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Under the Hood

Setting up a long distance teaching environment can be intimidating to even the most veteran technology users. Here are some setup tips we have discovered along our way! 

Keyboard side smallA Yamaha Disklavier Piano is an important investment that can provide you and your students with years of reliable performance. Since many schools and independent teachers may be new to Disklavier technology, we have assembled this short guide to make sure its benefits continue for years to come. 

DS6E3PRO thumbnailThe model number of a Disklavier is normally not printed anywhere on the instrument itself. In most cases, you can determine the model number by the physical characteristics of the instrument and by looking for the DKC number on the control unit.

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DKC-850 RemoteIn most cases, it is possible to upgrade an older Disklavier with modern features, including internal memory, USB for MIDI, USB flash drive support, internal tone generator, CD drive, remote access with an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, and even DisklavierRadio™ and DisklavierTV™ in most cases.

The upgrade is a new control unit called the DKC-850. In most cases, it replaces an existing control unit. In other cases, it functions as a piggyback control unit that connects to the old unit with MIDI cables.

The DKC-850 package comes with all the cables that you need and detailed instructions, including pictures for how to connect everything. Anyone can install the upgrade. A technician is not required.
The Disklavier as a Service Learning Tool: A Conversation with Dr. Pamela Pike
Dr. Pamela Pike, Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University, has been using the Disklavier as a distance-learning and pedagogical tool for as long as just about anyone. Last year (2016), she had the idea to incorporate these technologies into he...
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Melding with the Machine: Dan Tepfer's Creative Relationship with the Disklavier
Yamaha artist Dan Tepfer has long embraced the Disklavier as a performance tool. Using the Disklavier's ability to send and receive data in real time, Tepfer combines algorithmic computer programming and MIDI-driven visualizations to produce unique performances in which...
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WIRELESS Video Sync Recording now on Disklavier with My Music Recorder App
Yamaha's My Music Recorder iOS app has been around for several years, providing a cute and handy way for students, teachers, and parents to keep a video record of practicing, as well as share achievements on YouTube. Now, a hidden feature will also allow Disklavier (E3 ...
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Legendary Pianist Teaches Remote Lesson Masterclass to Moscow
In a pinnacle event for Yamaha's Disklavier-based Remote Lesson technology, Maestro Byron Janis has conducted a long distance masterclass from Yamaha Artist Services in New York City, with students of the Moscow Conservatory. The event took place Sep. 28, 2016.
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