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A fun and easy way to learn keyboards!

The Yamaha EZ250i Portable Keyboard with Lights means that learning to play music doesn't have to be all work and no play. The new EZ-250i lighted keyboard from Yamaha comes bundled with Konami Keyboard Mania software so that once you're done practicing, simply connect the 250i to your computer via the convenient USB jack and challenge yourself to a multilevel game against the computer. Post your scores online and see and how well others are doing. And without even knowing it, you're still learning to play music! Sound too good to be true? Well, read on and find out just what this keyboard can (or should we say, can't) do.

Keyboard learning in the 21st Century - Konami Keyboard Mania

The EZ-250i is the first and only keyboard from Yamaha that comes bundled with Konami Keyboard Mania music software for the PC (Windows only). Simply connect your keyboard to your computer via USB and let the games begin. This software challenges you to find notes on the keyboard (which light up to make it easier) before they disappear off the computer screen. There are different levels including practicing your timing as the notes drop or finding the actual pitch of the notes. In addition, there are variations that stop and wait for you to find the notes and then continue on. You can choose any tracks of the music that you like (even the drum track!) and load in new General MIDI songs that you download from your computer ”- for example from the Internet. The game is entertaining, fun, and challenging, and best of all you're learning timing, pitch, and other music fundamentals.

PC Button & USB: This keyboard loves your computer!

Our customers have told us that one of the more important features to them, is the ability to connect their keyboard to their computer. The EZ-250i has many state of the art features to make connecting as quick and easy as possible. These features include the PC Button, which takes a snapshot of your MIDI settings so that you can instantly return to them with just the press of a single button, and a USB port for transferring song data to and from your computer and playing the Konami Keyboard Mania software. In addition, the USB port acts as a MIDI interface, freeing you from having to purchase other MIDI peripherals like cables and adapters to play music. Simply connect the included cable to your computer, open your favorite music software program and hit PLAY. That's it.

How about the sound?

The EZ250i has a touch-sensitive keyboard, features a stereo-sampled piano voice and dynamic filtering; technology previously reserved for much more expensive, professional keyboards. In addition, you'll find that playing piano is fast and easy with Yamaha's Portable Grand function. One dedicated button brings up a great sounding piano, stunningly rich and authentic in its sound and exceptionally responsive to your playing touch, as well as setting up the keyboard to play as a piano in full keyboard mode. But it doesn't stop there.

The EZ-250i comes equipped with 480 Voices that include all the sounds of the orchestra, synthesizer patches, 10 Drum Kits and 2 Sound Effects Kits. It is both General MIDI (GM) and XGlite compatible, making it compatible with pretty much every MIDI file available anywhere.

And no matter what level of playing ability your at, you'll appreciate being able to build combinations of your favorite sounds. Pressing the "Split" button divides the instrument into 2 parts, allowing you to have 2 different sounds on the keyboard at the same time, like piano on the right and bass on the left and "Layer" mode allows you to combine 2 sounds across the keyboard range. For example, you could layer piano and strings and play both sounds at the same time. With 480 voices to choose from, the combinations are only limited by your imagination.

Yamaha Education Suite Learning to play songs and chords

The EZ-250i comes with 80 built-in songs with Songbook. But if you've never played before, where do you start? Well, if learning to play music is important to you, the Yamaha Education Suite, a wonderful set of music training functions, makes learning music incredibly easy. Seven types of lessons are available as well as a convenient chord dictionary.

* 3 keyboard lessons for each hand
Timing mode: You can play the melody or chord by pressing any key using the correct timing.
Waiting mode: Playback pauses until you find and play the correct chord or melody note. Keys illuminate to guide you to the correct notes.
Minus One mode: Mute the left-hand, right-hand, or both parts of a song and play along nonstop.

Lesson Grading -- monitors your progress as you practice each lesson.

Chord Dictionary -- shows you how to play chords by lighting the keys.

Keyboard Styles and the One Touch Setting

The EZ-250i comes with 100 built-in styles, waiting for you to play along with. It's just like having a built-in band. Call up your favorite style of music like Rock, Big Band or Country, press a chord or play Single Finger mode, and the 250i will follow you through a piece of music, providing all of the drums, bass, piano, guitar, horn and string parts for you. And to make it easy and fun, when you select one of the styles, the One Touch Setting function will automatically configure keyboard parameters such as voice selection and digital effects, to match that selected music style.

Bass Boost System

A special port on each speaker adds a powerful impact to bass sound reproduction.
Stereo (Not just 2 Speakers)
We all know that stereo sound adds realistic character and spatial depth. But how can you tell if the portable keyboard you're looking to purchase is stereo or not? With Yamaha, the answer is simple. All Yamaha Portable Keyboards are true stereo.

Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Enhances sound quality with sophisticated digital effects like Harmony, Reverb & Chorus.
Advanced Wave Memory (AWM)
Yamaha Advanced Wave Memory technology delivers amazingly realistic sound.

32-note Polyphony

What's polyphony, you ask? Simply put, polyphony is how many notes a keyboard can reproduce simultaneously. The EZ-250i has 32-note Polyphony allowing you to play intricate arrangements and dense musical passages.

Powered by 6 D batteries or PA3C power supply (not included).

Get all the accessories you need with a Yamaha Survival Kit!

FEATURES
  • Lighted touch-sensitive keyboard
  • Konami Keyboard Mania software
  • Connect the 250i to your computer via the convenient USB jack
  • Load in new General MIDI songs
  • Learn timing, pitch and other music fundamentals
  • 100 built-in styles such as Rock, Big Band or Country
  • Single Finger mode
  • One Touch Setting fu automatically configures keyboard parameters such as voice selection and digital effects to selected music style
  • A special port on each speaker adds powerful bass
  • Stereo (Not just 2 Speakers)
  • 32-note polyphony
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4.3

(based on 7 reviews)

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5.0

CathyW's review

By CathyW

from Jacksonville, FL

I wanted a keyboard for my 4 yr old daughter to learn piano with and this is perfect. I can download children's MIDI songs and she can follow along with the lights while her Dad plays guitar. The built in tutorial is also helpful.

 
5.0

Guitarists' Jammin' Partner!!!

By BigJimi57--D.Ix

from Lyme, Ct. USA

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I'm a guitarist, but thanks to the EZ-250i, I jam the KEYS now too!!! This keyboard is another "must have" item for the musician looking to "cross-train" between instruments...are you a knowledgeable musician looking to play KEYBOARDS in addition to guitar/bass/drums?!?! You will be able to play all the chords within 30 minutes & create fantastic jam-tracks for your soloing practice!! The EZ-250 has a chord dictionary(great stuff) & the keys light up for your initial playing...I never use the MIDI stuff...I just jam along with the numerous styles...Scorching Blues, Jammin Reggae & Groovin'Hip-Hop stuff...you'll become a serious keyboard player in no time with the Yamaha!!! I make jam tapes & use them for guitar/bass soloing practice. The EZ-250 is battery powered or AC, so you can play outdoors with your acoustic buddy jammin' along....impressive!!! The sound is EXCELLENT, & I plug the EZ-250 into my 60 watt Bass Amp if I need REALLY LOUD sound! For the price, this keyboard will blow your mind...you now have a back-up band at your disposal 24-7..you can just use the beats or the chord style modes to set unbelievable rhythms while you accompany with whatever your heart desires. The EZ-250 has over 400 voices, & they ROCK!!!! I love the "feedback-guitar" voice...used with the sustain pedal you can play some face-melting solos as you accompany yourself in Blues, Rock, Reggae or one of 100 different styles (even bluegrass with BANJO!!). If you ROCK already & want to grab another instrument in your QUIVER, the EZ-250 is a must-have!!! If you haven't ever played a note, this is also the tool for you to learn quickly while having FUN!!!! Buy the Yamaha EZ-250i!!! IT ROCKS THE HOUSE!!!

 
2.0

No sir, didn't like it

By Troilus

from MA

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You can buy a better lighted key keyboard for less. The USB feature is cool, but the software gets old fast.

 
3.0

It's OK

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought it with my kids in mind. And it is OK for them to play and learn on. But as an adult I wished that I had gotten one with more features at a better price. The keys are not weighted... the display is hard to read... blah, blah, blah... I guess I should have done my homework and locate a keybrd for the WHOLE family... at a better price.

 
5.0

Nice Starter

By Joey4420

from Spencer, WV

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I had this Keyboard for only two weeks(never played before) and could play the linus and lucy tune by heart and my 8 year old boy can do the same.

 
5.0

Very Happy With It!

By Kozfam

from Illinois

I bought this for my two youngest children. They enjoy the many different orchestra/piano/misc. voices available. We all like the "wait" feature, where the piano waits for you to hit the right notes for the pre-programmed songs, as well as the right-hand-only or left-hand-only feature. I like the fact that there is a built-in metronome (although it took awhile for me to figure out how to use it!) The only bad point is the music rack, which doesn't hold the music well. All in all, however, this is a great keyboard.

 
5.0

Great Beginning Keyboard

By Regulator

from Aliso Viejo, CA

I'm an absolute beginner. The keyboard seems to be terrific. The USB connection was easy to setup. In just a couple weeks, I can already play a couple songs. My only nit is the age of some of the demo/lite software included on the Survival CD (extra cost includes extended warranty). Some of the special offers expire in 2001 and this is 2004!

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