Yamaha PSR-E453 and PSR-EW400 Portable Keyboards

Mike Lawson • Instruments & Gear • May 9, 2016

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Yamaha has added the PSR-E453 and the PSR-EW400 to its popular family of portable keyboards, the best-selling line in the United States.

These new models offer a host of serious, yet easy-to-use professional features to help beginners and intermediate musicians take their live performance, composing and recording to the next level.

The 61-key PSR-E453 provides both audio and MIDI transfer via the USB to HOST port – a first at this price point, and previously available only on professional-level keyboards. This enables easy transmission of data between the keyboard and a connected computer, including keyboard performance information and Song playback data. Additionally, assignable Live Control Knobs on the PSR-E453 allow for on-the-fly manipulation of Voices and Styles, similar to an analog synth.

The instrument includes more than 750 high-resolution instrument Voices, giving players an incredible pallet of sounds to choose from, whether creating or performing live. Moreover, the new keyboard features DJ Pattern Mode, which puts a wealth of powerful loops and beats at the user’s fingertips to instantly and spontaneously create dynamically varied music like a DJ. Rounding out the features is a powerful, 6W on-board speaker system.

Designed with the piano-focused player in mind, the PSR-EW400 is the first keyboard in the PSR-E series to incorporate 76 touch-sensitive keys in a wider design, which provides extra room for Split Keyboard and piano playing. It features a high-resolution Live! Grand Piano Voice, an Arpeggio function, a robust 12W per side sound system, as well as auxiliary line outputs for connecting to external amplification, making it a solid choice for the gigging musician.

Finally, the keyboard has many easy-to-use professional features that allow the user to tailor the sound and effects to their needs, then save it to a Registration button for instant recall. Banks of Registrations can be saved to a USB drive and reloaded at will.

“The PSR-E453 and PSR-EW400 are ideal starter instruments, but also are robust alternatives for experienced players who seek advanced capabilities for their live performance and/or their composing,” said Mark Anderson, director of marketing, Keyboard division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “While both are smart investments, the PSR-E453 is an easy choice for those wanting to add personal control options to their performance, while the PSR-EW400 is the perfect answer for a gigging pianist on a budget.”

Pricing and Availability

Yamaha PSR-E453 (MSRP: $479.00) and PSR-EW400 (MSRP: $599.00) portable keyboards will ship in April 2016.

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