Yamaha PSR-S975 Arranger Keyboard: Everything You Need to Know

Between the amount of memory and plentiful selection of sound configurations and effects, playing, composing, and recording music is easier than ever before on the Yamaha PSR-S975 Keyboard. Great for studio work and live performances, this keyboard is full of amazing and practical features!

 

Endless Sound and Effect Options

This keyboard comes with an amazing plethora of 1090 voices + 55 drum/SFX kits + 480 XG voices. All style options are organized under genres and categories for simple location. Built-in Plus Categories give you more voices and styles from Yamaha, leaving plenty of room to load more into the keyboard.

When you play a chord, the Sync Start button will make the accompaniment play in the same time. While playing, you can use real time controls to the left of the keys to affect the sound, alter any note with Pitch Bend, or add in a nice vibrato with the Modulation wheel. Let the built-in metronome keep you on beat, or push the Synch Stop button for easy syncopation.

Since all sound options on the keyboard are royalty and copyright free, you can use them for any application be it a movie theme song, creating a short background track for a commercial, or any other creative project.

 

Easy Saving and Editing

Easily edit and customize each sound and style to your liking. If you want to combine two of your favorite voices, simply layer them on top of each other. The Multi Pad also lets you add additional tracks to an accompaniment.

The PSR-S975’s internal recorder will save your entire composition with the push of a single button and play it all back for review. Save it to the USB drive and name your file directly on the keyboard. You can open the saved MIDI file in any DAW on a Mac or PC. Once opened, you will see the multitrack, and can edit the notes of each individual instrument and style any way you want; even those in a style with preprogrammed behavior. This entire process saves you time in creating compositions and backing tracks, as opposed to creating compositions from scratch on a computer instrument by instrument.

 

Endless Storage and Bonus Lyrics Feature

8 Registration Memory buttons let you save all the setting selections you like to the memory of one button. You even have multiple banks in each registration. Odds are you won’t run out of room, but if for some reason you do, you can save more registrations to the USB drive.

If endless storage options weren’t enough, the bonus lyrics option in the recording section gives you the ability to project song lyrics out of the VGA output, making it easier to follow along. The Vocal Harmonizer feature allows you to attach a microphone to the keyboard via an XLR cable, and will harmonize the vocals with chords you play.

 

Features:

  • Great for studio work and live performances
  • 1090 voices + 55 drum/SFX kits + 480 XG voices, all organized into categories
  • Built-in Plus Categories from Yamaha
  • 8 Registration Memory buttons with multiple banks in each registration to save your settings
  • Sync Start to make the accompaniment play in time when you play a chord
  • Sync Stop for easy syncopation
  • Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels
  • Layer Voices, change tempo and volume, mix sounds, and more
  • Internal Recorder and Playback
  • Name compositions before saving onto a USB drive and transfer and edit MIDI files on any DAW with a Mac or PC
  • Lyric Projection and Vocal Harmonizer
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Tiffany Williams started her musical journey at the age of 7 when she learned to play the keyboard. By the 6th grade the viola became her passion, and she played in her middle and high school string and symphonic orchestras, pit orchestra, and Chamber Ensemble. She has participated in multiple music events and festivals including Music in the Parks and NYSSMA (levels 5/6), and was inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society. In college she played in the string orchestra and was selected to play in the Binghamton Symphonic Orchestra. As a member of the Binghamton Explorchestra she played, conducted, and had the opportunity to showcase two of her own compositions. Pursuing her musical endeavors, she challenges herself to learning other instruments, and has composed 14 songs which are now copyrighted in the U.S. Library of Congress. She continues to play and compose and is delighted to be a part of the Sam Ash team.