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  • Page 2: Special Message Section

    Yamaha. This product should be used only with the components supplied or; a cart, rack, or stand that is recommended by Yamaha. If a cart, etc., is used, please observe all safety markings and instructions that accompany the accessory product.
  • Page 3 1. IMPORTANT NOTICE: DO NOT MODIFY THIS UNIT! This product, when installed as indicated in the instructions contained in this manual, meets FCC requirements. Modifications not expressly approved by Yamaha may void your authority, granted by the FCC, to use the product. 2. IMPORTANT: When connecting this product to accessories and/or another product use only high quality shielded cables.
  • Page 4 • Use the specified adaptor (PA-5D, PA-5C or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha) only. Using the wrong adaptor can result in damage to the instrument or overheating. • Check the electric plug periodically and remove any dirt or dust which may have accumulated on it.
  • Page 5 Yamaha cannot be held responsible for damage caused by improper use or modifications to the instrument, or data that is lost or destroyed. Always turn the power off when the instrument is not in use.
  • Page 6: Main Features

    I XGlite As its name implies, “XGlite” is a simplified version of Yamaha’s high-quality XG tone generation format. Naturally, you can play back any XG song data using an XGlite tone generator. However, keep in mind that some songs may play back differently compared to the original data, due to the reduced set of control parameters and effects.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Panel Controls and Terminals ... 8 Setting Up... 10 • Power Requirements ...10 • Turning On the Power...11 • Accessory Jacks ...11 Quick Guide Step 1 Voices ... 12 Step 2 Songs... 14 Step 3 Music Database... 16 Step 4 Lesson ... 18 Panel Display Indications ...
  • Page 8: Panel Controls And Terminals

    Panel Controls and Terminals I Front Panel !8 !9 @0 Power switch ([STANDBY/ON]) [MASTER VOLUME] dial This determines the overall volume of the DGX-500/300. [TOUCH] button This turns the Touch function on and off. (See page 32.) Holding down this button allows you to adjust the Touch Sensitivity setting.
  • Page 9: I Rear Panel

    [SYNC STOP] button This turns the Sync Stop function on and off. (See page 43.) [SYNC START] / [PAUSE] button This turns the Sync Start function on and off. (See page 40.) In the Song mode, it is used to temporarily pause song playback.
  • Page 10: Setting Up

    Power Requirements Although the DGX-500/300 will run either from an AC adaptor or batteries, Yamaha recommends use of an AC adaptor whenever possible. An AC adaptor is more environmentally friendly than batteries and does not deplete resources. I Using an AC Power Adaptor • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •...
  • Page 11: Turning On The Power

    I Using a Footswitch• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • This feature lets you use a footswitch (Yamaha FC4 or FC5) to sustain the sound of the voices.
  • Page 12: Quick Guide

    Quick Voices Step 1 Guide Playing the Piano Simply by pressing the [PORTABLE GRAND] button, you can automatically reset the entire DGX-500/300 for piano play. Press the [PORTABLE GRAND] button. Play the keyboard. Want to find out more? See page 22. Press the [METRONOME] button.
  • Page 13 Selecting and Playing Other Voices The DGX-500/300 has a huge total of 619 dynamic and realistic instrument voices. Let’s try a few of them out now... Press the [VOICE] button. Live!Gnd G Panel Voice List Voice Name PIANO Live! Grand Grand Piano Bright Piano Honky-tonk Piano...
  • Page 14: Step 2 Songs

    Quick Songs Step 2 Guide Playing the Songs The DGX-500/300 is packed with a total of 100 songs, including three Demo songs that have been specially created to show- case the rich and dynamic sounds of the instrument. You can also try out the songs with the educational Lesson feature. Playing the Demo songs Let’s play the Demo songs now, Repeating with (001 - 003)
  • Page 15: Song List

    Select a desired User song. G Song List Song Name DEMO The Look Of Love (DGX-500) Ribbon In The Sky (DGX-300) Just The Way You Are Ribbon In The Sky (DGX-500) The Look Of Love (DGX-300) FAVORITES Bill Bailey (Won’t You...
  • Page 16: Step 3 Music Database

    Quick Music Database Step 3 Guide Music Database Here’s a convenient feature that lets you instantly reconfigure the DGX-500/300 for playing in different music styles. If you want to perform in a certain genre but don’t know what settings to make, simply select the genre from the Music Database —...
  • Page 17 The convenient Dictionary function teaches you how to play chords by showing you the individual notes. In the example below, we’ll learn how to play a GM7 chord... Keys for entering the chord (DGX-500 : A-1 — B2) (DGX-300 : E0 — B2) Learning how to play a specific chord Example: Root note Chord type Press the [DICTIONARY] button.
  • Page 18: Step 4 Lesson

    Quick Lesson Step 4 Guide Using the Lesson Feature Songs 001 to 100 are specially designed for use with the educational Lesson feature. Lesson makes it fun and easy to master these songs. You can practice the left- and right-hand parts of each song individually: simply press the appropriate button, [L] (left) or [R] (right).
  • Page 19 Lesson 1 — Timing This step lets you work on the timing of the notes. In Les- son 1, the particular note you play on the keyboard is unimportant. The DGX-500/300 checks your timing and how rhythmically “tight” your playing is. Want to find out more? See page 69.
  • Page 20: Panel Display Indications

    Panel Display Indications The DGX-500/300 features a large multi-function display that shows all important settings for the instrument. The section below briefly explains the various icons and indications in the dis- play. Song/Voice/Style name and number, Tempo Battery Level indicator Touch indicator Sync Stop indicator Harmony indicator...
  • Page 21 When a disk song is playing and the note data exceeds the range limit of A-1 – C7 (DGX-500) and E0 – G6 (DGX-300), an “OVER” indication flashes and Q or W appears in the display. When a disk song is playing and the track octave set- ting is raised or lowered, one of +2, +1, -1 and -2 indi- cations appears in the display.
  • Page 22: Portable Grand

    Portable Grand This convenient function lets you instantly call up the Grand Piano voice. Playing the Portable Grand Press the [PORTABLE GRAND] button. Doing this automatically calls up the special “Stereo Sampled Piano” Live! Grand voice. Using the Metronome Call up the Tempo setting. Press the [TEMPO/TAP] button.
  • Page 23: Turn On The Metronome

    Turn on the Metronome. Press the [METRONOME] button. To turn the Metronome off, press the [METRONOME] button again. Setting the Metronome Time Signature The time signature of the Metronome can be set to var- ious quarter-note based meters. • The time signature changes automatically when a style or song is selected.
  • Page 24: Playing Voices

    The DGX-500/300 features a total of 619 authentic voices — all of which have been created with Yamaha’s sophisticated AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) tone generation system. These include 480 XG voices, plus special Split voices, DJ voices and drum kits.
  • Page 25 There are two ways to select voices: 1) directly entering the voice number with the numeric keypad, or 2) using the [+]/[-] buttons to step up and down through the voice numbers. I Using the numeric keypad Enter the digits of the voice number as indicated on the panel. For example, to select voice #109, press “1”...
  • Page 26: Dual Voice

    Playing Voices Drum Kit Voice Chart (voices 123 - 134) When one of the 12 Drum Kit voices are selected you can play different drums and percussion instruments on the keyboard. G For example, when 123 “Standard Kit 1” is selected: Dual Voice The Dual Voice function lets you combine two different voices in a layer —...
  • Page 27: Main Voice And Dual Voice Settings

    Select one of the parameters for the Main and Dual voices. Press the [SETTING L] or [SETTING M] button, repeatedly if necessary, until the desired parameter’s name appears in the display. Set the parameter’s value. Use the numeric keypad or the [+]/[-] buttons. (Refer to the parameter list below.) Main Voice and Dual Voice settings The parameters below provide all settings for both the Main Voice and Dual Voice —...
  • Page 28: Split Voice

    Playing Voices Split Voice Split Voices let you play two different instrument sounds from separate areas of the keyboard. For example, you can play a bass voice with your left hand and a piano voice with your right. Split Voice Call up a Split Voice.
  • Page 29: Transpose And Tuning

    Transpose and Tuning You can also adjust the tuning and change the transposition (key) of the entire DGX-500/300 sound with the Transpose and Tuning functions. I Transpose • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Transpose determines the key of both the main voice and the bass/chord accompa- niment of the selected style.
  • Page 30 Playing Voices I Tuning • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Tuning determines the fine pitch setting of both the main voice and the bass/chord accompaniment of the selected style.
  • Page 31: Pitch Bend Range

    Pitch Bend Range The DGX-500/300 has a [PITCH BEND] wheel that lets you change the pitch of the voices in real time, as you play. The Pitch Bend Range parameter determines the amount that pitch is raised or lowered when using the [PITCH BEND] wheel. At the minimum setting, moving the [PITCH BEND] wheel up or down changes the pitch by a maximum of 1 semitone or half-step in either direction.
  • Page 32: Touch And Touch Sensitivity

    Playing Voices Touch and Touch Sensitivity The Touch function gives you dynamic, expressive control over the voices, letting you determine how loud or soft the sound is by your playing strength. Turn the Touch function on or off as desired by pressing the [TOUCH] but- ton.
  • Page 33: Effects

    Effects The DGX-500/300 is equipped with a wide variety of effects that can be used to enhance the sound of the voices. The DGX-500/300 has three separate effect systems — Reverb, DSP, and Harmony — and each has many different effect types to choose from. Reverb The Reverb effect reproduces the natural ambient “wash”...
  • Page 34: Dsp

    Effects The DSP effect section provides distortion and chorus effects, plus a wealth of other useful and dynamic effects for enhancing and changing the sound of the voices. Included among these miscellaneous effects are reverse gate reverb, phaser, rotary speaker, tremolo, echo, delay, distortion, equalization, and wah. A total of thirty-eight DSP types are available.
  • Page 35: Harmony

    Harmony The Harmony section features a variety of performance effects that enhance the melodies you play when using the accompaniment styles of the DGX-500/300. A total of twenty-six Harmony types are available. Trill, Tremolo and Echo types can be used even if accompaniment is off. There are five different Harmony Types that automatically create harmony parts (for notes played in the upper section of the keyboard) to match the accompani- ment chords.
  • Page 36: Effect Types

    Effects I Effect Types G Reverb Types Reverb Type Hall 1 Hall 2 Room 1 Room 2 Stage 1 Stage 2 Plate 1 Plate 2 G DSP Types DSP Type Hall 1 Hall 2 Room 1 Room 2 Stage 1 Stage 2 Plate 1 Plate 2...
  • Page 37 G Harmony Types Harmony Type Display Name Duet Duet Trio Trio Block Block Country Country Octave Octave Trill 1/4 note Tril1/4 Trill 1/6 note Tril1/6 Trill 1/8 note Tril1/8 Trill 1/12 note Tril1/12 Trill 1/16 note Tril1/16 Trill 1/24 note Tril1/24 Trill 1/32 note Tril1/32...
  • Page 38: Selecting And Playing Styles

    Selecting and Playing Styles The DGX-500/300 provides dynamic rhythm/accompaniment patterns (styles) — as well as voice settings appropriate for each style — for various popular musical categories. A total of 135 different styles are available, in several different categories. Each style is made up of separate “sections”...
  • Page 39: Playing The Styles

    Playing the styles The panel buttons below function as style controls. Pressing this button alternately enables and cancels the bass and chord accompaniment. (See below.) Pressing this button alternately enables and cancels the Sync Stop function. (See page 43.) Turn on the auto accompaniment. Press the [ACMP] button to turn on (enable) the auto accompaniment.
  • Page 40 Selecting and Playing Styles You can select the Main A or B section by pressing the appropriate button — [MAIN A/B] — before pressing the [START/STOP] button. (The display briefly shows the letter of the selected section: “MAIN A” or “MAIN B.”) Indicates selected section (Main A or B).
  • Page 41 Starting with an Intro section Each style has its own two- or four-measure Intro section. When used with the auto accompaniment, many of the Intro sections also include special chord changes and embellishments to enhance your performance. To start with an Intro section: 1) Press the [MAIN/AUTO FILL] button —...
  • Page 42 Selecting and Playing Styles Change chords using the auto accompaniment feature. Try playing a few successive chords with your left hand, and notice how the bass and chord accompaniment change with each chord you play. (Refer to page 47 for more information on how to use auto accompaniment.) Stop the style.
  • Page 43: Sync Stop

    Sync Stop This convenient feature lets you stop (or pause) the style by releasing your fingers from the auto accompaniment area of the keyboard. Playing the chord again restarts the style. This is ideal for putting dynamic breaks in your performance — for example, stopping the rhythm and accompaniment briefly while you play a melodic break or solo with your right hand.
  • Page 44: Changing The Tempo

    Selecting and Playing Styles Changing the Tempo The tempo of style playback can be adjusted over a range of 32 - 280 bpm (beats per minute). Call up the Tempo setting. Press the [TEMPO/TAP] button. Change the value. Use the numeric keypad to set the desired Tempo value, or use the [+]/[-] buttons to increase or decrease the value.
  • Page 45: Main/Auto Fill (Main A/B And Fill-Ins)

    MAIN/AUTO FILL (Main A/B and Fill-ins) While the style is playing, you can add variation in the rhythm/accompaniment by pressing the [MAIN/AUTO FILL] button. This switches between the Main A and Main B sections, automatically playing a fill-in pattern to smoothly lead into the next section.
  • Page 46: Adjusting The Accompaniment Volume

    Selecting and Playing Styles Adjusting the Accompaniment Volume The playback volume of the style can be adjusted. This volume control affects only the accompaniment volume. The volume range is 000 - 127. Select the Accompaniment Volume function. Press the left Overall button, repeatedly if necessary, until “ACMP VOL” appears in the display.
  • Page 47: Using Auto Accompaniment - Multi Fingering

    Using Auto Accompaniment — Multi Fingering When it is set to on (page 39), the auto accompaniment function automatically generates bass and chord accompaniment for you to play along with, by using Multi Fingering operation. You can change the chords of the accompaniment by playing keys in the auto accompaniment area of the keyboard using either the “Single Finger”...
  • Page 48 Selecting and Playing Styles Chord Name/[Abbreviation] Major [M] Add ninth [(9)] Sixth [6] Sixth ninth [6(9)] Major seventh [M7] Major seventh ninth [M7(9)] Major seventh add sharp eleventh [M7(#11)] Flatted fifth [(b5)] Major seventh flatted fifth [M7b5] Suspended fourth [sus4] Augmented [aug] Major seventh augmented [M7aug] Minor [m]...
  • Page 49: Setting The Split Point

    Setting the Split Point The Split Point determines the highest key for the auto accompaniment area. The accompaniment can be played with the keys up to and including the Accompani- ment Split Point key. Auto accompaniment area Select the Split Point control. Press and hold the [SPLIT] button until “S_POINT”appears in the display.
  • Page 50: Dictionary

    Selecting and Playing Styles Dictionary The Dictionary function is essentially a built-in “chord book” that shows you the individual notes of chords. It is ideal when you know the name of a certain chord and want to quickly learn how to play it. Press the [DICTIONARY] button.
  • Page 51 Play the chord. Play the chord (as indicated in the display) in the auto accompaniment area of the keyboard. The chord name flashes in the display (and a “congratula- tions” melody is played) when the correct notes are held down. (Inversions for many of the chords are also recognized.) Auto accompaniment area To leave the Dictionary function, press the [DICTIONARY] button again.
  • Page 52: Other Chords

    Selecting and Playing Styles Beautiful sounding harmonies can be built in this manner. The use of intervals and chords is one of the most important elements in music. A wide variety of emotions and feelings can be created depending on the types of chords used and the order in which they are arranged. •...
  • Page 53: Using The Music Database

    Using the Music Database If you want to play in a certain genre of music but don’t know which style and voice settings would be appropriate, simply select the desired genre from the Music Database. The DGX-500/ 300 automatically makes all appropriate panel settings to let you play in that music style! Press the [M.D.B.] (MUSIC DATABASE) button.
  • Page 54: Data Stored By The Music Database

    Using the Music Database When you reach the point in the music indicated by the arrow above, press the [ENDING] button. The style plays an ending phrase in ritardando. When the ending is finished, the style automatically stops. You can also stop the style by using the [STOP] button. Data stored by the Music Database Each of the Music Database settings has been specially programmed to match the selected style and each features the best suited voice (or combination of voices), style and other settings.
  • Page 55: Registration Memory

    Registration Memory Registration Memory is a flexible and convenient function that lets you instantly reconfigure virtually all settings of the DGX-500/300 with the touch of a single button. Simply save your favorite custom panel settings to one of the Registration Memory presets (up to sixteen are available) for future recall.
  • Page 56: Recalling A Registration Memory Preset

    Registration Memory Recalling a Registration Memory Preset Select the appropriate Registration Memory bank. Press the desired Registration Memory preset button ([1] or [2]).
  • Page 57: Selecting And Playing Songs

    Selecting and Playing Songs The DGX-500/300 features a total of 105 songs. These include 100 songs that showcase the rich and dynamic sounds of the instrument, and 100 of these songs can be used with the edu- cational Lesson feature (page 67), a powerful tool that makes learning songs fun and easy. Three of the songs are special Demonstration songs that can be played automatically by pressing the [DEMO] button.
  • Page 58: A-B Repeat

    Selecting and Playing Songs Start the selected song. Press the [START/STOP] button. As the song plays back, the measure num- ber and chords are shown in the display. Stop the song. Press the [START/STOP] button. If playback was started by pressing the [START/STOP] button, the selected song stops automatically.
  • Page 59: Melody Voice Change

    Pause or stop playback as needed. Use the [PAUSE] button or [START/STOP] button. Stopping playback does not cancel the set A/B points or the A-B Repeat function. Turn off the A-B Repeat function. Press the [A-B REPEAT] button. Melody Voice Change The DGX-500/300 lets you play a melody on the keyboard along with each of the songs, either with the original melody voice or one of your own selection.
  • Page 60: Changing The Tempo

    Selecting and Playing Songs Press and hold down the [VOICE] button for at least one second. “MELODY VOICE CHANGE” appears in the display, indicating that the selected panel voice has replaced the song’s original melody voice. Changing the Tempo The tempo of song playback can be adjusted over a range of 32 - 280 bpm (beats per minute).
  • Page 61: Adjusting The Song Volume

    Adjusting the Song Volume The playback volume of the song can be adjusted. This volume control affects only the song volume. The volume range is 000 - 127. Select the Song Volume function. Press the left Overall button, repeatedly if necessary, until “SONG VOL” appears in the display.
  • Page 62: Song Recording

    Song Recording The DGX-500/300 features powerful and easy-to-use song recording features that let you record your keyboard performances — using up to six independent tracks (including one track for accompaniment) — for creating your own complete, fully orchestrated compositions. You can record and save up to five User songs.
  • Page 63: Recording To Accompaniment Track

    Select a User song number for recording. Use the numeric keypad to select the desired song: 201 - 205. If no song is manually selected, the DGX-500/300 automatically selects the first available empty song number. Select a track number for recording. While holding down the [REC] button, press the appropriate SONG MEM- ORY button.
  • Page 64 Song Recording I Recording to a Melody Track (1 - 5) Five independent Melody tracks are provided for recording your keyboard performance. Normally, you’ll want to record these after you’ve recorded the Accompaniment track. You can also record the Accompaniment track and one of the Melody tracks simultaneously.
  • Page 65: Song Clear

    Song Clear The Song Clear operation completely erases all recorded data on all tracks of a selected User song. Use this operation only when you’re sure you want to erase a song and record a new one. To erase an individual track of a song while leaving the other tracks intact, use the Track Clear operation (page 66).
  • Page 66: Track Clear

    Song Recording Track Clear The Track Clear operation completely erases all recorded data on a selected track of a selected User song, leaving the other tracks intact. Use this operation only when you’re sure you want to erase a track and record a new one. To erase the data of an entire song, use the Song Clear operation (page 65).
  • Page 67: Song Lesson

    Song Lesson The Lesson feature provides an exceptionally fun and easy-to-use way to learn how to read music and play the keyboard. There are a total of 100 songs (Songs 001 to 100), specially designed for use with the educational features. Lesson lets you practice the left- and right- hand parts of each song independently, step by step, until you’ve mastered them and are ready to practice with both hands together.
  • Page 68 Song Lesson Select the part you wish to work on (left or right) and the Lesson step. If you want to work on the right-hand part, press the [R] button; to work on the left, press the [L] button. Pressing either button repeatedly cycles through the available Lesson steps in order: Lesson 1 →...
  • Page 69: Select The Lesson Track

    Select the Lesson Track This function allows you to select the track number of a disk song (only SMF format 0). (Refer to the Disk Operations chapter on page 73.) With Song playback stopped, press the Overall right button to select LESSON TRACK L or R. LESSON TRACK R appears following TRACK L.
  • Page 70: Lesson 2 - Waiting

    Song Lesson Lesson 2 — Waiting In this lesson step, the DGX-500/300 waits for you to play the correct notes before continuing playback of the song. This lets you practice reading the music at your own pace. The notes to be played are shown in the display, one after another, as you play them correctly.
  • Page 71: Lesson 4 - Both Hands

    Play the appropriate part with the song. After the lead-in, the song starts automatically, and the appropriate notes appear in the display. In Lesson 3, listen carefully to the un-muted part, and play the muted part yourself. Lesson 4 — Both Hands Lesson 4 is a “Minus One”...
  • Page 72: Grade

    Song Lesson Grade The Lesson feature has a built-in evaluation function that monitors your practicing of the Lesson songs, and just like a real teacher, it tells you how well you did each exercise. Four grades are assigned, depending on your performance: “OK,” “Good,”...
  • Page 73: Disk Operations

    You can load and play with the style files collected on these disks. (See page 79) The Style File Format — SFF — is Yamaha’s original style file format which uses a unique conversion system to provide high-quality auto- matic accompaniment based on a wide range of chord types. The DGX- 500/300 uses the SFF data internally, reading from optional SFF style disks.
  • Page 74 Yamaha recommends that you use a commercially-avail- able dry-type head cleaning disk to clean the head about once a month. Ask your Yamaha dealer about the availabil- ity of proper head-cleaning disks. G Never insert anything but floppy disks into the disk drive.
  • Page 75: Disk Song Playback

    Disk Song Playback This function allows you to play back song data on commercially available GM (General MIDI), Yamaha DOC (Disk Orchestra Collection), or Clavinova Diskla- vier Piano Soft disks. It also allows you to play back Standard MIDI File (SMF) format 0 data.
  • Page 76: Change Track Octave Setting

    When a disk song is playing and the note data exceeds the limit of A-1 – C7 (DGX-500), E0 – G6 (DGX-300), an “OVER” indication flashes and Q or W appears in the display. If this happens, you can adjust the track octave setting of the relevant track up or down to compensate.
  • Page 77 If you wish to overwrite the data already saved to an existing file, use the [+]/ [-] buttons to select the file you want to overwrite. To exit from the Save screen, press the [UTILITY] button repeatedly. If necessary change the file name. The DGX-500/300 automatically creates a file name ( for example “UF_00nnn”...
  • Page 78: Saving Files In Smf Format 0

    Disk Operations Execute the Save operation. Press the [+] button (“YES”), and the Save operation will start. Once started, the operation cannot be canceled. As the file is saving, “Saving” will appear on the top line of the display. To avoid saving the file, press the [-] button (“NO”) instead of the [+] button (“YES”).
  • Page 79: Load

    Once you’ve saved your User data onto a floppy disk, you can reload that data back to the DGX-500/300. You can also load style data from the included disk or commercially available Yamaha Style File disks. Insert the floppy disk into the disk drive.
  • Page 80: Utility - Delete

    Disk Operations Utility – Delete This function allows you to delete individual files of User data you’ve saved to floppy disk. Insert the floppy disk into the disk drive. Press the [UTILITY] button. The filename will appear at the top of the display. To exit from the UTILITY screen, press the [UTILITY] button twice.
  • Page 81: Utility - Formatting An Unformatted Disk

    Utility – Formatting an Unformatted Disk Insert the unformatted floppy disk into the disk drive. A “Format?” message will appear at the top of the display. Press the [UTILITY] button to exit from the FORMAT screen. Press the [EXECUTE] button. Execute the Format operation.
  • Page 82: Utility - Formatting A Previously Formatted Disk

    Disk Operations Utility – Formatting a Previously Formatted Disk This function is useful for quickly deleting unnecessary files from an already for- matted disk. Be careful when using this operation, since it automatically deletes all data on the disk. Insert the floppy disk into the disk drive. Press the [UTILITY] button.
  • Page 83: Midi Functions

    MIDI Functions The DGX-500/300 is MIDI-compatible, featuring MIDI IN and MIDI OUT terminals and providing a variety of MIDI-related controls. By using the MIDI functions you can expand your musical possibilities. This section explains what MIDI is, and what it can do, as well as how you can use MIDI on your DGX-500/300.
  • Page 84: Channel Messages

    MIDI Functions MIDI is an acronym that stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, which allows electronic musical instruments to communicate with each other, by send- ing and receiving compatible Note, Control Change, Program Change and various other types of MIDI data, or messages. The DGX-500/300 can control a MIDI device by transmitting note related data and various types of controller data.
  • Page 85: Connecting To A Personal Computer

    (sequencer software) When connecting to a computer with a USB interface, use the Yamaha UX16 USB/MIDI Interface. Connect the UX16 and the com- puter with a standard USB cable, then make the proper MIDI con- nections between the DGX-500/300 and the UX16.
  • Page 86: Local Control

    MIDI Functions Local Control This function lets you enable or disable keyboard control over the DGX-500/ 300’s voices. This would come in handy, for example, when recording notes to MIDI sequencer. If you are using the sequencer to play back the voices of the DGX-500/300, you would want to set this to “off”...
  • Page 87: Using Initial Setup Send With A Sequencer

    Using Initial Setup Send with a Sequencer The most common use for the Initial Setup Send function is in recording a song on a sequencer that is intended for playback with the DGX-500/300. Essentially, this takes a “snapshot” of the DGX-500/300 settings and sends that data to the sequencer.
  • Page 88: External Clock

    • When the Initial Setup Send operation is completed, the DGX- 500/300 automatically returns to the previous panel condition. • If External Clock is set to ON, style or song playback will not start unless external clock are received. DGX-500 DGX-300...
  • Page 89: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Problem When the DGX-500/300 is turned on or off, a pop- ping sound is temporarily produced. When using a mobile phone, noise is produced. There is no sound even when the keyboard is played or when a song is being played back. Playing keys in the right hand section of the key- board does not produce any sound.
  • Page 90: Data Backup & Initialization

    All data can be initialized and restored to the factory preset condition by turning on the power while holding the highest (rightmost) white key on the keyboard. “CLr Backup” will appear briefly on the display. DGX-500 DGX-300 • All Registration Memory and User song data, plus the other settings listed above, will be...
  • Page 91: Voice List

    Voice List I Maximum Polyphony • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • The DGX-500/300 has 32-note maximum polyphony. This means that it can play a maximum of up to 32 notes at once, regardless of what functions are used.
  • Page 92 Voice List Bank Select MIDI Voice Program Change# FLUTE SYNTH LEAD SYNTH PAD PERCUSSION SPLIT – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –...
  • Page 93 Bank Select MIDI Voice Program Voice Name Change# Carillon Dulcimer Dulcimer 2 Cimbalom Santur ORGAN DrawOrg Detuned DrawOrg 60’s DrawOrg 1 60’s DrawOrg 2 70’s DrawOrg 1 DrawOrg 2 60’s DrawOrg 3 Even Bar 16+2"2/3 Organ Bass 70’s DrawOrg 2 Cheezy Organ DrawOrg 3 Percussive Organ...
  • Page 94 Voice List Bank Select MIDI Voice Program Change# STRING ENSEMBLE BRASS Voice Voice Name Violin Slow Violin Viola Cello Contrabass Tremolo Strings Slow Tremolo Strings Suspense Strings Pizzicato Strings Orchestral Harp Yang Chin Timpani Strings 1 Stereo Strings Slow Strings Arco Strings 60’s Strings Orchestra...
  • Page 95 Bank Select MIDI Voice Program Voice Name Change# Big Lead Heavy Synth Waspy Synth Pulse Sawtooth Dr. Lead Velocity Lead Sequenced Analog Calliope Lead Pure Pad Chiff Lead Rubby Charang Lead Distorted Lead Wire Lead Voice Lead Synth Aahs Vox Lead Fifths Lead Big Five Bass &...
  • Page 96 Voice List Bank Select MIDI Voice Program Change# PERCUSSIVE SOUND EFFECTS Voice Voice Name Shamisen Koto Taisho-kin Kanoon Kalimba Bagpipe Fiddle Shanai Shanai 2 Pungi Hichiriki Tinkle Bell Bonang Altair Gamelan Gongs Stereo Gamelan Gongs Rama Cymbal Asian Bells Agogo Steel Drums Glass Percussion Thai Bells...
  • Page 97 G DJ Voice List Voice No. MSB/LSB/PC 0/123/118 Note No. Note DJ Set 1 BD Analog H Bass Drum Soft C# 1 Analog Side Stick Side Stick Analog Snare 1 Snare M D# 1 Hand Clap Hand Clap Analog Snare 2 Snare H Hard Analog Tom 1 Floor Tom L...
  • Page 98: Style List

    Style List Serial No. Style Name 8 BEAT 8BeatModern 60’sGtrPop 8BeatAdria 60’s8Beat 8Beat OffBeat 60’sRock HardRock RockShuffle 8BeatRock 16 BEAT 16Beat PopShuffle1 PopShuffle2 GuitarPop 16BtUptempo KoolShuffle JazzRock HipHopLight BALLAD PianoBallad LoveSong 6/8ModernEP 6/8SlowRock OrganBallad PopBallad 16BeatBallad1 16BeatBallad2 DANCE EuroTrance Ibiza HouseMusik SwingHouse TechnoPolis...
  • Page 99: Music Database List

    Music Database List MDB No. MDB Name POP HITS AlvFever Croco Rk DayPdise EasySday GoMyWay HowDeep! HurryLuv I’m Torn Imagine ISurvive JustCall JustWay NikitTrp ProudGtr SailngSx Sept.Pop SultanSw SweetLrd ThnkMsic TitanicH WatchGrl WhatALoo WhitePle YestDGtr SWING & JAZZ Alex Rag Blue Set DayOfW&R HighMoon...
  • Page 100: Drum Kit List

    Drum Kit List • “ ” indicates that the drum sound is the same as “Standard Kit 1”. • Each percussion voice uses one note. • The MIDI Note # and Note are actually one octave lower than keyboard Note # and Note. For example, in “123: Standard Kit 1”, the “Seq Click H”...
  • Page 101 Voice No. MSB/LSB/PC Keyboard MIDI Alternate assign Note# Note Note# Note C# -1 D# -1 G# -1 100 E 101 F 102 F# 103 G 127/000/000 127/000/27 127/000/32 127/000/40 Standard Kit 1 Dance Kit Jazz Kit Brush Kit Surdo Mute Surdo Open Hi Q Whip Slap...
  • Page 102: Midi Implementation Chart

    MIDI Implementation Chart YAMAHA [ Portable Grand™ ] Model DGX-500,DGX-300 Function... Basic Default Channel Changed Default Mode Messages Altered Note Number : True voice ************** Velocity Note ON Note OFF After Key's Touch Ch's Pitch Bend 0,32 o 38 x...
  • Page 103 NOTE: *1 By default (factory settings) the DGX-500/300 ordinarily functions as a 16- channel multi-timbral tone generator, and incoming data does not affect the panel voices or panel settings. However, the MIDI messages listed below do affect the panel voices, auto accompaniment, and songs. •...
  • Page 104: Effect Map

    MIDI Implementation Chart IEffect map * If the received value does not contain an effect type in the TYPE LSB, the LSB will be directed to TYPE 0. * The numbers in parentheses in front of the Effect Type names correspond to the number indicated in the display. * By using an external sequencer, which is capable of editing and transmitting the system exclusive messages and param- eter changes, you can select the Reverb, Chorus and DSP effect types which are not accessible from the DGX-500/300 panel itself.
  • Page 105: Keyboard Stand Assembly (Dgx-500 Only)

    Keyboard Stand Assembly • Be careful not to confuse parts, and be sure to install all parts in the correct direction. Please assemble in accordance with the sequence given below. • Assembly should be carried out by at least two persons. •...
  • Page 106 Angle brackets 6 x 30 mm round head screws Attach the angle brackets the 3.5 x 16 mm tapping screws 3.5 x 16 mm tapping screws Attach the back board, using the 6 x 30 mm round head screws • Be careful not to drop the back board or touch the sharp metal fittings.
  • Page 107 5 x 16 mm round head screws Put the keyboard on the stand. Carefully place the keyboard on the side boards. Slowly move the keyboard so that the holes on the bot- tom of the keyboard are properly aligned with the holes on the angle brackets.
  • Page 108: Specifications

    • Keyboard stand * Specifications and descriptions in this owner’s manual are for information purposes only. Yamaha Corp. reserves the right to change or modify prod- ucts or specifications at any time without prior notice. Since specifications, equipment or options may not be the same in every locale, please check with your Yamaha dealer.
  • Page 109: Index

    Index Misc. +/- buttons...25 AC Power adaptor...10 accessory jacks ...11 accompaniment sections...45 Accompaniment Split Point...49 Accompaniment Track...63 Accompaniment Volume ...46 accompaniment, playing...39 Auto Accompaniment...38 Bank...55 Batteries...10 Beat display ...57 beat marks...57 Chord Names ...52 Chord Type ...52 Chords, About...51 Chords, Fingered ...47 Chords, Single Finger...47 Clearing, Song ...65 DEMO button ...14...
  • Page 110: Limited Warranty

    If during the first 90 days that immediately follows the purchase date, your new Yamaha product covered by this warranty is found to have a defect in material and/or workmanship, Yamaha and/or its authorized representative will repair such defect without charge for parts or labor.
  • Page 111 For details of products, please contact your nearest Yamaha or the authorized distributor listed below. Pour plus de détails sur les produits, veuillez-vous adresser à Yamaha ou au distributeur le plus proche de vous figurant dans la liste suivante. NORTH AMERICA CANADA Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.
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