of reverbs from biggest to littlest. Four sorts of pianos can be looked over which are Grand, Pop, Warm Grand, and Honky Tonk. Next the top position of “open” or “shut” can be decided for all pianos however the Honkey Tonk. At this level, there are numerous choices in the Piano Room, however Yamaha includes somewhat more configurability with a “Detail” segment where you can pick the piano’s general tuning, what sort of touch reaction it has, and the damper reverberation.
All things considered, there is a variety of piano sounds in this setting. The quality is for the most part quite great. I especially like the way the Warm Grand sounds and think it has the most credible timbre to it. The reverbs are not too bad, similar to the little subtleties of the cover position and damper reverberation.
I trust the Pop piano is excessively brilliant, yet this kind of piano stable more often than not works better in an outfit setting in light of the fact that the piano can slice through progressively and be heard. I didn’t care for the Honky Tonk; no measure of reverb or different alternatives can spare this shabby sounding instrument fix.
Aside from the Piano Room is the arrangement of sounds that are open when you first turn on the console. The restrictive instrument voices are numbered 000-151. Inside these 152 sounds are pianos, a wide range of console instruments, guitars and basses, stringed instruments, metal and woodwinds, among others.
The acoustic pianos were great by and large, however “Live! Warm Grand” was my top pick. The electric pianos sounded incredible as did a large portion of the organ patches. The guitar patches were missing with the exception of the established guitar, anyway this is regular for everything except the plain best consoles.
There are an amazing measure of troupe string patches with a decent measure of assortment on the Yamaha DGX-660 , and huge numbers of these can be mixed well with different patches like the pianos to make an extraordinary sound.
The performance strings anyway are a portion of the weakest in the entire set. They are ineffectively coordinated and prepared and have a thin, sub-par sound.
There are a decent measure of patches for various hits and other emotional sound impacts. The vocal patches are quite pleasant also and would mix well with the string and console sounds pleasantly. The woodwinds and especially the saxophones were of low quality too.
They sound extremely unnatural and have almost no reaction to various speeds. There are numerous other instrument sound in the XGlite voices of the console, yet I don’t have sufficient energy to experience them.
XGlite is an obsolete expansion to the midi convention and impacts, yet a portion of the instruments, especially idiophones like xylophone, glockenspiel, marimba, and so forth… truly sparkle and sound awesome.
On the off chance that you are searching for fabulous nature of instrument patches, look past the Yamaha DGX-660 . Numerous upper-level consoles and workstation by Yamaha, for example, the Motif line have much better instrumental patches that can stand their ground in proficient accounts.
Technical Details of Yamaha DGX-660
- Measurements: 58.9″ x 21.5″ x 12.8″
- Weight: 82.9 lbs
- 88-key completely weighted keyboard
- Reviewed Hammer Standard activity
- Touch Sensitivity (Hard, Medium, Soft, Fixed)
- Display: 320 x 240 LCD
- Sound: Pure CF Sound Engine
- 192-note polyphony
- 554 inherent sounds (151 board, 15 Drum Kits, 388 XGlite)
- 205 styles (Multi Finger, Full Keyboard, AI Fingered)
- 100 preset melodies
- Reverb: 41 types
- Chorus: 44 types
- Harmony: 26 types
- DSP: 237 sorts
- Master EQ: 5 types
- Exercise Function: Yamaha Education Suite
- 6-track MIDI recorder (5 melodies)
- USB Audio recorder: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)
- Speakers: 6W + 6W (12cm x 2 + 5cm x 2)
- USB to Host
- USB to Device
- Headphone jack
- Aux In
- Mic In
- Sustain jack
- 88-key mallet activity keyboard
- LCD screen
- Piano stable examined from the Yamaha CFIIIS Concert Grand
- Huge library of tunes, styles, rhythms and sound impacts.
- Midi/Audio recording abilities
- Extensive variety of availability choices
- Features for students
- Accompanies a strong coordinating stand
- Not as versatile as its rivals.
- Headphone jack is on the back.
- Exceptionally fundamental continue pedal.
The Yamaha DGX-660 is a general extraordinary instrument. It looks extraordinary and is constructed well, has countless, incredible piano sounds and also other instrument sounds, and is has some awesome ground breaking civilities with its remote similarity.
A few downsides are its general console feel, some exceptionally unremarkable sounds in its soundbank, and the measure of highlights is a bit of overpowering and difficult to explore.
Customers ought to recall that this console is some place in the middle of a phase piano and an advanced piano with some remarkable included highlights and not expect excessively from it.