YPG-535 – 88 Key, Digital Piano Keyboard from Yamaha

Grand pianos are the most graceful and elegant forms of piano and it is usually said that, anybody who has ever had the aspiration of becoming a pianist longs to play this particular kind of piano model. Within the type Grand Pianos itself, there are a lot of other types that range from the concert grand piano which is used by the professional players to the compact grand ones which are, as the name indicates, space saving, yet allows you to enjoy the full scale of sounds. The following is a review on the portable grand piano, Yamaha YPG-535. You probably know that Yamaha makes some of the world’s finest grand and baby grand pianos.

Yamaha YPG-535 88-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard

What you can expect from Yamaha YPG-535 Portable Grand Piano:

Yamaha YPG-535 is an 88 key portable keyboard that gives you an experience of playing a grand piano by sound and feel in a portable package at a very affordable price. The graded soft touch action that it provides, will make beginners to professional players all in love with it. The built-in interactive lessons provide a user definable tempo that would allow learning at your pace which will be a great boon for the beginners.

Body, keyboard and display:

The body of the piano has a champagne gold colour finish. Yamaha YPG-535 Digital Piano Keyboard has its dimensions as (H X W X D) 775mm x 1354mm x 485mm and weighs 17kgs. The keyboard has eighty eight keys that are of graded soft touch keyboard type. The other controller that is available is the pitch blend controller. The YPG-535 Piano Keyboard from Yamaha has a full dot LCD which has a size of 320 x 240 dots. This is a monochrome display with score display function and lyrics display function.

The Yamaha Education Suite: Y.E.S

Yamaha YPG-535 has a large and LCD display and three lesson modes which will be highly helpful when you make use of the Y.E.S.

The Yamaha Education Suite is the main feature of this grand piano keyboard. Y.E.S stands out from the other frustrating educational software of the past. Y.E.S offers you a very user friendly and easy to understand and is a learning system that is very effective. The YPG-535 Electronic Piano Keyboard has 30 internal songs and there are another 70 of them included in the CD ROM and the notes for them are presented on a music staff that will be placed ahead of you. All that you need to do is, choose one of these and then choose a lesson mode.

Yamaha YPG-535 Midi Keyboard with Stand

Lesson modes:

As we had mentioned earlier, there are three lesson modes that include “Wait Mode” that stops playback until you play the correct note, “Your Tempo Mode” that slows down the playback when you play incorrect notes, which allows you to learn at your own pace and at the same time get a feel for the rhythm and finally, the “Minus One Mode” plays a song with one part removed, so that you can play along with the other elements of the music. The Minus One mode works like a piano karaoke, except for the fact that, here you get to choose what part needs to be played. You will be able to sense a progress that is natural each of which adds to the ability and style that you had attained from the previous lesson mode. All the three lesson modes have about seven levels that are of ascending levels of difficulty which allows you to enhance your abilities and fine tune them.

Automatic Grading Function:

Yamaha has employed an automatic grading function that gives you a honest feedback on your performance. This system is not liberal and gives you only the hard and the bitter truth. A chord dictionary is also available that aids you in familiarising with the common chordal voicings and intervals. Each of these chords are displayed in names and notes on the LCD musical staff. Though you might be having plans for private lessons, the Y.E.S will surely give you a huge head start and a distinct learning advantage. If the song contains lyric and chord data, the lyrics and chords will also appear on the score display. No lyrics or chords will appear on the display if the song does not contain the appropriate lyric and chord data.

Yamaha Digital Music Notebook:

Yamaha YPG-535 grand piano does not just stop with helping you out with your sight reading, you will also be able to play as many bits of music as you wish. A USB is provided that connects the keyboard to your computer which in turn can be connected to the net. Any form of music that is stored in the MIDI format can be downloaded to the YPG 535 and displayed on the large LCD display as a notated score. The file that you have downloaded can also be played by the Yamaha YPG 535 MIDI Keyboard so that you can here it before you actually play it by yourself. If you do not find the song that you were actually searching for, then, you could also load Yamaha’s Digital Music Notebook, which is an online service that lets you download transcriptions of the most popular music of today, as well as additional lesson books. You can load the songs directly into the Yamaha YPG-535 or your system and just print out the notes. With Yamaha YPG-535 Digital Piano Midi Keyboard you will be introduced to the world of interactive music.

Built-in six track sequencer:

Yamaha YPG-535 88-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard has a built-in six track sequencer that records whatever you wish to. It has options for you to combine different musical instruments in one song and for that, the Yamaha YPG-535 has over 361 amazing sounds which you can choose from. The sounds include organs woodwings, strings, drums, guitar sounds etc. You can save the favourite work of yours either by uploading it into your system or even by connecting it to an external hard disk or thumb drive.

Physical features:

The built-in stereo two way speaker system works finely and reproduces the music from the YPG-535 in an amazing way. The graded soft touch keyboard adds to the pianists pleasures. Comprised of semi weighted 88 keys, just like a full sized piano, it approximates the action of real, mechanical ivories. When a Yamaha FC4 sustain pedal is plugged in, you will be able to attain dynamic damper effects that gives you a complete and authentic control over your music.

Similar to that of the actual pianos, the lower keys are heavy in touch and the higher keys are light which provides with a soft touch of digital keyboard for the beginners. The Yamaha YPG-535 delivers sweet cool voices that sound incredibly natural and dynamic. When you use the Pitch Blend wheel, voices of that of the Sax and Trumpet sound very alive and it would be really tough for you to differentiate between the real sound and this. The YPG-535 grand piano makes use of a wide range of electronically amplified and acoustic instrument sounds that are used to fully capture the natural presence, expression, vibrato and resonance of the real instrument.

There are nine different reverb types that let you add rich, concert-hall ambience to your performance.

Easy Song Arranger feature:

The Easy Song Arranger feature allows you to select any other style to play the song in addition to the songs original default style. For instance, with the Easy Song Arranger feature, you will be able to play a song that is usually a balled as a hip-hop tune or anything else. Just by changing the style in which the song is played, you can create arrangements that are totally different. The image can be completely changed when you change the melody voice of the song and the voice of the keyboard.

Yamaha YPG-535 Digital Piano Keyboard

Performance Assistance Technology:

The Performance Assistance Technology allows you to play along with the song on the instruments keyboard. With this feature you can give the perfect performance each time because even if you play the wrong notes, all that you will have to do is, play on the keyboard alternately on the left- and right-hand ranges of the keyboard, and you will sound like a pro as long as you play in time with the music.

The helpful Music Database:

If you are wanting to play the music in your favourite style, but struggling to select the style and the best voice for the type of music that you are willing to play, all that you need to do is, simply select the appropriate style from the Music Database. The panel settings of Yamaha YPG-535 grand piano gets automatically adjusted for the correct combination of style and sounds. This grand piano also allows Music Database files to be transferred from your system or a stored USB flash memory device and these files can be used in the same way as they are in the internal Music DB.

The package and warranty:

The package of the Yamaha YPG-535 USB Midi Keyboard includes a stand along with a sustain pedal and power adaptor. Yamaha offers YPG-535 two years extended warranty.

Conclusion:

This is an amazing piano with its great sounds, integrated learning and composition tools, fits in to any house, budget and lifestyle. It is a great tool for both the professionals and beginners make starting to play easy and the learning process fun and rewarding. With on-screen notation display, interactive lessons, and the feel of a real, acoustic piano, the Yamaha YPG535 is the quickest and most effective way to start learning to read music. Music lessons and a fine instrument are two of the best investments you would ever make, and both can be found in the Yamaha YPG535.

Yamaha YPG-535 Digital Piano Keyboard – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Yamaha
Model Name Yamaha YPG-535 Grand Piano Keyboard
Model number YPG535
Dimensions (H X W X D) 775mm x 1354mm x 485mm
Weight 17 kgs
Display type Full Dot LCD
Display size 320 x 240 dots
Score and lyrics display function Yes
Display language English
Tone Generating Technology AWM Stereo Sampling
Number of Polyphony 32
Number of preset voices 127 + 361 XGlite + 12 Drum/SFX Kits
Preset featured voices 3 Live! Voices, 8 Sweet! Voices, 5 Cool! Voices
Compatibility GM, Xglite and XF
Reverb types Nine
Chorus types Four
Master EQ types Five
Functions supported Dual/Layers, Split and Panel Sustain
Number of Preset Styles 160
Fingering Multi / Full Keyboard
Style Control Intro, Main x 2, Filling-in, Ending
Number of Preset Songs 30
Data Capacity Approx. 10,000 notes
Recording Function Yes
Internal Memory 875KB
Speakers 2
PC Button Yes
Connectivity DC IN DC IN 12V
Headphones x 1
Sustain Pedal x 1
USB port x 1
Power Consumption 22W
Accessories included Music Rest
Keyboard Stand
Pedal/Footswitch FC5
Song Book
Warranty Two years extended warranty