Released September, 2008
The Pros:Much more pro-level functionality than most entry-level keyboards. Improvement in aesthetics over predecessor, PSR S550. Simple to operate, despite extensive features.
The Cons:Lack of freeze button makes it hard to switch sounds. Low capacity for internal storage of songs.
The Yamaha PSR-S550B is a 61-key digital workstation keyboard, initially released in September of 2008. While the PSR-S550B is considered an entry-level product, it does offer more advanced features like USB MIDI, storage, 16-track support and full XG compatibility.
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According to Yamaha, the keyboard includes a total of 294 instrument voices, 480 GM/XG voices and 22 drum/SFX kits. An LCD display is built-in, allowing musicians to view song scores from internal memory. Alternatively, owners can transfer digital sheet music from a USB flash drive to the workstation itself. The upgraded PSR-S700 model includes Internet Direct Connect support for on demand music downloading, a larger display and a greater library of effects.
- 61 key digital workstation
- 294 instrument voices
- 680 GM/XG voices
- 22 drum kits
- LCD display
- 16-track sequencing
- 64 note polyphony
- USB flash drive support
User Reviews (3)
Much more pro-level functionality than most entry-level keyboards
Improvement in aesthetics over predecessor, PSR S550
Simple to operate, despite extensive features
Excellent sound quality for entry-level model
Music database provides excellent support for beginners
Lack of freeze button makes it hard to switch sounds
Low capacity for internal storage of songs
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