What is the polyphony in piano?

Hello i have a few questions on Polyphony.

1)what is it?

2)is the more polyphony the better? So the Yamaha ypg-235 has a polyphony of 36 and the Casio wk200 has a polyphony of 48 which is better?

Thats all thanks

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  • James
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    9 years ago
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    Polyphony is the number of notes that can sound at once. In practical terms, it's a measure of how complex a piece you can play before it becomes noticeable that some notes are being cut off prematurely. For example, on a board that has 4-note polyphony, it is very noticeable in most piano pieces.

    Sixteen is the practical limit for piano, unless you're using the sustain pedal a lot or playing very complicated pieces, so either of those boards would do fine. 48 is of course better than 36, but you probably wouldn't ever notice the difference. However, on pro-level digital pianos, when using the sustain or sostenuto pedals, 64 or 128 is desirable because an acoustic piano can generate sounds with all 88 notes, even if you're not playing all 88 keys. These high-end boards simulate this effect and can do it more completely with more notes of polyphony.

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  • 9 years ago

    In a real piano, polyphony is theoretically infinite. (Though there are only so many times you can play all the notes and retain any artifacts from the previous strikes of each note.)

    Digital pianos do a balancing act and trade-off with the number of multi-samples per note, the amount of memory dedicated to each sample, and the total amount of memory for rendering the sound. When digital memory was expensive, the limits were pretty low, now it is not uncommon to see stage pianos that have more than three key-switched velocity samples, large (long) sample times, dedicated string resonance samples, damper release samples and 128 note polyphony.

    ... but that doesn't exist in low cost keyboards. You may even find that you get the privilege of dividing your polyphony in half because the piano samples are usually stereo.

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    5 years ago

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  • Evelyn
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    4 years ago

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  • 9 years ago

    In music, polyphony is a texture consisting of two or more independent melodic voices, as opposed to music with just one voice (monophony) or music with one dominant melodic voice accompanied by chords (homophony).

    Within the context of Western music tradition the term is usually used in reference to music of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. Baroque forms such as the fugue which might be called polyphonic are usually described instead as contrapuntal. Also, as opposed to the species terminology of counterpoint, polyphony was generally either "pitch-against-pitch" / "point-against-point" or "sustained-pitch" in one part with melismas of varying lengths in another (van der Werf, 1997). In all cases the conception was likely what Margaret Bent (1999) calls "dyadic counterpoint", with each part being written generally against one other part, with all parts modified if needed in the end. This point-against-point conception is opposed to "successive composition", where voices were written in an order with each new voice fitting into the whole so far constructed, which was previously assumed.

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  • shula
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    3 years ago

    What Is Polyphony

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