In the 80s, Yamaha introduces the legendary high-tech electro-acoustic piano “Disklavier”.
The early models of Yamaha Disklavier are equipped with floppy disk drives and use 3.5“ double-density floppy disks in Yamaha format – E-SEQ. They do not support read/write Standard MIDI File (SMF).
Later, Yamaha Disklavier starts supporting 3.5“ high density floppy disks with SMF support.
Yamaha present various models of Disklavier Pianos (Disklavier MX22, Disklavier MX80, Disklavier MX85, Disklavier MX100A, Disklavier MX100B, Disklavier MX116, Disklavier MX500, Disklavier Mark II, Disklavier Mark IIXG, Disklavier Mark III).
Some of them are floppy drives built-in, while in others the floppies are located in an external Disklavier Control Unit (Yamaha Disklavier Control Unit DKC50R, Disklavier Control Wagon DKW10, Disklavier Control Unit DKC5R, Control Unit RF PPC3, Control Unit PPC3R, Control Unit PPC5, Control Unit PPC5R, Disklavier Control Unit DKC55, Disklavier Control Unit DKC55CD, Disklavier Control Unit DKC55RCD, Disklavier Control Unit PPC55R).
Depending on the model and the years of production of Disklavier, the floppy drives come with different sizes and interfaces. Our N-Drive floppy emulators are tailored to this.
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Customers who chose N-Drive emulator for their Yamaha Disklavier:
Charles L. – Yamaha Disklavier DKC5R – Fantastic product! Our Disklavier has not been able to play back music due to the broken Floppy Drive for almost 10 years now. I tried getting it replaced (custom Floppy Drive required)… in which I was told there was no support for it any longer. I also tried upgrading to the DKC-850, but was told by Yamaha technicians that it would not work with our piano… so I was stuck.
I accidentally came across this unit, and decided to try it. Installation was straightforward… roughly about 30 minutes from start to finish (including testing). I was amazed when I first turned it on, and it started to play immediately… so wonderful to have our piano up and running again after all this time!
The file transfers from floppy disks to USB Flash went smoothly… after getting used to the process, I had it down to about 5 minutes per disk to transfer. Only issue at first was I put each disk image into a separate directory, which the N-Drive didn’t like. So I looked at the USB Flash that came with it, and realized that everything needs to be in the same (root) directory. Not a problem… moved everything up there, and it’s working great!
We transferred a little over two dozen disks to the USB Flash, and everything plays great! This is truly remarkable… it’s actually better than when we first got the Disklavier as we no longer have to switch floppy disks all the time. My only regret is that I wish I had known about the N-Drive earlier! It’s the best $200 I’ve ever spent!