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Yamaha PSR-S500 Arranger Workstation Keyboard

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The Yamaha PSR-S500 keyboard is an entry-level arranger workstation with a powerful sound engine that gives you 283 realistic instrument voices, 361 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A portable workstation that boasts impressive features like USB connection, lots of voices, and a big effects section!

The Yamaha PSR-S500 keyboard is an entry-level arranger workstation with a powerful sound engine that gives you 283 realistic instrument voices, 361 XGlite voices, and 15 Drum/SFX kits. Yamaha's highly acclaimed Sweet! Cool! and Live! Voices let you play with all expressive nuance to make your performances come alive! 61 synth-action keys; USB connection for access to computers and other devices; large backlit LCD displays lyrics, chords, and notations; plus an intuitive interface with 4 one-touch settings per style. 12W stereo sound system. 32-note polyphony and multiple reverb, chorus, and DSP effects.

Built-in Sound System
Yamaha drew on their long-standing expertise in acoustics and sound reproduction as well as advanced technology, to give the PSR-S500 a sound system that perfectly complements the authentic voices inside. Exceptionally clear and powerful sound in a small, portable package.

Live!, Cool! and Sweet! Voices
A huge palette of acoustic and electronically amplified instrument sounds. A blend of long, stereo and multi-layered samples is used to fully capture the natural presence, resonance, expression and vibrato of the real instrument.

Dynamic Styles
Everything you need to make high-quality music is right here--at your fingertips. The PSR-S500 provides fully automatic, fully realized accompaniment with drum, bass, guitar, piano, organ, strings, and more”with 150 built-in Styles, expertly programmed for playing a wide variety of music genres.

Easy to play, Easy to use
The PSR-S500 is set up with a simple, logical layout of panel controls and a full dot LDC display. You get complete at-a-glance control over the workings of the entire instrument. The Style, Song and Voice controls as well as the One Touch Setting buttons are conveniently located for optimum operation. In music creation, in performance”the PSR-S500 is remarkably easy to use.

Insert a USB flash memory in the USB TO DEVICE terminal on the instrument. It would let you save or load the registered settings and user songs created on the instrument.

Easy Performance with Music Notation Display
When you play back a song, the corresponding score will be shown on the display as the song plays. This is a great way to learn how to read music. If the song contains lyric and chord data*, the lyrics and chords will also appear on the score display. * No lyrics or chords will appear on the display if the song you are using with the score display function does not contain the appropriate lyric and chord data.

Music Database
You want to play music in your favorite style, but you're not sure how to select the best voice and style for the type of music you want to play . . . simply select the appropriate style from the Music Database. The panel settings will automatically be adjusted for the ideal combination of sounds and style!

  • USB MIDI connection to computer
  • USB to device connection
  • Backlit LCD (320 x 240) display
  • 283 voices plus 361 XGlite voices
  • 15 drum/SFX kits
  • Clear and powerful 12W x 2 speaker system
  • 25 reverb, 30 chorus, 178 DSP and 5 preset Master EQ effects
  • 26 harmony types
  • 150 accompaniment styles + user style
  • Multi and full keyboard fingering types
  • Music database w/500 setups
  • Built-in recorder, with 8 melody tracks and 1 style track
  • Flash memory for song storage
  • Pitch bend wheel
  • 32-note polyphony
  • PA-300 power adapter included
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A very good arranger keyboard !

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

It gives me great pleasure to review the Yamaha PSR-S500 . I am an amateur musician and currently own this keyboard (previously owned a Casio CTK -770 so a big jump to this one!) Now to the main thing, the keyboard is stacked with lots of realistic voices . The voices such as the Live! Grand Piano Sweet! Soprano Saxophone, Sweet! Flute, Live! Strings really makes this arranger keyboard comparable to the very expensive synths available today. The remaining panel voices are also pleasing. The styles covering a wide genre, are really good and doesn`t over interfere with your playing. With rich style control options of having 3 intros, 4 main variations & 3 endings, both the professional and the home enthusiast would have enough to present their musical expression! A miss-out though, with regards to styles is the lack of styles from the eastern part of the world. With the Music Database feature, playing popular songs becomes easy and fun! The DSP effects section is also good, but feel that dedicated realtime control over equalizing the signals still remains on the wish list! The options of using registration setups, OTS`s are useful for live performances. The USB device (for SMF storage/playback) and PC connectivity are standout features compared to otherwise equally good keyboards(such as Roland E-09) in this price range. Overall, highly recommended!

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Yamaha's Entry-Level Arranger

By Joey-bL9KZ

from Charleston AFB, SC

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This is my first experience as an owner of an arranger keyboard and let me tell you they are different from the garden variety portables. The keyboard is well built and looks very modern. The voices blew me away; this sounds like the PSR-1000 from a few years ago, a big improvement against my Casio CTK-671. Styles are great, wide variety of styles to choose from. Takes a little time to navigate the screen options and it is much better to use your one touch settings and set it up for the most useful sounds. I had the chance to use the USB port with my flash drive and it reads it with no issues. I have not used the keyboard with the computer, since Yamaha does not include the USB-to-Host cable. My only complaints/markdowns are the 32-note polyphony, and the lack of the USB cable. This keyboard is great for the keyboardist who wants to step up from beginner to an intermediate instrument without having to pay over $1k. Great sound, very realistic patterns, computer interaction, etc. Overall, a great buy.

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Yamaha psr s500

By Peewee

from Roseboro, N.C.


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    This is absolutely a great board. Sounds are awesome and everything is right at the touch of a finger. Even without the manual, only took a couple of days to move around. I compare it to the MM6 I own but maybe just one step above considering both are about the same except the PSR S500 has just a little more to work with. I especially like the on board sustain. Great invention. Great work Yamaha. Guess my Triton LE will have to go in the closet for a few days. Can't go wrong with this board and the MM6 backing it up.

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