Whether you’re a beginner or an expert keyboard player, the right Yamaha keyboard accessories can enhance your keyboard playing experience.
Regardless of which Yamaha keyboard you’re using, you should take a serious look at the available accessories to improve your practice and make playing more fun.
In this detailed guide, we explain every type of accessory available for Yamaha keyboards, and list the most popular models:
Yamaha Cases and Bags
A Yamaha keyboard is nothing short of grand in terms of value. Yamaha keyboards are usually priced at the higher end of the range, and there is no way you can afford having it damaged. The chances of your keyboard getting damaged are considerably high when you move around with your keyboard often. To make sure that your keyboard is protected and secure, you should consider investing in good quality keyboard cases and bags.
A keyboard bag is suitable for keyboards that do not weigh too much. You can carry the keyboard bag conveniently with the help of comfortable handles and ensure that moving around with your keyboard doesn’t cause you any inconvenience. Moreover, you can also store your keyboard in a keyboard case to keep it protected from dust and dirt.
For larger and much heavier keyboards, hard cases are more suitable. These cases are made especially for people who move around with their professional keyboards quite often. They consist of strong handles and locks, and sometimes wheels, to make traveling with a heavy keyboard easier.
Yamaha has a wide variety of keyboard cases and bags. If you own a lightweight keyboard, Yamaha SC-KB350 might be the right choice for you. With its padding and adjustable shoulder strap, it not only keeps your keyboard safe and sound but also ensures that you don’t tire yourself out while carrying it. For heavier and larger keyboards, the YCGENOS is definitely worth a mention. It has foam molding inside to keep your keyboard snuggly fitted, two exterior wheels to make carrying your keyboard around easier, separate space for music rest, and three strong carry handles.
Yamaha Keyboard Stands
To be able to enjoy a thoroughly comfortable keyboard playing experience, you have to ensure that your keyboard is placed at just the right height. Placing your piano at an incorrect level will put your arms and shoulders under strain, and you’ll feel a lingering pain for quite some while.
A reliable and good-quality keyboard stand also ensures that your keyboard is placed securely over a stable surface from which it won’t trip over. Thinking about your precious keyboard tripping over is enough to give you a mini-heart attack!
Keyboard stands are available in various types. Some keyboard stands have a fixed height, while some allow you to adjust the height. Fixed keyboard stands are ideal in case there is only one person using the keyboard, whereas, if other members of the family also use the keyboard, it is better to buy a keyboard stand with an option to adjust the height.
If you’re looking for the best keyboard stands, Yamaha is the place to be. Yamaha has a good variety of keyboard stands, including X-style keyboard stands, Z-frame keyboard stands, table frame keyboard stands, and wooden frame keyboard stands. You can opt for whichever you think best suits your space requirements, your keyboard model, and your style preferences. Some of the most popular Yamaha keyboard stands are L-85 for Yamaha P-45, PKBS1, which is a basic X-style keyboard stand, and PKBZ1, a highly versatile Z-style keyboard stand. If you’re looking for a keyboard stand with an adjustable height option, PKBX2 might be a great choice.
There is no doubt about the fact that the more comfortable you’re at while doing something, the better you perform. Similar is the case when it comes to playing the keyboard. Having a comfortable bench to sit on is as important as placing your keyboard at the right level. If you practice long hours, investing in a comfortable bench becomes all more necessary.
If you don’t ensure comfortable seating while you play the keyboard, it won’t be long before you start feeling your back hurt. When that happens, your willingness and motivation to get back to playing the keyboard will be adversely affected, which is something a keyboard enthusiast may not want in any case.
Keyboard benches are of two types; portable and non-portable. If you have a dedicated music room or corner for your keyboard in your home, you non-portable, piano-style bench will serve the purpose. However, if you like to move around with your piano, you might want to look for portable benches that can be easily folded and carried along. Such benches are ideal for people who like to carry their keyboards to family and friends’ gatherings.
Yamaha benches are one of the best quality benches that you can consider buying for yourself. Yamaha’s padded benches provide your body the support that it so dearly needs. Yamaha BC-108 is a padded, piano-style bench with an attractive, sleek design that will serve two purposes at the same time; provide you the comfort you’re looking for and add to the aesthetics of your piano room. As for portable benches, Yamaha has PKBB1 that we recommend to be used with any portable keyboard.
Yamaha Keyboard Headphones
If you do not have a separate studio at home to practice, you may find it hard to concentrate with all the noise around. With the constant chatter of your family members right outside your room, it gets really hard to focus. You may even have complaining neighbors who aren’t very fond of listening to the piano in the middle of the night.
In such cases, headphones can be your savior. Headphones are one of the most essential keyboard accessories that enable you to concentrate on your practice without worrying about disturbing anybody, not even your siblings in the room next door. It enables you to have your own personal space in the middle of anywhere and anytime. The moment you put your headphones on, it’s just you and your beloved keyboard. If you really want to feel your performance deeply, try playing with headphones on and see the difference!
When you’re looking out for headphones for your keyboard, you should opt for on-the-ear or over-the-ear designs instead of earbuds. Earbuds do not block the noise as efficiently as over-the-ear headphones. Only high-quality headphones can serve the purpose that you’re using the headphones for. Yamaha has some great headphones in store for you, like the HPH-100. They’re extremely comfortable, closed headphones that offer excellent and powerful sound- just what you need for a power-packed practice session!
Yamaha Keyboard Speakers
While practicing is always better in silence, playing the keyboard out loud for your friends and family is the best feeling ever! To rock a party with your keyboard playing skills, you’ll need powerful speakers. Newer models of keyboards come with high-quality in-built speakers. However, if your keyboard doesn’t have in-built speakers or you feel the sound of the in-built speakers isn’t loud enough to rock an open-air party, stereo speakers are what you need as keyboard sounds best in stereo!
What you need to be mindful of here is that not all stereo speakers will be compatible with your keyboard. Yamaha understands the needs of keyboard enthusiasts and has everything that they’ll ever want in store for them. If you’re looking for powerful speakers that produce excellent sound quality, GNS-MS01 by Yamaha might just be what you want. The set consists of two satellite speakers and a powerful subwoofer that maximizes the sound quality of your Yamaha Genos.
Yamaha Keyboard Music Rests
Many keyboards come with a music rest to hold songbooks, music sheets, or any other music-related pages that you want to keep with you while you play the keyboard. However, not all keyboards come with a music rest, which might make it inconvenient for the user to play the music notes from a songbook. If your keyboard doesn’t have a music rest, you can always purchase it separately. Yamaha YMR-01 is a high-quality music rest that you can buy to make your keyboard playing experience smooth, convenient, and super fun!
Yamaha Keyboard Survival Kits
There is no denial about the fact that you will need one or more keyboard accessories sooner or later. While a keyboard stand and bench are some of the accessories you will need right away, there are some that you will need as you get better acquainted with the skill of playing the piano. Buying each accessory separately will cost you a great deal. To help you save some dollars, Yamaha has introduced Yamaha Survival Kits, which are available as a package of a number of Yamaha keyboard accessories that you will feel the need for over a period of time.
Yamaha Survival Kits include a number of essential Yamaha products which you will buy at some point in time. So, why not buy a package and get equipped with everything you’ll need in one go?
Yamaha has many Survival Kits in store. You can pick the one that has the maximum number of products to suit your needs. One of our favorites is the CVP Series Entertainment Pack & Starter Kit that includes a DVD for Quick-start and numerous videos on Link to Learn, stereo headphones, USB Flash Drive, piano polishing mitt, Felt key cover, and many more items!
Yamaha Keyboard AC Adapters
Your keyboard runs on power. While some keyboards are battery-powered, they will only last for a few hours, after which you’ll need a power source. This is where AC adapters come into play. You need to have a reliable and efficient AC adapter for your keyboard to keep it operational, especially when it runs out of battery (in case of dual-powered keyboards).
AC power adapters are usually included in the package when you purchase a keyboard. However, they may break or stop working for a number of reasons. When that happens, you can’t just get any AC adapter. You need to ensure that you buy an AC adapter that can withstand the power fluctuations and protects your keyboard from getting an electrical shock. You should only trust reliable names like Yamaha when it comes to AC adapters for your keyboard.
Yamaha has a pretty good variety of AC adapters for you to choose from, depending on the type of keyboard and its power specifications. Yamaha PA-300C is one of the AC power adapters by Yamaha that you might want to check!
Yamaha Foot Controllers
Keyboard foot controllers are essential keyboard accessories that enable you to control the volume and the effects of your keyboard. They are useful for users who wish to produce a rich, loud, and controlled sound when they’re playing their keyboards.
The Yamaha FC7 Foot Volume Controller is one of the finest foot controllers that you will find in the market today. It is a heavy-duty foot controller that can be used to change the volume and expression, along with other parameters of your keyboard. It is equipped with the fortissimo function that enables you to accent some parts of your performance.
Its adjustable pedal angle, metal connection plate, and spring point adjustment adds a unique touch to the sound of the keyboard and enables the user to tailor the pedal according to different keyboard playing styles. With so much to offer, the FC7 definitely deserves some attention.
Yamaha Foot Pedals
Foot pedals are levers operated by foot, present at the base of a piano. These pedals play a role in changing the sound produced by the instrument in a number of ways. Most of the modern pianos have three-foot pedals; the soft pedal, the sostenuto pedal, and a sustain or damper pedal. You’ll find only a sustain pedal in many keyboards.
Each foot pedal has a distinct role. The soft pedal modifies the sound of the keyboard. The sostenuto pedal enables the keyboard player to sustain some selected notes while leaving other notes unaffected. The sustain pedal, which is the most-commonly found pedals in modern keyboards, raises all the dampers off their strings such that they continue to vibrate after the player has released the key.
It creates a rich tonal sound quality by making every string a sympathetic string. It won’t be wrong to say that the sustain pedal is the soul of a piano, which is why most people prefer purchasing a sustain pedal for their keyboards.
Yamaha Foot Switches
While a foot pedal is a small lever, foot switches are larger. Foot switches serve more or less the same purpose as that of a foot pedal. Foot switches are wider with a better floor grip, which means that they’ll stay put while you play your keyboard. They’re used in the same manner as a sustain pedal present in an acoustic piano.
If you’re looking for a foot switch for your keyboard instead of a foot pedal, you need not go anywhere else. Yamaha FC5 is a great option for electronic keyboards with an input jack for a sustain pedal. The FC5 is a highly useful and convenient tool for anyone who is using an electronic keyboard!
Yamaha Keyboard USB Devices
Many digital keyboards come with a USB port. While most people consider the use of USB limited to just the storage of data, USB devices open a whole new world of possibilities for a keyboard player.
Many beginner and entry-level keyboards come with built-in songs to help the users in learning to play the keyboard. However, the song library may not have as much variety of songs as the player would like. If your keyboard has a USB port, you can connect a USB device to your keyboard and enjoy playing any song that you like! The USB port also enables the keyboard players to connect their keyboards to their computers or any external devices like their smartphones or iOS devices and enjoy a huge variety of resourceful applications!
Yamaha UD-WL01 is a wireless LAN adapter for keyboards that offers the keyboard players numerous unique ways of enjoying their keyboard. It makes it possible for you to connect your keyboard to different iOS applications and music software available on the internet. You can now create and edit your own music, store them, and share it with your friends!
Yamaha MIDI Interfaces
MIDI is a remote-control language that many musical instruments like keyboards use. MIDI is extremely simple to use. By using it, you can do amazing things! With the help of MIDI, you can play a keyboard and dictate what notes you want to play, how loud you want each note to be, and many more remarkable things. MIDI can also enable you to create a virtual control knob that you can move on your screen.
MIDI interface is an external device that allows you to connect your keyboard to a computer or any MIDI-equipped hardware. MIDI interfaces offer a huge range of options for the configuration of your keyboard.
Most modern keyboards come with USB and MIDI connectivity that open doors to endless possibilities in the music world. If you’re looking for MIDI adapters for your keyboards, Yamaha has a number of options for you. Yamaha MD-BT01 allows you to set your music free with wireless MIDI connectivity. It makes way for easy wireless connection of the MIDI IN/OUT terminals of your keyboard to your Mac and other iOS devices and enjoy numerous music applications!
Yamaha Flash Memory Expansion Module
One of the best ways to polish your keyboard learning skills is to revisit your previous performances and evaluate the areas where you need to improve. While many digital keyboards come with a feature that allows the users to store some of their tracks, they don’t allow the users to store too many tracks.
Moreover, many modern keyboards and keyboard apps allow users to import their favorite songs to the keyboard and play along! With all of this in mind, users can always take advantage of additional storage features.
With Yamaha Flash Memory Expansion Module, you can expand the storage capacity of your keyboard and store your own music samples and waveforms. Flash memory is a form of non-volatile memory, which means, whatever you store will be retained even when you’ve turned your keyboard off. Yamaha FL1024M Flash Memory Expansion Module incredibly expands the storage of your Yamaha keyboard to 1GB.
People who play the keyboard know how wonderful and out-of-this-world it feels to go into an entirely different trance, where it is just you, your keyboard, and your favorite songs. While playing the keyboard itself can be an amazing experience, investing in the right keyboard accessories is cherry on top! Yamaha has been offering its customers with top-notch products, and it continues to do so. With Yamaha keyboard accessories, you can rest assured that you’re putting your money just where you should. From the highest quality keyboard stand and benches to efficient keyboard pedals to the best USB and MIDI devices, Yamaha makes sure that you don’t have to go anywhere else for any of your keyboard-related needs!