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Yamaha YC61 61-Key Drawbar Organ & Stage Keyboard with Semi-Weighted Waterfall Keyboard



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Product Description

Here's what Yamaha say About the YC61:

The drawbar organ is widely considered one of the most expressive instruments in contemporary music. With the YC61, Yamaha offers a compact, lightweight, yet versatile and authentic keyboard featuring nine drawbars, allowing for lively performances with the exciting sound of the VCM technology. Flexible in its application and smartly designed down to the very details, the YC61 is the perfect stage instrument for live keyboarders and organists.

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Authentic sound due to VCM technology

In order to accomplish the natural, vivid organ sound typical for classic drawbar organs, the sound engine was specifically developed for the Yamaha YC61. Based on the proprietary Virtual Circuitry Modeling technology (VCM), the Yamaha engineers recreated the exact behaviour of all the transistors and resistors of tonewheel and drawbar circuits. This attention to detail results in a collection of exceptional organ sounds including rotary speakers and matching effects. Every detail of the organs can be adjusted, putting virtually no limits to sound creation. With captivating sounds like this, the YC61 impresses musicians and audiences alike.

True organ feel with waterfall keyboard

Organ sounds are iconic, but as with every other instrument, the organ always depends on the artist’s performance. The Yamaha YC61 offers organists exceptional tools for immaculate performances. The waterfall keyboard has been developed from the ground up and has just the right amount of resistance for the best playing feel. The drawbars have been optimised for haptic feedback, too. Being partially transparent, they also allow for effortless reading of the LED indicators independent of the drawbars' positions. The artist always has a clear view not only of the position of the hardware drawbar, but also of the setup that is currently active.

Organs and beyond: sonic versatility for demanding gigs

The Yamaha YC61 has been optimised for organ sounds. It is not limited to this already vast set of sounds, though: high-quality piano and synthesizer sounds can also be played. For example, the YC61 already comes with two premium Yamaha concert grands: CFX and S700. A whole host of electric pianos in the tradition of classic FM synthesis enhances the instrument's capabilities even more, preparing discerning keyboard players for all live applications.

Made for the stage

The Yamaha YC61 has been designed for the stage, and it shows. The control scheme foregoes complex menus in favour of easy-to-find parameters on the control surface. The whole design is particularly lightweight at only 7.1 kg (15 pounds, 10 oz.), making it particularly portable. Even the build quality reveals the stage-centric development - the YC61 is built to withstand rough conditions on the road without taking damage while shining every night. A convenient soft case for life on the road is also available.

In the Box 

  • Owner’s Manual x 1
  • Power cord x 1


  • Number of Keys: 61 
  • Keyboard Type: Semi-weighted Waterfall keyboard, initial touch
  • Tone Generating Technologies: VCM Organ, AWM2, FM
  • Maximum Polyphony: [VCM Organ + AWM2]:128 *Total of VCM Organ and AWM2, [FM]:128
  • Number of Live Set Sound: 160 (Preset Live Set Sounds:80)
  • Number of Voices: 145 (Organ:6 / Keys:139)
  • Insertion Effects: Organ 1 systems (Pre Drive) / Key A 2 systems (1: 32 types, 2: 32 types) / Key B 2 systems (1: 32 types, 2: 32 types)
  • Effect Types: 32 types
  • Speaker/Amp: 6 types (Rotary Speaker: 2 types, Amp: 4 types)
  • Reverb: 1 type
  • Master EQ: 3 band (with sweepable Mid)
  • Line Out: OUTPUT [L/MONO]/[R] (6.3 mm, standard phone jacks, UNBALANCED)
  • Headphones: [PHONES] (6.3 mm, standard stereo phone jack)
  • AUX: INPUT [L/MONO]/[R] (6.3 mm, standard phone jacks)
  • Power Connection: [AC IN]
  • Display: Full Dot LCD (128 x 64 dots)
  • Width: 35-1/4" (896 mm)
  • Height: 4-1/4" (108 mm)
  • Depth: 12-3/16" (309 mm)
  • Weight: 15 lb (7.1 kg, 10 oz)
Key Action
Semi Weighted
Key Size
Full Size
Number of Keys
Keyboard Type
Waterfall Keybed
Built-in Effects
Audio Playback

Customer Reviews


7 reviews





Trusted Customer3rd Feb 2024

This was the second time that I bought the YC61 (I sold an early version, because the Leslie effect sounded dreadful - but Yamaha has fixed this with their software update 1.2 impressively). So I re-bought the keyboard in Anderton's Winter Sale, and I love it now: A very capable Hammond Clone, great E-pianos, good/great acoustic pianos, in a lightweight and easy to use package. You can take the YC61 to any rehearsal, session or gig, and it will sound like the real deal. Plus you can make all sorts of changes to the sounds on the fly - be it drawbars, effects, EQ, virtual amps, you never need to go deep into any menus, just flick a switch or turn a poti and that's it. One thing: I rated the durability less than "Excellent" because the key bed seems a little less sturdy than other Yamaha boards I owned over the years. We'll see.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Peter Crowe24th Jan 2024

A beautiful high quality keyboard at a great price and with a great sound

Value 5Looks 4Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer3rd Jan 2024

A great compact quality instrument

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer14th Apr 2022

Value 5Looks 4Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Andrew Wilson25th Feb 2022

Bit early to say yet as I have not even been able to explore all of the option. Sounds great though.

Value 5Looks 5

Mr Christopher Brewer9th Nov 2021

Everything I want in a stage keyboard. The sounds are fantastic and the interface has some killer features.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Michael Scott18th Oct 2020

Just watch the YouTube reviews you won’t be disappointed, everything advertised and more.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

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