The new Yamaha PSR1500 and PSR3000 keyboards combine the innovation of arranger workstations and the traditional functions of portable keyboards into systems for a new generation of musicians. Available in May, the new entries represent significant upgrades to the Yamaha PSR line. The PSR1500 and PSR3000 are the first Arranger Workstations to offer USB "To Device" connections that will allow users to connect peripheral devices to their keyboards, and broadband 10Base-T, which facilitates direct connection to the Internet and downloadable content.
The PSR1500 (MSRP $1,195.95) includes 61 full-sized keys with touch response, 96 notes of polyphony, SmartMedia storage and organ voices that use modeling technology. Other features include a large 320 x 240 backlit LCD, a 16-track sequencer, 793 GM/XG voices and 16 drum kits, 210 styles, and a stereo two-way speaker system.
Sound and advanced features set the PSR3000 apart from other Arranger Workstation keyboards in its class. The PSR3000 (MSRP $1,795.95) includes 61 full-sized keys with touch response, 128 notes of polyphony, SmartMedia storage and a selection of sounds that use Yamaha's proprietary MegaVoice technology. The PSR3000 also includes a color LCD, a 16-track sequencer, 829 GM/XG voices, 240 styles, a stereo two-way speaker system and a video output to display music scores or lyrics.