True piano feel and expressive control
Perfect for beginning students and experienced players alike, the ARIUS / YDP series provides true piano sound and feel. The Graded Hammer keyboard makes it a true joy to play, both in practice and in performance. The 3-level AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling Voices deliver remarkably authentic sound, and YDP-181 incorporates a USB device port for storing songs recorded on the instrument. Moreover, the damper pedal includes a half-damper effect, giving you nuanced expressive control over the sustained sound. Dual Voice capability lets you play two different instrument sounds at the same time, while a 2-track song recorder allows you to capture your original musical ideas and performances.
Recognized as "The Best Digital Piano for Students"
After researching more than 80 digital console pianos and testing nine with a panel of professionals and amateurs, the writers and editors at Wirecutter name the YDP-181 the best digital console piano for students. The grand piano-like action and sound mean it's enjoyable for students of all levels. Learn more at https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-digital-piano-for-students/.
Digital piano featuring GH keyboard, authentic grand piano sound, natural touch.
Graded Hammer (GH) Keyboard
Just as on a traditional acoustic piano, lower notes on a GH keyboard have a heavier touch, while the higher ones are more responsive to lighter playing. GH features an extra key sensor capable of reproducing fast repetitive playing of a single note with perfect articulation. The matte finish of the black keys enhances the keyboard's luxurious appearance.
Variable Touch Sensitivity Via Dedicated Panel Button
Use the dedicated “TOUCH” button on the front panel, select the hard, medium or soft setting to match your playing style or finger strength. Turn off sensitivity for a fixed response setting, ideal when playing the organ.
Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) Dynamic Stereo Sampling
The AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) is a sampling system which creates the realism of an acoustic instrument by using digital technology to record the instrument sound and applying high-quality digital filter technology to the recorded audio samples. The waveform of the sound created by playing the key of an acoustic piano differs depending on the playing strength from pianissimo to fortissimo. The AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling can produce such dynamic nuances by recording samples of various playing strengths. The greater the number of samples used, the higher the expression.
USB connectivity for storing and playing music
Insert an optional USB storage device into the USB port to save and transfer your performances.
Conventional digital pianos quickly run out of notes during fast, dense legato passages: sustained notes are cut off as the instrument "steals" notes to make room for new notes. A maximum of up to 128-note can be played at once.
Damper Resonance samples provided the rich and broadening tones produced in pedaling. Using these comprehensive gradations, YDP-181 model can realistically reproduce the complex sounds of a grand piano.
The built-in, 3-song performance memory allows you to record a song, then step into the spotlight and solo over it. Best of all, you can change tempo or Voices even after you've recorded your performance. There's also a built-in metronome to help you stay in perfect time. Once you’ve recorded your song, you can transfer them to a USB flash drive via the USB TO DEVICE port and load them on to your computer for backup, import into a notation program for printing or into a MIDI sequencing program for further editing.
50 Preset Piano Songs
50 classic piano songs are provided in the song player and as a music book, "50 Greats for the Piano." These songs can be used for background music or as learning reference.
Stereo 16cm Speakers
Enjoy full, stereo sound from the built-in stereo 16cm speakers. Bigger speakers mean deeper lows for greater bass response.
Conserve energy with convenient auto power off feature
Auto power off shuts down the instrument after a period of inactivity. You can customize how long it will wait before shutting down, or disable it if you prefer. To learn more about other ways that Yamaha conserves energy, visit our Corporate Social Responsibility page.