voices for Yamaha DGX 300/500

by JEFF
(ENGLAND)

my DGX 300/500 has broken and is beyond repair. No complaints, i've had it for ages and it was great but i have all these floppy discs with music on them that i cant access. can i buy the 'voices' software and install it into my computer so that i have the same voices i recorded them on? and then load the floppy discs onto the computer by an external floppy disc.? Please help
faithfully
mr shankley

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May 12, 2010
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by: Dick Rector

Hi Jeff,

Sorry about your DGX, NOT really that old! It was released in 2002.
But the little good news is,Yes you can get the voices and a lot more if you go to PSRTUTORIAL.COM
You can download all the voices in the world from most model keyboards for free. But (there is always a but) many newer voices will not sound the same as they do on newer keyboards of course.
The other BUT is, the average computer-soundcard can NOT reproduce the sound as it sounded on your DGX or any other keyboard for the simple reason the more advanced voices (above GM)do not exist in a soundcard.
For the rest you can copy your music-files via the external floppydrive and I would advice you to save them for future use in maybe a more updated keyboard. From your computer,you can easily transfer them for instance to a USB-flashdrive.
If you have (or download) VANBASCO'S KARAOKE program you will be able to listen to your midi-songs on your computer. Use headphones, much better sound!
Hope this answers your question.

Regards
Dick


May 13, 2010
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by: Jeff

Thank you Dick for taking the trouble to respond.that's a wealth of information and i shall look into it!
best to you
Jeff

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Recording on the Yamaha DGX 300

Hello:
Regarding the DGX 300, I have recorded 5 user songs onto the keyboard as I played using the record functions.
Next, I want to record these songs onto a disc. (preferably a CD) how do I do this? Step by step please.
The keybaord also has the floppy disc drive, but I find the instructions for use totally confusing. I just want to record my songs onto a disc so I can listen in the car, etc.
Thanks. I hope someone can answer my question.

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Feb 16, 2010
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Audacity
by: Dick Rector

Hello, Hello, (please give a name next time)

Many people think they can play midi direct to a CD but that is not the case. Midi is NOT music but a sort of computerlanguage.
This is what you have to do:
Download for free Audacity and install it on your computer.
www.audacity.sourceforge.net/
Make a connection from HEADPHONE OUT on the keyboard to LINE IN on the soundcard. That is a BIG jackplug to a small jackplug (stereo!)

Start Audacity and keep the default settings.
Press RECORD, you will see 2 channels waiting for a signal.
PLAY on the keyboard your songs (or play live).
Keep the signal (volume) within the outer lines of the two channels to prevent distortion by overpowering.
When finished press STOP in Audacity and save the song as ....wav or ....mp3. (For mp3 you might have to download an extra, called LAME, also for free and save it in the same directory as Audacity)
Burn your songs to a cd.
That's all.

If this was step by step enough and works for you please give some feedback to the benefit of other readers.
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Dick



Feb 16, 2010
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by: Anonymous

This sounds very interesting, I will definitely try it. Thank you for the info.

Cheers!

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Midi connect P120 Dig Piano to DGX-300 Keybd

by Irene
(Cumbria)

I am trying to connect my digital piano P120 to my keyboard DGX-300 using midi cable.
The goal is to play into the piano (weighted keys) but with the sound being output through the keyboard speakers with the various voices available eg brass.

I can get the output but only in the piano sound, I can't get any voices to work with it.

Please can anyone help?

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Sep 05, 2009
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Midi transfer
by: Dick Rector

Hi Irene,

Not familiar with your keyboards but I have strongly the feeling the midi-transmitting is not set correctly. Each of the maximal 16 channels for midi transmits 1 voice, like channel 1 for piano or so. But you have to activate them.
Look in your manual for 'Transmitting midi data' or something similar and select 'Transmit all channels' (or select the channels you want to use)or whatever the wording is.
Not much of a help I'm afraid but I hope this puts you somewhere on the right track.
If you don't have a manual go to:

www.yamaha.co.jp/manual/english/index.php

Select the keyboard of your choice and you can download yours in PDF format.

Good luck with solving the problem and if you do, let us know on this forum, it can help others.

Regards
Dick Rector
Bali (Indonesia)

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Power cable for Yamaha keyboard DGX 300

I have misplaced my power cable(maybe I need an adapter ,too) Who knows ,where I can buy one.I would appreciate your help. Thank you.Heinz

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Dec 27, 2009
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powersupply
by: Dick Rector

Hallo Heinz,

Look on EBay! There are many powersupply's that will do the job.
Make sure you have the right voltage, amps and polarity. And of course the plug has to fit your keyboard.

Dick

Dec 28, 2009
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Power cable for Yamaha keyboard DGX 300
by: Anonymous

Thank you Dick I will do so
Heinz

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What are the differences between dgx 200 and dgx 300 series?

by Liz
(Bristol)

What are the differences between the dgx 200s and the dgx 300s. Any differences in keys, sounds, weight??

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Jun 03, 2010
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Difference DGX 200 and DGX 300 series
by: Alfred

Dear Liz: Please read Mantius posting of June 1.
Unfortunately the topics discussed in this Forum do not include such info. We appreciate your contact, and invite you to return with questions/comments should you acquire either type of unit. Keep well.

Jun 03, 2010
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differences between 2 models
by: Dick Rector

Hi Liz,

Forum-members are here to help and with pleasure but the info you want is extensive and to much to handle on a forum.
If you go to yamaha.co.jp/manual/english/index.php you can download in PDF-format manuals of most keyboards and piano's. You can see for yourself what the one has and the other has not in detail. Including weight and all other questions you might have. Even better of course is to go as well to a dealer with both models available and check them out.

Regards
Dick

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Yamaha dgx 300 - one key plays two

by William
(Toronto, ON)

Hi,
numerous single keys are suddenly playing two notes at the same time. There is nothing stuck between keys causing two keys to depress at the same time - playing one key causes two notes to sound. What is causing this, can it be fixed easily and is it even worthwhile fixing (cost) or is it better to just replace it with something newer (i.e. something with a usb port, etc.)?
Thanks,

Will

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Feb 06, 2010
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keypads
by: Dick Rector

Hi Will,

I am almost sure the rubber keypad is broken. I had the same problem a few weeks ago.
Common problem with older models keyboards.
I advice you to go to psrtutorial.com and search for keypads. A guy wrote a good article with pictures how to change them (for a different model but it is more or less the same in most models)
If you are a bit handy it is a job you can do but absolutely not when you are not a bit skilled.
To find new keypads you have to go to a Yamaha-dealer. They can order them.

Hope this helps you.
Dick

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My Yamaha DGX 300 plays false sound

by Desmond Tourob
(Windhoek,namibia, Africa)

Please help me, I don’t know but first I think it’s the sounds pitch but still it is playing false

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Apr 17, 2010
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DGX 300 "False" Sound
by: Alfred

Dear Desmond: 1) Turn the Unit OFF, then WHILE holding down the last White key, turn the Unit ON again. This SHOULD erase all Panel User Settings, Registration Memory, User Songs, Style File. This means all your backed up data.

Try the above first. It should restore the instrument to normal. If you find the Unit still playing "false", try this:

2) Turn the Unit OFF, then WHILE holding down the last White Key plus the last three Black keys turn the Unit ON again. This will erase everything, restoring the keyboard to “Factory, Out-of-the-Box” condition. (EVERYTHING, INCLUDING MIDI info will be erased).
The above actions will not harm your Unit. If the actions do not work, hopefully some other kind owner of a DGX 300 will post a solution. If the suggestions work, could you please post a message in this Forum, so other members can benefit from your experience. Good luck.


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dgx 300
by: Rita

I had a DGX300. It never played a false sound..but if I was on battery power, and the batteries were weak, it had interference noises.
On AC power it was ok.
Otherwise, the reset is all I know to try.

Apr 17, 2010
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Dgx 300 "False" Sound
by: Alfred

Dear Rita: Thank you for confirming my suggestion re Initialization (reset). As you so astutely noticed, weak batteries invite interference due to their diminishing flow of current. While I have your attention, may I invite you to please continue enriching this Forum with comments and or questions related to performance of whatever keyboard(s) you may play; or concerning which you may be knowledgeable. Another member (Dick Rector) and I have been trying to handle the traffic, and your participation will be welcome. Thanks again.

Apr 17, 2010
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by: Dick Rector

Hello Rita,

As Alfred mentioned, help is needed and welcome to the forum.

Desmond, if it is a certain key or series of keys like all F's or all A#'s or any other key doing this, it could be the rubber underlay 'contact-pads' giving the problem.
Not really a DIY job to replace them but if you have a look at psrtutorial.com and search a bit you will find a good article about it with pictures. I seem to remember it was for a PSR3000 (look in that area) but at least it gives you an idea.
Alfred was a bit over enthusiast in his comment, the first reset method, holding the the highest white key down while powering up does NOT delete your user area's. I always call it a 'mild reset' and do that every time I power up my keyboard to make sure I start 'clean'.
The second method however is a hard Factory reset and it does delete everything what wasn't in the keyboard when it came from the factory!

Hope you solve the problem soon
Regards
Dick

Jun 21, 2010
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World cup gift
by: Anonymous

Hi
Dear Yamaha family

Is there please someone out there which is having parts or old Yamaha DGX300 for me as world cup gift or I can even pay it if possible

Thanks

Jun 21, 2010
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old DGX 300
by: Anonymous

Hi
Dear, Mr. Alfred and Mr. Dick Rector

I tied your suggestion and it helped me thanks but for now I’m looking for DGX300 parts or the keyboard itself to use the parts if you have.

Many thanks to you

Jun 21, 2010
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parts
by: Dick Rector

Hi,

We are not a part of Yamaha for a good understanding but keyboard enthusiast who are trying to help other keyboardists if we can.
For spare-parts you should try your local dealers or advertise in a local paper OR try on Ebay.

Regards
Dick

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backup
by: Anonymous

hi,hi
will someone please help me. how to i back-up my dgx300, style, Song, voice and etc... please help i wanna restore my keyboard..

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Yamaha DGX 300, lights are on, but nobody's home, Reset?

by Carol Olsen
(Nazareth, PA)

When my Yamaha DGX 300 is powered up, it lights up, but nothing else works. The "disc in use" light is on, but I never used the disc drive at all. I checked and pressed eject and there is nothing in there. Is there such a thing as a reset code or something that might bring it back to life?

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Apr 20, 2009
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YAMAHA DGX-300
by: Anonymous

Yamaha DGX 300, lights are on, but nobody's home, Reset?

Mar 16, 2013
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Any solution??
by: Glenn Gebhardt

Any solution to this? We have exactly the same problem.

Tried "reset" (power up - holding the far right key)

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Yamaha DGX 300 - dim display

by Kent Webb
(New York)

The display screen on my DGX 300 has become dim.
Is there an adjustment for this or a repair if not adjustable.
thanks
Kent Webb
New York

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Aug 12, 2009
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dimmer
by: Anonymous

there is a dial on the back of the keyboard that adjusts the light

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