Yamaha PSRK1 61-Key Portable Keyboard

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Includes microphone.

This special package includes the astounding PSRK1 keyboard, plus Yamaha's Survival Kit with the specified Yamaha power adapter & footswitch, a free 2-year extended warranty, stereo headphones, and Yamaha Survival Kit CD-ROM loaded with software.

The PSR-K1 is a breakthrough product from Yamaha. Never before has so much technology been offered in a product at this price point. The K1 comes standard with microphone, SmartMedia card and a bitmap display that is capable of reproducing digital sheet music with notation, chords and lyrics. Simply select a song, press the Karaoke button if you just want lyrics or Score button for full sheet music with melody and chords, and sing your favorite songs.

In true home entertainment fashion, you can connect to your PC via USB; download songs from the Internet to play and sing along with and the lyrics and notation scroll as the song plays. And with the new Performance Assistant®, you can play along with the song and not make a mistake - even if you're a complete beginner! Includes 8MB Smart card, 100 songs, 486 sounds (including GM and XGlite), USB cable, digital effects, and much more.

Features

Yamaha supplied microphone

USB Port [which functions as your MIDI port, so no additional interface is needed!] and USB cable for downloading songs

Performance Assistant®

SmartMedia drive

PC Button [snapshot memory of your settings]

Digital effects

Karaoke setting

Built-in arranger

Easy Song Arranger: Play it your way
By connecting the read more PSR-K1 to your computer you can transfer the digital sheet music into your keyboard and it will play the song for you as the music and lyrics scroll by in the screen, so pick up the microphone and sing along.

If you press the Easy Song Arranger button, the keyboard will actually "read" the chords in the song (that's called XF) and play a Style, backing tracks like bass, drums and guitar, along with the piano music!

You can try the song as a ballad, jazz or rock - or no backing tracks at all. And finally, go ahead and play the piano parts yourself - with or without the backing tracks. With the K1, you can play it your way!

Performance Assistant - even a complete beginner can't make a mistake
The Performance Assistant is a new feature from Yamaha that guarantees that you can't play a wrong note or chord. Here's how it works. Select a song and press the Performance Assistant button. Play the keyboard - any notes you like. Every note you play will fit the music! If you move up the keyboard, the pitch goes up. If you move down, the pitch goes down.

PC Button & USB: This keyboard loves your computer
Yamaha's customers have told them that one of the more important features to them, is the ability to connect their keyboard to their computer. The PSR-K1 has many state of the art features to make connecting as quick and easy as possible. These features include the PC Button, which takes a snapshot of your MIDI settings so that you can instantly return to them with just the press of a single button, and a USB port for transferring song data to and from your computer.

In addition, the USB port acts as a MIDI interface, freeing you from having to purchase other MIDI peripherals like cables and adapters to play music. Simply connect the included cable to your computer, open your favorite music software program and hit PLAY. That's it.

Sounds Good to Me
The PSR-K1 comes equipped with 486 Voices that include Stereo-sampled Piano, Sweet! Trumpet, Flute, Pan Flute, Soprano and Tenor Saxes, Cool! Jazz Organ, 10 Drum Kits and 2 Sound Effects Kits. Sweet! Voices are special voices from Yamaha that reproduce all the natural expression and vibrato of their respective acoustic instruments. Cool! Voices feature long samples of electronically amplified instruments.

And to get the most out of these great voices, there is a Stereo 2-way speaker system with bass ports. And to capture all of this sound, you'll find a built-in 6-track sequencer for recording your own songs. And remember, you can save your songs to the SmartMedia card or copy to your computer for editing or attaching to e-mail.

And to round it all out, there's a Sustain Pedal Jack (sustain pedal optional), transpose and tuning, auto harmony for the right hand, left and right hand lessons with the 100 songs and a CD-ROM containing SongFiler software and USB Drivers. It's all here.
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Specifications

Keyboard: 61 Standard Keys (C1-C6) with Touch Response

Display: Large multi-function 320 x 240 backlit LCD capable of Lyric and Score display

Media Storage: 8MB SmartMedia Card (included)

Yamaha Education Suite: Timing, Waiting, Minus One, Chord Dictionary, Grading

Songs: 100 demo + 5 user + SmartMedia Storage.

Supported formats: General MIDI (SMF), SMF with Lyrics, XGlite, KAR, XF, Scorch XF, Tune 1000® , M-Live Performance Assistant: On/Off

Microphone: Included with Panel Volume Control

Voices:
- Total Number: 486
- Compatibility: General MIDI (GM) & XGlite Compatible
- Piano Voice Quality: Stereo
- Sweet! Voices: Flute, Pan Flute, Trumpet, Soprano & Tenor Sax
- Cool! Voices: Jazz Organ
- Dual/Split: Yes/Yes
- Drum Kits: 10 + 2 SFX Kits

Polyphony 32 note max.

Auto Accompaniment:
- Styles: 135
- Variations: Intro, Main A/B, Ending, Fill-in x 2
- Control: Accompaniment on/off, sync-start, start/stop, intro/ending, main A/B (auto fill)
- One Touch Settings: 1 per style
- Registration Memory: 2 x 8 Banks

Digital Effects:
- Reverb: 9 types
- Chorus: 4 types
- Harmony: 26 types
- Microphone: DSP with control

Panel Controls: On/Off, Master Volume, MIC Volume, Touch Control On/Off, Harmony On/Off, Dual, Split, Lesson R/L, Chord Dictionary, PC Button, Metronome, Portable Grand, Transpose, Tempo, Style Controls, Karaoke, Score, Voice Select, Style Select, Song Select, Numeric Selector, File Control, Registration, Sequencer

Function Controls:
- Volume: Accompaniment, Metronome, Split Voice, Dual Voice, Song.
- Other: Split Voice, Dual Voice, Split Octave, Dual Octave, Tuning, Rev type & Depth, Chorus type & Depth, MIC DSP Depth

Sequencer: 6-Tracks

Interface: USB MIDI IN/OUT, USB Song Transfer

Auxiliary Jack: Phones, Aux. Out L/R (RCA Jacks), DC in, footswitch

Amplifier: 6W + 6W

Speakers: 12 cm x 2+ 3 cm x 2

Rated Voltage: DC 10 - 12 V

Dimensions (W x D x H): 39.8 x 15.6 x 7.4 in. (1065 x 505 x 245 mm)

Weight: 15.4 lbs. (7 kg)

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 714-522-9011
Web: https://usa.yamaha.com/support

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (72 ratings)
Submitted March 28, 2006 by a customer from hotmail.com
"good sound, features and incredible price"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
the better is the sound quality and features for the price, the only bad thing is the software to transfer files, it is not at the level of this keyboard, it can not transfer long filename files, i better recomend to buy an aditional cardreader for your pc to transfer files
Sound
has excellent sound, and a broad number of voices to choose from
Features
it included the microphone which is very useful, usb is very easy to connect, the display is large enough to display scores and karaoke and is good to have the memory card slot instead of diskette
Ease of Use
it has a lot of features but sometimes there are many steps to get some of them, like if you want to change the dual voice, harmony or reverb styles.
Quality
the quality of material and finish is very good, also i had it a year ago and has never failed
Value
for this price is the best keyboard you can get, the display is large enough for karaoke and has many features with good sound quality, voices and adequate polyphony
Manufacturer Support
i didnt need to call support, but if you want accesories is very easy to find a yamaha dealer
The Wow Factor
the keyboard seems that it cost much more, and has many of the features you can get in more expensive keyboards that cost almost twice
Musical Background:
hobbyist
Musical Style:
some of classic, pop and rock
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