Yamaha YPT-240 Review

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Yamaha YPT-240 Review
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Yamaha YPT-240 has an average rating of 4 out of 5 based on 8 user reviews.
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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.

Overview

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.

Major Features

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Conclusion

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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9 Comments

  1. Kathyanne  - December 6, 2014 - 9:31 am
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    I’m very pleased with this keyboard. It has many sounds and voices and they truly sound like the instrument they supposed to imitate. I love the portability of this keyboard and the build quality.

  2. kas  - December 6, 2014 - 9:43 am
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    My 8 year old son has become much more enthusiastic about music since I bought this keyboard, I was finally able to convince him to take piano lessons. The keyboard has an amazing grand piano sound. I recommend this keyboard to anyone that need a portable instrument and doesn’t have much space.

  3. Misty  - December 6, 2014 - 9:54 am
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    This keyboard is great deal. It provides everything you need to start learning piano and you can get even more creative with all the different sounds it has.

  4. Etta  - January 31, 2015 - 5:10 pm
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    I have been a longtime fan of the Yamaha pianos. I have been very happy with this unit however I don’t miss the bass keys, others might. If you use bass a lot you will probably be happier with the 88 or 76 key versions. I am fine with 61 keys. I use this mainly for playing parts and voicing so if you are doing more than that it might lack a bit of functionality. However, if you are learning or play for fun you cannot beat the value. I find it to be very user friendly and very functional I particularly like and use the XG Lite and GM sounds most often, very good quality!

  5. Judith  - January 31, 2015 - 5:12 pm
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    They should be more upfront about the need of a power cord. I bought this for my husband for Christmas and we were all very disappointed to realize the power cord was not included, really? After swiping every battery we could from remotes and electronics he was able to play it. We purchased the power cord later but I seems like that would be a good thing to tell people when they are making the initial purchase. Other than that my husband is enjoying the keyboard very much.

  6. Ralph Danbert  - January 31, 2015 - 5:14 pm
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    Bought this for my pre-teen and she was ecstatic. I like that it is light enough for her to easily carry from her room to the kitchen table or anywhere in the house to practice on. She’s taken to bringing it onto the deck when its sunny! I like that it’s compatible with my iPad, just realize you will need an adapter that’s sold separately to connect the iPad with. This was a great purchase for a beginner, I think it was a tremendous value. Extremely pleased.

  7. DANEEN  - January 31, 2015 - 5:15 pm
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    I bought this for my six year old son who is just beginning piano lessons. This was a good investment for us. he has something to practice on and we don’t have the money or space investment of an upright piano until we are sure he will click with the lessons. I believe the sound is great and the controls work well. He has enjoyed experimenting with all the pre-loaded sounds. We also purchased a stand and the a/c adapter so we didn’t have to rely on batteries alone. Very useful purchase for us.

  8. Bob peck  - March 29, 2016 - 4:18 pm
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    Need instruction manual on how to operate the ypt-240

  9. Axel Grude  - December 2, 2016 - 4:41 am
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    One huge oversight in this review is whether the keyboard is velocity sensitive. For those who are interested in using this as a cheap entry into the world of pianoforte (loud/soft Is the literal translation) this would be vital information. My guess is that it doesn’t.

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