Yamaha YDP-141 Arius Digital Piano
Just as the needs for a piano vary, so do the types of instruments available.
The Yamaha YDP-141 Arius Piano is one of only two 88-key digital pianos that it currently makes, and it’s the only cabinet model.
It has the look of an upright piano, but because it doesn’t require the height of an acoustic piano, it may fit into a smaller area than an acoustic.
To make this digital piano sound as much like an acoustic piano as possible, Yamaha incorporates the following features toward that goal.
- Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard
- 3-level Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) dynamic stereo sampling voices
- 64-note polyphony
- Song recorder
- Half pedal control
If you’ve ever played an acoustic piano, you know that you can increase or decrease the volume by how strongly you press on the keys.
A Graded Hammer Standard keyboard on a Yamaha YDP-141 Arius Digital Piano allows nearly the same kind of response from your finger pressure meaning you don’t have to give up on sound variety with an Arius.
3-Level AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling Voices
Sampling means that the sounds of an acoustic piano are recorded at all ranges and volumes, digitally filtered, and added to the Arius sound system.
The more samples used in putting the piano together, the better the timbre or quality of the expression. AWM Stereo Sampling uses state-of-the-art technology for best results.
Those new to digital instruments may not know this, but it’s possible to actually run out of note sounds, particularly in faster sections of music.
The Yamaha YDP-141 Arius Digital Piano allows for 64 notes to be played at once so that it takes longer to experience this digital need to catch up.
A digital piano has extra bells and whistles, and the Yamaha YDP-141 Arius Digital Piano is no exception.
It has a two-track recording ability that allows you to record one track, play it back and record another track on top of it. You can also change the tempo after recording.
- 12-watt speaker system
- Dimensions – 55.9 x 22.4 x 16.7 inches
- Half pedal control for step-by-step sustain
Pros and Cons
User-friendly, comfortable with an excellent grand sound, the YDP-141 offers a lot for the beginner pianist. Its compact size also makes it pretty easy to move from room to room.
Tim Praskins of azpianonews.blogspot.com pointed out that, for its price, he would have liked the Arius to have a USB computer port and a 128-key polyphony rather than 64.
If you have plans for a lot of studio work and recording, the Yamaha YDP-141 Arius Digital Piano is probably not a good choice. But if it’s for your home, the limited polyphony and lack of computer connections probably won’t matter a great deal.
Know how you’re going to use your piano, and the Yamaha YDP-141 Arius Digital Piano may be just right for you.