New Toys: Yamaha PSR-SX600

The PSR-SX600 replaces the PSR-S670 in Yamaha’s family of arranger keyboards whose advanced features are derived from the flagship Yamaha Genos digital workstation.

The PSR-SX600, with the Smart Chord feature, lets musicians with or without keyboard proficiency utilize the Style engine to sketch out fully orchestrated arrangements. The Unison Styles and Accent Styles are automatic accompaniment Styles with a virtual backup band of expert musicians. With Yamaha Voice and Style Expansion ROM packs, the PSR-SX600 presents a nearly limitless galaxy of musical possibilities.

New studio-quality DSP effects let the player add distortion to a guitar voice, reverb to a piano and more. There is a microphone input for singing or playing guitar through the PSR’s effects and EQ. There is also a vocal cancellation function for karaoke sing-alongs to pre-exist- ing tracks. You can record your performances and use either the time- stretching and/or pitch-shifting processing to create the perfect take.

The PSR-SX600 is designed to work without a computer giving solo performers, songwriters, and hobbyist musicians all they need to craft complete and highly polished songs. There is also USB audio with a high-quality digital-to-analog converter and MIDI connectivity to your computer DAW system.

The Yamaha PSR-SX600 sells for $1,399 MSRP.