Yamaha DGX230 Review
Here's my long overdue review of the Yamaha DGX 230 keyboard. This is a beginner's keyboard and can be bought for between 270 and 300 dollars online. This Yamaha DGX 230 portable keyboard has improved content over the older model, the Yamaha DGX220. It comes with extra new styles, 489 AWM sounds (including Sweet! & Cool! voices) and an increased Music Database.
More keys are often a factor for students and musicians. If 61 keys are not enough and you really want a low-priced keyboard you may want to look into this model. It comes with 76 keys with "Graded Soft Touch" action and different levels of resistance. The keys are heavier towards the bass end and lighter towards the treble end, like an acoustic piano.
Thanks to the Yamaha Education Suite feature, you can learn how to play keyboard right on your Yamaha DGX230 keyboard. There are three keyboard lessons for each hand, lesson grading, repeat and learn feature and a chord dictionary. Supplement this with a music teacher or 'how to play piano' course and you will be well on your way.
There's also a sequencer for bringing out the composer in you. Although it's pretty simple and straightforward. You can record 6 tracks and 5 songs on the Yamaha DGX230 portable keyboard.
You can connect your keyboard to the computer via USB and Flash ROM and hence connect to the Internet. The keyboard comes with 30 built-in songs plus 70 more on an included CD-ROM. Once online you can download as many songs as you like.
Other features on the Yamaha DGX-230 include pitch bend wheel, reverb, chorus and EQ effects, harmony/echo effects, dual/split, large backlit LCD display, and 6W+6W stereo speaker system. The keyboard operates and is sold with an adaptor.
Beginners will love the various features that make it easy to operate the Yamaha DGX-230 keyboard. These include One Touch Setting, Registration Memory and Performance Assistant Technology. I like the fact that one can press a dedicated portable grand button and instantly jump back to the grand piano voice during play.
Overall this is a pretty good keyboard for students and beginners. Very simple and straightforward keyboard for someone on a low budget. But usually the more you pay the better your keyboard gets. Go here for a guide to choosing the best keyboard for you.
And in case you decide to buy this keyboard check out this online store (zZounds).
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