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I would not consider myself musically gifted, I have never been able to learn music with ease, I can't read music very well and I'm not the best singer. I do however try my best, I play guitar at a reasonable level, I sometimes play and sing in front of people and I also have a small dabble on the piano. My piano skill are very basic, they came from simply playing on my sisters keyboard back in the day. Recently though my sister was selling off some of her worldly goods in an effort to raise funds for a move to Kenya. One of the things she was parting with was this Yamaha keyboard.
This is quite an old model and there are certainly better ones on the market. However, she only wanted £10 for the keyboard so I tonight I would snap it up and have a play. There was no charger with this as hers had broken, so I had to buy one of eBay but this only cost me £8. So now I have it set up and have been playing around on it for a few weeks.
The Yamaha PSR-270 has lots of interesting functions and different things you can play around with. To be honest I don't use them all and don't even understand some of them and as I have no instruction booklet some are still a bit of a mystery to me. The function I use most often is without a doubt the voices. There are loads of different sounds you can play. So basically when you play the notes, they sound like different instruments. The most well known is obviously piano, but I also really like the strings. There are instruments ranging from guitars to drums so you can really make a vast mix of sounds.
Another feature that some will enjoy is the list of backing tracks you can get going. Lots of different beats and styles of music that you can play along to. There is also a six track recording function, with this you can record some chords or notes and then play it back, then you can play over it to make a song. There is a simple little LCD display which tells you what settings you are using and what the options are.
The sound this makes is pretty good. The volume control is easy to work and you can get it quite loud if that is what you want. There are 61 keys in total on the keyboard so this is a decent size and will give you a good variety of notes that you can play. It's not the lightest keyboard in the world so if you are planning on transporting it about with you it can be a little bit bulky.
Back in the day these keyboards were over £100 but now you can pick up a second hand one for next to nothing. The technology and sound has moved on so for the pros these keyboards are not really up to scratch anymore. However, if like me you just want something to play around on then this keyboard should suit you just fine. This one has been in our family for around ten years now and it still works very well and produces a good quality sound, so obviously this has been a good value keyboard for us over the years. So my overall impression of this keyboard is that whilst there are certainly much better ones out there now, this still is nice for a bit of a practice and would be good for someone learning.
We've had a Yamaha PSR270 keyboard in our house for several years now. There are constantly new versions coming out from Yamaha but at the time of purchase, we (collectively as a family) felt this was our most suitable option. These days it's something you can pick up second hand for just a few quid so it's definitely one to bare in mind for new players who may or may not stick at it.
In our family, most of us can play a bit. I'm more a guitar man myself but I can play the keyboard and piano to a fair standard. I know enough to tell you that there is a big difference between the two instruments for a start. If you're a piano player, you'll be use to a whole different sound and way of playing despite the basic theory behind the two instruments being the same. This keyboard is full size with 61 keys though a real piano has 88 keys. Unless you're a real dynamite pianist, you're not going to need the keys this keyboard lacks though.
The sound this instrument produces is very realistic to a piano when you choose that particular voice option. Obviously there's no give in the volume when you press the keys though as this is a basic electric keyboard - not a "real" instrument. That's the same whatever keyboard you buy for under about £300. There are hundreds of other sounds to choose from on this including string instruments, wind instruments, percussion etc. You can play all kinds of tunes in a variety of sounds. Some of the sound options aren't to my personal taste but they're all adequately realistic and they all have good tone. If you know a thing or two about music, that's very important when considering electronic keyboards as some of the cheaper models have a real artificial tone to them which ruins most songs.
There's a smart chord function for beginner players wanting to sound more adept than perhaps they are! You can set the keyboard so that you only have to press a single key to hear an entire chord (which is made up of 3 keys together generally speaking). There's also a EZ chord function that allows you to program a set of chords into the keyboard then play them back just by pressing any key. It's ideal for beginners who can't manage to play two different lines at the same time yet. My son found this very useful when he was learning to play as it gave him a confidence boost.
If you're a bit of a technical fan, you can hook this keyboard up to a computer (with the right software) and do all sorts with it. Like recording your songs and getting a record of your music without having to write it out manually. My kids know how to do this but I have to unfortunately concede that this goes beyond my abilities!
There are a few other standard functions that come with most Yamaha keyboards such as a small selection of pre-recorded songs and recording functions complete with a little digital LCD screen. Overall this is a brilliant little keyboard for this style and price range. It's lasted us many years and been played by several members of the family. The keys are easy to use and the functions are straightforward. This is no top of the range model for expert musicians but it's an ideal family purchase and very suitable for beginners.
---Introduction + basics----
As we all know (or most of us know) Yamaha are a great make for musical instruments and the PSR-270 isnt an exeption. The keyboard has a very modern look with a great 4x10 cm screen on it, the range of instruments, the range of styles, the range of built in songs the buttons that help you navagate your way round the keyboard and the numeric keypad next to the screen. The keyboard has 36 white keys and 25 black keys. ( I dont know whether this is good because I dont play but it is great for me.)
----What it looks like----
As you cant see properly on the picture I have attempted to draw a little of what I like to call letter diagram....
BBBBB F C D D D BBBBB
BBBBB F F D D BBBBB
BBBBB F D BBBBB
okay as you can see I have tried to maka a drawing of the keyboard but I have failed miserably the b's f's c's 'd are more spaced out across the top. but here is the key...
A = The note keys
B = The Speakers
C= Little Screen
D = Keypad
EEEEEEE= Help Keys + the volume and on/off switch.
FFFF - Those are arrow keys.
And the rest is where they show you the keys for the voices and different styles etc.
The screen is a great little feature as with most keyboards nowadays they come with screens but this one is unique...... On the screen it has eveysingle key so when you press it the key that you pressed lights up on the screen. The screen also has a stave which tells you what notes you were playing but in its musical position. It also has two hands clapping to the beat or style that you have. In the top left it has 3 number digits which tells you what voice you are playing....e.g if you wantes the trumpet sound in the area which I have not marked it says : Trumpet 068 ...so you would type in 068 and the trumpet sound will play.
----The Help Keys-----
These dont help you as in help you to compose a piece of music they help you in that they say do you want accompanyment on or off or when would you like to start the beat on here is also has a chord guide which will give you a suggestion on what chord to play if you didn't know that specific chord then it would show you. It has a feature called intro/ending when you hit this button and you are about to play a piano pice then the drums might guide you in or when you are ending the drums might crash (cymbols). The most popular voice on the keyboard is the grand piano and yamaha have recognised this and put a little grand piano sign on it and a metronome with it a metronome give you clicks as crotchets to time you in to your piece. In the help keys area is the master volume and personally it is too quiet. And also the on/off button.
----The buttons around the screen----
On the left hand side of the screen their is like arrow keys and these will gouide you through the following non physical features (but non physical I mean not by a touch of a button) : Tempo - This allowes you to control how fast the style or accompanymeny is going, Multi Pad - This allows you to have two voices goin at the same time, and accompanyment volume.
----The technical parts----
On the back of the keyboard their is a imput socket that says "IN" and that means you can connect it to your computer by USB 1 and if you use a program like Cubase XS (R.R.P £39.99) then you can play and record it on your computer and their is another input socket called OUT this allowes you to create music on the computer and play it or add to it on your keyboard. Their is a headphone socket and a power socket.
----Stuff I fogot to mention -----
When I got the keyboard it came with some introductory keyboard "do-it-yourself" and it came with a power pack. The sound quality on this keyboard is awesome I tested it with a real piano and they could nottell the difference. This keyboard also has touch sensitive keys. The price for the keyboard is around £149. But it is really easy to use.
If you are a begginer then I reccomend then you got this keyboard but if you are more of an advanced user then I reccomend then you buy a more better keyboard this one has a good range of features and was perfect for me but if you are buying it in a music shop ask if you can have a go...
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Depite being fairly old, I have only just recently taken up keyboard lessons. Believe it or not, I borrowed this of my (13) year old brother who is an expert at playing the keyboard /piano. I'd just like to inform you that i'm writing an opinion on the PSR-170 Yamaha Keyboard, not the 270 as written. So, remember- this is from a novices' point of view now (I'm sorry if I use the wrong names for different things). When you first switch the keyboard on, it automatically goes into "piano" mode. This is a synthesized version of the real thing, with some extra little features aswell (there are programmed intro's and outro's). To see what notes you're hitting, there's a small screen bang in the middle of the Keyboard which looks very "professional". I know, instead of blabbing on for ages on each thing, I'll do a little paragraph (or sentence) on all major functions. METRONOME- A little black button which gives you a plain beat in the background. You can speed this up by pressing the "Temp/Tap" button situated on the left hand side of the Keyboard. DJ- Next to the metronome, there is the DJ function. This is really cool, you can have all sorts of wierd and wacky effects including human screams and moans (not sexual!). SONG / VOICE/ STYLE- There are 3 modes on the PSR 170. They are accessed by three buttons next to the digital screen. SONG- Helps you play along (or you can simply listen) to some of the best pieces of classical music (Fur Elise and Green Sleeves, just two out of the 100 available). VOICE and STYLE are basically the same. Once one of these has been selected, you type the number of the sound you want (to find out the numbers, there is a list at the top of the Keyboard) then play away! From Carribean to Choir to Latin- it's all there! To get a "groovy" background playing alongsid
e you, simply press the "ACMP Off/on" button" once. You can then control the backing sound by using the first scale. Another brilliant part of this particular Keyboard is that you can take "Virtual lessons"! They are easy to understand, and will have you playing like Beethoven in no time . If I didn't explain clearly enough on how to use the PSR 170, it comes with a very handy booklet, explaning everything you need to know! What I'd say is, if you're an expert at the Keyboard, go for something a bit better, but if you're like me (not too good), this is a perfect Keyboard to start off with! I've found that because there's so many different ways to jazz your normally bland song up, even the dullest of tracks will turn out smoothly with this! HIGHLY RECOMENDED (For beginners)
I swapped my Yamaha DJX recently for a PSR 270, for the simple rhythm accompaniments which are missing from the Dance Mixer, like Waltz and March etc. The PSR 270 is not wonderful - it doesn't have any of the fancy bits and pieces which make you want to play around for hours. There's no pitch bender, or any of the groove or synth effects that come with the DJX. However, for under £200, you get all the things you need for basic playing or accompanying. I used this keyboard to write music for a production based on themes from a number of musical "eras" - the 20s, 40s, 60s and 70s. I made full use of the in built musical accompaniment - I found the "70s Disco" style particularly suitable. There are also some clever little buttons which help you with chords if you're not great at playing accompaniments or working out chord sequences yourself. There is a handy "Portable Grand" button, which changes the keyboard into a full Grand Piano sound, with accompaniment off with one touch, which is useful. There is the option to lose touch sensitivity, or to add reverberation, or dual voice. The 6 track recording function is fairly easy to use once you get the hang of it, and you can record chords separately from melody. The PSR 270 is MIDI compatible, and is very easy to use with any MIDI sequencing programme or score writer. It can also be used with soundbeam, or any similar electronic package which requires a MIDI output. The voices are of a decent quality, with some of the nifty sound effects everyone likes to play with - seashore, gunshot, applause, etc. If you use the PSR 270 to accompany, as I do, you are best to hook it up to an amplifier - this is really easy to do, even for a technical moron like me. I have found the PSR 270 to be sturdy and reliable, as well as portable, to some extent. It is suitable for any intemediate keyboard player or for acco
mpanying singers and instrumentalists. There are very few special features, but still plenty of voices, accompaniments and effects to explore. TIP - if you go to an electrical store, like Comet, and the keyboards are on display without boxes, ask for a discount - I got mine for £165.