QRS Music SyncAlong is a patented means of delivering music, whereby a MIDIcontrolled piano performance synchronizes with a commercially available audio MP3 of a major recording artist. SyncAlong allows the listener to hear the original artist's content while the piano plays along. Qsync is a DVD interface designed to implement QRS's patented DVD SyncAlong technology. With the addition of Qsync, a PNOmation II player piano will be able to play along with selected popular, commercially available concert DVDs.

PNOmation II can also be integrated with the PNOscan optical sensor strip, a leading technology for recording performances on an acoustic piano that is standard on all Story & Clark pianos. The PNOscan strip doesn't touch the keys, using only reflected light to continuously measure key and pedal movements. By integrating PNOscan with PNOmation II in a one-time setup operation, one need only play the piano and the piece is recorded — no login, no need to push Record or Stop. Just pull up a bench and play, and your performance is saved both locally (named according to your preset preferences) and uploaded to your personal QRS PNOcloud account. The file can also be sent to your favorite editing program or e-mailed to a friend — all without boxes or wires.

Upgrades from existing Pianomation systems to PNOmation II require replacing the Pianomation processor, and installing a WiFi adapter and a port extender — altogether, about a two-hour operation. PNOmation II can also be added to competitors' systems, allowing them to have PNOmation-type capabilities and music.


Yamaha Corporation of America
P.O. Box 6600
Buena Park, California 90622

Disklaviers are Yamaha (and now Bösendorfer) pianos that have been outfitted with an electronic player-piano system. These mechanisms are installed only in new Yamahas and the Bösendorfer model 200, and only at the Yamaha and Bösendorfer factories. They cannot be retrofitted into older Yamahas or any other brand.

Disklavier differs from most aftermarket systems in that Disklavier is not modular. Whatever Disklavier features come with a particular model of piano are what you get (although software upgrades are possible). The sophistication of the key, hammer, and pedal sensing also varies, depending on which Disklavier version is associated with that particular piano model. For a number of years, the Mark IV was the standard Disklavier version in the U.S. It has now been replaced by the E3.

Some of the highlights of the E3 Disklavier include: include:

  • CD drive (floppy drive optional)
  • flash memory
  • infrared remote control
  • built-in Ethernet for connecting to your network and downloading MIDI files
  • grayscale (continuous) hammershank sensors for more sensitive recording capabilities (except models DU1E3, DGB1KE3, and DGB1KE3C)
  • XG tone generator with hundreds of synthesized and sampled sounds
  • built-in speaker system (except model DU1E3)
  • two-track recording capabilities
  • Silent System (except models DU1E3, DGB1KE3, and DGB1KE3C): consists of Silent Mode (silences the acoustic piano for listening through headphones), Quiet Mode (silences the acoustic piano and directs the sound to speakers), Quick Escape Action (maintains correct action regulation when using Silent Mode or Quiet Mode), headphones, and a dedicated digital-piano sound chip.

The Definitive Piano Buying Guide for

Buying New, Used, and Restored Acoustic Pianos and Digital Pianos

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