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Product Overview

Affordable and portable grand piano sound and touch.

  • 76 piano-style keys with Graded Soft Touch and Touch Response
    Pitch bend controller
    Display: 92mm x 42mm custom LCD with backlight
    Tone Generator: AWM stereo sampling
    Polyphony: 32 note
    Preset: 116 + 361 XGlite + 12 Drum/SFX Kits, 5 Sweet! Voices, 3 Cool! Voices
    Compatibility: GM, XGlite

    Effects:
    Types: (9 Reverb, 4 Chorus, 5 Master EQ)
    Functions: Dual/Layers, Split, Panel Sustain

    Accompaniment Styles:
    Number of preset styles: 160
    Multi/Full Keyboard Fingering
    Style control: INTRO, MAIN x 2, FILL-IN, ENDING
    Custom Usere Styles: Style file format
    Easy song arranger
    300+ External Files in music database
    One Touch Setting (OTS)

    Songs:
    Number of Preset Songs: 30
    Recording: Number of Songs: 5; Number of Tracks: 6 (5 Melody + 1 Chord); Data Capacity; Approx. 10,000 notes (when only "melody" tracks are recorded) Approx. 5,500 chords (when only "chord" tracks are recorded)
    Recording function

    Functions:
    Registration buttons: 2 (x 8 banks)
    Lessong/Guide: Performance Assistant Technology (PAT): Chord, Chord/Free; Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.): Waiting, Your tempo, Minus one, Repeat & Learn, Chord Dictionary

    Overall Controls:
    Metronome
    Tempo Range: 11 - 280
    Transpose: -12 to 0, 0 to +12
    Tuning
    PIANO Button for Portable Grand Piano

    Storage and Connectivity:
    Storage: 373KB internal memory
    Connectivity: DC IN 12V, Headphones, Sustain Pedal, USB to Host

    Amplifiers and Speakers:
    6W + 6W, 12cm x 2 + 3cm x 2
    Power Supply: Adaptor (PA-150 or PA-5D) not included, or batteries (Six "D" size, R20P(LR20) or equivalent batteries) not included
    Power consumption: 20W

    Includes:
    Music Rest
    Song Book included on CD-ROM in PDF format
Product Details

Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard

If you're looking for a reasonably priced piano replacement, the YPG-235 is an excellent choice. It is the music student or professional musicians' answer to “I need more keys!” and a great solution for a keyboard that will grows with their needs of students. It features 76 non-weighted keys that not only look like piano keys but have a Graded Soft Touch (GST) action with different levels of resistance, making it easier for a budding musician to move to an acoustic or digital piano.

Sound Quality
The YPG-235 features more than twice the power of the next model down (12W vs. 5W), as well as:
2-Way Speaker System
Separate woofers and tweeters deliver sounds with clarity and precision for more lifelike instrument voices.
Bass Boost System
A special port on each speaker adds a powerful impact to bass sound reproduction.
Stereo (Not just 2 Speakers)
Stereo sound adds realistic character and spatial depth..
Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Enhances sound quality with sophisticated digital effects like Harmony, Reverb & Chorus.
Advanced Wave Memory (AWM)
Yamaha Advanced Wave Memory technology delivers amazingly realistic sound.

Full Keyboard Mode
The YPG-235 delivers on its piano theme with a special mode of fingering called Full Keyboard Mode. This allows you to play the keyboard like a piano; for example a chord with the right hand and bass notes with the left. When using the accompaniment feature, the virtual band will follow these chords. Traditional portable keyboards normally require you to chord on the left side of the keyboard, in the bass section, which is foreign to most piano players. However, the YPG-235 is also capable of this mode, for those who prefer or are used to it.

Yamaha Education Suite: Helps you learn to play
The YPG-235 has 30 built-in songs plus 70 more on included CD-ROM for you to learn to play using the Yamaha Education Suite. The songs are separated into left and right hand parts, providing 7 levels of lessons plus a convenient chord dictionary.

Three keyboard lessons for each hand
Waiting Mode – stops the playback of a song until you find the correct note and then continues
Your Tempo Mode – Learn to play the correct notes with the correct timing. Song playback tempo will vary to match the speed you are playing at. The song will slow down when you play wrong notes, so you can learn at your own pace.
Minus One Mode – Here's where you can perfect your technique. The song will play at the normal tempo, minus the part you have chosen to play. Play along while listening to the song.
Lesson Grading – Monitors your progress as you practice each lesson and gives you a grade.
Repeat and Learn – The song location will move back four measures from the point at which you pressed the button, and playback will begin after a one-measure count-in. This section will repeat allowing you to practice until you've got it down perfect.
Chord Dictionary – shows you how to play chords and tells you which chords you are playing by displaying the notes and chord names on the LCD screen..

6-Track Sequencer
Imagine capturing your child's first performance or writing and recording your own songs. With the YPG-235, you have the equivalent of a built-in multi-track recorder to record one or multiple instrument parts at a time and assign each part to a different track. Six tracks are provided to accommodate sophisticated melodies, chord accompaniment and rhythm parts.

Computer Connectivity: USB and Flash ROM
Besides the 30 built-in songs and 70 more on the CD, the YPG-235 comes with the ability to connect to a computer via USB, so you can download more songs from the Internet into the internal Flash ROM (PC only), and use all of the Yamaha Education Suite features to help you learn to play them. Yamaha makes it easy to get connected with the new PC button. Now, instead of wading through function menus and fighting through a maze of selections, one button is your expressway to music on the web and your computer. In addition, once connected, you can play your songs into the computer (PC and Mac), edit them if necessary, and email them to your friends and family. And, with General MIDI (GM) and XGlite compatibility, song data always plays back with the correct sounds.

Ease of Operation
There are many tools in this keyboard that make it easy to be a power user from the first day you own the keyboard.
Expandable Music Database: Complete keyboard setups by song title. The keyboard selects an appropriate voice for the right hand melody, the correct musical style and the correct tempo. Simply call up a song title and start playing.
One Touch Setting (OTS): Provides you with a recommended voice with effects for each Style. For example, on a jazz style OTS might be piano, for a Latin style it might be acoustic guitar and for a rock style it might be a guitar with overdrive, etc.
Registration Memory: Set the keyboard up just the way you like and take a digital snapshot by memorizing it to one of the Registration buttons. Load and save up to 16 Registrations to User memory. The Registration buttons are conveniently located just above the keyboard.
Performance Assistant Technology: Performance assistant technology is a feature from Yamaha that guarantees that you can't play a wrong melody note or chord. Here's how it works. Select a song, press the Performance Assistant button Chord Mode, and play the keyboard – any notes you like. Every note you play will fit the music. If you move up the keyboard, the pitch goes up. If you move down, the pitch goes down. Play a perfect arpeggio, or play chords in time with the music, or really "go for it" and play a solo. As long as performance assistant is "on", you're "on".

Imagine being able to give a concert to your friends or relatives the very first day that you bring this keyboard home. Well, with the YPG-235 and performance assistant technology, you can. This keyboard is the first in the line to offer Chord/Free Mode in addition to Chord Mode described above. Chord/Free Mode allows those that have learned a melody with their right hand to have the keyboard correct the notes of their left hand. This allows you to concentrate on one hand at a time while learning. Play the correct notes with the right and any notes with the left and you're making beautiful music. In addition to working with any of the internal songs with chords, this feature also works with XF MIDI files.

Master EQ: Tailor Your Sound
Five different master equalizer (EQ) settings are provided to give you the best possible sound when listening through different reproduction systems—the instrument's internal speakers, headphones, or an external speaker system. You're in control.

Easy Song Arranger: You're the Conductor
You can change the "feel", or arrangement, of songs by simply pressing the Easy Song Arranger button, allowing you to re-mix any MIDI file. For example, you can try your favorite song with a rock feel, hip-hop, then jazz. It's fast, powerful and one-button simple.

Realistic Sounding Voices
The YPG-235 comes equipped with 116 panel voices, 12 drum/SFX kits plus 361 XGlite voices. Included in this selection is stereo-sampled Piano, a selection of special voices including Sweet! Trumpet, Flute, Pan Flute, Soprano & Tenor Saxes and Cool! Voices including Galaxy Electric Piano, Organ and Rotor Organ.

Sweet! Voices reproduce all the natural expression and vibrato of their respective acoustic instruments
Cool! Voices feature long samples of electronically amplified instruments
Dual Mode allows you to combine two voices across the keyboard at the same time — for example piano and strings.
Split Mode allows you to select a different voice for each hand — for example piano for your right and bass for your left. The combinations are limited only by your imagination.

32-Note Polyphony and 16-Part Multitimbral
In electronic keyboards, the more sounds made at the same time — polyphony — the more memory is needed. Obviously, more is always better, because too little polyphony can cause dropouts in dense passages of music. The YPG-235 has 32 notes of polyphony and will play back 16 different parts or sounds at once (16-part multitimbral); enough for the most demanding needs.

Digital Effects
Yamaha has long been a world leader in digital signal processing technology. In fact, Yamaha professional audio products are found in most professional recording studios around the world. The YPG-235 takes full advantage of this know-how, giving you an extensive range of nine, top-quality reverb effects that simulate playing in everything from a small room to a large spacious concert hall and four chorus effects that add richness to electric pianos and guitars in particular. You'll also find 26 types of Harmony effects for your melody part.

Metronome
Just what the teacher ordered — a fully adjustable metronome is just a button push away.

Auto Accompaniment Styles
In addition to the 100 songs mentioned above, the YPG-235 also has auto accompaniment styles that “follow” your playing. Simply select a style of music from the 160 built-in styles (example Rock) and start playing. The YPG-235 will create a backup band (bass, drums, strings, guitar, etc.) and “follow” you through the song. You can play your songs and try different genres of music. And if you can't find the right style for your song, you can go to the Yamaha musicsoft website, preview from the selection, purchase and transfer it to your keyboard (PC only).

Portable Grand: Industry's Best Piano
You're never more than a button push away from realistic piano sound in your portable keyboards. One press of the Portable Grand button resets the entire keyboard to a stereo-sampled piano — perfect for when it's time to practice. Yamaha is known around the world for the quality of our acoustic pianos and this attention to detail is evident as you enjoy the warmth and clarity of the YPG-235 Portable Grand piano. And, of course, the keyboard includes a Sustain Pedal jack on the back for practicing and playing piano pieces.

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7 out of 7 People found this review helpful

Wonderful starter.

By Corinne from Newport News, Va on 3/4/2011 5:50:05 PM

This beautiful keyboard was given to me as a Christmas gift. Piano was always an instrument I had wanted to learn but never had the opportunity. So this year my husband and I made resolutions to lean an instrument. I am a beginner if you can even give me that much credit but I couldn't have asked for a better starter keyboard. It has weighted keys so I can learn dynamics properly. It comes with an optional fut pedal for other learning purposes. And to me when in use feels like a general stand up piano. It comes with many features that as a student I have yet to venture in, but find them a great perk indeed. The price for this keyboard I feel is very fair compared to many others I have seen with as many keys but not as many extras with it. My opinion, straight and to the point. Well worth it. A wonderful gift, I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn the piano.

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Excellent starter keyboard!

By Chris "KC" Anderson from Cherry Hill, NJ on 2/17/2011 1:22:47 PM

My 2 cents, I'm 43 and entered my mid-life crisis by getting into a band. Purchased this keyboard for a few reasons...price, options, and it felt a little bit more like a piano than other starter keyboards. Now that I've had it 3 years, I can say the following: -PERFECT for what I needed! -Price was great to invest in (more at the time) to make sure I was going to commit to playing again after a 20+ year hiatus. -GREAT options! Sounds are very good and great selection! I'm at the point now where I'm splitting and doubling/tripling sounds for effect now and I am still always learing of more features of this board. -Feel is pretty good. Not quite piano feel, but in between super cheap boards and piano. I'm very happy with this keyboard and because of the great success I've had & features of the board, I'll probably sell this (or keep it as a 2nd) and step up to the 635 or so when I'm ready.

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3 out of 3 People found this review helpful

YPG 235 and YPT 320

By Doug Lewis from Columbus, Ohio on 2/15/2011 10:41:34 PM

I bought both of these instruments and love them. the YPG 235 is my lower keyboard that I use for piano and general organ music. The YPT 320 acts as my synthesizer as I have a guitar foot pedal attached and is my upper keyboard. Both are formidable in concert and really impress the concert attendees. I have been using the 320 for about a year and just added the 235 for our last concert...both are very durable and have terrific sound with numerous options. I rate both products 5 stars and plan on purchasing additional keyboards...look out Keith Emerson!

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2 out of 2 People found this review helpful

Yamaha YPG 235 keyboard

By Mary Ann Leatherwood from Covington, GA on 2/17/2011 12:38:53 PM

I bought this keyboard for my teenage daugher to learn on. She and I absolutely love it. It's very easy for her to use as a beginner and it's the perfect size. The manual is very easy to follow and the sound is very good. It's a great keyboard for the price. I hightly recommend it to anyone.

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5 out of 6 People found this review helpful

Good Bang for the Buck

By Tyrone Jamal Steinberger from Coll. pk Md on 12/26/2010 4:57:13 PM

I bought this a year ago. I have had 2 other similar yamahas before. The first was a 61 key psr-293 but after about a year the left speaker developed an annoying buzz even though 75% of the playing was through head phones. It became so annoying I upgraded to a 76key dxg203 I believe it was, after about a year some of the keys began to fail be becoming louder than others and slightly out of tune. Again the annoyance made me upgrade one more time to this ypg 235. Its been about a year with no problems. Hopefully Yamaha got this one right. I was a bit disapointed of the other 2 not holding up but was satisfied with the sound. I expected more from Yamaha in quality but I guess quality is a myth with japanese products just as Toyota quality is myth. Back to the ypg 235. The sounds are good but I found the bass voices were better in the DGX 203 yet the rotory organ voice is slamming for playing jazz. Dollar for dollar you can't go wrong as long as it holds up.

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