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The main display screen is your central control panel. It shows you how your keyboard is currently configured -- what voices you will hear when you play the keys, what style is loaded, what the tempo is, what voices are on or off. You decide how your keyboard is setup. You can select a different style, put whatever voices you want for your right hand and your left hand, change the tempo, and so forth. You communicate what you want by using the button controls on the left and right side of the display screen as well as the buttons at the bottom of the screen. Subsequent lessons will refer to these control buttons so let's take a look at them right now.

S975 MAIN Display screenHere is a photo of the MAIN display screen for the Yamaha PSR-S975 arranger keyboard. The layout of this screen, as well as the style and voice buttons on the top of the keyboard are the same as in the previous PSR-S970 and PSR-S950 keyboards.

The illustration below shows the MAIN display screen for the Tyros5, which is similar on the Tyros4 and Tyros3. There are slight differences between the Tyros screens and the PSR-S screens since the Tyros models include a third right-hand voice not available on the PSR-S models. You will note that the 10 primary control buttons, labeled [A] ... [E] on the left side of the screen and [F] ... [I] on the right side of the screen, are the same on all of the Yamaha keyboards. Similarly, at the bottom of the screen are 16 buttons, in two rows of 8, the top row with an upward facing arrow and the bottom row with a downward facing arrow.

T5 MAIN screen

Left and Right Buttons

In the center of the screen, all the models display a table with two columns and 5 rows. The column on the left is associated with the buttons [A] ... [E] and the column on the right with the buttons [F] ... [J].

Button [A] is next to the SONG cell, which indicates the curently loaded midi song. On the top right, next to the [F] button is the RIGHT1 cell indicating the first right-hand voice, a ConcertGrand piano in the illustration.

The table below shows you, model by model, what each side button controls. The SONG cell is always next to the [A] button and the RIGHT1 and RIGHT2 voices are always next to the [F] and [G] buttons respectively. However, design changes over time have repositioned some of the other regular cells, particularly the STYLE cell. In various illustrations, we may refer to the display screen for the Tyros3 and particular buttons on the left or right. Your particular keyboard, however, may have the referenced cell positioned next to a different button. Bear this in mind as you work through the lessons.

LEFT SIDE S975-S970 S950-S910 S900 3000 Tyros5/4/3 Tyros2
[A] SONG SONG SONG SONG SONG SONG
[B] BAR BEAT BAR BEAT BAR BEAT STYLE BAR BEAT BAR BEAT
[C] CHORD CHORD TEMPO CHORD CHORD STYLE
[D] SPLIT POINT TRANSPOSE STYLE MULTIPAD STYLE IDC-chord
[E] STYLE STYLE CHORD INTERNET MULTIPAD MULTIPAD
RIGHT SIDE S975-S970 S910-S900 S900 3000 Tyros3 Tyros2
[F] RIGHT1 RIGHT1 RIGHT1 RIGHT1 RIGHT1 RIGHT1
[G] RIGHT2 RIGHT2 RIGHT2 RIGHT2 RIGHT2 RIGHT2
[H] LEFT LEFT LEFT LEFT RIGHT3 RIGHT3
[I] MULTI PAD MULTI PAD MULTI PAD SPLIT POINT LEFT LEFT
[J] REGIST REGIST REGIST REGIST REGIST REGIST

Bottom Buttons (1-8)

Below the display screen are two rows of buttons numbered [1] ... [8]. These buttons are used to select options shown in the bottom part of the screen. Different screens will have different options at the bottom.

For the MAIN screen, the bottom two rows show the Sound Balance controls, which allow you to adjust the sound volume of individual components of the keyboard. For example, lower the sound of the STYLE section while increasing the sound of the RIGHT1 voice. For the PSR-S975 shown here, the STYLE volume is above the [2] buttons. Pressing the upper [2] button increases the sound and pressing the lower [2] button reduces the sound of the STYLE section. To change the RIGHT1 voice volume you would use the [6] buttons. Only 7 or the available 8 buttons are needed to adjust the various sound balances on the PSR-S models.

The Tyros models also have 8 buttons at the bottom as shown in this view of the Tyros5. Since the Tyros5 has a RIGHT3 voice, it uses all 8 buttons at the bottom for adjusting sound Balance. In addition to the upper and lower buttons to move the sound up or down, the Tyros models also have 8 slider controls. You can also use the slider controls to increase or decrease the various sound volumes. Another major difference on the Tyros models is that the screen does not stay flat in the keyboard; it can be tiled up for easier viewing of the screen contents.

When you are viewing other screens, for example the STYLE screen that is used to display all the styles available, the [A], [B], ..., [J] buttons are used to select one of 10 shown styles. The buttons at the bottom of the screen are used to select different "pages" of 10 styles and to perform style operations such as copying a style or renaming the style. Details are explained in future lessons as more aspects of your keyboard are covered.

TAB Buttons

Some display screens may involve multiple major components that are indicated by folder-type tabs at the top of the screen. For example, your keyboard contains internal PRESET styles that are always available. But you may also have some styles stored in a separate USER area within the keyboard, on a USB flash drive, or, if you have a hard drive, on the hard drive itself (HD1). Each of these major storage areas would be represented by a separate tab and you would use the two "TAB" keys located at the top and to the right of the main display. These tab keys, sometimes labeled [PREV] and [NEXT] are used to move from one tab area to the next. Again, you will see many examples of this as you read through these lessons.

EXIT Button

An [EXIT] button is located usually on the right and below the main display screen. When you choose options, a new display screen opens where you can make additional choices. Some of these choices may open yet another display screen. The [EXIT] button is used to close the current display screen and move you back to the previous screen. The top screen is the MAIN screen you see pictured above. Pressing [EXIT] repeatedly will always get you back, eventually, to the MAIN screen.

DIRECT ACCESS Button

Note also a button marked [DIRECT ACCESS], usually located on the lower left-hand portion of the controls. You can use this button together with other buttons on the keyboard to immediately jump to a particular option screen. You'll see examples of this in several of the lessons.

Now that you've had a good look at your keyboard top (and back) panels as well as the main screen, it's time to hear some of the sounds that your keyboard can produce. We'll do that in the next lesson when we try out some of the demos included in your keyboard. In working with the demos, you'll also get a good introduction to how those display screen controls work.


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This page updated on April 23, 2019 .