The Yamaha YPT 240 is a very basic keyboard for beginners. This keyboard is great for children in particular. I would suggest that an adult spend a little more for something better. But if you're looking to buy a keyboard for your child or a young student, this is a good choice. It's very affordable so there's not much at stake. Later on, you can buy a more expensive model if the child shows that s/he is clearly interested in continuing with the keyboard.
At first glance, it's a very beautiful keyboard. All the buttons are arranged neatly and everything is so user friendly. It comes with two speakers so there's no need to worry about not having an amplifier to plug your keyboard into.
There's a headphone output so you can just plug in your headphones and not disturb anyone. You can connect a footswitch as well, although its not sold with the keyboard. To get these optional accessories you have to buy what is known as the Yamaha Survival Kit which sells for about 35 US dollars.
One feature which I found pretty useful was the dedicated piano button. At the press of a button you can return your keyboard to full piano mode for the best sounding piano on the keyboard.
The Yamaha YPT 240 comes with Yamaha Education Suite lesson functions that teach you how to play songs. Lessons like Listen and Learn, Timing, Waiting, a chord dictionary, A-B repeat, are all in there. At the press of a button, you're on your way. With its step by step lessons a beginner will learn to play songs before too long.
With a feature called Melody Suppressor, you can connect an mp3 player, computer, keyboard or other music device to the AUX-in port of your keyboard; by pressing the Melody Suppressor button, you reduce the level of the lead vocal in a song. You can then play along with a background track without the melody being in the way.
There's a total of 385 voices on this 61-key keyboard. For such a basic keyboard, the voices are pretty good. Better than other brands like Casio that cost the same or even more.
You can connect the Yamaha YPT-240 to an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and operate your keyboard from any of these devices. Download the appropriate app from Yamaha, connect your device via an optional accessory, i-UX1, and you're good to go. Parameters like pitch bend and modulation to name a few can be controlled from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
This keyboard comes with 100 preset accompaniment styles. Choose any style and be accompanied by an entire 'band' of players.
Overall this is a very good beginner's keyboards. As always, the more money you spend the better a keyboard gets. But if you're on a tight budget, the Yamaha YPT 240 is worth a try. Check it out.
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