Yamaha Introduces The Entry-Level PSR-S500 Arranger Keyboard


dANAHEIM, Calif. (January 26, 2006) — Priced at $899.99 and making its debut at Winter NAMM 2007, the new Yamaha PSR-S500 entry-level arranger keyboard includes professional features like large wave ROM for voices, a powerful sound system, full Style control, panel Voice and Style category buttons and Transpose and Octave buttons. The new model also provides USB connectivity, 644 instrument Voices and a backlit LCD screen that displays lyrics, chords and notation.

"The PSR-S500 opens the door to an arranger workstation level of product for musicians on a limited budget," said Mark Anderson, marketing manager, Portable Keyboards, Pro Audio & Combo Division. "Yamaha has squeezed a lot of technology into a reasonably-priced keyboard, providing a welcome addition to our arranger workstation line of products."

The PSR-S500's Style control — which refers to accompaniment patterns like rock, jazz or country — includes three introductions, four sections with fill-ins and three endings. It also features a pitch bend wheel for more expressive playing of brass and guitar sounds, 32-note polyphony and a nine-track sequencer.

"Users will love the look of this keyboard, the tremendous sound quality and the convenience they've come to appreciate, like category buttons for Voices and Styles, USB storage and more control over the Styles," said Anderson.