Yamaha keyboard review explanations; part 2.

Making the right choice... Yamaha keyboard review.

Have you read part one? Discusses terms like polyphony, Graded Hammer Effect, and MIDI.

Are you looking to buy a Yamaha keyboard? ... You need to take some time to read a Yamaha keyboard review. Here are some more things you may want to look out for.

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#5. Portability

It all depends on what you really want. Personally, I have always liked portability in a keyboard. I like to know that I can easily move a keyboard around, except if that keyboard is simply going to sit at home or in a studio. However, sometimes a keyboard or digital piano has so many enticing features that you don't bother too much about portability.

#6. Built-in sequencer

While reading a Yamaha keyboard review you normally come across the phrase built-in sequencer, which refers to recording tracks on your keyboard. Some Yamaha keyboards, especially digital pianos like the YDP113 come with only two tracks while keyboards like the PSR550 have as many as 16 tracks. If you are going to do a lot of sequencing on your keyboard, you need to get no less than 16 tracks.

#7. Accompaniment

When it comes to accompaniment styles, I don't put anything past Yamaha PSR keyboards. Accompaniment styles come in very handy for those who like playing with an accompaniment in the background, such as one-man-bands. Yamaha digital pianos like the Yamaha YDP113 will not give you that feature so you would probably choose a Yamaha keyboard like the DGX500.

#8. Sound

The bottom line is sound. As far as I'm concerned a keyboard could have 1000 features but if the sound is bad there's no point in buying it. This is definitely one thing I look for when I read someone's Yamaha keyboard review.

For some people, all they want in a keyboard is a good piano sound. Therefore, what's the point of buying a keyboard where everyone complains about the piano?

#9. What will you be using your keyboard for?

This is a very important question that must be asked before you put out that credit card. A professional keyboard player will not embarrass himself with a keyboard like the PSR172, while a beginner or student would be better off saving their money instead of buying a Yamaha Motif ES. At the end of the day, you're the only one who knows what you really need.

Reviews are very important and should be used as guides, but the ultimate decision rests with you. Good luck!

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