July 21, 2001
The Yamaha PSR1000
and PSR2000 represent a new line of portable keyboards with features
and performance characteristics that blur the lines between hobbyists
and professionals. One look at the radically new designs and
ergonomics will prove that this is something very new.
power and innovation best describe these keyboards," states Jim
Presley, marketing manager, Portable Keyboards, Pro Audio & Combo
Division. "Every few years, Yamaha replaces models with new,
improved versions of successful products. The PSR1000 and PSR2000
represent a departure from their predecessors, with more than
incremental improvements. Their price points are affordable for the
casual user; but the performance is more than enough for the most
A large bit-mapped
LCD screen, borrowed from the professional Yamaha PSR9000, shows
information not previously available on low-tech displays, including:
graphic representations of functions; computer-like folders showing
song, style and function lists; animated help screens; song lyrics;
music notation; and more.
remarkable new Music Finder Function makes operating the PSR1000 and
PSR2000 as simple as knowing a song title. Users may choose from
hundreds of song titles, and, with the push of a button, the entire
keyboard automatically adjusts all appropriate settings for that
quality is due, in part, to Yamaha's Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) tone
generation, Yamaha's XG MIDI compatibility, a newly designed bass
reflex sound system with two-way stereo speakers and enhanced,
multi-effect DSP. In addition, Yamaha's exclusive "Sweet
Voices," "Cool" and "Live" voices have been
added from the legendary PSR9000, resulting in realistic instrument
sounds that imitate natural timbres.
contains a flute organ, complete with eight graphic drawbars that can
be individually manipulated. This classic jazz and rock organ sound
is further enhanced by programmable tremolo in the DSP. Innovations
in the PSR2000 continue with a microphone input for vocals which
links up with an internal vocal harmonizer, enabling you to literally
sing harmony with yourself in real time. A built-in multi-effect
processor, complete with Yamaha DSP, allows the user to
enhanceor even change the genderof the voice.
song lyrics is a problem, both the PSR1000 and PSR2000 have another
innovation called "LY" (Lyrics) that will scroll the words
across the display, in time to the music, adding the functions of a
comprehensive Karaoke system. Lyrics can be displayed with music
notation on the PSR2000. Auto accompaniment functions have been
enhanced, with four variations per style, three intros and three
endings per song.
A TO HOST port
enables the direct connection to the serial port of a PC or Macintosh
with a single cable, eliminating the need for a MIDI interface card
or box. This opens a whole world of musical, educational and creative
possibilities to the more than 30 million U.S. households with
personal computers, and is an especially attractive feature for the
growing number of laptop users, where the addition of cards may not
be an option.
information, visit their web site at http://www.yamaha.com/.