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      The Yamaha PSR SX900 is a brand new keyboard from Yamaha, replacing the PSR S970 / PSR S975.

      The most important attribute of a new keyboard is the sound quality. Yamaha PSR SX900 delivers with many Genos derived voices, styles and effects. There are great new features and a brand new keybed creating a massive upgrade to the previous models

      Yamaha PSR SX900 Features

      • 1337 Voices, including 252 Super Articulation Voices, 24 Organ Flutes! Voices. 56 Drum/SFX kits
      • 525 Styles, including 463 Pro Styles, 46 Session Styles, 10 DJ Styles and 6 Freeplay Styles
      • Pre-installed Expansion content
      • Real Distortion and Real Reverb, with an intuitive effects interface
      • 1GB on-board memory for expansion data
      • 4GB internal memory
      • MIDI song file capacity : 3MB per file
      • Joystick, FSB keyboard, Sub output, and Expansive Soundfield Speakers for powerful live performance
      • Intuitive and fast control with 7" color touch screen and Assignable function
      • Chord Looper function
      • Mic/Guitar input for use when singing or collaborating with other performers
      • Playlist and Registration for quick and easy set up
      • Vocal Harmony and Synth Vocoder functions
      • Audio Recording (WAV/MP3)
      • Voice and Style expandability with the Yamaha Expansion Manager
      • 2 USB TO DEVICE terminals
      • External display capability
      • Bluetooth Audio *may not have this functionality depending on the country

      Key Feature Differences between the Yamaha PSR SX900 and PSR SX700

      • 1337 Voices vs 986
      • 252 Super articulation voices Vs 131
      • 525 styles vs 400
      • Revo!Derived Drums
      • 1GB on-board memory vs 400MB for expansion data
      • Chord Looper
      • Vocal Harmony and Vocoder
      • Expansion of Audio Styles
      • Bluetooth Audio
      • Sub Line Out
      • USB Display Out
      • 2 stereo amplifiers
      • better speaker system

      Voice Section

      You are able to have 3 parts in your right hand with the Yamaha PSR SX900, significantly improving over the previous models and in line with Genos. Many of the sonically stunning authentic voice are derived from Genos, there are 1393 in total. Revo! Drums were introduced originally with Genos, creating natural feel for the style.{See explanation of voice types below}

      Style Section

      The Yamaha PSR-S900 uses Genos derived styles with the new Revo! derived Drums. Styles have never sounded better or more natural because the programmers are able to use all of the new super articulation voices and improved effects section. Mega voices are specific for the style section creating more authencity and variation. {See explanation of style types below}

      Pre Installed Expansion Packs

      In addition to the huge array of voices and styles in the PSR SX900 Yamaha have pre loaded 4 expansion packs

      Music offers unlimited possibilities, and the PSR SX900 is equipped to support your adventures to the boundaries of creativity. With a completely redesigned user interface, new assignable functions, joystick and Live Controllers, you can tailor the instruments functions and sound, wherever your musical journeys take you.

      Perfect for songwriting, the PSR SX900 is packed with rhythmic patterns (called ¡°Styles¡±) spanning many music genres, making it ideal for creating the accompaniment to your musical ideas and an invaluable inspiration for your next composition or arrangement. Together with a tremendous range of expressive sounds and vocal harmony, the PSR-SX is your ultimate musical partner.

      Playlist and Registration

      Save your own favourite settings with registrations and then organise them into convenient playlist for easy retrieval. The number of registrations and playlist that you can create is almost limitless.

      Vocal Harmony and Vocoder

      Available on the PSR SX900 but not the PSR SX700. Apply Vocal Harmony effects to your voice as you sing, or you can use Synth Vocoder to graft the unique characteristics of your voice onto synthesizer and other sounds., for unusual machine©like or robotic effects, as well as unique choir sounds, which you can control with your own singing and playing.

      External Display Capability

      Connect to a large screen for Karaoke or Score presentation in a bigger format.

      Bluetooth Audio

      Play along with your favourite songs conveniently and wirelessly with Bluetooth connectivity.

      Joy Stick

      The Yamaha PSR SX900 features a joystick rather than the pitch bend and modulation wheels on previous models. The joystick offers intuitive pitch and modulation control. Now you can play rapid trills, dynamic pitch bends, and finely-nuanced modulation¡ªall from a single, easily-configured controller.

      FSB Keyboard

      The Yamaha PSR SX900 has the new FSB keyboard. It has a heavier initial key resistance and greater key travel when compared to previous models. You can play comfortably even on the backs of the keys whilst upgraded components suppress horizontal key movement. It a top quality keyboard action for a top quality keyboard

      Sub Out

      This is a great addition to the Yamaha PSR SX900, a feature normally reserved for the top of the range instruments. You can specify parts to go to sub out for greater flexibility in the mix, bass sounds and bass drum to a separate bass amplifier as an example.

      Expansive Soundfield Speakers

      The Yamaha PSR SX900 features 2 stereo amplifiers and speakers with a polypropylene diaphragm. Arrangement of the speakers gives excellent output all around the keyboard rather than just being focused on the performers position, giving a great sound to the performer and audience alike.

      High Quality Output

      Another big and important improvement for the Yamaha PSR SX900. The new Digital Audio Converter (DAC) provides high quality defined sound across a wide frequency range, ensuring the PSR-SX900 always cuts through the mix. This makes a big difference when connected to an external PA, you get the quality of sound you expect delivered to the PA system.

      Style Section Reset

      This subtle improvement can make a big difference when accompanying singers or other musicians, simply press the [RESET/TAP TEMPO] button to jump to the beginning of the bar.

      Explanation of voice types Yamaha PSR SX900

      S.Art (Super Articulation)* These Voices provide many benefits with great playability and expressive control in real time. For example, with the Saxophone Voice, if you play a C and then a D in a very legato way, you will hear the note change seamlessly, as though a saxophone player played it in a single breath. Similarly with the Concert Guitar Voice, if you play a C note and then the E just above in a very legato but firm way, the pitch slides up from C to E. Depending on how you play, other effects such as `shaking` or breath noises (for the Trumpet Voice), or finger noises (for the Guitar Voice) are produced.
      Live These acoustic instrument sounds were sampled in stereo, to produce a truly authentic, rich sound¡ªfull of atmosphere and ambience
      Cool These Voices use sophisticated programming to capture the dynamic textures and subtle nuances of electric instruments.
      Sweet These acoustic instrument sounds also benefit from Yamaha¡¯s sophisticated technology, and feature a finely detailed and natural sound
      Drum Various drum and percussion sounds are assigned to individual keys, letting you play the sounds from the keyboard.
      SFX Various special effect sounds and percussion sounds are assigned to individual keys, letting you play the sounds from the keyboard.
      Live Drums These are high-quality drum sounds that take full advantage of Stereo Sampling and Dynamic Sampling.
      Organ Flutes These authentic organ Voices let you adjust the various footages and craft your own original organ sounds.
      Mega Voices These Voices make special use of velocity switching. Each velocity range (the measure of your playing strength) has a completely different sound. For example, a guitar MegaVoice includes the sounds of various performance techniques. In conventional instruments, different Voices having those sounds would be called up via MIDI and played in combination to achieve the desired effect. However, now with MegaVoices, a convincing guitar part can be played with just a single Voice, using specific velocity values to play the desired sounds. Because of the complex nature of these Voices and the precise velocities need to play the sounds, they¡¯re not intended for playing from the keyboard. They are, however, very useful and convenient when creating MIDI data¡ªespecially when you want to avoid using several different Voices just for a single instrument part.

      Organ Flutes Yamaha PSR SX900

      The Organ Flutes Voices can be edited by adjusting the footage levers, adding the attack sound, applying effect and equalizer, etc.

      There are three organ types, and each organ type has its own display, which beautifully recreates the actual appearance of an actual instrument.Each type provides realistic, intuitive control over the sound with special footage levers, tabs and switches¡ªletting you adjust the sound with much the same feel as on an actual instrument.

      Explanation of style types Yamaha PSR SX900

      Session These Styles provide even greater realism and authentic backing by mixing in original chord types and changes, as well as special riffs with chord changes, with the Main sections. These have been programmed to add ¡°spice¡± and a professional touch to your performances of certain songs and in certain genres. Keep in mind, however, that the Styles may not necessarily be appropriate¡ªor even harmonically correct¡ªfor all songs and for all chord playing. In some cases for example, playing a simple major triad for a country song may result in a ¡°jazzy¡± seventh chord, or playing an on-bass chord may result in inappropriate or unexpected accompaniment
      Free Play These Styles are characterized by rubato performance. You can perform freely with remarkably expressive accompaniment, without being constrained by a strict tempo
      DJ These contain their own special chord progressions, so you can add chord changes to your performance simply by changing the root key. The Multi Pad (page 53) data in the ¡°DJ Phrase¡± category are specially created for these Styles. You can call up the suitable Multi Pads by using the One Touch Setting function (page 43).
      + Audio The Audio Styles (+Audio) have been specially produced by adding audio recordings of studio musicians playing in various recording studios worldwide. This adds exceptionally natural feel, ambience and warmth to the drums and percussion of the Style, giving your performance greater expressive potential. Specifically, it retains the subtle nuances and grooves that are difficult to reproduce using the preset drum/percussion kit. Yamaha Time Stretch Technology allows the audio to follow your tempo changes without changing pitch, so everything stays in perfect sync. Audio Styles can be played back and controlled by this instrument; however, by default the data is not included on this instrument. Audio Styles or Expansion Packs that contain Audio Styles may be available at the Yamaha website (only the PSR SX900 has the capability to add audio styles).
      Yamaha PSR-SX900
      Body Color Black
      Dimensions Width 1017 mm
      Height 139 mm
      Depth 431 mm
      Weight Weight 11.5 kg
      Control Interface
      Keyboard Number of Keys 61
      Type Organ (FSB), Initial Touch
      Touch Response Normal, Soft 1, Soft 2, Hard 1, Hard 2
      Other Controllers Joystick Yes
      Control Knobs 2 (assignable)
      Display Type TFT Color Wide VGA LCD
      Size 800 x 480 dots (7 inch)
      Touch Screen Yes
      Color Color
      Language English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
      Panel Language English
      Voices
      Tone Generation Tone Generating Technology AWM Stereo Sampling
      Polyphony Number of Polyphony (Max.) 128
      Preset Number of Voices 1337 Voices + 56 Drum/SFX Kits
      Featured Voices 252 S.Art!, 54 Mega Voices, 31 Sweet! Voices, 87 Cool! Voices, 131 Live! Voices, 24 Organ Flutes!
      Compatibility XG Yes (for Song playback)
      GS Yes (for Song playback)
      GM Yes
      GM2 Yes
      Expandability Expansion Voice Yes (approx. 1 GB)
      Editing Voice Set
      Part Right 1, Right 2, Right 3, Left
      Effects
      Types Reverb 59 Presets + 30 User
      Chorus 106 Presets + 30 User
      DSP 322 Presets (with VCM) + 30 User
      Insertion Effect 1-8: 322 Presets (with VCM) + 30 User
      Master Compressor 5 Presets + 30 User
      Master EQ 5 Presets + 30 User
      Part EQ 28 Parts
      Others Mic/Guitar Effects: Noise Gate, Compressor, 3 Band EQ, Vocal Effect: 23
      Arpeggio Yes
      Vocal Harmony Number of Presets Vocal Harmony: 54, Synth Vocoder: 20
      Number of User Settings 60 *The number is the total of Vocal Harmony and Synth Vocoder
      Accompaniment Styles
      Preset Number of Preset Styles 525
      Featured Styles 463 Pro Styles, 46 Session Styles, 10 DJ Styles, 6 Free Play
      Fingering Single Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full Keyboard
      Style Control INTRO x 3, MAIN VARIATION x 4, FILL x 4, BREAK, ENDING x 3
      Other Features One Touch Setting (OTS) 4 for each Style
      Chord Looper Yes
      Style Section Reset Yes
      Expandability Expansion Style Yes (Internal Memory)
      Expansion Audio Style Yes (Internal Memory)
      Compatibility Style File Format, Style File Format GE
      Songs
      Preset Number of Preset Songs 5 Sample Songs
      Recording Number of Songs Unlimited (depends on the drive capacity)
      Number of Tracks 16
      Data Capacity Approx. 3 MB/Song
      Recording Function Quick Recording, Multi Recording, Step Recording
      Compatible Data Format Playback SMF (Format 0 & 1), XF
      Recording SMF (Format 0)
      Multi Pads
      Preset Number of Multi Pad Banks 329 Banks x 4 Pads
      Audio Audio Link Yes
      Functions
      Registration Number of Buttons 8
      Control Registration Sequence, Freeze
      Playlist Number of Records 2500 (max.) Records per Playlist file
      Lesson/Guide Lesson/Guide Follow Lights, Any Key, Karao-Key, Your Tempo
      Search Registration Bank
      Demo/Help Demonstration Yes
      Overall Controls Metronome Yes
      Tempo Range 5 - 500, Tap Tempo
      Transpose -12 C 0 C +12
      Tuning 414.8 C 440 C 466.8 Hz
      Octave Button Yes
      Scale Type 9 types
      Sub Scale Setting Yes
      Bluetooth Yes (Audio) * May not have this functionality depending on the country
      Miscellaneous Direct Access Yes
      Text Display Function Yes
      Wallpaper Customization Yes
      Display Out Yes (by using a commercially available USB display adaptor) * For a list of compatible devices, access the Yamaha Downloads website.
      Voices Harmony/Echo Yes (with Arpeggio)
      Panel Sustain Yes
      Mono/Poly Yes
      Styles Style Creator Yes
      Style Recommender Yes
      OTS Information Yes
      Songs Score Display Function Yes
      Lyrics Display Function Yes
      Multi Pads Multi Pad Creator Yes
      Audio Recorder/Player Recording Time (max.) 80 minutes/Song
      Recording .wav (WAV format: 44.1 kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo), .mp3 (44.1 kHz sample rate,128/256/320 kbps, mono/stereo)
      Playback .wav (WAV format: 44.1 kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo), .mp3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3: 44.1/48.0 kHz sample rate, 64-320 kbps and variable bit rate, mono/stereo)
      Lyrics Display Function Yes (.mp3 only)
      Time Stretch Yes
      Pitch Shift Yes
      Vocal Cancel Yes
      Storage and Connectivity
      Storage Internal Memory Yes (approx. 4 GB)
      External Drives USB Flash Memory (via USB to DEVICE)
      Connectivity Headphones Yes
      FOOT PEDAL 1 (SUSTAIN), 2 (ARTICULATION), Function Assignable
      Microphone Microphone/Guitar x 1
      MIDI IN, OUT
      AUX IN Stereo mini jack
      LINE OUT MAIN OUTPUT (L/L+R, R), SUB (AUX) OUTPUT (1,2 (L/L+R, R))
      USB TO DEVICE Yes (x 2)
      USB TO HOST Yes
      Amplifiers and Speakers
      Amplifiers (15 W + 10 W) x 2
      Speakers 13 cm x 2 + 2.5 cm (dome) x 2
      Power Supply
      Power Supply PA-300C or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha
      Power Consumption 24 W
      Auto Power Off Function Yes
      Accessories
      Included Accessories Owner's Manual, Online Member Product Registration, Music Rest, AC Adaptor(may not be include depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.)

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      Yamaha Training Event - SX-900 Review

      So I have just got back from training at Yamaha UK getting hands-on with the SX-700 and SX-900 series. As per normal reviews you would expect me to run through it all and give me conclusion on it, but the product is too good for that, I want to say straight away from the off that both instruments are simply superb! It's not often products can be so refreshing but both the SX-700 and SX-900 far outweigh their price bracket for quality, ease of use and features.

      I guess it really all starts with the output - the new speakers are a big improvement over the previous models with a sound offering great detail and clarity plus for the first time ever it sounds as good sat playing the keyboard as what it does to listeners around it. I tried walking around the product whilst others played and where the sound would normally be pretty poor, it was really quite amazing how the sound stayed great no matter where you moved. This has a big effect for people who like to play in small groups as getting that quality across is difficult without adding other speakers. Which leads on to the output quality of the SX-900. Normally with previous models and even Tyros models you can plug in to seperate amplification and it works and you hear it but it was never anything special in the sense the sound was sweet but never really had the dynamics to cut it on stage or in the studio. Genos had a total revamp of the DAC (Digital to Analogue Converters) and set a totally new standard for quality sound. Now, that quality has come to the SX-900. The new converters are so much more dynamic, cleaner and cut through where it lacked originally. This means gigging musicians will really feel the benefit of playing live or recording their music or anyone who uses seperate amplification in the home as many of our customers do. Its a really welcome change and even alone makes such a huge difference to the product.

      The new FSB keyboard design (used in both models) offers a much much better playing response and feel. There was a few people put off the previous models by the louder, slightly clunkier feel of the keys and Yamaha have responded with a keybed which is quiet, solid and responds beautifully to touch. In my view it has a touch equivalent or better than previous Tyros models and this has a real positive factor over everything you play.

      Of course the new sounds and styles are one of the many major upgrades on the SX-900 where there are some amazing additions to the product. Now its hard to summarise the amount of improvements so I will do my best here to make it sensible and clear how this stands out....the styles in the product for owners of the S975/S970 and below and including those who own Tyros 5 and below, will be hugely impressed by the new selections available and how they come across. Styles are derived from the Genos as well as a whole host of new styles and they all make use of the enhanced DSP processing. This means as well as the new sounds in the backings and melody section, there are now new effects being used for both the styles and sounds (both higher quality and more of them) than has been possible before. What this means for the player - far far better quality. So as an example... when you choose a particular style it will make use of the new REVO! derived drum samples, it may then have a guitar in the backing which will now have amp modelling effects and your lead sounds may have multiple effects such as delays and reverbs etc - all set up automatically with the OTS (One Touch Setting). Being completely automatically done from the factory it just means you can play your same music you love but your music will simply sound far far better! And you have had to do nothing but choose a style and play. Its really very very good!

      The new styles cover everything you could imagine from classic jazz/ big band through to modern chart music, Disney and film themes with everything in-between. There is also a focus on new 60's styles along the lines of the Shadows and more. There is something new and fresh for everyone to play and that is an important factor in making sure the instrument offers everything for everyone. Of course interacting with the product is something many get worried about - new features, new styles and sounds and being able to access and use everything. Well the new screen is absolutely spot on. It is crystal clear, straight forward and so easy to use! Taken from the flagship Genos design, the colours are great and easy to read the text. The screen responds straight away and there is no messing around with little buttons around the screen to make a choice hoping you press the right one - you touch what you want and it chooses it - perfect! There is instant access to all the sounds and styles as well as mixing screens etc. which show clearly on the screen and everything is easily accessible. The assignable buttons on the front panel are easy to assign and give you instant access to practically anything you may use a lot of i.e. changing to score screen or fade in/out etc.

      The Chord looper function is something we have seen on competitors products before but we have never seen it like this. The idea and layout behind it makes it incredibly useful where as I would normally of questioned such a features use. At the touch of a button it starts recording the chords you are playing and then when your finished your last chord, press the button again and its off, going round your chord sequence and even shows the chords on the screen. Now this is where it gets really good - you can then choose to play around over the top of the sequence with both hands for freedom of playing or, choose to record another loop on another block! When you have recorded that you can then change between those different chord loops just by tapping the screen! And it does not end there - Each chord looper set is saved in a registration so you can recall the chord progressions at the touch of a button! Plus, if you then fancy trying the same song chords in a different style - no problem, you can change style and the chord progression works with it allowing you to experiment with many style choices!

      And would you believe it does not end there! Yamaha's Chord Tracker app is available free for smart devices and it is an app that works out the chords for any song in your music library on your smart device. Using the app you can choose any of the songs in your music library on your device, it works out the chords and then if you want to play it on the keyboard you can transfer the chord progressions to the chord looper! Truly outstanding stuff.

      Bluetooth - want to practice and play along with backing tracks/ your favourite tune then you can simply connect via bluetooth to your smart device and play the audio direct from the internal speakers of the SX-900. Its so simple and incredible good for practice! It even auto re-connects the next time you turn your bluetooth on the keyboard!

      I could really go on and on about the changes and improvements on the product but it would be a huge write up! I can truly say this is a huge change for Yamaha and to have professional sounds, a plethora of new and very useful features, incredible style choices, bluetooth technology, smart device integration and much more makes the SX-900 a product worth of its price and a top position in the keyboard market. It impressed me and I have still only scratched the surface with the time I had available.

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