Yamaha PSR-E453 Home Keyboard

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Key benefits compared to other products

The most powerful 61 note PSR-E Series keyboard ever made, the PSR-E453 features superb sound quality and backing accompaniments. Crucially for music students and composers, we've added USB Audio+MIDI - making it even simpler to record and create music when you connect the PSR-E453 to a Mac, PC or iPad.

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Overview

The PSR-E453 is an all-round keyboard that is ideal as a starter instrument as well as being a robust alternative for experienced players who seek advanced features for their live performance and/or for their composing. Its powerful sound system boasts two 6W amplifiers and its wide range of features, controls, and connectivity make the PSR-E453 a long-lasting musical companion as you grow and hone your skills.

  • 758 high quality voices including Sweet! and Cool! voices, with 48-note polyphony
  • 6W + 6W amplifiers with 12 cm Bass Reflexed speakers
  • Assignable real-time control knobs, DSP Effects, and Pitch Bend
  • Connectivity with audio and MIDI capabilities
  • USB TO DEVICE terminal
  • Pattern function to create your own grooves - 25 patterns
  • Arpeggio function
  • Worldwide sounds support your music
  • Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.)
  • Music Database

Features

Wide set of instrument voices758 high quality voices including Sweet! and Cool! voices, with 48-note polyphony

The PSR-E453 includes 758 high quality voices, ranging from acoustic to electric instruments, featuring 8 Sweet! voices and 3 Cool! voices which use Yamaha's advanced sampling technologies to capture the realism and specific characteristics of each sound.

48-note polyphony allows for the performance of complex passages without dropped notes.

Powerful 6W speakers6W + 6W amplifiers with 12 cm Bass Reflexed speakers

6W + 6W amplifiers drive the high-definition 12 cm Bass Reflexed speakers, offering stunning clarity and detail.

Real-time controlsAssignable real-time control knobs, DSP Effects, and Pitch Bend

Two assignable, real-time control knobs let you filter and adjust your sound just like an analog synthesizer.
10 brand new DSP effects can be assigned and controlled by the knobs for dynamic and expressive live performance.

The Pitch Bend wheel adjusts the pitch of the sound bringing voices like the Guitar, Sax and Trumpet to life.

Connectivity with audio and MIDI capabilities

Audio and MIDI connectivity

The PSR-E453 features audio transfer through the USB TO HOST terminal*. You can record your performance to your computer or smart device.

Connecting to your iOS device adds a new dimension of MIDI control with apps.

Connect an external audio player to the AUX IN jack and you can play along with your favorite tunes. The built-in, advanced Melody Suppressor lowers the volume of vocals and melody lines of the original recordings, leaving that part open for you to play**.

*For iOS device connection, refer to the "iPhone / iPad Connection Manual"
**Depending on the song, the volume of the melody part may not be affected.

USB StorageUSB TO DEVICE terminal

USB TO DEVICE terminal on the instrument lets you load and save your settings and songs to a USB flash drive, as well as transfer data from your PC.

Pattern CreationPattern function to create your own grooves - 25 patterns

The Pattern function puts a wealth of powerful loops and beats at your fingertips, allowing you to instantly create dynamically varied music on the fly like a DJ. And, for even more authentic performance, try the Crossfade and Retrigger functions.

Arpeggio function

Tap into instant inspiration with the Arpeggio function, which has been improved for smoother playability. Hold Mode and Allocated key-range free your hands, allowing you to improvise over the pattern. The 150 Arpeggio patterns adjust and morph around the notes and chords you play on the keyboard allowing for almost limitless creativity.

Worldwide sounds support your music

A rich set of ethnic sounds and scale tunings allow you to enjoy many styles of music around the world, including Latin, Indian, Arabic, African, Chinese, and more.

Yamaha Education Suite (YES)

Yamaha Education Suite (YES) is an advanced set of helpful learning tools built into the instrument, letting you teach yourself how to play and perform regardless of your ability. Choose from nine step-by-step lessons for left, right, or both hands. Y.E.S. helps you master a song with ease.

Music Database

Get off to a flying start—choose a song and the Music Database automatically selects the best accompaniment and voices for you to start playing immediately.

Specs

Colour/Finish

BodyColorBlack

Size/Weight

DimensionsWidth946 mm (37-1/4")
Height140 mm (5-1/2")
Depth405 mm (15-15/16”)
WeightWeight6.6 kg (14 lbs 9 oz.) not including batteries

Control Interface

KeyboardNumber of Keys61
Touch ResponseSoft, Medium, Hard, Fixed
Other ControllersPitch BendYes
Control KnobsYes
DisplayTypeLCD (Liquid Crystal Display)
LanguageEnglish
PanelLanguageEnglish

Voices

Tone GenerationTone Generating TechnologyAWM Stereo Sampling
PolyphonyNumber of Polyphony (Max.)48
PresetNumber of Voices237 panel Voices + 24 Drum/SFX kits + 40 Arpeggio + 457 XGlite Voices
Featured Voices8 Sweet! Voices, 3 Cool! Voices, 3 Dynamic Voices
CompatibilityGMYes
XGliteYes

Effects

TypesReverb9 types
Chorus5 types
DSP10 types (assignable on control knobs)
Master EQ6 types
Harmony26 types
FunctionsDual/LayersYes
SplitYes
Arpeggio150 types
Melody SuppressorYes
CrossfadeYes(for Internal/AUX IN)

Accompaniment Styles

PresetNumber of Preset Styles220
FingeringMulti finger
Style ControlACMP ON/OFF, SYNC START, SYNC STOP, START/STOP, INTRO/ENDING/rit., MAIN/AUTO FILL, TRACK ON/OFF
File FormatStyle File Format (SFF)
Other FeaturesMusic Database378
One Touch Setting (OTS)Yes
ExpandabilityExpansion Style10

Songs

PresetNumber of Preset Songs30
RecordingNumber of Songs10
Number of Tracks6 (5 Melody + 1 Style/Pattern)
Data CapacityApprox. 19,000 notes (when only “melody” tracks are recorded)
Recording FunctionYes
Compatible Data FormatPlaybackSMF
RecordingOriginal File Format (SMF 0 conversion function)

Functions

RegistrationNumber of Buttons4 (x 8 banks)
Lesson/GuideYamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.)Lesson 1 – 3 (Listening, Timing, Waiting), Repeat & Learn, Chord Dictionary
Overall ControlsMetronomeYes
Tempo Range11 – 280
Transpose-12 to 0, 0 to +12
Tuning427.0 – 440.0 – 453.0 Hz (approx. 0.2Hz increments)
Scale SettingYes
MiscellaneousPIANO ButtonYes (Portable Grand Button)

Storage and Connectivity

StorageInternal MemoryApprox. 1.29 MB
External DrivesUSB flash drive
ConnectivityDC INDC IN 12V
Headphonesx 1 (Headphones/Output)
Sustain PedalYes
AUX INYes (Stereo-mini)
USB TO DEVICEYes
USB TO HOSTYes (MIDI/Audio: 44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)

Amplifiers and Speakers

Amplifiers6 W + 6 W (When using PA-150 AC adaptor)
Speakers12 cm x 2

Power Supply

Power SupplyAC Adaptor (PA-150 or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha) or batteries (Six“AA”size alkaline (LR6), manganese (R6) or Ni-MH rechargeable batteries)
Power Consumption8 W (When using PA-150 AC adaptor)
Auto Power Off FunctionYes

Accessories

Included AccessoriesMusic RestYes
Song BookDownload from website
Product IDSPSRE453UK

Questions & Answers

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Whilst the PSR-E453 doesn't have dedicated main or auxiliary outputs, it does have a shared stereo (TRS jack) headphones and output socket. Using an appropriate stereo jack cable, you can connect this to an external PA or audio system (such as a keyboard amp or our own StagePAS models).

Please note the PSR-E453 doesn't have a 'mono mode' - hence if connecting the PSR-E453 to a single (mono) speaker or to a mono PA system, the sound quality may be significantly reduced - this can be especially noticeable when using the piano sound. Also note that plugging either headphones or a cable into the output socket will mute the built-in speakers.

The PSR-EW400 and PSR-EW410 are based on the PSR-E453 and PSR-E463. However, rather than a shared stereo output, they have professional dedicated outputs (Left and Right) - and if your amplifier or PA is mono rather than stereo, just connecting to the Left output will put the keyboard into mono mode, so that sound quality is optimised for mono rather than stereo reproduction.

The PSR-EW400 and PSR-EW410 also have improved piano tones and feature a 76 note keyboard rather than 61 as the PSR-E453/PSR-E463 have. Using the dedicated Left and Right outputs won't mute the on-board speakers.

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Thank you for the question. The PSR-E453 doesn't feature a microphone input nor does it record audio (it does, however, allow you to record internally using the built-in sounds).

Technically, you could use a microphone with a small pre-amp or mixer and connect it to the PSR-E453's Aux In connection for amplification through its speakers. However, the PSR-E453 won't significantly amplify your voice, nor will it add any standard vocal effects/dynamics (such as reverb/compression) - plus, using the keyboard and microphone in this way adds the risk of feedback.

For recording both the PSR-E453 and vocals, we'd recommend using an iPad running Cubasis, or a Mac or Windows PC running an edition of Cubase. The PSR-E453 can connect directly to an iPad (using a USB cable and Apple's Camera Connection adapter); to connect a microphone, you'll usually also need a compatible audio interface (such as Steinberg's UR22 Mk II which also includes Cubase AI).

For playing and singing in a live performance, you'd ideally use a PA system suitable for the venue and audience size. For smaller rooms and halls, our StagePAS portable systems offer excellent sound quality and value for money; for larger venues, we make a wide range of PA components to fit.

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Thank you for the question. The PSR-E453 doesn't offer the ability to edit or create backing accompaniments ('styles') although it does have an on-board multi-track recorder which would allow you to record a drum part, then a bass part, then a melody part et al (but this will only play back as recorded rather than looping and allowing you to change chords and keys dynamically as you can with the on-board styles).

For keyboards which do offer the ability to create your own backing styles (which operate in the same way as the preset styles), please see our PSR-S670, PSR-S775, PSR-S975 and Genos arranger workstation keyboards. Our CVP Series Clavinova pianos also offer this facility.

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Thank you for the question. The keys of the PSR-E453 are our standard size for home keyboards. These are very fractionally narrower than those on our acoustic and digital upright and grand pianos but the difference is rarely noticeable by keyboard players or pianists.

Please be aware that our PSR-E Series keyboards have a standard home keyboard action, rather than a weighted hammer action.

For portable digital piano models which have keys the same size as those on our acoustic pianos and have fully weighted key actions, please see our P-45, P-115 and P-255 pianos:

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Thank you for the question. Yes, touch sensitivity/touch response can be disabled. We've included 4 different touch settings on the PSR-E453, accessed via the Function menu:

  • Soft: The keyboard responds in a more forgiving fashion so that it's easier to achieve maximum loudness
  • Medium: The note volume responds in a fashion similar to an acoustic piano (this is the default setting)
  • Hard: The keyboard requires more effort to achieve maximum loudness
  • Fixed (Touch Response Off): All notes have the same volume no matter how hard the keyboard is played

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Thank you for the question. Yes, we've included the Yamaha Education Suite in the PSR-E453 Home Keyboard.

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Thanks for the question. Yes, we've built an easy Transpose function into the PSR-E453. There's a Transpose button to the left of the screen and you can quickly transpose up or down 12 semi-tones (1 octave).

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Thank you for your enquiry. The AUX connection of the PSR-E453 is an audio input, designed for sources of sound rather than headphones or speakers. You can use it with iPads, older iPhones and compatible music players which feature a minijack headphone output.

The larger PHONES/OUTPUT socket is for headphones, speakers or recording/amplification systems. If your headphones only have a minijack plug (ie their plug is too small for the PHONES/OUTPUT socket), you'll likely need an adapter - see the link below.

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Thank you for the question. The PSR-E453 features a USB connection which carries both MIDI and audio - so, unless you're recording other instruments or microphones at the same time, there's no specific need for a separate audio interface.

MIDI from the PSR-E453 can only be transmitted via the USB connection. However, if you need to make an audio connection between the Steinberg UR22 and the PSR-E453, you can connect the keyboard's PHONES/OUTPUT socket to two of the inputs on the UR22. This would require a cable with a 1/4" stereo (TRS) jack on one end, and two 1/4" mono (TS) jacks on the other (one carrying the left signal, the other carrying the right signal) - see below.

Bear in mind that plugging a cable into the PHONES/OUTPUT socket will mute the PSR-E453's speakers (as you'd want when using headphones).

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Thank you for the question. The PSR-E453 doesn't feature light-up keys; for a model which does, please check out the EZ-220 Home Keyboard (link below).

However, the PSR-E453 does include the Yamaha Education Suite - a set of interactive lessons designed to help with sheet music recognition. Additionally, it features very high sound quality and audio, as well as MIDI, over USB.

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Thanks for the question. The PSR-E453 doesn't feature light-up keys. For a model that does, please follow the link below for the Yamaha EZ-200 Home Keyboard.

The PSR-E453 does feature the Yamaha Education Suite, a set of lessons which focus on helping the keyboard player to recognise music notation.

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Thanks for getting in touch. You'll also need Apple's Lightning-to-USB Camera adapter to make the connection but yes, you can record directly into Garageband or Cubasis on iOS devices with the PSR-E453.

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Thanks for the question. We've included some basic synthesizer-like options to the PSR-E453 - there are two controls which can cycle through a range of options (such as Attack/Release, Cut-Off/Resonance). However, it doesn't have full ADSR control. 

For true synthesis abilities, check out our MX and MOXF Series synthesizer models:

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Hi Liz, thanks for getting in touch. The PSR-E453 has a registration memory with 8 banks of 4 settings (typically, you would use up to 4 in a song, with perhaps up to 8 songs’ settings saved) and so this should be sufficient for the Grade 4 exam performance. A split point is also catered for in the PSR-E453. 

The PSR-E453 would be suitable for Grade 4 Electronic Keyboard (for the exam boards we've come across) but also give scope for composition and music production thanks to its excellent (and easy to set up) computer and iPad connectivity.

Alternative models to consider include:

  • PSR-EW400: This is similar to the PSR-E453 but has an extra octave of keys, a more advanced piano sound and professional audio connections for use on stage or for recording.
  • PSR-S670: This is the first of our PSR-S Series Workstation models and as such, offers higher realism of sound and accompaniments, better performance features and more flexibility in terms of voice setup. For Registrations, the PSR-S670 has 8 buttons to save settings to in a registration bank – and because of its more flexible memory, you no longer have a limit of just 8 banks.

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Thanks for the question. We've included an Auto-Accompaniment mode on the PSR-E453 allowing you to play with chords (usually with your left hand) and lead (usually with your right hand).

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Thank you for the question. The PSR-E453 is an excellent starting place for the world of music production. It features a large number of high quality sounds, backing accompaniments (which are like having a band ready to play - perfect for testing out songs, chord progressions and styles) and importantly, its USB-To-Host connection sends audio and MIDI data to and from your Mac, Windows PC or iPhone/iPad so you can use it with Cubase, Cubasis, Logic, SONAR, Garageband and other music production suites.

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Thank you for the question. The PSR-E453 is Core-MIDI compliant (class-compliant). On a MacBook Pro (running a modern version macOS) or iOS device (such as an iPad or iPhone), MIDI and audio connections will be automatically established for use in software such as Cubase, Logic, Garageband and Pro Tools. (Drivers are required when connecting to a Windows computer.)

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Thanks for getting in touch. The PSR-E453 is certainly capable of this - it has some great sounds including cello and string ensemble sounds. It's straightforward to use and can be used standalone with its built in speakers. The PSR-E453 doensn't have dedicated main outputs - to record into a 12-track, you'd need to use the headphone stereo socket as the output. This should work but you might need to check you can still monitor the sound through the 12-track recorder (plugging into the PSR-E453'sheadphones socket will mute its speakers).

The PSR-E453 has a bigger brother - the PSR-EW400. As well as the headphone output, this model also has dedicated Left/Mono + Right outputs, making it easier to connect to a 12-track or mixer in either mono or stereo (we strongly recommend using two tracks, panned hard-left and hard-right, to make a stereo recording). It also has a far more realistic piano sound and more keys - 76 compared to 61 on the PSR-E453. That extra octave can be very handy for creating rich string ensemble and pad backdrops. See below for a link to the PSR-EW400.

It might be worth also looking at something from our music production range. Our MX and MOXF Series synthesizers will generally have far superior sound quality (ie more realistic, clearer, more responsive) with synth engines and wave data taken from our flagship Motif and Montage models. They too have dedicated outputs (as the PSR-EW400 does) and MIDI/Audio USB connections (both the PSR-E453 and PSR-EW400 have this) so that connecting to a Mac, PC or iPad for recording can be done with a single cable.

The synthesis parameters can all be easily edited on the MOXF models - either using an iPad app or from the on-board controls, offering huge scope for making sounds entirely from scratch or customising a sound to suit the track.

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Thanks for the question. The PSR-E453 takes a DC power input and comes with a separate mains power adapter.

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Thank you for the question. Whilst the PSR-E453 has predominantly traditionally western voices and styles, we have included some Arabic scales and backing accompaniments.

The different types of scales available are:

  • #1 Equal
  • #2 Pure Major
  • #3 Pure Minor
  • #4 Bayat (Arabic)
  • #5 Rast (Arabic)

The selection of 'World' styles we've included are:

  • #151 Hawaiian
  • #152 CelticDance
  • #153 ScottishReel
  • #154 4/4Standart
  • #155 Rumba2/4
  • #156 Saeidy
  • #157 WehdaSaghira
  • #158 Laff
  • #159 IranianElec
  • #160 Emarati
  • #161 AfricanGospelReggae
  • #162 HighLife
  • #163 AfricanGospel
  • #164 Makossa
  • #165 ModernAfrobeat
  • #166 IndianPop
  • #167 Bhangra
  • #168 Bhajan
  • #169 ModernDangdut
  • #170 Keroncong
  • #171 XiQingLuoGu
  • #172 JingJuJieZou
  • #173 YiZuMinGe

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Thanks for the question. Yes, they can; the PSR-E453's USB-To-Host connection is Core MIDI-class compliant for macOS and iOS programmes and apps (such as Cubase, Cubasis, Logic and Garageband) and drivers are available for Windows PCs. As well as carrying a MIDI signal, the PSR-E453 also transmits and receives audio - hugely simplifying the recording process when using the keyboard's own sounds.

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Thank you for the question. We think that the PSR-E453 makes the ideal beginner keyboard. It features our own 'Yamaha Education Suite' (YES) system which can act as a practice and learning aid between lessons and it features an array of different sounds and backing accompaniments for use in lessons or just to enjoy. Crucially, it includes touch sensitivity, allowing the keyboard player to play expressively (which is much more satisfying and motivating and essential for playing piano music).

We've worked to make this our best ever PSR-E Series 61note keyboard - sounds are incredibly realistic which can help keep the learner's interest and motivate them to explore playing different sounds. And, once the keyboard player has progressed a little, the PSR-E453 is ready to connect to your computer or iPad opening up the world of music apps and music production.

(Alternatives to the PSR-E453 might include the PSR-EW400 (which has more keys) or the P-45 and P-115 digital pianos. The digital pianos feature a full-length piano-weighted keyboard action which makes them ideal for students starting piano lessons rather than keyboard lessons.)

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Thanks for the question. The PSR-EW400 and PSR-E453 are closely related - they both feature the same easy-to-use controls and share the vast majority of the included sounds and backing accompaniments. (There is no difference in recording or editing functionality.)

The PSR-EW400 differs from the PSR-E453 in the following ways:

  • Keyboard is an octave longer (76 notes compared to 61 notes)
  • Stereo speaker power is doubled for more power and improved sound quality (12w per side compared to 6w per side)
  • Professional Left/Mono & Right output sockets for use on stage on in the studio (the PSR-E453 has a single headphone stereo output)
  • The PSR-EW400 includes our new Live! Grand Piano voice (not found on the PSR-E453)

So, for use on stage, in the studio or when you need something a little more piano-like, the PSR-EW400 is a great choice. In terms of on-board recording or using in conjunction with a computer or iPad, there's no difference in controls or connectivity.

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Thanks for the question. Yes; as well as recognising full chords including majors, minors, sevenths along with inversions, you can also play 'Easy Chords' - the PSR-E453's term for single-finger chords:

Easy Chord types

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Thank you for the question. The PSR-E453 is Core Audio and Core MIDI class-compliant for macOS and iOS - this means you only need a normal USB cable ('USB-A to USB-B') plus Apple's Lightning Camera Connection adapter to connect the keyboard to your iPad (iPad models which have a Lightning connector).

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We've included 24 different drum kits ranging from studio kits for rock, jazz and pop, to electronic drum sounds, to percussion kits from around the world.

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We include a 2 year guarantee with the PSR-E453 keyboard.

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The PSR-E453 comes with a Yamaha PA150A (or PA150B) mains power adapter in the box.

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We've included a full-size stereo (TRS) 1/4" jack output/headphone connection on the PSR-E453. To use headphones or earphones which have a stereo minijack plug, you'll need a minijack to 1/4" jack adapter:

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Yes, we include a UK power adapter in the box.

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The PSR-E453 and PSR-EW400 are very similar in terms of educational features and suitability for beginners. The PSR-EW400 has a longer keyboard (76 keys compared to 61 keys) which is nearer to a full piano length (usually a grand or upright piano will have 88 keys). The PSR-EW400 also has dedicated audio outputs for stage and studio use. We think that if you're learning to play keyboard, the PSR-EW400 offers more scope for playing a wider variety of pieces.

Alternatively, if you're having piano lessons, we'd recommend looking at our P Series Portable Pianos rather than the PSR-E Series Keyboards. The Yamaha P-45, P-115 and P-255 all feature a fully weighted piano-action keyboard - near-essential for developing piano technique and strength for playing piano pieces.

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The now-superseded PSR-E443 Home Keyboard features a USB-to-HOST socket which can connect to a Mac or Windows computer (or an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with the correct cable). Once connected, the PSR-E443 can send and receive MIDI signals to and from studio software (Cubase, Logic et al), virtual instruments (Native Instruments' Kontakt for example) and score-writing software (Sibelius, Notion and Finale). To record the audio (actual sound) from the PSR-E443 into studio software, an audio connection must be made separately (usually using an additional cable going from the keyboard's OUTPUT socket to an audio interface connected to your computer).

One of the benefits of the brand new PSR-E453, the successor to the PSR-E443, is that its USB-to-HOST connection carries both MIDI and audio signals to and from your studio software and virtual instruments. This greatly simplifies a home keyboard+computer setup without losing any functionality (on the keyboard side).