160 Preset Styles
The PSR740/640, introduced in 1999, was an excellent keyboard, which many owners still enjoy playing. Here's what Yamaha had to say about the PSR740's styles:
"The PSR740 and 640 contain 160 fully arranged music styles, including specially designed Pianist Styles, to backup your musical performance. Each style has its own unique Intro, Main A/B/C/D variations, and Ending, as well as four fill-in patterns for added musical expression. You can change the instrument part settings of any music style, or even create your own custom styles. The PSR740 also features 'Count Intro' and 'Simple Ending' to enhance your musical performance."
The table below shows the styles included with the PSR740. The time signature and the default tempo are shown in parentheses. Click on a category title to download the a zip file with the styles in that category. Click on the table title to download all the styles in one zip file. (Note: styles listed here updated with corrected original tempos on 2 October 2008. - JW)
|DISCO||SWING & JAZZ||R & B|
| LightPop (4/4@180)
| Showtune (4/4@145)
The styles in the 740, however, are a different format from the current generation of PSRs. They do have four variations, but do not include OTS. Thus, PSR740 owners can not easily take advantage of the newer styles, where the one touch settings must be removed and other adjustments made to the styles to get them to work acceptably on the 740. However, thanks to the work of Onacimus Sahayam, who now has a PSR-2000 as well as his beloved PSR740, many of the "newer" millennium styles (from the PSR2000 and Tyros) can not be enjoyed by PSR-740 users. Onacimus has also provided conversions of the PSR9000 styles for 740 owners. Below are some additional "tips" from Onacimus about the PSR740 keyboard. -- Joe Waters
New Millennium Styles for the PSR740
I have converted the styles of TYROS and PSR-2000 including Floppy styles and also the additional new styles of the PSR-2100. All together, I am naming these styles as "New Millennium Styles for the PSR-740." In this conversion, I skipped many styles that were already available from the PSR-9000 conversions. For example 8Beat1, 8Beat2, 60's8Beat, etc are already available in 9000 with same and different names. This conversion consisted of two phases.
Phase 1: "Millennium Styles" (206 styles)
Here I picked the selected styles, which have a long and melodious IntroB and EndingB and made some editing works in 740 (changing Tempo & Internal name). In the beginning, I faced many problems. Some files were impossible to load into the 740 because of their huge size. For these, I took advantage of the PSR-2000 Style Creator and deleted IntroC, EndingC and Break sections of each style, after which there was no problem in loading the style.
But still other problems surfaced in many styles. If we play the 7th chord, that sounds different than the natural chord. There are variations in voice change, volume level, parameter values of Reverb, Chorus and DSP depths in some tracks. At first I did not know how to find a remedy for this. Then I discovered that the styles without OTS are free from these problems. So I picked the selected TYROS styles from, "TYROS Styles for PSR 9000" page in PSR Tutorial and repeated the same procedure. There were no further problems.
Still some styles like "SciFiMarch" were impossible to load in 2000 or 2100, so I skipped those styles. There are some additional styles in 2000 (not in TYROS) such as Funky Fusion, Rock + Half Time, Funky Disco, etc. And also the additional new styles of 2100 such as ClassicPnoBld, DreamDance, SchlagerBeat, etc. I removed the OTS from these styles using Michael Bedesem's MIDI Player. Then I completed the first phase of the conversion project successfully. Here, I never used the Style assembling function in PSR 2000 Style Creator.
Phase 2: "Millennium Plus Styles" (251 Styles)
In this phase, I picked all the styles except the existing similar styles of 9000. I made this conversion as I did in "PSR-9000 Internal Styles for PSR-740". For these conversions, I did use the style assembling function.
All together I arranged the styles as categorized in TYROS
Where necessary, I revoiced and made volume adjustments in some tracks. I also added and removed notes in order to improve the sound on the PSR 740. The reason for adding the first letter before the style name (e.g. A-16BUPT) is that if we make all the styles appear together in one folder, the styles will automatically be arranged into category and alphabetical order.
All these styles are available below. You can get a list of the styles in this MS Excel file. Millennium Styles are in 4 zipped disks and Millennium Plus Styles in 5 zipped disks. Though there are various separate web sites dedicated to PSR 740, 90% of my conversions were done with the help of PSR Tutorial. That is why I am sending these styles only to PSR Tutorial.
PSR9000 Styles for the PSR740
I made my conversions in a PSR-2000 (owned by one of my relatives) using the Style Creator function. First, I changed the bar of INTRO B and ENDING B as it is in INTRO C and Ending C, and INTRO A as one bar respectively in each of the styles. Then, I copied the contents from INTRO C, ENDING C and BREAK into INTRO B, ENDING B, and INTRO A. Then I saved the style to disk. Where necessary, I revoiced some tracks that are appropriate for the PSR-740. For example, the 740 has no SWEET HEAVEN voice, so I changed that voice to BRIGHTNESS, ECHOES & FANTASIA. I also changed NYLON GUITAR to SPANISH GUITAR and SMOOTH NYLON GUITAR. Next, I loaded all these styles into the PSR-740 User Styles (1-3). I did some editing in the 740 (changing the internal name) and saved the styles again to another floppy disk as USR files (Uf_00001.usr). In a PC, I changed the file name. The first style in the 8-beats was 60'sRock1, but the name in the PC is S_00101.sty. I changed that name to A-60ROK1.sty. Note that, because of these conversions in the 740, the INTRO C, ENDING C and BREAK disappeared.
The first letter in the filenames denotes the category. I've also included that letter in the name of the zip file. Your your convenience, I have compiled an Excel file that provides a PSR-9000 style list for the PSR740 conversions provided here.
All the 9000 original internal styles can be read in 740 without any problem. But we have to revoice some tracks that have some strange voices (if necessary) and can be saved in Registration Memory. These styles are available in the PSR 9000 Styles Page.
Yamaha PSR740 and PSR640 Portable Keyboards
July 23, 1999 - The PSR640 and the PSR740 from Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Portable Keyboards, offer features and performance characteristics that cross over between hobbyists and professional users. The price point is affordable for the casual user, but the performance is more than enough for the most discerning professional. One look at the radical new design and ergonomics will tell you that this is something very new.
"Incredible power and innovation best describe these keyboards," states Jim Presley, marketing manager, Portable Keyboards. "These new models represent a departure from their predecessors. There are more than incremental improvements. The PSR640 and 740 look and perform like a separate, professional line of keyboards, with little family resemblance to the models below."
The most obvious innovation is the incorporation of dual-screen displays. The lower screen takes care of such housekeeping issues as function status, track levels and more. The upper display is a bit-mapped, graphic display that presents information not previously available on low-tech displays. It offers such information as graphic representations of functions, including computer-like folders showing song, style and function lists; animated help screens; song lyrics; and more.
New, stunning, sound quality is attributed to Yamaha's Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) tone generation, Yamaha's XG MIDI compatibility, a newly designed bass-reflex sound system with two-way stereo speakers and enhanced, multi-effect DSP. In addition, Yamaha's exclusive "Sweet Voices" have been added from the legendary PSR8000, resulting in wonderful trumpet and flute sounds.
In the case of the PSR740, a flute organ has been added, complete with graphic drawbars in the upper display that can be individually manipulated. This classic jazz and rock-organ sound is further enhanced by programmable tremolo in the DSP.
Innovations in the PSR740 continue with a microphone input for vocals, which links up with an internal vocal harmonizer, enabling users to literally sing harmony with themselves in real time. If remembering the words is a problem, both the 740 and 640 have another innovation called "LY"(Lyrics) that will scroll the words across the upper display in time to the music, adding the functions of a comprehensive karaoke system.
Want to enhance your voice a bit? How about adding reverb using the built-in multi-effect processor? You can even change the gender of your voice! Yamaha is world famous for its DSP technology.
The To Host port enables the direct connection to the serial port of a PC or Macintosh without the need of a MIDI interface card or box. A simple cable from the keyboard to the serial port is all the hardware needed. This opens a whole world of musical, educational and creative possibilities to the more than 30 million U.S. households with personal computers. This is especially important for laptop users, a growing segment of the total computer market for whom the addition of cards may not be an option.. Much attention has been paid to ease of use, with a larger, icon-based, backlit display. All user interfaces have been completely redesigned, taking the PSR8000 to a new level of user friendliness.
Yamaha's Auto Accompaniment is world renowned for its natural, musically correct and easy-to-play styles. These functions have been enhanced with four variations per style and two intros and endings.
"The stunning performance characteristics and capabilities of the PSR740 and PSR640, in one complete package, are going to make professionals rethink the way they make music," Presley says. "The amazing innovations of these keyboards will make those who only listen rethink why they're not making the music themselves."