Yamaha YDP144 – read our review here
A Compact Grand Piano for Any Home
The Yamaha YDP144 features a fully-fledged upright piano design, complete with 3 foot pedals, base and stand, in a compact, minimalist format.
Yamaha’s expertise as piano makers first and foremost shines through from the moment you turn the YDP144 on. From the meticulously-sampled array of voices, including that of the legendary Yamaha CFXIII 9′ concert grand, to the richness of its speakers, the YDP144 delivers with a truly-authentic grand piano-playing experience.
YDP144 | Key Action
The YDP144 features Yamaha’s Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) system, which offers a fully-operational working key mechanism for maximum authenticity.
Matte black key tops ensure a tactile distinction from white keys as you play, and ‘grading’ ensures a realistic reproduction of the variation in resistance (or ‘weight’) differing from low to high notes, such as you would find on a concert grand piano.
To avoid the traditional listening fatigue players tend to encounter as a result of practicing through headphones, the Yamaha YDP144 features Yamaha’s Stereophonic Optimiser technology, which provides ‘space’ between the player and the earpiece, creating the impression of playing without headphones at all.
Intelligent Acoustic Control, or IAC, protects the balance of low, medium and high-end frequencies when the volume of the instrument is reduced, allowing you to enjoy the YDP144 at all volumes, however quietly you choose to play.
Using it’s USB to host functionality, you can connect to your DAW software and use the YDP144’s keys to play the VST/AU instruments within your recording software, combining total versatility with an authentic piano touch.
Yamaha YDP144 & Smart Pianist
Yamaha’s Smart Pianist app, free for iOS and Android, allows you to access the features of the Yamaha YDP144 via your smart device, as well as other features – such as the ability to convert music from your iOS music library into chords, allowing you to play along with your favourite music.