FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who should I contact if there is a problem with my Williams piano?
What's the difference between an acoustic and a digital piano?
A digital piano is a precision electronic instrument that duplicates the sound and feel of a traditional acoustic piano. A digital piano uses digitally sampled sounds, amplifiers and speakers instead of strings and hammers to produce the sounds. The sound for each note has been digitally recorded from high-quality acoustic pianos and other instruments.
For even more realistic feel, Williams digital pianos also have weighted keys to emulate the unique hammer-action of an acoustic piano. Another useful Williams digital piano feature is the selectable touch control. It allows you to customize the keyboard to your playing style. A musician with a lighter touch can dial in the perfect setting for easy playability – great for kids who are just learning. There is also a setting in which playing dynamics have no effect on the sound, like playing the various organ models.
Does a digital piano ever need tuning?
On the other hand, the sounds for a digital piano are recorded and stored within the hardware, so it does not go out of tune. In fact, digital pianos are relatively low maintenance instruments. Keep it dusted, out of direct sunlight and away from spilled liquids, and your digital piano will last many, many years of everyday use.
What are the different parts of a digital piano?
A digitized sound bank provides all the sounds, an internal amplifier provides the power, speakers provide realistic reproduction and stereo separation, and headphone jacks provide privacy when practicing.
And just like an acoustic piano, digital pianos have sustain pedals (either built-in or as a plug-in option) When the sustain pedal is engaged, all piano keys played will decay gradually after they are released, as if you were holding them down.
What kind of sounds can a digital piano make?
Additionally, our pianos have the ability to “layer” together two different sounds, for example, a string ensemble with a piano. This Dual or Layer feature allows you to create various textures and add instrumental depth to your playing.
How does a digital piano benefit the practicing player or student musician?
Another useful feature is the transposition function. It allows players to shift the key of the composition being played up or down in half-step intervals. Transposing the pitch of the instrument keyboard makes it easier to play difficult key signatures, and you can easily match the pitch of the keyboard to the range of a singer or other instrumentalist.
Williams pianos also include a built-in metronome. The player can easily adjust the Tempo, or select from a number of beat patterns to practice to: 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 6/8 or 12/8.
With Williams pianos, you can digitally record one or more tracks using the built-in recorder and then play them back. This sequencer is a great feature for examining your performance, analyzing it from an audience perspective. Or, you can record each hand separately to more closely examine your playing technique.
If you want to have fun, you could record a Piano part, then overdub a Strings track and finally, play an Organ part live while the other two tracks are playing back.
If you want to build more involved orchestrations, some Williams models include an Auto-Accompaniment feature. This offers up to 100 accompaniment rhythm styles to choose from. Each rhythm style includes multiple variation patterns.
In addition to the Drum/rhythm parts, rhythm styles can provide fully orchestrated accompaniment with bass, chords and additional instruments.
Williams pianos come with plenty of pre-recorded practice songs – 50 or more depending on the model – and a practice songbook.
A great benefit to learning is the ability to isolate left or right hand portions of a song. Special buttons on Williams will play either the left or right hand portion of play-a-long songs, allowing the player to practice each hand separately.
How can I create more complex recordings?
What is MIDI?
In short, MIDI allows you to use the keyboard section of your Williams piano to play sounds from another sound generator (hardware expander or software instrument). Not only that, MIDI allows other MIDI-enabled instrument or sequencing software to play the sounds inside your Williams pianos.
What is the difference between the Allegro III and the Allegro 2 Plus?
The speaker system has been improved and the look of the product has been updated, including a better music rest. An Aux jack was added for smartphone and tablet use, and there are hardware controls for the 2-band EQ.