What are Unison and Adaptive styles on Yamaha DGX670?

'A big effort has been made to make you feel like you're making music with other humans, and not a machine'

Chris Hammond

The Unison and Adaptive styles on the new Yamaha DGX-670 piano are moving the experience of playing alone at home (or in your shed!) closer to playing with real people in a band. In previous versions, the accompaniments were very good, but they had a certain robotic character to them and a lot of button pressing was required to make your performances more dynamic. With the new Unison and Adaptive styles on Yamaha DGX670, you have some new ways to interact with your virtual backing band to make them behave like a real-life group would.

In the latest video recorded in my shed of dreams, I demonstrate a few of the styles that use the Unison and Adaptive styles. I also demonstrate a lesser-mentioned feature called ‘Simple Style’, which can be activated by pressing the ‘Simple’ button in the style control section. This takes away the majority of the instruments in the accompaniment leaving you with a pretty stripped-back group. It works very well if you want to play a song that the style wasn’t originally intended for. As you’ll see, I play Billy Joel’s ‘My Life’ using a style that was probably intended for an Elton John song. Watch the video below.

So, as you can see, it’s quite good fun, isn’t it? I was certainly enjoying myself! Part of the joy of playing live is the interaction you have with other band members. This is never going to be perfectly matched when playing alone with a keyboard, or with any piece of fancy technology. But the Unison and Adaptive styles are a step in the right direction. And I keep coming back to the incredibly good price tag for a DGX670. You really get a lot for your money with these pianos.

If you’re reading this and considering buying a Yamaha DGX670 and have any questions, just get in touch. Indeed, if you would like a particular function or feature demonstrated then let me know and I’ll try to include it in the next video. We’ve got so much more to cover on this model. Recordings, backing control, voice blending, microphone inputs, transferring to a computer, whether it’ll fit in a car! – Just ask away!

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2 Replies on

What are Unison and Adaptive styles on Yamaha DGX670?

  • Very instructive like all your videos.
    One thing is still bothering abour DGX 670. It’s the ”memory, bank and playlist procedure”. On the
    Yam forums many followers complained about that, and I have not seen any videos to answer this problem.
    It appears that when you store in memory it is ok. But when you want to transfer to bank or playlist, many memories
    get washed.

    A little video explaining the procedure would be of a great help.
    Thanks for your good work.

    1. The playlist feature is a great new way to collate your song registrations into lists of songs you like to play together- so you can make up as many registrations for songs or use the ones downloadable from Yamaha, then put them into lists of genres- or gig lists
      you can come back to them whenever you want to- so with gig lists you can see which songs you played at a venue last time – or for home use you can put together medleys and and songs that go together well so that you can play in sequence
      HOpe this helps


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