Hi, I'm completely new to digital pianos and I would like some help in deciding what to purchase. Basically, the only thing I want to do with a digital piano is to be able to play piano while it provides me with accompaniment. I would do this by downloading MIDI's of my favorite songs on my computer, then load the MIDI files (on a USB drive / other interface) into the digital piano. I would then turn off the piano channel of the MIDI, and play the piano part while the digital piano plays the other accompanying instruments (guitar, violin, percussion etc.) in the background. That's really all I want to do.
Since I have no experience in buying digital pianos I might have some completely wrong concepts about how this works. If so, please point them out to me, much appreciated.
I've been taking some lessons on digital pianos at my local music shop, which uses Yamaha Clavinova CVP-405. It's a very good digital piano and it does exactly what I want to do, but the price is a bit too high for me and it has way more features than I will ever use. Even the CVP-401 is rather expensive and I don't need all those auto accompaniment features and all those styles, or ability to record MIDI, etc. I asked the shop staff about the CLP series but they said that CLP won't do what I want to do because those CLP digital pianos can't play MIDI files.
That's why I come here to ask if there are any alternative models from Yamaha (or Roland, I have no brand preference) that can do what I want to do, but at a lower price. I've heard of models like PF1000, Motif XS, YDP... it just makes me dizzy and confused. I hope that the webmaster (Hiram) or some other experts could help.
I am prepared to pay for the CVP-401 if that's the only option, but I do want make sure that there aren't other models first.
Thank you so much!