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MIM, Yamaha Team on Broadcasting High-Tech Concerts

alpinhongmim-performance-web 200Hayley Ringle
Reporter-Phoenix Business Journal

A high-tech player piano at Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum is streaming its sold-out, eclectic performances into piano owners’ homes through a unique partnership with Yamaha Corp. of America.
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How to Determine Your Disklavier Model

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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How to Upgrade an Older Disklavier

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.
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Artists Use Disklavier for Remote Masterclasses

As part of an ongoing effort to connect students and teachers worldwide, Yamaha has spent the last few years piloting a new feature of the Disklavier known as RemoteLesson. For about 5 years, this tool was limited to only a handful of teachers and performers as we experimented with best practices for successful online teaching. Now, several well-known Yamaha Artists have began experimenting with RemoteLesson to experience this technology, as well as to widen their reach to classical audiences and students worldwide. Why would a world-class pianists choose to teach a masterclass long distance? Turns out the reasons are as varied as the artists themselves.
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University of Kentucky Acquires Record Number of Disklavier Pianos


Rebecca Farley Sings with Disklavier 200x133LEXINGTON, KY - Summer, 2012 - Marked by a dynamic ceremony celebrating the delivery of an exquisite new fleet of Yamaha pianos, The School of Music in The University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts has procured the largest, one-time acquisition of Disklavier performance reproducing pianos in academia anywhere in the world. The ceremony took place on Monday, May 14, 2012 at the Schmidt Vocal Arts Center.
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(from the Yamaha MusicUSA blog)Thanks to longitme DEN enthusiast (DEN-thusiast?) Stella Sick, The Cincinnati Orchestra, and Australian piano roll enthusiast and digital music engineer Peter Phillips, George Gershwin appeared in a posthoumous performance earlier this yea...
Call your favorite piano tuner, connect your high-def TVs, make sure your DisklavierTV subscription is up-to-date, and invite ALL your piano-loving friends, for the time of the 2018 e-Competition is upon us! From May 19-May 31, 2018, Disklavier owners, DEN-stitutio...
In 1916, the year before his untimely death, Scott Joplin recorded 7 piano rolls. These rolls were recorded during a period in which the concept of “hand-played rolls” was still being developed.Regrettably, several factors undermined Joplin’s recordings. For starters, t...
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...