What we think of the Yamaha PSR-E353 portable keyboard:
The Yamaha PSR-E353 portable keyboard is new for this year and is the very latest incarnation of Yamaha's PSR-E3** series of keyboards. Building on the success of the outgoing PSRE343 it is the first model in the new Yamaha PSR range to have touch sensitive keys, USB connectivity and a backlit screen. This is an ideal choice for the classroom and for the beginner keyboard player.
61 note touch sensitive keyboard
AWM stereo sampling with 32 note polyphony
573 voices including XGLite and Drum/SFX/SE kits
Ultra Wide Stereo
Split keyboard and dual/layer modes
158 rhythm accompaniment styles
150 different arpeggio types for professional programmed effects
Music database with 100 song titles
Multifingering chord progressions
One touch settings match an appropriate instrument to the rhythm style
102 preset songs
Intuitive Y.E.S. Yamaha Education Suite learning system
Transpose and adjust the master tuning
1 x headphone socket
MIDI In/Out sockets
Sustain pedal jack
Aux In socket
2 x 2.5 watt amplifiers
2 x 12cm speakers
Touch-sensitive keyboard for piano-like control of of volume and dynamics
Play the keys firmly to increase the volume of the sound or softly to decrease it; the PSR-E353 will faithfully reflect every nuance of your playing.
A comprehensive library of 573 high quality voices
The PSR-E353 comes with a diverse array of 573 different voices including pianos, strings, guitars and synths. The grand piano voices utilise stereo-sampled sounds with a superb feeling of presence. Players can enjoy reverb effects for the feeling of performing in a concert hall, and choruses that add extra breadth and resonance to the sound.
Nine-step lesson function (Yamaha Education Suite) helps beginners learn to play
The lesson function offers a total of nine stages - three for the left hand, three for the right hand, and three for both hands, helping new players to practise the songs stored in the instrument. There's a scoring function that makes it fun to develop your skills and a "waiting" function that adjusts the tempo to suit the person playing, pausing the backing track until the correct note is played.
Connect your music player, reduce the lead volume with Melody Suppressor and jam along with the music
Connect an audio player to the PSR-E353 to enjoy your music through the instrument speakers and to play along. The "Melody Suppressor" function lowers the volume of the melody, allowing you to play the lead line of your favourite tracks.
*The volume of the melody line may not lower for some songs.
Master EQ to adjust overall sound
The PSR-E353 is equipped with a preset Master EQ system that allows you to adjust the overall keyboard sound with settings such as Bright and Boost, making it easier to get exactly the sound you need.
Connect to your iPad/iPhone and expand your keyboard with software and apps
By connecting your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch to the instrument with an optional cable, it's easy to make practicing and performing music an even more enjoyable experience. There are several exciting Yamaha applications available for download from the App Store including:
*My Music Recorder
An application for recording video and audio of music performances on your iPhone/iPod touch. Audio and video data recorded can be e-mailed or uploaded to YouTube.
Use the wheel or XY controller of this application to control effects such as pitch bending and reverb from your iPhone/iPod touch.
iOS device, connecting cable and Internet access required - not included
150 different arpeggio types
Push the "Arpeggio" button to play a huge range of arpeggios just by pressing a single key. Far more than just simple repetitions of phrases, the arpeggio function allows you to perform complex musical parts with ease. What's more, with 150 different presets available, the PSR-E353 offers an amazing variety of new ways to enhance your playing.
158 auto accompaniment Styles provide real-time controllable backing tracks
From pop and rock to dance and more, the PSR-E353 offers Styles (auto accompaniment backing tracks) in a huge range of genres. The built-in Music Database with 100 different settings make it easy to access voices and backings matching the musical style you want, allowing you to play many different types of music quickly and easily.
Manufacturer's warranty: 2 years