Yamaha’s keyboard selection includes digital pianos, performance synthesizers, workstations, keyboard controllers and portable keyboards. The digital pianos can be thought of in two categories: stage pianos and home pianos.
Yamaha offers the Clavinova and the Arius series as upper-end home pianos. Both feature great sound, looks and playability. The Clavinova line leans toward features-rich designs and advanced user functions. The Arius series focuses on more basic keyboard functions.
The Arius line begins with the YDP-144, continues with the YDP-164, and finishes in the YDP-184. All of them have 88 weighted keys with graded-hammer action. The YDP-184 has more sounds, a more powerful speaker system, key treatments and other features. They are built into a matching piano stand and ship with a free bench.
The Clavinova line is also equipped with Yamaha’s famous keybeds, but adds Bluetooth, accompaniment, cabinet improvements and other extras. The CLP-625 introduces the line with detailed Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial piano samples, along with key-off and damper and string resonance.
The CLP-925 is the top of the line, featuring resonance modeling of a concert grand, keys with actual counterweights, a special damper system, a specially designed app and many additional features. Other Clavinova models include the CLP-685, CLP-675, CLP-665, CLP-645 and CLP-635.
Sometimes called Portable Keyboards, this family of instruments is designed for fun. They are all-inclusive, with built-in speaker systems and accompaniment features, as well as a wide variety of sounds. 2019 models begin with the PSR-E236 priced at just over $100. They are lightweight, extremely portable, and are a great keyboard instrument for any occasion.
There is a professional version of the Personal Keyboard as well. Many “one-man band” professional entertainers use a PSR-775 or a PSR-975. The upper-end PSR keyboards have quality connectors in the output panel for performance applications, and the built-in speakers are powerful enough for some performances. Both the PSR-775 and the PSR-975 feature a microphone input that patches into their powerful sound systems.
In between the introductory and the professional parts of the PSR line is a selection of keyboards in various prices ranges. The upper models offer more and better sounds, more and better rhythms, and a more powerful sound system. If you are asking yourself, “What does PSR stand for?” you’re not the only one. It remains one of the enduring mysteries of musical instrument retail. A guess from this desk is Portable SynthesizeR.
Yamaha’s passion for music and the equipment used to make it has been proven for decades. When you ask a synthesizer expert about the important synthesizers in history, several Yamaha models make the list—notably the CS-80 and the DX7. Yamaha’s influence goes back decades and their future looks as musically and technically innovative as their past.
Synthesizer Workstations and Performance Synthesizers
Yamaha supports a several different keyboards designed to be the hub of your studio. These instruments have a broad selection of sounds across the entire band or orchestra. They have strong sequencing, deep effects selections, and sophisticated output panels. The flagship instrument in Yamaha’s synthesizer workstation category is the Montage.
The Yamaha Montage is available in 61-, 76-, and 88-key models, their keybeds being the only difference between them. The design’s genius is in combining two bodies of knowledge into a unified whole called the Motion Control Synthesis Engine. By taking DX and MOTIF research and developing a bridge between the two, Yamaha has created a matrix for a new world of sounds. With Motion Control, you can create sounds not possible on previous hardware synthesizers. It is a new world of synthesis.
A version of the Motion Control Synthesis Engine is available in the MODX series, but at a gentler price. The MODX is available in an 88 weighted-key version, but also with semi-weighted keys in the MODX7, the 76-key version. The MOX series is another lower-cost alternative to the Montage. Yamaha introduces its synthesizer technologies in the MX series, available in a 49- or 61-key version, starting at around $500. The chassis of all of these instruments are extremely lightweight, making them perfect for rehearsals and performances.
Yamaha Has You Covered
Yamaha has taken great care to ensure a presence in all of the primary keyboard markets. Their experience in producing some of the world’s finest acoustic pianos prepared them for designing their home digital lines, as well as their professional performance instruments. Their commitment to innovation in synthesis is decades old, and they can always be counted on to be at the leading edge of sound design. And they have a sense of play that is reflected in the smart, engaging design of their Personal Keyboards. Whatever your keyboard needs, Yamaha has an instrument for you.