We’re no stranger to Yamaha‘s range of home keyboards, and in fact a couple of years ago recommended a few current PSR series keyboards for anyone looking to choose a child’s first electronic keyboard.
As you’d expect, Yamaha has once again upgraded its PSR series — the PSR-E set in fact — with the PSR-E423.
This 61 key (5 octave) touch sensitive keyboard offers a range of functions that make it ideal for both beginners and improvers, whatever style of music they’d like to get into.
So, while it can’t rival a full-size digital piano, it will give a pretty good introduction to anyone seeking to learn.
It may not match the most advanced synths around, but it does include features such as an arpeggiator, tonal filtering, and pitch bend.
For music composition and inspiration, the Arpeggio feature has 150 patterns that change dynamically based on what notes and chords are played, while there are 700 dynamic voices to whet your appetite.
Yamaha’s keyboards have always had advanced rhythm and accompaniment sections, and the PSR-E423 expands things yet again with the inclusion of Arabic, Indian and Chinese content. And with 16MB memory, 64 note polyphony plus organ flutes function, It’s definitely no pushover.
Full specifications below. The PSR-E423 retails for around US$230 and is available now.
|Keyboard||Number of Keys||61 Keyboard-style keys|
|Voice||Number of Voices||700(183 Panel Voices + 462
XGlite Voices + 15 Drum/SFX
Kits + 40 Arpeggio Voices)
|Featured Voices||Sweet! Voice x 5
Cool! Voice x 3
Dynamic Voice x 3
|Voice Edit||2 Control Knobs
Style Filter Cutoff/Resonance,
|Compatibility||XG lite/ XG/ GM||Yes/ No/ Yes|
|Effect||Reverb/ Chorus||9 types/ 4 types|
|Preset Master EQ||5 types|
|Dual/ Split||Yes/ Yes|
|Harmony / Echo||26 types|
|Style||Preset / User||174 / Yes|
|Sections||Intro / Ending / Main A / Main B / Fill AB / Fill BA|
|Song||Playback||#Preset Songs||30 (30 onboard, 70 CD-ROM)|
|Compatible File Format||SMF|
|Recording||Number of Songs||5 (Max)|
|Number of Tracks||6 (5Melody + 1Chord)|
|Realtime/ Step/ Edit||Yes/ No/ No|
|User Song to SMF Converter||No|
|Easy Song Arranger||Yes|
|Number of Songs||305|
|Transpose/ Tuning||-12 to 0, 0 to +12/ +-100 cents|
|Pitch Bend Range||± 1 to 12 semitones|
|Lesson||Type||Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.)
Waiting,Your tempo,Minus one
|Repeat & Learn||Yes|
|Performance assistant technology||Chord|
|One Touch Setting||Yes (Incl. Voice List)|
|Registration Memory||2 Pads x 8 Banks|
|Controller||Pitch Bend Wheel||Yes|
|Control Knobs||Yes, Knobs x 2|
|Display||Type||Custom LCD/92mm x 42mm|
|Backlit||Yes (Blue LED)|
|Storage||Flash Memory XG/XF Songs||Yes (1.8MB)|
|Cabinet||Key Cover Style||Sliding|
|PC Connectivity||Song Transfer||Yes|
|Aux. Jacks||DC IN||DC IN, Phones (/Output), Pedal(Sutain),
USB TO HOST(MIDI)
|Amp & Speakers||2.5W+2.5W/12cm×2 + 3cmx2|
|Power||Power Supply||Adaptor (PA-130), or batteries
(Six “AA” size, LR6 or equivalent batteries)
|Dimensions||Width/Depth/Height (w/o MusicRest)||946mm/402mm/136mm|
|Weight||7.0kg (15lbs. 7oz.)|
|Bundled Accessories||Song Book||No (CD-ROM including)|
|CD-ROM||Yes/ Menu Application,
USB-MIDI Driver, Song Data, Style Data,
MDB Data, Song Book (PDF)
|* All tentative specification.|