Yamaha PSR E363

         

            Hi guys! Today we will be unboxing theYamaha PSR E363 I just recently acquired this. My favourite for mystudents because it’s really great value for the functionality thatit gives. So let’s just have a look. Here’s the box that we have with it.It is designed in Japan by Yamaha but it is actually produced in China now. Some of thekey features we have in this keyboard is that it is touch sensitive. Something Ireally like because this is the lowest priced Yamaha keyboard with touchsensitivity and you know there’s also the Yamaha lesson system. I don’t use itvery much but it is there if you need it. There is a dedicated portable grandbutton that you can press and then the whole keyboard converts to a piano soundimmediately

. One thing new to the E363 this time is the USB-to-Host additionalfunction it can now actually export an output audio to an external device likeyour iPad or your iPhone, your Android device or your computer without needinga musical interface. What people usually do is that they havesome kind music interface and then they plug it into your music interface andfrom there, they convert the signal to digital and then they can record it. There’s alsoa melody suppressor if you plug in your audio device like your iPod and then youhave an mp3 and you want to play along with and you want to suppress the melodyand you want to play along with the melody you can actually use that. It’s usually a hit-and-miss affair, it doesn’t work all the time but reallydepends on how the files are actually mixed by the sound engineers.We also have an auxiliary in where you can plug in additional devices andadditional keyboards and it can output the audio to the speakers, on-boardspeakers.

The polyphony has been increased he used to be 32 and it is now48 notes. What it means that you will be able to play 48 sounds at the same timebefore the note starts to drop off. It may seems like, oh I only have 10fingers so why do I need a polyphony of 48? The thing is that every single soundthat it makes actually contributes to that 48 sounds. So if you have a beat orrhythm running in the background you have an auto accompaniment running inthe background, different instruments adding up you may find that48 actually runs out very very fast. You can see that it is designed byYamaha. The entire package is 8 kilos but the keyboard itself is about 4.6kilos. You can also run this on 6 “AA”batteries which I really really like because if you’re traveling you canactually bring it along with you. If you’re performing you may not be near apower point. So the AA” battery actually works very very well “You can see here designed byYamaha Japan, but it is now made in China, like what I was saying. Now what we’re gonnado is, we will be opening up the box and looking at the contents inside.

We’re gonna be unboxing and seeing what’s the contents inside. There’s alittle styrofoam piece to make sure that the keyboard doesn’t get squished andthen we have styrofoam at the sides. We have the keyboard itself. We have alittle package which includes the music stand and 2 user manuals. The poweradapter has to be purchased separately depending on what country you’re in. Now let’s see the keyboard after it has been unpacked. You can see that is veryvery nicely built. Of course, at this price point it is not built as well likethe Genos or the S series of the Yamaha. But it’s pretty decent quality. On the backpanel, we have a jack for your sustain pedal. We have your headphones output. Youcan also use that to output to an external speakers or to your computer.

Forrecording that’s an auxilary in that you can use to plug in your music player orother instruments in. We have a USB-to-Host, which right now is able tooutput audio files, audio music directly without a musical interface. We havehere the power input device. Let’s look at what’s on a panel here. Here we actually have songs. Top pick songs from number one to number four.Learn to play different kinds of inbuilt songs. There’s actually 154 in-built songsthat you can use to learn or to listen to. Song 155 is actually auser song bank that you can actually record your own songs. 160 is for theflash memory. For Styles, there are now 165 preset styles in thedifferent groups. It supports multi-fingered mode,so that you can have an auto accompaniment going on with it.You have the accompaniment on/off here.

Intro, ending, two variations of therhythm, main and Fill. You have Sync Start. Which allows you to start the beat onlywhen your left hand chord is playing. We have the usual start/stop and then wehave this, which is the Clear button. When you’re in song recording mode, these samebuttons, have a different function and you would have the A/B repeat mode. Youcan use it to rewind or fast-forward your recording, pause your playback or yourrecording, start and stop your recording as well. And the record button. Next, let’s look at the voices. It isusing the AWM technology, which is Advanced Wave, if I am not wrong. stereo sampling and you are getting 574 sounds in total. 197 are panel sounds thatyou can access and is unique to this instrument. We also have 18 drum kits aswell as different sound-effect kits. We have arpeggio voices as well and XG-Lite voices 339, so you can actually load up your MIDI files and the keyboard will map the instruments accordingly to MIDI code. Next we havethe music database. There’s 158 programs in the musicdatabase and it supports one touch that thing is wrong what I like about onetouch the thing is that you choose the beat and then you can straightaway haveall the nice sounds matched to it and then you can straightaway begin playing veryquickly without worrying about what sounds you need to select for that particular beatthat you want.

That’s accessed using the music database function. Wehave dual mode which allows you to layer two voices together and play them at thesame time. We have the split mode, where it splits the keyboard to whicheversplit point you want, such that one instrument is on the left and another instrument ison the right. We have the arpeggio function as well as the Harmony function.The Harmony a function allows you to play chords while you’re playing asingle note on the right hand. It uses the chords that you’re playing on the left hand todetect and then layer your right hand sounds accordingly such that two or three notesappear. This is the function button where you use to access all the differentfunctions inside the instrument. Nice keypad for your data entry method. Melodysuppressor. We have different reverbs available and as well as a master EQ sothat you can really get the sound type of sound that you want.There are actually 12 types of reverbs. Choruses as well. There’re five types ofchorus and for the master EQ we have six different types. For harmony, we have twenty-six different types of harmony formations that you can have.For the arpeggio, this unit actually comes with 150 types of arpeggios thatyou can use to play along with. That is the portable grand I’m talking to youabout. The Portable Grand button, the minute you press it,it reverts to an instant piano sound that you can very quickly use to play the keyboardlike a piano. Here’s the song button on the right-hand side of the screen andthat is used to access the preset songs as well as your pre-recorded songs aswell as to use the recording function. You might want to also know that thesong recording function has actually been improved such that youcan actually record up to 5 songs internally. There is a two-trackrecorder so you can layer one track and following that play another track over it and then merge them together. The E363 is now able to record upto 10,000 notes in total.

Playback of song files is now available in theYamaha propriety format as well as the Standard MIDI files format which isreally really useful because you can take files MIDI files created fromother instruments, load it up and play it. Here is the Yamaha lesson system. Idon’t use it much so I cannot tell you very much about it. There is ametronome there. The master volume. We have a demo button which later on I will record directly digitally so that you can hear the digital quality of thesounds in here. I will now be powering this keyboard ON. You cansee a little Yamaha intro and it very quickly begins in grand piano mode. okaygot to turn up the volume. This is from the camera microphone so the audiois not going to be so good. Later on I’ll be doing a little demo using thethe new USB audio function Now we’re going to have a listen tothe in-built demo.

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