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  • Page 2: Special Message Section

    Yamaha. This product should be used only with the components supplied or; a cart, rack, or stand that is recommended by Yamaha. If a cart, etc., is used, please observe all safety markings and instructions that accompany the accessory product.

  • Page 3

    PRECAUTIONS • Use the specified adaptor (PA-3C or PA-3B or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha) only. Using the wrong adaptor can result in damage to the instrument or overheating. • Before cleaning the instrument, always remove the electric plug from the outlet.

  • Page 4: Main Features

    The PSR-175/172 is a sophisticated yet easy-to-use keyboard with the following features and functions: I Yamaha Education Suite The PSR-175/172 features the new Yamaha Education Suite — a set of learning tools that utilize the latest technology to make studying and practicing music more fun and fulfilling than ever before! The Yamaha Education Suite includes: G Lesson ...

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    G COPYRIGHT NOTICE This product incorporates and bundles computer programs and contents in which Yamaha owns copyrights or with respect to which it has license to use others’ copyrights. Such copyrighted materials include, without limitation, all computer software, styles files, MIDI files, WAVE data and sound recordings.

  • Page 6: Panel Controls And Terminals

    Panel Controls and Terminals I Front Panel q [MASTER VOLUME] dial This determines the overall volume of the PSR-175/ 172. w Power switch ([STANDBY/ON]) e LESSON [L] (Left) and [R] (Right) buttons These call up the Lesson exercises for the correspond- ing hand (left or right) for the selected song.

  • Page 7: Rear Panel

    !5 [START/STOP] button When the Style mode is selected, this alternately starts and stops the auto accompaniment. (See page 43.) When the Song mode is selected, this alternately starts and stops song playback. (See page 32.) !6 [INTRO/ENDING/rit.] ([ REW]) button When the Style mode is selected, this is used to con- trol the Intro and Ending functions.

  • Page 8: Setting Up

    Power Requirements Although the PSR-175/172 will run either from an optional AC adaptor or batter- ies, Yamaha recommends use of an AC adaptor whenever possible. An AC adap- tor is more environmentally friendly than batteries and does not deplete resources.

  • Page 9: Accessory Jacks

    I Using a Sustain Footswitch • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • This feature lets you use an optional footswitch (Yamaha FC4 or FC5) to sustain the sound of the keyboard voice.

  • Page 10: Quick Guide

    Quick Voices Step 1 Guide Playing the Piano Simply by pressing the [PORTABLE GRAND] button, you can automatically reset the entire PSR-175/172 for piano play. Press the [PORTABLE GRAND] button. Play the keyboard. Want to find out more? See page 20. G Panel Voice List Voice Name PIANO...

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    Selecting and Playing Other Voices The PSR-175/172 has a total of 100 dynamic and realistic instrument voices. Let’s try a few of them out now... Press the [VOICE] button. GrandPno TEMPO Playing with the DJ Feature The exciting new DJ feature gives you a full variety of dance and DJ sounds — letting you create your own real-time mixes and groove along with various contemporary rhythms.

  • Page 12: Step 2 Songs

    Quick Songs Step 2 Guide Playing the Songs The PSR-175/172 is packed with 100 songs, including 5 special Demo songs. Playing the Demo songs Demo songs (001 - 005) showcase the sophisticated fea- tures and stunning sound of the PSR-175/172. Let’s play the Demo songs now, starting with 001...

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    Changing the volume of the song This lets you adjust the volume balance between the song and your keyboard performance. Press the [OVERALL] button, until ACMP/SONG VOLUME is indicated by the dark arrow in the display. SONG VOL Use the [+]/[-] buttons to adjust the song vol- ume.

  • Page 14: Step 3 Auto Accompaniment

    Quick Auto Accompaniment Step 3 Guide c v m n Using the Auto Accompaniment The powerful yet easy-to-use Auto Accompaniment features give you professional instrumental backing for your performances. Sim- ply play chords with your left hand — and the PSR-175/172 auto- matically produces appropriate bass, chord and rhythm backing.

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    Looking up Chords in the Dictionary The convenient Dictionary function teaches you how to play chords by showing you the individual notes. In the example below, we’ll learn how to play a GM7 chord... Keys for entering the chord type (A2 — Bb3) the chord root (C4 —...

  • Page 16: Step 4 Lesson

    Quick Lesson Step 4 Guide Using the Lesson Feature All of the PSR-175/172 songs can be used with the educational Lesson feature. Lesson makes it fun and easy to master these songs. You can practice the left- and right-hand parts of each song individually: simply press the appropriate button, [L] (left) or [R] (right).

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    Lesson 1 — Timing This step lets you work on the timing of the notes. In Les- son 1, the particular note you play on the keyboard is unimportant. The PSR-175/172 checks your timing and how rhythmically “tight” your playing is. Want to find out more? See page 36.

  • Page 18: Getting Started - Playing The Demo Songs

    Getting Started — Playing the Demo Songs The PSR-175/172 has a variety of Demo songs, specially recorded to showcase the dynamic sounds and rhythms and give you an idea of what you can do with the instrument. First, turn on the power. Set the [STANDBY/ON] switch to ON.

  • Page 19: Panel Display Indications

    Panel Display Indications The PSR-175/172 features a large multi-function display that shows all important settings for the instrument. The section below briefly explains the various icons and indications in the display. Overall function bar indicator Chord q Indicator These bars indicate the operating condition of the PSR-175/172, as shown below: Using the numeric keypad Using the numeric keypad...

  • Page 20: Portable Grand

    Portable Grand This convenient function lets you instantly call up the Grand Piano voice. Playing the Portable Grand Press the piano-shaped [PORTABLE GRAND] button. Doing this automatically cancels any other mode or function, and resets the entire instrument for playing the special “Stereo Sampled Piano” Grand Piano voice. It automatically selects the Song mode, calling up song #006, “Für Elise”...

  • Page 21: Adjusting The Metronome Volume

    Turn on the Metronome. Press the [METRONOME] button. To turn the Metronome off, press the [METRONOME] button again. Setting the Metronome Time Signature The time signature of the Metronome can be set to var- ious quarter-note based meters. • The time signature changes automatically when a style or song is selected.

  • Page 22: Playing The Dj

    This exciting feature lets you instantly call up a dynamic DJ voice, style and DJ GAME for play- ing contemporary dance music. Playing the DJ Press the [DJ] button. Doing this automatically resets the entire instrument for playing the spe- cially programmed DJ song and voice.

  • Page 23: Selecting And Playing Voices

    Selecting and Playing Voices The PSR-175/172 features 100 authentic voices that have been created with Yamaha’s sophisti- cated AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) tone generation system. Many of these voices also have special preset characteristics or embellishments. The voices are divided into various catego- ries depending on their characteristics or the effects used.

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    Selecting and Playing Voices I Using the numeric keypad Enter the digits of the voice number as printed on the panel. For example, to select voice #042, press “0” on the numeric keypad, then “4.”, “2.” For voice numbers beginning with zeroes (such as #042 or #006), the initial zeroes may be omitted.

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    Harmony voices (#059 - #068) automatically add a one-, two- or three-note har- mony to the original voice. Split voices (#069 - #073) feature two separate voices, each playable from opposite sections of the keyboard — the lower voice playable up to B2 and the upper voice from C3 (middle C). Sustain voices (#074 - #078) have a special sustained release for playing slower or legato passages.

  • Page 26: One Touch Setting

    Selecting and Playing Voices One Touch Setting The powerful One Touch Setting (OTS) feature lets you instantly and automati- cally call up an appropriate voice and other settings when you select a style or song. In other words, when One Touch Setting is active, selecting a desired style or song also automatically selects the best suited voice and Multi Pad bank.

  • Page 27: Transpose And Tuning

    Transpose and Tuning You can also adjust the tuning and change the transposition (key) of the PSR-175/ 172 with the Transpose and Tuning functions. I Transpose • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Transpose determines the key of both the main voice and the bass/chord accompa- niment of the selected style.

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    Selecting and Playing Voices I Tuning • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Tuning determines the fine pitch setting of both the main voice and the bass/chord accompaniment of the selected style.

  • Page 29: Selecting And Playing Songs

    Selecting and Playing Songs The Song mode features 100 special songs that have been created using the rich and dynamic sounds of the PSR-175/172. The songs are generally for your listening enjoyment; however, you can also play along with them on the keyboard. The songs of the PSR-175/172 can also be used with the powerful Lesson feature (page 34), a convenient tool that makes learning songs fun and easy.

  • Page 30: Melody Voice Change

    Selecting and Playing Songs Stop the song. Press the [START/STOP] button. Melody Voice Change The PSR-175/172 lets you play a melody on the keyboard along with each of the songs, either with the original melody voice or one of your own selection. The convenient Melody Voice Change feature takes this one step further —...

  • Page 31: Changing The Tempo

    Changing the Tempo The tempo of song playback can be adjusted over a range of 40 - 240 bpm (beats per minute). Press the [TEMPO/TAP] button. Change the value. Use the numeric keypad to set the desired Tempo value, or use the [+]/[-] buttons to increase or decrease the value.

  • Page 32: Adjusting The Song Volume

    Selecting and Playing Songs Adjusting the Song Volume The playback volume of the song can be adjusted. This volume control affects only the song volume. The volume range is 000 - 127. Select the Song Volume function in the Overall menu. Press the [OVERALL] button, repeatedly if necessary, until “SONG VOL”...

  • Page 33: A-b Repeat

    A-B Repeat This useful function is ideal for practicing and learning purposes. It allows you to specify any phrase of a song (between point A and point B) and repeat it — while you play or practice along with it. While playing back a song, set point A (the start point).

  • Page 34: Song Lesson

    Song Lesson The Lesson feature provides an exceptionally fun and easy-to-use way to learn how to read music and play the keyboard. All of the 100 songs of the PSR-175/172 can be used with these educational features. Lesson lets you practice the left- and right-hand parts of each song independently, step by step, until you’ve mastered them and are ready to practice with both hands together.

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    Select the part you wish to work on (left or right) and the Lesson step. If you want to work on the right-hand part, press the [R] button; to work on the left, press the [L] button. Pressing either button repeatedly cycles through the available Lesson steps in order: Lesson 1 →...

  • Page 36: Lesson 1 - Timing

    Song Lesson Lesson 1 — Timing This lesson step lets you practice just the timing of the notes — any note can be used, as long as you play in rhythm. Pick a note to play. For the left hand, use a note in the auto accompaniment section or play the appropriate left-hand note;...

  • Page 37: Lesson 2 - Waiting

    Lesson 2 — Waiting In this lesson step, the PSR-175/172 waits for you to play the correct notes before continuing playback of the song. This lets you practice reading the music at your own pace. The notes to be played are shown in the display, one after another, as you play them correctly.

  • Page 38: Lesson 4 - Both Hands

    Song Lesson Play the appropriate part with the song. After the lead-in, the song starts automatically, and the appropriate notes appear in the display. In Lesson 3, listen carefully to the un-muted part, and play the muted part yourself. Lesson 4 — Both Hands Lesson 4 is a “Minus One”...

  • Page 39: Grade

    Grade The Lesson feature has a built-in evaluation function that monitors your practicing of the Lesson songs, and just like a real teacher, it tells you how well you did each exercise. Four grades are assigned, depending on your performance: “OK,” “Good,”...

  • Page 40: Talking

    Talking This feature “talks” to you through the speakers, “announcing” the Grade comments as well as the titles of the Lesson steps and the names of certain functions. Select the Talking function. Press the left Overall button, repeatedly if necessary, until “TALKING” appears in the display.

  • Page 41: Dictionary

    Dictionary The Dictionary feature is essentially a built-in “chord book” that shows you the individual notes of chords. It is ideal when you know the name of a certain chord and want to quickly learn how to play it. Press the [Dict.] button. Specify the root of the chord.

  • Page 42: Selecting And Playing Styles

    Selecting and Playing Styles The PSR-175/172 provides dynamic rhythm/accompaniment patterns — as well as voice set- tings appropriate for each pattern — for various popular music styles. A total of 100 different styles are available, in several different categories. Each style is made up of separate “sections”...

  • Page 43: Playing The Accompaniment

    Playing the Accompaniment When the Style mode is active, the panel buttons below the function as style con- trols. Pressing this button alter- nately enables and can- cels the bass and chord accompaniment. Pressing this button alter- nately enables and cancels the Sync Start function.

  • Page 44

    Selecting and Playing Styles I Using Tap Tempo to start This useful feature lets you tap out the speed (tempo) of the auto accompaniment and automatically start the accompaniment at that tapped speed. Simply tap the [TEMPO/TAP] button four times (or three times for a 3/4 time style), and the accompaniment starts automatically at the tempo you tapped.

  • Page 45

    Starting with an section First, press the [MAIN/AUTO FILL] button, repeatedly if necessary, to select which section (A or B) is to follow the Intro. Next, press the [INTRO/ENDING/rit.] button to set the Intro to standby. INTRO TEMPO Using Sync Start with an Intro section First, press the [MAIN/AUTO FILL] button, repeatedly if necessary, to select which section (A or B) is to follow the Intro.

  • Page 46: Changing The Tempo

    Selecting and Playing Styles Stop the style. You can do this in one of three ways: I Pressing the [START/STOP] button The rhythm/accompaniment stops playing immediately. I Using an Ending section Press the [INTRO/ENDING/rit.] button. The style stops after the Ending section is finished.

  • Page 47: Adjusting The Accompaniment Volume

    About the Fill-in Patterns If you press the [MAIN/AUTO FILL] button before beat 4... beat If you press the [MAIN/AUTO FILL] button here, after beat 4... Adjusting the Accompaniment Volume The playback volume of the accompaniment can be adjusted. This volume con- trol affects only the style volume.

  • Page 48: Using Auto Accompaniment - Multi Fingering

    Selecting and Playing Styles Using Auto Accompaniment — Multi Fingering The auto accompaniment function automatically generates bass and chord accom- paniment for you to play along with, by using Multi Fingering operation. You can change the chords of the accompaniment by playing keys in the ACMP section of the keyboard using either the “Single Finger”...

  • Page 49

    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • What is a Chord? • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • The simple answer: Three or more notes played simultaneously is a chord.

  • Page 50

    Selecting and Playing Styles • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Writing Chord Names • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Knowing how to read and write chord names is an easy yet invaluable skill.

  • Page 51: Multi Pads

    Multi Pads These convenient pads let you instantly trigger various musical and rhythmic phrases as you play the PSR-175/172. There are a total of 40 different sounds or phrases (10 banks, with four pad sounds for each bank). The phrases play back at the same speed as the Tempo setting, and they also change harmonically along with the accompaniment chords (both in the Style and Song modes).

  • Page 52: Midi

    I How Can MIDI be Used? • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • In the simple, yet powerful MIDI application example below, the Yamaha QY70 Music Sequencer is used to record and play back performance data played on the PSR-175/172 keyboard.

  • Page 53: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Problem When the PSR-175/172 is turned on or off, a pop- ping sound is temporarily produced. When using a mobile phone, noise is produced. The sound of the voices or rhythms seems unusual or strange. There is no sound even when the keyboard is played or when a Song is being played back.

  • Page 54: Voice List

    Voice List The following voices can be selected when the Voice mode is active, or when the Voice Change function is on. They can also be selected by a connected MIDI device; the corresponding bank select messages are: MSB = 00H, LSB = 70H.

  • Page 55

    The following voices cannot be directly selected from the panel controls; they are special voices programmed into the songs of the PSR-175/172 and are selected automatically in song playback. However, they can be selected by a connected MIDI device; the corresponding bank select messages are: MSB = 00H, LSB = 00H.

  • Page 56: Drum Kit List

    Drum Kit List • Each percussion voice uses one note. • The MIDI Note # and Note are actually one octave lower than listed. For example, the “Bass Drum 2” (Note# 36/Note C1) corresponds to (Note# 24/Note C0). • Voices with the same Alternate Note Number (*1 … 2) cannot be played simultaneously.

  • Page 57: Style List & Multi Pads

    Style List & Multi pads G Style List Style Name Style Name 8BEAT 8Beat Pop Euro Techno 8Beat Uptempo Funky Trip Hop 8Beat Standard Pop Reggae 8Beat Shuffle Acid House Folkrock Shakin' Pop Rock Crystal Pop 8Beat Rock Ballad 8Beat Medium 16Beat Rock Ballad 16BEAT Hard Rock...

  • Page 58: Midi Implementation Chart

    MIDI Implementation Chart...

  • Page 59

    MIDI Implementation Chart NOTE: *1 Playing the keyboard does not produce any changes in velocity data; the transmitted velocity value is fixed. The velocity value generated by playing the key is predetermined for each voice and may differ depending on the selected voice.

  • Page 60: Specifications

    L-2L, L-2C * Specifications and descriptions in this owner’s manual are for information purposes only. Yamaha Corp. reserves the right to change or modify prod- ucts or specifications at any time without prior notice. Since specifications, equipment or options may not be the same in every locale, please check...

  • Page 61: Index

    Index Misc. +/- buttons A-B Repeat AC Power adaptor Accessory Jacks Accompaniment Volume Auto Accompaniment Batteries Beat Display Both Hand chord Chord Names chord type chord, Fingered chord, Single Finger DEMO button Dictionary Display Indications DJ Voice Chart Drum Kit Drum Kit List Dual voices Ending...

  • Page 62: Limited Warranty

    PSR SERIES OF PORTATONE ELECTRONIC KEYBOARDS If during the first 90 days that immediately follows the purchase date, your new Yamaha product covered by this warranty is found to have a defect in material and/or workmanship, Yamaha and/or its authorized representative will repair such defect without charge for parts or labor.

  • Page 63

    For details of products, please contact your nearest Yamaha representative or the authorized distributor listed below. Pour plus de détails sur les produits, veuillez-vous adresser à Yamaha ou au distributeur le plus proche de vous figurant dans la liste suivante.

  • Page 64

    Yamaha PK CLUB (Portable Keyboard Home Page, English only) http://www.yamahaPKclub.com/ Yamaha Manual Library http://www2.yamaha.co.jp/manual/english/ U.R.G., Pro Audio & Digital Musical Instrument Division, Yamaha Corporation © 2003 Yamaha Corporation WC08090 ???PO???.?-01A0 Printed in China...

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