Yamaha PSR-SX900 Keyboard

Our musical instrument review today is on the all-new series of workstation by musical giant Yamaha. We bring you our review of the flagship PSR-SX series, the Yamaha PSR-SX900 Arranger Workstation Keyboard.

OVERVIEW OF YAMAHA PSR-SX900

The PSR-SX900 is the flagship in the PSR-SX Series. Surpassed only by the Genos, this power-house songwriting and performance keyboard features never before seen speaker technology, pro-level connectivity, and a completely redesigned user interface.

The Yamaha PSR-SX900 comes with a whole newly designed user interface, new assignable functions, joystick and Live Controllers. This digital workstation can easily be called a Mini Genos. The Yamaha PSR-SX900 shares a brilliant 7-inch TFT touch screen that incorporates the same intuitive graphic user interface offered on Genos, allowing users to easily navigate Voice and Style assignments, as well as assess and adjust other settings.

Uniqueness of Yamaha PSR-SX900

Yamaha PSR-SX900 Workstation keyboard incorporates a newly-designed, bi-amped speaker system with a wide stereo audio field, is the new flagship of the PSR-SX line. It boasts 4GB of internal memory, 1337 instrument Voices, 56 Drum/SFX kits, and 480 XG Voices, as well as 329 Multi Pad banks. To ensure silky-smooth, high-quality sound, the DAC (Digital Audio Converter) on this keyboard has been upgraded to 32-bit, the same as those found in Genos and in the top-of-the-line Yamaha MONTAGE synthesizer.

KEY FEATURES OF YAMAHA PSR-SX900

The key features includes;

Joystick

The joystick offers intuitive pitch and modulation control. Now you can play rapid trills, dynamic pitch bends, and finely-nuanced modulation—all from a single, easily-configured controller.

FSB Keyboard

FSB Keyboard offers remarkable playability thanks to its heavier initial key resistance and greater key travel. The refined keyboard structure, with an adjusted fulcrum, allows you to play comfortably even on the backs of the keys whilst upgraded components suppress horizontal key movement.

Sub Output

The PSR-SX900 features four sub line-out connections that you can use to adapt your sound to various situations. Try routing bass through a separate subwoofer for a fuller, more powerful bottom end, or send parts and drum instruments to an external console to further shape your sound.

Expansive Soundfield Speakers

The PSR-SX900 is structured to deliver balanced sound throughout a broad listening area. This is more like a 360 surround system.

High Quality Output

The audio output of the PSR-SX has been completely overhauled with focus on delivering the highest quality sound from your keyboard. The new Digital Audio Converter (DAC) provides high quality defined sound across a wide frequency range, ensuring the PSR-SX always cuts through the mix.

Style Section Reset

When playing Styles, easily jump to the beginning of the bar by pressing the [RESET/TAP TEMPO] button. A valuable feature for accompanying singers or performing music with varying time signatures.

TouchScreen Graphical User Interface

The 7” touch display and new graphic user interface provide for instinctive control over the instruments powerful features.

Style Assembly

Styles are made up of many instrument Parts, such as drums, bass, guitar, piano etc. In Style Assembly it’s easy to explore, audition and combine Parts from any Style to create your own personal accompaniments.

Assignable Function

While performing, you often need to act fast to access certain features. Choose from a range of functions to assign to one of six panel buttons, or to the Live Control knobs, pedals or the Home Shortcut menu, and then instantly recall your desired function with a single touch.

Chord Looper

The Chord Looper lets you record a chord sequence and play it back, freeing your left hand from playing chords and providing new ways to enhance your performance.

Since the chords play back in a loop, you don’t need to repeat the chord pattern manually anymore—letting you focus on your performance and other operations.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Vital information about the Yamaha PSR-SX900 keyboard includes;

  • 1337 Voices. This includes 252 Super Articulation voices, 24 Organ Flutes! Voices. 56 Drum/SFX kits
  • 525 Styles, including 463 Pro Styles, 46 Session Styles, 10 DJ Styles and 6 Freeplay Styles
  • Pre-installed Expansion content
  • Real Distortion and Real Reverb, with an intuitive effects interface
  • 1GB on-board memory for expansion data
  • 4GB internal memory
  • MIDI song file capacity : 3MB per file
  • Joystick, FSB keyboard, Sub output, and Expansive Soundfield Speakers for powerful live performance
  • Intuitive and fast control with 7″ color touch screen and Assignable function
  • Chord Looper function
  • Mic/Guitar input for use when singing or collaborating with other performers
  • Playlist and Registration for quick and easy set up
  • Vocal Harmony and Synth Vocoder functions
  • Audio Recording (WAV/MP3)
  • Voice and Style expandability with the Yamaha Expansion Manager
  • 2 USB TO DEVICE terminals
  • External display capability
  • Bluetooth Audio *may not have this functionality depending on the country

Pricing and Availability

The Yamaha PSR-SX900 (MSRP $2,799) was shipped in October 2019

TECHNICAL SPECS OF YAMAHA PSR-SX900 WORKSTATION

PSR-SX900
Color/Finish
BodyColorBlack
Size/Weight
DimensionsWidth1017 mm
Height139 mm
Depth431 mm
WeightWeight11.5 kg
Control Interface
KeyboardNumber of Keys61
TypeOrgan (FSB), Initial Touch
Touch ResponseNormal, Soft 1, Soft 2, Hard 1, Hard 2
Other ControllersJoystickYes
Control Knobs2 (assignable)
DisplayTypeTFT Color Wide VGA LCD
Size800 x 480 dots (7 inch)
Touch ScreenYes
ColorColor
LanguageEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Italian
PanelLanguageEnglish
Voices
Tone GenerationTone Generating TechnologyAWM Stereo Sampling
PolyphonyNumber of Polyphony (Max.)128
PresetNumber of Voices1337 Voices + 56 Drum/SFX Kits
Featured Voices252 S.Art!, 54 Mega Voices, 31 Sweet! Voices, 87 Cool! Voices, 131 Live! Voices, 24 Organ Flutes!
CompatibilityXGYes (for Song playback)
GSYes (for Song playback)
GMYes
GM2Yes
ExpandabilityExpansion VoiceYes (approx. 1 GB)
EditingVoice Set
PartRight 1, Right 2, Right 3, Left
Effects
TypesReverb59 Presets + 30 User
Chorus106 Presets + 30 User
DSP322 Presets (with VCM) + 30 User
Insertion Effect1-8: 322 Presets (with VCM) + 30 User
Master Compressor5 Presets + 30 User
Master EQ5 Presets + 30 User
Part EQ28 Parts
OthersMic/Guitar Effects: Noise Gate, Compressor, 3 Band EQ, Vocal Effect: 23
ArpeggioYes
Vocal HarmonyNumber of PresetsVocal Harmony: 54, Synth Vocoder: 20
Number of User Settings60 *The number is the total of Vocal Harmony and Synth Vocoder
Accompaniment Styles
PresetNumber of Preset Styles525
Featured Styles463 Pro Styles, 46 Session Styles, 10 DJ Styles, 6 Free Play
FingeringSingle Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full Keyboard
Style ControlINTRO x 3, MAIN VARIATION x 4, FILL x 4, BREAK, ENDING x 3
Other FeaturesOne Touch Setting (OTS)4 for each Style
Chord LooperYes
Style Section ResetYes
ExpandabilityExpansion StyleYes (Internal Memory)
Expansion Audio StyleYes (Internal Memory)
CompatibilityStyle File Format, Style File Format GE
Songs
PresetNumber of Preset Songs5 Sample Songs
RecordingNumber of SongsUnlimited (depends on the drive capacity)
Number of Tracks16
Data CapacityApprox. 3 MB/Song
Recording FunctionQuick Recording, Multi Recording, Step Recording
Compatible Data FormatPlaybackSMF (Format 0 & 1), XF
RecordingSMF (Format 0)
Multi Pads
PresetNumber of Multi Pad Banks329 Banks x 4 Pads
AudioAudio LinkYes
Functions
RegistrationNumber of Buttons8
ControlRegistration Sequence, Freeze
PlaylistNumber of Records2500 (max.) Records per Playlist file
Lesson/GuideLesson/GuideFollow Lights, Any Key, Karao-Key, Your Tempo
SearchRegistration Bank
Demo/HelpDemonstrationYes
Overall ControlsMetronomeYes
Tempo Range5 – 500, Tap Tempo
Transpose-12 – 0 – +12
Tuning414.8 – 440 – 466.8 Hz
Octave ButtonYes
Scale Type9 types
Sub Scale SettingYes
BluetoothYes (Audio) * May not have this functionality depending on the country
MiscellaneousDirect AccessYes
Text Display FunctionYes
Wallpaper CustomizationYes
Display OutYes (by using a commercially available USB display adaptor) * For a list of compatible devices, access the “Yamaha Downloads” website.
VoicesHarmony/EchoYes (with Arpeggio)
Panel SustainYes
Mono/PolyYes
StylesStyle CreatorYes
Style RecommenderYes
OTS InformationYes
SongsScore Display FunctionYes
Lyrics Display FunctionYes
Multi PadsMulti Pad CreatorYes
Audio Recorder/PlayerRecording Time (max.)80 minutes/Song
Recording.wav (WAV format: 44.1 kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo), .mp3 (44.1 kHz sample rate,128/256/320 kbps, mono/stereo)
Playback.wav (WAV format: 44.1 kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo), .mp3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3: 44.1/48.0 kHz sample rate, 64-320 kbps and variable bit rate, mono/stereo)
Lyrics Display FunctionYes (.mp3 only)
Time StretchYes
Pitch ShiftYes
Vocal CancelYes
Storage and Connectivity
StorageInternal MemoryYes (approx. 4 GB)
External DrivesUSB Flash Memory (via USB to DEVICE)
ConnectivityHeadphonesYes
FOOT PEDAL1 (SUSTAIN), 2 (ARTICULATION), Function Assignable
MicrophoneMicrophone/Guitar x 1
MIDIIN, OUT
AUX INStereo mini jack
LINE OUTMAIN OUTPUT (L/L+R, R), SUB (AUX) OUTPUT (1,2 (L/L+R, R))
USB TO DEVICEYes (x 2)
USB TO HOSTYes
Amplifiers and Speakers
Amplifiers(15 W + 10 W) x 2
Speakers13 cm x 2 + 2.5 cm (dome) x 2
Power Supply
Power SupplyPA-300C or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha
Power Consumption24 W
Auto Power Off FunctionYes
Accessories
Included AccessoriesOwner’s Manual, Online Member Product Registration, Music Rest, AC Adaptor(may not be include depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.)

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