3/11/2014 [Pianos & Keyboards]
ANAHEIM — Yamaha today introduced the PSR-E443 portable keyboard, which offers comprehensive tools for beginners as well as those ready to take to the stage, at the 2014 NAMM Show. The model’s learning features include the Yamaha Portable Grand function and the built-in Yamaha Education Suite, which enable students to immediately begin teaching themselves piano on a portable instrument that can sound like a full-size grand piano. Those ready to perform for others can use the model’s built-in accompaniment styles that will make them sound like full bands, as well as easy-to-use professional features such as AUX In, DJ pattern mode and assignable Live Control knobs that unlock a world of options for musical expression.
"The PSR-E443 is an ideal first keyboard in many ways, but also a robust alternative for more experienced players who are seeking advanced features as they perform or compose their own music," said Mark Anderson, director of marketing, Keyboard Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. "This portable keyboard, with its wide-ranging capabilities, represents a great value as it will grow with players as they build their abilities and confidence."
The PSR-E443 enables players to jam along with their favorite songs stored on devices, such as MP3 players, via its AUX line input and advanced vocal/melody suppressor that lowers the volume of vocals and melody lines of the original recordings. Players are able to filter and adjust sound like they would on an analog synthesizer to create dramatic sweeping effects, using the model’s cross-fader, pattern retrigger functions and two real-time control knobs.
More than 750 high quality Voices—ranging from acoustic to electric instruments, to cool synthesizer arpeggiators—provide an exceptional tool set for the creation of professional-sounding music from this compact portable keyboard.
For learning or performance purposes, players can simply press the Portable Grand button to switch off all other effects to enjoy a stunningly rich and authentic piano tone.
Pricing and Availability
The PSR-E443 (MSRP: $429) will ship in April. For more information about the Yamaha PSR-E443 portable keyboard visit the Yamaha booth at the 2014 NAMM Show in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom, running Jan. 23-26, or visit http://4wrd.it/YAMAHA_PORTKEYBOARDS