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DGX-500 and DGX-505


MadStrum

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I understand that Yamaha is coming out with the DGX-505 soon.. just like to know what this new model has over the DGX-500 other than the smartmedia drive and usb.

Thanks.

 

Pier.

* Godin Freeway Classic * Seagull M6 * Timothy S10J
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Large full dot LCD capable of displaying lyrics and score

Performance Assistant

XF compatible: displays and follows chords

SmartMedia storage

Sweet! Soprano, Tenor, Trumpet, Flute and Pan Flute

USB computer connectivity

Live! Piano, Warm Grand and Orchestra

Lessons include "Your Tempo"

Cool! Galaxy EP, Suitcase EP, Electric Piano and Organ

Easy Song Arranger

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I used to own a DGX-500. Good Sounds for the price, especially the Live!Grand. But some improvments on the DGX-505 are:

 

*New, Greater Clairty Acoustic Pianos

*New "Sweet!" and "Cool!" voices

*Bigger and Better Backlit LCD Screen

*SmartMedia Reader

*USB Computer Capabilities

*Better User Interface

*Y.E.S. 3 Education Suite

*Better Key to Sound Connection

*New Song Arranger

*Performance Assistant Function

 

Overall, I have to say it looks a lot more profesional than the DGX-500. The Screen is very big, and it can show alot of information.

 

Now, both of them have a semi weighted action, but they are not hammer action keys. They do not feel like a piano.

 

Regards,

p120dUdE

My Gear: Yamaha P120 Professional Stage Piano, Yamaha CS1x Synthesizer, Yamaha MSP5 Monitors, Behringer Eurorack UB802 Mixer

Music I Play: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock, Rock

 

The Yamaha P120 Pro. Stage Piano is absolutely superb, fantastic, awesome! It rocks!

 

Chris M.

West Brook Music Studio, New England USA

Yamaha P120 Specialist

 

My Synth Group

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Originally posted by MadStrum:

Wow, it has the same type of LCD screen as the PSR2100? That's freaking cool!

They cost about the same, right?

 

Pier.

Yes, the 500 and 505 do go for the same price.

 

Dude, I know, the screen is awesome. :)

 

Regards,

p120dUdE

My Gear: Yamaha P120 Professional Stage Piano, Yamaha CS1x Synthesizer, Yamaha MSP5 Monitors, Behringer Eurorack UB802 Mixer

Music I Play: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock, Rock

 

The Yamaha P120 Pro. Stage Piano is absolutely superb, fantastic, awesome! It rocks!

 

Chris M.

West Brook Music Studio, New England USA

Yamaha P120 Specialist

 

My Synth Group

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So the MIDI connectivity is only via USB rite?

Is USB slower or faster than the normal midi cable via the sound card? As in, will I see any latency performance increase when recording stuff via my computer?

 

Pier.

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Originally posted by MadStrum:

[QB]"So the MIDI connectivity is only via USB rite?"

 

No, there is a Midi In/Out on the DGX 505 as well as USB.

 

"Is USB slower or faster than the normal midi cable via the sound card? As in, will I see any latency performance increase when recording stuff via my computer?"

 

USB is a higher speed interface than a standard MIDI interface. USB allows for even more accurate timing of Midi events compared to a MIDI interface.

 

PS: The only Output I could see on the DGX-505 was the Headphone Output. Apparently it doesn't have Main Outputs, i.e. R L/L+R. So if you wanted to play straight from the DGX-505 to an external PA or record from the DGX-505 to a Computer via a Mixer, etc. you would need to use the Headphone Output to do so. You wouldn't be able to send the sound from the DGX-505 and record that sound directly into your computer via the USB connection to, let's say, Sound Forge or other audio recording software. You would need to use the Headphone Output for that. You would be able to record the sounds from the DGX-505 through the USB or Midi interface to a Midi Capable recording software such as Cakewalk, Sonar, or other Midi capable recording software as long as your computer has a Sound Card with a Midi or Serial/Parallel interface and or a USB interfaced Sound Card and connection.

 

Bummer that there is no Main Outputs on the DGX-505 but as Yamaha clearly states the DGX-505 is basically a Keyboard for those just starting out playing the Piano or Keyboard. It is not really a Keyboard for seasoned players as evidenced by its lack of Main Outputs and other advanced professional features.

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Is there any difference between the headphone output and main output?

Also, does anyone here own a DGX-505? Would like to hear your comments on this updated dgx500...

 

Pier.

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Originally posted by MadStrum:

Is there any difference between the headphone output and main output?

Also, does anyone here own a DGX-505? Would like to hear your comments on this updated dgx500...

 

Pier.

Main Outputs on a Keyboard (there are two of them)R[ight] L[eft]/L+R. The headphone is a single output. If you don't have Main Outputs you can use the Headphone Output to record from the DGX-505. You will need a TRS, i.e. Tip Ring Sleeve (Stereo) connector cabled from the headphone output that also has a splitter (Y) connection on the other end of the cable so you can plug into a Mixer's (Mackie, Behringer, etc.) Left/Right Channel inputs to input to a Mixer if you want. Then you could run cables from the Mixer Output to your Computer and use a Recording software to record your songs from the DGX. You could also go from the headphone of the DGX then directly into your Computer if you want also. You would need a Sound Card with a "Line In" input. Line inputs on Computer sound cards are 1/8" so you would need a cable that has TRS 1/4" out the DGX and TRS 1/8" on the other end of the cable to go into your computer sound cards "Line In" jack. If you have a Professional audio sound card it would most likely have 1/4" Inputs and Outputs and or XLR inputs and outputs. PRO sound cards like the M-Audio Delta 44 PCI with Break Out Box have 1/4" In's and Outs. But then again you would need the 1/4" 'Y' Adapter on the end of the cable going into the Delta 44 PCI, etc. to have a Left/Right channel signal for Stereo.

 

Have I confused you yet? :D

 

PS: Just realize that the Headphone Output of the DGX is a low impeadance output but you should be okay running into a line level input such as a powered Mixer and or Sound Card. As long as the voltage on the Headphone Amp is low, i.e less than 15 or 20 volts there should be no problem. And most likely the DGX-505 headphone amp is much less than that. You need to be aware that headphone amps/outputs are not as free from noise and distortion as the Mains amp/outputs would be. Be sure to check for noise (hiss) or distortion before recording and adjust the signal accordingly if need be and optimize it. Additional hardware may be required to help eliminate possible hiss or distortion. Your mileage may vary using the Headphone Output of the DGX. Hopefully you won't have any problems with noise or distortion though.

 

Also, the DGX-505 has the same Grand Piano Sample as the Yamaha 9000PRO Keyboard. :thu: So the acoustic Grand Piano sound should be very good on the new DGX-505.

Mike
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Does the DGX-505 still have a floppy drive? Because here , which gives nice specs on the DGX-505, states that the flash/Smartmedia is only 879KB. Now, if i'm not mistaken, doesn't a floppy drive read 1.38 megs of data. So, wouldn't the DGX-500 be the better deal, IF the floppy drive on the DGX-500 actually reads 1.38 megs, of course...

 

Just what is this Smartmedia stuff anyway, does it work like a USB flash disk? Also, does the DGX-505 come with a Flash/Smartmedia card to store data, or is it sold separately? On the above-mentioned website, it says that the DGX-505 has an 8meg Wave rom; can you upload different patches in the rom, by any chance, or is there any similar feature? Anybody know where they sell the DGX-505 w/AC Adapter, stand, pedal, AND bench?

 

Thanks.

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The DGX-505 features SmartMedia storage (card optional), offering up to 128MB of high-speed access to songs and styles (SM cards of 1000MB are also available, but may not be supported).

 

Lots bigger than a 1.4BM floppy, and much more reliable as there are no moving parts. Smaller, too.

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