The Yamaha S70 XS Music Synthesizer is an exceptional keyboard for performing and creating. It's a truly realistic, naturally expressive keyboard with a true piano sound. Its highlights include conven... Read More
The Yamaha S70 XS Music Synthesizer is an exceptional keyboard for performing and creating. It's a truly realistic, naturally expressive keyboard with a true piano sound. Its highlights include convenient, real-time controls for adjusting the sound as you play, the ability to audio record to USB memory, extensive computer music features, ease of use, and compact size and portability. The Yamaha S70 XS keyboard is designed specifically for players who want high-quality piano sounds and expressions; casual players and hobby musicians will appreciate the synthesizer's exquisite sounds, advanced features, and superb playability just as much as professional artists.
Sounds that satisfy
The S Series features all the voices, performances, arpeggios, and virtual circuit modeling effects found on Yamaha's flagship Motif XS Music Production Synthesizer. The S70 XS synth adds a huge 142 megabytes dedicated exclusively to high-quality piano waveforms, for a total of 456 megabytes of instrument samples. Foremost among these piano sounds are the samples taken from Yamaha's world-renowned S6 concert grand piano. This synthesizer fully captures the richly textured sound of the wonderfully expressive S6, and provides a warm, concert grand piano sound.
In the past, conventional keyboards had sounds designed primarily for the listener. The S70 XS synth, however, was designed to satisfy the player. Yamaha reasoned that when a performer hears and experiences the best possible sound, their performance would be the best possible too. The result is the Yamaha S70 XS, a genuine musician's instrument that truly inspires the live performer as well as the music creator and arranger.
Streamline your performance
The S70 XS synth lets you quickly and conveniently create your own custom performances with the amazingly fast and easy Performance Creator feature. Select a voice, then quickly program layers and splits-even assign a drum voice complete with arpeggios to create your perfect performance. Let's say that you're playing a piano voice and you want to layer a string sound on top of it. Simply press the layer button, then select the desired voice category and voice, and store your new performance with the press of a button.
The panel controls of the S70 XS have been designed and positioned for optimum, intuitive operation, especially for live performances. For example, with the top-panel controls you can quickly select a part, turn it on and off, set arpeggios and turn them on and off, and switch on arpeggio hold, in addition to instantly tweaking important synthesizer parameters using the knobs and sliders.
Ideal for live performers
The S70 XS has a host of other features that live performers will appreciate, such as the combo input jack that accepts mic input. Just plug in a microphone, adjust the input gain knob (while checking the convenient peak lamp),
and you're set. You can also use the control knobs to finely adjust the volume and directly apply reverb or chorus to the sound.
Recording direct to USB/internal memory
If you've got a USB memory device or thumb drive, you can plug it into the Yamaha S70 XS and record your performance as audio data. This remarkable feature lets you instantly capture what you play on the keyboard (including arpeggio playback) to your USB device. If you've connected a microphone or guitar, you can record your singing or playing as well. You can also record audio directly to the internal flash memory (192 megabytes) built into the instrument without the need of a memory device. Keep in mind that anything you've recorded to the memory device (even audio files created on your computer) can be played back on the S70 XS, which means you can create your own custom audio backing tracks and perform along with them. For example, you can create a basic song track beforehand, then sing and solo over it during your performance or add guitar parts and vocal harmonies to be played back during your live performance. There's also a useful song chain function that lets you string together separate recordings and create a convenient backing track "set list" for your gigs.
76-key balanced keyboard
The S70 XS is a 76-key balanced hammer effect keyboard in a compact, lightweight design. It's easy to use, exceptionally portable, and absolutely perfect for live performers and gigging musicians.
The S70 XS keyboard is also a perfect companion for your computer music production system, serving both as a master keyboard and a full-function, multitimbral tone generator. With the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) remote function and its 50 different control templates, you get amazingly easy, intuitive control over your main DAW software and Virtual Studio Technology (VST) instruments directly from the panel controls. Moreover, the Voice Editor and Remote Editor software gives you convenient, comprehensive computer control over all the sounds, settings, and functions of the Yamaha S70 XS.
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I really can't tell you much anything in depth, as I have only had my S70XS for little over a week. So far I have not even scratched the surface of the capabilities of this instrument, but love playing it. The voices -pianos, keys, organs, strings, brass, ect are awesome. The balaced weighted action and touch response is excellent. The S70XS is somewhat large and heavy, but it is definitly a nice instrument.
Yamaha Corp. is to be congratulated on a very effectively redesigned user interface and the sounds, as always, are pure ear candy. The action? Well, Yamaha makes pianos, don't they? there's just one major flaw: "IT'S TOO FREAKIN' BIG!! One of my primary considerations in choosing a 76-key instrument over an 88 is the gain of that precious extra 4~7 inches of stage area. There's no defensible reason why a 76-key instrument needs to be 52 inches wide. Had the controller wheels been mounted on the upper panel and that ridiculously wide left end block been scrapped, I would have sold a few family members to buy one. As it is, It's not appreciably smaller (or lighter) than my MO8. The fact that it fits perfectly in one of the Gator cases intended for an 88-key instrument is case in point. Sorry, Yamaha, no sale. And after all those years of waiting and hoping....
I can�ۡ���t wait to buy this 76 key balanced weighted hammer action keyboard,it feels great, there's no difference in the 88 it was about time it came out, instead of me carrying my 88 keys everywhere, and having trouble travelling with it. Yamaha and korg should start making these 76 weighted hammer action.
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