Yamaha PSR-F51 - Easy, user-friendly and fun!
Our principal aim in designing the PSR-F51 was basic functionality that is both straightforward and user-friendly. As a result, we have developed a keyboard that anyone will find easy to operate and play. Using the intuitive panel, simply select a voice and rhythm to start playing. The PSR-F51's compact and lightweight design packs in a regular size keyboard together with 120 Voices and 114 Rhythms from all over the world. What’s more, this instrument is ideally suited to a wide range of different playing scenarios; not only is the PSR-F51 great for beginners and students, you can also power it with batteries for musical performance *on the road.*
Easy, user friendly and fun!
The PSR-F51 is incredibly easy to use with its color-coded, intuitive control panel.
Simply select a voice, choose a rhythm and start. It's as simple as 1, 2, 3 !
Voices and Styles from all around the world
With 120 Voices & 114 Styles, the PSR-F51 is amazingly versatile. In addition to familiar favouries such as pianos, guitars and brass, the keyboard also features many traditional instruments from all over the world. Dual Voice combines instruments such as piano and strings for a rich and powerful sound.
With the combination of 2.5W + 2.5W amplifiers and high-quality Yamaha Voices, you can enjoy powerful and realistic sound when performing in a wide variety of different situations.
Useful functions for practice including a metronome and a Duo mode
The built-in metronome allows players to hone their sense of rhythm—vital when performing—while practicing. The PSR-F51 also offers a Duo mode that enables two people to play together on identical keyboard sections, which can be very useful when performing live or during lessons.
Headphones output jack
Use your headphones to practice without disturbing others or connect the instrument to a sound system when playing on stage. (Headphones and connecting cables not included)
Operate using batteries
The PSR-F51 can be operated using batteries instead of an AC adaptor. It requires six 1.5-V AA size batteries, which can be either rechargeable (1.2V Ni-MH rechargeable batteries or equivalent) or non-rechargeable.
The keyboard comes complete with a music rest for holding sheet music.
- Width 940 mm (37”)
- Height 109 mm (4-5/16”)
- Depth 306 mm (12-1/16”)
- Weight 3.4 kg (7 lbs 8 oz) (not including batteries)
- Number of Keys 61
- Touch Response No
- Display Type LED display
- Language English
- Panel Language English
- Tone Generating Technology AWM Stereo Sampling
- Number of Polyphony (Max.) 32
- Number of Voices 120
- Types Reverb Yes (Fixed in Voice/Non controllable)
- Chorus Yes (Fixed in Voice/Non controllable)
- Functions Panel Sustain Yes
- Number of Preset Styles 114
- Fingering Multi
- Style Control Main, Fill-in
- Number of Preset Songs 30
- Lesson/Guide Part Mute
- Overall Controls Metronome Yes
- Tempo Range 11 - 280
- Transpose -12 to 0, 0 to +12
- Tuning Yes
Storage and Connectivity
- Connectivity DC IN DC IN 12V
- Headphones Stereo MINI-Jack x 1
Amplifiers and Speakers
- Amplifiers 2.5 W + 2.5 W
- Speakers 8 cm x 2
- Power Supply AC Adaptor PA-130 or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha, or six "AA" size alkaline (LR6), manganese (R6) or Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
- Power Consumption 6 W (with PA-130)
- Included Accessories Music Rest
Questions & Answers
Question: Does it come with a keyboard stand (as Well As music stand) Andy
Thank you for your message.
I can confirm that this keyboard does come with a Music Rest.
The keyboard stand is sold separately. I have provided some recommendsations below.
Question: Does the PSRF51 have weighted keys?
Thank you for the question. We've designed the PSR-F51 to be great fun and help spark an interest of music whilst having a low, affordable price. It has our standard home keyboard keys which aren't weighted but are full-size.
For models with weighted keys (and piano hammer actions), please see our P Series, YDP Series and Clavinova Series digital pianos (for instance, the P-45, YDP-143 or CLP-635).
Question: What should I buy as a beginner learning piano? A piano or a keyboard?
Thank you for the question. For someone who wants to learn the piano and who is having piano lessons (rather than home keyboard lessons), we strongly recommend an acoustic or digital piano.
As well as physically having a full-length of notes (88 rather than 61 on most keyboards), our digital pianos all have fully-weighted key actions (essential for building muscle strength and technique) and offer touch-response (where the sound of each note changes and gets louder the harder you press it, like an acoustic piano) allowing you to play expressively (essential for piano music).
In contrast, the PSR-F51 has none of the above.
Where space and budget are at a premium, our P-45 and P-115 digital pianos offer incredible value for money. They're relatively lightweight (and can be stored upright if wanted), still sound excellent and are available at prices lower than some home keyboards.
Question: Can I connect the PSRF51's headphone socket to the microphone input of a computer to record into Cubase?
Thank you for your interest in the PSR-F51. Technically, you can connect the minijack headphone output of the PSR-F51 to a compatible input on a Mac or on a Windows PC. Ideally, you'd use a line input (often colour-coded blue) rather than the microphone input (often colour-coded red) otherwise you may find the audio distorting (on some computers, you can adjust the sensitivity to compensate, up to a point). You're likely to be able to use a standard stereo minijack lead (the sort of lead sometimes used to connect an older iPhone or an iPod to the Aux In connection in a car).
Please be aware that plugging anything into the PSR-F51's headphone socket (be it actual headphones or minijack leads) will cause the keyboard to mute its built-in speakers - this is sensible when using headphones but may be less helpful when connecting to a computer (unless you have additional speakers connected or built-into the computer).
So you're aware, our higher-end home keyboards simplify all of the above. At time of writing, our PSR-E363 and PSR-E453 can be connected to an iPad, iPhone, Mac computer or Windows PC via a single USB cable. As well as transmitting audio, the connection also transmits MIDI - opening up the world of virtual instruments and synthesizers.
Question: Does this keyboard come with a music stand?
The PSR-F51 comes with a plastic music rest which slots into the back edge of the keyboard.
Question: Are the keys on the PSRF51 touch sensitive (eg the harder you press them, the louder the sound)?
Thank you for the question. The PSR-F51 doesn't feature touch sensitivity. For home keyboard models which do, please look at the:
- Yamaha NP-12
- Yamaha NP-32
- Yamaha PSR-E363
- Yamaha PSR-EW300
- Yamaha PSR-E453
- Yamaha PSR-EW400
For portable digital pianos which offer a full 88 note keyboard, a fully weighted and graded hammer action and touch sensitivity, please look at the
- Yamaha P-45
- Yamaha P-115
- Yamaha P-255
Question: Does the PSRF51 have full size keys?
Thank you for the question. Yes, the PSR-F51 does have full size keys. Please be aware that it doesn't offer touch sensitivity - so unlike a piano, won't sound louder when you play harder (for models which include touch sensitivity, please see our PSR-E363, PSR-EW300 and PSR-E453). That aside, the PSR-F51 can be a great introduction to home keyboards and inspire beginners to play and progress.
Question: Does this keyboard have a sustain function?
Thank you for the question. The PSR-F1 does have a sustain setting (hold the FUNCTION button while pressing the 'B' above middle-C to activate it) but doesn't have a sustain pedal connection.
For models which allow the use of a sustain pedal (so you can control the sustain as you would on a piano), please see our PSR-E263, PSR-E363 and PSR-E453 keyboards:
Question: What does the Function button do? Pressing it doesn't appear to affect the sound.
Thank you for the question. The Function button allows you access to some other functions built into the keyboard which don't have their own dedicated button.
You use it by holding down the Function button whilst pressing the appropriate key for the function you want to use. Printed above certain keys are the corresponding functions; for instance, pressing Function and the Middle C key will start or stop the metronome:
For details on the functions available, please see Page 10 of the Owner's Manual:
Question: How do I connect the PSRF51 to a computer for recording?
Thank you for the question. The PSR-F51 doesn't offer include any sort of MIDI connection or any built-in recording facilities.
We'd recommend looking at the PSR-E363 or PSR-E453 home keyboards which both have a USB connection which transmits both MIDI (notation) data and audio (sound) to Mac computers, Windows PCs and iOS devices. This massively simplifies the connection to Mac or PC software.
Question: Is the PSRF51 suitable for a 12 year old?
Thank you for the question. We've designed the PSR-F51 to be great fun and inspiring to children and adults; it features full size keys, is very compact and has a fun range of sounds and backing rhythms. However, for anyone planning to have piano or keyboard lessons, the PSR-F51 lacks three vital features:
- Touch Sensitivity (also known as touch response or velocity sensitivity):
- A touch-sensitive keyboard recognises how hard or soft you press each key; play a note hard and, just like a real piano, you get a louder sound. Play softly and you get a quieter sound. It’s required for playing with expression and essential for playing piano.
- Weighted hammer action:
- The keys on a real piano are just the visible part of a complex mechanical assembly which hits the strings in a controlled way. As such, the keys are relatively heavy and move in a specific way; playing them builds finger strength and helps develop pianistic technique. All of our digital pianos – even our entry-level portable pianos like the P-45 and P-115 - feature a weighted hammer action which recreates this weight and movement.
- Full-length keyboard:
- An upright or grand piano will usually have 88 notes whereas home keyboards tend to have either 61 or 76 notes. Whilst it’s not essential to having a full length keyboard to begin with, it will become more important as you progress.
So whilst the PSR-F51 can help spark an interest, anyone planning to take piano lessons should look at the following models as an alternative:
- PSR-E363 and PSR-E453:
- 61 key keyboard which features touch response (the PSR-E453 features incredible sound quality)
- Longer 76 key keyboards which feature touch response (the PSR-EW400 features incredible sound quality)
- P-45 Digital Piano:
- Full length weighted hammer action digital piano with an incredible piano sound at an amazing price (and relatively lightweight - and easy to store)
- P-115 Digital Piano:
- Full length weighted hammer action digital piano with a range of brilliant sounds and basic rhythms (also relatively lightweight and easy to store)
Question: Does the PSR-F51 keyboard make a good choice for someone who wants to learn piano and keyboard?
Thanks for the question. We've designed the PSR-F51 to be a great first keyboard, inspiring new keyboard learners with its great selection of sounds and backing rhythms. For those having piano lessons, we strongly recommend models starting with our PSR-E363 Home Keyboard. This is the first model in the range to feature touch-sensitive keys - so that the harder you press a key, the louder it will be, just like a real piano. Touch-sensitivity is essential for playing with expression. Its sister model, the PSR-EW300 has 76 keys rather than 61 - ideal for playing more advanced piano pieces.
If space allows, the best option is a full-length piano. Our P-45 and P-115 digital models offer full length keyboards - which feature fully weighted hammer actions so that the keys feel and move like those on an upright piano. This is important for building up finger muscle strength and developing piano technique.
Question: Can you connect standard earphones and headphones to this keyboard? Or would I need a separate adapter?
Thanks for the question. The PSR-F51 features a standard mini-stereo-jack headphone socket. This is the same diameter as the headphone socket on iPads* and earlier iPhones. Most headphones (including our own HPH-50, HPH-100 and HPH-150 models) have this connection (usually with an adapter to connect to larger headphone sockets).
*As of late 2017