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Yamaha PSR Keyboards Reviewed & Compared

Searching for a Yamaha PSR keyboard? I'll help you choose one that meets your needs.

They come in two categories. There's the PSR E series for beginners and the PSR S series for professionals. Obviously, the S series of keyboards is more expensive than the E series. 

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The newest models are as follows: 

Beginner PSR E Models: 

- Yamaha PSR-E

- Yamaha PSR E

- Yamaha PSR E 

Professional PSR S Models:

- Yamaha PSR S

- Yamaha PSR S 

First of all, let's take a look at the Yamaha PSR E series.

If you're a beginner, you may want to look into buying either the Yamaha PSR-E, PSR-E or PSR-E  The PSR-E sells for $, PSR-E sells for $, while the PSR-E sells for  $

If you can afford it, by all means go for the better, more expensive PSR E But if budget plays a big factor in your purchase, the cheaper models are worth checking out. These PSR E keyboards are great for students, children or anyone who is just starting out on keyboards. They're a source of inspiration for beginners. 

One good reason to buy a cheaper model is uncertainty. If you are not sure whether a child or student is serious about learning to play keyboard, by all means buy the lower priced PSR E, or even a PSR E for that matter. Later on, if person shows a clear sign of interest, you can invest in a more expensive model.  

All Yamaha PSR E keyboards come with a very important feature called the Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.). This feature, with its step by step lessons is great for learning how to play songs. 

These keyboards have only 32 notes of polyphony, but  that's enough for a beginner. Polyphony is the number of notes that can sound at the same time before notes start cutting off.

My disappointment with the PSR E is the lack of the touch response feature. This is a very important feature for anyone learning to play the piano. What this means is that the harder you press the keys, the louder the keyboard gets, similar to a piano. For this reason, you're better off with the PSR E, or if you're willing to pay more, the PSR E

Follow the links above to read reviews and learn more about these Yamaha PSR keyboards. 

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Let's now look at the Yamaha PSR S series.

Professional players may want to look into buying either the PSR-S or PSR-S arranger workstations. These keyboards are in an entirely different league, as their prices would suggest. The PSR S sells for $1, while the PSR S sells for $1,  They are the best  and newest PSR keyboard models available today.

The two keyboards  are similar in terms of their sound and capabilities, but the more expensive S has more features. The S has more voices, featured voices, styles, drum kits and effects. If money is an issue you'll miss out on some great additional features but still have a remarkable keyboard (the PSR S). If you've got the extra bucks, by all means go for the PSR S

These arranger keyboards have more polyphony, better, more professional sounds, multi-track recorders, professional accompaniment styles (great for one man bands), and lots of other professional features. This is why they cost so much more than the E series. 

Read the reviews to learn more about them. 

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    Best Yamaha Digital Pianos &#; Keyboards: The Definitive Guide

    Yamaha Digital Pianos Buying Guide

    In the music world, Yamaha is one of the heavy hitters. If you were in band at school or have ever seen a live performance, chances are you have looked at a huge amount of Yamaha instruments.

    While we’ll be talking about the best Yamaha digital pianos out there, the company also makes an almost countless number of other products – strings, marching instruments, grand pianos, guitars and basses just to name a few.

    In this article, we’ll be diving head first into the Yamaha product line to learn the ins and outs of what makes it such a trusted name in music.

    About Yamaha

    Yamaha Musical Instruments

    Yamaha began 1, years ago—alright, that’s not true, but it sure feels that way, doesn’t it?

    At age 35, Torakusu Yamaha built his first reed organ in , which started it all. The Yamaha philosophy can be read here:

    “With our unique expertise and sensibilities, gained from our devotion to sound and music, we are committed to creating excitement and cultural inspiration together with people around the world.”

    This quote is basically saying that through the passion of music we can connect with other people and enrich our lives. I couldn’t agree with this more.

    Never have I felt more bonded with someone than when they are playing me something on their main instrument or singing me a song that they feel emotional about.

    You have most likely felt this exact same connection when you went to see your favorite band live at a concert. The feeling is hard to articulate, but unequivocally present. Yamaha aims to share this primal feeling with as many people as possible.

    From on, Yamaha began creating acoustic pianos—initially focusing on uprights. This gives them well over a century’s worth of experience crafting pianos.

    The first digital piano Yamaha released was the YP in which will look, feel, and sound much different than the pristine Yamaha digital pianos that you will find on the market today.

    Yamaha YP

    These days, the company has entry-level to premium keyboards, music workstations, synthesizers, arrangers, stage pianos, and more.

    Yamaha is, by a good margin, the largest maker of audio gear and musical instruments—rising far above companies like Gibson, Sennheiser, Shure, and Fender.

    • Founded: as Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd. after getting together , yen as capital
    • Headquarters: Shizuoka, Japan
    • Number of Employees: 20,
    • Products: Pianos, Keyboards, Strings, Guitars, Basses, Brass, Woodwinds, Drums, Marching Instruments, and Pro Audio Gear

    Yamaha Logo

    The Yamaha logo since all the way back in has been based around the tuning fork.

    Yamaha Logo

    If you didn’t realize it was a tuning fork, don’t feel bad. I played on a Yamaha trumpet and stared at the logo on my case for 5 years before I knew what it was.

    For those of you that aren’t familiar with them, a tuning fork is a U-shaped piece of metal with a handle.

    When you strike that piece of metal on a hard surface, it produces a pitch that you can tune your instrument to. Most of us now will likely use a digital tuner, but they are fun to mess around with.

    The first iteration of the logo showed a Chinese phoenix holding a tuning for in its mouth.

    Yamaha Logo Fenix

    The modern logo shows three tuning forks on top of each other. Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd—the sister company—uses a very similar logo.

    Yamaha Product Lineup

    Portable Keyboards

    Many people confuse keyboards with digital pianos because they share a lot of common traits, but there are some notable differences.

    A keyboard will typically have semi-weighted or synth-type action that is not designed to give you the feel of playing on an acoustic grand piano.

    It’s also rare to find a keyboard with 88 keys (which is what an acoustic piano has). Most keyboards will have 61, 73, or 76 keys.

    Keyboards have a bit more shock and awe in terms of their feature set when compared to digital pianos.

    When I was growing up, we had a portable keyboard in our play room that could teach you songs with light up keys, play accompaniments while you sing, and came loaded with hundreds of instrument voices to use.

    None of them sounded realistic though—I remember the trumpet setting sounding more like my family dog biting a chew toy than an actual brass instrument.

    Keyboards are closer to a fun machine that beginners or kids can play on to figure out if they may want to play piano in the future. Portable keyboards are by far the cheapest product in this lineup.


    PSS Series

    Instrument type: Mini Keyboard

    User Level: Beginner

    Price Range: $$

    Models:

    • Yamaha PSS-E30
    • Yamaha PSS-F30
    • Yamaha PSS-A50

    The PSS series seems like a toy line, but the sound and build quality feel much more similar to Yamaha’s PSR budget arranger series.

    The best way I’d describe the PSS series is that it’s a last-gen PSR-E series sound chip, implanted into a mini-keyboard enclosure.

    While I wouldn’t use these keyboards for actual performances or recordings, that’s not what they’re designed for. The PSS-series is a simple way to explore ideas wherever you are.

    With a phrase recorder and basic tools like arpeggiators, you can quite easily sketch out an idea without too much hassle.

    However, if you want a serious practice tool, you’ll definitely need to look elsewhere.


    YPT & EZ Series

    Instrument type: Portable Keyboard

    User Level: Beginner

    Price Range: $$

    Models:

    • Yamaha YPT
    • Yamaha YPT
    • Yamaha EZ

    The most affordable Yamaha portable keyboards with full-sized keys you can buy.

    These keyboards are ideal for kids, new piano players, or people who are not really sure if they want to become a piano player that need a low cost option.

    Quantity over quality is a common approach at this price point, so expect to find hundreds of built-in sounds, songs, rhythms, and other cool features on most YPT keyboards you come across.

    EZ series keyboards are known for having light-up keys — used to teach the beginner a song. For both series the focus is on fun — the slogan for the YPT series being “Real Music, Real Fun.”


    PSR-E Series

    Instrument type: Portable Keyboard/Portable Arranger

    User Level: Beginner

    Price Range: $$

    Models:

    • Yamaha PSR-E
    • Yamaha PSR-E
    • Yamaha PSR-EW
    • Yamaha PSR-E
    • Yamaha PSR-EW – flagship 

    The use of the PRS-E Series is similar to the YPT & EZ Series in that it is a device to explore music as a whole, not necessarily just piano.

    The PSR-E series can be used as a portable arranger — having the ability to create a beat, tweak a mix, and get full songs created.

    This series includes an onboard lesson function to teach the student music as an educational tool. The flagship model (Yamaha PSR-EW) has the ability to capture external sounds using a sampler.

    In recent years, Yamaha&#;s YPT series that we previously mentioned have been almost identical to the PSR-E models (e.g. YPT & PSR-E; YPT & PSR-E), the only difference being the body finish and availability (the YPT and PSR-E series target different geographic areas).


    Piaggero Series

    Instrument type: Portable Keyboard

    User Level: Beginner

    Price Range: $$

    Models:

    • Yamaha NP
    • Yamaha NP

    The Piaggero Series is aimed toward piano players while the previous ones were more geared to learning and entertainment.

    Piaggero keyboards have far fewer tones to play with, less bells and whistles, and a much more streamlined appearance.

    Even though the Piaggero Series is for piano players, it does not have fully weighted key action and lacks the 88 keys of a full-sized piano. So if realistic piano feel is important to you, the NP keyboards aren&#;t going to impress you.

    At the same time, these are extremely portable and can run on batteries, which can be very helpful for players on the go.


    Portable Digital Pianos

    We are now moving away from the portable keyboards and moving on toward the portable digital pianos.

    The main difference between the two is that digital pianos will have fully weighted hammer action, which will be much closer to the feel of an acoustic piano.

    Portable digital pianos, also called slab pianos, typically do not come with a furniture-style cabinet to turn the whole thing into one unit. The entire product is the keyboard itself, similar to the portable keyboards we discussed earlier.

    Contemporary (P Series)

    Instrument type: Portable Digital Piano

    User Level: Beginner to Advanced

    Price Range: $$1,

    Models:

    • Yamaha P
    • Yamaha P
    • Yamaha P
    • Yamaha P – flagship

    If you are looking to get a Yamaha digital piano, this is where you will start. The P is Yamaha’s most affordable digital piano with fully weighted keys.

    These digital pianos are spartan in nature—no frills, no learning tools, no samplers.

    It’s simply a digital piano that tries to emulate the feeling of an acoustic piano as best as it can. These digital pianos will fit well in places with limited space.


    Portable Grand (DGX & YPG Series)

    Instrument type: Semi-Portable Digital Piano

    User Level: Beginner to Intermediate

    Price Range: $$

    Models:

    • Yamaha YPG/DGX (discontinued)
    • Yamaha YPG
    • Yamaha DGX – flagship

    The Portable Grand series is similar to the P Series in that it is piano-focused, but with some additional features &#; recording functions, auto accompaniment, present songs, connectivity options, etc.

    With those extra features, the Portable Grand series will have some overlap with arrangers.

    It’s important to note that the YPG Series does not have fully weighted hammer action, even though it will look similar to digital pianos that do.


    Console Digital Pianos

    When looking for Console Digital Pianos, expect it to look a bit like furniture, especially when you get to the higher-end models.

    Some of these will have fancy cabinets that may contain speakers to push more sound out into the space you are playing in.

    Lower end models will have many similarities to the portable digital pianos we looked at earlier.

    Arius (YDP & YDP-S Series)

    Instrument type: Console/Home Digital Piano

    User Level: Beginner to Intermediate

    Price Range: $$2,

    Models:

    • Yamaha YDP
    • Yamaha YDP
    • Yamaha YDP
    • Yamaha YDP
    • Yamaha YDP – flagship
    • Yamaha YDP-S34 (slim version of the YDP)
    • Yamaha YDP-S54 (slim version of the YDP)

    The Arius Series is targeted toward the same people that would be interested in the P Series—affordable, yet high quality digital pianos.

    These console digital pianos will have no frills and focus on sounding like an acoustic grand piano.

    The YDP pianos will have a full sized cabinet, while the YDP-S pianos will be slim with a more space efficient design.


    Clavinova (CLP & CSP Series)

    Instrument type: Console/Home Digital Piano

    User Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Price Range: $$

    Models:

    CLP Series

    • Yamaha CLP
    • Yamaha CLP
    • Yamaha CLP
    • Yamaha CLP
    • Yamaha CLP
    • Yamaha CLPGP (grand piano-like design)
    • Yamaha CLPGP (grand piano-like design)

    CSP Series

    • Yamaha CSP
    • Yamaha CSP

    Premium home digital pianos for players that are searching for the most realistic and natural piano playing experience.

    The key action in the Clavinova digital pianos is more advanced than what you will find in the Arius Series. You will also discover that the samples are better and the cabinets are much fancier.

    Recently, the Clavinova Series added the CSP (Clavinova Smart Piano) digital pianos.

    The concept is that the piano itself has no buttons or controls &#; every setting can be adjusted using the Smart Pianist App available for both iOS and Android.

    CSP digital pianos also have a lot of extra features that digital pianos usually don’t have such as hundreds of tones, accompaniment styles, built-in songs, etc.

    Another feature of the CSP Series pianos is unique teaching feature that will teach you how to play songs using stream lights technology, which shows the exact keys you need to press.


    AvantGrand

    Instrument type: Hybrid Digital Piano

    User Level: Advanced

    Price Range: $6,$22,

    Models:

    • Yamaha NU1X
    • Yamaha N1X
    • Yamaha N2
    • Yamaha N3X

    This is probably the closest—and most expensive—you will get to a grand piano without actually having a grand piano.

    The AvantGrand doesn’t try to emulate the hammer action on an acoustic grand piano because it actually has hammer action keys.

    The natural vibration that comes off of a grand piano will be felt when playing the AvantGrand. Its design is almost identical to the action of a grand piano.

    Yamaha Specialized Grand Piano Action

    The AvantGrant Series gives you access to Spatial Acoustic Sampling, which offers the sound of the Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial grand pianos captured from four different mic positions and delivered via multi-speaker sound system to ensure the immersive playing experience.


    Stage Pianos

    One key feature, or lack thereof, is that stage pianos won’t have onboard speakers because when performing on stage there will (or should) be external speakers for you to connect to.

    Many of the features you will find on a stage piano will be things that you can quickly change during a live performance.

    You’ll find extra ports/jacks to connect to multiple devices. Because there are no speakers on stage pianos, they will be fairly lightweight and portable.

    There is a blurry line between stage pianos, digital pianos, and synthesizers as all of them can be used for gigging pretty reasonably.

    CP Series

    Instrument type: Stage Piano

    User Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Price Range: $1,$2,

    Models:

    • Yamaha CP40 (discontinued)
    • Yamaha CP4 (discontinued)
    • Yamaha CP
    • Yamaha CP73 / CP83

    While the CP Series isn’t updated frequently, Yamaha takes huge pride in the series, stating that The CP4 is simply the best stage piano Yamaha has ever made.

    The CP instruments will have a large selection of quality sounds from various eras to fit whatever style you’re playing. The CP Series emphasizes portability and ease of use.

    Yamaha recently introduced the CP73 and CP88 giving a lot of new features to an old lineup – NW-GH with synthetic ebony and ivory key tops, brand new sounds, and additional ports/jacks, to name a few.


    Synthesizers & Synthesizer Workstations

    Now we’re moving away from piano-focused instruments and entering sound design, music production, etc.

    Using a synthesizer, you will be able to craft a sound from nothing using a series of knobs, sliders, and buttons.

    Similar to the stage pianos, you likely won’t find speakers on any of these synthesizers. The need for a realistic feeling of playing an acoustic piano is very low in this category.

    MX Series

    Instrument type: Synthesizer

    User Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Price Range: $$1,

    Models:

    • Yamaha MX49 / MX61 / MX88 (49, 61 and 88 keys)

    The MX Series synthesizers use sounds from the Yamaha Motif XS—pianos, strings, drums, and complex synth sounds.

    Bring these sounds into your DAW using a MIDI interface and monitor everything by connecting your headphones to your MX Series device.

    With an iOS device, you get access FM Essential which lets you twist and pull your sounds in crazy ways.

    Despite being a synthesizer, the flagship model, MX88, will also feature the Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) action, making it much more suitable for piano players.

    I can easily see these instruments used as stage pianos or in studios.


    Reface

    Instrument type: Synthesizer

    User Level: Beginner to Intermediate

    Price Range: $$

    Models:

    • Yamaha Reface CS – Analog synthesizer
    • Yamaha Reface YC – Combo Organ
    • Yamaha Reface CP – Electric Piano
    • Yamaha Reface DX – FM synthesizer

    The Reface series offers four different synthesizers that each have an incredible amount of sounds to create.

    Each model targets a different kind of sound—the Reface CP for example gives you the ability to create 70s stage keyboards.

    These instruments are very portable yet have a lot of potential when it comes to sound shaping.


    Montage, MODX Series

    Instrument type: Synthesizer Workstation

    User Level: Advanced

    Price Range: $1,$4,

    Models:

    • Yamaha MODX6/7/8 – 61, 76, or 88 keys
    • Yamaha Montage 6/7/8 – 61, 76, or 88 keys

    The Montage and MODX Series synthesizers are supercharged versions of the entry-level synthesizers.

    These synthesizer workstations give you more control over your sound and freedom to dive deeper into what sound you want to create.

    An interesting feature of this series is that they are platform-focused meaning that Yamaha frequently sends out updates to improve the devices over time.

    The Montage8 Series has a Balanced (non-graded) Hammer Effect Keyboard while the others have FSX action. The MODX8 has fully weighted keys (GHS), while others are semi-weighted.

    All of these instruments feature a big multi-touch screen which makes navigation much easier considering how many settings, sounds, and functions they offer.


    Arranger & Music Workstations

    While synthesizers are perfect for people creating wild sounds, arrangers are more useful to songwriters, composers, and solo performers that need full accompaniments.

    You don’t have as much control over your sound, but you do gain the ability to sound like a full band all by yourself.

    With workstations, there is a lot of work you can do before you have to switch to your computer or another device. Editing, mixing, recording, and performing can all be accomplished on a workstation—these are very powerful machines.

    Genos Series

    Instrument type: Music Workstation

    User Level: Advanced

    Price Range: $5,$5,

    Models:


    The flagship arranger workstation in Yamah&#;s arsenal. The samples on the Genos are far and above in terms of quality—giving you access to the Yamaha CFX and C7 Grand pianos, for example.

    AEM (Articulation Element Model) is used to give realistic sound of whatever instrument you are playing.

    It does this by choosing the best samples based on the styles you are playing in. Everything you need to put together a great song can be accomplished on this powerful workstation, even vocal recording and effects.


    PSR-S & PSR-A Series

    Instrument type: Arranger Workstation

    User Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Price Range: $$2,

    Models:

    • Yamaha PSR-S
    • Yamaha PSR-SX
    • Yamaha PSR-SX – flagship
    • Yamaha PSR-A

    The PSR Series excels in a specific area—reproducing the subtle nuances and quirks of instruments. This includes vibrato, brass falls, guitar and bass slides, and much more.

    In order to control all of these different elements, the PSR series includes assignable live controllers, a modulation wheel, and assignable foot pedals.

    This gives you the ability to not only control many things at once, it lets you do them in a live setting as well.

    With onboard storage, you are able to add expansion packs to get more sounds or use that space to create your own.

    Composers and songwriters will benefit greatly when creating on the PSR Series.

    Being able to craft accompaniments, use arpeggio functioning, and other arranging tools will make writing a great song much more streamlined.

    This arranger is also equipped with onboard speakers unlike most of the products in this category.

    Yamaha Sound Generation

    Yamaha puts the sounds on their digital pianos in multiple ways. With digital pianos, there is typically one goal in mind: create the most accurate representation of a piano possible.

    But, which piano? There are many to choose from—Bösendorfer, Steinway, or maybe a Yamaha (might be a good choice for them).

    Yamaha Sound Technology

    What room should it be recorded in? A concert hall? A studio? Where a piano is recorded impacts the sound heavily.

    Who should play it? I wouldn’t want that kind of pressure.

    What microphones should be used? Neumann! Sure, which one? TLM? ? U87? Maybe a Manley, AKG, or Blue microphone?

    After the recordings are made, should they be filtered at all?

    Are samples enough? Yes, you may have captured the note, but there are a ton of nuances that you may have missed.

    Sympathetic string resonance, for example, is nearly impossible to accurately reproduce because it depends on which notes you have held down when others are being played.

    Another is key-off resonance, which is the sound of the damper hitting the strings after a note is released.

    These are just some the questions that Yamaha—or any company creating a digital piano—have to ask themselves before doing or making anything.

    I’d like to walk through some of the techniques Yamaha uses to make this possible.


    AWM Stereo Sampling

    AWM stands for Advanced Wave Memory, first used in .

    Two microphones are used to capture the performance of a grand piano. All the notes are recorded separately with three recordings taken for each note: soft, medium, and loud.

    When someone hits a note on a digital piano that uses AWM, the piano determines which sample would be the most appropriate or blends a combination of two.

    There is also a 4-layer version of AWM that takes an additional sample. These days, AWM is typically used on the entry-level digital pianos.

    The progression of AWM is extensive. It first began with 1-layer mono samples that were filtered for different velocities as opposed to recording multiple samples and choosing the appropriate one.

    In , stereo samples were used and recordings were taken of various pianos—the Yamaha S6 grand piano for example.


    Pure CF Sampling

    Pure CF Sound Sampling is a newer and more advanced method of piano sound production that samples the Yamaha CFIIIS 9-foot grand piano.

    You can find Pure CF on intermediate digital pianos, such as the P, DGX, and YDP

    The latest iteration of Pure CF Sound Sampling, found in the Yamaha P, utilizes sympathetic string and key-off resonance to more accurately capture the sound of an authentic grand piano.


    Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Sampling

    Samples are taken from the Yamaha CFX grand piano and the Bösendorfer Imperial (which is also owned by Yamaha).

    These are Yamaha’s most impressive sampling in their entire library, fitting for their fanciest pianos.

    The Yamaha CFX tone is also coupled with Binaural Sampling to create three-dimensional sound so that when you are playing with headphones on, it acts as if the sound is coming from the piano rather than your headphones.

    This sampling technique is used in the premium models, such as the P, YDP, and all Clavinovas.


    Spatial Acoustic Sampling

    In the AvantGrand series, Spatial Acoustic Sampling is used to convey realism by recording a piano in four separate locations across the soundboard.
    Yamaha Spatial Acoustic Sampling
    Those sounds are used in a four-point speaker setup. This technique creates the sound of a grand piano in a three-dimensional space, giving a full and rich response.


    Motion Control Synthesis Engine: AWM2 and FM-X

    The AWM2 uses waveform and subtractive synthesis to create acoustic instruments, drums, and synthesizer sounds.

    The FM-X, on the other hand, uses pure frequency modulation synthesis.

    In the Montage and MODX Series, each of these sound engines can be used separately or layered together to produce sound.

    Yamaha Motion Control FMX AWM2

    Every other sound engine I have mentioned so far has had the goal to create an authentic sounding piano. That’s not the case for the AWM2 and FM-X. You won’t find them in a digital piano, but in Yamaha’s music workstations and synthesizers.

    In this engine, you will get a few exciting features:

    • The Super Knob &#; get creative with your sounds using the Super Knob. Go from punchy and hype to mellow and warm with a single twist.
    • Motion Sequences &#; manipulate your sounds while keeping them in sync with the tempo.

    Yamaha has put a lot of work into making sure this sound engine offers creative freedom and bleeding edge quality.


    Yamaha VCM Effects Engine

    The Virtual Circuitry Modeling Effects Engine can be found on the MX series (MX49, MX61, MX88).

    It models many vintage sounding effects &#; EQs, phases, flangers, and more to twist and pull the sounds that come with those devices.

    Yamaha Virtual Circuitry Modeling

    Yamaha’s goal with VCM was to accurately recreate the sounds that you would get from analog processors and gear in recording studios.

    They did this by modeling the electronic circuitry and using it in their software—compressors and EQ, for example.

    These emulations are found in many of Yamaha’s products: MOTIF XS, CP series stage pianos, synthesizers, and many more.

    Aside from these sampling and sound engines, there are other technologies that Yamaha uses to improve the sound of their products. I’d like to cover some of those here.


    Sound Technologies

    Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC)

    When playing at lower volumes, it is sometimes more difficult to hear low and high-end frequencies.

    Intelligent Acoustic Control compensates for this and rebalances the instrument so that you can hear its full range of frequencies at any volume.

    Yamaha Intelligent Acoustic Control


    Stereophonic Optimizer

    If it is late at night or early in the morning, you may want to plug some headphones into your digital piano so you don’t disturb the people around you.

    When you plug them in, nothing special happens—it just sounds like a piano in some headphones.
    Yamaha Binaural Sampling
    Stereophonic Optimizer adjusts the sound of the piano to sound more spacious as if you are in a room listening to the piano, rather than wearing headphones.


    Sound Boost

    Playing piano with a band can be difficult because you are oftentimes competing with extremely loud instruments—guitars, drums, etc.

    Sound Boost can help by making your piano louder and increasing its presence to help you find your place in a mix.

    This feature is effective on both the onboard speakers and if your digital piano is connected to an external setup.


    Acoustic Optimizer

    The way speakers are built into the body of the digital piano will cause some frequencies to ring louder than others due to the body itself resonating.

    Acoustic Optimizer counteracts this effect to provide a smooth playing experience across all the keys.


    Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM)

    The subtle nuances and quirks of an acoustic piano are terribly difficult to recreate. VRM steps in to save the day, turning the dull and digital sound into a lively, organic experience.

    A grand piano makes sound by hammers hitting strings. What makes them ring out so beautifully is the huge body of the piano.

    On a digital piano, we don’t have this body to resonate our sounds, so Yamaha came up with a solution.

    Yamaha Virtual String Modeling

    The Virtual Resonance Modeling inside the higher-end Yamaha digital pianos simulates the sound of a note resonating in the body of a grand piano.

    It also takes into account how the notes would resonate in different octaves to stay true to a grand piano.

    Using VRM, each string has multiple states for different situations like for velocity and pedals that drastically affect the sound.

    Yamaha Keyboard Actions

    A digital piano’s key action is largely responsible for why you would love or hate the feel of a Yamaha digital piano (or any digital piano really).

    Before we get into the different types of key actions that Yamaha uses, I would first like to discuss what a “key action” is exactly.

    What is Key Action?

    In the most basic sense, key action is what a key on a digital piano is doing when it is pressed and when it is released.

    A grand piano has strings and when a key is pressed, a hammer strikes one or more of those strings. The string then resonates in the body of the piano so we can hear it.

    On a digital piano, we don’t have strings or hammers or a body, but when we play we want to feel like all of those things are happening.

    The perfect key action on a digital piano would be indistinguishable from an acoustic grand piano.

    The trouble for companies like Yamaha is that not all grand pianos feel the same way when you play them, making it difficult to determine exactly what it should feel like.

    Another issue is with the player—not every player will like the same key action.

    For example, someone who plays aggressive on the keys might find a better playing experience if the keys felt a bit more heavy while a more delicate player may feel the exact opposite.


    Synth Type

    Most of Yamaha’s synthesizers use the FSX action. This action is not weighted and designed to be extremely fast and responsive.

    Yamaha Synth Keys

    Synth-type Action


    Semi-Weighted

    Some of Yamaha’s entry-level or beginner friendly keyboards (YPG, NP, NP) will be using Graded Soft Touch.

    This spring-loaded action will have some resistance to it in order to feel more like an acoustic piano.

    Compared to the FSX action, it won’t feel as fast, and it will take a bit more pressure to press the keys

    The Graded Soft Touch has no hammer mechanisms or weights. It&#;s heavier on the lower notes and lighter on the higher notes to roughly simulate an acoustic piano.

    Semi-weighted actions may have full-size keys and a keyboard that looks exactly like the one found on acoustic and digital pianos but don&#;t be tricked by its looks, it&#;s still miles away from a real piano as far as feel is concerned.


    Fully-Weighted

    Fully weighted key actions are designed to mimic the feel of an acoustic piano as closely as possible, but not all hammer action keys are created equal.

    While the lower-end actions will feel clunky and unrealistic, the higher-end will be insanely close to that of a real piano.

    Yamaha has more than one type of fully weighted key action that range in quality.

    Balanced Hammer Effect Keyboard

    The Balanced Hammer Effect Keyboard is a non-graded hammer action which means that all the keys have the same resistance, rather than needing more and less force on the lower and higher keys, respectively.

    This type of action is used on the Montage8 synth workstation.

    Not very sophisticated compared to their piano-focused key actions, which are graded, but still reproduces the weighted nature of an acoustic piano action.

    GHS

    Graded Hammer Standard. This type of action is typically found on beginner and intermediate digital pianos—aimed at aspiring piano players.

    The lower keys will have more resistance than the higher keys, similar to an acoustic piano. Yamaha digital pianos under $ will most likely have this type of action.

    Yamaha Graded Hammer Action

    The GHS keyboard features a matte finish on the black keys which makes your fingers less likely to slip off of the keys.

    GHS has been around for many years and Yamaha still stands behind the action, showing off its reliability.

    This action has two sensors, as opposed to three that are found on the more premium actions. Three sensors allows more accuracy in the behavior of the piano, quick repetition of notes, and expression.

    GH/GH3

    Graded Hammer/Graded Hammer 3. Compared to the GHS, these are more true to what an actual acoustic piano would feel like.

    They will be heavier with more resistance. You can find this type of key action on the YDP, YDP, YDP-S54, and the series Clavinovas.

    Yamaha GH3 Key Action

    The main difference between GH and GH3 is the third sensor which offers all the benefits found above. GH3 also has synthetic ivory tops to give the player a more tactile experience.

    GH3X 

    Graded Hammer 3X. This is the newer iteration of the GH3 that includes an escapement mechanism which is a feature found on grand pianos that allows the note to be repeated quickly before the action returns to its resting position.

    Since digital pianos don&#;t have strings, escapement action doesn&#;t really serve any purpose except to reproduce a subtle clicking sensation felt when you gently press a key.

    The GH3X key action is used on the lower end Clavinova digital pianos (CLP, CLP).

    NW-GH

    Natural Wood-Graded Hammer. This is Yamaha’s older wooden action used in the CP4. It does not have the escapement mechanism and has three sensors.

    NWX

    Natural Wood X. The newer wooden action used in the CLP+ (CLP+), CSP, and CVP+.

    Yamaha NWX Key Action

    Just like the GH3X, the NWX has the escapement mechanism causing you to feel a “click” when the keys are played softly &#; more noticeable in the higher register.

    Despite having a lot of similarities with the GH/GH3 family, the NWX is slightly better balanced and more responsive, which, coupled with the wooden keys, provides a more natural feel.

    GrandTouch-S (plastic and wooden versions)

    In summer , Yamaha introduced their updated Clavinova line (CLP-7xx) and with that revealed their new GrandTouch-S key actions.

    Yamaha designed two variants of GrandTouch-S.

    The wooden version of  GrandTouch-S comes with wooden white keys and is based on the previous NWX action, while the plastic version of  GrandTouch-S has plastic keys and is based on the previous GH3X action.

    Despite the new name, the key actions share a lot in common with their predecessors (GH3 family) and therefore feel quite similar. The biggest improvement here is the optimized pivot length of the black keys, which makes it easier to play further into the keys.

    Note: Don&#;t confuse the new GrandTouch-S (&#;S&#; stands for &#;Small&#;) with Yamaha&#;s flagship GrandTouch key action used in the more expensive Clavinova models.

    GrandTouch

    This is a flagship wooden action used in the higher-end Clavinovas (CLP+).

    Yamaha GrandTouch Key Action

    The goal of GrandTouch was to replicate the resistance and feel of a grand piano with as much accuracy as possible.

    This offers the player a responsive and heavily dynamic experience with huge amounts of control when playing very soft or loud.

    You also get much longer keys (including the hidden part). This makes it very easy to play further up the keys, which is an important characteristic that experienced pianists will appreciate.

    Yamaha Wooden Keys

    Conclusion

    Yamaha has a long history of creating great equipment for sound designers, piano players, composers, and many others.

    If you have a specific musical need, chances are Yamaha has the perfect tool for you to use &#; you just have to go out and find it.

    If you have any personal experiences with Yamaha digital pianos or keyboards, feel free to let us know in the comments. If you liked the article, feel free to share it around.


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    Yamaha PSR Keyboards Guides and Reviews

    Let&#;s take a look at Yamaha PSR keyboards. We shall talk about beginner, intermediate and advanced models.

    PSR keyboards are the most popular Yamaha keyboards. I guess this is mainly because of the fact that there are so many student and beginner models.

    Some advanced models (PSR-S models) cost over a thousand dollars. These may not be the best ones for someone who is just starting out or who is on a budget.

    As a beginner, you should probably check out cheaper models (PSR-E models) like the Yamaha PSR-E (price: $), or the Yamaha PSR-E (price: $). A young child would probably be fine with a basic keyboard like the Yamaha PSR-E (costs about $).

    When it comes to keyboards, it usually gets better with price. So budget is always a factor. If you&#;ve got more money to spend, check out the Yamaha PSR-S (price: $).

    These Yamaha PSR Keyboards Are Great For Intermediate or Advanced Players &#; PSR-S

    PSR keyboards like the PSR-S and PSR-S cost about $1, and $ respectively. These are more advanced Yamaha PSR arranger workstations. They come with incredible features and are great for intermediate and advanced players.

    For instance, the Yamaha PSRS has note polyphony, incredible instrument voices, realistic built-in accompaniment, a track sequencer, audio recorder, large, easy-to read screen, dozens of effects and Internet Direct Connect and USB connectivity.

    (Update: The PSRS has been discontinued. Get the PSR-S instead.)

    The Yamaha PSRS features super articulation voices, sounds from the legendary Tyros3, MP3 playback, microphone input with 3-part harmony, color screen, note polyphony, a 16 track sequencer, audio recorder, Internet Direct Connect and USB connectivity, and dozens of effects.

    (Update: The PSRS has been discontinued. Get the PSR-S instead.)

    Yamaha PSR S

    Such arranger workstations are to be bought by intermediate or advanced players, particular those interested in musical arrangement.

    These Yamaha PSR Keyboards Are Great For Beginners &#; PSR-E

    It&#;s pointless spending so much money on a keyboard for features you are not yet ready to use. You&#;re better off with one of the cheaper Yamaha PSR keyboards.

    Basic beginner keyboards like the Yamaha PSR-E and PSR-E come with a very important feature, the Yamaha Education Suite. With this feature, beginners learn how to play the keyboard.

    What kind of other features can one expect in cheaper Yamaha PSR keyboards?

    Let&#;s take a look at the Yamaha PSR-E

    (Update: The PSR-E has been discontinued. Get the PSR-E instead).

    It comes with the following features:

    &#; Touch Response: Expressive touch like a piano
    &#; Back-lit display: Better information
    &#; 12 Drumkits plus 1 Sound Effect kit with dedicated button
    &#; Split (different voice on L&R) & Layer (2 voices i.e. Piano/Strings)
    &#; Music Database: Automatic keyboard setups by song title
    &#; 2-track sequencer: Record your own songs
    &#; Yamaha Education Suite features Keys to Success function
    &#; Flash ROM: Import Standard MIDI Files for listening or learning
    &#; DSP effects include 9 Reverb and 4 Chorus
    &#; Headphone jack
    &#; MIDI In/Out
    &#; Sustain Pedal jack
    &#; Bass ports provide full soundYamaha PSR E keyboard

    Let&#;s check out the Yamaha PSR-E. Features of this Yamaha PSR keyboard include:

    (Update: The PSR-E has been discontinued. Get the PSR-E instead).

    &#; key Portable Arranger Keyboard
    &#; Touch Response for added expression
    &#; Built-in 6-track, 5-song sequencer with Easy Song Arranger
    &#; Yamaha&#;s built-in Education Suite with chord dictionary
    &#; Pitch bend wheel and optional sustain pedal jack
    &#; built-in voices — Panel Voices, XGlite Voices, 15 Drum/SFX Kits, and 40 Arpeggio Voices
    &#; note Polyphony
    &#; 2 Control Knobs to adjust effects with your hands
    &#; Reverb/Chorus effects plus Built-in EQ, Harmony/Echo Effects, and Arpeggios
    &#; Accompaniment styles, including a number of World Styles
    &#; 30 Preset songs built in (30 onboard, 70 on a CD-ROM you can load from a PC)
    &#; Built-in 5W speaker system with enhanced bass response

    The Yamaha PSR keyboards we have looked at all come with 61 keys. This is one factor to take into account when choosing the best keyboard for you.  A grand piano comes with 88 keys. If 61 keys are not enough then you obviously have to look elsewhere. The good thing is that 61 keys are enough for the majority of beginners learning to play the keyboard. When starting out you may not need too many keys or octaves.

    All in all, these cheaper PSR-E models are very good keyboards for beginners, while more advanced players would want to spend some more for a PSR-S model.

    Check out various Yamaha PSR keyboards here. Be sure to read the various reviews before deciding on what is right for you. Customer reviews go a long way in helping you make a choice. But the ultimate decision should be yours.

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    Top 10 Best Yamaha Keyboards and Digital Pianos

    In this article, we’re looking at the best Yamaha keyboards and digital pianos and providing reviews of the top options. Yamaha is a name that goes hand-in-hand with digital pianos and keyboards. Their range is huge, so there are a lot of models to compare.

    Our list of the top Yamaha digital pianos and keyboards shows their current range, with products released this year as well as some older models. There are portable, stage pianos, large consoles and even portable keyboards featuring lots of different sounds. There is something for everyone, but matching up your own needs to the features is vital.

    Here are the best Yamaha keyboards and digital pianos

    1. Yamaha YDP
    2. Yamaha DGX
    3. Yamaha PSR-EW
    4. Yamaha P/P71
    5. Yamaha PSR-E
    6. Yamaha P
    7. Yamaha P
    8. Yamaha NP
    9. Yamaha YDP
    10. Yamaha YPG

    Yamaha Arius YDP

    The Arius range of digital pianos is designed to give the look and feel of an acoustic piano with the functionality of digital. If you were to just take a glance at the YDP you could be forgiven for not realizing it is digital.

    Arius digital pianos are also among the more expensive digital pianos in the range, but if you are looking for excellent tone and the feel of playing an acoustic, it’s tough to beat.

    The sound has been modeled on the CFX concert grand, a piano that Yamaha has become known for over the years. The high-quality sampling and VRM, or “Virtual Resonance Modeling” feature allows for expression and acoustics that faithfully recreate the real thing when it comes to sound.

    The Graded Hammer 3 Action is also a high-tech reproduction of the keys. They’re synthetic ivory, and it really does feel like you’re sitting down to play an acoustic model.

    It has 24 different voices. Not as many as some of the keyboards that offer synthesized sounds, but these are all exceptionally sampled and high fidelity. For a console piano, 24 sounds is plenty.

    What we like (and don’t like) about the Yamaha Arius YDP

    • Exceptional hammer action for realism.
    • VRM sampling improves acoustics.
    • Looks fantastic.
    • Faithful to CFX concert grand piano.
    • 3 inbuilt pedals.
    • Expensive.
    • Big and bulky, not portable.

    If you want a large Yamaha digital piano that is a faithful representation of their acoustic pianos, but aren’t worried about using it portably, the Yamaha Arius YDP could be a great option with elite sound.

    Yamaha DGX

    The Yamaha DGX is a bit more portable than some of the other larger, console pianos. It doesn’t quite have the same Grand Piano sound and feel as the elite Arius models, but it makes up for this in tech features.

    Taking it to and from gigs is not as easy as a stage piano, but it’s not impossible. This also comes with a sustain pedal. It’s often sold as a bundle with headphones and other accessories.

    The sound engine is called “Pure CF” and uses the CFIIIS grand piano as a model for the samples. The sound is fantastic, but there are loads more voices to choose from, too.

    A hammer action provides a realistic feel and dynamics of an acoustic piano. The tech features do take over though, as the LCD screen can work as a UI, but also display the score or lyrics of a song.

    What we like (and don’t like) about the Yamaha DGX

    • Compatible with sustain pedal.
    • USB Audio Recording and Playback.
    • Decent inbuilt speakers.
    • Multiple acoustic settings.
    • Not as high fidelity sound as the Arius models.
    • A bit bulky for transporting (though not impossible).

    This is a wonderful middle ground for those who don’t want to go full-blown in terms of a digital piano modeled on an acoustic. It has some high tech features and an LCD display, but doesn’t lose the feel of hammer action.

    Yamaha PSR-EW

    There are many Yamaha keyboard models that have a full-size of 88 keys, but if you are looking for a key Yamaha then the PSR-EW is a good option. Portability is the name of the game.

    The 76 keys means that you can play most pieces of music. Classical compositions may need more keys or higher polyphony, but for most pop, rock and beginner music, this is big enough, and easy to take to practice or to a gig.

    This also makes a claim for being the best Yamaha keyboard for beginners. It has the Yamaha Education Suite, which lets you learn music with the help of the “touch tutor”. This shows you how to play preset songs that are inbuilt or even MIDI files you load yourself.

    USB to HOST means you can connect with a simple USB cable. This means you can use it to control virtual instruments, too. An incredible voices means you won’t run out of interesting sounds.

    What we like (and don’t like) about the Yamaha PSR-EW

    • Lightweight and portable.
    • voices.
    • Yamaha education suite.
    • No hammer action.
    • User interface can be complicated.

    If you want to play classical compositions, you may need 88 keys. If not, most rock and pop songs can be played on less, and this key keyboard gives a great portable option. The Yamaha PSR-EW also boasts loads of sounds.

    Yamaha P/P71

    If you are looking for a pro sound in a small package, an key Yamaha keyboard or stage-style digital piano could be the answer. The P and P71 are fantastic for their look, feel and sound, and all of this is packed into an affordable yet high-end piano.

    Why are we talking about these two Yamaha keyboard models together? They’re basically the same thing. The P71 is simply an Amazon exclusive. The P is sold elsewhere, but they are made in the same way with the same features.

    These are affordable Yamaha digital pianos for beginners, but can also be used by intermediate pianists. The ability to use these on stage means it isn’t just reserved for those new to piano. It makes a great tour companion! The portable digital piano is affordable and weighs just 25 lbs, so it is easy to see why it is popular.

    If you buy the P71, the Amazon exclusive model, it comes with a sustain pedal and power adapter.

    There are 10 voices in total, which is not a huge number, but it does have excellently sampled Yamaha grand piano sounds. The Dual Mode is another interesting feature, you can combine any of the 10 voices together and play them on the same keys.

    What we like (and don’t like) about the Yamaha P/P

    • Very lightweight (25 lbs).
    • Graded hammer action.
    • Dual mode for layering sounds.
    • Affordable.
    • Only includes 10 voices.
    • Included sustain pedal is poor quality.
    • Inbuilt speakers aren’t very powerful.

    If you are looking for something simple and affordable, the P or P71 could be your answer. These key digital pianos don’t have a huge number of voices, but the sounds included are high-quality and perfect for lessons, practice and even performance.

    Yamaha PSR-E

    If you are looking for modern features in a small and compact keyboard, the PSR-E could be worth considering. It only has 61 keys, but this means it is a space-saver, and adequately sized for beginners, whether children or teenagers. You can definitely pick up the basics of playing piano on a small keyboard like this.

    This keyboard has been designed for those learning to play. It has the Y.E.S system providing onboard lessons. It can also be connected to your computer or mobile device. The Yamaha Education Suite is great for teaching the basics at a pace you can understand.

    In spite of the small size, it has decent inbuilt speakers and USB to host connectivity. This means you can send MIDI data and even audio to your laptop. You can even use this to control a DAW or virtual instruments.

    Like many of the modern Yamaha digital pianos, this features instrument voices. These range from simple piano tones and acoustic-modeled sounds to synthesizers and more experimental sounds. There’s even percussion.

    Make no mistake, this is definitely a piano designed for learners and beginners. It isn’t recommended for live performances.

    What we like (and don’t like) about the Yamaha PSR-E

    • Dual mode for playing with a partner.
    • Yamaha Education Suite.
    • Affordable.
    • voices.
    • Portable and lightweight.
    • Only 61 keys.
    • Mostly suited to learners.

    Though not suitable for live performances or recordings, this is a smart digital keyboard designed for beginners. The Yamaha PSR-E is a popular choice for kids and helps them to learn the basics with the educational suite included.

    Yamaha P

    The Yamaha P is a very popular model of portable digital piano. It works excellently as a stage piano, meaning a portable model that still has a very professional feel. It’s good for touring. This is similar in size to the P, but it is a big upgrade in terms of the keys and the action of the piano.

    Fully-weighted keys mean that this feels like playing an acoustic digital piano, with the springback you would expect from acoustic keys. The GHS weighted action has also been designed to have a heavier feel for the lower octaves. This mimics how an acoustic piano feels.

    The CFIIIS concert grand piano has been used as the model for the samples of this piano. Pure CF sampling is the sound engine. The acoustic piano sounds are brilliant, especially when amplified through a PA system or louder speaker. There are only 10 sounds included, however. This can be a bit limiting.

    What we like (and don’t like) about the Yamaha P

    • Split mode. Play a sound with each hand.
    • Fantastic CF sampled piano sounds.
    • GHS weighted keys.
    • Lightweight.
    • Only 10 voices included.
    • Stand, pedal and power supply need to be bought separately.

    For a hammer action and the feel of an acoustic piano, as well as high-quality sounds, the P is a good choice. It manages to provide these features while remaining portable and relatively lightweight. A great option for intermediate and professional players.

    Yamaha P

    If you need to go even more portable than the P, the P might be the best Yamaha digital piano for you. This has 73 keys. Though it may not be the best to play Beethoven, it’s fine for most songs, and it is also even more portable than the P due to the 15 keys it excludes.

    Other than this smaller design, the features are exactly the same. It still has the CF samples, GHS weighted keys and split mode. It can also be used as a MIDI controller via USB.

    Though this is marketed as a separate product, it is basically a “P mini”.

    Yamaha P is ideal for those who want more portable piano than P, but with exactly the same features.

    Yamaha NP

    The NP series of Yamaha digital pianos is not their most popular. This is really designed for people with a specific need, for their keyboard to be super-lightweight.

    The NP weighs in at just lbs. This is fantastically lightweight. It’s perfect for putting in a case and taking to practices, and the key design makes this possible due to the small size.

    As you might expect, this is an incredibly simple piano. It doesn’t have high tech features like an LCD display, and the controls are simple buttons. The keys do not offer a hammer action, but they are touch sensitive, so you can play louder or quieter depending on how hard you press them.

    This is battery powered, which adds to the portable nature. You don’t even need to be somewhere with a power supply to play.

    If you want more tech features, you can get a controller app which works with iOS from Apple. This helps you to configure the piano simply.

    This is a limited digital piano in some ways, it has only 10 sounds and the speakers are not overly loud. It also only offers note polyphony, so this can be a problem playing more complex songs.

    What we like (and don’t like) about the Yamaha NP

    • Portable and lightweight.
    • Can be battery powered.
    • Simple to control.
    • Low polyphony.
    • Speakers don’t provide much power.

    The Yamaha slogan for this range is “Sometimes Less is More”. This is a good way of putting it. This is a relatively affordable, simple and lightweight digital piano. The Yamaha NP key portable keyboard is good if space is limited or you’re constantly having to take your piano from place to place.

    Yamaha YDP

    If you are in the market for a digital piano that has the homely feel of an old acoustic, then the Arius series could provide what you are looking for. The YDP is one of the best looking digital pianos, and it strikes a balance between looks, a classic “feel” and modern features.

    Like many of the top Yamaha options, the CFX Premium Grand Piano Voice is included to give an amazing sound of a sampled concert grand, modeled on the Yamaha CFIIIS. Damper Resonance DSP is included, designed to mimic the sound of the inside of a grand piano. This gives more of a realistic sound.

    The GHS action gives a realistic feel and allows you to play more expressively. Also, it is heavier in the lower keys for a realistic feel.

    You can use the controller app which has been included for iOS devices. This helps you to navigate and alter the sounds from an iPad or iPhone. The Smart Pianist also helps you to learn your favorite songs.

    What we like (and don’t like) about the Yamaha YDP

    • DSP system to mimic the sound of the inside of a grand piano.
    • High-quality CF sampled sounds.
    • Compatible with controller app.
    • 2-track recorder inbuilt.
    • Realistic Graded Hammer System.
    • Compatible app only works on iOS.
    • Headphone output is unreliable.

    If you don’t need to move your digital piano around, then this could be for you. It’s ideal for a studio or for having in one location within your home. This is basically as close as you can get to a grand piano without having to tune it and having the benefits of digital features. The YDP even comes in multiple designs.

    Yamaha YPG

    This is a digital piano that is modeled on a Grand Piano, but it has the added bonus of being a sequencer, too. This has made this one of the highest-rated options for use in a studio and for songwriters. You can record ideas and layer things up while you are playing around on your piano, with no need to record into a laptop.

    This is a bit on the bulky side, but still just about qualifies as being portable. You could conceivably take this to concerts without too many issues. This digital piano doesn’t have a GHS or hammer action system, but it does have velocity-sensitive keys for expression.

    You can also make use of split and dual voice modes. These mean playing multiple sounds at once for added layers and more impressive performing. There are different keyboard setups and voices for you to choose from, so lots of sounds to help with your compositions.

    What we like (and don’t like) about the Yamaha YPG

    • Full-sized, 88 keys.
    • Multiple modes including split and dual voice.
    • 6-track sequencer included.
    • Comes with stand.
    • No hammer action.
    • Sampled sounds not as good as Arius models.
    • Heavier than most portable options.

    This offers something a little different to most Yamaha keyboards. Though the sounds aren’t as high-fidelity as the Arius models, the sequencer makes the Yamaha YPG popular among singer-songwriters.

    Conclusion

    As you can see from the list, there is such a huge amount of variety in the Yamaha range. From portable digital pianos like the P, to pianos best kept in one place like the Yamaha YDP

    If you are a beginner, look out for something with the Yamaha Education Suite such as the Yamaha PSR-EW This can help you to learn the basics. Consider whether you want something lightweight and portable, or high-fidelity sounds with the feel of an old grand piano. The chances are, Yamaha offers something to suit your needs.

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    Keyboards yamaha models psr

    More detailed comparison of the PSR-S and PSR plus a full specification comparison sheet for the newest five PSR-S models and PSR-SX models are further down this article page.

    Yamaha introduced its first S Series arranger workstation keyboard in July , meaning the range is well on its way to its fifteenth birthday.

    Although we don&#;t know what the &#;S&#; stands for, it&#;s clear this range was targeted at the more advanced and professional musician.

    The first model launched four years after the Tyros, and the S series borrows some features from the Tyros including sound generation and performance features such as Super Articulation Voices and Organ flutes.

    Image of front of Yamaha PSR-SX arranger workstation keyboard

    The PSR-S launched in , followed by the more feature-laden PSR-S and PSR-S models in

    saw the introduction of the PSR-S, while the PSR-S and PSR-S upgraded their S and S siblings in

    In came the PSR-S, with the PSR-S and PSR-S arriving in

    saw the launch of the PSR-S, PSR-S and PSR-S

    In Yamaha launched the PSR-S and PSR-S

    In Yamaha announced the PSR-S line would be discontinued, superseded by the PSR-SX line of workstations. The PSR-SX and PSR-SX were launched in August , with the PSR-SX arriving in late

    The table below shows the main differences between the 17 models. Scroll/drag left-right to see the whole table.

    We&#;ve only shown the RRP for models currently available, as historic data is proving difficult to find and, in any case, becomes rather meaningless after several years have passed and models are superseded.

    MODELNumber KeysKey TypePolyphonySounds TypeVoicesDisplayAccompanimentSpeakersAmplifierRecorderDimensionsWeightYearRRPCurrent
    PSR-S61FullTR32AWM x Backlit LCD with Adjustable Contrast2&#;”, 2&#;”2x12W9-track&#;&#;”lbs
    PSR-S61FullTR96AWMinch QVGA LCD2x(2&#;”)2x12Wtrack 30, note&#;&#;”lbs
    PSR-S61FullTRAWMinch QVGA LCD2&#;”, 2&#;”2x12W16 track&#;&#;”lbs
    PSR-S61FullTR64AWM x Backlit LCD with Adjustable Contrast2&#;”, 2&#;”2x12Wtrack&#;&#;”lbs
    PSR-S61FullTRAWMinch QVGA LCD2&#;”, 2&#;2”2x12Wtrack&#;&#;”22lbs
    PSR-S61FullTRAWMinch QVGA LCD2&#;”, 2&#;”2x12Wtrack&#;&#;”24lbs
    PSR-S61FullTR64AWM x Backlit LCD with Adjustable Contrast2&#;”, 2&#;”2x12W16 track&#;&#;”lbs
    PSR-S61FullTRAWMinch QVGA LCD2&#;”, 2&#;2”2x15Wtrack&#;&#;”lb
    PSR-S61FullTRAWMinch QVGA LCD2&#;”, 2&#;1”2x15Wtrack&#;&#;”lbs
    PSR-S61FullTRAWM x Backlit LCD with Adjustable Contrast2&#;”2x15Wtrack&#;&#;”lbs$
    PSR-S61FullTRAWM7-inch TFT VGA LCD2&#;”, 2&#;2”2x15Wtrack&#;&#;”lbs$1,
    PSR-S61FullTRAWM7-inch TFT VGA LCD2&#;”, 2&#;1”2x15Wtrack&#;&#;”lbs$2,
    PSR-S61FullTRAWM7-inch TFT Wide VGA LCD13cm x 2 + 5 cm x 22x15Wtrack&#;&#;”lbs$1,
    PSR-S61FullTRAWM7-inch TFT Wide VGA LCD13cm x 2 + 5 cm x 22x15Wtrack&#;&#;”lbs$2,
    PSR-SX61FullTRAWM SSinch TFT Color WQVGA LCD12cm x 22x15Wtrack&#;&#;”lbs$1,Y
    PSR-SX61FullTRAWM SS7-inch TFT Color Wide VGA LCD13cm x 2 + 5 cm x 22x15Wtrack40x17x”lbs$1,Y
    PSR-SX61FullTRAWM SS7-inch TFT Color Wide VGA LCD13cm x 2 + cm (dome) x 22x(15W+10W)track40x17x”lbs$2,Y

    Yamaha Genos/Tyros comparison: Genos v Tyros5 v Tyros4 v Tyros3 v Tyros2 v Tyros

    Interesting to note the numbering Yamaha has used. The higher the first number after the S, the more feature-laden the keyboard is. The two following numbers show the succession of instruments in that particular class.

    For example, the S has a greater feature set than the S The S supersedes the S

    The SX models follow a similar pattern, with some correlation between the closer numbers from the previous S range.

    All seventeen keyboards feature the same key full-size organ/synth style key layout &#; no other keyboard sizes or weights have been introduced. Yamaha has decided not to add aftertouch to any of the keyboards in the S and SX range. This would add to the cost, and presumably make manufacture of any model with aftertouch more difficult, as they&#;re simply using the same basic physical layout and structure for each keyboard. There are plenty of additional controllers and switches available for manipulating sounds.

    They all have roughly the same form factors, though vary in weight somewhat, and use Yamaha&#;s AWM sound generation technology.

    Polyphony started out at just 32 notes, rising to on the later models.

    All but the first keyboard (PSR-S) have a track sequencer on board.

    They all have some type of LCD (non touchscreen) with later models having colour instead of monochrome, and widescreen on the and PSR-SX models.

    As you&#;d expect, the number of voices and accompaniments has also increased over time.

    The flagship PSR-SX has a host of ways of controlling music performance, including two live controllers which can be assigned to a whole host of parameters, vocal harmony and vocoder functions, microphone/guitar audio input, arpeggiator, and USB audio playback with time stretch, pitch shift, and vocal cancel functions.

    The PSR-S/PSR-S has Yamaha&#;s Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) technology that simulates the effects of phaser, Wah, compressors, and phasers at circuit level.

    The other models feature a subset of these features but are still highly capable instruments.

    All PSR-S models have now been discontinued by Yamaha, including the latest PSR-S, PSR-S, PSR-S, PSR-S and PSR-S They are still available from third-party retailers &#; there may still be new stock available or alternatively on the second-hand market. 

    Yamaha Genos/Tyros comparison: Genos v Tyros5 v Tyros4 v Tyros3 v Tyros2 v Tyros

    The S and SX Series of keyboards are significantly cheaper than the Genos, with even the top-of-line PSR-SX being around half the price of the key Genos.

    Although you don&#;t get all the features of the Genos, which is Yamaha&#;s flagship arranger workstation, the S and SX Series of instruments are still worthy music keyboards for both studio and live work.

    I&#;d suggest any of the models post would also be worth picking up second-hand, so long as they are in good condition. Though they have fewer features, they&#;re still laden with enough to keep many musicians happy, and can be expanded if desired.

    Yamaha PSR-SX vs PSR-SX vs PSR-SX

    Let&#;s take a look at the first three models in Yamaha&#;s updated PSR-SX line, which supersedes the PSR-S series of arranger workstations.

    The PSR-SX can be considered the entry level model in this range, despite being launched a year after both the SX and SX It is very slightly smaller and weighs about 7lbs less than the other two.

    While all models have a key organ style keyboard with touch sensitivity, but no aftertouch, the and boast Yamaha&#;s newer FSB technology which has a heavier initial key resistance and greater key travel, allowing for more nuanced expression and playing comfort.

    The features pitch bend and modulation wheels, while the and instead have a joystick controller offering greater performance control.

    The number of voices, accompaniments, effects and some other features increase in number and variation from the through to the

    The SX is the only model to feature built-in vocal harmony including 54 harmony and 20 synth vocoder variations, as well as a chord looper in the accompaniment section plus a sub-scale tuning setting for creating alternative tunings.

    All models have quick and multitrack recording modes, with the and also adding step recording functionality. The SX only has 20MB of internal memory, while the SX has 1GB and the SX, 4GB. All can use some form of external USB storage to expand this.

    It&#;s also worth noting that, while MIDI is still very much a part of these keyboards, the SX does not feature dedicated MIDI IN and OUT ports, preferring to let the USB interface handle this. The SX and SX both have a pair of standard MIDI ports as well as USB functionality.

    The power of the amplifier and size of speakers increases with model, with the SX featuring domed speakers which Yamaha claims improves audio quality significantly.

    The RRP of the PSR-SX ($1,) is half that of the PSR-SX ($2,), with the PSR-SX leaning towards the lower end of the price range ($1,).

    Yamaha PSR-S vs PSR-S

    The PSR-S is Yamaha&#;s flagship S Series model and builds on the PSR-S, which was released in

    The PSR-S is still available new from Yamaha and dealers, so let&#;s take a look at whether the PSR-S is a significant upgrade, and hence whether you should go for the newer model or buy the older S

    Aesthetics and Dimensions

    How an instrument looks may not be the determining factor in a purchase decision, but it&#;s not unimportant.

    The PSR-S has a metallic dark grey body, while the PSR-S is suited in black.

    Size-wise, the instruments are identical, at &#;W x &#;H x &#;D (cm x cm x cm) and weighing lbs (kg).

    Keyboard

    Both instruments feature the regular 61 keys (5 octaves) in the organ style (unweighted).

    There&#;s no aftertouch on either keyboard. The touch response can be set to five different modes: Hard1, Hard2, Medium, Soft1, Soft2.

    Controllers

    Both models come with a pitch bend and modulation wheel, plus two assignable control knobs.

    Sound & Polyphony

    Both keyboards use Yamaha&#;s AWM Stereo Sampling tone generation technology, with a maximum notes of polyphony.

    PSR-SPSR-S
    No. Voices
    Drum/SFX Kits4155
    XG Voices
    S.Art Voices
    Mega Voices3030
    Sweet! Voices3132
    Cool! Voices7474
    Live Voices8999
    Organ Flutes3030

    Both models are XG, GS, GM and GM2 compatible.

    Accompaniments

    PSR-SPSR-S
    Number of Preset Styles
    Featured Styles40 +Audio Styles, Pro Styles, 31 Session Styles, 10 DJ Styles, 3 Free Play40 +Audio Styles, Pro Styles, 34 Session Styles, 15 DJ Styles, 3 Free Play
    FingeringSingle Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full Keyboard
    Style ControlINTRO x 3, MAIN VARIATION x 4, FILL x 4, BREAK, ENDING x 3

    Effects

    PSR-SPSR-S
    Reverb52 preset + 3 user52 preset + 3 user
    Chorus preset + 3 user preset + 3 user
    DSP presets (with VCM) + 10 user presets (with VCM) + 10 user
    Master Compressor5 presets + 2 user5 presets + 5 user
    Master EQ5 presets + 2 user5 presets + 2 user
    Part EQ2727
    OthersMic/Guitar effects
    Noise Gate x1
    Compressor x1
    3Band EQ x1
    ArpeggioYesYes
    Vocal Harmony presetsVocal Harmony: 44
    Synth Vocoder: 10
    Vocal Harmony settings60 *The number is the total of Vocal Harmony and Synth Vocoder
    Vocal Harmony effects2323

    Expansion

    The PSR-S has MB of expansion memory for voices. The PSR-S has MB.

    Both instruments have MB expansion for audio styles.

    Other

    Both instruments have a number of other features which don&#;t vary between the two.

    This includes:

    • 16 track recording up to K per song
    • Multi-pads: banks x 4 pads
    • Built-in lessons: Follow Lights, Any Key, Karao-Key, Your Tempo
    • Performance Assistant Technology (PAT)
    • Style Creator/Recommender
    • Lyrics Display
    • Audio recorder 80 mins. per song
    • Internal Memory: 13MB

    Concluding, we can see the two instruments are very similar. Look, feel and sound technology are the same. What you&#;re getting in the new model is more sounds, styles and effects.

    The question is whether you need that additional content. Of course, sounds and accompaniments make or break an arranger workstation, so yup could argue it&#;s worth getting the latest model to benefit from those.

    Then again, do you really use all the sounds provided on a keyboard? The basic instruments most composers require are in both instruments, and if you want more it&#;s possible to use the keyboard to control additional hardware or DAW software.

    PSR-SX models specs comparison

    Below is a comparison table for the first three models of PSR-SX arranger workstations, using data from Yamaha.

    This includes the PSR-SX, PSR-SX and PSR-SX

    PSR-SXPSR-SXPSR-SX
    Color/Finish
    BodyColorBlackBlackBlack
    Size/Weight
    DimensionsWidth mm (40&#;) mm (40&#;) mm
    Height mm (&#;) mm (&#;) mm
    Depth mm (17&#;) mm (17&#;) mm
    WeightWeight kg ( lb) kg ( lb) kg
    Control Interface
    KeyboardNumber of Keys616161
    TypeOrgan (FSB), Initial TouchOrgan (FSB), Initial TouchOrgan, Initial Touch
    Touch ResponseNormal, Soft 1, Soft 2, Hard 1, Hard 2Normal, Soft 1, Soft 2, Hard 1, Hard 2Normal, Soft 1, Soft 2, Hard 1, Hard 2
    Other ControllersJoystickYesYes&#;
    Control Knobs2 (assignable)2 (assignable)2 (assignable)
    Pitch Bend&#;&#;Yes
    Modulation&#;&#;Yes
    DisplayTypeTFT Color Wide VGA LCDTFT Color Wide VGA LCDTFT Color WQVGA LCD
    Size x dots (7 inch) x dots (7 inch) x dots ( inch)
    Touch ScreenYesYes&#;
    ColorColorColorColor
    LanguageEnglish, German, French, Spanish, ItalianEnglish, German, French, Spanish, ItalianEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
    PanelLanguageEnglishEnglishEnglish
    Voices
    Tone GenerationTone Generating TechnologyAWM Stereo SamplingAWM Stereo SamplingAWM Stereo Sampling
    PolyphonyNumber of Polyphony (Max.)
    PresetNumber of Voices Voices + 56 Drum/SFX Kits Voices + 41 Drum/SFX Kits Voices + 43 Drum/SFX Kits + XG Voices
    Featured Voices S.Art!, 54 Mega Voices, 31 Sweet! Voices, 87 Cool! Voices, Live! Voices, 24 Organ Flutes! S.Art!, 30 Mega Voice, 31 Sweet! Voices, 74 Cool! Voices, 89 Live! Voices, 24 Organ Flutes!73 S.Articulation!, 27 MegaVoice, 27 Sweet!, 64 Cool!, 71 Live!
    CompatibilityXGYes (for Song playback)Yes (for Song playback)Yes (for Song playback)
    GSYes (for Song playback)Yes (for Song playback)Yes (for Song playback)
    GMYesYesYes
    GM2YesYesYes
    ExpandabilityExpansion VoiceYes (approx. 1 GB)Yes (approx. MB)Yes (approx. MB max.)
    EditingVoice SetVoice SetVoice Set
    PartRight 1, Right 2, Right 3, LeftRight 1, Right 2, Right 3, LeftRight 1, Right 2, Left
    Effects
    TypesReverb59 Presets + 30 User59 Presets + 30 User52 Preset + 30 User
    Chorus Presets + 30 User Presets + 30 User Preset + 30 User
    DSP Presets (with VCM) + 30 User Presets + 30 User Preset + 30 User
    Insertion Effect Presets (with VCM) + 30 User Presets + 30 User&#;
    Master Compressor5 Presets + 30 User5 Presets + 30 User5 Preset + 30 User
    Master EQ5 Presets + 30 User5 Presets + 30 User5 Preset + 30 User
    Part EQ28 Parts28 Parts27 Parts
    OthersMic/Guitar Effects: Noise Gate, Compressor, 3 Band EQ, Vocal Effect: 23Mic/Guitar effects: Noise Gate x 1, Compressor x 1, 3Band EQ x 1Mic effects: Noise Gate x 1, Compressor x 1, 3 Band EQ
    ArpeggioYesYesYes
    Vocal HarmonyNumber of PresetsVocal Harmony: 54, Synth Vocoder: 20&#;&#;
    Number of User Settings60 *The number is the total of Vocal Harmony and Synth Vocoder&#;&#;
    Accompaniment Styles
    PresetNumber of Preset Styles
    Featured Styles Pro Styles, 46 Session Styles, 10 DJ Styles, 6 Free Play Pro Styles, 34 Session Styles, 10 DJ Styles, 3 Free Play Pro Styles, 32 Session Styles, 10 DJ Styles, 1 Free Play
    FingeringSingle Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full KeyboardSingle Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full KeyboardSingle Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full Keyboard, Smart Chord
    Style ControlINTRO x 3, MAIN VARIATION x 4, FILL x 4, BREAK, ENDING x 3INTRO x 3, MAIN VARIATION x 4, FILL x 4, BREAK, ENDING x 3INTRO x 3, MAIN VARIATION x 4, FILL x 4, BREAK, ENDING x 3
    Other FeaturesOne Touch Setting (OTS)4 for each Style4 for each Style4 for each Style
    Chord LooperYes&#;&#;
    Style Section ResetYesYesYes
    Unison & Accent&#;&#;Yes
    ExpandabilityExpansion StyleYes (Internal Memory)Yes (Internal Memory)Yes (Internal Memory)
    Expansion Audio StyleYes (Internal Memory)&#;&#;
    CompatibilityStyle File Format, Style File Format GEStyle File Format, Style File Format GEStyle File Format (SFF), Style File Format GE (SFF GE)
    Songs
    PresetNumber of Preset Songs5 Sample Songs5 Sample Songs3 Sample Songs
    RecordingNumber of SongsUnlimited (depends on the drive capacity)Unlimited (depends on the drive capacity)&#;
    Number of Tracks161616
    Data CapacityApprox. 3 MB/SongApprox. 3 MB/SongApprox. 1 MB/Song
    Recording FunctionQuick Recording, Multi Recording, Step RecordingQuick Recording, Multi Recording, Step RecordingQuick Recording, Multi Track Recording
    Compatible Data FormatPlaybackSMF (Format 0 & 1), XFSMF (Format 0 & 1), XFSMF (Format 0 & 1), XF
    RecordingSMF (Format 0)SMF (Format 0)SMF (Format 0)
    Multi Pads
    PresetNumber of Multi Pad Banks Banks x 4 Pads Banks x 4 Pads Banks x 4 Pads
    AudioAudio LinkYesYesYes
    Functions
    RegistrationNumber of Buttons888
    ControlRegistration Sequence, FreezeRegistration Sequence, FreezeRegistration Sequence, Freeze
    PlaylistNumber of Records (max.) Records per Playlist file (max.) Records per Playlist file (max.) Records per Playlist file
    Lesson/GuideLesson/GuideFollow Lights, Any Key, Karao-Key, Your TempoFollow Lights, Any Key, Karao-Key, Your TempoFollow Lights, Any Key, Karao-Key, Your Tempo
    SearchRegistration BankRegistration BankRegistration Bank
    Demo/HelpDemonstrationYesYesYes
    Overall ControlsMetronomeYesYesYes
    Tempo Range5 &#; , Tap Tempo5 &#; , Tap Tempo5 &#; , Tap Tempo
    Transpose – 0 – +12 – 0 – +12 – 0 – +12
    Tuning – – Hz – – Hz – – Hz
    Octave ButtonYesYesYes
    Scale Type9 types9 types9 types
    Sub Scale SettingYes&#;&#;
    BluetoothYes (Audio) * May not have this functionality depending on the country&#;&#;
    MiscellaneousDirect AccessYesYesYes
    Text Display FunctionYesYesYes
    Wallpaper CustomizationYesYes&#;
    Display OutYes (by using a commercially available USB display adaptor) * For a list of compatible devices, access the “Yamaha Downloads” website.Yes (by using a commercially available USB display adaptor) * For a list of compatible devices, access the “Yamaha Downloads” website.&#;
    VoicesHarmony/EchoYes (with Arpeggio)Yes (with Arpeggio)Yes (with Arpeggio)
    Panel SustainYesYesYes
    Mono/PolyYesYesYes
    Voice Information&#;YesYes
    StylesStyle CreatorYesYesYes
    Style RecommenderYesYes&#;
    OTS InformationYesYesYes
    SongsScore Display FunctionYesYesYes
    Lyrics Display FunctionYesYesYes
    Song Creator&#;YesYes
    Multi PadsMulti Pad CreatorYesYesYes
    Audio Recorder/PlayerRecording Time (max.)80 minutes/Song80 minutes/Song80 minutes/Song
    Recording.wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo), .mp3 ( kHz sample rate,// kbps, mono/stereo).wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo), .mp3 ( kHz sample rate,// kbps, mono/stereo)*only on USB .wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo)
    Playback.wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo), .mp3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer / kHz sample rate, kbps and variable bit rate, mono/stereo).wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo), .mp3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer / kHz sample rate, kbps and variable bit rate, mono/stereo)*only on USB .wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo)
    Lyrics Display FunctionYes (.mp3 only)Yes (.mp3 only)&#;
    Time StretchYesYesYes
    Pitch ShiftYesYesYes
    Vocal CancelYesYesYes
    Storage and Connectivity
    StorageInternal MemoryYes (approx. 4 GB)Yes (approx. 1 GB)Yes (approx. 20 MB max.)
    External DrivesUSB Flash Memory (via USB to DEVICE)USB Flash Memory (via USB to DEVICE)USB flash drive
    ConnectivityHeadphonesYesYesYes
    FOOT PEDAL1 (SUSTAIN), 2 (ARTICULATION), Function Assignable1 (SUSTAIN), 2 (ARTICULATION), Function Assignable1 (Sustain), 2 (Unison), Function Assignable
    MicrophoneMicrophone/Guitar x 1Microphone/Guitar x 1Microphone x 1
    MIDIIN, OUTIN, OUT&#;
    AUX INStereo mini jackStereo mini jackStereo mini jack
    LINE OUTMAIN OUTPUT (L/L+R, R), SUB (AUX) OUTPUT (1,2 (L/L+R, R))MAIN OUTPUT (L/L+R, R)MAIN OUTPUT(L/L+R, R)
    USB TO DEVICEYes (x 2)YesYes
    USB TO HOSTYesYesYes
    Amplifiers and Speakers
    Amplifiers(15 W + 10 W) x 215 W x 215 W x 2
    Speakers13 cm x 2 + cm (dome) x 213 cm x 2 + 5 cm x 212 cm x 2
    Power Supply
    Power SupplyPAC or an equivalent recommended by YamahaPAC or an equivalent recommended by YamahaPAC or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha
    Power Consumption24 W21 W17 W
    Auto Power Off FunctionYesYesYes
    Accessories
    Included AccessoriesOwner&#;s Manual, Online Member Product Registration, Music Rest, AC Adaptor(may not be include depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.)Owner&#;s Manual, Online Member Product Registration, Music Rest, AC Adaptor(may not be include depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.)Owner&#;s Manual, Online Member Product Registration, Music Rest, AC Adaptor (may not be include depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.)

    Most recent five PSR-S models specs comparison

    We&#;ve created a comparison table for the newest five PSR-S models, using all the specification data provided by Yamaha.

    This includes the PSR-S, PSR-S, PSR-S, PSR-S and PSR-S

    These are all now officially discontinued.

    PSR-SPSR-SPSR-SPSR-SPSR-S
    Color/Finish
    BodyColorMetallic Dark GrayMetallic Dark GreyBlackMetallic Dark GreyBlack
    Size/Weight
    Width&#;&#; mm&#; mm
    Height&#;&#; mm&#; mm
    Depth&#;&#; mm&#; mm
    Weight lbs LBS kg LBS kg
    Control Interface
    KeyboardNumber of Keys6161616161
    TypeOrgan, Initial TouchOrgan, Initial TouchOrgan, Initial TouchOrgan, Initial TouchOrgan, Initial Touch
    Touch ResponseHard1, Hard2, Medium, Soft1, Soft2Hard1, Hard2, Medium, Soft1, Soft2Hard1, Hard2, Medium, Soft1, Soft2Hard1, Hard2, Medium, Soft1, Soft2Hard1, Hard2, Medium, Soft1, Soft2
    Other ControllersPitch BendYesYesYesYesYes
    ModulationYesYesYesYesYes
    Control Knobs2 (assignable)2 (assignable)2 (assignable)2 (assignable)2 (assignable)
    DisplayTypeQVGA inch LCDTFT Color Wide VGA LCDTFT Color Wide VGA LCDTFT Color Wide VGA LCDTFT Color Wide VGA LCD
    Size x dots7 inch7 inch7 inch7 inch
    ColorMonochromeColorColorColorColor
    LanguageEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, JapaneseEnglish, German, French, Spanish, ItalianEnglish, German, French, Spanish, ItalianEnglish, German, French, Spanish, ItalianEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Italian
    PanelLanguageEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
    Voices
    Tone GenerationTone Generating TechnologyAWM Stereo SamplingAWM Stereo SamplingAWM Stereo SamplingAWM Stereo SamplingAWM Stereo Sampling
    PolyphonyNumber of Polyphony (Max.)
    PresetNumber of Voices Voice + 34 Drum/SFX Kits + XG Voices Voices + 36 Drum/SFX Kits + XG Voices Voices + 50 Drum/SFX Kits + XG Voices Voices + 41 Drum/SFX Kits + XG Voices Voices + 55 Drum/SFX Kits + XG Voices
    Featured Voices11 Mega Voices, 19 Sweet! Voices, 28 Cool! Voices, 19 Live! Voices67 Super Articulation!, 23 Mega Voices, 27 Sweet! Voices, 64 Cool! Voices, 71 Live! Voices, 20 Organ Flutes!76 S.Art!, 23 Mega Voices, 28 Sweet! Voices, 64 Cool! Voices, 81 Live! Voices, 20 Organ Flutes! Super Articulation!, 30 Mega Voices, 31 Sweet! Voices, 74 Cool! Voices, 89 Live! Voices, 30 Organ Flutes! S.Art!, 30 Mega Voices, 32 Sweet! Voices, 74 Cool! Voices, 99 Live! Voices, 30 Organ Flutes!
    CompatibilityXGYesYesYesYesYes
    GSYes (for Song playback)Yes (for Song playback)Yes (for Song playback)Yes (for Song playback)Yes (for Song playback)
    GMYesYesYesYesYes
    GM2YesYesYesYesYes
    ExpandabilityExpansion VoiceYes (approx. 32 MB max.)Yes (approx. MB max.)Yes (approx. MB max.)Yes (approx. MB max.)Yes (approx. MB max.)
    Voice SetVoice Set
    PartRight 1, Right 2, LeftRight 1, Right 2, LeftRight 1, Right 2, LeftRight 1, Right 2, LeftRight 1, Right 2, Left
    Effects
    TypesReverb44 Presets + 3 User52 Presets + 3 User52 Presets + 3 User52 Presets + 3 User52 Presets + 3 User
    Chorus71 Presets + 3 User Presets + 3 User Presets + 3 User Presets + 3 User Presets + 3 User
    DSP Presets + 10 User Presets + 10 User Presets + 10 User Presets(with VCM) + 10 User Presets (with VCM) + 10 User
    Master Compressor5 Presets + 2 User5 Presets + 2 User5 Presets + 5 User5 Presets + 2 User5 Presets + 5 User
    Master EQ5 Presets + 2 User5 Presets + 2 User5 Presets + 2 User5 Presets + 2 User5 Presets + 2 User
    Part EQ27 parts27 parts27 parts27 parts
    OthersMic/Guitar effects: Noise Gate x 1, Compressor x 1, 3Band EQ x 1Mic/Guitar effects: Noise Gate x 1, Compressor x 1, 3Band EQ x 1Mic/Guitar effects: Noise Gate x 1, Compressor x 1, 3Band EQ x 1Mic/Guitar effects: Noise Gate x 1, Compressor x 1, 3Band EQ x 1
    ArpeggioYesYesYesYesYes
    Vocal HarmonyNumber of PresetsN/AN/AN/AVocal Harmony: 44, Synth Vocoder: 10Vocal Harmony: 44, Synth Vocoder: 10
    Number of User Settings60 *The number is the total of Vocal Harmony and Synth Vocoder60 *The number is the total of Vocal Harmony and Synth Vocoder
    Vocal Effect2323
    Accompaniment Styles
    PresetNumber of Preset Styles
    Featured Styles Pro Styles, 12 Session Styles, 10 DJ Styles Pro Styles, 27 Session Styles, 10 DJ Styles, 1 Free Play Pro Styles, 30 Session Styles, 15 DJ Styles, 1 Free Play40 +Audio Styles, Pro Styles, 31 Session Styles, 10 DJ Styles, 3 Free Play40 +Audio Styles, Pro Styles, 34 Session Styles, 15 DJ Styles, 3 Free Play
    FingeringSingle Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full KeyboardSingle Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full KeyboardSingle Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full KeyboardSingle Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full KeyboardSingle Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full Keyboard
    Style ControlINTRO x 3, MAIN VARIATION x 4, FILL x 4, BREAK, ENDING x 3INTRO x 3, MAIN VARIATION x 4, FILL x 4, BREAK, ENDING x 3INTRO x 3, MAIN VARIATION x 4, FILL x 4, BREAK, ENDING x 3INTRO x 3, MAIN VARIATION x 4, FILL x 4, BREAK, ENDING x 3INTRO x 3, MAIN VARIATION x 4, FILL x 4, BREAK, ENDING x 3
    Other FeaturesMusic Finder1, Records1, Records1, Records2, Records2, Records
    One Touch Setting (OTS)4 for each Style4 for each Style4 for each Style4 for each Style4 for each Style
    ExpandabilityExpansion StyleYesYesYesYesYes
    Expansion Audio Style&#;&#;&#;Yes (approx. MB max.)Yes (approx. MB max.)
    CompatibilityStyle File Format, Style File Format GEStyle File Format, Style File Format GEStyle File Format, Style File Format GEStyle File Format, Style File Format GEStyle File Format, Style File Format GE
    Songs
    PresetNumber of Preset Songs4 Sample Songs5 Sample Songs5 Sample Songs5 Sample Songs5 Sample Songs
    RecordingNumber of SongsUnlimited (depends on the drive capacity)Unlimited (depends on the drive capacity)Unlimited (depends on the drive capacity)Unlimited (depends on the drive capacity)Unlimited (depends on the drive capacity)
    Number of Tracks1616161616
    Data Capacityapprox. KB/Songapprox. KB/Songapprox. KB/Songapprox. KB/Songapprox. KB/Song
    Recording FunctionQuick Recording, Multi Track RecordingQuick Recording, Multi Recording, Step RecordingQuick Recording, Multi Recording, Step RecordingQuick Recording, Multi Recording, Step RecordingQuick Recording, Multi Recording, Step Recording
    Compatible Data FormatPlaybackSMF (Format 0 & 1), XFSMF (Format 0 & 1), XFSMF (Format 0 & 1), XFSMF (Format 0 & 1), XFSMF (Format 0 & 1), XF
    RecordingSMF (Format 0)SMF (Format 0)SMF (Format 0)SMF (Format 0)SMF (Format 0)
    Functions
    RegistrationNumber of Buttons88888
    ControlRegistration Sequence, FreezeRegistration Sequence, FreezeRegistration Sequence, FreezeRegistration Sequence, FreezeRegistration Sequence, Freeze
    Lesson/GuideLesson/GuideGuide mode, Any Key, Karao-Key, Your TempoFollow Lights, Any Key, Karao-Key, Your TempoFollow Lights, Any Key, Karao-Key, Your TempoFollow Lights, Any Key, Karao-Key, Your TempoFollow Lights, Any Key, Karao-Key, Your Tempo
    Performance Assistant Technology (PAT)NoYesYesYesYes
    Demo/HelpDemonstrationYesYesYesYesYes
    Overall ControlsMetronomeYesYesYesYesYes
    Tempo Range5 &#; , Tap Tempo5 &#; , Tap Tempo5 &#; , Tap Tempo5 &#; , Tap Tempo5 &#; , Tap Tempo
    Transpose – 0 – +12 – 0 – +12 – 0 – +12 – 0 – +12 – 0 – +12
    Tuning – – Hz – – Hz – – Hz – – Hz – – Hz
    Octave ButtonYesYesYesYesYes
    Scale Type9 Presets9 types9 types9 types9 types
    MiscellaneousDirect AccessYesYesYesYesYes
    Text Display FunctionNoYesYesYesYes
    Wallpaper CustomisationNoYesYesYesYes
    VoicesHarmony/EchoYesYes (with Arpeggio)Yes (with Arpeggio)Yes (with Arpeggio)Yes (with Arpeggio)
    Panel SustainYesYesYesYesYes
    Mono/PolyYesYesYesYesYes
    Voice InformationNoYesYesYesYes
    StylesStyle CreatorYes (No Step Edit)YesYesYesYes
    Style RecommenderYesYesYesYesYes
    OTS InformationYesYesYesYesYes
    SongsSong CreatorYesYesYesYesYes
    Score Display FunctionYesYesYesYesYes
    Lyrics Display FunctionYesYesYesYesYes
    Multi Pads
    Multi Pad CreatorYesYesYesYesYes
    PresetNumber of Multi Pad Banks banks x 4 Pads banks x 4 Pads banks x 4 Pads banks x 4 Pads banks x 4 Pads
    AudioAudio LinkYesYesYesYesYes
    Audio Recorder/PlayerRecording Time (max.)80 minutes/Song80 minutes/Song80 minutes/Song80 minutes/Song80 minutes/Song
    Recording.wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo).wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo).wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo).wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo).wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo)
    Playback.wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo).wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo), .mp3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer / kHz sample rate, kbps and variable bit rate, mono/streo).wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo), .mp3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer / kHz sample rate, kbps and variable bit rate, mono/streo).wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo), .mp3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer / kHz sample rate, kbps and variable bit rate, mono/streo).wav (WAV format: kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo), .mp3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer / kHz sample rate, kbps and variable bit rate, mono/streo)
    Time StretchNoYesYesYesYes
    Lyrics Display FunctionNoNoYes (.mp3 only)NoYes (.mp3 only)
    Pitch ShiftNoYesYesYesYes
    Vocal CancelNoYesYesYesYes
    Storage and Connectivity
    StorageInternal Memoryapprox. 2 MBapprox. 13 MBapprox. 13 MBapprox. 13 MBapprox. 13 MB
    External DrivesUSB Flash Memory (via USB to DEVICE)USB Flash Memory (via USB to DEVICE)USB Flash Memory (via USB to DEVICE)USB Flash Memory (via USB to DEVICE)USB Flash Memory (via USB to DEVICE)
    ConnectivityHeadphonesYesYesYesYesYes
    FOOT PEDAL1 (SUSTAIN), 2 (VOLUME), Function Assignable1 (SUSTAIN), 2 (ARTICULATION), Function Assignable1 (SUSTAIN), 2 (ARTICULATION), Function Assignable1 (SUSTAIN), 2 (ARTICULATION), Function Assignable1 (SUSTAIN), 2 (ARTICULATION), Function Assignable
    MicrophoneNoMicrophone/Guitar x 1Microphone/Guitar x 1Microphone/Guitar x 1Microphone/Guitar x 1
    MIDIIN, OUTIN, OUTIN, OUTIN, OUTIN, OUT
    AUX INYesStereo mini jackStereo mini jackStereo mini jackStereo mini jack
    LINE OUTL/L+R, RL/L+R, RL/L+R, RL/L+R, RL/L+R, R
    RGB OUTNoNoNoYesYes
    USB TO DEVICEYesYesYesYesYes
    USB TO HOSTYesYesYesYesYes
    Amplifiers and Speakers
    Amplifiers15 W x 215 W x 215 W x 215 W x 215 W x 2
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    Power Supply
    Power SupplyPAC or an equivalent recommended by YamahaPAC or an equibalent recommended by YamahaPAC or an equibalent recommended by YamahaPAC or an equibalent recommended by YamahaPAC or an equibalent recommended by Yamaha
    Power Consumption15 W19 W19 W20 W20 W
    Auto Power Off FunctionYesYesYesYesYes
    Accessories
    Included AccessoriesOwner&#;s Manual, Online Member Product Registration, Music Rest, AC Adaptor(may not be include depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.)Owner&#;s Manual, Online Member Product Registration, Music Rest, AC Adaptor (may not be include depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.)Owner&#;s Manual, Online Member Product Registration, Music Rest, AC Adaptor(may not be include depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.)Owner&#;s Manual, Online Member Product Registration, Music Rest, AC Adaptor (may not be include depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.)Owner&#;s Manual, Online Member Product Registration, Music Rest, AC Adaptor(may not be include depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.)
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    Yamaha Keyboard \u0026 Digital Piano Buyer's Guide

    Best Yamaha keyboards 10 top picks for home music makers

    It’s fair to say that Yamaha knows a thing or two about keyboards. The Japanese company has been manufacturing them since the s, and was responsible for making 54 percent of the portable keyboards sold around the world in But what are the best Yamaha keyboards you can buy today, and what makes them so special?

    The sheer number of Yamaha keyboards can be overwhelming for those thinking of making a purchase, so we’ve narrowed our focus down to the company’s beginner-friendly arranger keyboards (to find out what’s meant by an arranger keyboard, click on the buying advice tab above). This rules out professional stage keyboards like the new CP88, digital pianos such as the P, Yamaha’s well-established range of synthesizers, including the MODX and the Motif, synth workstations like the Montage range, and also the wallet-busting Genos arranger keyboard.

    Best Yamaha keyboards: Our top picks

    Choosing a favourite from such a broad range of keyboards was always going to be a challenge, but in the end we plumped for the Yamaha PSR-E, as it sits firmly in the sweet spot for breadth of features, quality of sound and value for money. It really is an excellent instrument and should give you years of learning, composing and playing pleasure. There are too many great features to list here, but we were especially sold on the keyboard’s built-in audio/MIDI interface and 38 digital signal processors.

    A special mention goes to the Piaggero NP for delivering that satisfying Yamaha digital piano tone in such a classy portable package. It also reintroduced this writer’s year-old mum to the joys of playing piano during the last lockdown!

    Best Yamaha keyboards: Product guide

    1. Yamaha PSR-E

    A terrific set of features at a fantastic price

    Specifications

    Price: $/£/€

    Keys: 61 full-size

    Velocity?: Yes

    Voices:

    Styles:

    Song recorder: Two tracks, five songs

    Polyphony: 48

    Power: Mains or six AA batteries

    Speakers: Two W

    Dimensions (W x D x H): x x mm

    Weight: kg

    Reasons to buy

    +Lots of pro features for the price +Built-in USB audio interface+Compatible with Rec’n’Share mobile app 

    Reasons to avoid

    -Only nine user preset slots 

    A significant upgrade on its predecessor the PSR-E, the PSR-E offers features and sounds that you won’t even find on some of Yamaha’s most expensive keyboards. Among the impressive selection of voices, there are 11 new Super Articulation Lite presets that faithfully reproduce the tricky-to-mimic nuances of stringed instruments such as the cello and the mandolin.

    The PSR-E also comes with accompaniment styles, plus a class-leading selection of 38 digital signal processor effects. Sounds can also be layered and/or split across the keyboard with a single button press. Yamaha’s onboard lesson system, Rec’n’Share mobile app compatibility and a useful built-in USB audio/MIDI interface round things off nicely.

    With the PSR-E, Yamaha has hit the sweet spot between features and affordability, but if you need more keys there’s a note version available in the form of the PSR-EW

    2. Yamaha PSR-SX

    An entry-level arranger keyboard for professionals

    Specifications

    Price: $/£/€

    Keys: 61 full-size

    Velocity?: Yes

    Voices:

    Styles:

    Song recorder: 16 tracks

    Polyphony:

    Power: Mains

    Speakers: Two 15W

    Dimensions (W x D x H): 1, x x mm

    Weight: kg

    Reasons to buy

    +Most-affordable keyboard in the pro SX range +Large, colour LCD+Real-time controls 

    Reasons to avoid

    -It’s heavy 

    Pushing the portability envelope somewhat at a hefty kg, the PSR-SX is the lowest-priced model in Yamaha’s SX range of pro-level keyboards. Blurring the lines between a portable arranger and a proper workstation keyboard, it packs in a lot of high-end features, justifying its status as the most expensive instrument on our list. Real-time control over a range of user-assignable settings, an informative ” TFT colour LCD screen, two powerful 15W speakers and note polyphony are just a few of the highlights here.

    There are a staggering voices on tap, 73 of which are the new Super Articulation type, giving extra authenticity to guitar, sax, trumpet, organ and string sounds. With a whopping styles, a playlist organiser, accents and unison features, plus MB of expansion memory to load new sounds onto, the PSR-SX offers a whole world of musical adventure to explore.

    3. Yamaha PSR-E

    Yamaha’s most-affordable E-series keyboard

    Specifications

    Price: $/£/€

    Keys: Six full-size

    Velocity?: No

    Voices:

    Styles:

    Song recorder: One track, one song

    Polyphony: 32

    Power: Mains or six AA batteries

    Speakers: Two W

    Dimensions (W x D x H): x x mm

    Weight: 4kg

    Reasons to buy

    +Affordable+Great for beginners+Easy to use  

    Reasons to avoid

    -Rather basic 

    Known as the YPT in some markets, the PSR-E is the entry-level product in Yamaha’s E-series of arranger keyboards. Its more-affordable price tag is reflected in the lack of some of the more sophisticated features found on the PSR-E, such as velocity-sensitive keys, MIDI capability, LCD backlighting, and the ability to split and layer sounds across the keyboard.

    You still get a lot for your money, though, including 61 full-size keys, sounds from Yamaha’s renowned AWM sample library, and styles to play along with. With songs, Yamaha’s built-in lesson feature will help you to polish your playing skills, and there’s even an entertaining ‘guess the note’ quiz mode.

    The PSR-E represents great value for money and would be a lot of fun for any young player starting out.

    4. Yamaha PSR-E

    This feature-packed E-series range-topper is still great value

    Specifications

    Price: $/£/€

    Keys: 61 full-size

    Velocity?: Yes

    Voices:

    Styles:

    Song recorder: Six tracks, 10 songs

    Polyphony: 48

    Power: Mains or six AA batteries

    Speakers: Two 6W

    Dimensions (W x D x H): x x mm

    Weight: kg

    Reasons to buy

    +Groove Creator is a lot of fun+Quick sampling and pitch bend+You can record to USB stick 

    Reasons to avoid

    -No Super Articulation voices 

    Yamaha's range-topping E-series keyboard builds on the PSR-E’s fabulous feature set with extras like an upgraded LCD screen, a slot patch memory, a proper pitch-bend wheel, a mm auxiliary audio input and a quick-sampling mode.

    You get assignable real-time effects knobs, a built-in USB audio / MIDI interface and a pattern Groove Creator, allowing you to pull off impromptu DJ-style performances at the touch of a button. You can even record audio directly to a USB thumb drive – though, surprisingly, you won’t find any Super Articulation voices here.

    The PSR-E’s massive voice library and auto-accompaniment styles should be more than enough to keep even advanced players going for a while. And there’s also a note version available in the form of the PSR-EW

    5. Yamaha PSS-F30

    Everything your child needs to start playing

    Specifications

    Price: $97/£70/€82

    Keys: 37 mini

    Velocity?: No

    Voices:

    Styles:

    Song recorder: Via smart device only

    Polyphony: 32

    Power: USB or four AA batteries

    Speakers: One W

    Dimensions (W x D x H): x x 54mm

    Weight: kg

    Reasons to buy

    +Great for kids +Lots of voices and styles+30 built-in songs 

    Reasons to avoid

    -Not velocity-sensitive 

    Looking for a keyboard that’ll help your kids learn to play? The Yamaha PSS-F30 is designed with children in mind, boasting a number of fun, educational features, not to mention a tiny form factor.

    It has the most sounds of all the keyboards in the PSS range, with voices and accompaniment styles. The 37 mini-keys are perfect for small hands, there’s an octave-shift button and a sustain feature, and you also get 30 built-in songs to help get your mini-Mozart started. 

    Although the keys are not velocity-sensitive, the Smart Chord auto-accompaniment feature means kids can lead a virtual backing band with one finger – and they can also practise safely with studio headphones, thanks to a user-definable maximum output level. All in all, a fantastic springboard for budding musicians. 

    6. Yamaha PSR-E

    The perfect starter keyboard for the home

    Specifications

    Price: $/£/€

    Keys: 61 full-size

    Velocity?: Yes

    Voices:

    Styles:

    Song recorder: One track, one song

    Polyphony: 32

    Power: Mains or six AA batteries

    Speakers: Two W

    Dimensions (W x D x H): x x mm

    Weight: 4kg

    Reasons to buy

    +Comes in natural wood finishes+Duo mode +Aux-in jack for connecting MP3 players, etc 

    Reasons to avoid

    -Song recorder is only good for notes per track 

    Available in two wood-effect finishes – dark walnut or maple – the PSR-E is one of Yamaha’s more-stylish keyboards (you can also get a plain black version). But there’s a lot of substance behind that smart exterior, with voices, auto-accompaniment styles and a track Song Book on board.

    There’s a nine-step Yamaha Education Suite lesson function, a recording feature (though it’s only good for notes per track) and an auxiliary input for connecting an external audio source. You can even play alongside a friend, thanks to a duo mode that splits the keyboard into two halves, each with its own middle C.

    7. Yamaha PSS-A50

    This backpack-friendly groovebox can be taken anywhere

    Specifications

    Price: $/£/€

    Keys: 37 mini

    Velocity?: Yes

    Voices: 40

    Styles: N/A

    Song recorder: notes

    Polyphony: 32

    Power: Mains or six AA batteries

    Speakers: One W

    Dimensions (W x D x H): x x 54mm

    Weight: kg

    Reasons to buy

    +Motion effects+Phrase recorder and arpeggiator+Great MIDI specification   

    Reasons to avoid

    -Arpeggiator implementation can be awkward 

    Something a little different, the PSS-A50 does not come with a standard auto-accompaniment feature. Instead, it has a phrase recorder, an arpeggiator and what Yamaha calls ‘motion effects’ – pitch, filter and modulation features that can be called up instantly by pressing a button.

    Incredibly lightweight and portable, the PSS-A50 boasts a velocity-sensitive keyboard with 37 mini-keys, 40 decent sounds taken from Yamaha’s pricier E-series of keyboards, plus a USB-to-host connector that enables it to be used as a MIDI controller. The aforementioned arpeggiator is a useful addition, though each sound has its own default pattern, so if you change sounds the pattern will change too. This could be awkward if you wanted to audition the same pattern with different sounds.

    8. Yamaha Piaggero NP

    Simple, stylish and portable piano-style keyboard

    Specifications

    Price: $/£/€

    Keys: 61 full-size

    Velocity?: Yes

    Voices: 10

    Styles: None

    Song recorder: One track, one song

    Polyphony: 64

    Power: Mains or six AA batteries

    Speakers: Two W

    Dimensions (W x D x H): 1, x x mm

    Weight: kg

    Reasons to buy

    +Great-sounding, no-frills piano+7,note song recorder+Available in black or white finish  

    Reasons to avoid

    -Only 10 voices 

    Yamaha’s piano-making pedigree is second to none, and this portable piano-style keyboard is a brilliant solution for kids to learn on, or for more mature pianists who don’t have room for a full-size piano. 

    The Piaggero NP – like its larger, key brother the Piaggero NP – is a lightweight, synth-action keyboard that delivers a lifelike, AWM-stereo-sampled piano sound. There are only 10 voices on offer, and no auto-accompaniment, but if you want something you can just walk up to, switch on and play, you won’t find anything better for the money.

    Also available in eye-catching white, the Piaggero NP boasts a 7,note song recorder, enabling you to capture and play back your performances.

    Read our full Yamaha Piaggero NP  review

    9. Yamaha Reface CP

    A portable tribute to an iconic electric piano

    Specifications

    Price: $/£/€

    Keys: 37 mini

    Velocity?: Yes

    Voices: Six

    Styles: None

    Song recorder: None

    Polyphony:

    Power: USB / mains or six AA batteries

    Speakers: Two 2W

    Dimensions (W x D x H): x x 60mm

    Weight: kg

    Reasons to buy

    +Authentic retro keyboard sounds+Easy interface +Superb stompbox-style effects  

    Reasons to avoid

    -Only six main voices 

    One of four retro-themed mini keyboards in the Reface range – the others being an FM synthesiser (the Reface DX), an organ (the Reface YC) and an analogue synthesizer (the Reface CS) – the Reface CP is a tiny, modern tribute to Yamaha’s s electric pianos.

    The feature set is impressive, with a bunch of retro keyboard sounds – including two types of Fender Rhodes electric piano, a Wurlitzer piano, a clavinet and a s toy piano – vintage drive, tremolo, chorus, phaser, delay and reverb effects, plus note polyphony. 

    There’s no auto-accompaniment, but the Reface CP sounds fantastic and is great fun to play – it even has rotary controls for effects and sound selection, just like the originals.

    Yamaha EZ

    Let the lights guide you to keyboard success

    Specifications

    Price: $/£/€

    Keys: 61 full-size, illuminated

    Velocity?: Yes

    Voices:

    Styles:

    Song recorder: Two tracks, five songs

    Polyphony: 48

    Power: Mains or six AA batteries

    Speakers: Two W

    Dimensions (W x D x H): x x mm

    Weight: kg

    Reasons to buy

    +Illuminated keys +Unique white chassis +Extra onboard songs 

    Reasons to avoid

    -Only nine user preset slots 

    If you’re learning to play the piano, having keys that light up to show you what you need to press and when can be a big help. That’s one of the main features of the EZ – but it offers so much more besides.

    Featuring a unique, silvery-white aesthetic, this keyboard shares a lot of the same features as our top-ranking keyboard the PSR-E – it offers the same number of voices and styles, the same recording ability and the same Keys to Success tuition function. Some might even argue that it’s a better package, as it gives you songs instead of the PSR-E’s

    For us, the PSR-E gets the nod because it’s cheaper, and not everyone will like the EZ’s white colouring – but, make no mistake, this is a very good option for budding musicians.

    Best Yamaha keyboards: Buying advice

    With a couple of exceptions, all of the models on our list fall into the ‘arranger keyboard’ category. An arranger keyboard is one that has built-in accompaniments you can play along to. These ‘backing tracks’ have traditionally had a whiff of the uncool about them – who could forget those clunky-sounding s home organs played by pensioners? These days, though, the tiny digital musicians sequestered away in the bowels of your keyboard are pretty sophisticated, and although it’s still possible to sound like a Nintendo videogame intro screen if you really want to, that’s no longer the most likely outcome! 

    Here are some things to look out for when buying a Yamaha keyboard:

    Voices 

    Arranger keyboards usually come with a wide selection of voices (sounds), enabling you to reproduce practically any instrument you can think of, from acoustic guitars to zithers. Just bear in mind that quantity isn’t always a measure of quality – it’s better to have fewer usable voices than hundreds you’ll never bother with. 

    Styles 

    A style is a set of backing instruments and ready-made parts that play along with you as you hold down a note or chord with your left hand – so the more styles a keyboard has, the more choice you’ll have as to how your backing band plays. Modern keyboards can offer hundreds of styles, some of them pretty sophisticated and current-sounding. 

    Keys 

    Most of the keyboards on our list have 61 keys, offering a five-octave span that’s wide enough to play with both hands. Most will be velocity-sensitive, allowing for dynamic expression according to how hard or softly you play the keys. Some keyboards offer key versions for the more advanced player, while other, smaller ’boards sport only 37 mini-keys for a more-portable or kid-friendly solution.  

    Super Articulation 

    Super Articulation is Yamaha’s term for a sampled sound that emulates the behaviour of a real instrument by including certain nuances you’d expect to hear. These might include string squeaks on an acoustic guitar voice, or the sound of a saxophone player taking a breath between notes. Previously the preserve of Yamaha’s higher-end keyboards, the technology has now started to trickle down into some of the less-expensive models.

    Speakers / headphones 

    The majority of the instruments featured here have built-in speakers, so don’t need to be plugged into an amp or one of the best PA speakers in order for you to hear what you’re playing. All the keyboards in this guide also feature a headphones output for those all-important silent practice sessions.

    Power supply 

    Since many of the keyboards featured here offer portability as a major selling point, many can be powered by AA batteries. However, most also enable you to use mains power via a standard power supply or USB.

    Dave has been making music with computers since and his engineering, programming and keyboard-playing has featured on recordings by artists including George Michael, Kylie and Gary Barlow. A music technology writer since , he’s Computer Music’s long-serving songwriting and music theory columnist, iCreate magazine’s resident Logic Pro expert and a regular contributor to MusicRadar and Attack Magazine. He also lectures on synthesis at Leeds Conservatoire of Music and is the author of Avid Pro Tools Basics.

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    List of Yamaha Corporation products

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    • PSS-7 (, ellipse shape body; wavetable (or sample) with granular sounds)[30]
    • PSS-8 ()
    • PSS-9 ()
    • PSS / PSS / PSS[30] / PSS (, sample)
    • PSS ()
    • PSS (, wavetable (or sample) with granular sounds)[30]
    • PSS ()
    • PSS (FM, acc.&demo)[30]
    • PSS ()[30]
    • PSS ()
    • PSS ()[30]
    • PSS (, FM with realitime sliders)
    • PSS ()
    • PSS[30] / PSSR / PSS[30] / PSS / PSS / PSS / PSS (, R = red)
    • PSS / PSS (, with music card, music cartridge (PSS) and microphone)
    • PSS[30] / PSS[30] / PSS[30] / PSS (, squarewave/squarewave/digital/?)
    • PSS (8 voice polyphony, 32 Keys, squarewave)[33]
    • PSS / PSS[30] ()
    • PSS[30] ()
    • PSS keys sounds, YM[30] / PSS / PSS (, FM&acc)
    • PSS keys sounds, YM ()
    • PSS / PSS / [30] / PSS / PSS (, FM with realtime sliders)
    • PSS keys sounds, YM (, two FM operators, nine voice polyphony), XCAO[34]
    • PSS (, reduced feature version of PSS)
    • PSS (, squarewave)
    • PSS ()
    • PSS ()
    • PSS (c. , key edition of PS, with additional octave control, reduced rhythm section)
    • PSS keys sounds, YM, ()
    • PSS keys sounds, YM, ()
    • PSS keys sounds, YM, additional drum chip ()
    • PSS keys sounds, YM, additional drum chip ()
    • PSS (FM, MIDI & drum pads) ()
    • PSS (FM, MIDI & drum pads)[30] ()
    • PSS ()
    • PSS ()

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