Yamaha Psr S710 - Best Keyboard!!
Experience taught me "Each worthy keyboard has its own soul" - and this Yamaha baby surely has a blissful one! First i list out all the good points -
1. The quality of sounds - Let me rate them from 1 to 5 (5 being highest) as follows herewith -
Piano - I rate at 4. My favorite - the Live! Warm Grand Piano. There are 10 of the piano sounds to be selected and all are extremely useful, and nice sounding.
E-Piano – I rate at 3 My Favorite - the Cool! Electric Piano and the Clavi. Well if you are wondering why I rated 3, then the reason is that there are some sounds like the Tremelo, and the WahClavi that could have been better.
Organs – Rating is 4.5 this is the best feature. There are around 15 to choose from (My favorite being the Rock Organ) and the sounds are very real.
OrganFlutes – Rating is 4.5 - the bonanza! Very very realistic and there are lots to choose from.
Sax andTrumpets - Well, let me put plain that I come from India and out here we rarely get to see or hear saxes / bagpipes. So cant comment and rate on something on which I have no exposure (sorry folks). But I do went thru the category and found that there are many varieties provided by Yamaha in these categories.
Weak point - Synths and Pads – Rating is 2.5 – this is the weakest part of this keyboard.. Very few synth sounds – most of them are just bells and whistles.. Roland M -50 scores far better in this category. But again, it depends on which music you are into – if you into retros and use leads, then this keyboard fill fit the bill. However, if you are looking at those “pumping” jassy basslines, then this keyboard is a big let down in this category.
2. Other features – USB recording I haven’t tried. The buttons are good, though the overall look is quite plastique. How I wish that Yamaha would have provided some knobs for voice control… Knobs are the thing… Well Well, I need to satisfy myself with buttons…. Also please do remind yourself that this is not a synthesizer; it’s an out and out WKstation Keyboard!.
Overall rating – Would rate at 4.5, except for if someone into synth sounds then the rating is 3.