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What are some features of Yamaha keyboards?

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Yamaha keyboards, including the PSR-E443 and NP-V80 models, boast features such as real-time control knobs, a pitch bend wheel and an arpeggio function that lets users adjust notes and chords using arpeggio patterns. Other features include the Yamaha Education Suite and connectivity with iPhone, iPad touch and iPod devices, providing users with an additional layer of MIDI control with apps such as Metronome and Visual Performer.

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The PSR-E443 model features the Pattern function, enabling users to mimic DJs by adding various beats and loops to the performance. The control knobs provide an option to filter the sound the same way an analog synthesizer can, whereas the pitch bend lets users adjust the pitch of over 755 built-in sounds from acoustic and electric instruments. The inclusion of an AUX IN input lets users connect external audio players to the keyboard, allowing the keyboard to lower the volume of vocals using the built-in vocal/melody suppressor. The Yamaha Education Suite includes nine step-by-step lessons to help users master the use of both hands while playing.

The NP-V80 model includes more than 160 preset styles, ranging from jazz to electronic music, all of which feature a custom intro, ending and variations. The Music Database function offers an option to select a preset combination of style, sounds and tempo based on the song the user wants to perform. Users can update the database by downloading new presets from the Internet or transferring them to the keyboard via a USB drive.

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