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Yamaha PSR-S970 61-Key Arranger Workstation

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Part of the new generation of Yamaha Arranger Keyboards, the PSR-S970 features a new architecture, new Voices and Styles, and a brand new DJ section....Click To Read More About This Product

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Fully equipped arranger keyboard.

Part of the new generation of Yamaha Arranger Keyboards, the PSR-S970 features a new architecture, new Voices and Styles, and a brand new DJ section. Synthesizer vocoder functions, a vocal harmonizer, external display capacity and world music accompaniment styles are just a few of the features that define the PSR-S970.

Yamaha understands that one of the missions of an arranger instrument is an exciting live performance capacity. It is equipped to shine in virtually any imaginable music idiom, whether you like to play full orchestrations of jazz standards, exciting renditions of contemporary popular music, or even the new hip-hop and R&B. Enjoy authentic acoustic sounds at your fingertips -- play pianos, saxophones and other instruments all with breath-taking reality. Also, explore the powerful synthesizer sounds that boast incredible sonic texture and versatility for electronic music of all types.

Powerful features for live performance
The PSR-S970 is a features-rich arranger keyboard with great control features including a modulation wheel and two assignable foot pedal inputs, ensuring total control over voices, styles, effects and other functions during live performance. DJ Styles are included, featuring a collection of chord progressions that eliminate the need for continuous chord changes with the left hand. When you have both hands free to play melody lines, you can use the Live Controllers, or even trigger additional external audio with the Multi Pads to add a unique flair to your performance.

Real effects
The PSR-S970 features the Real Distortion and Real Reverb effects from the Tyros 5, delivering authentic, natural sound unparalleled in its class. Now your electric guitar timbres will be convincing and effective, and your reflections emulation will be vast and effective. Effortlessly add and edit effects parameters via an attractive, intuitive interface that gives you the feeling of controlling conventional effects and amplifiers in real time.

VCM effects
The PSR-S970 has Yamaha's Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) technology that simulates the effects of phaser, Wah, compressors, and phasers at circuit level. Again, these effects are ideal for guitar processing, but they are equally at home on common keyboard timbres.

Play with the atmosphere of real sound
Bring your performances to life with Audio Styles, featuring high quality percussion ensembles and drums, all recorded by world-class musicians in studios around the globe. Audio Styles add natural feel and warmth to any rhythm track for greater expressive potential than ever before.

Let your music take you to new places
Voice & Style Expansion Packs enable you to customize the PSR-S970 with a wide range of additional content from all over the world. When loaded into the keyboard, you can instantly access authentic new sounds, rhythms and backing in the musical style of your choice.

Harmony section
The PSR-S970 is equipped with a new Synth Vocoder function, which allows you to use your voice and synthesize with the PSR-S970's sound. The powerful Vocal Harmony 2 system allows you to control the pitch, level, and number of harmonies added, ensuring that your vocals are always the star of the show.

Chord Tracker
Identify the chord sequence from an audio track instantly with the Yamaha Chord Tracker app! The Yamaha Chord Tracker app for iPhone and iPad helps practicing and performance by extracting the chord sequence of an audio song stored on your device.

FEATURES
Keyboard
  • Number of keys: 61 Key
  • Action: Non-weighted
  • Key size: Full
  • Aftertouch / Velocity: Velocity Sensitive
  • Key Type: Synth-type
Sounds
  • Number of voices: 989
  • Polyphony (max): 128-note
  • Layers: Yes
  • Split: Yes
Connectivity
  • AUX input: Yes
  • MIDI Connectivity: MIDI over USB
  • Line output: Yes
  • Line input: Yes
  • USB Connectivity: Yes
  • Headphone jacks: 1
  • Pedal inputs: 1 (sustain)
  • Storage type: Internal memory
  • Expandability available: Yes
Onboard Features
  • Recording/Playback MIDI sequencer
  • Accompaniment styles: 450
  • Preset songs: 5
  • Display: Backlit LCD
  • Effects: Yes
  • Built-in speakers: Yes
  • Pitch bend/Modulation: Both
  • Other controls: Control knobs
Effects
  • Reverb: Yes
  • Chorus: Yes
  • Delay: Yes
  • Equalizer: Yes
  • Arpeggio: Yes
  • Other: Compression, gate, distortion
Other
  • Width: 39.5"
  • Height: 5.82"
  • Depth: 17.2"
  • Weight: 25.57 lb.
  • Power: Adapter included
  • Batteries: Not applicable
  • Stand or bench included: Sold Separately

Order today for massive sound collection, style library and expandability.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 989 Voices, including Super Articulation Voices, Organ Flutes! Voices. 41 Drum/SFX kits, and 480 XG voices
  • 2 Live Controllers for dynamic real-time control assignable to any combination of parameters including filter, arpeggio and more
  • 450 Styles, including all-new DJ styles, and 40 Audio Styles
  • Vocal Harmony 2 and Synth Vocoder functions
  • Mic/Guitar input for use when singing or collaborating with other performers
  • New Arpeggio function for instant access to a library of arpeggiated synth phrases and more
  • Authentic Voices and Styles from around the world
  • USB audio playback with time stretch, pitch shift, and vocal cancel functions
  • External display capability
  • Real Distortion and Real Reverb, with an intuitive effects interface
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YamahaPSR-S970 61-Key Arranger Workstation
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Powerful & Realistic!

I'm very impressed with this Arranger, the sounds are very realistic, not to mention the Audio Styles, it's like having live musicians, the closes you can get to a Tyros

I'm very impressed with this Arranger, the sounds are very realistic, not to mention the Audio Styles, it's like having live musicians, the closes you can get to a Tyros

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pitch Bend

Yamaha PSR S950/S970 are great Arranger Workstations. But when comparing with other competitive brands, it's very difficult to use the pitch bend specially in live shows.

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Yamaha PSR S950/S970 are great Arranger Workstations. But when comparing with other competitive brands, it's very difficult to use the pitch bend specially in live shows.

I have seen you introduced a new type of pitch bend in PSR A2000/A3000. Why don't you add that great pitch bend to other yamaha Arranger Workstations. We love that.

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(22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Powerful & Realistic!

By slowjamer

from El Paso, Texas

Pros

  • Create Custom Sound Packs
  • More Audio Styles
  • More Memory For Expansion
  • Tyros 5 Compatibility

Cons

  • Can't Load S950 Soundpacks

Best Uses

  • Church service
  • Music composition
  • Music Learning
  • One-man-band Performance

Comments about Yamaha PSR-S970 61-Key Arranger Workstation:

I'm very impressed with this Arranger, the sounds are very realistic, not to mention the Audio Styles, it's like having live musicians, the closes you can get to a Tyros

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(5 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Pitch Bend

By Dushan Sri

from Colombo, SL

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Modulation
      • Pitch Bend

      Comments about Yamaha PSR-S970 61-Key Arranger Workstation:

      Yamaha PSR S950/S970 are great Arranger Workstations. But when comparing with other competitive brands, it's very difficult to use the pitch bend specially in live shows.

      I have seen you introduced a new type of pitch bend in PSR A2000/A3000. Why don't you add that great pitch bend to other yamaha Arranger Workstations. We love that.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good, butdoesn't quite deliver....

      By Steve

      from Jacksonville Florida, now touring Asia

      Pros

      • Good Sounds
      • Quite Good Build Quality

      Cons

      • Vocal Harmony Section Not

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha PSR-S970 61-Key Arranger Workstation:

        I bought the S970 to replace my aging PSR 3000s (I have 2) that are showing their age and also to stop using my Digitech Vocal Harmony box. The keyboard sounds are excellent, and then we get to the Vocal armony 'feature' Wow..What a disappointment! I used my Sennheiser E815, and the harmonies were terrible. Then I tried a Shure SM58.same result. I watched some video tutorials and I don't care what Yamaha says, the harmonies in the video are totally bogus. I like the keyboard, as I said it replaces my PSR 3000s and also my Korg PA 600, but I think that I could have done better by buying a 770 and a new harmony unit.

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        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        RE'Pitch Bend

        By Jared

        from Alaska

        Comments about Yamaha PSR-S970 61-Key Arranger Workstation:

        the pitch bend is good the way it is i've try other keyboard brand's this is just perfect don't need change it (if it's not broken don't fix it)

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The sounds are unbelieveable on this board.

        By Firedoctor

        from Alabama

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Realistic Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • One Man Band
          • Travel

          Comments about Yamaha PSR-S970 61-Key Arranger Workstation:

          The sounds are fantastic for the money. If a Tyros is priced out of your reach then consider this board. This is about as close as you will get to a Tyros for the money. This was a good purchase for me and there are plenty of tutorials on Youtube that will get you started on how to use it.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice Keyboard

          By R.Azadi

          from Iran,M,Sari

          Comments about Yamaha PSR-S970 61-Key Arranger Workstation:

          I had Yamaha 2000, A2000 and now I have s970 and I like it. It has very nice sounds and styles. Also it has many new and applicable features like: Knob volume, 512 Mb exp ram, drum setup. It is the best arranger keyboard by my Idea BUT unfortunately, it has BAD KEYS and I hate organ type keys.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          I had many keyboards before, but the s970 is the best

          By Joe

          from Arkansas

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Pre-programmed music
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Yamaha PSR-S970 61-Key Arranger Workstation:

              I played one man band

               
              5.0

              I think I made a good choice.

              By Jolene

              from Louisiana

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Pre-programmed music
              • Realistic Sound
              • Responsive / Good Action

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • MIDI

                Comments about Yamaha PSR-S970 61-Key Arranger Workstation:

                I like this keyboard cos it's close to the same as PSR3000.

                 
                5.0

                A grate workstation

                By Aka

                from Ny ny

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Learning
                  • MIDI
                  • School Bands
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Yamaha PSR-S970 61-Key Arranger Workstation:

                  It is a very well built, and is reel cool

                   
                  4.0

                  nice keyboard

                  By Leo

                  from New Jersey

                  Pros

                  • New Applicable Features
                  • Plays Mp3 Files

                  Cons

                  • Accordeon Sax Are Bad

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Yamaha PSR-S970 61-Key Arranger Workstation:

                    it's a nice keyboard but some voices are really bad. like the sax and accordeon

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