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SAVING USER DATA • Always save data to an external device such as the Yamaha MIDI data ﬁler MDF3 frequently, in order to help prevent the loss of important data due to a malfunction or user operating error.
DJ ... page 22 The DJ feature is an exciting new addition to the PSR-160, that puts a wealth of contemporary sounds and rhythms at your ﬁngertips. Pressing the [DJ] button instantly calls up one of the special DJ songs (“DJ GAME”) and a DJ style, and provides the appropriate voice and sound effects to match.
Panel Controls and Terminals Front Panel q Power switch ([STANDBY/ON]) w [MASTER VOLUME] dial This determines the overall volume of the PSR-160. e [Dict.] (DICTIONARY) button This calls up the Dictionary function (See page 41). r 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.
!4 [INTRO/ENDING] ([ REW]) button When the Style mode is selected, this is used to con- trol the Intro and Ending functions. (See page 45.) When the Song mode is selected, this is used to rewind during song playback. When song playback is stopped, it is used to reverse to speciﬁc measure num- bers in the song.
Connecting a Keyboard Ampliﬁer or Stereo System • • • • • • • Though the PSR-160 is equipped with a built-in speaker system, you can also play it through an external ampliﬁer/speaker system. First, make sure the PSR-160 and...
Voices Step 1 Guide Playing the Piano Simply by pressing the [Piano] button, you can automatically reset the entire PSR-160 for piano play. Press the [Piano] button. Play the keyboard. Want to ﬁnd out more? See page 20. Panel Voice List...
Selecting and Playing Other Voices The PSR-160 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.
Step 2 Guide Playing the Songs The PSR-160 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-160. Let’s play the Demo songs now, starting with 001...
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 MEASURE Use the [+]/[-] buttons to adjust the song vol- ume.
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-160 automati- cally produces appropriate bass, chord and rhythm backing. Use your right hand to play melodies, and you’ll sound like an entire band! •...
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 Keys for entering the chord type (C3 —...
Lesson 1 — Timing ..This lesson step lets you practice just the timing of the notes. Lesson 2 — Waiting ..In this lesson step, the PSR-160 waits for you to play the correct notes before continuing Lesson 3 —...
Press the [TEMPO/TAP] button. Use the numeric keypad to set the desired MinusOne tempo. • The PSR-160 also has a convenient Tap Tempo function that allows you to “tap” a new tempo in real time. (See page 44.) BothHand Step 4 Lesson Grade Want to ﬁnd out more? See page 39.
To stop playback, press the [START/STOP] button. Song number Current chord While the Demo song is playing... Many features of the PSR-160 can be used while the Demo songs are playing. These include: • Tempo (page 31) • Song volume (page 32) • Tuning (page 27) •...
Panel Display Indications The PSR-160 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...
Portable Grand This convenient function lets you instantly call up the Grand Piano voice. Playing the Portable Grand Press the piano-shaped [Piano] 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”...
(see chart at right). Adjusting the Metronome Volume You can adjust the volume of the Metronome sound independently of the other PSR-160 sounds. The volume range is 000 - 127. Select the Metronome Volume function in the Overall menu.
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.
Selecting and Playing Voices The PSR-160 features 100 authentic voices that have been created with Yamaha’s sophisticated AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) tone generation system. Many of these voices also have spe- cial preset characteristics or embellishments. The voices are divided into various categories depending on their characteristics or the effects used.
#011 turns vibrato on. The same applies to the Harmony, Attack and Wave voices (#012 - #017). • The PSR-160 is polyphonic up to a maximum of 16 notes. (Depending on the voice selected — such as split voices and dual voices —...
There’s even a dynamic set of DJ voices (#098 - #099) that provides a wealth of exciting sounds for playing many of today’s popular music styles. The PSR-160 also features special Drum Kit voices — #088 (with Echo) and #100 — that let you play a variety of drum and percussion sounds from the keyboard.
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.
It also determines the pitch of the songs and the Multi Pads. This allows you to easily match the pitch of the PSR-160 to other instruments or singers, or play in a different key without changing your ﬁngering.
Selecting and Playing Voices Tuning • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Tuning determines the ﬁne pitch setting of both the main voice and the bass/chord accompaniment of the selected style.
The songs are generally for your listening enjoyment; however, you can also play along with them on the keyboard. The songs of the PSR-160 can also be used with the powerful Lesson feature (page 34), a convenient tool that makes learning songs fun and easy.
Press the [START/STOP] button. Melody Voice Change The PSR-160 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 — it lets you replace the original voice used for the melody of the song with the panel voice of your own selection.
Use the numeric keypad to set the desired Tempo value, or use the [+]/[-] buttons to increase or decrease the value. The PSR-160 also has a convenient Tap Tempo function that allows you to “tap” a new tempo in real time. (See page 44.)
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”...
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).
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-160 can be used with these edu- cational features. Lesson lets you practice the left- and right-hand parts of each song inde- pendently, step by step, until you’ve mastered them and are ready to practice with both hands...
39). After a short pause, the Lesson begins again automati- cally. Press the [START/STOP] button to stop the Lesson. The PSR-160 exits from the Lesson feature automatically when the [START/ STOP] button is pressed. Lesson 2 Lesson 3...
In Lesson 1, simply play one note repeatedly in time with the music. Regarding chords and the use of the left hand, the PSR-160 actually has two different types of songs: 1) songs with normal left-hand chords, and 2) songs in which the left hand plays arpeggios or melodic ﬁgures in combination...
Lesson 2 — Waiting In this lesson step, the PSR-160 waits for you to play the correct notes before con- tinuing 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.
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”...
Four grades are assigned, depending on your performance: “OK,” “Good,” “Very Good,” and “Excellent.” When the Talking function (page 40) is on, the PSR-160 also “announces” your grade. Select the Grade function. Press the [OVERALL] button, repeatedly if necessary, until “GRADE”...
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.
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.
“ACMP” in green above the keyboard, at F#2) is for the auto accompaniment function. The PSR-160 also features the convenient Dictionary function. Dictionary provides you with a built-in “chord encyclopedia” that teaches you how to play any chord you specify by showing you the appropriate notes in the display.
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.
TAP] button twice at the desired tempo. Using Sync Start The PSR-160 also has a Sync Start function that allows you to start the rhythm/accompaniment by simply pressing a key on the keyboard. To use Sync Start, ﬁrst press the [SYNC START] button (the handclap icon ﬂashes to indicate Sync Start stand-by), then press any key in the ACMP section of the keyboard (or any key when accompaniment is off).
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] button to set the Intro to standby. INTRO≥A 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.
Selecting and Playing Styles Stop the style. You can do this in one of three ways: Pressing the [START/STOP] button The rhythm/accompaniment stops playing immediately. Using an Ending section Press the [INTRO/ENDING] button. The style stops after the Ending sec- tion is ﬁnished.
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.
Finger you can simply play a one-, two- or three-ﬁnger chord indication (see Sin- gle Finger Chords below). The Fingered technique is that of conventionally play- ing all the notes of the chord. Whichever method you use, the PSR-160 “understands” what chord you indicate and then automatically generates the accompaniment.
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • What is a Chord? • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • The simple answer: Three or more notes played simultaneously is a chord.
These convenient pads let you instantly trigger various musical and rhythmic phrases as you play the PSR-160. 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).
For two MIDI instruments to communicate, they must be connected by MIDI cables. In a basic example, the MIDI IN and MIDI OUT terminals of the PSR-160 could be connected to the MIDI OUT and MIDI IN terminals of a sequencer, allowing you to record and play back performance data from the PSR-160.
Make sure that the Accompaniment Volume (page 47) is set to an appropriate lev- The PSR-160 is polyphonic up to a maximum of 16 notes. If a style or song is playing back at the same time a Multi Pad is played, some notes/sounds of the Multi Pad may be omitted (or “stolen”) from the accompaniment or song.
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.
The following voices cannot be directly selected from the panel controls; they are special voices programmed into the songs of the PSR-160 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.
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.
Style List & Multi pads 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...
MIDI Implementation Chart YAMAHA [ PSR-160 ] Model PSR-160 Function... Basic Default Channel Changed Default Mode Messages Altered Note Number : True voice ************** Velocity Note ON Note OFF After Key's Touch Ch's Pitch Bend 0,32 o 10 o 6,38 x...
*3 For program change values, refer to the voice list. Program change and other like channel messages received will not affect the PSR-160 panel settings or what is being played on the keyboard. *4 < GM System on > F0H,7EH,7FH, 09H, 01H, F7H All data is restored to the default values.
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...
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