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Williams Piano Symphony User Manual

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  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    Important Safety Instructions 1) Do not use near water. 2) Clean only with dry cloth. 3) Do not block any ventilation openings. 4) Do not place near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or any other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
  • Page 4 We would like to express our appreciation, and congratulate you for purchasing this Williams Symphony digital piano. With proper care, this piano will provide you with years of musical enjoyment. Williams’ advanced state of the art electronics are combined with an elegant cabinet that adds beauty and sophistication to any home environment.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents Taking Care of your Digital Piano Connector Panel Pedals Panel Controls Keyboard Voices Voice Selection Layer (Dual) Voice Lower (Split) Voice Rhythm Styles Style Selection Auto-Accompaniment Auto-Accompaniment Split Point Auto-Accompaniment Chord Fingering Using the Auto-Accompaniment Auto Harmony Adjusting the Tempo Metronome Functions Reverb Level Setting...
  • Page 6: Taking Care Of Your Digital Piano

    Taking Care of Your Digital Piano This Williams Symphony digital piano will supply you with years of musical enjoyment if you follow the suggestions listed below. Service and Modification This product should be serviced by qualified service personnel when: • The power supply cord or the plug has been damaged.
  • Page 7: Connector Panel

    MIDI interfaces. Please see the MIDI section of this manual for further details. 6. USB: The USB connector allows you to connect the Symphony piano directly to your computer. It can be connected without driver installation under the Windows XP & MAC OSX environment. The Symphony will be recognized as USB Audio device to receive and transmit MIDI messages.
  • Page 8: Pedals

    Pedals Soft SoStenuto SuStain Soft Pedal When the left pedal is engaged the piano volume is reduced and the timbre slightly altered on the notes that are played. Sostenuto Pedal When the center pedal is engaged, the keys that were already held down will continue to sustain and the notes will decay gradually after they are released.
  • Page 9: Panel Controls

    The control panel is divided into several distinct sections. The following is a brief description of all the features located on the control panel. 1. MASTER VOLUME: Use this sliding control button to adjust the overall volume of the keyboard. 2.
  • Page 10 7. SYNC START: Synchronized Start sets the auto accompaniment into standby mode. When the SYNC START button is pressed, the four indicator LEDs above the Tempo buttons will flash to the tempo of the selected rhythm style. The rhythm style will start as soon as you play in the auto accompaniment section of the keyboard.
  • Page 11 13. QUICK SELECT VOICE BUTTONS Each Voice button controls two voices, one in the A bank (printed above the voice button) and one in the B bank (printed below the voice button) for a total of 10 Quick Select voices (8 Presets and 2 User-defined). Please see the Keyboard Voices section of this manual for more information.
  • Page 12 17. VOICE: There are 128 GM (General MIDI) instrument voices, plus ten Asian folk instrument voices available on this piano. You can instantly select an instrument voice by pressing one of the voice select buttons. Or, when the voice button is engaged, you can use the number pads to select a voice. The voice name and its number will be shown on the display.
  • Page 13 20. FUNCTION: The FUNCTION button is used to access the function menu. The function menu can be used to adjust or change the parameters of a number of settings: reverb level, chorus level, touch, split point for voice, auto accompaniment split point, tuning, drum kit selection and the auto harmony type. Please see the Function section of this manual for more information.
  • Page 14 24. TRANSPOSE: The transpose feature can shift the pitch of the keyboard up or down in semitone intervals up to a maximum of 24 semitones. Press one of the TRANSPOSE buttons and the current transpose value will appear on the display. Use the TRANSPOSE + or TRANSPOSE – buttons to set the transpose value range from –12, one octave lower, to 12, one octave higher.
  • Page 15 28. USER SONG: The Symphony is able to record four songs, each with a 3-track sequencer. It will record all note events and the accompaniment patterns exactly as they are performed. This recorded information will not be lost when the power is turned off. The USER SONG button accesses one of the four available user songs settings for recording or playback.
  • Page 16: Keyboard Voices

    The Symphony offers 128 GM voices in 16 groups plus 10 Asian ethnic folk instrument voices. A complete list of all 138 voices can be found in the back of this manual. Voice Selection SELECTING ONE OF THE 138 VOICES 1.
  • Page 17: Layer (Dual) Voice

    Layer (Dual) Voice Layer, or dual, refers to an additional voice that is “tone mixed” with the originally selected keyboard voice. The assigned layer voice will be heard with the original voice when the layer feature is engaged. TO USE THE LAYER FUNCTION 1.
  • Page 18: Lower (Split) Voice

    Lower (Split) Voice In the lower, or split, mode the keyboard is divided into two separate sections. To the right of the split point, the currently selected main voice, or the layered and main voice will sound. The keys to the left of the split point can play a different instrument voice.
  • Page 19: Rhythm Styles

    The Symphony offers 100 accompaniment rhythm styles to choose from. There is a complete list of all 100 styles in the back of this manual. Each rhythm style includes 6 patterns: introduction, main, fill-in x 2, variation and ending. In addition to the Drum part, the rhythm styles can provide a fully orchestrated accompaniment with bass, chords and additional instruments.
  • Page 20: Auto-Accompaniment

    G1. A different split point for the auto-accompaniment can be assigned in the Function menu. Please see the Function section of this manual for more information. Auto-Accompaniment Chord Fingering The Symphony has three auto-accompaniment chord fingering modes. Press the ACCOMP button until the indicator light for the desired Fingering mode is selected.
  • Page 21: Using The Auto-Accompaniment

    PIANO MODE When the Piano chord fingering mode is engaged, you may enter chords anywhere on the keyboard. You are not limited to the auto-accompaniment section. In this mode, there is no keyboard split point function for chord recognition. MANUAL BASS CHORD When the Single or Fingered modes are engaged, you may play individual keys in the auto-accompaniment section of the keyboard.
  • Page 22: Auto Harmony

    SYNCHRONIZED START Synchronized Start allows you to start the rhythm style by playing on the keyboard. Press the SYNC START button, all four beat indicator dots above the TEMPO buttons will blink at the preset tempo for the current style, showing that the synchronized start mode is on standby. The tempo can be adjusted while on standby, using the TEMPO +/- buttons.
  • Page 23: Adjusting The Tempo

    Metronome The Symphony includes a built-in metronome. Press the METRONOME button to start the metronome. Its LED indicator will light up and the “Metronome” menu will appear on the display. Use the +/YES and –/NO buttons within three seconds after the metronome has been engaged to choose the beat pattern: 1/4,...
  • Page 24: Functions

    The Function mode is used to set up or to adjust various parameters related to the operation of this keyboard. With the FUNCTION button engaged, you may access the menu for the Reverb level, Chorus level, Touch sensitivity, Lower Split point for voice, Split point for auto accompaniment, master tuning, the Drum Kit selection, and Harmony type selection.
  • Page 25: Chorus Level Setting

    5. Press the FUNCTION button again to exit the function setting mode. Touch Response Setting The Symphony offers four types of keyboard touch sensitivity settings, soft, normal, hard, and fixed. These are also known as velocity settings and are designed to suit your style of playing. The Normal setting is selected automatically when the piano is turned on.
  • Page 26: Changing The Split Point For Lower Voice

    Changing the Split Point for Lower Voice When the lower mode is engaged, the keyboard is divided into two parts at the split point. In the right-hand section the original or (Upper voice) will sound. In the left-hand section, a new instrument voice can be assigned.
  • Page 27: Auto Harmony Type Selection

    Master Tune The pitch of the Symphony is automatically set to standard A440 pitch when the piano is turned on. The tuning feature makes it possible to tune the pitch of the instrument in fine intervals. Tuning can be accomplished over a range of +/–1 semitone in +/–64 steps.
  • Page 28: Drum Kit Selection (Keyboard Percussion)

    Drum Kit Selection (Keyboard Percussion) In the Keyboard Percussion mode, the entire keyboard will play the percussion voices from the selected Drum Kit. There are ten drum kits that can be assigned. Kit 10 is a sound effects kit. Please see the “Drum Kit List” at the end of this manual for a complete listing.
  • Page 29: Registration Memory

    Registration Memory can recall particular settings of style, voice, chord and other parameters or features you have engaged. This piano has nine registration memories to hold your favorite settings so that they can be recalled quickly by pressing a button. The unit is equipped with a backup battery so your settings will not be lost when the power is turned off.
  • Page 30: Recorder

    The Symphony features a three track recorder that allows you to record what you play on the keyboard and then play it back. Three tracks mean that you can “overdub” one part on top of another, using a different voice if you like.
  • Page 31 4. Metronome: Press the METRONOME button to enable the metronome as a reference when recording only Melody tracks. The metronome sound will not be recorded. NOTE: If you use the metronome when recording the Accompaniment track, the metronome will play in place of the drum part of the auto accompaniment.
  • Page 32: Playback

    Playback To listen to the passage that you just recorded, press the PLAY/STOP button. 1. Press the USER SONG button to select the song you want to play back. Each time you press the USER SONG button, the LED above the button will indicate which song is selected, and the LCD display will show the user song number.
  • Page 33: Play-Along Songs

    There are 50 songs built into the Symphony. These songs have separate left and right-hand parts that can be turned on and off as required so you can practice the corresponding part on the keyboard. LISTENING TO THE ENTIRE SONG 1.
  • Page 34 PRACTICING BOTH HANDS OF THE SELECTED SONG 1. Press the SONG button. The song LED will turn on. 2. Press the RIGHT and LEFT buttons simultaneously. The right and left LEDs will turn on. 3. Press the PLAY/STOP button. You will hear the metronome “count in” the song. You will then hear the Drum part of your selected song.
  • Page 35: Midi

    MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. This is a world-wide standard communication interface that enables electronic musical instruments and computers (of all brands) to communicate with each other so that instructions and other data can pass between them. This exchange of information makes it possible to create a system of MIDI instruments and devices that offer far greater versatility and control than is available with isolated instruments.
  • Page 36: Midi Implementation Chart

    MIDI Implementation Chart Function Basic Channel Channel changed Default Mode Note Number Velocity: Note On Note Off Pitch Bender Control Change: 1 80, 81 91, 92 98, 99 100, 101 Program Change System Exclusive Sys. Common: Song Select Sys. Common: Song Position System: Clock Real Time: Commands Mode 1: OMNI ON, POLY...
  • Page 37: Voice List

    Name Display PIANO Acoustic Grand Piano Grand Piano Bright Acoustic Piano Bright Piano Electric Grand Piano Elec.G.Piano Honky-Tonk Piano Honky-Tonk Electric Piano 1 Elec. Piano1 Electric Piano 2 Elec. Piano2 Harpsichord Harpsichord Clavichord Clavichord CHROMATIC PERCUSSION Celesta Celesta Glockenspiel Glockenspiel Music box Music Box Vibraphone...
  • Page 38 Name SYNTH LEAD Lead 1 (square) Lead 2 (sawtooth) Lead 3 (caliope lead) Lead 4 (chiff lead) Lead 5 (charang) Lead 6 (voice) Lead 7 (fifths) Lead 8 (bass + lead) SYNTH PAD Pad 1 (new age) Pad 2 (warm) Pad 3 (polysynth) Pad 4 (choir) Pad 5 (bowed)
  • Page 39 More ethnic Asian Instruments have been added to the voice list as shown below. ASIAN FOLK INSTRUMENTS NOTE: When the touch sensitivity is in the “Soft,” “Normal,” or “Hard,” mode, voice No. 137 will sound as Erhu when a key is struck softly, and as Yangqin when the key is struck hard.
  • Page 40: Style List

    Name SWING Swing Swingin’Organ Swing Trio Slow Swing Dixie Jazz Lounge Shuffle Blues Blues R&B Gospel 1 Gospel 2 Reggae 1 Reggae 2 Motown Shuffle R&B 1 R&B 2 R&B Shuf Pop 1 Pop 2 Pop 3 8 Beat Pop 1 8 Beat Pop 2 8 Beat Pop 3 Pop16...
  • Page 41: Chord Fingering Guide

    Chord Major Major sixth Major sixth add ninth Major seventh Major add ninth Major seventh ninth Major seventh sharp eleventh Minor Minor sixth Minor seventh Minor seventh flatten fifth Minor add ninth Minor seventh add ninth Minor seventh add eleventh Minor major seventh Minor major seventh add ninth Seventh...
  • Page 42: Drum Kit List 1

    No. – Key Standard (0) Room (8) P – 1: Standard P – 2: Room 27 – Eb0 High Q High Q 28 – E0 Slap Slap 29 – F0 Scratch Push Scratch Push 30 – F#0 Scratch Pull Scratch Pull 31 –...
  • Page 43 No. – Key Jazz (32) Brush (40) P – 6: Jazz P – 7: Brush 27 – Eb0 High Q High Q 28 – E0 Slap Slap 29 – F0 Scratch Push Scratch Push 30 – F#0 Scratch Pull Scratch Pull 31 –...
  • Page 44 NOTE: For the drum kit lists on the previous two pages, the MIDI number is in parenthesis following the kit name. The Drum kit name and number that are shown on the LCD display are listed below the kit name. The “No.”...
  • Page 45: Specifications

    Specifications KEYBOARD 88-note, hammer-action keyboard MAX. POLYPHONY: 32 VOICES 138 Voices (Including ten Asian folk instrument voices) Five quick select voice buttons and 2 banks VOICE MODE Layer (dual) voice Lower (split) voice VOICE EFFECTS Reverb Chorus SET UP Power On/Off Main Volume Control: Min-Max Accomp Volume Control: Min-Max NUMERIC PAD: 12 keys...
  • Page 46: Warranty Information

    To the original purchaser, this piano is warranted to be free from electronic and/or structural defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. If this Williams piano is defective, at its option during the warranty period and subject to the terms of this limited warranty and upon proof of purchase, Williams will either repair or replace the listed piano with a same or similar model of equal age or newer.