YAMAHA DIGITAL KEYBOARDS
Yamaha produce superb keyboards for every stage of a pupil’s learning. They are at the cutting edge of technology and represent excellent value for money. Take a look at some here!
All Yamaha keyboards feature 61 full size keys and many models have a touch sensitive keyboard. Additional features include the Yamaha Education Suite, ideal for beginners to learn to play.
The range is from the starter keyboard YPT-210/YPT-220 (difference only of dimensions) to the more versatile PSR-E423 (pictured below), through the EZ-200, PSR-E233, and the PRS-E333.
They all have:
- 61 full sized keys
- LCD screen
- 32 note Polyphony (the number of notes which can be sounded at once)
- Portable Grand button (immediately makes the whole keyboard into a piano)
- Transpose button (up to 12 semitones up or down)
- 4 One Touch Settings (factory-set choices of voice and style)
- A socket for headphones
- Multi Fingering (will accept either single or full finger chords)
- Intro, Ending, Fill and choice of two orchestrations (A/B)
- General midi compatibility
- A good range of Voices including drum kits
- The Split Point (where the harmony section starts) can be altered
The number of Accompaniment styles rises from 100 up to 174 on the PSR-E423.
In the YPT-210/220 and the PSR-E233 the Tempo can be set from between 32 to 280 beats a minute; the other keyboards go as low as 11 beats a minute.
Except for the YPT-210/220 and PSR-E233 they have Touch Response.
The PSR-E423 differentiates between ‘Sweet,’ Cool’ and ‘Dynamic’ voices, and has Pitch Bend, but the others feature a Sound Effect Kit (the hand-claps, telephone and helicopter noises the children love!)
The top two of this range have Recording facilities. In both you can record up to 5 songs. The PSR-E333 has 2 tracks for each song and the PSR-E423 has 6 tracks (5 for melody lines and 1 for chords).
The PSR-E423 has Registration Memory. This is the facility to save favourite settings for instant recall, enabling the player to change voice and orchestration quickly mid-song. It has 8 banks with 2 settings in each. There is a long list of the type of settings which can be retained: main voice (including volume); dual voice on/off and volume; effects such as reverb and chorus type; arpeggio settings; harmony on/off, type and volume; transpose; and pitch bend range.
All except the PSR-E423 have a Footswitch socket.
The PSR-E423 and the PSR-E333 have the facility for Split Voice (different voice in each hand) and Dual Voice (two voices sounding at once.)
The YPT-210/220 would make a good keyboard for beginners and is inexpensive. For those who want to teach themselves, or endorse what they are being taught, all in this range include instruction: the Yamaha Education Suite (YES), chord dictionaries, and various practice aids. Some will wait while you find your notes. The PSR-E423 provides Minus One backings. On the EZ-200 (pictured below) there is the added feature of keys that light up, and fingering shown on the screen.
Yamaha’s range of Arranger Workstation keyboards are packed with hundreds of great sounds using the unique Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) tone generation system. In addition there is a comprehensive range of performance features for every type of player.
Again there are 61 keys, touch response, LCD screens and all the best features of the lower specification keyboards. In addition they have Pitch Bend, Modulation (rather like a vibrato), Lyrics/Score Display, Dual/Layering of voices (2 or 3 Right voices and a separate split for the Left voice), and a choice of 4 different orchestrations and 3 Endings/ Intros.
The PSR-S650 is a large step up from the PSR-E423, having 64-note polyphony. It also has FlashRCM expandability. There are 8 banks in the Registration Memory with room for 8 settings in each. The Tempo can be set between 5 and 280. The keyboard features both Quick Record and Multi Record (recording individually to each track).
The new PSR-A2000 has some of the features of the PSR-S650 and some from Tyros4. It is the one to get if you want a very high level but portable instrument which includes a large range of oriental voices and styles.
From the PSR-S710 upwards the keyboards have:
- Fingered on Bass: the keyboard recognises and sounds inversions of the left-hand chords
- 128-note polyphony
- 8 x unlimited Registration Memory banks (which can be sequenced or ‘frozen’)
- A Tempo range of 5-500.
- Various recording techniques, including Step Recording and Song Editing
- Multi Pads (bursts of extra colour suitable for the instrumental line-up)
They also allow you to download directly from the Internet, and WAV and MP3 files from a memory stick can be played back on the instrument.
From the PSR-S910 upwards the keyboards have Vocal Harmony (adding harmony to your own voice through a microphone)
Tyros4 (pictured below) has an enormous wealth of features, including Super Articulation Voices (idiomatic ‘bends’ slides and glissandi), stereo speakers, sliders for making adjustments during performance, octave button for shifting the pitch by octave steps, Left Hold. It is a truly professional instrument.
A new addition to the Yamaha family - 76-key piano-focused keyboards...
These are the latest additions to the Yamaha digital keyboard range. They are slim, light and compact, perfect for beginners and experienced players alike.
They all have touch response (NP-31 and NP-V80 described as ‘graded soft touch’.) All have 32 -note polyphony, metronome and dual voice (layering two sounds at once.) Apart from the NP-11 which has 61, the others have 76 keys (over 6 octaves), - remarkable, given that they are no heavier than similar keyboards with 61.
The NP-31 (pictured below) and NP-11 are for pianists, as they do not come with backing styles. They are like portable clavinovas. The sounds are stereo sampled. There are ten different voices. You can connect a sustaining pedal (except for V80 or V60) and they transpose up to 6 semitones up or down (12 on the V models.) Tempi start at 32 (11 on Vs) and go through to 280.
The NP-V80 (pictured below) weighs 7.1kg as against 6.3kg for the NP-V60, but in other ways they are very similar. Here is a list of features:
-LCD backlit screen
-165 different styles
-Fingering on multi or ful
-Fills, sync start, intros, endings
-Sweet and cool voices; drums kits
-Recording capability for 5 songs, each with 6 tracks
Vsit the Yamaha UK website for more information.