This week at the Summer 2017 NAMM show, Yamaha introduced the PSR-EW300 keyboard and the YDP-103 digital piano.
The PSR-EW300, a replacement for the YPG-235. The PSR-EW300 provides beginners with the tools they need to grow and flourish as pianists, including an audio and MIDI interface, onboard lessons, 76-keys, and state-of-the-art Yamaha sounds. The PSR-EW300 reflects the expertise and experience that has made Yamaha the leader in the U.S. keyboard market. It retains the features that made the YPG-235 so popular, while adding the latest technological innovations.
The PSR-EW300’s powerful audio-and-MIDI interface provides 2-way connectivity using a single USB-to-host cable. Players can use it to expand the capabilities of the instrument by accessing the wide world of educational and creative apps available on their iOS devices or computers.
Like its predecessor, the PSR-EW300 offers both portability and a keyboard large enough for serious practice. Its 48 notes of polyphony — compared to 32 for the YPG-235 — allow complex passages to be played without any drop-outs. Students and their teachers will also appreciate the built-in Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.) lessons, which are designed to supplement a student’s regular piano instruction. The innovative Touch Tutor function helps beginning pianists learn to play with better dynamics.
The Aux Line Input allows for connection of a smartphone or other music source, making it possible for users to listen to or play along with their favorite songs. The built-in Melody Suppressor reduces the level of the lead vocal or lead instrument, allowing the player to take center stage while singing or playing along.
Other notable features:
• Duo mode, which splits the keyboard into two halves, each with their own “middle C,” for practicing with a partner.
• A backlit LCD for better visibility of screen information in all kinds of lighting.
• A choice of AC or battery power so users have the option to plug in when an outlet is available or use batteries (not included) for complete mobility.
• Accompaniment Styles, which creates an automatic “backing band” that responds to chords played on the keyboard.
The Yamaha PSR-EW300 (MSRP: $249.99) portable keyboard will ship in September.
Yamaha also showcased the YDP-103, the latest and most affordable member of its popular Arius family of console digital pianos. It combines the authentic sound and playing experience of a Yamaha acoustic piano with advanced digital features like iOS control and USB/MIDI connectivity.
The 88-key YPD-103 is a joy to play, and is equally at home in the living room or school piano lab. It’s equipped with the acclaimed Yamaha Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard action, which replicates the difference in touch between the low and high keys, just like on an acoustic piano. The black keys feature a matte-black finish — another realistic touch — which keeps them from becoming slippery when played for extended periods. The accuracy of the YPD-103’s playing experience is crucial for helping aspiring pianists develop proper finger technique.
Stereo AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) sampling technology delivers a remarkably realistic piano sound, and Yamaha-exclusive Dynamic Voice Allocation makes it possible to play the most complex passages without any notes dropping out. The stereo speaker system reproduces the onboard sounds with brilliance and clarity. And Dual headphone jacks make it possible for student and teacher or parent and child to listen and play together.
The YPD-103’s realism also extends to its looks, thanks to attractive rosewood cabinetry that reflects the legendary Yamaha heritage in piano craftsmanship.
Built-in USB/MIDI connectivity lets the user access the ever-expanding world of interactive educational software for the pianist on iOS or Mac/Windows. What’s more, the YPD-103 is compatible with Yamaha’s Digital Piano Controller App for iOS, which allows the user to easily setup, customize, and adjust many functions and parameters of the piano from the touch screen of an iPhone or iPad. Tasks such as layering sounds, adding reverb, and changing the touch curve are easy to accomplish with the large, intuitive and colorful app.
The Yamaha YDP-103 (MSRP: $1,299.00) Arius digital piano is now shipping.