Yamaha S70XS New Standard in Performance Keyboards Carson City NV

Great sounds including stellar new S6piano. Super-easy to create splits andlayers on the fly. Expanded control surfacefunctionality for DAWs. DAW Remote button turns the S70XS into a control surface for DP, Logic, or Sonar — or the included Cubase AI software, for which the integration goes especially deep.

Larry Rickmann Piano Tuning
(775) 720-5012
42 Jeanette
Carson City, NV
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Acoustic Piano

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David & Sons Intl Pianos
(775) 882-8233
1621 Koontz Ln
Carson City, NV
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Acoustic Piano

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Planet Dj, Inc.
(775) 323-1540
1315 Greg St
Sparks, NV
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Electronic Keyboard, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, DJ Equipment

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(702) 407-0264
10624 S Eastern Ave
Henderson, NV
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Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Sparks Music & Learning Ct
(775) 354-2909
2975 Vista Blvd Ste 102
Sparks, NV
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Acoustic Piano, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Recording Equipment

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Progressive Data Piano
(775) 882-7357
963 Sunview Ct
Carson City, NV
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Acoustic Piano

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(702) 492-6803
980 Mary Crest Rd
Henderson, NV
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Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Recording Equipment

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Berns Suzuki Studio
(702) 736-3585
5221 S Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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963 Sunview Ct
Carson City, NV
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Acoustic Piano

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Yamaha S70XS New Standard in Performance Keyboards

0110 Yamaha S70XS Web AnnotatedHANDS-ON

1. Performance Creator lets you roll your own splits, layers, and drum performance setups with minimum button pushing.

2. Dedicated octave-shift and transpose buttons are placed so you could hit them with a free finger of a hand that’s playing a chord.

3. These backlit buttons select parts of splits and layers, and turn them on or off.

4. Just below, these buttons activate and latch the arpeggiator for each of the four independent parts.

5. These toggle buttons select which four parameters the knobs control (filter/envelope, EQ, etc.), so you’re never more than one click away from the function you want.

6. Faders have four pages of functions: volume and panning for parts, and sends for the master chorus and reverb.

7. There’s enough real estate here to park a small laptop or a tabletop synth module.

8. DAW Remote button turns the S70XS into a control surface for DP, Logic, or Sonar — or the included Cubase AI software, for which the integration goes especially deep.

PROS

Great sounds including stellar new S6piano. Super-easy to create splits andlayers on the fly. Expanded control surfacefunctionality for DAWs.

CONS

Nearly as wide as some 88-note keyboards.Small display. Deep soundediting requires computer software.

INFO

S70XS (76 keys): $3,699 list/approx.$2,300 street; S90XS (88 keys):$3,799 list/approx. $2,400 street, yamahasynth.com

 

NEED TO KNOW

What are the best sounds in theS70XS? The new S6 piano and theentire Motif XS ROM, particularly keyboardsounds like EPs, Clavs, andanalog synths.

What does it have that previous S-seriessynths didn’t? That S6 piano,much easier creation of splits and layers,better realtime arpeggiator control,and more control surface ability.

Why would I get this instead of aworkstation or other ROMpler?Because it’s focused on features thatreally make live gigging easier — andthat piano sound we keep mentioningjust kills.

What’s the big deal with 76 keys?Don’t other keyboards come in thatsize? Yes, but the S70XS is the onlydeeply editable, do-it-all synth (asopposed to a vintage-keys clone,stage piano, or MIDI controller) weknow that has 76 fully-weighted keys.

How many effects can it do atonce? Eight inserts, send-basedreverb and chorus, last-in-the-chainmaster effect and EQ, plus EQ per multitimbralpart. In other words, you won’trun out, even with complex setups
 

I’ve had an S90 “classic” in my gigrig since 2003 , so I’m very familiar withthe interface, sounds, and features of thisoriginal S90 (reviewed Jan. ’03), whichwas based on the original Motif butfocused on live use. Then, the S90EScame on the heels of the Motif ES — bothhad double the polyphony and greatlyimproved sounds. Now, the XS generationof the S series offers not just the fullMotif XS sound set, but a gorgeous mainpiano sound you won’t find in the MotifXS. Also, Yamaha is consciouslyaddressing a couple of trends gleanedfrom user buzz: First, a perception thatthe S w...

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