What we think of the Yamaha PSR-A300 portable keyboard:
This has never really been a popular model in the UK, but is rather unique in the way that it focusses heavily on Arabic and Eastern music. It offers a wide range of authentic instrument sounds and rhythm accompaniment styles that you don't get on the standard European models. If your playing has an Eastern influence or you are fascinated by Eastern music then this is the portable keyboard for you.
61 touch sensitive keys
Pitch bend wheel
LCD display, 92mm x 32mm with backlight
AWM stereo sampled voices
32 note polyphony
143 instrument voices, plus 361 XGlite sounds for recording and 19 Drum/SFX/SE Kits
35 Oriental Voices, 6 Oriental Percussion Kits, Sound Effect Kit
9 types of reverb effect
4 types of chorus effect
Dual/ layer feature for putting sounds together
Split keyboard feature
135 preset rhythm accompaniment styles with featured styles including:
24 Arabic styles, 23 Khaligi styles, 17 Iranian styles, 9 Greek styles, 10 Turkish styles
One Touch Setting selects an appropriate voice for each rhythm style
35 preset songs
5 song, 2 track recorder with approx 10,000 notes data capacity
Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.) lesson function, including Listen & Learn, Timing, Waiting, Chord Dictionary
Metronome with 32-280 bpm tempo adjustment
Transpose from -12 to 0, 0 to +12
Adjustable master tuning for accompanying other instruments
373KB internal memory
1 x stereo headphone socket
MIDI In and Out ports
2 x 2.5 watt amplifiers
2 x 12cm speakers
Requires EPA3 power adaptor, not included
Players looking for authentic Arabic and Oriental instrument voices and styles will appreciate the comprehensive capabilities and dynamic sound of the PSR-A300. It features convenient learning and practice features along with simple recording functions in a high-quality, touch-sensitive instrument. This versatile performance keyboard has 523 dynamic, authentic voices, including 41 Arabic/Oriental voices and 12 drum kits. It also has 135 accompaniment styles, including 83 Arabic/Oriental styles. Use the Scale Setting feature to create and instantly call up authentic tunings for whatever music style you play.
61 regular-sized touch sensitive keys and 32-note polyphony.
Wide Selection of Voices & Styles
Total of 523 high-quality instrument voices (108 panel voices, 41 Arabic & Oriental voices, 361 XGlite voices, 12 Drum Kits and Sound Effect Kit), and 135 accompaniment styles (including 83 Arabic & Oriental Styles)
The Oriental Scales feature lets you simply and easily raise or lower the pitches of specific notes and create your own scales. You can change the scale settings at any time-even when you are playing. The scale settings can be stored for instant recall, whenever you need them.
Sound Effect Kit
Try out each key and enjoy the sound of a dog barking, running water, a creaking door and many other unique effects.
Special 2-track Easy Recording feature lets you record and save up to five of your original songs, great for composing and practice purposes.
Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.)
Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.) is an advanced set of helpful learning tools built into the instrument, letting you teach yourself how to play and perform. Y.E.S. helps you master a song with easy lesson steps. Each lesson can be done in isolation with either your left hand or right hand, or both.
Portable Grand Button
Playing piano is fast and easy with Yamaha's Portable Grand function. One dedicated button brings up a great sounding piano, stunningly rich and authentic in its sound as well as setting up the keyboard to play as a piano.
Different reverb types let you add rich, concert-hall ambiance to your performance.
Manufacturer's warranty: 2 years