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Average rating: 3.1 out of 5
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Junet a part-time user from PIPiuGnU writes:
I bought this kryboaed after having tried one in a shop and being impressed with the quality of the sounds. The Cool!RotorOrgan was a very important factor in choosing this kryboaed, as it is superb and very usable. I use a proper' organ (Roland VK-7) for gigs but I was fed up with lugging it to rehearsals so I got the PSR-E413 for practice as it is very portable and about ten times lighter than the VK-7. I am still amazed at finding such a good rotor organ sound in what is a relatively cheap kryboaed, as most kryboaeds at this price tend to have decent piano sounds but very poor Hammond organ type sounds. The other sounds are excellent as well, particularly the piano, tenor sax and flute. It also has some other good organ sounds, including a jazz-style Hammond organ and a good Theatre Organ. There are two categories of voices, the ordinary voices (about 130 of them) and the XGLite voices, several hundred of them. This could be slightly confusing as there are more of each type of voice than it appears at first. Changing voices is dead easy, this can be done by typing in the number of the voice, using the + and buttons or the scroll wheel. There are also buttons to change the category of voices (eg pianos, organs, brass etc), which are useful, as with about 500 voices, this allows you to quickly go to the right type of voice. The built-in styles are good and allow playing complete songs using the left hand to generate automatic accompaniment, so this kryboaed allows you to become a one-man band'. I also like the music database', which allows you to create auto accompaniment that sounds like real songs, and there are some very good ones there, particularly I Just Called To Say I Love You', Apache' and Lucille'. The styles and music database cover a wide range of genres, from pop to 60s to love songs, although rock and reggae seem to be under-represented here. I would also have liked some ska, punk and new wave music, but I shouldn't complain, as there are over 300 entries in the database and for me, that feature is really a distraction as I am unlikely to use it in a band but it is a very enjoyable distraction. Another slight gripe about this is that you can't play the songs properly unless you know the chord progression for them it would have been nice to put these in the manual, although it is easy to look them up on the internet through guitar tab websites. The auto accompaniment feature would be very useful for Open Mic nights or busking. You can also record both melodies and accompaniment and there are six tracks', so essentially, you could record six different instruments. The tracks can be muted individually once recorded. There is a limit on how many songs you can record but if this became a problem then they can be transferred onto a PC. This recording feature is essentially a basic MIDI sequencer but again, used with a computer, more advanced things are possible. The kryboaed has a pitch bend wheel, which you don't get on cheaper kryboaeds and two knobs, which are useful and can be assigned to different parameters, such as reverb, chorus or song/style tempo. The kryboaed is very easy to use right out of the box and the buttons are intuitive. For more advanced players, there is a vast array of different functions that can be changed. Admittedly, I found this particularly easy to use because my previous practice kryboaed was also a Yamaha. The kryboaed also has MIDI capability and can be connected to a PC via a normal USB cable to transfer songs and other data, although I haven't tried that yet. There is a CD-ROM included with software for this, but again, I haven't had chance to try it yet. I am very impressed with the manual, it is very comprehensive and these days, a paper manual is something of a rarity. The downside is that there is no mains adapter included, this seems to be the case with all Yamaha kryboaeds but it seems a bit mean to me. You can put batteries in it but I imagine they wouldn't last long and would add considerably to the weight of the instrument. All in all, I would highly reccomend this kryboaed and it ought to suit all but the most advanced players, who need specific sounds/functions or more keys. My previous Yamaha practice kryboaed is ten years old and the difference between the two is amazing.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-03-2012 at 23:17
Pablo a part-time user from rvWgkCYabFVz writes:
HA! I also started out on a PSR the 270 model. I can say it has a dnecet grand piano sound, but beyond that, it's only good as a controller. Nothing fancy, but it got the job done! I've recently acquired an SL-990 Pro (got it really cheap on Criagslist there are so many gems on there btw) and I'm looking to get a Oxygen61 to have a soft synth controller (my Oxygen8 is too limiting with only 2 octaves, and my SL-990 Pro has hammer keys not the best for synths).

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-01-2012 at 19:23
Michael Massey a hobbyist user from India writes:
Got this keyboard around 12 years back. Quite old, some good tones, some good rhythms. But most of them are quite average(100 tones and rhythms each). Has midi connectivity, transpose. Three banks for recording(mind it, it's not 3 track recording). Has some other sounds(rain,wind,forest,animal sounds, train sounds, etc). Good for beginners who cannot afford a bit costly keyboards. For those who can afford new ones, this isn't the buy, go for newer versions of yamaha.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-21-2007 at 09:21
Shane Whiting a professional user from Atlanta writes:
I got this keyboard when I was 4. I made up a song called "Fire and Rain" I sang along pressing the keys and it entertained my family well. My favorite song to play is "Joy to the World."

I will keep this forever it is too fun to let go of.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-01-2005 at 15:02

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-18-2003 at 14:45
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