If you have spent a lot of time playing professional music, then you would know how important it is for the board to be rugged and handle all the roughness while travelling. Similarly, if you are more into music creation, you may value features that give you more control over the sound.
If your requirements fall in these categories, then you might probably be able to find better options than the Tyros, as the Yamaha arrangers traditionally have been used more for home use. However, in case you decide to use a Tyros for performing, then do get a solid keyboard case to ensure your investment is adequately protected.
If you are primarily into arranging and recording backgrounds, and do not want to spend much time editing the voices, then the Yamaha Tyros is an excellent keyboard as you can use most of the voices and styles right away. That definitely doesn’t mean you cannot create your own sounds. In fact, you can create and save a lot more sounds using flash memory expansion.
As a beginner, we tend to pick up something that has several features, but not necessarily the best ones, as they can be expensive. That is fine to get started, but in a few months time, you’ll notice that some of the sounds, even though they are good, they don’t seem authentic. And if you happen to hear some of the other instruments live, you would know what authentic means.
The earlier keyboards that I bought, I was not really impressed with the sounds of the brass instruments, or even some of the piano sounds.
This can be okay for a beginner, but just imagine that you are playing in a band and are asked to provide the trumpet sound as fill-ins at most places. In case, you own a mediocre keyboard, you will not get the best sound. Sure, the audience may not notice it, depending on where you are performing, but deep within you would know that it is definitely not the best sound.
This all changes with Yamaha’s mega voice technology. Yamaha were anyways known for their acoustic instrument sounds (in their keyboards) but with this technology the orchestral instrument sounds are now as good as it can get, almost.
What's the Fuss About Mega Voice?
This is not any feature that you need to know about, or need to select in your Tyros keyboard. This is a technology that Yamaha has included in their high end keyboards and pianos.
It is not just about taking the best sampled sounds, it is also about capturing the various nuances and performance intricacies that is associated with every music instrument. For example, in guitar you would also have the noise of the pick, dead notes, etc. In the case of pianos, the feel of the hammer banging the strings, and if its wind instruments, the sounds of the breath, etc!
With this technology, Yamaha gives you all these aspects and makes the sound more realistic than ever before.
And What About Super Articulation?
What does articulation mean? It is playing all those things like staccato, legato, various accents, vibrato, etc., all that makes your sound dynamic, and stops your keyboard playing from sounding monotonous.
This is what the sound engineers of Yamaha have achieved with the Super Articulation voices. First introduced in the Tyros 2, this has only become much better in the current Yamaha Tyros keyboard.
Now you can sound like a real and pro trumpet or guitar player using all the dynamics, that is now possible in the tyros.
Effects & Pitch Bend
You get further control over the way you can make your Tyros sound, using Digital Signal Processors (DSP) and Pitch Bend wheels.
Mixing Console Want your recordings to sound even better, use the mixing console along with the dozens of DSP effects.
Use the console to mix your arrangements, and to give shape to the overall sound. Using these DSP effects, you can get professional sounding results, all using his instrument.
Pitch bend The pitch bend wheel is a tool to get bending effects, that most guitarists regularly do while playing.
Most Guitarists love to bend the notes by moving the fingers on the fret while the string is pressed. The same effect can be achieved using pitch bend wheels. You also get modulation wheels to achieve the vibrato effects. You can read more here on how to use pitch bend wheels.
The Tyros provides two wheels on the left side. One is the pitch bend and the other is for Modulation!
Record feature / Sound Creator
The Tyros is not all about live playing. It also provides you detailed recording abilities.
And because the tyros comes with the most authentic sounds and styles, you really don't have to edit anything. Just hit the record button, and you can get fully arranged songs, with top notch accompaniment styles, in no time.
Very useful feature for songwriters, as you can save all your ideas almost instantly, and make them sound good too.
But then, you don't have to use the existing sounds and styles; you can create your own accompaniments, and you can create your own chord sequence (using a handy tool - Chord Step Record songs). And you can get pro sounding songs in minutes.
You get 16 tracks to record your ideas, and you can record anything from a few tracks to even a full orchestra.
LCD Display / Video Output
The big LCD display screen ensures that you can see all your selections all at one place, and helps you to easily operate the Tyros keyboards. You can use it display settings, and even lyrics.
The adjustable angle and contrast makes it quite handy to use in dim light. The availability of the video output means you can easily connect your Tyros to an external display and to share the lyrics with a much wider audience.
Expanding Your Tyros
Want to increase the capabilities of your Tyros? This instrument comes with several features to help you do the same.
The built-in USB port helps you to easily communicate with a computer, and lets you use the Tyros as a controller.
Another useful feature is the Internet Direct Connection (IDC), which lets you directly connect your Tyros to the Internet and download useful music resources. With this feature, you can:
Download various songs, styles, and instrument voices
Download sheet music, song books, and additional software
And the best part is that you don't need a computer in between, it is a direct connection to the Internet.
Tyros 4 Review
Tyros is Yamaha's flagship arranger workstation and it is a perfect instrument for someone who wants to use it for playing live or use it for creating quick demos for composing/recording purposes.
With the Launch of the Yamaha Tyros 4, Yamaha has raised the bar even higher.
The most important improvement, or the biggest leap, that the Tyros 4 makes over its arranger predecessors is in the vocal category.
The new scat, gospel, and classic choir sounds rival the most popular software-based sample library that is available today in the market, and these sounds can be played straight via the keyboard.
The Tyros now has around 1800 sounds, of which the Super Articulation 2 Voices make non-keyboard based instrument sounds (guitars, horns, strings, etc.) sound unbelievably natural - even when played via the 61 keys!
So assuming if you are singer and if you're ready to sing along, just plug your mic into the new built-in XLR combo jack - no special cables are required.
The Tyros 4 also boasts 2-track hard disk audio recording and comes with its own large-capacity hard drive.
Yamaha Tyros 4 vs. Tyros 3
So what is different in the T4?
The Tyros 4 now has around 80 new styles. All styles that were taken from the Yamaha Tyros T3 have been re-voiced. So basically a style from the Tyros 3 will now sound different on the Tyros-4. Besides, the T4 comes with an improved sound engine.
We think it is comparing apples to oranges, but having said that the difference is mainly in the programming section. In terms of the sound engine and the operating system, it's the same on both Tyros 4 and the Motif XF.
But the Motif is more for music creation and recording, whereas the Tyros is for musicians who love to perform. The "fill sections" on the Yamaha Tyros makes it useful for many performers, as well as for people who used to play the home organs. On the other hand, most sections on the Motif are programmable so you have control over what you want to create.
Huge 96MB of Wave ROM along with 1100 voices in all
Digital effects include 26 chorus types, five blocks of 183 insertion effects and 34 reverb types
The Direct Access button makes it easy to navigate through various functions/ menus and loading the styles/songs is much faster
Tyros is backward compatible with PSR 9000 and 9000PRO software
Realistic rotary speaker and excellent combination effects, On the whole Tyros is capable of simultaneously producing 12 DSP effects
Easy USB connector to connect Yamaha Tyros to your computer
Easy file transfer and editing features
MIDI A/B in and out ports
How Much to Own this Beauty?
The Yamaha Tyros 4 has been priced higher than its predecessors, but it may not be overpriced after all, considering what all things you can do with this instrument.
Priced around 4.5k to 5k, this is suitable for those who want to quickly get started, and don’t want to spend a lot of time tweaking things. This is an apt instrument for composing and arranging, if you are short of time.
But it's a perfect instrument for performing, as you can quickly perform and even create music in a variety of genres such as - Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Latin, Samba, Classical, Ethnic, etc. All using just one instrument!
Most of the time, the best prices are offered online, compared to music stores. Here's a reputed store that you may consider to buy the Yamaha Tyros and related tyros accessories, and many other music instruments / accessories if you want the best prices.
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Though the Tyros 4 is a great arranger workstation, it is an expensive instrument. Nevertheless, if you have been performing using a high end PSR keyboard then the Tyros is definitely the natural extension with its incredible orchestral voices/styles and hardware upgrades such as the vocoder. It also has decent programming abilities and can be used to come up with a quick demo in case you are pitching for composing/recording work. But the USP of the Yamaha Tyros 4 is that it is more focused on simulating a live band where the instruments sound as good as the real thing. Acoustically, the Tyros sounds much better and gives you more control over the nuances compared to other instruments.
1GB Flash Board for your Motif XF or Tyros 4 which instantly enhances your playing experience. Because the FL1024M Flash Board is flash memory, once you turn your Motif XF or Tyros 4 on any sounds you've loaded into memory will show up right away.
The new Yamaha TRS-MS04's are specially designed to transparently reproduce the high quality sound of Tyros4. With increased volume and a wider frequency response, you can also hear the difference.
Yamaha L-7S Tyros Workstation Stand Sleek and futuristic, the L-7S is the perfect stand for the Yamaha Tyros keyboard. Adds a striking presence to any home or music studio. Custom designed for the Yamaha Tyros Keyboard.