Yamaha PSR-E353 Portable Keyboard

61-note touch sensitive keys

 
£170.00
£170.00
€199,00
€207,00
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PSR-E353 Portable Keyboard
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Key benefits compared to other products

Keyboards are amazing - they can recreate the sounds of hundreds of different instruments at the touch of a button. Want the sound of a concert grand piano? No problem - just select it from the control panel. But to really make a grand piano, violin or any number of other sounds come to life, you need something called Touch Sensitivity.

On a real grand piano, pressing a key harder will make a louder sound; on a violin, bowing harder will make the note louder; on a snare drum, hitting the snare harder will make a louder sound.

This sensitivity is so fundamental to music and the ability to put expression into music, that we can forget it's there - but not all beginner keyboards feature sensitivity.

The PSR-E353 does. Thanks to its fully touch-sensitive keys, you can perform with all the expression you desire - making it a natural step when you upgrade to a digital piano in the future.

Overview

Great sound and versatile performance features.

With its 61-note touch sensitive keyboard, the PSR-E353 is a great instrument for both beginners and more advanced players
Included with the PSR-E353 keyboard:
  • UK mains power adapter (PSU)
  • Music rest
  • Owner's manual

Features

  • Touch sensitive keyboard for expressive control
  • 573 high quality Voices
  • 158 accompaniment Styles- real-time backing tracks for a wide range of music types
  • 150 different arpeggio types for professional programmed effects
  • Nine-step lesson function (Yamaha Education Suite) helps beginners learn to play
  • Aux input with Melody Suppressor feature for instant backing tracks
  • Master EQ to adjust the sound to your personal taste
  • iPad/iPhone and computer connectivity options to expand your keyboard with software and apps
The PSR-E353 has easy-to-use onboard lesson functions for beginners and a touch-responsive keyboard that will satisfy experienced musicians. In addition to a library of 573 instrument voices and 158 backing styles from around the world, you can also connect an audio player to jam along with your favourite songs.

Touch-sensitive keyboard for piano-like control of of volume and dynamics

Play the keys firmly to increase the volume of the sound or softly to decrease it; the PSR-E353 will faithfully reflect every nuance of your playing.

A comprehensive library of 573 high quality voices

The PSR-E353 comes with a diverse array of 573 different voices including pianos, strings, guitars and synths. The grand piano voices utilise stereo-sampled sounds with a superb feeling of presence. Players can enjoy reverb effects for the feeling of performing in a concert hall, and choruses that add extra breadth and resonance to the sound.

Nine-step lesson function (Yamaha Education Suite) helps beginners learn to play

The lesson function offers a total of nine stages - three for the left hand, three for the right hand, and three for both hands, helping new players to practise the songs stored in the instrument. There's a scoring function that makes it fun to develop your skills and a "waiting" function that adjusts the tempo to suit the person playing, pausing the backing track until the correct note is played.

Connect your music player, reduce the lead volume with Melody Suppressor and jam along with the music

Connect an audio player to the PSR-E353 to enjoy your music through the instrument speakers and to play along. The "Melody Suppressor" function lowers the volume of the melody, allowing you to play the lead line of your favourite tracks.
*The volume of the melody line may not lower for some songs.

Master EQ to adjust overall sound

The PSR-E353 is equipped with a preset Master EQ system that allows you to adjust the overall keyboard sound with settings such as Bright and Boost, making it easier to get exactly the sound you need.

Connect to your iPad/iPhone and expand your keyboard with software and apps

By connecting your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch to the instrument with an optional cable, it's easy to make practicing and performing music an even more enjoyable experience. There are several exciting Yamaha applications available for download from the App Store including:
*My Music Recorder
An application for recording video and audio of music performances on your iPhone/iPod touch. Audio and video data recorded can be e-mailed or uploaded to YouTube.
*Sound Controller
Use the wheel or XY controller of this application to control effects such as pitch bending and reverb from your iPhone/iPod touch.
iOS device, connecting cable and Internet access required - not included

150 different arpeggio types

Push the "Arpeggio" button to play a huge range of arpeggios just by pressing a single key. Far more than just simple repetitions of phrases, the arpeggio function allows you to perform complex musical parts with ease. What's more, with 150 different presets available, the PSR-E353 offers an amazing variety of new ways to enhance your playing.

158 auto accompaniment Styles provide real-time controllable backing tracks.

From pop and rock to dance and more, the PSR-E353 offers Styles (auto accompaniment backing tracks) in a huge range of genres. The built-in Music Database with 100 different settings make it easy to access voices and backings matching the musical style you want, allowing you to play many different types of music quickly and easily.

Specs

Size/Weight

  • Width 945mm(37-3/16”)
  • Height 122mm(4-13/16”)
  • Depth 368mm(14-1/2”)
  • Weight Weight 4.4kg

Control Interface

  • Number of Keys 61
  • Touch Response Yes
  • Display Type LCD display
  • Backlight Yes
  • Language English

Voices

  • Tone Generating Technology AWM Stereo Sampling
  • Polyphony Number of Polyphony (Max.) 32
  • Preset Number of Voices 196 panel Voices + 18 Drum/SFX kits + 20 Arpeggio + 339 XGlite Voices
  • Compatibility GM Yes
  • XGlite Yes

Effects

  • Types Reverb Yes
  • Chorus Yes
  • Master EQ Yes
  • Arpeggio 150types
  • Harmony Yes
  • Ultra-Wide Stereo Yes
  • Functions Dual/Layers Yes
  • Split Yes
  • Panel Sustain Yes
  • Melody Suppressor Yes

Accompaniment Styles

  • Number of Preset Styles 158
  • Fingering Multi
  • Style Control ACMP ON/OFF, SYNC START, START/STOP, INTRO/ENDING/rit., MAIN/AUTO FILL
  • Other Features Music Database 100
  • One Touch Setting (OTS) Yes
  • External Styles Yes

Songs

  • Number of Preset Songs 154
  • Recording Number of Songs  5
  • Number of Tracks 2
  • Data Capacity Approx. 10,000 notes
  • Compatible Data Format Playback SMF Formats 0 & 1
  • Recording Original File Format

Functions

  • Registration Number of Buttons 9
  • Lesson/Guide [KEYS TO SUCCESS], [1 LISTENING 2 TIMING 3 WAITING], [PHRASE REPEAT], [A-B REPEAT], [CHORD DICTIONARY],[CHORD PROGRESSION]
  • Lesson/Guide Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.) Yes
  • Overall Controls Metronome Yes
  • Tempo Range 11 - 280
  • Transpose -12 to 0, 0 to +12
  • Tuning Yes
  • Duo Yes
  • Miscellaneous PIANO Button Yes

Storage and Connectivity

  • Storage Internal Memory Approx. 1.7MB
  • Connectivity DC IN DC IN 12V
  • Headphones [PHONES/OUTPUT] x 1
  • Sustain Pedal [SUSTAIN] x 1
  • AUX IN Yes
  • USB TO HOST Yes

Amplifiers and Speakers

  • Amplifiers 2.5W+2.5W
  • Speakers 12cm×2

Power Supply

  • Power Supply Users within U.S or Europe: PA-130 or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha Others: PA-3C, PA-130 or an equivalent. Six "AA" size alkaline (LR6), manganese (R6) or Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
  • Power Consumption 8W (When using PA-130 AC adaptor)
  • Auto Power Off Function Yes

Accessories

  • Included Accessories Music Rest
Product IDSPSRE353UK

Questions & Answers

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Thanks for getting in touch. Yes, plugging a cable into the Headphones/Output socket will automatically mute the on-board speakers.

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Thank you for getting in touch. All our PSR Series keyboards have full size keys which match the width of those on an acoustic upright or grand piano (approximately 2.25cm).

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Thanks for the question. We include a UK mains power adapter with the PSR-E353.

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The PSR-E353 has a total memory capacity of around 10,000 notes which can be used in one song or split between the 5 song spaces. 

Generally, 10,000 notes far exceeds the amount needed - but for more extensive recording facilities, we'd recommend using the PSR-E353 in conjunction with a Mac or Windows computer, or with an iPad. Cubase, Cubasis, Logic and Garageband allow you to record many tracks virtually without limit (and offer many other capabilities and functions).

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Yes, we include a UK mains power supply with the PSR-E353 keyboard.

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This model does let you control a backing accompaniment with single-finger chords (referred to as 'Easy Chords' in the Owners Manual).

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The PSR-E353 doesn't include a microphone input or audio recorder and so can't record speech or vocals by itself. But, used in conjunction with a microphone, audio interface (such as our MG10XU or AG03) and studio software (such as Cubase) on a Mac or Windows computer, or an audio recording app (such as Cubasis or Garageband) on an iPad, you would be create recordings featuring vocals.

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Whilst the PSR-E253 and PSR-E353 have many similarities - both feature 61 keys, both have a great range of different sounds ('voices') and backing accompaniments ('styles') and both have the handy Yamaha Education Suite ('YES') learning tools built in - the PSR-E353 is highly recommended for both beginners learning to play keyboard:

  • The PSR-E353 features a touch-sensitive keyboard action (sometimes referred to as 'touch-response'); this means that you can play a note quietly or loudly by changing how much force you use - and is an essential part of playing keyboard and piano in virtually every genre of music
  • The PSR-E353 has better sound quality - it sounds more realistic (and in practice, this tends to motivate beginners to play and practice more often which helps their progression and development)
  • The PSR-E353 has a backlit display screen - this doesn't affect the sound in any way, but does make the display easier to read and so easier to use (especially when using the Yamaha Education Suite)

Are you learning to play keyboard or piano? The PSR-E353 is a great starting point for keyboard playing (take a look at the PSR-E453 or PSR-S Series models for even better sounding keyboards). It can also be a good initial starting point for piano lessons - but the beginner pianist may grow out of a home keyboard quite quickly. 

For beginner pianists, we strongly recommend a digital piano (if an acoustic piano isn't feasible). These can be affordable, relatively portable and lightweight (and can be put away when not in use if wanted) - for instance, our best-selling P-45 and P-115 Digital Pianos are both under 12kg (far less than typical digital pianos) and can be stored upright on their ends, as a keyboard would often be - see the links below.

Playing a digital piano rather than a keyboard can be important for several reasons. The most crucial is that a Yamaha digital piano will have a graded, weighted key action. This closely mimics the weighting and movement of the keys on an upgright or grand piano, and helps build strength in the finger muscles - vital for allowing the player to play with more control, speed and accuracy and for developing piano technique.

Digital pianos feature a full-length keyboard - an upright or grand piano would typically have 88 keys and all our digital pianos have the same amount (in comparison, our PSR-E Series keyboards have 61 keys). Whilst this is less important in the early stages of learning (when only the middle of the piano is usually played), the higher number of notes will become vital later on. If your teacher is teaching you at your home, a full length piano also allows the teacher to accompany you (or for you to play a duet together on the same piano).

And, whilst the PSR-E353 sounds very good, our digital pianos feature a far more advanced piano sound engine - more accurately recreating the tone and dynamic response of a grand piano (which, again, can motivate the pianist to play and practice more frequently and for longer).

So, if you're learning to play keyboard, the PSR-E353 is a great choice that should be adequate for many years (but do have a look at the PSR-E453 model and PSR-S Series models). If you're learning to play piano, the PSR-E353 can be a good starting point - but expect to grow out of it more quickly (and be aware that there are significant advantages to choosing a digital piano rather than a keyboard).

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Thanks for the question - that's great to hear! The PSR-E353 is the first in our PSR Series of home keyboards to offer touch response - this makes it possible to learn and play expressively and dynamically (i.e. some notes louder, some notes softer). Compared to a piano, the PSR-E353 has fewer keys (61 compared to 88 on most upright and grand pianos) and the keys aren't weighted. Much of piano technique and development comes from the way piano keys move and the physical effort needed to move them (a result of the hammer assembly inside the piano). Playing on non-weighted keys doesn't allow the full development of muscle strength and can hinder the development of technique.

As such, the PSR-E353 is often used by beginner piano and keyboard students - with the knowledge that after a short while, as the pianist progresses, they'll need to move onto an instrument with a longer keyboard and weighted key action.

For an instrument that features both our Graded Hammer action and a full 88 note keyboard length - and one that is compact and light enough to be stored away when not in use - we'd recommend looking at the Yamaha P-45 or P-115 Portable Digital Pianos. Both sound and feel extremely realistic and will allow your son or daughter to quickly develop piano technique.

Alternatively, for an instrument half way between the PSR-E353 and the P-45, try the Yamaha NP-32 Home Keyboard. This features 76 notes (not far off full length) and our Graded Soft Touch keyboard which adds some resistance to the keys (a better option to learn with compared to the light-weight keys of the PSR-E353).