Is Yamaha PSR S775 Arranger Keyboard Is The Best S Series Keyboard ?
Hello, my readers in today’s article I’ll be talking about what I think is the best value for money PSR S-series keyboard money can buy.
I used to think that the PSR S670 is the best value for money keyboard that a student who is quite an amateur (not really a professional yet) but will eventually need a lot of the features found on s series will be happy with a PSR S670.
However, with the launch of the PSR S775 my view has changed.
My opinion is that the PSR S775 is actually a great value for money, and because the PSR S670 has been around for quite a while and looking at the things that Yamaha has been doing it, does seem like perhaps the PSR S670 or the S 600 series might be eventually done away with it.
So, lets look at what PSR S775 offers to us.
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PSR E400 Series Vs S Series
If you look at the PSR E400 series there has been more and more features that have been added on.
Like quick sampling and we’re talking about promoting of the groove trader and a lot more functions has been assigned to the live control knobs such that it is very similar to what the PSR S670 can do.
The other side that I have been seeing is that from the PSR E400 series Yamaha has removed the Y.E.S feature which is the Yamaha Education Suite and the chord dictionary has also been removed from there.
Which means that the PSR E-400 series is now geared towards more of the mid-level serious hobbyist enthusiasts rather than a learner.
So, eventually, we might see a segmentation whereby the PSR E200 series and a PSR E300 series remains a spot of the learner keyboard series
And then we see the PSR E400 Series evolve into something else and the highest end of the PSR S-series will remain to be the PSR S775 and the PSR S975.
Is PSR S775 The Best Arranger Keyboard ?
Let’s look at why I think the PSR-S775 is a great value for money arranger keyboard and should be considered as the best choice if you need to get a PSR S series keyboard.
For a lot less money than the PSRS 975, the PSRs 775 has a lot of the things that are found in the flagship model S975.
In fact, to me, 80% of the features on PSR S775 is similar to the PSR S975.
The similarities are like both has similar casing, similar amplification, the speaker’s wattage is the same. The polyphony is also the same at 128 notes polyphony.
I love the new matte black color on the PSR 775 and the PSR 975. These are just more professional looking color.
We also get the gorgeous seven-inch full-color LCD screen as compared to the PSR S670 which still had a very small 4.3 inch monochrome bluish color very old tech five-six years old kind of technology dot matrix kind of screen.
Which doesn’t give a very clear picture of what we’re trying to do. It is not so legible I love the new color screen on the PSR S775.
Knobs and Pitch Bend Wheels
In addition we have the two assignable Live Control Knobs. Which are also found on the E Series as well all the way to the PSR S975. And these knobs are all assignable and you can mix and match what are the different functions that you want to implement using the light control knobs on the PSR S775.
Most important of all we have the Pitch Bend wheel and the modulation wheel which is exactly the same as the PSR S975 and for a lot less money.
A Little Drawback
The two big critical features that are missing from the PSR S 775 are the vocal harmony feature.
If you are not going to be a performer who will need to plug in a microphone and sing with backing vocals and using the vocoder, you’re actually paying for a feature that you’re not going to use.
So if you’re not the singing kind of keyboard player then I don’t suggest that you get the PSR 975.
Missing Audio Styles
The other thing that is missing from the PSR S775 is the audio styles.
Audio styles indeed gives a very lifelike style playing, like drumming to the styles that is because it is after all a real drummer and we’ve got real instrumentalists that are recorded and that is actually an audio style.
However if you look at the Geno’s the audio styles has been dropped in favor of Revo drumming and the reason why is because the audio styles are actually not very editable, it’s not very programmable and you cannot even record it on the MIDI track of the PSR S975 so that makes it quite useless If you need to do a recording.
In fact audio styles is falling out of favor so much that it is now available as a free download so now anyone can actually go download the audio style files and load it up on their G notes and you can play it directly from the USB stick without even loading it into the internal memory and eating up the memory space.
Check This Sound Demo Of S775
So this is a very good sign that Yamaha will eventually drop the audio styles in the next version of the PSR series
Therefore if you are a home hobbyist or if you’re just a serious student learner and you’re not really gonna be performing, I would say that you wouldn’t miss it even if the audio styles aren’t there.
Because the Yamaha PSRs 775 provides more than 400 audio styles, there are 387 Pro styles and 30 session style files that you can use in your music creation so I am sure you will find something suitable for yourself
I believe that if you want to make unique styles you should log in to the style creator which is following the PSRs 775 and because the screen is nice and large and glorious in 7-inch rather than the small 4 inch monochrome on the PSR s6 7 0 is actually easier to go into editing the styles to make it unique to you.
You also don’t really have to even go and download styles even though you can because one thing good about the PSRs 775 is that there is now a lot more expansion memory space
One thing is that the PSR S670 has a lot of the older styles and not really updated whereas the PSRs 775 has many of the Geno’s styles that have been inherited like the Gojira style which comes from the genos and it’s now found on the PSRs 775 in the plus style section
With the stock creator, it is very easy to actually just edit certain parts of the style to make it unique you can change and re-voice certain drum kits and you can also replace things like the guitars to a different kind of guitar for a different sound in the strumming pattern
You can get quite a unique different sounding style without having to make a style from scratch a lot of people think that in order to make a unique style you have to start from a start from scratch but very often if you find a similar style and you do a bit of tweaking here and there you can actually get great results and this is something that you cannot do with the audio styles because the audio styles don’t allow you to tweak very much at all.
On the PSR S670, there are 416 voices but there are no super articulation voices. Whereas on the PSR S775 there are more than 900 voices and more than 70 articulation voices that really enriches the performance because the support equation voices are way more expressive than the usually cool and sweet voices.
When we look at the Yamaha expansion memory that you can use for downloading samples for more songs you realize that the PSR S775 has memory space that’s equivalent to eight times of the PSR S670.
So for what you’re paying you’re actually getting really good value for money because if you want a unique sound that is not already found in the keyboard and even though there are lots of effects and filters that you can apply but you don’t want to go through that process and you want something that’s already pre-made you can actually load lots of samples available on the Internet
In fact, you don’t even need to download an official Yamaha sample there are actually a lot of third-party sample manufacturers that make great samples that you can download onto your PSR S775
so the PSRs S670 has a very limited amount of memory space for loading of external samples so whether you’re a home hobbyist or you are gonna be playing a keyboard with a band are you gonna hook it up to a DAW and you are ready to go.
My Experience With Yamaha PSR S775
The PSRs 670 is just not gonna give you that kind of value then PSR 775.
Of course previously when it was the PSR S770 I couldn’t really recommend it because it didn’t have as much expansion memory it didn’t have as many styles you didn’t have as many new voices now there are more class styles there to play with.
With all this new addition and with the price being the same as the previous PSR 770 and it looks like the PSR S 670 is not going to be updated it is my opinion that the PSR S775 is the best value for money keyboard for most of the players out there.
Of course there will be certain exceptions if you happen to be a solo gigging musician that plays weddings and events and you sing as well then, of course, you have to get the PSR 975 but for most people the PSR s 775 you’ll be happy with and I don’t think you have any complaints about that.