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Rapid advances in technology have left musicians with large amounts of material on "older," but still usable, removable storage options--such as floppy disks--and an increasingly limited selection of instruments that will accept these storage formats. Yamaha Corporation addresses this problem in part, with the debut of the PSR450.

The PSR450 is a keyboard in a portable package with floppy drive compatibility, opening up the ease and wealth of disk-based resources like vintage educational materials, personally recorded disks and proprietary Yamaha Disk Orchestra and Styles collections.

The PSR450 features 32 notes of polyphony, 135 built-in styles and 491 XGlite/GM voices--including authentic sax, trumpet and flute sounds from the "Sweet!" set, organ from the "Cool!" collection and orchestra voice from the "Live!" group. The 61-key keyboard contains Split and Layer configurations, plus a pitch bend wheel and two-way stereo speakers.

An integrated 3.5-in. 2 HD floppy disk drive is Style File format and Standard MIDI File format compatible. The PSR450 also contains a music database with 500 song titles with automatic setup for each song, a 6-track sequencer for recording songs and performances, plus MIDI In/Out.

The PSR450 is slated for June delivery and carries an MSRP of $599.95.

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