Yamaha S70XS

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SOS’s Paul White got this demo of the new Yamaha S70 XS synthesizer at LIMS 2009:

Just in from Yamaha are the S70XS and S90XS performance keyboards. They both run on the same operating system, the only difference being the size of the key beds: the S70XS has 76 keys, while the S90XS has 88.

Both models have weighted, hammer-action keys so, even on the smaller model, users get the feel of a real piano.

On-board controls have been simplified by Yamaha so that only the most commonly used features are available to the user from the button-driven interface. This, the manufacturers say, provdies a less cluttered menu system that lets users access the most important parameters quickly and easily while on stage.

See this previous post for details on the Yamaha S70 XS and S90XS keyboard synthesizers.

Yamaha S70XS, S90XS Keyboard Synthesizers

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LIMS 2009: Yamaha introduced two new synthesizers, the Yamaha S70XS and S90XS keyboards, with 76 & 88 keys.


  • The sounds of the Motif XS plus a huge new S6 handcrafted grand piano sample
  • 76/88 note Yamaha Balanced Hammer weighted action
  • Performance Creator for instant splits, layers and drum performances
  • 4 knobs, 16 backlit LEDs and tons of buttons for direct hands on control
  • 1/4”/XLR Combo jack A/D input (with front panel controls) for adding vocals and guitars
  • Direct to USB Stereo Audio record/ playback (plus 18 minutes of internal flash memory)

The Yamaha S series is scheduled to ship in August 2009, with MSRP list prices of $3,699 for the S70XS and $3,799 for the S90XS.

Check out the MusicRadar video overview from LIMS, above. Details below.

If you’ve had a chance to try out the new Yamaha S70XS and S90XS keyboard synthesizers, leave a comment! Continue reading