At this year’s NAMM show, Yamaha has announced updates to four of its popular keyboards, from the entry-level PSR-E253, all the way up to the P-115 digital piano. Although there are no major technological advancements, the modest updates further realign the individual products for their intended audiences with the added features.
The PSR-E253 replaces the E243 and features a simple one-song phrase recorder (approximately 300 notes) for recording the main voice and associated pedaling. The USB-to-host connector has been swapped out for an auxiliary input that allows external audio sources to be played through the built-in speakers. With a new color and design, the PSR-353 has an added arpeggiator and a melody suppressor with pan adjustment. A Duo Mode splits the keyboard, providing two middle-C points per split to aid in student/teacher practice. This model replaces the PSR-E343.
For the 88-key weighted keyboard models, the compact P-45B has an improved piano sound along with polyphony, doubled from 32 to a 64 notes. The P-115B sees the most additions—these include Sound Boost and Speaker Off features and increased polyphony from 128 to 192 notes, the latter helping to maintain sustained voicing when playing the new Mellow Grand Piano. An app for iPhone or iPad allows for controlling a wide range of the piano's functions with an easy-to-use, touch-screen interface. These two models replace the P-35B and the P-105, respectively.
You can learn about more new products from the 2015 NAMM Show at this link, courtesy of B&H.