Yamaha enjoys a good workstation keyboard and their new PSR-SX series aims to bring us exciting new features and maximum playing enjoyment in the shape of the SX700 and SX900.
They are a bit like the PSR-S series but adding an “X” makes all the difference. They have been completely redesigned with clear lines, a dynamic form and come packed with more sounds and features than you could ever explore.
The keyboard is new with a better feel and touch response. The main functions are accessed via a 7″ colour touch screen combined with a joystick controller and a whole load of buttons.
In terms of preset sounds there are 1507 in the SX700 and 1873 in the SX900. In the rhythm department the SX700 clocks up 400 styles whereas the SX900 has 525 and new drum kits. The effects section has been overhauled to give it greater depth and feel. The speakers are the best that Yamaha has ever squeezed into a keyboard and they also have high-quality audio outputs. The SX900 also has two sub-line outputs for a bit more bottom end. For recording there’s a mic and guitar input, with assignable effects, along with an auxiliary input.
It has inbuilt recording, style creation and sequencing of the 128 voices. You can layer up 4 sounds across the keyboard for performance and can expand the voices with 400mb internal memory on the SX700 and 1GB on the SX900.
The SX900 has some additional features such as Bluetooth, more internal storage, vocal effects, synth vocoder and mostly just more of everything.
These keyboards follow on from a great tradition of music-making and creative recording keyboards from Yamaha and they have a huge customer base who love these things. This is rock ‘n’ roll. SX700 is $1999 whereas the SX900 comes in at $2799.
- Yamaha PSR-SX webpage.