The Yamaha YDP141 is a digital upright piano from Yamaha's Arius range. Although this is an entry-level piano, it has the authentic concert grand piano sound that made Yamaha famous. In addition, it comes with a beautiful solid stand and a comfortable upholstered bench. These great premiums will save you at least $150 in accessories that you would otherwise have to buy yourself.
This particular model from Yamaha can offer you different features and benefits that other entry-level digital pianos cannot. In addition, there are also some important facts to consider before deciding to purchase this particular model, so keep reading this magazine to learn more...
Here are some of the highlights of the PDA 141
- 88 full-size graduated hammers Standard weighted wrenches
- Variable Touch Sensitivity: Allows you to choose between a hard, medium or soft setting depending on your playing style or finger strength.
- 64-note polyphony - allows you to play more notes at the same time
- Six different voices: including grand piano, electric piano, organ and strings
- The damper pedal features a true half-damper effect, giving you nuanced expressive control over the sustained sound.
- MIDI sequencer (with integrated MIDI input and output)
- 3 different types of reverb effects
- A library of 50 piano songs that you can play at the touch of a button.
- The built-in song recorder and metronome make these instruments ideal for piano lessons, practice, or even for composing your own music.
Like most Yamaha digital pianos, expect voices of amazing realism and quality from the YDP141, because the piano sounds have been sampled at three different velocity levels using its Dynamic Stereo Sampling technology with Advanced Wave Memory, giving you a sound very similar to that of a real acoustic grand piano. I've found that Yamaha consistently provides the best samples of authentic concert pianos, even for its input digital pianos like the YDP141.
Expect a true acoustic grand piano feel with this digital piano with 88 keys GHS or Graded Hammer Standard. It's a great feature that allows you to realistically feel the weight of the keys as they diminish from low to high notes.
Dual mode operation and the built-in reverb effect processor can add depth and texture as well as the combination of different voices available, which is ideal if you want to experiment with more modern sounds such as electronic piano and strings.
The built-in MIDI sequencer lets you record your performance for review or playback by storing nearly 11,000 notes on a single track. This is a great feature for beginner piano students, as they can listen to their performances and improve their technique.
As a computer enthusiast, another feature I really appreciate is the ability to connect MIDI inputs and outputs that also allow you to connect to MIDI compatible devices and, of course, your PC or Mac.
As this model is considered an entry-level model, you may be quite disappointed by the limited number of features it offers compared to more expensive models designed for professional musicians. Of course, the speakers may be a bit higher, but I still find them nice. Also, after you've exhausted all the available features such as the number of voices and track recording limitations, you might want to have a little more and switch to its big brother the Yamaha YPD161.
What is the difference between the YDP-140 and the new YDP-141?
In May 2019, Yamaha introduced the new version of the YPD-140, called the YPD-141. Essentially, the piano is exactly the same with a few minor modifications:
- You can record two tracks instead of just one, which is ideal for "overdubbing" a solo instrument or an extra part on a background track.
- Yamaha has doubled the internal memory from 337KB to 845KB - this will allow you to store longer songs.
- The YDP-141 is 11 pounds lighter than the YDP-140!
An examination of the owner of the YDP140 :
By M. Jameson
Yesterday, I bought the YDP140 after doing a lot of research on the internet and weighing the pros and cons of options. I have a straight Yamaha, but I wanted something to play with at night without disturbing the neighbours. Being a sensitive man, I wanted a digital piano with a sensitive acoustic piano touch, so I like my Yamaha upright. After trying several digital pianos yesterday at the Guitar Center (especially Casio and Yamaha), I have to say that the YDP140 is the closest thing to the feel and sound of a real piano. The other digital pianos I tried were a bit clumsy or the sound was a bit strange.
Sure, you can spend a few hundred (if you want 20W speakers, a few extra voices and a headphone stand, you can spend $300 more and get the YDP160) or thousands more and maybe get a little closer to the feel of a real piano, with bells and whistles, but if you want a quality digital piano with a few quality voices (especially the piano) - that's it. The construction and appearance of this piano is of quality and it looks good in my living room. In addition, a good advantage for me is the sturdy roller key cover, the solid pedals that mimic acoustics and the included padded bench. I love playing this piano, and when I play my acoustics, the difference in feel is minimal. TRY IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT.