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The Ultimate PSR - The New Yamaha PSR-S970

PostPosted: 01 Jul 2015 22:33
by Mike Bracchi
The Ultimate PSR
The PSR-S970 is the flagship model of the S-series, and combines all the functionality of the other models in the range together with powerful performance features including versatile effects inherited from the legendary Tyros 5, external display capability and a programmable vocal harmony function.

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

Powerful features for live performance
The PSR-S970 features two assignable live controllers, a modulation wheel and two assignable foot pedal inputs, ensuring that you have total control over voices, styles, effects and other functions during live performance.
Also, DJ Styles are a new live performance concept, featuring a collection of chord progressions that eliminate the need for continuous chord changes with the left hand. Now you've got both hands free to play melody lines, 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 renowned Tyros 5, delivering authentic, natural sound unparalleled in its class. 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.

Get real with your sound
Enjoy realistic Super Articulation Voices, Organ flutes and many other sounds from the legendary Tyros series. The PSR-S970's superb sonic quality, meticulously sampled voices, and a comprehensive suite of effects will take your performances to a new level of authenticity that is sure to satisfy even the most demanding audience.

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.

512 MB of additional content available with on-board expansion memory.

The PSR-S950 could only install one expansion pack at a time. Now with *Yamaha Expansion Manager version 2.3 (or later), you can create individual expansion data sets containing content from various packs and utilize the 512MB memory on board. You can even create your own voices based on your sample library.
*(available during 2015)

Powerful Synth Vocoder and Vocal Harmony function.
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.

Full Specification here .... ... mode=model

Re: The Ultimate PSR - The New Yamaha PSR-S970

PostPosted: 07 Jul 2015 15:02
by LeoP
wow, I love that bossa style someone needs to get cracking and convert that for the other yamahas, where are you Eileen :D :D

Re: The Ultimate PSR - The New Yamaha PSR-S970

PostPosted: 08 Jul 2015 22:40
by Mike Bracchi
Hi Leo, yes it's a great style - in fact, it looks like a super keyboard altogether :)

Would have been nice to know what the rest of the members think about it ... but alas - it seems it's not of any interest :roll:

Re: The Ultimate PSR - The New Yamaha PSR-S970

PostPosted: 09 Jul 2015 08:42
by Brian007
Anyone wanting a portable tyros type keyboard with built in speakers this would appear to be the one to go for
whats the uk price ? anyone know ?


Re: The Ultimate PSR - The New Yamaha PSR-S970

PostPosted: 09 Jul 2015 09:57
by Mike Bracchi
Hi Brian,

The MRP is £1450 but most dealers seem to be selling them around the 1300 quid mark ... given it's a Yamaha with T5 technology, that seems to be great value for money .... for once :wink:


Re: The Ultimate PSR - The New Yamaha PSR-S970

PostPosted: 09 Jul 2015 19:20
by dragon
Very interesting at that price. .. Fred

Re: The Ultimate PSR - The New Yamaha PSR-S970

PostPosted: 10 Jul 2015 08:11
by Brian007
Well at about Half the price of a Tyros 5 it certainly looks to be a winner


Re: The Ultimate PSR - The New Yamaha PSR-S970

PostPosted: 10 Jul 2015 15:07
by Eileen
Yes it is a very nice little keyboard and quite a few people have pre ordered already. Of course it will never be a Tyros 5 but has many of the features on it as well as the added dance section and arrpegiators for those who like to produce that type of music.
The price is very good to and is a little lower than when the 950 was released. Much better now that it will be using the YEM system for loading extra voices and styles. Being able to load more than one pack will make a big difference. I would have liked to have seen two USB ports though as we have on Tyros.
Looking forward to getting mine.

Re: The Ultimate PSR - The New Yamaha PSR-S970

PostPosted: 15 Aug 2015 15:16
by Eileen
Members that have ordered there S770 or970 should be getting it at the beginning of September. The new YEM 2.03 is out and also an update on the Yamaha site.
Looking forward to getting mine.

Re: The Ultimate PSR - The New Yamaha PSR-S970

PostPosted: 05 Sep 2015 19:13
by Eileen
Have Had my S970 for a couple of weeks and I am very pleased with it. I like the fact that we can now edit our drum tracks and replace the drum kit sounds with others from different kits. If you don't like the kick drum then you can change it. The voices sound much more mellow than on the 950.Has all Tyros 5 styles in it plus more Audio drums. Multi pads are now in sections in folders. Much easier to find. All in all a nice little keyboard.

Re: The Ultimate PSR - The New Yamaha PSR-S970

PostPosted: 03 Oct 2015 14:15
by Eileen
All packs have now been converted and are there for you to choose your free one for the 770 and 970.