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Why the Arius YDP-143R Piano Is One Of The Best Digital Pianos

Yamaha has dubbed its Arius YDP-143R as “suitable for any aspiring pianist” because of its authentic piano touch, this makes it one of the best digital piano on the market. While it retains many of Yamaha Acoustic Piano’s many admirable and well-loved features, it also integrates a new kind of technology for the benefit of the player. What makes the Arius YDP-143 sound so good and authentic is its till Pure CF Sound Engine. The sounds produced by this engine is directly sampled from Yamaha’s widely-loved Yamaha 9′ CFIIIS concert grand piano. Another feature that makes playing the YDP-143 like playing a real concert grand piano or a real acoustic piano is its Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keys. This means that the touch is lighter on the higher register keys than the lower register keys. The player can adjust the key’s touch response to his or her’s preference and liking. It features three different pedals: soft, sostenuto, and damper with half pedal function. Another great feature that all pianos have is that it never needs to be tuned.

Perhaps the reason why the Arius YDP-143 is a great piano for students and aspiring pianists to use to practice is its Stereophonic Optimizer. It makes listening to yourself play easier because you can use headphones. Aside from this, you can record yourself playing and listen to it later on– this is a great feature for pianists who want to perfect their technique.

One other feature that makes this one of the best digital piano is that you can change the piano’s settings to simulate a digital reverb from a variety of different performance locations. You can choose the locations you can choose from are Recital Hall, Concert Hall, Chamber and Club; or else, you can just opt not to add a reverb effect. You can sound like you’re playing at a concert hall when you’re really just in your living room!

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Aside from the digital reverb simulation, you can also adjust the settings of what kind of voice you want. The voices you can choose from are different kinds of grand pianos, electronic pianos, harpsichord, vibraphone, pipe organ, jazz organ, and strings. Not only can you choose from a variety of voices, you can ever layer two different voices on top of each other.

All these features can be controlled using the intuitive control panel located at the side. Otherwise, you can control it using your computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. You can connect your piano to these iOS devices using a USB cord or you can opt for a wireless connection by using a UD-BT01 Bluetooth adaptor. Adjusting your piano’s settings are made easier through the apps available for your use. One of these apps is the Digital Piano Controller, which makes accessing your piano’s multiple features even easier. So, you can select the voice, control the reverb, adjust the metronome, and transpose the pitch.

The piano’s look is sleek but it also still has that acoustic piano look to it. It comes in three different finishes: black walnut, satin white, and dark rosewood. Of course, it also comes with a bench, 50 classic piano songs built-in, and a music book with 50 songs. This is why we think it is possibly the best digital piano on the market today.

For those out there who want the great sound that a real grand piano can offer without having to spend a fortune, Yamaha’s Arius YDP-143 is the way to go. It reproduces the sound quality of a Yamaha Grand Piano and it also features the functionality and technological advances of Yamaha’s electronic keyboards without compromising its aesthetic.

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A Complete History of the Piano

The beginning to the story of the piano begins in Italy, Padue in 1709. We lay our scene in the shop of a harpsichord maker of the name Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori (1655-1731). There was hundreds of other stringed and keyboard instruments that came before the invention of the piano and they all led to the development of the piano as we know it today.

The knowledge that gave birth to the piano was that a taut vibrating string produces a sound that we find appealing. This knowledge can be found all the way back in prehistoric times. In the world proceeding the piano we had a vast variety of tools and instruments which produced music. Most of these were created from strings which were stretched over bows, boxes or gourds to amplify the sound. These simple devices were fastened by ties, pegs and all manner of little gadgets. When they were plucked the created a set sound.

As time went on a family of stringed instruments with a keyboard evolved in Europe around the time of the 14th century. The earliest and most striking of these early tools was a dulcimer. It was a closed shallow box with a series of wires stretched over. To play it you would strike it with two different wooden hammers. The dulcimer naturally progressed into the development of the clavichord which appeared around the time of the 14th century. These were followed by he spinet, virginal, clavecin, gravicembalo, and finally, the harpsichord in the 15th century.

The harpsichord was limited to one unvarying volume and although it did gain some popularity it had clear limitations and was nothing compared to the digital pianos we have today. The softness and volume of the device could not be varied while playing and so musicians were not able to play music to such a level of intricacy and nuance as they are today. The desire to have more control over the sound and strength of the music created is what really lead to the invention of the piano.

The harpsichord was a particularly significant progression in the invention of the piano because it had the capacity to project sound more loudly than the devices which came before it. As it gained popularity more and more musicians adopted it and so the amount of music that was being created for keyboards grew. This lead to a speeding up of the evolution of it to the modern piano.

The real progression came in the past 300 years. Although it has been a drastic change and evolution it is still amazing to see how similar Cristofori’s instruments were to todays pianos.

New Developments in Pianos

At the time I write this article about pianos we are living in perhaps one of the most exciting times for music and pianos. You can purchase a huge variety of devices from software which replicates pianos and other instruments to digital pianos which can replicate other instruments. This is truly amazing times and there has never been more musicians out there today.