The Yamaha PSR-S950 is packed with amazing voices, styles and comprehensive features to help you create, arrange, perform and record your music in any genre.
Yamaha's cutting edge sound innovation takes a step further with "Audio Styles." Audio Styles give your performance greater expressive potential by adding real audio drum and percussion parts to Yamaha’s Guitar Enhanced Style engine.
Additionally, the built-in FlashROM lets you load new Voices and Style Expansions (VSE) from around the world.
Just play to experience incredibly realistic and expressive sound
Acoustic instrument articulations, nuances and dynamics are challenging to reproduce. As the world's largest musical instrument manufacturer, Yamaha has perfected both the science and art of this process to bring you the most sophisticated, musical-sound...
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Just play to experience incredibly realistic and expressive sound
Acoustic instrument articulations, nuances and dynamics are challenging to reproduce. As the world's largest musical instrument manufacturer, Yamaha has perfected both the science and art of this process to bring you the most sophisticated, musical-sounding and easy-to-play instrument Voices.
Super Articulation (SA) voices
Super Articulation voices reproduce the performance characteristics of acoustic instruments so authentically, you'll feel as if you're playing the real thing. Best of all, SA voices intelligently add the right expressive nuances to your performance without having to learn complicated control techniques - just play!
Mega Voice style technology
Mega Voices feature various playing techniques and performance sounds like guitar and bass finger slides, brass falls, vocal effects, etc. 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
Playing a style is like being the conductor of a band that always plays the chords and arrangements you tell them to play. The PSR-S950 has a huge collection of 408 built-in dynamic styles.
Yamaha styles are created by the world's best programmers and mixed by professional studio engineers to ensure unparalleled quality.
Audio Styles take one step further by adding an audio recording of studio drummers, percussionists and percussion ensembles playing in various studios around the world. This adds the natural feel, ambience and warmth to the drum and percussion parts of the style, giving your performance greater expressive potential. Yamaha Time Stretch Technology allows the audio to follow your tempo changes without changing pitch, so everything stays in perfect sync.
Guitar-Enhanced Styles with Mega Voices
Guitar-Enhanced Styles not only reproduce the sound of guitar playing, they reproduce the actual chord voicings used by guitar players. This adds to the overall realism of the style.
Vocal features create new levels of entertainment and productivity
Whether you sing for fun, enjoy karaoke or are a singer/songwriter, the PSR-S950 provides everything you need to perform or write. Just plug in your mic and sing!
A powerful Vocal Cancel function effectively cancels or suppresses signals like vocals and solos that exist in the centre mix of an audio file, allowing you to make your own “minus one” track and sing “karaoke” style with just instrumental backing.
Microphone input and Vocal Harmony2
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 Harmony, you can sing along with three of your own virtual background vocalists. Vocal Harmony2 takes that a step further with new pitch recognition and stability controls. A convenient real-time Mic Level indicator is included in the main display, and a new intuitive graphic user interface makes it easy to experiment with your own mic settings, effects and harmony types. To get you started, PSR-S950 includes 44 exciting Vocal Harmony presets, including male, voices, female voices and sound effect settings.
Score, Lyrics and Text display
The large LCD display can show lyrics, music notation or text. You can even display this information on an external monitor.
Yamaha’s renowned audio and DSP technology provides great live and recorded sound
In music production, the key to creating great sound is in the way the song is mixed. The mixing console lets you mix your music like a studio engineer, including balance, panning and professional studio Digital Signal Processing (DSP) borrowed from Yamaha’s renowned professional recording and live sound products.
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 meticulously reproduces the frequencies and dynamics of real distortion guitar sounds.
New speakers and speaker enclosures
A larger speaker enclosure gives the PSR-S950 a full, powerful sound with deep lows and clear highs.
The PSR-S950 features a Yamaha manufactured digital amplifier with a superb signal to noise ratio. Because of its fully digital, highly efficient design, the amp delivers high performance while significantly reducing energy consumption.
Experience the new, versatile high performance audio engine
The PSR-S950 is capable of playing back and recording audio files. It also 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.
The PSR-S950 conveniently supports MP3 and WAV audio file playback.
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 favourite 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 Link Multi Pad function lets you link your own audio files (sound effects, vocal phrases, and so on), and trigger them from the Pads as you perform.
Record your songs and performances 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.
Voice and Style Expandability keeps your instrument up-to-date
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/
Voice and Style Expansion (VSE)
Thanks to Yamaha’s new Voice & Style Expansion packs, players can take advantage of a wide and ever-increasing selection of voices and styles from around the world. Load them to the PSR-S950's built-in FlashROM (64MB) and instantly play authentic sounds, rhythm and backing in the musical style of your choice.
A Portable keyboard that’s mobile device friendly
The PSR-S950 connects and interacts with your mobile devices and tablets. Plus, Yamaha’s growing number apps for iPhone, iPod and iPad bring new ways to interact with your keyboard.
Use the auxiliary line in jacks to play along with apps like Yamaha’s “NoteStar” digital sheet music with real audio backing tracks. Or, just play along with your favorite tunes from your music library.
With Yamaha’s i-MX1 MIDI interface for iPhone, iPod and iPad, you can experience a new dimension of MIDI control with apps like Yamaha’s Scale Tuner, Piano Diary or Faders & XY Pad.
Audio & Video
PSR-S950 Multipad Audiolink Demonstration
PSR-S950 Style Programming Demonstration
PSR-S950 USB Audio Player Demonstration
Yamaha PSR-S950 - Part I
Yamaha PSR-S950 - Part II
Yamaha PSR-S950 - Part III
World Music Expansion Packs
Thanks to Yamaha's new Voice & Style Expansion Packs for the PSR, players can take advantage of a wide selection of regional, ethnic and traditional Voices and Styles. Load them to your PSR and instantly play authentic sounds, rhythm and backing in the musical style of your choice!
Expansion Packs for PSR-S970/770
World Music Expansion Pack - Indonesian 2Limited Time offer
The Indonesia Pack 2 features performances from Indonesia’s top musicians, utilizing sound sources created through cooperation between Yamaha and local sound engineers to produce authentic sounds finished with the same quality as instrument presets.
This new instrument pack does more than just provide realistic reproductions of traditional Indonesian instruments; it also offers users the opportunity to better experience the breadth of variety present in Indonesian music. The voice section features the exquisite sound of renowned bamboo instruments and the Style section is sure to enrich your creative endeavors with Indonesian music, and allow you to create highly original material.
World Music Expansion Pack - Europe ("Best Of" Collection)
Essentials from the 4 Packs Celtic, Latin, Balkan & Oriental: Celtic Folkband incl. Whistles, Accordion and others; Spanish Flamenco Perc incl. Cajon; Ital. Ballroom Sounds incl. AltoSax; Balkan Tambura Ensemble, Greek Buzuki; Turkish traditional instruments incl. full Percussion Set
World Music Expansion Pack - Mexican
Mexican Pack 2 includes a variety of special Styles that compliment the original Mexican Pack and brings the most diverse range of real mexican music to your instrument. You will enjoy playing traditional rhythms like Mariachi, Norteno or Corrido, in addition to Latin rhythms as Mambo, Son Cubano, Merengue and Bachata. The compilation also offers the best or Northern and Southern Mexico, like Zapateado, Quebradita, Cumbia Sureste and Charanga.
World Music Expansion Pack - Brazilian Music StylesLimited Time offer
Other Packs download schedule
More Voice and Style Expansion Packs will be available soon!
These packs will be available at schedule shown below, and available at Yamaha MusicSoft website.
*All schedules are subject to change
Below packs will be available on August.
- Norteno & Mariach
- Western Europe
- South East Europe
- Indian 2
- Indian Entertainer
- Devotional Pack 1
Below packs will be available on October.
- Mexican Banda
- Eastern Europe
- Euro Dance
- Church Organ
- Church & Christmas
|Dimensions||Width||1,002 mm (39 7/16")|
|Height||148 mm (5 13/16")|
|Depth||437 mm (17 3/16")|
|Weight||Weight||11.5 kg (25 lbs., 6 oz.)|
|Keyboard||Number of Keys||61|
|Touch Response||Hard 2, Hard 1, Medium, Soft 1, Soft 2|
|Other Controllers||Pitch Bend||Yes|
|Multi Pads||126 banks x 4 Pads|
|Size||5.7 inch (320 x 240 dots TFT QVGA )|
|Language||English, German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Tone Generation||Tone Generating Technology||AWM Stereo Sampling|
|Polyphony||Number of Polyphony (Max.)||128|
|Preset||Number of Voices||786 Voices + 33 Drum/SFX Kits + 480 XG Voices + GM2 + GS (for song playback)|
|Featured Voices||62 Super Articulation Voices, 23 Mega Voices, 27 Sweet! Voices, 64 Cool! Voices, 39 Live! Voices, 20 Organ Flutes!|
|Expandability||Expansion Voice||Yes (approx. 64 MB max.)|
|Part||Right 1, Right 2, Left|
|Compatibility||XG, XF, GS, GM, GM2|
|Types||Reverb||44 Presets + 3 User|
|Chorus||106 Presets + 3 User|
|DSP||DSP 1: 295 Presets + 3 User, DSP 2-4: 295 Presets + 10 User|
|Master EQ||5 Presets + 2 User|
|Part EQ||28 Parts (Right 1, Right 2, Left, Multi Pad, Style x 8, Song x 16)|
|Mic Effects||Noise Gate x 1, Compressor x 1, 3Band EQ x 1|
|Vocal Harmony||Number of Presets||44|
|Number of User Settings||10|
|Preset||Number of Preset Styles||408|
|Featured Styles||25 +Audio, 1 FreePlay, 350 Pro, 32 Session|
|Fingering||Single Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full Keyboard|
|Style Control||INTRO x 3, MAIN VARIATION x 4, FILL x 4, BREAK, ENDING x 3|
|Other Features||Music Finder||2,500 Records|
|One Touch Setting (OTS)||4 for each Style|
|File Format||Style File Format, Style File Format GE|
|Expansion Audio Style||Yes (approx. 64 MB max.)|
|Preset||Number of Preset Songs||5|
|Recording||Number of Songs||Unlimited (depending on USB flash memory capacity)|
|Number of Tracks||16|
|Data Capacity||approx. 300 KB/Song|
|Recording Function||Quick Recording, Multi Recording, Step Recording|
|Compatible Data Format||Playback||SMF (Format 0 & 1), XF|
|Recording||SMF (Format 0)|
|Registration||Number of Buttons||8 presets/bank (unlimited number of banks, depending on USB flash memory capacity)|
|Control||Registration Sequence, Freeze|
|Lesson/Guide||Lesson/Guide||Follow Lights, Any Key, Karao-Key, Your Tempo|
|Performance Assistant Technology (PAT)||Yes|
|USB Audio Recorder||Playback||.wav, .mp3|
|Tempo Range||5 – 500, Tap Tempo|
|Transpose||-12 – 0 – +12|
|Tuning||414.8 – 440 – 466.8 Hz|
|Scale Type||9 Presets|
|Text Display Function||Yes|
|Wallpaper Customization||Main, Lyrics|
|Score Display Function||Yes|
|Lyrics Display Function||Yes|
|Multi Pads||Multi Pad Creator||Yes|
|USB Audio||Time Stretch||Yes|
Storage and Connectivity
|Storage||Internal Memory||approx. 6.7 MB|
|External Drives||USB Flash Memory, etc. (via USB to DEVICE)|
|Internal Memory (for Expansion Pack)||approx. 64 MB|
|FOOT PEDAL||(optional) Switch or Volume x 2|
|USB TO DEVICE||Yes|
|USB TO HOST||Yes|
Amplifiers and Speakers
|Amplifiers||15 W x 2|
|Speakers||13 cm + 2.5 cm dome tweeter (x 2)|
|Power Supply||PA-300C or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha|
|Power Consumption||16 W|
|Auto Power Off Function||Yes|
|Included Accessories||AC Adaptor||PA-300C|
|Preset||Number of Multi Pad Banks||126 banks x 4 Pads|