Yamaha PSRE413-K - Portable Keyboard/Synthesiser
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Product Features: Advanced technology, flexibility and outstanding sound quality 61-key touch response keyboard with 509 voices and arpeggio feature Super-realistic Cool! And Sweet! Voices Control knobs for real-time control Arpeggio feature automatically generates chord-based phrases, real-time pitch control with pitch bend wheel Music database: 300 song titles for quick keyboard setups PSR-E413 is equipped with new features to make your musical horizons expand beyond your imagination can, including sound control, the user will be added real-time control of effects, filters, envelope generator and tempo New colors from different styles, with 100 arpeggio patterns
The PSRE-413 is the new cutting edge keyboard from Yamaha. Advanced sound technology gives total flexibility for players of any age and playing ability. the PSRE413 builds on the pedigree of the very popular PSRE403 which it replaces. It features an easy to use synthesiser section, more voices (including more high quality 'Sweet' & 'Cool' voices) and the latest Yamaha backing styles. The Arpeggiator function now has more variations, voices and drum loops for easy song creation using the on board 6 track (5 song) sequencer. The sound controllers allow real time adjustment to sound filters and effects. The keyboard includes a Sleep Mode which automatically puts the keyboard into standby mode when not in use to save power (either mains or battery). With USB connection and a CD ROM with even more songs and style data to up load the PSRE413 will give hours of enjoyment.
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The other sounds are excellent as well, particularly the piano, tenor sax and flute. It also has some other good organ sounds, including a jazz-style Hammond organ and a good Theatre Organ. There are two categories of voices, the ordinary voices (about 130 of them) and the XGLite voices, several hundred of them. This could be slightly confusing as there are more of each type of voice than it appears at first. Changing voices is dead easy, this can be done by typing in the number of the voice, using the + and - buttons or the scroll wheel. There are also buttons to change the category of voices (eg pianos, organs, brass etc), which are useful, as with about 500 voices, this allows you to quickly go to the right type of voice.
The built-in styles are good and allow playing complete songs using the left hand to generate automatic accompaniment, so this keyboard allows you to become a 'one-man band'. I also like the 'music database', which allows you to create auto accompaniment that sounds like real songs, and there are some very good ones there, particularly 'I Just Called To Say I Love You', 'Apache' and 'Lucille'. The styles and music database cover a wide range of genres, from pop to 60s to love songs, although rock and reggae seem to be under-represented here. I would also have liked some ska, punk and new wave music, but I shouldn't complain, as there are over 300 entries in the database and for me, that feature is really a distraction as I am unlikely to use it in a band - but it is a very enjoyable distraction. Another slight gripe about this is that you can't play the songs properly unless you know the chord progression for them - it would have been nice to put these in the manual, although it is easy to look them up on the internet through guitar tab websites. The auto accompaniment feature would be very useful for Open Mic nights or busking.
You can also record both melodies and accompaniment and there are six 'tracks', so essentially, you could record six different instruments. The tracks can be muted individually once recorded. There is a limit on how many songs you can record but if this became a problem then they can be transferred onto a PC. This recording feature is essentially a basic MIDI sequencer but again, used with a computer, more advanced things are possible.
The keyboard has a pitch bend wheel, which you don't get on cheaper keyboards and two knobs, which are useful and can be assigned to different parameters, such as reverb, chorus or song/style tempo. The keyboard is very easy to use right out of the box and the buttons are intuitive. For more advanced players, there is a vast array of different functions that can be changed. Admittedly, I found this particularly easy to use because my previous practice keyboard was also a Yamaha.
The keyboard also has MIDI capability and can be connected to a PC via a normal USB cable to transfer songs and other data, although I haven't tried that yet. There is a CD-ROM included with software for this, but again, I haven't had chance to try it yet.
I am very impressed with the manual, it is very comprehensive and these days, a paper manual is something of a rarity. The downside is that there is no mains adapter included, this seems to be the case with all Yamaha keyboards but it seems a bit mean to me. You can put batteries in it but I imagine they wouldn't last long and would add considerably to the weight of the instrument.
All in all, I would highly reccomend this keyboard and it ought to suit all but the most advanced players, who need specific sounds/functions or more keys. My previous Yamaha practice keyboard is ten years old and the difference between the two is amazing.
This was a good choice. A pretty reasonable price and decent sound. The Portable Grand Piano sound is particularly nice, but there are plenty other sounds to play around with and more options than I've been able to get my head around so far.
Touch sensitive keys work brilliantly too, allowing you to vary your playing from softer to louder notes.
All in all, I think great for starting out. May lack the features more advanced users are looking for, but more than enough to keep a learner like me occupied.
It was a good buy, it isn't too big so i can still take it to lessons and it looks smart and professional.
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is the best single manual keyboard I have yet seen and played in its price
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