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Yamaha PSR-S500 Arranger Workstation Keyboard

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The Yamaha PSR-S500 keyboard is an entry-level arranger workstation with a powerful sound engine that gives you 283 realistic instrument voices, 361 XGlite voices, and 15 Drum/SFX kits. Yamaha's highl... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Yamaha PSR-S500 keyboard is an entry-level arranger workstation with a powerful sound engine that gives you 283 realistic instrument voices, 361 XGlite voices, and 15 Drum/SFX kits. Yamaha's highly acclaimed Sweet! Cool! and Live! Voices let you play with all expressive nuance to make your performances come alive! 61 synth-action keys; USB connection for access to computers and other devices; large backlit LCD displays lyrics, chords, and notations; plus an intuitive interface with 4 one-touch settings per style. 12W stereo sound system. 32-note polyphony and multiple reverb, chorus, and DSP effects.

Built-in Sound System
Yamaha drew on their long-standing expertise in acoustics and sound reproduction as well as advanced technology, to give the PSR-S500 a sound system that perfectly complements the authentic voices inside. Exceptionally clear and powerful sound in a small, portable package.

Live!, Cool! and Sweet! Voices
A huge palette of acoustic and electronically amplified instrument sounds. A blend of long, stereo and multi-layered samples is used to fully capture the natural presence, resonance, expression and vibrato of the real instrument.

Dynamic Styles
Everything you need to make high-quality music is right here--at your fingertips. The PSR-S500 provides fully automatic, fully realized accompaniment with drum, bass, guitar, piano, organ, strings, and more”with 150 built-in Styles, expertly programmed for playing a wide variety of music genres.

Easy to play, Easy to use
The PSR-S500 is set up with a simple, logical layout of panel controls and a full dot LDC display. You get complete at-a-glance control over the workings of the entire instrument. The Style, Song and Voice controls as well as the One Touch Setting buttons are conveniently located for optimum operation. In music creation, in performance”the PSR-S500 is remarkably easy to use.

Insert a USB flash memory in the USB TO DEVICE terminal on the instrument. It would let you save or load the registered settings and user songs created on the instrument.

Easy Performance with Music Notation Display
When you play back a song, the corresponding score will be shown on the display as the song plays. This is a great way to learn how to read music. If the song contains lyric and chord data*, the lyrics and chords will also appear on the score display. * No lyrics or chords will appear on the display if the song you are using with the score display function does not contain the appropriate lyric and chord data.

Music Database
You want to play music in your favorite style, but you're not sure how to select the best voice and style for the type of music you want to play . . . simply select the appropriate style from the Music Database. The panel settings will automatically be adjusted for the ideal combination of sounds and style!


  • USB MIDI connection to computer
  • USB to device connection
  • Backlit LCD (320 x 240) display
  • 283 voices plus 361 XGlite voices
  • 15 drum/SFX kits
  • Clear and powerful 12W x 2 speaker system
  • 25 reverb, 30 chorus, 178 DSP and 5 preset Master EQ effects
  • 26 harmony types
  • 150 accompaniment styles + user style
  • Multi and full keyboard fingering types
  • Music database w/500 setups
  • Built-in recorder, with 8 melody tracks and 1 style track
  • Flash memory for song storage
  • Pitch bend wheel
  • 32-note polyphony
  • PA-300 power adapter included
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YamahaPSR-S500 Arranger Workstation Keyboard

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What Happened with SMF?

By Boxermark

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Yamaha PSR-S500 Arranger Workstation Keyboard:

My biggest complaint is th sequencer. It uses a proprietary format. the S500 does have the ability to save songs as SMF but it is a one-way conversion. Once it is converted it can no longer be edited on the keyboard. There is no functionality to convert SMF to the user format. SMF files can be PLAYED on the S500. They cannot be edited. Not even voice re-assigning is available. The sequencer does not have step0editing or punch-in/punch-out capabilities. You must record the entire track at once. I there is an error, you do it over. Aside form the ver limited sequencer functionality, this keyboard is wonderful. I love the quality of the sounds and the styles. If you want a synthsizer with limited sequncing capabilities, this could be for you. In my opinion this is an extension of the YPG line instead of a little brother to the forthcoming PSR-S700/900.

(8 of 22 customers found this review helpful)


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Comments about Yamaha PSR-S500 Arranger Workstation Keyboard:

Yamaha's PSR-S500 electronic keyboard is a 61-key entry level arranger workstation with USB connection for access to computers and other devices. It features a large backlit LCD for displaying lyrics chords and notations and an intuitive interface with 4 one-touch settings per style. The sound engine is strong with 361 XGlite voices, 283 regular voices and 15 drum/SFX kits fed through a 12w stereo sound system. 32 note polyphony and multiple reverb, chorus and DSP effects.

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