The PSR-295 is a wonderful keyboard for people that want to learn to play music. We've beefed up the "Yamaha Education Suite" (Y.E.S.) found on previous models with a new version, Version IV. In addition to the standard Left and Right hand lessons, Version IV includes "Your Tempo" and "Repeat & Learn" modes. The keyboard comes with 30 pre-loaded songs, Flash ROM internal storage for adding more, and 70 additional selections on an included CD-ROM. Simply connect the keyboard to your computer via the convenient USB connector and transfer songs to the keyboard for learning or listening (PC only). The PSR-295 is the first in the line with recording capability and also features new performance assistant technology that allows you to play along with songs and not make a mistake – even if you're a complete beginner!
Learn to play with the Yamaha Education Suite IV
Keyboard lessons/songs are designed for learning one hand at a time
Your Tempo learning mode - progress at your own pace
Repeat and Learn - repeat difficult to learn sections
Lesson Grading - monitors your progress as you practice each lesson
Learn to play with the Yamaha Education Suite IV
- Keyboard lessons/songs are designed for learning one hand at a time
- Your Tempo learning mode - progress at your own pace
- Repeat and Learn - repeat difficult to learn sections
- Lesson Grading - monitors your progress as you practice each lesson
- Lessons work with internal as well as downloaded song files
- Chord Dictionary - shows you how to play chords and tells you which chords you are playing by displaying the notes and chord name on the LCD screen
PC Button & USB: This keyboard loves your computer
The PSR-295 has many state of the art features to make connecting to your PC 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 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 to your computer, open your favorite music software program and hit PLAY. That's it.
Playing piano is fast and easy with Yamaha's Portable Grand function. One dedicated button brings up a great sounding piano, stunningly rich and authentic in its sound and exceptionally responsive to your playing touch, as well as setting up the keyboard to play as a piano in full keyboard mode. On top of all this, a wealth of special piano-only "Pianist" styles, like Slow Rock and Stride, provide professional sounding piano accompaniment that change chords automatically as you do, while you play a piano melody on top!
General MIDI and Yamaha XGlite makes for great sound
The PSR-295 comes equipped with 487 voices that include stereo-sampled Piano, a selection of Sweet! Voices including Trumpet, Flute, Pan Flute, Soprano and Tenor Saxes, Cool! Organ and Electric Piano, 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 for the utmost in compatibility, the PSR-295 is both General MIDI (GM) and XGlite capable. The Internet has thousands of MIDI song files available and you can rest assured that your PSR-295 will be able to competently reproduce these files.
Mix and match
You are also able to create sound mixes of your own using Layer and Split modes. Split mode allows you to have two different sounds on the keyboard at the same time, like piano on the right and bass on the left. Layer mode allows you to combine two sounds across the keyboard range. For example, you could play piano and strings at the same time. You're only limited by your imagination.
Performance Assistant Technology - Now anyone (yes, anyone!) can play
Performance assistant technology 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. Play a perfect arpeggio, or play chords in time with the music, or really "go for it" and play a solo. How about stride piano? No matter what you play, as long as the Performance Assistant button is "on", you're "on". Imagine being able to give a concert to your friends or relatives the very first day that you bring this remarkable keyboard home. Well, with the PSR-295 and performance assistant technology, you can! This feature also works with any XF MIDI files you download into the keyboard (for example, search for XF at www.yamahamusicsoft.com).
- 2-Way Speaker System
Separate woofers and tweeters deliver sounds with clarity and precision for more lifelike instrument voices.
- Bass Boost System
A special port on each speaker adds a powerful impact to bass sound reproduction.
- Stereo (Not just 2 Speakers)
We all know that stereo sound adds realistic character and spatial depth. But how can you tell if the portable keyboard you're looking to purchase is stereo or not? With Yamaha, the answer is simple. All Yamaha Portable Keyboards are true stereo.
- Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Enhances sound quality with sophisticated digital effects like Harmony, Reverb & Chorus.
- Advanced Wave Memory (AWM)
Yamaha Advanced Wave Memory technology delivers amazingly realistic sound.
What's polyphony, you ask? Simply put, polyphony is how many notes a keyboard can reproduce simultaneously. The PSR-295 has 32-note Polyphony allowing you to play intricate arrangements and dense musical passages.
Keyboard Styles and the One Touch Setting
The PSR-295 comes with 135 built-in styles, waiting for you to play along with. It's just like having a built-in band. Call up your favorite style of music like Rock, Big Band or Country, press a chord or play Single Finger mode, and the PSR-295 will follow you through a piece of music, providing all of the drums, bass, piano, guitar, horn and string parts for you. And to make it easy and fun, when you select one of the styles, the One Touch Setting function will automatically configure keyboard parameters, such as voice selection and digital effects, to match that selected music style.
Watch & Learn Video Series (Optional)
The Watch & Learn Video Series is an in-home learning series for portable keyboard enthusiasts, featuring Tom Folenta, one of Yamaha's top product specialists.
Audio & Video
|Weight||Weight||7.0kg (15lbs., 7oz.)|
|Keyboard||Number of Keys||61|
|Size||92mm x 42mm|
|Tone Generation||Tone Generating Technology||AWM Stereo Sampling|
|Polyphony||Number of Polyphony (Max.)||32|
|Preset||Number of Voices||114 + 361 XGlite + 12 Drum/SFX Kits|
|Featured Voices||5 Sweet! Voices, 2 Cool! Voices|
|Panel Sustain||Yes (in Menu)|
|Preset||Number of Preset Styles||135|
|Style Control||INTRO, MAIN x 2, FILL-IN, ENDING|
|Other Features||One Touch Setting (OTS)||Yes|
|Preset||Number of Preset Songs||30|
|Recording||Number of Songs||5|
|Number of Tracks||6 (5 Melody + 1 Chord)|
|Data Capacity||Approx. 10,000 notes (when only "melody" tracks are recorded)Approx. 5,500 chords (when only "chord" tracks are recorded)|
|Compatible Data Format||Playback||SMF|
|Recording||No (Original File Format)|
|Lesson/Guide||Performance Assistant Technology (PAT)||Chord|
|Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.)||Waiting, Your tempo, Minus one, Repeat & Learn, Chord Dictionary|
|Tempo Range||32 - 280|
|Transpose||-12 to 0, 0 to +12|
|Miscellaneous||PIANO Button||Portable Grand Button|
Storage and Connectivity
|Connectivity||DC IN||DC IN 12V|
|AUX Pedal||1 Footswitch (optional)|
|USB TO HOST||Yes|
Amplifiers and Speakers
|Amplifiers||3W + 3W|
|Speakers||12cm x 2 + 3cm x 2|
|Power Supply||Adaptor (PA-3C), or batteries (Six "D" size, R20P(LR20) or equivalent batteries)|
|Included Accessories||Music Rest||Yes|
- USB-MIDI Driver V3.1.3 for Win 32-bit (XP SP3 / Vista SP2 / Win7 SP1 / Win8) | V2.3.3 for Win 32-bit (Win2000 SP4)
- USB-MIDI Driver V3.1.3 for Win 64-bit (XP SP3 / Vista SP2 / Win7 SP1 / Win8)
- USB-MIDI Driver V1.0.4 for Mac (10.1.5 - 10.4.0)
- USB-MIDI Driver Version 1.2.2 for Win (Me / Win98)
- Music Soft Downloader V5.7.1 for Win (XP 32-bit / Vista 32-bit / Win7 32-bit, 64-bit / Win8 32-bit, 64-bit)
- Music Soft Downloader V5.7.0 for Win 2000
- DGX-205/DGX-203/PSR-295/PSR-293 Owner's Manual [English / 3.6MB]
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- Decent Voice Library
- Portable Grand Piano Voic
- Responsive / Good Action
- Driver Support
- Electronic Music
Comments about Yamaha psr-295:
To use the keyboard as a midi controller on a 64 bit version of Windows, install the driver for the DGX-230. It works a treat.
Hopefully that will save someone else the headache I went through.
Although be aware of full functionality issues. I haven't come across any issues as of yet but driver workarounds tend to have their foibles.