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Yamaha PSR-E423 - 61-Key Portable Keyboard   

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A 61-key portable keyboard that's fun for both beginners and performers.

The Yamaha PSR-E423 portable keyboard offers several innovative features. This includes the basic features for learning to play, such as the Yamaha portable grand button (which instantly resets the keyboard to the finest onboard piano settings) and the Yamaha Education Suite buttons (which include built-in songs and 7 levels of lessons). In addition, the Yamaha PSR-E423 has features for when it's time to perform, such as synthesizer control knobs for realtime control of the filter, effects, sound envelope, and style tempo. The Yamaha keyboard's arpeggiator provides 150 different patterns and 40 arpeggio voices. Along with its black body, these easy-to-use, professional features set this 61-note keyboard apart from others in its class.

Control knobs, arpeggiator, and pitch bend:
Most of the features of the Yamaha PSR-E423 have been enhanced over its predecessor. 2 control knobs provide realtime control for filtering the main melody tone and changing the tempo of the arpeggio, just like an analog synthesizer. The Yamaha keyboard's pitch bend wheel brings voices like the sax and trumpet to life.

Improved arpeggio function:
Tap into instant inspiration with the arpeggio function, which has been improved for smoother playability. The Yamaha keyboard's hold mode and allocated key-range will free you up to play with both hands. It provides an expanded 150 patterns that automatically generate even more useful phrases that change depending on the notes and chords you play.

A variety of new dynamic voices:
Dynamic voices usually found on high-end workstations are now on the PSR-E423 61-note keyboard. There are 2 different waveforms that change depending on how hard you play the keyboard, allowing for more expression on voices, such as an overdriven or nylon guitar. High-quality voices, from acoustic instruments to electric sounds, have been expanded to 700 varieties. All of these voices sound even better through the bass-enhanced, 2-way speakers.

Wider world content and 174 varieties of styles with auto-backing mode:
Arabic, Indian, and Chinese content has been added to styles, rhythms, and voices. With these styles and voices, you'll sound like you've got a professional backing band behind you.

Extended flash memory and connectivity to PC with USB:
4 times more flash memory has been added to the Yamaha PSR-E423 keyboard so you can play along with your favorites transferred from a PC.


SPECIFICATIONS

PSR-E423 - 61-Key Portable Keyboard

  • Yamaha Keyboard:
  • 61 keyboard-style keys
  • Touch response: yes
  • Voice:
  • Number of voices: 700 (183 panel voices + 462 XGlite voices + 15 drum/SFX kits + 40 arpeggio voices)
  • Number of polyphony: 32
  • Featured voices: Sweet! voice x 5; Cool! voice x 3; dynamic voice x 3
  • Voice edit: 2 control knobs (filter cutoff/resonance, effect reverb/chorus, EG attack/release, style filter cutoff/resonance, style tempo)
  • Compatibility: XG lite/ XG/ GM: yes/ no/ yes
  • Effect:
  • Reverb/chorus: 9 types/4 types
  • Preset master EQ: 5 types
  • Dual/split: yes/ yes
  • Harmony/echo: 26 types
  • Arpeggio: 150 types
  • Style:
  • Preset/user: 174/yes
  • Sections: intro/ending /main A/main B/fill AB/fill BA
  • Fingering: multi
  • Song:
  • Playback: number of preset songs: 30 (30 onboard, 70 CD-ROM); compatible file format: SMF
  • Recording: number of songs: 5 (maximum); number of tracks: 6 (5 melody + 1 chord); realtime/step/ edit: yes/ no/ no
  • User song to SMF converter: no
  • Score display: no
  • Easy song arranger:
  • Yes
  • Music database overall control:
  • Number of songs: 305
  • Tempo/metronome: yes
  • Transpose/tuning: -12 to 0, 0 to +12/ ±100 cents
  • Pitch bend range: 1 to 12
  • Lesson:
  • Type: Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.); waiting, your tempo, minus one
  • Repeat & learn: yes
  • Chord dictionary: yes
  • Performance assistant technology:
  • Chord
  • One touch setting:
  • Yes (including voice list)
  • Registration memory:
  • 2 pads x 8 banks
  • Controller:
  • Pitch bend wheel: yes
  • Control knobs: yes, knobs x 2
  • Pedal: sustain (optional)
  • Display:
  • Type: custom LCD/92mm x 42mm
  • Backlit: yes (blue LED)
  • Storage:
  • Flash memory XG/XF songs: yes (1.8 MB)
  • Outboard:
  • Song: style: yes
  • Content:
  • Others: yes
  • Cabinet:
  • Key cover style: sliding
  • PC connectivity:
  • Song transfer: yes
  • Interactive (DMN/Hi-Chao): yes
  • Auxiliary jacks:
  • DC In: DC In, Phones (Output), Pedal (Sustain), USB to host (MIDI)
  • Amp and speakers:
  • 2.5W+2.5W/12cm & times; 2 + 3cm x2
  • Sleep mode:
  • No
  • Power:
  • Power supply: PA-130 adaptor (not included), or six "AA" size, LR6 or equivalent batteries (not included)
  • Dimensions (without music rest):
  • 37.2"W x 5.4"H x 15.8"D
  • Weight:
  • 15 lb., 7 oz.
  • Bundled accessories:
  • Hard-copy songbook: no
  • CD-ROM: yes: menu application, Musicsoft downloader, USB-MIDI driver, song data, style data, MDB data, songbook (in PDF format)
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YamahaPSR-E423 - 61-Key Portable Keyboard
 
4.8

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Pre-programmed music (7)
  • Responsive / good action (7)
  • Touch sensitive keys (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Learning (6)
  • Accompaniment (4)
  • Electronic music (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well worth the money

I purchased the PSRE423 on behalf of my church, to be used with a praise band. It's replacing an older full-size Kurzwell keyboard. The goal was to save space and get something much...Read complete review

I purchased the PSRE423 on behalf of my church, to be used with a praise band. It's replacing an older full-size Kurzwell keyboard. The goal was to save space and get something much more lightweight since we have to move all our instruments and musical equipment fairly regularly. We were not disappointed.Going from playing a full size keyboard to playing a 61 key instrument takes a little getting used to, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. This thing is so lightweight anybody can move it. We were really cramped for space and this smaller size keyboard gives us just the extra space we needed. Overall, with the good sound it puts out, the low low price, the ease of moving it, and extra space it allows, this keyboard was well worth the money.
The PSRE423 is versatile in that a number of voice combinations are available using the 'Dual' function. I already have two different settings stored in memory that I'll be using regularly. One is a piano and strings combination and the other is a sawtooth lead with strings in the background. Since I never use the highest notes but frequently hit a low bass note, I adjusted the pitch down one octave. That works perfectly. I haven't gotten serious with the arpeggiator function yet but it sounds like it has potential. We have a drummer, but if we have to do without one at some point, I can use the Style feature and program in a percussion setting.
Puts out a nice sound and really sounds good coming through the church sound system. The sound quality is good enough that I could play along with the other instruments in the congregational music.
The casing is just as durable as a high end keyboard.
The PSRE423 sells for a low price, considered a beginner's keyboard, so you can't beat the price. It has much more potential than just a beginner's keyboard though. I've been playing keyboard for about ten years and find it more than adequate. Considering all the features it has, the value is fantastic.

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Pro? NO.

I picked up one of these used for forty. Not a bad deal. But I felt the need to write a review b/c it seems some of the folks here are greatly exaggerating...Read complete review

I picked up one of these used for forty. Not a bad deal. But I felt the need to write a review b/c it seems some of the folks here are greatly exaggerating the keyboard. So much so, it makes me think they are not real reviewers. I own a variety of keyboards including Roland, Korg, Yamaha and Casio. This is nowhere near pro quality. It is a home keyboard for novice home players. It has some interesting E pianos, synth leads and pads and some fun arpeggio voices that can inspire but is otherwise plagued by "home keyboard-itis". There are only a few piano voices. The electric guitars are simply awful. So bad that you'd expect to hear them on an 80s home keyboard. Not one is 2015. The strings have that typical home keyboard sound as do the accompaniments. And the organs are disappointing. My old Yamaha DJXII has far better organs than this. I don't know what purpose the XG Lite voices serve b/c they are literally watered down versions of the original fuller voices. The drum kits lack realism but I do like playing with the ethnic drum kits, Indian, Chinese and Arabian. I have a Casio LK270 that is head and shoulders superior to this. Those things being said, it's a fun little home keyboard. Fun to tinker and play with. Anyone with pro gear though will soon be back sitting in front of those to workout the diddy they started on the 423.

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3.0

Pro? NO.

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Comments about Yamaha PSR-E423 - 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

I picked up one of these used for forty. Not a bad deal. But I felt the need to write a review b/c it seems some of the folks here are greatly exaggerating the keyboard. So much so, it makes me think they are not real reviewers. I own a variety of keyboards including Roland, Korg, Yamaha and Casio. This is nowhere near pro quality. It is a home keyboard for novice home players. It has some interesting E pianos, synth leads and pads and some fun arpeggio voices that can inspire but is otherwise plagued by "home keyboard-itis". There are only a few piano voices. The electric guitars are simply awful. So bad that you'd expect to hear them on an 80s home keyboard. Not one is 2015. The strings have that typical home keyboard sound as do the accompaniments. And the organs are disappointing. My old Yamaha DJXII has far better organs than this. I don't know what purpose the XG Lite voices serve b/c they are literally watered down versions of the original fuller voices. The drum kits lack realism but I do like playing with the ethnic drum kits, Indian, Chinese and Arabian. I have a Casio LK270 that is head and shoulders superior to this. Those things being said, it's a fun little home keyboard. Fun to tinker and play with. Anyone with pro gear though will soon be back sitting in front of those to workout the diddy they started on the 423.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

psr-e423

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from ne pa

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Range Of Sounds

Cons

  • None For The Price

Best Uses

    Comments about Yamaha PSR-E423 - 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

    for the price its a lot of value....bought it as gift and it did not disappoint...from beginner to pro, everyone can have fun w this keyboard...you could even gig with it in a pinch.... nice range of sounds and options...

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Keyboard

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    from San Diego

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Has Self-program Options
    • Pre-programmed music
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Totally Worth The Money
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music
    • Learning
    • Travel
    • Use As Piano And Synth

    Comments about Yamaha PSR-E423 - 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

    This keyboard is amazing! Its professional quality for less than half of what you'd normally pay for. Come with huge selection of pre-programmed sounds and allows you add your own. Arpeggio button with multiple types of arpeggios. Equalizer, processor and pitch shifter. This is a great buy for someone learning how to use a synthesizer or learning piano, but also works on a professional level as well.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth the Money

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    from CT

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Pre-programmed music
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Learning

      Comments about Yamaha PSR-E423 - 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

      I'm an older guy - playing guitar for a few years and decided to get a keyboard to work out new songs on. Full size solid keys, great quality and sound, more effects than I'll need for a long time. Based on what I looked at nothing comes close in this price range. Don't forget to buy the AC adapter - give me a break!

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent product, excellent service.

      By 

      from Jupiter, FL

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Learning
      • Learning Instrument
      • School Bands

      Comments about Yamaha PSR-E423 - 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

      This product was purchased for my grandson, he had outgrown his old one and specifically requested this product, it is very similar to the one his school band uses. He initially was in the symphonic band, then honors, now jazz so this keyboard is a great learning and growing instrument. I would recommend it to anyone.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Enjoying it immensely

      By 

      from Sullivan, In

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Love The Sound
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha PSR-E423 - 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

        Enjoying it immensely. I do wish it had been shipped in a box or brown shipping paper, since it was left on my front porch for all to see when delivered. Just an idea -- especially at Christmas. Thanks!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic keyboard

        By 

        from GA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Pre-programmed music
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Electronic Music
        • Learning
        • School Bands

        Comments about Yamaha PSR-E423 - 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

        This is a great keyboard for starting out or for someone on a budget that's wants a keyboard that's loaded with features. The rhythm section is loads of fun and sound so good that you could make money as a DJ with just those patterns. The two control knobs that provide real-time control of filter, effects, and sound envelope, are one of the main features that this keyboard offers over other models. The grand piano tones sound beautiful and the sax tones are also very well done. We also have a P105 Yamaha and the PSR-E433 grand piano tones are almost identical and the on-board speakers sound great. We plugged this baby into a custom tube amp with a 12 inch speaker and got a very real sounding B3 tone. There's plenty of creativity that you'll be able to explore on this keyboard and you can't find a better sounding, featured loaded keyboard than the PSR-E433. Just a fantastic keyboard and a real bargain at this price!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Sound

        By 

        from Alabama

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Love It
        • Portable
        • Pre-programmed music
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Learning

          Comments about Yamaha PSR-E423 - 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

          Love it! Sound, appereance, and all the sound and music that has.

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great little keyboard

          By 

          from Ft Myers, Fl

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Pre-programmed music
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Chamber Music
            • Concerts
            • Electronic Music
            • Learning
            • MIDI

            Comments about Yamaha PSR-E423 - 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

            I ordered this keyboard to use in recording music on my computer. I do not
            play piano, only know a few cords, but I have been very happy with it and it sounds great. For the money you can't beat it. My only complaint is with
            Yamaha being too cheap to supply a power cord. So when you order this
            keyboard, save yourself from running around to different stores and order the cord for with it. Also, a plug for Musicians Friend. I have ordered may things
            from them and have never been disappointed with their service.

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            (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Woah...wow!

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            from FEMA Region VIII

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            Comments about Yamaha PSR-E423 - 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

            I can't wait to try out the higher priced model after I give this one away to my sis.
            This keyboard has awesome sounds (around 500 - the possibilities are ridiculous) and very decent key action (velocity sensitivity) for the price.

            This is a large keyboard for those of you that expect a toy when it comes to price - not necessarily a bad thing - you will need to buy the adapter (SKU# 336005000000000) if you don't plan on burning through six AA batteries every few days - depending on use, of course.

            Just the sound quality of the Grand Piano feature alone makes this keyboard quite awesome for the price. The volume doesn't quite go as loud as I would like, but the headphone jack makes up for it quite well. This is certainly a fine keyboard for entry-level students! Unknowing individuals might mistake this for a much more expensive model.

            Audio-freaks: I connected the 1/4" output (headphone jack) to an audio interface with Mogami cables and it was really noisy - so, in my case, I would not consider this model for recording or live performances. I plan on giving this to my sister, that could care less about signal, and buy a more expensive model with better circuitry for pro audio; the sounds on this unit are great! otherwise (Yamaha mentions in the manual that they are somewhat downgraded versions of their pro stuff).

            Again, it does not come with the AC adapter, nor a USB cable. If unfamiliar with various USB cable ends be sure to check the output type on the keyboard. I luckily had one handy. It's not an uncommon USB cable connection. Only worry about getting one if you plan on using this as a MIDI controller for software use (tried it out with Reason 6) and/or downloading extra lessons after registration. Yes, this keyboard includes lessons and more! The screen shows notes in music notation as they are played on the keys. Invaluable!

            AAA outstanding for what 99% buyers searching in this price range might expect.
            At the price it is unbelievable. Yamaha - no surprise.
            This is no toy.

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