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Yamaha Arius YDPS51 Digital Piano - Black

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  • 88 note touch sensitive graded hammer keyboard
  • 10 voices - 128 note polyphony
  • 2 track recorder
  • 2 x 20w amplifier
  • Key cover

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Technical Details
Item Weight51 Kg
Product Dimensions30.9 x 135.3 x 97 cm
Item model numberYDPS51B
Number of Keyboard Keys88
Country Produced Inindonesia
  
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ASINB009M4W7J2
Customer Reviews 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
Best Sellers Rank 31,380 in Musical Instruments & DJ (See top 100)
Shipping Weight51 Kg
Date First Available5 Oct. 2012
  
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Yamaha Arius YDP-S51 Digital Piano

The Yamaha YDP-S51’s contemporary design sets it apart from other digital pianos with its slim form and modern appearance. However, this has been achieved without compromise; the excellent sound and response that you would expect from Yamaha is obvious from the moment you play it. For a perfect combination of form and function the YDP-S51 is an outstanding digital piano.


Yamaha concert grand pianoWhy does it sound so good?

The sound you hear when you play the YDP-S51 is actually that of a real Yamaha concert grand piano just like those seen on stage in concert halls around the world. The sound of the piano has been digitally sampled and stored so that, for example, when you play a C on your YDP-S51, you hear the C played on the grand piano. But there's much more to it than that. The sound of a piano changes depending on how hard you play the keys; the YDP-S51 perfectly recreates this effect as you play thanks to its touch-sensitive keyboard. Furthermore, when using the damper (or sustain) pedal, the Half-pedal function allows you to vary the sustain length depending on how far the pedal is pressed and the subtle changes in tone this creates are replicated thanks to the Damper Resonance feature. These technologies, working in harmony, mean that the quality and realism of the piano sound has to be heard to be believed.


YDP keysWhy is the feel of the keyboard so important?

A piano must sound good but experienced pianists will tell you that how the keyboard feels and responds as you play is equally important. Some digital pianos may sound good but they do not feel and respond like a real piano. This means that it becomes difficult to control the expression of the music and makes the instrument unpleasant to play. For the beginner this is a major problem because the correct physical keyboard control skills are not being developed during the learning process.

A piano's keyboard is heavier to the touch than a small electronic keyboard or organ because when you play a key you are making a hammer hit a string to play the note. Learning on an instrument with a weighted keyboard is essential if you want to play the piano; otherwise you will become used to a lighter action which will make playing an acoustic piano much more challenging. Yamaha's knowledge of many years of acoustic piano manufacture has gone into developing a digital instrument which feels just like a traditional piano with hammers and strings. This even ensures that lower notes are slightly heavier to the touch than higher ones - exactly as you would find on an acoustic instrument - so you can learn to play with confidence knowing that you can move to another piano without it feeling totally different.

Furthermore, if the player is unable to strike the keys with enough pressure because, for example, they are very young or have an injury, the touch sensitivity of the piano can be adjusted or even turned off completely, something that is not possible on a piano with strings!


Much more than a piano

YDP-S51 has a total of 10 different sounds:

Voice Name Voice Description
Grand Piano 1 This sound was sampled from a full concert grand piano. It uses different samples depending on the strength of your playing and produces smoother tonal changes. Suitable not only for classical compositions but also for piano pieces of any style.
Grand Piano 2 Warm and soft piano sound. Good for playing ballads.
Grand Piano 3 Spacious and clear piano with bright reverb. Good for popular music.
E.Piano 1 An electronic piano sound created using FM synthesis. Good for popular music
E.Piano 2 The sound of an electric piano with using hammer-struck 'tines'. Soft tone when played lightly and a much more aggressive tone when played hard.
Harpsichord The definitive instrument for baroque music. Since the strings of a harpsichord and plucked, there is no touch response. There is, however, a characteristic additional sound when the keys are released.
Vibraphone The sound of a vibraphone played with soft mallets. The tone becomes more metallic the harder your play.
Pipe Organ This is a typical pipe organ sound (8ft + 4ft + 2ft). Ideal for sacred music from the Baroque period.
Jazz Organ The sound of a "tonewheel" type electric organ. Often heard in jazz and rock music. The speed of the rotary speaker effect can be switched by using the left pedal.
Strings Stereo sampled, large scale string ensemble with realistic reverb. Try combining this Voice with piano in the Dual mode

In addition to its superb sound and realistic piano response the YDP-S51 has a wide range of other features which will enhance your playing enjoyment:

  • Digital Reverb is an effect which can be added to create the ambience of a stage or concert hall. This effect is fully controllable and can also be used when playing with headphones.

  • Dual is a feature which allows the player to combine any two voices together so that, for example, you can play piano with rich strings to create a great orchestral effect.

  • Digital Recording and Playback is a great way to analyse and track your development when learning a new song. The YDP-S51 has a built-in two track digital recorder which can record two separate tracks which can then be played back together. Voice selection, tempo and other settings can be changed after recording which makes this a very versatile feature. There are also 50 built-in classical pieces of music stored in the instrument and a music book containing the full score of each song is included. You can even listen to left and right hand parts separately to gain a better understanding of how the piece is written and performed.

  • Duo Mode splits the keyboard into two parts and gives each player the same range of notes. This is a very useful tuition feature which enables the student to copy the teacher as if two pianos were being used.

  • Twin headphone sockets allow two pairs of headphones to be connected simultaneously for silent practice.

  • USB connectivity enables the YDP-142 to be linked up to a suitably equipped computer for use with a variety of commercially available music software (software & connecting leads not supplied).

  • Transpose can be used to play in any key which is perfect for accompanying singers or other instruments. The piano also has a fine tuning facility.

  • The built-in Metronome provides a click in perfect time to help when learning a new song. And, unlike the old-fashioned ticking metronome, you can use it with headphones while practising without disturbing others.

  • Auto Power Off automatically turns the instrument off after 30 minutes of inactivity. This feature can be disabled if required.

The YDP-S51 is available in white or black walnut finishes has a powerful built-in 20W+20W amplifier and speaker system. The piano weighs just 36kg and is supplied flat-packed which means that it can be assembled and located in areas inaccessible to an acoustic piano.

Compare the range...
Model NP-11 NP-31 P-35 P-105 YDP-142 YDP-S51
NP-11 NP-31 P-35 P-105 YDP-142 YDP-S51
Number of keys 61 76 88 88 88 88
Weighted action no no yes yes yes yes
Key action keyboard Graded Soft Touch Graded Hammer Standard Graded Hammer Standard Graded Hammer Standard Graded Hammer
Touch Sensivity Hard
Medium
Soft
Fixed
Hard
Medium
Soft
Fixed
Hard
Medium
Soft
Fixed
Hard
Medium
Soft
Fixed
Hard
Medium
Soft
Fixed
Hard
Medium
Soft
Fixed
Polyphony 32 32 32 128 128 128
Sustain pedal included no no yes yes sustain (with half pedal)
sostenuto
soft
sustain (with half pedal)
sostenuto
soft
Optional pedals FC5, FC4 or FC3 (adds half pedal functionality) FC5, FC4 or FC3 (adds half pedal functionality) FC3 (adds half pedal functionality) FC3 or
optional 3 pedal unit - LP-5A (adds half pedal functionality)
- -
Number of voices 10 10 10 14 10 10
Tone Generation System AWM Stereo Sampling AWM Stereo Sampling AWM Stereo Sampling Pure CF Sound Engine Pure CF Sound Engine Pure CF Sound Engine
Amplifier / Speakers 2.5W x 2
(12cm x 6cm) x 2
6W x 2
(12cm x 6cm) x 2
6W x 2
12cm x 2
7W x 2
12cm x 2
5cm x 2
6W x 2
(12cm x 6cm) x 2
with Acoustic Optimizer
20W x 2
(12cm x 6cm) x 2
with Acoustic Optimizer
Recording - - - 2 track 2 track 2 track
Connectivity MIDI IN/OUT
headphone/audio out
sustain pedal
MIDI IN/OUT
headphone/audio out
sustain pedal
MIDI IN/OUT
headphone/audio out
sustain pedal
USB to host
2 x headphone
audio line out
sustain pedal
USB to host
2 x headphone/audio out
USB to host
2 x headphone/audio out
Style portable portable portable portable cabinet slimline cabinet
Colour finish options black black
silver
black black
white
black
rosewood
cherry
black
white

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