Thousand Oaks, CA - July 2015... Williams, a leader in versatile, cost-conscious digital pianos, has just introduced two next-generation, 88-key console digital pianos. The Rhapsody 2 and Overture 2 feature exquisite finishes, a new weighted hammer action with incredibly realistic response and feel, high-definition sounds from Williams' all-new custom sound library, and an impressive feature set.
Both instruments offer 64-voice polyphony, so you can create deep, layered orchestrations without running out of voices. Split and Layer functions enable you to combine sounds as desired, and a Modulation/FX control provides realistic rotary and vibrato effects on select instruments. Both Rhapsody 2 and Overture 2 can be used as a MIDI controller and connect to a computer via USB for recording to any standard MIDI software.
Rhapsody 2: Outstanding Value with Great Sounds
The Rhapsody 2's elegant PVC wood-like finish looks great anywhere. Twelve superb, high-definition sounds (32 MB of sample ROM) make the Rhapsody 2 versatile enough for a variety of musical applications. You get two gorgeous grand pianos: a darker piano for classical performances and a brighter instrument for rock and pop. Two classic organs, a nylon-string guitar, upright and electric basses, strings, vibes, and a synth pad round out the sound palette. Add a transpose function and Sustain and Sostenuto pedals, and you have an incredibly expressive instrument that is a delight to play and to hear.
Rhapsody 2's built-in stereo sound system provides immersive sound for a rich musical experience. Stereo, ¼-inch audio outputs enable connection to an external sound system, and an MP3 input lets you play along with your favorite recordings. You also get a headphone output for private practicing and a music rest.
Overture 2: Affordable Elegance
For the ultimate in sound, style, and value, step up to the Overture 2, with its classic, luxurious ebony gloss finish; wide sound pallet; and extraordinary feel. The Overture 2 is visually stunning, redefining digital piano elegance, and offers features you normally can't find in this price class. Its four-speaker stereo sound system provides an immersive musical experience with rich detail.
Overture 2's generous sound library starts with 15 high-definition custom sounds (64 MB), including a gorgeous name-brand grand piano; vintage electric pianos and organs; pipe organ; Clavinet; harpsichord; upright and electric bases; and strings. Add to this a complete General MIDI sound set with brass, percussion, and the works-128 sounds in all-and you have an instrument that can handle any musical situation with aplomb.
The Overture 2 offers Sustain and Sostenuto pedals, as well as a Soft pedal, as found on acoustic grand pianos. Its Duet keyboard mode is great for teachers and students, as well as for performing duets for an audience.
In addition to the USB/MIDI connection for recording and use as a controller, you get a USB Host Port that plays MIDI files from a thumb drive and a built-in, two-track recorder. Overture 2 also includes Song Tutor with 50 play-a-long songs. A metronome, music rest, audio inputs, two headphone outputs, and ¼" stereo out jacks complete the package.
Available Now at Guitar Center and Musician's Friend
With their combination of visual beauty, high-quality construction, outstanding sounds, and impressive features, the Williams Rhapsody 2 and Overture 2 are great choices for music students, home performance, churches, schools, and more. Plus, all Williams pianos currently come an introductory offer from McCarthy Music educational software, including 5 FREE songs. At a street price of $499.99 for Rhapsody 2 and $699.99 for Overture 2, these outstanding instruments are a terrific value. Both are in stock now at Guitar Center retail stores and are available for immediate shipment from Musician's Friend and guitarcenter.com. And be sure to check out the ALL NEW Williams website at