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Authentic Sound and Super Articulation (SA)
Yamaha has mastered both the science and art of acoustic instrument-specific articulations, nuances and dynamics. Super Articulation Voices replicate the tones of acoustic instruments so accurately that it feels as if you're playing the real thing. SA Voices intelligently add just the right expressive nuances to your performance making it so much easier to play!
MegaVoice Style Technology
MegaVoices feature various playing techniques and performance sounds like guitar and bass finger slides, brass falls, vocal effects, etc. Based on technology of the well-known Tyros series, the MegaVoice feature allows various playing articulations, techniques and performance sounds.
For example, guitar MegaVoices can have hammer-on, slide and mute sounds to go along with soft, medium and loud sounds with strumming and fret noise – all in the a Yamaha Guitar-Enhanced Style giving you the most astoundingly original accompaniment you could've ever heard! When used in Styles, Mega Voices provide some of the most realistic-sounding and dynamic accompaniments.
Powerful, pro-quality accompaniment available at the touch of a button
The new PSR-S950 comes with a versatile set of 408 built-in dynamic Styles making you fell like a conductor of a band. To guarantee incomparable quality, Yamaha Styles are created by the world's best programmers and mixed by professional studio engineers.
PSR-S950 takes it further by adding Audio Styles – an audio recording of studio drummers, percussionists and percussion ensembles playing in various recording studios from around the world. This adds natural tone and feel to the drum and percussion parts of the Style, giving the best expression to your performance. Yamaha Time Stretch Technology permits the audio to follow your tempo changes without changing pitch, so everything stays in synchrony.
Vocal features – Microphone Input, Vocal Harmony2 and Vocal Cancel
The PSR-S950 offers everything you need to perform or compose and write. Sing for fun, enjoy karaoke or be a professional singer/songwriter, all you need is just plug in your microphone and sing!
The wonderful Vocal Cancel function cancels or suppresses signals like vocals and solos that exist in the center of an audio file, letting you make your own “minus one” track and sing “karaoke” style with just instrumental backing.
The PSR-S950’s microphone input lets you connect a microphone and sing along with your keyboard performance, Song or audio file playback.
With Vocal Harmony2 you can sing along with three of your own virtual background vocalists. Vocal Harmony2 has new pitch recognition and stability controls. A simple real-time Mic Level indicator is part of the main display, along with a new intuitive graphic user interface making it easy to experiment with your mic settings, effects and harmony types. PSR-S950 includes 44 thrilling Vocal Harmony presets, including male, female Voices, SFX settings.
Voice and Style Expansion (VSE)
The Yamaha’s new Voice & Style Expansion packs is a wide and ever-increasing selection of authentic sounding Voices and Styles from around the world. Just load them on to the PSR-S950's built-in FlashROM (64MB) and instantly play authentic sounds, rhythm and backing in the musical style of your choice! Voice and Style Expansion ensures your instrument can always be updated with new high-quality Voices and Styles from around the world. Best of all, you can sample many of these expansions for free at: http://services.music.yamaha.com/vse/
Real Distortion effects are based on digital models of classic guitar amplifiers from the 1960's and 1970's. There are also digital models of legendary analog guitar effect pedals. The result scrupulously reproduces the frequencies and dynamics of real distortion guitar sounds.
High performance Audio Engine and DSP technology
The PSR-S950 can record and playback audio files and has a number of audio manipulation features you can use to create “karaoke” style “minus one” tracks in the key and tempo of your choice. It can also play back audio files from its Multi Pads, great for triggering loops, vocal phrases and sound effects.
In music production, mixing the song is crucial in order to create a great sound. The mixing console allows you to mix your music like a studio engineer. The PSR-S950 includes balance, panning and professional studio – Digital Signal Processing (DSP) – a concept borrowed from Yamaha’s renowned professional recording and live sound products.
Time Stretch and Pitch shift
Left : Time Stretch, Right : Pitch shift
Not all singing voices have the same range. The PSR-S950 can put your favorite song in the key of your choice with a powerful pitch shift feature that lets you change the key without changing the tempo. If you do want to change the tempo, you can use the time stretch feature to slow down or speed up the tempo without changing the pitch.
Audio Link Multi Pad, Audio Recording MP3 playback
Audio Link Multi Pad function permits you to link your own audio files (sound effects, vocal phrases, and so on), and trigger them from the Pads as you perform.
Your songs and performances can be recorded as high-quality, uncompressed WAV files to share online or burn to a CD. Connect a microphone or guitar to the instrument and enjoy recording a guitar and keyboard performance together, or record your singing along with song playback.
The PSR-S950 also supports MP3 and WAV audio file playback.
The large LCD display can show lyrics, music notation or text which can even display this information on an external monitor.
The auxiliary line-in jacks are provided to play along with apps like Yamaha’s “NoteStar” digital sheet music with real audio backing tracks. You can even play along with your favorite tunes from your music library.
With Yamaha’s i-MX1 MIDI interface for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, you can experience a new dimension of MIDI control with apps like Yamaha’s Scale Tuner, Piano Diary or Faders & XY Pad. The PSR-S950 connects and interacts with your mobile devices and tablets. Plus, Yamaha’s growing number apps for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad bring new ways to interact with.
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