An entirely new sampling session was used to create over 12MB of velocity switched stereo piano samples – more than 3 times the data of any previous SP piano, and far above some competitive models. The extra velocity layer offers greater definition of the piano timbre, for a more natural performance through the entire dynamic range. There are a total of 30 sounds, and the non-piano sounds are borrowed intact from the previous SP-200 and SP-300 models. Any two sounds may be layered together, and the balance between the layered sounds is completely adjustable. The SP-250 features an ample 60 note polyphony.
Each sound is pre-assigned an individual reverb and a chorus effect – easily visible from the front panel thanks to dedicated buttons. The reverb and chorus can be applied in low, medium, and high amounts, or not at all. After a sound has been set the way you want, it will recall those settings each time the sound is recalled (until the power is turned off).
The SP-250 can be transposed into any key, and the overall tuning may be adjusted to match another instrument. Two historical tuning temperaments – Kirnberger and Werckmeister – may be selected as well. The metronome features its own volume control, and an accent may be selected for the first beat of a measure. Multiple time signatures are available for the metronome. And of course, the SP-250 is equipped with MIDI In and Out jacks. For private practice– and for student teacher use – the SP-250 offers two headphone jacks, conveniently located on the front end piece. A full complement of DEMO songs provides an easy sales presentation for the non-keyboard retail salesperson.
Fit and Finish
The front panel is highlighted by a finished metal control panel, with contrasting woodgrain accents. The rigid plastic case trims close to 14 pounds off the SP-300, clocking in at under 42 pounds. The speaker grill is made of durable perforated metal, and runs the entire length of the keyboard for a “stealthy” speaker presence. Recessed areas accommodate a stylish “pipe metal” stand that supports the entire length of the keyboard, not just the ends as with an inexpensive “X” stand. The result is a much more solid feel and presentation. The included half-damping pedal mounts directly to the stand - eliminating the “slip sliding away” habits of most sustain pedals. A solid music rest is also included.
· Velocity sensitive 88-note graded hammer action (RH3)
· “Pipe metal” stand that supports the entire length of the keyboard
· Three velocity touch curves
· Stereo sampled natural piano sound
· 12MB Piano ROM; Stereo, Velocity switched
· 30 sounds in all
· Layer any two sounds across the keyboard
· Includes half-damping pedal
· Adjustable Reverb and Effect settings
· Transpose, tuning and temperament control
· Metronome with Tempo, Beat and Volume controls
· 60-note polyphony
· Includes 30 demo songs
· MIDI IN and OUT
· Twin Headphone outputs
· Detailed, stylish cabinet with music rack
· Co-axial 10cm speakers
and 2 x 11 watt amplification