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Yamaha Tyros comparison: Tyros5 v Tyros4 v Tyros3 v Tyros2

October 5, 2010 by  

Yamaha Tyros5Updated for Tyros5.

Yamaha’s latest incarnation of its Tyros music production keyboard is due out December 2013. Its new features represent another step up on the Tyros4, but such an advanced instrument doesn’t come cheap.

Here’s our overview of the key differences between the Tyros5, Tyros4, Tyros3 and Tyros2, so you can decide whether it’s worth stumping up the cash for the latest model or perhaps saving a bit of money buying an older model.

What’s New on Tyros5?

For the first time, Yamaha offers a 76-key keyboard alongside the familiar form of the 61-key model. Both include a whole range of new or updated on-board features designed to aid musicians in both live performance and music arrangement/recording.

Key features include a plethora of realistic, detailed, nuanced instrument voices, plus a huge range of styles and studio-quality effects.

Ensemble Voices is a new feature which intelligently arranges orchestral instruments – brass, saxophone, woodwind and string – in real time.

There are 40 new +Audio Styles to work with, a new graphical interface, plus Virtual Circuitry Modelling technology which produces accurate reproductions of classic analog synths.

The Yamaha Tyros5 will be available in mid-December 2013 for MSRPs of $6,799 for the 76-note version and $6,499 for 61-note version.

What’s New on Tyros4?

(Originally written in October 2010)

Yamaha boasts an expanded and enhanced set of authentic voices, including new Super Articulation Choir Voices with amazingly realistic and natural human voice sounds.

More advanced Super Articulation and Super Articulation 2 voices, plus advanced MegaVoice variations, mean that auto-accompaniments styles are now much improved.

The Vocal Harmony 2 processing engine offers fast processing for a superior sound plus flexible control of harmonies. There’s also a synth vocoder feature.

Additional premium voices can be downloaded from Yamaha’s Internet site.

Key specifications comparison

Tyros5

Tyros4

Tyros3

Tyros2

Keys

Tyros5-61: 61
Tyros5-76: 76

61

Polyphony

128

Aftertouch

Yes

Touch Response

Yes

Pitch Bend

Yes

Modulation Wheel

Yes

Multi Pads

Yes

Sliders

9 + crossfader

9

-

-

Articulation Switches

2

2

-

-

Sound System

AWM Stereo Sampling

Number of Voices

1279 Voices + 480 XG Voices + 37 Drum/SFX Kits

993 Voices + 30 Organ Flutes + 480 XG Voices + 256 GM2 Voices + 44 Drum/SFX Kits (And GS Voices for GS Song playback)

749 + 20 Organ Flute + 480 XG + 256 GM2 + 35 Drum/SFX Kits (+ GS Voices for GS Song playback)

486 + 18 Mega + 10 Organ Flute + 480 XG + 256 GM2 + 22 Drum Kits + 6 SFX Kits (+ GS Voices for GS Song playback)

Features Voices

Ensemble 55 S.Art2! 44 / S.Art! 288 MegaVoice 54 / Live! 138 Cool! 81 / Sweet! 37 / Organ World 40

15 S.Articulation2! Voices (AEM technology), 164 S.Articulation Voices, 43 MegaVoices, 30 Sweet! Voices, 101 Live! Voices, 44Drums (including SFX Kits), 71 Cool! Voices, 30 Presets Organ Flutes!

11 S.Articulation2! Voices (AEM technology), 53 S.Articulation Voices, 23 MegaVoices, 26 Sweet! Voices, 70 Live! Voices, Live! Drums (12 drum kits), 58 Cool! Voices, 20 Organ Flutes!

42 Super Articulation Voices, 18 MegaVoices, 23 Sweet! Voices, 58 Live! Voices, Live! Drums (9 drum kits), 39 Cool! Voices, 10 Organ Flutes!

Custom

Optional up to 1GB Custom Voice Sampling

4MB built-in, Optional up to 1GB Custom Voice Sampling

Effects: Reverb

52 + 3 User

44 + 3 User

42 + 3 User

34 + 3 User

Effects: Chorus

106 + 3 User

30 + 3 User

Effects: DSP

DSP1: 322 presets + 3 user, DSP2-9: 322 presets + 10 user

DSP1–7 : 285 Presets, DSP8–9 : 285 Presets (for Style)

DSP 1-9 (For Voice/Style/Mic): 272 presets + 10 users

DSP Effect For Style: 189 presets + 3 users, DSP Effect For R1/R2/R3/Left: 189 presets + 10 users, DSP Effect For Mic: 189 presets + 10 users

Effect: Master Compressor:

5 Presets + 5 User

Effects: Master EQ

5 Bands : 5 Preset + 2 User

Effects: Part EQ

?

2 Bands: 29 Parts (R1, R2, R3, Left, MultiPad, Style x 8, Song x 16)

Effects: Others:

Mic effects: Noise Gate x 1, Compressor x 1, 3Band EQ x 1

Functions: Dual/Layers

Voice layer (RIGHT 1-3)

Functions: Split

Up to 3 split points

Separate split points for Chord and Voice (LEFT)

Functions: Panel Sustain

Yes

Functions: Mono/Poly

Yes

Vocal Harmony

VH2: 44Preset + 10 User

60 Preset + 10 User

Number of Accompaniments:

539

500

450

400

Featured Accompaniment Styles:

40 + Audio, 7 FreePlay, 441 Pro, 51 Session

403 Pro Styles, 47 Session Styles with MegaVoices (used by preset styles)

403 Pro Styles, 47 Session Styles with MegaVoices (used by preset styles)

Accompaniment Fingering:

Single Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full Keyboard

Style Control:

INTRO x 3, MAIN VARIATION x 4, FILL x 4, BREAK, ENDING x 3

Storage

6.7MB

6MB

3.2MB

Hard Drive

500GB

250GB

80GB

Optional

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