Yamaha YPG-235 Review
Looking for quality technology in a digital piano can be difficult, especially if you’re working within a budget. Luckily, companies like Yamaha come out with lines like the YPG-235. The Yamaha YPG-235 is the perfect answer for musicians who are looking for big time technology with more keys than the typical low-end digital pianos. The Yamaha YPG-235 melds the two together, offering 76 non-weighted keys that offer Graded Soft Touch (GST) action, allowing you to play with different resistance levels.
Can The Yamaha YPG-235 Teach You To Play?
Overall, the Yamaha 235 is a great tool for those just learning, those who have been playing for a while, recording pianists that need a lot of quality sound choices, or teachers looking to really capture the interest of their students. There are over 100 total songs included with the piano, 30 of them built into the keyboard and over 70 available on the CD-ROM that comes with the unit. Each song is part of the Yamaha Education Suite program and can be split up into right hand and left hand parts as well as 7 levels of lessons per song.
This, plus the amazing Yamaha YPG235 chord dictionary, allows you a unique way to learn how to play piano. Plus, the sound system offers you separate woofers and tweeters on a 2-way speaker system with bass boost and truestereo sound. This is all driven by AWM, or Advanced Wave Memory technology which combines with the Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to provide the clarity, definition and tone that you need from your keyboard.
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What Other Sounds Can You Play On This Keyboard?
For those that have more demands that need to be met, the Yamaha YPG-235 is up to the challenge. Unique features such as Full Keyboard Mode allow you to play full chords on the top register while plucking out full bass notes with your left hand. You can also switch on Accompaniment which provides you with a full virtual backing band that follows your every note and chord
Additionally, you can layer all types of sounds, with 116 panel voices, 361 Xglite voices and back it up with 12 drum/SFX kits. All of the sounds are Yamaha-quality, meaning stereo-sampling, electric pianos, string sections, horns, rotor organs, and much, much more. And with the Dual Mode, you can simultaneously combine up to two of these voices for the ultimate creative touch.
This is called Polyphony, or sounds made at the same time. The problem with polyphony is that it takes up a lot of memory, otherwise the sounds might drop out during denser sections of the music. The YPG-235, just like the P35 reviewed here, has a robust 32 notes of polyphony and is able to play 16 different sounds or parts at one time (a 16-part multi-timbrel function). This is enough power and memory for most musicians.
How Does The YPG-235 Match Up Against Other Models?
What Are Other Advanced Features Of The Yamaha YPG-235?
Aside from the amazing quality and variety of sounds you get with the Yamaha YPG-235, you also get some pretty nifty features. For instance, the 6-track sequencer puts the power of a multi-track recorder right into your keyboard. This allows you to record either single or multiple instrumental parts at once, assigning each to a different track. With this method, you can record complicated accompaniment arrangements, rhythm sections and melodies that are layered with sophistication.
Before you get started with your composition and recording sessions, you can tailor your exact sound with the Master Equalizer (EQ) function. This is set up to provide you with optimal sound conditions at every level—from playback in your headphones, to using the keyboard’s internal speakers, to plugging into an external sound system and rocking out like Mozart.
And once you set your keyboard up the way you like it, you can take a digital picture of your setup with Registration Memory. You can save up to 16 Registration Channels to your user memory, allowing you to save and load up different sound systems as you need them. Whether you want to set up channels that exploit the YPG-235’s nine reverb effects, four chorus effects or 26 different types of harmonic effects, the power is now in your hands.
Yamaha YPG-235 Review – What Could Be Better About This Keyboard?
There were a couple things we came across in our review of this unit that could be improved, but can also be remedied if need be.
Some owners of this unit felt that the onboard speakers could be a bit louder and seemed slightly underpowered. However, if you find that to be the case, plugging in an external amp, external speakers, or using headphones while playing certainly solves this issue.
Other items, by design, are that there are only 76 keys (not a full set of 88) on the 235, and that they are not weighted (compared to the Yamaha P105). Instead, they are Graded Soft Touch keys, offering different resistance levels when pushed. All in all though, the resistance effect gives a similar feeling to weighted keys.