First of all, Piano Room, what is it? I’d think of it as the emergency ‘Just go back to a piano’ button. There are loads of great functions on the DGX670 and this is just one of them. If you hit the button on the front panel that is shaped, funnily enough, like a piano, then this will always take you directly back to just playing a piano. I love the simplicity of Piano Room. It’s far more than just an emergency back to piano button. It does in fact show on the screen, a very nice colour display of the piano you’re playing.
All the other lights on the front panel go off when this feature is being used. It is just the screen that stays illuminated. As it stands, it’s the Yamaha CFX concert grand that comes up by default when pressing the button.
Let’s go into some more of the great features that can be used when using the Piano Room. Firstly on the bottom left of the screen, we can choose from different types of piano. First of all, we can choose the Pop Grand. I notice straight away that the Pop Grand sound is a little bit of a brighter version of the piano. And as I go through the list of options on the screen, we get things like HonkyTonk piano. We also have the Suitcase pianos, vintage pianos, and the old Yamaha DX’s.
Watch Chris explain how Piano Room works on the Yamaha DGX670
Some of the other things you can do on here are things like moving the position of the lid of the piano, which does have quite a change in the tone. For example, you can have the lid in a half position or full, and all the way closed. With the Lid position open, it’s quite resonant and quite trebly. If you move it all the way to closed, it changes the tone altogether.
We can also change the environment that we play in as well. For example, you can choose to be playing in a concert hall, I can also choose the environment as a cathedral, and if I open the lid up again, you can really hear the reverb change. Imagine there’s a grand piano in a cathedral, one hit on the keys and you can really hear the aftertouch. It’s quite a nice way to play, and we’ve got more environments as well. Such as stage environments (which just reduce the echo a little bit), you might decide to play a pop grand, or use the room environment, (this again is just reducing the echo). You could change back to the grand piano, bring the lid closed.. lots of options. You can choose the environment to ‘Off’ also, which takes away all reverb and gives you just the dry piano sound.
There are more settings on here, too as well as the environments. If I go into the settings, on the right-hand side of the screen on the bottom right, this brings up four different options here as well, one of which is the master tune, which you can alter if you need to. Just as a side note: if you need to put it back into regular tuning, which is 440, you just press the up and down buttons together and that will take it back to the regular tuning (just in case you think you messed around with it too much!). The tuning is useful if you are tuning your piano to an old instrument like a violin or a cello or a different piano or a guitar that isn’t quite in perfect pitch.
The brightness is also a useful element to be able to change on the piano sound. Essentially, reducing this is just going to take away the brightness of the piano. I can tailor it really to suit the sound that I like.
Moving on to the ‘touch’. This is a really practical element to be able to adjust on here because this allows me to adjust the piano’s touch sensitivity to my own playing. Note that this is not going to make a difference to how the keys actually feel, it makes a difference to how the sound reacts to your playing. Personally I’m quite a heavy handed player, so I like to put my setting on Hard 2. There are these many settings in total: Soft 2, Soft 1, Medium, Hard 1, and Hard 2. Hard 2 for example, would mean that it will take me quite a lot of effort to play a note and get to a certain volume. Because I am quite heavy handed, I find that having it on hard 2 is quite handy. This is because I find it a little bit more forgiving for my playing. However, if you’re a beginner and you might be a little bit more timid on the keys, (or indeed, if you have more grace with your playing than I do, which you probably do), then you can change it. You can have it onto something like Soft 2. This has the opposite effect because now on the keys, I hardly need to play them to get to a certain volume. I can press the keys only lightly and I find that I barely have to play to get the volume quite high. There are other options of Soft 1 and Hard 1 as well. Medium setting is the standard setting and that will probably suit most people, but it’s just really handy to be able to tweak that.
Virtual resonance modelling (VRM) is a very clever technology that Yamaha do very well. This is where when you play a note on a on a digital piano, Yamaha have recorded from the original piano they sampled from, not only the strings that the hammer plays but the surrounding strings as well. This is how you get that lovely sympathetic resonance from the other strings. This is a fantastic feature that is what gives Yamaha digital pianos this really authentic feel to them. Particularly when you play with headphones, you can really get immersed in it, and you can hear the sound swirling around as if you’re stood in front of a 9 foot concert grand piano. The sound almost seems to be swelling all around the piano. The virtual resonance modelling is what gives it that lovely effect.
So there you go, if you’ve got any more questions whatsoever on DGX 670, just leave them in the comments section below and we will try and do a video to answer your question.
I hope that this has been helpful!