We bring to you a detailed review of top Yamaha keyboard 61 keys – with detailed buying guide and in depth analysis.
These Yamaha keyboard 61 keys keyboard pianos have been selected by exahustive study made by the team of advanced users – who have lent their perspective, it is usful for absolute beginners as well.
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|1. Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSR E-363|
|2. Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRF51|
|3. Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRE463|
|4. Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRI455|
|5. Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRS670|
|6. Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSR-S770 Arranger Workstation|
1. Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSR E-363
One of the best product from Yamaha. Features loaded, with a mountain of stuff to learn — clearly, an ideal instrument for any beginner.
One of the most exciting features is Dual keyboard function which allows you to play two instruments with every note, split keyboard function so that you can play two devices with each hand, or duo keyboard so two players can share the keyboard and play along with each other.
It is used as a duo/dual/split keyboard function.
Some extra good to know information on this Yamaha keyboard 61 keys is:
|Maximum Polyphony||32 notes|
|Effects||Dance Music effects|
|Lesson parts||Left hand, right hand, both hands|
|Present rhythms||70 types|
|Present patterns||50 types|
|Demo function||Looped play of dance music demo|
Some of the features are:
|Battery operation possible||32 note polyphony|
|Exceptional tune function allows users to tune the instrument to another instrument, such as an out-of-tune piano.||Lesson lite lesson system|
|Transpose function: The transpose function shifts the scale on the keyboard by semitones; for instance, you can play an F on the C key.||Automatic accompaniment with 70 types.|
|120 tones||61 standard keys|
|LC display||2 x 2-watt speaker system|
|Voice fingering guide: Uses a voice to guide which finger to use to play note during lesson lite. Could be switched off too.||Performance evaluation possible during lesson lite.|
|Melody Suppressor function eliminates the vocals when pre-recorded songs are played.||Twelve levels of reverb, five types of chorus, 150 types of arpeggio, and 165 built-in styles, and the 48 levels of polyphony allow you to fully explore all these sounds and complexities without overloading the music.|
|Tone Generation technology||AVM Stereo Sampling|
|Number of voices||197 – Panel Voices + 18 Drum/SFX Kits + Arpeggio + 339 X Glite Voices|
|Reverb types||12 types|
|Master EQ||Six types|
|Number of Styles||165 with multi-finger.|
|Data capacity||Approx 10,000 notes|
|Playback|| SMF formats 0 & 1 |
|Lightweight, easy to manage and convenient to carry. Can play with battery power as well.||Non-weighted keyboard|
|Touch-sensitive keys||Do not have a power adapter in the kitty|
|AVM stereo sampling provides excellent sound. It is in house technology||Not compatible with Yamaha piano app|
|A vast music database and onboard song library allow you to learn a wide variety of songs in a variety of genres|
|The ability to customize reverb, chorus, equalizer, and harmony allows you to create any acoustic environment you may want, so you always sound your best|
|It comes with all the connectivity you need, whether you want to use headphones or a sustain pedal, play your songs through the keyboard, or record, mix, and share your music through a computer or device.|
Now let us talk about its anatomy:
You will find a knob on your left side. This is the volume knob. It has a power on/off button. You will also find the temp button adjacent to the volume knob. The Yes/No button right among the number pad is for increasing and decreasing effects. The accompaniment button is right below the volume knob.
Right, below the display, to the left you have two buttons (white) which are basically for beats, marked as “START/STOP”. You can add something as a filler once you press “Auto-Fill”.
You will also find three buttons marked as “Song”, “Voice”, “Style” to the right of the display. Please note this section throws light on the basics buttons we have on this Yamaha keyboard 61 keys. It is up to you to practices rigorously and experiments faithfully.
Also Read: Buying guide for piano keyboard
2. Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRF51
Restricted!! That is the word that comes to my mind when I need to describe this Yamaha keyboard 61 keys. This is because of comparatively lower features on this instrument. But within its own space, it still puts up friendly competition.
Now let us talk about its anatomy:
Let us first talk about how to navigate around this Yamaha keyboard 61 keys. You will see a panel on this instrument. The songs list is at the extreme left end, and style numbers are mentioned right below it.
You have one volume control button right below the power button. Coming forward, you have a song/style button and voice button right against it. The former one is for changing beat, for improving the tone you need latter one.
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 940 x 306 x 109 mm Weight 3.4 kg (7 lbs., 8 oz.) (not including batteries)
- Keyboard 61 standard-size keys Display LED display Voices
- Polyphony: 32 notes
- Preset: 120 Accompaniment Styles
- Preset: 114
- Style Controls: Main, Fill-in Songs Preset: 30 Connectivity MINI PHONES/OUTPUT, DC IN Amplifiers 2.5W + 2.5W Speakers 8cm × 2 Power Supply • AC Adaptor: PA-130 • Batteries: Six 1.5V “AA” size Alkaline, Manganese or 1.2V Ni-MH rechargeable batteries or equivalent Power Consumption 6W (When using PA-130 AC Adaptor)
- Auto Power Off Function Yes
I was thrilled when I got to sway my fingers over this Yamaha keyboard 61 keys. Took it out as a loan from my friend (OK!! I will inform him) and the beginner inside me to run havoc.
These detailed settings provide extra convenience and enhanced operation. To set the Functions, hold down the [FUNCTION] button, and then simultaneously press the appropriate key on the keyboard as indicated. Use the [+] and [-] keys to change value.
are a few functions which I would like to share:
Changes the pitch of the instrument in semitones, for playing in different keys.
Finely changes the pitch of the entire instrument in roughly 0.2 Hz steps, for tuning to other devices.
When this is on, the Voices played from the keyboard have a long decay or sustain. Settings: On/Off (Son/SoF)
It splits this Yamaha keyboard 61 keys into two sections (C1–F#3 and G3–C6), with the same Voice and range. Use this when playing or learning with another player. Settings: On/Off (don/doF)
The Metronome plays a steady click sound for practising.
f. Metronome beat:
It can set the number of beats (clicks) in a measure.
Adjusts the volume of the Style/Song/Metronome sound, letting you adjust the balance between those sounds and the keyboard Voice.
- Advanced sound:
This Yamaha PSR-F51 incorporates the latest advances in terms of recording sounds, to achieve realism and quality of sounds that play close to those you would hear from their “real” sources.
- Easy to handle and touch:
Its controls are designed to facilitate the task of selecting voices or effects, thanks to the intuitive panel ordered by colours.
- Easy portability:
Thanks to its compact and lightweight design, you can take the keyboard with you without having to drag an excessive ballast.
- It consists of 120 voices and 114 rhythms. So there’s no excuse to find that perfect sound for your music.
- Thanks to its extensive functions you can make covers, compose or have fun with your friends interpreting the themes that you have always wanted in a simple, fun and convenient way.
- It can work with batteries. You can take it wherever you want and show your talent in the most amazing places (even if you do not have electricity) because you can also use it with batteries.
- With its built-in headphone output, you can play at any time without worrying about the inconvenience to your family and neighbours.
- No doubt price below 100 € and portability as it only weighs 3.4 kg which makes you can take it to acoustic tests with other instruments that do not sound much like a guitar. In that case, it’s the right choice as a secondary keyboard.
- As mentioned above, it is battery operated and also comes with a power cord.
- It has a headphone output so you can play silently and plug it into a small amplifier with minijack input.
- Two decent 2.5 W speakers.
- 120 instruments voices including pianos, drum kits.
- Ability to combine dual sounds, which includes guitars and pianos.
- It also has114 backing styles. It allows you to have a range of style in your song.
- With duo feature, beginners and practice with their teacher and that too together.
- Very sensitive keys. With sensitivity to little pressure, sometimes it can be an inconvenience
- The keyboard does not differentiate the pressure when playing.
- Absence of connection to PC.
- It has no microphone input.
- NO MIDI CONTROLLER, this one is a big turn off.
3. Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRE463
A feature-loaded beginners’ level Yamaha keyboard 61 keys. Don’t just go on its beginner’s tag, and it is a few notches above the beginner level. So if you have been practising for quite some time, then you should think about switching to this Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRE463.
This Yamaha E463 piano keyboard is of tremendous value for players who are just getting started. A solid-feeling key bed helps students learn how to navigate the core of a piano and work on their technique for acoustic instruments, organs, and synths. A convincing grand piano model brought to life by a pair of rich stereo speakers makes practice time enjoyable. And the included Yamaha Education Suite will teach your favourite beginner the essentials of the piano and a wide range of piano standards in no time.
This is breathtaking. It has some features not usually found in your standard learners level Yamaha keyboard 61 keys. Read a review of one of the customer using this piano keyboard
This keyboard has amazing cool voices (sounds) as with most Yamaha series like the Motif. The keyboard is so easy to use, and playing is a breeze.
THE PROS: Clean sounds, great loop pattern maker, easy dial-in features and onboard sampler!
THE CONS: Pattern sequencer is not able to chain together with other patterns. Only songs can be chained.
The sequencer has no editing options such as quantize, ppm, track edit. You cannot change patterns while in record mode.
I own the Casio CTK 7200 which has much more sequencing features however the patterns accompaniments and sounds are not as good as the Yamaha series!
The above says a lot about this Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRE463.
Let us talk about its anatomy:
It has a “quick sampling” button right above the “master volume” knob. This is followed by “Demo”; “Transpose”; “Melody Suppressor”. You also have “Voice Control” buttons just adjacent to this master volume knob. It has buttons like “Split”; “Dual”; “Harmony/Arpeggio”; “DSP”.
You have “registration memory” & “Track Control” panel available right below the display.
a. The quick sampling feature lets you sample short sounds from an external device and play them from the keyboard. This gives you a much higher creative expressive tool.
b. USB audio recording:
This convenient feature lets you record your performances to a USB flash drive. This audio file can play on some other device.
c. Auto power off functions:
To prevent unnecessary power consumption, it features an auto power-off function that automatically turns the power off if the instrument is not period over the specified period. By default, this time is 30 minutes.
d. This Yamaha keyboard 61 keys is capable of playing various instrumental voices, including piano. Not only can you play just one single voice (leading voice) but you can also layer a different sound (dual voice) to the leading voice, or play a different voice (split voice).
e. Two knobs can be used to add variations to the sound being played. IT transforms the music in a variety of musical ways.
f. This Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRE463 includes an Auto accompaniment feature that plays appropriate “styles” (including rhythm + bass + chord accompaniment).
g. This instrument can play preset songs. Songs, that you record on this instrument or commercially available songs.
h. Another unusual feature in this Yamaha keyboard 61 keys is Groove creator function. It lets you repeatedly playback various rhythm patterns and phrases (each called a Groove) in multiple genres, including hip hop, jazz etc. giving you a compelling performance.
i. Another fantastic feature is that of Quick Sampling function. IT allows you to sample sounds from an external audio device (isn’t that cool) via the AUX-In jack. Unlike audio recording, the samples can be put to use in various ways: to play a melody, to play in a loop for a repeating rhythm pattern or to add a unique sound effect.
j. The dynamic groove creator function and the live control knobs give a powerful tool to sound just like a pro DJ!! Still, a sense of rhythm is essential, so you can turn up the volume, feel the rhythm in your body.
k. You can proceed up to 10 of your performances to the instrument as User songs. The recorded user songs can be played back in the same way as the preset songs.
l. This instrument allows you to playback audio files and record your performances in audio format. A USB can be used to save it as an audio file.
m. The registration memory functions allow you to save panel settings such as voice and style to a registration memory button and then instantly recall your custom panel settings by simply pressing a single button.
n. By default, the scale of this keyboard equals temperament- the same tuning as with any acoustic piano. However, you can change the settings to any other scale according to the music genre you would like to play.
o. Each of the leading, dual and split voices are editable. This can be done with available parameters including volume, octave and reverb/chorus depth – allowing you to create new, custom sounds to best suit your musical preferences.
Note: This Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRE463 has a function called DSP (Digital Signal Processor). Now, this has a specific limit with regards to this feature:
- DSP effects can only be recorded only to Tracks 1 and A
- The DSP type and target cannot be changed while recording.
- When a user song is played back, the DSP effects may not be applied as expected.
Everything we have covered in features
4. Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRI455
The Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRI455 comes with a selection of powerful effects that other keyboards in its class cannot match. For dynamic control of the instrument’s overall sound, choose from nine types of reverb, chorus, harmony, and five different types of master EQ that can be used to sculpt the final output. Perfect for beginners.
You can gauge its performance by the below comment of one of the users:
The product came with an adapter, stand, carry bag, dust cover and a little USB-flashlight. The sound quality is excellent, and the speakers are exceptional.
The only thing I would caution customers is that if you want to transfer songs using USB flash drive, please choose the SMP option, and not the direct file under USER, as the former uses.MIDI file extension (can be played by QuickTime or windows media player) but the latter uses USR which cannot be played by any standard application. However, as per user experience, the MIDI file sound would not be as good as one hears on the keyboard. If you want the same quality, then go for USB to PC file transfer.
a. In addition to piano, organ and other standard keyboard instruments, this Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRI455 has a broad range of voices that includes guitar, bass, strings, sax, trumpet, drums and percussion – thereby giving you a wide variety of musical sounds.
b. It has an Arpeggio function lets you create arpeggios (broken chords) by merely pressing the notes of the music. For example, you could play the notes of a triad- the root, third, and fifth – to trigger exciting phrases. This feature is useful for music production as well as performance.
c. The two knobs located in the lower-left area of the panel can be used to add variations to the sound being played, transforming the music in a variety of musical ways. Select the desired pre-programmed effect combination printed above the Knobs, then rotate the Knobs to enjoy the sound.
d. This Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRI455 includes the Auto Accompaniment feature that plays appropriate “Styles” (rhythm + bass + chord accompaniment). You can select from a wide variety of styles covering a wide range of musical genres.
f. This instrument provides 16 phrase patterns (consisting of several measures) using the authentic Tabla and Tanpura sounds with looped playback. By using the Tabla/Tanpura function, try out the traditional Indian music—changing keys and creating dynamic sound variations by rotating the Knobs.
g. You can use the selected Song for a left-hand, right-hand, or both-hands lesson. Try practising with these three Song Lesson types while referring to the music scores in the Song Book.
h. The keyboard of this instrument has a Touch Response feature that lets you dynamically and expressively control the level of the Voices according to your playing strength.
i. For each of the Main, Dual and Split Voices, you can edit the parameters such as volume, octave and depth of the Reverb and Chorus, allowing you to create new, custom sounds that best suit your musical needs.
j. With the default setting, press the [DEMO/BGM] button will playback only a few of the internal Songs repeatedly. This setting can be changed so that, for example, all internal Songs are played, or all Songs transferred to the instrument from a computer are played back, letting you use the instrument as a background music source. There are five playback group settings. Select the one that suits your needs.
k. The “Functions” provide access to a range of detailed instrument parameters such as Tuning, Split Point, Voices and Effects.
l. By connecting the USB flash memory device to the [USB TO DEVICE] terminal, you can save the data created on this instrument, such as User Song and parameter settings. The collected data can be recalled to this instrument again for future use.
|Number of polyphony||32 max|
|Number of voices||753|
|Master EQ||5 Types|
|Number of preset styles||206 (incl 23 Indian ones)|
|Style control||ACMP on/off; sync start; sync stop; start/stop|
|Internal memory||1.54 MB|
|Number of Tracks||6|
None that we could point out.
5. Yamaha keyboard PSRS670
Buy this once you think you can handle intricacies of something above beginner but few notches below a professional. Certainly not for an absolute beginner.
This Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRS670 has a comprehensive and sonically stunning set of authentic Voices and gives you the tools to play these Voices more naturally and with greater expressiveness.
The new DJ feature is perfect for creating a soundtrack. The live control gives you unmatched real-time control over your track. With the help of multi-pad control, you can trigger playback of musical phrases arpeggios or sound effects during your performance.
It even possible to introduce your own, custom made live audio track, whenever you need them. You can also crossfade between audio and MIDI playback. This, together with Yamaha’s legendary tone generation system, gives you incredibly realistic voices.
The connectivity in the back gives you two different foot controller inputs, and you can use those for sustain for continued control if use an expression pedal that would be an assignment to any of the parameters that are available on the instrument.
You also have two USB ports, one to go to either to your computer or your iOS device so that you could transfer your real-time performance data or if you are using a recording application. The other port could be used for USB thumb drive so if you want to save or load data like expansion voice pack you could do real-time audio recording on the same.
Some of its features are:
a. The Styles of this Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRS670 makes it possible to perform in a wide variety of music genres with full instrumental accompaniment. Simply playing chords automatically triggers and controls the auto accompaniment backing. You can change arrangements on the fly, instantly selecting different rhythm variations and breaks in real-time — including Intro, Ending, and Fill-in — during your performance.
b. This Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRS670 has high-quality effect types, including Real Distortion and Real Reverb. The DSP effects allow you to play the keyboard dynamically with a distorted guitar sound or sound like you are playing in a concert hall.
c. Audio files (WAV format) saved to a USB flash drive can be played back on the instrument. You can also record your performance as audio files (WAV format) to a USB flash drive
d. The two knobs to which various functions can be assigned lets you intuitively control your performance in real-time. For example, you can use the knobs to brightness (cutoff frequency) of the sound being played or control the volume balance between the parts such as Voice and Style.
Thus you can easily add variations to the sound without interrupting your performance. You can also control your performance easily by using the two wheels — PITCH BEND and MODULATION. The PITCH BEND wheel can bend the notes up or down, and the MODULATION wheel can apply a vibrato effect to notes played on the keyboard.
e. This piano keyboard has called a feature called music finder. This feature helps you call up the panel settings ideal for the music you want to play simply by selecting a Music Finder “Record,” which includes Voice and Style settings. If you’re going to play a particular piece of music but don’t know which Style and Voice settings would be appropriate, you can search for relevant Records by the title of the article.
f. The Mixing Console in this Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRS670 gives you intuitive control over aspects of the keyboard parts and Style/Song channels, including volume balance and the timbre of the sounds. It lets you adjust the levels and stereo position (pan) of each Voice to set the optimum balance and stereo image, and lets you set how the effects are applied.
g. The Function menu provides a variety of convenient settings and tools for the instrument. These include general settings that affect the entire device, as well as detailed settings for specific functions.
|Tone Generation||Tone generation technology from Yamaha. AWM stereo sampling|
|Number of polyphony||128|
|Number of voices||416 voices + 34 Drum/SFX Kits + 480 XG Voices|
|Featured Voices||11 Mega Voices, 19 Sweet Voices, 28 Cool Voices, 19 Live Voices|
|Reverb Block||44 preset + 3 User|
|Chorus Block||71 preset + 3 user|
|DSP Block||283 preset + 10 user|
|Pitch bend wheel/modulation wheel||Yes to both|
|Fingering||Single Finer fingered, fingered on bass, multi finer; AI fingered full keyboard, AI full keyboard.|
No significant cons associated with this Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSRS670.
6. Yamaha PSR-S770 Arranger Workstation
An excellent Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSR-S770 meant for people who aspire to be a professional. Buy this only when you have had hours of training already on any of the piano keyboard meant for beginners mentioned above.
New to the entire Yamaha PSR segment is the ability to accept the UD-WL 01 Wireless LAN adapter. The Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSR-S770 receives audio or MIDI wirelessly from a wide variety of Yamaha ios app.
First thing you would notice is 7 inch TFT screen. You can read this screen from where-ever you are standing. There are also live control knobs, at the left, where you can assign them to control a variety of parameters from voices styles. There is an audio input that accepts both microphone and line-level input.
Some of its features are:
1. This piano Keyboard has a comprehensive and sonically stunning set of authentic Voices and gives you the tools to play these Voices more naturally and with greater expressiveness.
2. This Yamaha PSR- S770 Piano Keyboard is an open-ended instrument that lets you continually expand the available content for your creative explorations.
3. By using the “Yamaha Expansion Manager” software, you can manage the variety of Expansion Packs and create your custom Pack for installing on your instrument.
4. This Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSR-S770 has new and high-quality effect types, including Real Distortion and Real Reverb. These also include VCM effects that use the same technology as the professional-level processing on Yamaha’s high-end mixers.
5. You can also record your performance as audio files (WAV format) to a USB flash drive— making it easy to edit your recordings on a computer.
6. You can directly connect a microphone and use a variety of sophisticated processing tools. This piano keyboard features a fantastic Vocal Harmony function, which automatically produces backup vocal harmonies for lead vocals that you sing into a microphone.
7. This Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSR-S770 lets you connect an electric guitar, and you can even use powerful DSP effects to process the guitar sound instead and play that along with the keyboard sounds.
8. This piano keyboard has two knobs to which various functions can be assigned lets you intuitively control your performance in real-time. For example, you can use the knobs to control the brightness (cutoff frequency) of the sound or to control the volume balance between the parts such as Voice and Style.
9. You can also control your performance easily by using the two wheels — PITCH BEND and MODULATION. The [PITCH BEND] wheel lets you bend the notes up or down, while the [MODULATION] wheel can be used to apply a vibrato effect to the notes you play.
10. You can play arpeggios (broken chords) by simply pressing the appropriate notes on the keyboard, allowing you to instantly and automatically have complex and otherwise difficult-to-play phrases backing your performance.
11. The instrument features various accompaniment and rhythmic backing patterns (called “Styles”) in a variety of different musical genres including pop, jazz, and many others.
12. The Style features Auto Accompaniment, letting you produce automatic accompaniment playback by merely playing “chords” with your left hand. This allows you to automatically recreate the sound of a full band or orchestra — even if you’re playing by yourself.
13. The Multi Pads can be used to play several short prerecorded rhythmic and melodic sequences, adding impact and variety to your keyboard performances.
14. Moreover, the Audio Link Multi Pad function allows you to create a new pad with your audio data (WAV files) to playback during your performance.
15. There is a feature in this Yamaha keyboard 61 keys PSR-S770 which is called Music Finder. This feature helps you call up the panel settings ideal for the music you want to play simply by selecting a Music Finder “Record,” which includes Voice and Style settings. If you’re going to play a particular piece of music but don’t know which Style and Voice settings would be appropriate, you can search for relevant Records by the title of the piece.
16. The Registration Memory function allows you to save (or “register”) virtually all panel settings to a Registration Memory button, and then instantly recall your custom panel settings by simply pressing a single button. The registered settings for eight Registration Memory buttons are saved as a single Bank (file).
17. The Mixing Console gives you intuitive control over aspects of the keyboard parts and Style/Song channels, including volume balance and the timbre of the sounds. It lets you adjust the levels and stereo position (pan) of each Voice to set the optimum balance and stereo image, and lets you set how the effects are applied.
18. The Function menu provides a variety of convenient settings and tools for the instrument. These include general settings that affect the entire device, as well as detailed settings for specific functions. Also included are advanced Creator features, such as for Styles, Songs and Multi Pads.
19. It also has amazingly upgraded speakers. Its aux line input allows you to route many sources from an mp3 player or any device you have audio on so that you can utilize this as another speaker.20.
|No of Keys||61|
|Pitch Bend Wheel||Yes|
|Tone Generation||AWM Stereo Sampling|
|Number of Voices||830 Voices + 36 Drum/SFX Kits + 480 XG Voices|
|DSP Block||295 Preset + 10 User|
|Master EQ||5 Preset + 5 User|
|Part EQ||27 Parts|
|Mic/Guitar Effects||Noise Gate, Compressor, 3 Band EQ|
|Fingering||Single Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, Al Full Keyboard|
|Compatibility||Style File Format (SFF), Style File Format GE (SFF GE)|
|Number of Multi Pad Banks||188 banks x 4 Pads|
|Number Of Tracks||16|
None that we could point to.