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Yamaha offers a wide range of portable keyboards, with the YPT-240 as one of its entry level models. While this keyboard lacks some of the bells and whistles available on high-end models, it’s an excellent keyboard for someone on a budget looking to get started or simply wanting to pick up a portable keyboard that doesn’t break the bank. This keyboard also features the Yamaha Education Suite, which allows aspiring musicians to teach themselves how to play.
Like most keyboards at all price levels, the YPT-240 offers both a tone and accompaniment bank. These enable the user to emulate the sounds of other instruments like strings, brass and percussion or play the keys along with a drum or percussion pattern. This keyboard also offers USB connectivity, which allows users to connect to a computer. Users can also use this keyboard as a MIDI controller as well. In addition, the YPT-240 can interface with apps for iPhone or iPad, thus expanding its capabilities. While it doesn’t offer a full-sized keys or a full keyboard, this keyboard spans 5 octaves with 61 keys, with the ability to reach additional octaves via the keyboard’s interface. What it loses in key span, it makes up for in portability, however.
For those wanting to learn piano or keyboard, this model offers Yamaha’s proprietary Education Suite. Via the keyboard’s interface, users can learn notes, chords and other aspects of understanding music composition and playing music on a keyboard. Users can also select the tempo of any accompaniment sounds so that they can play songs at the speed they prefer, which especially benefits beginning players. This model also offers users the ability to add effects to their sounds like chorus and reverb, and it also features an onboard master EQ so users can tweak their sound to their liking.
Users generally raved about the keyboard’s abilities given the price tag. Beginners loved that it was easy to use right out of the box and offered the Education Suite. Professional and amateur musicians liked its portability, and those looking for a bigger sound simply played through an amp or P. A. system. A number of users new to playing the piano or keyboard felt that the YPT-240 had more features than they would ever use.
The biggest complaint reviewers of this keyboard had was that unless you bought the bundled model or purchased the essentials kit separately, you got nothing but the keyboard for the money spent. Users had to buy batteries separately for it to run on or purchase a power adapter specifically for this model. Additionally, users had to purchase a stand, seat and headphones separately if they wanted to use any of those in their keyboard playing as well. This is common, however, for entry-level keyboards in order to keep the initial cost low, and buyers find greater satisfaction by keeping that in mind if they’re shopping for a keyboard at this price point.
This is an excellent keyboard for both beginners and pros looking to spend around $100 for a keyboard with decent sounds, several hundred tones and accompaniment bank. Students looking for a keyboard with tutorials especially will benefit from the YPT-240, and pro musicians can pick up this model as an inexpensive keyboard and run it out to a speaker or amp in order to get professional sounds or effects. Those looking for a larger tone bank, recording capabilities or pro sounds built in would be better off looking at some of the higher-end models, but for those on a budget, this Yamaha is a great buy.
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