Yamaha YPG 535 Review - Yamaha DGX530 Review
Let's take a look at the Yamaha YPG535 also known as the Yamaha DGX530.
You can find this keyboard online for about 500 bucks. If you're lucky you may be able to find a used one for much less. I saw some used ones around last time I checked.
The Yamaha YPG 535 (Yamaha DGX530) comes with some features that are typical of grand pianos. In particular, it includes 88 keys, and a Graded Soft Touch keyboard. I was impressed with the stereo-sampled grand piano voice it comes with. It sounded beautiful on the keyboard's, stereo, two way speaker system. But if you're looking for weighted keys you need to look elsewhere; the keys on this portable piano are semi-weighted. Different strokes for different folks.
The Yamaha DGX530 comes with a wide selection of sounds. There are 5 Sweet, 5 Cool and 3 Live voices, as well as 500 GM and XGlite compatible voices. Wow!
It's amazing all the features that today's keyboards come with. The Yamaha YPG535 is no exception. I found the on screen notation display and interactive lessons, to be great assets to this keyboard.
Once again, Yamaha has created a keyboard which is great for those learning to play the keyboard or piano. It is equipped with the Yamaha Education Suite, a feature that teaches you how to play. If you are learning to play and are looking to buy a keyboard, you should consider buying one that includes this feature. And since the Yamaha YPG-535 comes with a pretty large, highly visible LCD screen it is very easy to use. There are three lesson modes, wait mode, minus one mode and tempo mode, as well as seven levels of increasing difficulty for each mode. There's even an automatic grading function allowing you to monitor your progress. The chord dictionary is also an important feature; it's a great way to familiarize yourself with various chords. My recommendation is that you use the Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S) feature to compliment an actual music teacher. This can certainly put you several steps ahead.
Yamaha YPG535 Review (Yamaha DGX530 Review)
I like the fact that one can sight read right on the screen of the Yamaha YPG-535. You can go as far as connecting the keyboard to your computer via a USB input and hence the internet. Once on the internet, you can download songs in MIDI format and they can be displayed on the LCD screen as a notated score. And with an additional feature called Digital Music Notebook, you can have access to an infinite Library of music, allowing you to play as many pieces as you can.
As a composer myself, I had a good look at the 6-track recorder. If you're looking to compose your own music, a keyboard that comes with a built-in sequencer would be great. I just wish this one came with more tracks. Nonetheless, it's a good starting point if you ask me. You can record various parts and make your own compositions on the instrument and you have the option of saving your music to your computer, hard disk or thumb drive.
My thoughts are that the Yamaha YPG 535 would be better for intermediate players although anyone can use it. If you've been playing for a while but on a low budget, if you don't want to dish out as much as $1500 on a keyboard, you should consider the Yamaha YPG-535. Look around, read other reviews and decide whether this is right for you.
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