Yamaha PSR-E463 Review

Yamaha PSR-E463 Review

Yamaha PSR-E463 Review : E463 is a great value for money, budget E series flagship keyboard from Yamaha and in this latest model Yamaha has updated it with lots of fresh new styles that has been inherited from the Yamaha PSR-S series.

You are getting really fantastic value for money and in this tiny little package, portable piano that runs on batteries going for around US $ 250, you get really good acoustic instrument sounds, piano sounds, electric piano sounds, synth and pad sounds for a really good price that is friendly to the budget musician.

However, lets be frank, this is an arranger keyboard and it is not going to be suitable for all scenarios and for all kinds of musicians.

Depending upon what you are trying to do with your music, this keyboard may or may not be the most suitable for you and in this article, I will be going through the different scenarios you will be using the keyboard for and whether this keyboard will be suitable for you.

PSR E463 Features and Reasons Why It is not for you

If you are using the Yamaha PSR-E463, mainly as the piano trying to play classical pieces from Mozart, Beethoven, Scotty, on this keyboard, it will not be suitable for you.

If you want a really good quality piano sound, this is not suitable for you, that is because on a real piano you will need 88 keys if you are trying to play classical pieces and the touch on an arranger keyboard will be vastly different from a real piano.

If you are trying to learn this on a digital piano because you don’t want to disturb your neighbors, you want to be able to use headphones, you want to make sure you checkout other kinds of keyboards that has a weighted keys.

I am saying this is because on a real piano, the keys on the left side of the keyboard will be hitting thicker strings and the hammers will be heavier, you want to make sure that not only you have weighted keys, you should preferably have graded hammer keys where the key on the left side of the keyboard is heavier and will gradually become lighter as you move towards the right side of the keyboard.

On an acoustic piano, things like string resonance, damper resonance, with all effects, you are playing in the touch sensitivity on a real acoustic piano as well as the full pedaling range from the 3 pedals on a real piano.

All of these will not be available on the PSR-E463.

Is E463 Good For Learning

If you are looking for something to learn real piano stuff on, I suggest you to look at digital piano not an arranger keyboard. Like PX 160 , Casio PX 870, Or NP 12 is also quite good to start with.

The Casio PRIVIA PX-series and for the more budget conscious there will also be the P-125 from Yamaha or if you have a bit more money to spend and you want in a portable package, you have the Yamaha P-515 as well, and on a real piano, the keyboard actually made from real wood.

There is a degree of porousness to the keys to make sure that your fingers do not slip over the keys when you get a bit sweaty while playing.

However, if you are really on a big budget constraint, then I would suggest if the piano sound is the top priority for you, you want to just check out the PSR-EW410.

What if you loved all the arranger keyboard stuffs but you still want a graded hammer action, you can actually look at the Yamaha DJX-660, which has the arranger keyboard styles, lots of sounds as well as 88 keys.

But it will be less portable, but if you have space at home and you want to make sure you are learning the correct techniques on a real piano, even a very cheap piano costing three to four hundred dollars will give you a better tactile touch response than an arranger keyboard like this.

Can I Use It For Workstation Environment ?

If you are trying to use this keyboard in a DAW scenario, DAW stands for digital action workstation environment, this keyboard will not be the most suitable for you.

If you are trying to control software such as the Ableton, you will find that this keyboard is inadequate for controlling via MIDI.

It is fine if you are trying to use software to control this keyboard, but if you are trying to use this keyboard to control software, you want to make sure you get a MIDI controller instead for the same price that you are buying this keyboard for.

You can actually get a MIDI controller with after touch which this keyboard does not have at this price range.

You also want to make sure that you are getting a MIDI controller that is able to send things like patch changes, that is able to specify different MIDI channels, different sliders and knobs for you to modify, create and rock the music in your DAW setup.

Can I Use It As A Synthesizer?

Now, we shall talk about the sound creation, sound synthesis, make no mistake about that, this is a keyboard, but you cannot really call it a synthesizer.

You are able to modify the voices, using effects like chorus, Flanger, reverb. These are all still pretty basic effects that you can use to modify.

However, if you want to create fresh, new, unique, personalized sound from scratch, you want to make sure, you are looking at a synthesizer, something that you can use to create brand-new sounds using different filters, waveform effects and that is something that the Yamaha PSR-E463, is not able to do.

And the price of the hardware synthesizer has come down so much that for the same price as the Yamaha PSR-E463 you can get a pretty decent hardware from Roland or form KORG

And if you are looking for sounds of the vintage legacy synthesizers, you can find these in a digital software version, but not at a very expensive price, these days you can use it as part of your DAW setup.

Yamaha PSR-E463 comes with a six- track sequencer. It might be sufficient for a beginner, but you will find it limiting if you are trying to use the sequencer to build a complete polish song.

These days with computers so powerful, and at such an affordable price, you can actually use a computer as a sequencer that is a lot more suitable because it has a huge screen which is on your monitor or on your laptop, is easier to work around with a visual environment and you are not restricted to only six tracks, you have as many tracks as the resource on your computer can give you.

So, if you have a lot more RAM, you have a great processor which can crunch all the different sounds going on at the same time. You are better off with a software multi-track sequencer, the thing about trying to do multi-track sequencing on a keyboard like Yamaha PSR-E463. You will not get a lot of deep level editing, unlike on the more advanced high-end workstations.

Polyphony And Speakers

The other thing that is limiting for this keyboard is the 48-note polyphony. And if you are trying to build lush arrangements on your keyboard, you will find that you will run out of notes very quickly.

For really small intimate gigs like a small birthday party you are having at home or you are having some friends over and you are going to play for them then Yamaha PSR-E463 is fine.

But if you are trying to use this keyboard for bigger scale performance, you will need to plug in microphone and apply effects to the microphone then this keyboard may not be for you.

Although there is an auxiliary input on this keyboard, it is not suitable for plugging in a microphone above and beyond that you are not able to apply the effects on to the auxiliary input as well.

The speakers on this keyboard is good for a small room but in a bigger space it is just not going to be sufficient.

If you will be doing some serious performing you want to get a keyboard that has dedicated outputs left and right so that you can send it out to a PA system or to an external keyboard monitor speakers or an external keyboard speakers that is sized properly for the location that you will be performing at.

This article would not be complete if I only write about what this keyboard is not suitable for.

What are the benefits of PSR E463 ?

The good part of Yamaha E463

Let’s talk about what this keyboard is great for and kind of musician would you be in order to want to get this Yamaha PSR-E463 keyboard.

If you are someone who loves to play around with a lot of sounds, acoustic instruments, a lot of styles and play along with this style and not have to meddle around with the technical aspect of being in a software digital world, you just want to turn on the keyboard and get going This Yamaha PSR-E463 is great for you.

If you are a composer who wants to very quickly sketch out something you have in your head, you have a couple of cork aggression, then you just want to play out.

This keyboard is really good for getting your ideas down really quickly and have it recorded onto a thumb drive and you can develop it further, whether on a digital platform or with a full- scale Band.

And for those who are taking the trinity UK exam, the electronic keyboard syllabus, this keyboard is suitable for you to use until grade 4.

This keyboard is light, easy to set up you can just bring it and tuck it under your arm, bring it into the exam hall and set it down in less than 5 minutes and you are ready to perform in front of the examiner.

This keyboard is great for you however I can’t recommend this keyboard for graded exams that is higher than grade 5 simply because it doesn’t allow you to do caught on bass inversions for your backing track.

The keyboard has some really great rotary organ sounds, electric piano sounds, string sounds, acoustic piano sounds, that you will require, so it is sufficient up to grade 8 for ones with pop and rock syllabus.

The advantage of having a keyboard like this is for example if the drummer of your band is absent, you have to not worry, because you can just turn on you stalls and still have a beat going on and if your guitarist is not around, you just put on the arpeggiator set on a guitar song and you are ready to go.

Hence, this keyboard is perfectly suitable for you if you have just begun to explore the world of MIDI and music and is fine till you need to make complex multi-track recordings, and acquire something more advanced in the future.

Hope this review of Yamaha PSR E463 helped you in making a better decision.


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