Suzuki is mostly known for its other musical instruments like violins, bows, guitars, recorders and harmonicas, but they are also producing a small range of digital pianos. The digital pianos of Suzuki do not have the best sound, but they are certainly worth considering if you are new to the piano and are just starting lessons. Recently, Suzuki has unveiled a completely new line of digital home pianos. Dubbed the DP series, the two model line features today’s most advanced tone generation technology.
In the following review, we will see about the Suzuki DP 1000 Digital Piano Keyboard that belongs to the above mentioned DP series. The piano features weighed key actions that are especially balanced to duplicate the expressive qualities of the traditional acoustic piano. It is fully touch sensitive and is equipped with sustain and damper pedals, and are educator approved for learning and performance use. The other highlight features include MIDI implementation, Integrated iPod Docking Station, Play Along Songs and Slow Close Fallboard.
Design and Construction:
The Suzuki DP 1000 88 key Digital Piano has a refined design that is contemporary and space saving that suites any kind of decor. The design is Smooth, Sleek and Sophisticated. It features a solid, slow close keyboard cover that can be used as a music rest when opened and a flat desktop like surface when closed. This digital piano is available in two beautiful finishes of black and rose wood. Being a home piano, it is essential that you do not trouble or disturb anyone while you practice; hence, Suzuki has offered optional stereo headphones so that you can practice in silence. A full complement of stereo audio in and out jacks make sure your piano is integrated with any or all of your electronic components.
The USB Advantage:
Just the availability of USB connection, adds a world of exciting features and extra functionality to the DP 1000 Rosewood Digital Piano Keyboard. This allows the instrument to be plugged in directly to your home computer or laptop. You will also be able to plug into your home stereo for your expanded listening pleasure or connect your MP3 player or CD Player and play along with your favourite tracks.
iPod docking station:
The DP-1000′s integrated iPod docking station can turn your piano into an entertainment centre for the whole family. This is just an extended advantage of the USB port. With this feature, you can experience concert hall quality sound.
The ease of use of the Suzuki DP 1000 is second to none, which requires no tuning; you can happily enjoy the fabulous sounds. You can teach yourself to play with the built-in music instruction and choose from 50 preset songs for instant playing with the included songbook or with the software bundle. There are also options for you to create and playback your own compositions. The DP 1000 has an awesome combo of 128 voices, 100 rhythm styles and recording features that enable endless musical possibilities. New rhythm styles offer a wide variety of every type of music you can imagine. The Professional styles on offer make you a member of the world class band of your choice. Rock to Bach, World Beat to Jazz ensembles, Boogie Woogie to New Age, your musical spectrum is limitless.
The simple to advanced songs allow for separate practice with the left hand or right hand or play along with both hands. You also get the opportunity to engage the vocal grading feature for a true to form “piano teacher” response.
Suzuki DP 1000’s 64 note polyphony makes sure that there are no dropped notes even with the most complex piano passages. Digital signal processing like chorus, reverb and EQ treble and bass allow you to sound sculpt your music to your personal style and taste. The layer and split piano functions with sound balance controls ensure gorgeous, rich full sounding instrumentation. The two track music recorder enables the beginner or performing musician to keep a note on daily progress.
The DP 1000 also features complete MIDI implementation. This technology allows the user to connect the piano to a home computer for musical instruction or composition, or to modular voice expanders, to another keyboard or synthesizer or rhythm machine with a single cord. The DP piano becomes the controlling device of the modern home music lab when the MIDI interface is used. You can use the MIDI ports to transmit and receive data from other musical instruments or system accessories.
Sound and Action:
As we mentioned in the introduction, the Advanced Graded Hammer Action Keybed duplicates both the weight and the mechanical movement of the fine acoustic grand pianos. Its weighted hammer action design offers superb response and smooth feel that will satisfy the most demanding performer. Suzuki’s acclaimed sound imaging technology is used to create a stereo acoustic piano sound of remarkable depth, expression and realism. Instrument voices use 3D sound source sampling for incredible dynamic response.
The DP-1000 features quite a powerful speaker system that has been designed to maximise the expressive Suzuki acclaimed sound imaging technology. The High grade speakers and cabinetry deliver a truly dynamic sound that rich with presence and power.
In the box:
The package contents of the Suzuki DP 1000 includes the Digital Piano Keyboard itself, a matching bench, a play along song book, USB Cable, owner’s manual, quick start guide, EZ Assembly Guide and EZ Assembly Tools.
Suzuki offers its DP 1000 Digital Piano Keyboard one year limited warranty for parts and labour.
Overall, the Suzuki DP 1000 Digital Piano Keyboard is a stylish furniture piece, awesome digital piano and versatile entertainment centre. It is a forward thinking piano for today’s lifestyle. Since its performance is also on the high end, we are happy to give it a “Recommended”.
Suzuki DP 1000 Digital Piano – Technical Specification Table
|Model Name||DP 1000|
|Keyboard||88 Graded Hammer Action|
|Touch Sensitive||3 levels of sensitivity, fixed|
|Sound Source||Stereo and 3D Sound Samples|
|Factory Presets||128 GM (General MIDI Voices)|
|Lesson Function||Part ON/OFF – Right Hand, Left Hand|
|Functions||Tune, Transpose, MIDI Functions, Demo,
Chorus (multi-level), Reverb (multi-level),
Song (Left Hand and Right Hand), Layer, Split,
Upper, Lower, Arpeggio, One Touch,
Auto Bass Chord (Fingered Single, Fingered, Piano Mode),
Harmony (Duet, Arpeggio, Repeat),
Synchro, Fill In 1, Fill in 2, Intro/Ending,
Touch Control, Local On/Off
|Rhythm||100 Rhythm Styles|
|Tuning & Transpose||Yes|
|Headphones||2 Headphone Jacks|
|Connectivity||2 Headphone Jacks (Teacher/Student), MIDI In/Out,
USB, Audio In/Out, iPod Docking Station