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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
  • 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

(based on 19 reviews)

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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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Choice

By Sirena Squires

from NC

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

For the price of the PSR-E423, it is an exceptional product. I have found all the sound/music features to be stunningly accurate, without that electronic tone that other keyboards tend to deliver. There is an ouptput, a 1/4" jack for headphones, an amp, or other device. Included is an "Accessory CD-ROM" for Windows, only. You need to buy the power adaptor seperately (PA-130), which is inexpensive. As mentioned, there is a USB output as well, and a plug in for a sustain pedal. This is all information I was looking for with researching this product, and I hope it helps you. I am very happy with this keyboard, and excited with all it's possibilities. (If you go to Yamaha's website, you can listen to some samples of it's sound.)

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well worth the money

By Wanda Kerr

from Louisville, Ky

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

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.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great keyboard on any level

By billy-tQYb-

from South Carolina

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

I was in a music shop looking at guitar amps and happened to notice the large "Sale" tag above this keyboard ($200 at the store) and walked up to get a a quick feel and the first thing that stood out was the quality of keys. I have a Roland Synth and Roland digital piano so when I feel these "cheap" keyboard keys I'm usually instantly repelled but these had a very solid feel to them. After that I noticed the huge array of sounds and the numerous features on it. After doing some research I decided to pick it up and in the last 2 weeks it has continued to impress me. I was hesitant that it did not have MIDI input/outputs but the USB has been sufficient for MIDI recordings, since its a portable keyboard the idea of connecting it to other instruments isn't really what your going to be doing with it. As far as the portability goes, it is shockingly lightweight. I've yet to replace the 6 AA batteries (although I don't run off just battery for longer than 30 mins) so I haven't had to run through batteries like I also thought. So while this would fall into the "first keyboard/beginner" category, as someone familiar with keyboards $100's more it can hold it's own. And if you want a Quality on-go-keyboard (which was my case) this is perfect, even the speakers sound great. If your on the fence with this b/c of the low price don't let it fool you, it's a legitimate product with numerous features and fun to play.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty Good Lil' Keyboard

By SnowManSnow

from Alabama

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

Overall this is a great little keyboard. The sounds are good, the build quality is nice, and I think you'll like it There is a 1/4" out on the back, instead of the 1/8" associated with many keyboards in this price range (which is a +). In summary, its a good buy. It isn't ANYTHING like my Motif8, and I would generally say you get what you pay for... but in this case... you get a little more than you'd think. If you need a light, well made instrument for risky venues that you don't wanna risk high end instruments.. this is your buy.
To be honest, this keyboard is pretty darn good. The voices are nice. The keys aren't awefully flimsy, and the build quality is nice.
Better build quality than I expected at this price range.
For this price you can't go wrong with this instrument.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PSR-E423 Keyboard

By Robert

from Ridgecrest, Ca

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Like some other reviewers I too was skeptical about this keyboard because of the price, but because I have a Yamaha P120 Keyboard that has given me many years of faithful service and other reviewers comments I decided to give it a try. Yamaha just seems to have a knack for doing it right. For a practice keyboard this is just what I needed. I have no regrets.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Woah...wow!

By Substance D

from SLC, UT

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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.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent value

By ShanghaiBrown

from Joshua Tree

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

Yamaha has delivered an excellent value in this keyboard. It has so many voices, styles, etc., and it is so well made, that I honestly can't believe you can get it for such a reasonable price. Highly recommended.
For the money, this keyboard is laden with features and extremely versatile.
Keyboard action is solid - no toy keyboard. Sound quality is very good.
Yamaha has put in so many features, and the keyboard is made so well, that I wouldn't think you could buy it for this low of a price. I bought this for songwriting and possibly performances, and it will work well for everything I need it to do.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little keyboard

By Bill

from Ft Myers, Fl

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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.

    (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    nice product,good buy

    By targetdrum

    from IL

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

    This new product from Yamaha is great. It has a lot of features that a beginner and professional will like. There are so many that you have to really read all the features and experiment with it. I am a guitarist and traded an old PSRE to this new model. Great sounds. Can't complain.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice keyboard

    By Rod

    from N. Central Florida

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

    I've been a guitar person all my life, but recently got interested in the keyboards. I ordered this board and have had it only a few weeks. To say this has been a pleasure to learn to play is an understatement. I'll never use some of the programs, but the sound is great and has allowed me a good enough background band sound to record a cd of my own music that sounds good and I'm proud of. This keyboard is well worth the money.

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