Yamaha have recently discontinued the YPT220 model that was extremely popular with beginners and younger players. But don’t worry – they have quickly replaced it with the new, improved YPT230 model and it is better than ever! In this article I will explain all the new features and improvements you can expect from the new instrument.
The YPT230 Keyboard has 61 organ-style keys with 32 note polyphony, housed in a compact, black ‘outfit’. It has a helpful LCD screen that gives you more control of the functions on the instrument and clearly indicates the functions that are being performed. Two 2.5W amplifiers located on both sides of the keyboard deliver accurate, clean and natural sound. The YPT230 is very lightweight, weighing only 4.5 kg, which means you can take it anywhere with you! Perfect for beginners and musicians on the go or, if you have limited space in your home.
With the arrival of the new YPT model, Yamaha have upgraded their signature Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.) to version 6. The lessons are split into Listen & Learn, Timing, Waiting and Chord Dictionary. Thanks to Y.E.S., Yamaha keyboards have become extremely down to earth and user-friendly. Even if you are a complete novice, the lesson function will help you make first steps towards becoming a keyboard player while supporting self-teaching and building your confidence through playing.
Sounds, effects and controls
Alongside being a great first keyboard, this Yamaha model has got the musically curious covered! The new YPT230 comes packed with 385 natural sounding voices, 100 interesting and fun accompaniment styles and 102 preset songs allowing for hours of experimentation and improvisation. You can modify your sounds with 9 different types of Reverb and Ultra Wide Stereo, and change tempos from 32 to 280. Control your accompaniment styles like a professional with intro, main x 2, fill-in and ending buttons and jump straight back to the classic grand piano sound using the Portable Grand button. YPT230 has everything to let your creativity flow.
Other useful features
The new YPT230 is also very practical – it already comes with a power adaptor, however, it also works on battery power. It also has an optional sustain jack, headphone, MIDI In/Out connectivity, built-in metronome and also transpose function that ranges -12 to 0, 0 to +12.
In conclusion, this is a great all-rounder for beginners, students and the musically curious on a budget. It is a robust and good quality instrument that possesses all the necessary features to get you started.