Yamaha Keyboard Styles
|Keyboard **||Press Release *|
|Tyros5-61, Tyros5-76||Nov, 2013|
|PSR-S900, PSR-S700||Jul, 2007|
|9000 Pro||Jan, 2001|
|* click on date to view press release. |
** click on model to see Features and
Specifications from Yamaha US site.
The navigation bar on the left will take you to a page of styles from the indicated Yamaha arranger keyboard. The available internal preset styles for that keyboard are shown. On many of the pages there are additional style sets that are compatible with, indeed, have been tuned to work with, that particular keyboard. All of these style sets can be downloaded. In all cases, you will be downloading a compressed file (a zip file) that must be uncompressed to get at the included styles. Be sure to check each page and to scroll to the end of the page. There are many thousands of styles available in this section.
If Yamaha and/or arranger keyboards are new to you, you might be interested in learning a bit about these keyboards and the "styles" they contain as well as Yamaha's track record for announcing new keyboards. Read on...
New Keyboards Every Year
Anyone who has had an arranger keyboard for a few years knows how much this industry changes over time. These keyboards are, at their heart, computers and like your typical desk-top computer, the features available seem to get better and better every year (although sometimes users are disappointed to see the disappearance of appreciated features). So, I've arranged the Yamaha styles section to reflect a small part of the historical record of Yamaha arranger keyboards.
The table shown above lists the various Yamaha arranger keyboard model families and the month and year of the press release for that model. In fact, the press release dates provide a quick look at that press release. You can see a detailed listing of features and specifications by clicking on any model number. Very often, there will be several press releases over several months, so these dates are only approximate, but they do give you an idea of when new models have been introduced. U.S. purchasers are keenly aware that it is often many months after a model is introduced before we actually get to see it here in the states. And sometimes months after that before it is commonly available.
The pages in this section are focused on the models starting with the PSR730 series introduced in 1997 and going all the way to the present PSR-S910 model introduced in 2009. Some models represented a series of keyboards, for example the PSR740, PSR640, and PSR540. Keyboards in a "family" generally operated the same way with the more expensive models having more styles, more voices and, usually, more features. I refer to the top-of-the-line model in a keyboard family, but many of the styles provided will also work on the more junior brothers.
We also mix a high-end series and a mid-range series. The high-end is represented by the PSR8000, PSR9000, 9000Pro, Tyros, Tyros2, and the Tyros3. The midrange is represented by the PSR730, PSR740, PSR2000, PSR2100, PSR3000, PSR-S900, PSR-S910, and PSR-S950. As the table indicates, a new mid-range keyboard is introduced one year and a new high-end keyboard the following year in a two-year sequence. There's no guarantee that this pattern will continue, but chances are that new and better keyboards are now on the drawing board. The PSR-S910/S710 were introduced in July 2009 as replacements for the PSR-S900/S700. The Tyros3 replaced the previous flag-ship model Tyros2 and now, in 2010, perhaps we will see a new high-end model appear to replace the Tyros3.
Similar Keyboards Every Year
If you have paid attention to the evolution of car models, you will undoubtedly have noticed a major model change occurring in one year and then that basic "body style" being carried forward for several years before another major style change. You'll find that same idea in these arranger keyboard models. The PSR730 and PSR740 model families operated much the same way. The introduction of the PSR2000 was an entirely new and different operational system. That system has been carried forward in the Tyros, the 2100, the 3000, the Tyros2, the PSR-S900, and now the Tyros3. It is also essentially the same operational system used in the Yamaha CVP digital pianos. The similarity in the operating system means it is fairly easy to move from one model to another. It also means that many of the styles will be somewhat interchangeable. I say "somewhat" because while the operating system may be similar, the hardware is not and the voices and speakers included with each new keyboard are generally different. Thus, a style from an older keyboard may, indeed, play on a newer one, but it may not sound exactly the same. Styles, however, can be "tuned" to optimize their sound on each of the keyboards. More on this below.
Preset and "Tuned" Styles
For each keyboard, the Styles page gives you the internal preset styles provided with that keyboard. In several cases, you will also find additional style sets, tuned specifically for that particular keyboard, available on the "Styles" page. For example, you will find the Tyros styles tuned for the PSR2000 on the PSR2000 Styles page. You'll also find PSR740 styles tuned to the PSR2000 on that page. In both cases, modifications had to be made to "original" styles to "tune" them for playing on a PSR2000.
Style Compatibility & MegaVoices
While there have been a series of Yamaha keyboards produced, they have ALL included a basic set of 480 XG and GM voices. These voices are used in creating the styles for many of the keyboards. It is for this reason that one can take a style that was available on the PSR8000 and play it in the PSR740 or the PSR2000 or the new Tyros2. This style compatibility, however, was broken with the introduction of the Tyros model. This model included the new MegaVoice technology. This technology provided more realistic sounding instruments, particularly the guitars, for the styles built into the Tyros. But the technology was only available in the Tyros. Those original styles will play, as is, in earlier keyboards, but they will NOT sound good. The earlier keyboards do not have megavoice technology. Fortunately, there is software available that can detect and remove the megavoices from the style and replace it with a standard guitar or similar voice. When you see Tyros styles for the PSR2000, that is what had to occur. All the styles had to be tuned, fixing up the accompaniment voices where needed. In addition, the styles on the models from PSR2000 onward, have included one-touch-settings built in and stored with the style. The OTS use the preset voices on the keyboard. If newer keyboards have voices not available on older keyboards, then these voices would also have to be adjusted to "tune" that style for use on earlier keyboards.
This "tuning" of styles is one of the strengths of the PSR arranger line since the PSR2000 model. Not many users actually create their own styles from scratch, but many have learned how to modify an existing preset style to "tune" it to their own particular preferences. It is fairly easy to modify accompaniment voices and volumes to suit your own personal tastes. You can change the default tempo of a style and the various OTS voices saved with that. You can even take parts of a style, for example, a bass pattern used in one style, and put it in another style that you are tuning. All of this can be saved in a new version of the style that you can name whatever you like. So each user can create as many styles as they want with these keyboards. The lessons available in the Lessons section of this site will help you learn how to do all this style tuning. In this section of Styles as well as other sections, you will be able to download styles created and/or tuned by other owners for your use and enjoyment.