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The Yamaha DGX-203 Digital Grand Portable Keyboard features 76 keys and a new ROM that's loaded with Sweet! and Cool! voices plus a pitch bend wheel. A 6-track sequencer lets you record your creations. The Performance Assistant and EZ Song Arranger help you develop and rearrange your songs and the improved Yamaha Education Suite includes a new Your Tempo feature that listens to your performance then slows down the tempo in difficult sections. A Repeat and Learn function helps you nail songs and techniques. A USB connector plus one-touch PC button offer plug-and-play connectivity and MIDI transmission to your PC. Flash ROM memory lets you store new songs.
Reviewed by 12 customers
For the number of keys and features on this keyboard, its a really good deal. The 1/4" input is a rarity on cheap plastic keyboards, but this one has it, allowing you to plug into an amp or PA system with ease. The USB function is the best part--this keyboard makes a fine MIDI controller, though i can't get the pitch wheel to work in MIDI mode. Some negative points are the plastic construction and non-reinforced jacks. It's sturdy enough, but one of my black keys wiggles noisily when played, though it and everything else still works. The onboard sounds are most terrible, not as great as these other reviews claim. The grand piano is actually pretty good, but the electric pianos are laughable. Organ sounds are passable. 98% of the patches are garbage. Overall, though, it's a very good deal for a 76 key MIDI controller, and the 1/4" jack makes it feasible for band settings. A good buy, a useful workhorse, but nevertheless.
It has many great sounds but some are very generic and don't even come close to matching the original instrument. The Harmonica is one of them. The sustain feature is bad. Many items that should be quick to access are buried deeply in the menu display among all the settings. This keyboard is only worth buying for some of its great sounds but certainly not if you plan on using it for professional recording or playing in public. My old Yamaha PSR-500 has some sounds and features that'll make you cry- emotionally because they're beautiful. The DGX-203 has some sounds and features that'll also make you cry- but from frustration!
The sound is great straight from the keyboard but sound even better through an amp. With over 400 sounds and even more percussion sounds, it is easy to find a sound for everything. Even though a professional can use it on stage, this keyboard is better for the beginner. The weighted keys give it a very real feel. The touch sensitive keys allow the performer a great range of artistic liberties. I enjoy writing songs using this keyboard and recommend it to the beginner to intermediate keyboardist.
Awesome keyboard and a great price, I would defintely recommend it to any one who is starting a band or is already in one. The keyboard has a really nice sound the grand piano sounds just like a real piano and the sustain pedal works pretty good. Over all great sound, great features and a great price, my only complaint is that the speakers dont crank out much sound and if your planning on playing in a band your probaly going to need to by a keyboard amp for this baby unless of course you are going to play in a band that plays real softly if thats the case wait to by the amp and just see if it works for your band, but I strongly recommend an amp beacuase the drums will over power the keyboard but other than that this keyboard is awesome defintely a great buy.
This keyboard is a great buy. I would recomend it for anyone. It is also very easy to use. The piano setting on it sounds almost exactly like a grand piano. It has about 488 different sounds. This keyboard is worth the money that you pay for it.
The sounds on this are good for the price, especially the "Sweet" and "Cool" sounds (I don't know what these mean, but they sound much better than the rest of the sounds). Great grand piano, lots of organs, percussion... everything you need basically. The keys are not weighted, and I don't personally like the way they feel, but it is very expensive to get piano-feeling keys and you have to sacrifice some of the sounds and features of a keyboard like this to get them. I haven't messed with the recording features much, but it seems to work without too much trouble. The speakers on this keyboard are pretty weak... 100% volume doesn't even crank out much. You'll have to have an amp if you want to play along with anyone else.Overall, well made, good price, good sounds.... I think its worth dealing with "keyboard" keys to get all the cool sounds and features.
For the money, this is probably the best keyboard you can get. It's perfect for beginning musicians, it has enough keys for most songs, and a wide variety of instrument voices. The keys don't offer much resistance, but that's to be expected for a value keyboard. The ability to connect to a PC is good, but it only supports up to 5 midi tracks per song. The piano voice sound isn't the fullest either, but it is pretty good. Overall, excellent for amateur musicians, if you are part of a brand though you'll probably need to look for a more advanced keyboard.
Awesome tone and simple controls make this an easy unit to use. For the money this keyboard is tops.
I bought it just looking for something quick and dirty for organs and strings, has some very nice sounding instruments for the price, I like the fact that it also has some decent sounding chorus voices for group play but do not seem to do well if playing solo (group play helps to fade out the unnatural timbre)
This keyboard has helped me alot. Before I got it I didnt have a keyboard that I felt good about playing. But for the price, the clear (acoustic like) sound surprised me, as well as the features. The recording and PC features I found to be really helpful, when inspiration hit me I didnt have to stop and write whatever I just played down, I could just record it and play it back whenever. I find the numerous "Instrument" choices to be a bit excessive but they are fun to play around with. Overall, Yahmaha's quality shines through in this keyboard as much as it does in my acoustic piano.