With a massive 830 voices on board, the PSR770 is going to keep most musicians happy. These sounds include Yamaha’s top of the line Super Articulation voices that really bring new life to a sound you thought you knew. Breathe noises in wind instruments, string squeal and fret buzz in guitars and the almost subconscious pedal release sounds within a piano are just some of the brilliant features that these voices offer over standard PCM files. With multiple layers for varying velocities, a new dimension is brought to your performance with dynamic feeling, that until recently, hasn’t been possible with this sort of engine in an arranger keyboard.
For those of you who just want it all, the flagship PSR970 is the only choice really. This trumps the 770 with a stunning 989 voices in total, with 41 drum and FX kits and 480 XG voices. That should keep anyone busy and content. Like the PSR770, the PSR970 features a microphone/guitar input so you can perform or rehearse with vocals or guitar sent through the mix along with your keyboard sounds. Both units also feature USB audio playback that allows you to slow the track down without affecting pitch and remove vocals to create backing tracks. Housed in a very similar chassis to the PSR770, the PSR970 still has a range of added extras including a slightly improved speaker system that really puts this ahead of its little brother when it comes to audio playback. Both units would be a great addition to any musical setup and prize possessions for all who purchase them. There is simply too much going on with them to even touch the surface in such a brief summary. I think the best thing you can do is try one out yourself at your local Yamaha dealer. After all, why should it be just me who gets to have all the fun?
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