The Yamaha PSR E243 is for the absolute beginner. If you're just starting out or you're buying a keyboard for a child, you may want to check out this keyboard. Yes, there are better, more expensive models available, but you may want to start out with something low-priced, especially if it's for a child and you don't know how long their interest in keyboards will last. Later on, if the child continues to show interest, only then would I recommend investing in a more expensive keyboard. For $100 you can't go wrong.
The Yamaha PSR-E243 comes with the most basic of features, but it's just what one needs to get started. It has a total of 61 keys, not 88 like a real acoustic piano but this is enough to get going.
One feature that really stands out is the Yamaha Education Suite. This feature which can be found on much more expensive models as well is great for learning how to play songs. You can practice at your individual level with its step by step lessons. There's a very useful chord dictionary as well.
You can connect the keyboard to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch via an optional i-UX1 USB MIDI interface cable. Truly amazing how you can operate your keyboard via such devices, and change sound parameters in real time, whether it's pitch bend, modulation and so on. Just download the apps like My Music Recorder and Sound Controller from the Yamaha app store.
I like the fact that by the press of a button one can get a more spacious sound. Simply press the Ultra-Wide Stereo DSP button for greater separation of the keyboard's sound.
There's a total of 385 voices on the Yamaha PSR E243. Everything from pianos, to organs, saxophones, trumpets, flutes and so on, is right there. Not bad for such a budget portable keyboard. Of course they don't sound like that of expensive models, but they're good enough for a beginner's keyboard. They're some of the best voices one can get for that price.
When you're ready to call up the keyboard's best sounding piano, all you have to do is press the dedicated Portable Grand button. This puts your entire keyboard in piano playing mode. This is a very convenient feature.
With 100 styles, you have a huge range of sounds and genres to choose from. Play along with whatever style you choose and sound like there's an entire band playing along with you.
Overall, this is a good affordable keyboard for beginners. Go here to learn more about the Yamaha PSR E243 keyboard or to make a purchase.
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