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RSpirit 11:10pm on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 
Has lasted for years...and still going! I have had my yamaha psr-290 since 1997 which will soon be 13 years!

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Handling caution

Do not insert a nger or hand in any gaps on the instrument. Never insert or drop paper, metallic, or other objects into the gaps on the panel or keyboard. If this happens, turn off the power immediately and unplug the power cord from the AC outlet. Then have the instrument inspected by qualied Yamaha service personnel. Do not place vinyl, plastic or rubber objects on the instrument, since this might discolor the panel or keyboard. Do not rest your weight on, or place heavy objects on the instrument, and do not use excessive force on the buttons, switches or connectors. Do not operate the instrument for a long period of time at a high or uncomfortable volume level, since this can cause permanent hearing loss. If you experience any hearing loss or ringing in the ears, consult a physician.


Before connecting the instrument to other electronic components, turn off the power for all components. Before turning the power on or off for all components, set all volume levels to minimum. Also, be sure to set the volumes of all components at their minimum levels and gradually raise the volume controls while playing the instrument to set the desired listening level.


When cleaning the instrument, use a soft, dry cloth. Do not use paint thinners, solvents, cleaning uids, or chemical-impregnated wiping cloths.

Saving data

Saving and backing up your data
Saved data may be lost due to malfunction or incorrect operation. Save important data to external media such as the Yamaha MDF3 MIDI data ler.
Yamaha cannot be held responsible for damage caused by improper use or modications to the instrument, or data that is lost or destroyed.
Always turn the power off when the instrument is not in use. When using a power adaptor, even when the power switch is in the STANDBY position, electricity is still owing to the instrument at the minimum level. When you are not using the instrument for a long time, make sure you unplug the AC power adaptor from the wall AC outlet. Make sure to discard used batteries according to local regulations.
The illustrations and LCD screens as shown in this owners manual are for instructional purposes only, and may be different from the ones on your instrument.
G Regarding the song (or composition) Just The Way You Are included in this keyboard Composition Title : Just The Way You Are Composers Name : Billy Joel Copyright Owners Name : EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD CAUTION : All Rights Reserved, Unauthorised copying, public performance and broadcasting are strictly prohibited. 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 les, MIDI les, WAVE data and sound recordings. Any unauthorized use of such programs and contents outside of personal use is not permitted under relevant laws. Any violation of copyright has legal consequences. DONT MAKE, DISTRIBUTE OR USE ILLEGAL COPIES. G Trademarks Apple and Macintosh are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Windows is the registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

I GM System Level 1

GM System Level 1 is an addition to the MIDI standard which ensures that any GM-compatible music data can be accurately played by any GM-compatible tone generator, regardless of manufacturer. The GM mark is afxed to all software and hardware products that support GM System Level.

I XGlite

As its name implies, XGlite is a simplied version of Yamahas high-quality XG tone generation format. Naturally, you can play back any XG song data using an XGlite tone generator. However, keep in mind that some songs may play back differently compared to the original data, due to the reduced set of control parameters and effects.


Panel Controls and Terminals. 8 Setting Up.. 10
Power Requirements..10 Turning On the Power..11 Accessory Jacks..11
Selecting and Playing Songs.. 51
Selecting a Song... 51 Playing the Songs.. 53 A-B Repeat.. 54 Melody Voice Change.. 55 Adjusting the Song Volume.. 55

Quick Guide

Song Recording.. 56
Recording a User Song. 56 Song Clear.. 59 Track Clear.. 60
Step 1 Voices... 12 Step 2 Songs.. 14 Step 3 Music Database.. 16 Panel Display Indications.. 18 Portable Grand.. 20
Playing the Portable Grand.20 Using the Metronome..20

Song Lesson.. 61

Using the Lesson Feature.. 61 Select the Lesson Track.. 63 Lesson 1 Timing.. 63 Lesson 2 Waiting... 64 Lesson 3 Minus One.. 64 Lesson 4 Both Hands.. 65 Grade... 65

DJ... 22

Playing the DJ...22

MIDI Functions.. 66

What Is MIDI?.. 66 Connecting to a Personal Computer. 68 Local Control.. 69 Using Initial Setup Send with a Sequencer. 69 External Clock.. 69 Bulk Data Send.. 69 Keyboard Out... 70 Style Out... 70 Song Out... 70 Loading a Song into PSR-290s Flash Memory71 PC Mode... 73

Playing Voices.. 23

Playing a Voice..23 #000 OTS..26 Dual Voice...26 Split Voice..27 Setting the Split Point..27 One Touch Setting..28 Transpose and Tuning..29 Touch and Touch Sensitivity..30

Effects... 31

Harmony...31 Reverb..31 Chorus..32 DSP...32

Function.. 74

Using the Function parameters. 74
Troubleshooting.. 77 Data Backup & Initialization.. 78 Voice List.. 79 Style List... 86 Music Database List.. 87 Drum Kit List.. 88 MIDI Implementation Chart.. 90 Effect map.. 92 Specifications.. 93 Index... 94
Selecting and Playing Styles. 35
Selecting a Style..35 Playing the Styles..36 Sync Stop..40 Changing the Tempo..41 Accompaniment Sections (Main A/B and Fill-ins). 42 Adjusting the Style Volume.42 Using Auto Accompaniment Multi Fingering 43 Dictionary...45

z Start the Demo song.

z Press the [SONG] button.

Just You

You can also play back songs of other categories. Simply select the appropriate number of the desired song during playback.

x Select a song.

x Stop the Demo song.

B Bailey

You can also select the appropriate category by using the [ buttons. The PSR-290 also has a Demo and DJ Cancel function that allows you to disable Demo song and DJ function. Set Demo and DJ Cancel in the Function mode (page 76).
c Start (and stop) the song.
Want to nd out more? See page 51.

Step 2 Songs

Recording Your Own Song
Much like a multi-track tape recorder, the PSR-290 lets you play and record the individual parts of your own song in real time.
q Select the desired User song (201 - 205) for recording.
e Start recording by playing a melody on

User 2

the keyboard. The PSR-290 starts recording as soon as you play the rst note on the keyboard.
r To stop recording, press the [START/

STOP] button.

w Simultaneously hold down the [REC] button and press
the desired track number button ([1] - [5]).
Want to nd out more? See page 56.

G Song List

No. Song Name Demo Just The Way You Are Favorites Bill Bailey (Wont You Please Come Home) When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Down By The Riverside America The Beautiful When The Saints Go Marchin In Orchestra Frhlingsstimmen Danse Des Mirlitons From The Nutcracker Orphe Aux Enfers Ouverture Slavonic Dances No.10 La Primavera (From Le Quattro Stagioni) Mditation De Thais Guillaume Tell Camptown Races Frhlingslied Ungarische Tnze Nr.5 Pianist Dollys Dreaming And Awakening La Candeur Arabesque Pastorale Petite Runion Innocence No. Song Name Progrs Tarentelle La Chevaleresque Etude Op.10-3 Chanson De Ladieu Marcia Alla Turca Turkish March Valse Op.64-1 Peiti Chien Menuett Nocturne Op.9-2 Moments Musicaux Op.94-3 The Entertainer Prelude (Wohltemperierte Klavier 1-1) La Viollette Fr Elise Practice Little Brown Jug Loch Lomond Oh! Susanna Greensleeves Aura Lee Londonderry Air Ring De Banjo Wenn Ich Ein Vglein Wr ? Die Lorelei Funiculi-Funicula Turkey In The Straw Old Folks At Home Silent Night Jingle Bells No. Song Name Muss I Denn Liebestrume Nr.3 Jesu, Joy Of Mans Desiring Symphonie Nr.9 Song Of The Pearl Fisher Gavotte String Quartet No.17 2nd Mov. Serenade Menuett Canon The Danube Waves From The Magic Flute Piano Sonate Op.27-2 Mondschein The Surprise Symphony To A Wild Rose Air de Torador Carmen O Mio Babbino Caro (From Gianni Schicchi) Duet Row Row Row Your Boat On Top Of Old Smoky We Wish You A Merry Christmas Scarborough Fair Im Mai O Christmas Tree Mary Had A Little Lamb Ten Little Indians Pop Goes The Weasel Twinkle Twinkle Little Star No. Song Name Close Your Hands, Open Your Hands The Cuckoo O Du Lieber Augustin London Bridge Chord Lesson Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Close Your Hands, Open Your Hands The Cuckoo O Du Lieber Augustin London Bridge American Patrol Beautiful Dreamer Battle Hymn Of The Republic Home Sweet Home Valse Des Fleurs (From The Nutcracker) Aloha Oe Ive Been Working On The Railroad My Darling Clementine Auld Lang Syne Grandfathers Clock Amazing Grace My Bonnie Yankee Doodle Joy To The World Ave Maria

Tuning can be set in the Function mode (page 75).
The Tuning settings have no effect on the Drum Kit voices (#109 - #120).
Touch and Touch Sensitivity
The Touch function gives you dynamic, expressive control over the voices, letting you determine how loud or soft the sound is by your playing strength.
To save the Touch on/off status and the Function parameters to internal memory (ash memory), press and hold the [FUNCTION] button. (See page 78.)
Turn the Touch function on or off as desired by pressing the [TOUCH] button.
Indicates Touch function is on.
Touch Sensitivity lets you set how the PSR-290 responds to your playing strength, allowing you to customize the keyboard to suit your own playing style. The default Touch Sensitivity is 2 (Medium). Sensitivity can be set in the Function mode (page 75).

G Settings:

1 (Soft) 2 (Medium) 3 (Hard) This results in limited touch response, and produces a relatively narrow dynamic range, no matter how lightly or strongly you play the keys. This lets you play over a normal dynamic range (soft to loud). This is designed for playing very soft passages, giving you slightly more detailed control in the soft volume range.
When Touch is turned off, a constant volume (corresponding to a velocity value of 80) is produced.


The PSR-290 is equipped with a wide variety of effects that can be used to enhance the sound of the voices. The PSR-290 has four separate effect systems Harmony, Reverb, Chorus and DSP and each has many different effect types to choose from.


The Harmony section features a variety of performance effects that enhance the melodies you play when using the accompaniment styles of the PSR-290. A total of twenty-six Harmony types are available. (See page 33.) Tremolo, Trill and Echo effects can be used even if accompaniment is off. There are ve different Harmony Types that automatically create harmony parts (for notes played in the upper section of the keyboard) to match the accompaniment chords.
For the rst ve Harmony Types (Duet, Trio, Block, Country, and Octave), chords must be played in the Accompaniment area of the keyboard. The Harmony voice(s) change in pitch to best match the chords you play. The speed of the Trill, Tremolo, and Echo effects depends on the Tempo setting (page 33).
Turn on/off the Harmony effect.
Press the [HARMONY] button.

Selecting and Playing Styles
The PSR-290 provides dynamic rhythm/accompaniment patterns (styles) as well as voice settings appropriate for each style for various popular musical categories. A total of 135 different styles are available, in several different categories. Each style is made up of separate sections Intro, Main A and B, and Ending letting you call up different accompaniment sections as you perform. The auto accompaniment features that are built into the rhythms add the excitement of instrumental backing to your performance, letting you control the accompaniment by the chords you play. Auto accompaniment effectively splits the keyboard into two areas: The upper is used for playing a melody line, and the lower (set by default to keys F#2 and lower) is for the auto accompaniment function. The PSR-290 also features the convenient Dictionary function (page 45). Dictionary provides you with a builtin chord encyclopedia that teaches you how to play any chord you specify by showing you the appropriate notes in the display.

Selecting a Style

Press the [STYLE] button.

Style name and number

Select the desired style number.
The categories of each styles and their numbers are shown on the panel. A complete style list of the available styles is given on page 86.
I Use the dial. You can also use the CATEGORY and/or SELECT buttons. Turn the dial and select the desired style. Select the appropriate category by using the CATEGORY [ ]/[ ] buttons. When you come close to the desired number, use the SELECT [ ]/[ ] buttons to step down and up through the style numbers.
I Use the numeric keypad. Style numbers can be selected in the same way as with the voices (page 24). You can use the numeric keypad to directly enter the style number, or use the [+]/[-] buttons to step up and down through the styles.

Playing the Styles

The panel buttons below function as style controls.
Pressing this button alternately enables and cancels the bass and chord accompaniment. (See below.) Pressing this button alternately enables and cancels the Sync Start function. (See page 37.) Pressing this button switches between the Main A and Main B sections, automatically adding a ll-in pattern before changing the section. (See page 42.)
Pressing this button alternately enables and cancels the Sync Stop function. (See page 40.)

I Lesson 4 Both Hands

Lesson 4 is a Minus One practice essentially the same as Lesson 3, except that both the left- and right-hand parts are muted letting you play and master both hands at the same time.

Using the Lesson Feature

Select one of the Lesson songs.
Press the [SONG] button, then use the dial or numeric keypad or [+]/[-] buttons to select the desired song.


The songs are divided into several different categories or music genres.
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 Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Off Lesson 1, etc. The selected Lesson step is indicated in the display.




(Song Lesson off)
To select Lesson 4, press both [L] and [R] buttons simultaneously.


Start the Lesson.
The Lesson and song playback start automatically (following a lead-in count) as soon as the Lesson step is selected. When the Lesson is nished, your performance grade is shown in the display (if the Grade function is turned on; page 65). After a short pause, the Lesson begins again automatically.

* * * *

060 001
Asterisks appear indicating the timing at which you should play the notes. The line of asterisks represents one full measure. Sixteenth notes are indicated by an alternating asterisk and sharp sign.
Press the [START/STOP] button to stop the Lesson.
The PSR-290 exits from the Lesson feature automatically when the [START/ STOP] button is pressed. 62

Select the Lesson Track

This function allows you to select the track number of a loaded song from computer (only SMF format 0). The track number of the song can be specied in the Function mode (page 76).

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 area or play the appropriate left-hand note; for the right, play a note above F#2. Simply concentrate on playing each note in time with the rhythmic accompaniment.
The melody note does not sound unless your playing is in time with the rhythm.
Select one of the Lesson songs. Select Lesson 1.
Press the [L] or [R] button (repeatedly, if necessary) until Lesson 1 is indicated.
Play the appropriate melody or chord with the song.
After the lead-in, the song starts automatically, and the appropriate notes appear in the display. In Lesson 1, simply play one note repeatedly in time with the music. Regarding chords and the use of the left hand, the PSR-290 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 gures in combination with the right. In the case of the rst type, play the chords with your left hand in the auto accompaniment area of the keyboard.

Lesson 2 Waiting

In this lesson step, the PSR-290 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.
Select one of the Lesson songs. Select Lesson 2.
Press the [L] or [R] button (repeatedly, if necessary) until Lesson 2 is indicated.
After the lead-in, the song starts automatically, and the appropriate notes appear in the display. In Lesson 2, play the correct notes at your own pace, until you can master playing them in rhythm.

Lesson 3 Minus One

This lesson step lets you practice one part of the song in rhythm at the proper tempo. The PSR-290 plays back the song accompaniment with one part muted (either the left part or the right) letting you play and master the missing part yourself. The notes you are to play are shown continuously in the display as the song plays back.
Select one of the Lesson songs. Select Lesson 3.
Press the [L] or [R] button (repeatedly, if necessary) until Lesson 3 is indicated.
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 practice essentially the same as Lesson 3, except that both the left- and right-hand parts are muted letting you play and master both hands at the same time. Go on to this lesson step after youve mastered each hands part in the previous three lesson steps. Practice both hands in time with the rhythm along with the notation in the display.
Select one of the Lesson songs. Select Lesson 4.
Press the [L] and [R] buttons simultaneously, so that Lesson 4 is indicated.
Play both the left- and right-hand parts with the song.
After the lead-in, the song starts automatically, and the appropriate notes appear in the display. In Lesson 4, both parts (left and right) are muted, letting you play the entire song by yourself.
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, Very Good, and Excellent. The evaluation function can be set to on/off in the Function mode (page 76).

[Windows] OS: CPU: Available Memory: Free space in Hard Disk: Display: [Macintosh] OS: CPU: Available Memory: Free space in Hard Disk: Display: Windows 95/98/Me/2000 Pentium/100MHz or faster 8MB or more 2MB or more 800 x 600, 256 colors or more Mac OS 7.5 or upper Power PC or upper 8MB or more 2MB or more 800 x 600, 256 colors or more

I Song Filer

After you install Song Filer and connect the PSR-290 to the computer, you can use the two functions described below. G Transmit Files You can transmit song les from your computer to your PSR-290s Flash Memory.
Refer to page 68 for information on connecting the PSR-290 to a computer. You cannot use the Song Filers Receive Files function with the PSR-290. For more information on using Song Filer, refer to the PDF manual included in the Song Filer application.


Never attempt to turn the power off while transmitting song data. Doing so will not only result in failure to save the data, but also make the internal ash memory unstable. It may also clear all the data residing in the ash memory when turning the power on and off. Saved data in the instrument may be lost due to malfunction or incorrect operation. Retain important data to your computer or oppy disk.


G Manage Files on Flash Memory You can delete and rename les in your PSR-290s Flash Memory from your computer.




Selecting a right & left hand guide track
You can select a track in the Function mode (page 76) to guide your right and left hand ngering during the Lesson (page 63). This function is available only when you select a ash memory song (SMF format 0).

PC Mode

The PC Mode lets you instantly recongure the MIDI control settings for use with a computer or MIDI device.

G Default settings

I To turn the PC mode on or off:
Press the [PC] button and then press the appropriate [+]/[-] button. This switches between the PC Mode on/off settings.
I To store the PC mode parameters:
Change the PC mode parameters.
Change the desired MIDI parameters in the Function mode. The following PC Mode parameters can be stored to memory.

No sound is output from the PSR-290 when Local ON/OFF is set to OFF. If External Clock is set to ON, style or song playback will not start unless external clock are received.
Store the parameters to the PC memory.
Press and hold the [PC] button until WRITING! appears in the LCD.


The PSR-290 has a variety of settings in the Function parameters. These give you detailed control over many of the PSR-290s features.
Using the Function parameters
Press the Function button.
To save the Function parameters and the Touch on/off status to internal memory (ash memory), press and hold the [FUNCTION] button. (See page 78.)


Use the CATEGORY [ ]/[ ] buttons when selecting the category steps.


Input the appropriate value or use the [+]/[-] buttons to set the selected Function.
You can also use the dial.

Use the SELECT [

Select a Function name.
]/[ ] buttons to select a Function name.

G Function parameters

CATEGORY Overall SELECT Display Transpose Transpos Tuning Tuning Split Point SplitPnt This determines the transposition of the entire PSR-290 sound. This determines the pitch of the entire PSR-290 sound. This determines the highest key for the Split voice and sets the Split point in other words, the key that separates the Split (lower) and Main (upper) voices. (The Split voice sounds up to and including the Split Point key.) The default Split Point is 054 (F#2). The Split Point setting and Accompaniment Split Point setting are automatically set to the same value. 13 A setting of 1 results in limited touch response; this setting produces a relatively narrow dynamic range, no matter how lightly or strongly you play the keys. 2 lets you play over a normal dynamic range (soft to loud), while 3 is designed for playing very soft passages, giving you slightly more detailed control in the soft volume range. When Touch is turned off (page 30), a constant velocity value of 80 is produced (total velocity range = 0127). 0127 This determines the volume of the Main voice, letting you create an optimum mix with the Dual or Split voice. -22 This determines the octave range for the Main voice. Use this to set the (octave) most suitable range for the Main voice. 0 (full left)64 This determines the pan position of the Main voice in the stereo image.

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Drum Kit List

indicates that the drum sound is the same as Standard Kit 1. Each percussion voice uses one note. The MIDI Note # and Note are actually one octave lower than keyboard Note # and Note. For example, in 109: Standard Kit 1, the Seq Click H (Note# 36/Note C1) corresponds to (Note# 24/Note C0). Key Off: Keys marked O stop sounding the instant they are released. Voices with the same Alternate Note Number (*1 4) cannot be played simultaneously. (They are designed to be played alternately with each other.)


Note# Note
Voice No. MSB/LSB/PC MIDI Key Alternate

Note# Note Off assign

109 127/000/000 Standard Kit 1 Surdo Mute Surdo Open Hi Q Whip Slap Scratch Push Scratch Pull Finger Snap Click Noise Metronome Click Metronome Bell Seq Click L Seq Click H Brush Tap Brush Swirl Brush Slap Brush Tap Swirl Snare Roll Castanet Snare H Soft Sticks Bass Drum Soft Open Rim Shot Bass Drum Hard Bass Drum Side Stick Snare M Hand Clap Snare H Hard Floor Tom L Hi-Hat Closed Floor Tom H Hi-Hat Pedal Low Tom Hi-Hat Open Mid Tom L Mid Tom H Crash Cymbal 1 High Tom Ride Cymbal 1 Chinese Cymbal Ride Cymbal Cup Tambourine Splash Cymbal Cowbell Crash Cymbal 2 Vibraslap Ride Cymbal 2 Bongo H Bongo L Conga H Mute Conga H Open Conga L Timbale H Timbale L Agogo H Agogo L Cabasa Maracas Samba Whistle H Samba Whistle L Guiro Short Guiro Long Claves Wood Block H Wood Block L Cuica Mute Cuica Open Triangle Mute Triangle Open Shaker Jingle Bell Bell Tree

Cutting Noise Phone Call Cutting Noise 2 Door Squeak Door Slam String Slap Scratch Cut Scratch Wind Chime Telephone Ring 2
Flute Key Click Car Engine Ignition Car Tires Squeal Car Passing Car Crash Siren Hand Cym. H Train Jet Plane Hand Cym.Short H Starship Burst Roller Coaster Submarine
Shower Thunder Wind Stream Bubble Feed
Laugh Scream Punch Heartbeat FootSteps

Dog Horse Bird Tweet 2

Machine Gun Laser Gun Explosion Firework

Ghost Maou

MIDI Implementation Chart
YAMAHA [ Portable Keyboard ] Model PSR-290 MIDI Implementation Chart Transmitted Function. Basic Channel Mode Note Number Velocity After Touch Pitch Bend 0,84 91,93,94 96,97 100,101 : True # Default Changed Default Messages Altered 1 - 16 x 3 x ************** 1 - 16 x 3 x x 0 - - 127 o 9nH,v=1-127 o 9nH,v=0 or 8nH x x o *2 o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o 0 - 127 Bank Select Modulation wheel Data Entry(MSB) Data Entry(LSB) Part Volume Pan Expression Sustain Harmonic Content Release Time Attack Time Brightness Portamento Cntrl Effect Depth RPN Inc,Dec RPN LSB,MSB *1 Recognized Date:25-Jan-2002 Version : 1.0 Remarks
0 - 127 : True voice ************** Note ON Note OFF Key's Ch's o 9nH,v=1-127 o 9nH,v=0 x x x o x x x o o x o x x x x x o x x

Control Change

*2 *2 *2 *2 *2 *2 *2

Prog Change

o 0 - 127 ************** o x x x o o o x x x o x *4 *3
System Exclusive : Song Pos. : Song Sel. : Tune

o x x x o o

System : Clock Real Time: Commands Aux :All Sound OFF :Reset All Cntrls :Local ON/OFF :All Notes OFF Mes- :Active Sense sages:Reset
o(120,126,127) o(121) o(122) *5 o(123-125) o x Mode 2 : OMNI ON ,MONO Mode 4 : OMNI OFF,MONO o : Yes x : No
Mode 1 : OMNI ON , POLY Mode 3 : OMNI OFF, POLY
NOTE: *1 By default (factory settings) the PSR-290 ordinarily functions as a 16-channel multi-timbral tone generator, and incoming data does not affect the panel voices or panel settings. However, the MIDI messages listed below do affect the panel voices, auto accompaniment, and songs. MIDI Master Tuning System exclusive messages for changing the Reverb Type, Chorus Type, and DSP Type. *2 Messages for these control change numbers cannot be transmitted from the PSR-290 itself. However, they may be transmitted when playing the accompaniment, song or using the Harmony effect. *3 Exclusive <GM System ON> F0H, 7EH, 7FH, 09H, 01H, F7H This message automatically restores all default settings for the instrument, with the exception of MIDI Master Tuning. <MIDI Master Volume> F0H, 7FH, 7FH, 04H, 01H, ll, mm, F7H This message allows the volume of all channels to be changed simultaneously (Universal System Exclusive). The values of mm is used for MIDI Master Tuning. (Values for ll are ignored.) <MIDI Master Tuning> F0H, 43H, 1nH, 27H, 30H, 00H, 00H, mm, ll, cc, F7H This message simultaneously changes the tuning value of all channels. The values of mm and ll are used for MIDI Master Tuning. The default value of mm and ll are 08H and 00H, respectively. Any values can be used for n and cc. <Reverb Type> F0H, 43H, 1nH, 4CH, 02H, 01H, 00H, mmH, llH, F7H mm : Reverb Type MSB ll : Reverb Type LSB Refer to the Effect Map (page 92) for details. <Chorus Type> F0H, 43H, 1nH, 4CH, 02H, 01H, 20H, mmH, llH, F7H mm : Chorus Type MSB ll : Chorus Type LSB Refer to the Effect Map (page 92) for details. <DSP Type> F0H, 43H, 1nH, 4CH, 02H, 01H, 40H, mmH, llH, F7H mm : DSP Type MSB ll : DSP Type LSB Refer to the Effect Map (page 92) for details. <DRY Level> F0H, 43H, 1nH, 4CH, 08H, 0mH, 11H, llH, F7H ll : Dry Level 0m : Channel Number <XG Parametter Change> F0H, 43H, 1nH, 4CH, hh, mm, ll, dd, F7H hh mm ll : address dd : data <XG Bulk Dump> F0H, 43H, 0nH, 4CH, aa, bb, hh, mm, ll, dd, cc, F7H 0n : Device Number n=0 (send), 0 - f (receive) aa bb : Byte Count (aa << 7) + bb hh mm ll : address dd : data <Sequence Recording Bulk Dump> F0H, 43H, 73H, 7FH, mID, 06H, 0AH, aa, bb, cc, dd, hh, mm, ll, bulk data, sum, F7H mID : model ID PSR-290=2BH 06H : Bulk ID 0AH : Bulk No. aa : Byte Count MSB bb : Byte Count LSB cc : amount of valid MSB data dd : amount of valid LSB data hh mm ll : address bulk data : Sequence data (1byte, 2byte.7byte, MSB data) sum : Check Sum = 0-sum (bulk data) <One Touch Setting Bulk Dump> F0H, 43H, 73H, 7FH, mID, 06H, 09H, aa, bb, cc, dd, hh, mm, ll, bulk data, sum, F7H mID : model ID PSR-290=2BH 06H : Bulk ID 09H : Bulk No. aa : Byte Count MSB bb : Byte Count LSB cc : amount of valid MSB data dd : amount of valid LSB data hh mm ll : address bulk data : Sequence data (low 4bit, high 4 bit.low 4bit, high 4 bit) sum : Check Sum = 0-sum (bulk data) *4 When the accompaniment is started, an FAH message is transmitted. When accompaniment is stopped, an FCH message is transmitted.When the clock is set to External, both FAH (accompaniment start) and FCH (accompaniment stop) are recognized. *5 Local ON/OFF <Local ON> Bn, 7A, 7F <Local OFF> Bn, 7A, 00 Value for n is ignored.


3.0W + 3.0W


12cm x 2 + 3cm x 2
Power Consumption (when using PA-3C power adaptor)

UL/CSA :14W CE :15W

108 panel voices + 12 drum kits + 480 XG voices + 5 DJ voices Polyphony : 32 DUAL SPLIT

Power Supply

Adaptor : Yamaha PA-3C AC power adaptor Batteries : Six D size, R20P (LR20) or equivalent batteries
135 styles Style Control : ACMP ON/OFF, SYNC STOP, SYNC START, START/STOP, INTRO ENDING, MAIN/AUTO FILL Fingering : Multi fingering Style Volume

Dimensions (W x D x H)

952 x 389 x 140 mm (37-1/2" x 15-1/3" x 5-1/2")


6.8 kg (15 lbs.)

Supplied Accessories

Music Stand Owners Manual Song Book

Yamaha Educational Suite

Dictionary Lesson 1-4

Optional Accessories

Headphones : HPE-150 AC power adaptor : PA-3B/3C Footswitch : FC4, FC5 Keyboard stand : L-2C
Preset A and B (for each style) Memory
Transpose, Tuning, Split Point, Touch Sensitivity, Main Voice Volume; Octave; Pan; Reverb Send Level; Chorus Send Level; DSP Send Level, Dual Voice Voice; Volume; Octave; Pan; Reverb Send Level; Chorus Send Level; DSP Send Level, Split Voice Voice; Volume; Octave; Pan; Reverb Send Level; Chorus Send Level; DSP Send Level, Reverb Type, Chorus Type, DSP Type, Harmony Type, Harmony Volume, Local On/Off, External Clock, Bulk Data Send, Initial Setup Send, Keyboard Out, Style Out, Song Out, Style Volume, Song Volume, Metronome Volume, Time Signature, Lesson Track (R), Lesson Track (L), Grade On/Off, Demo and DJ Cancel
* Specifications and descriptions in this owners manual are for information purposes only. Yamaha Corp. reserves the right to change or modify products or specifications at any time without prior notice. Since specifications, equipment or options may not be the same in every locale, please check with your Yamaha dealer.
Reverb : 8 types Chorus : 4 types DSP : 38 types Harmony : 26 types
100 Songs + 5 User Songs + Flash Memory Song Clear, Track Clear Song Volume


Song User Song : 5 Songs Recording Tracks : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, STYLE
Panel controls and terminals
+/-.. 9, 24 A-B REPEAT.. 9, 53 ACMP... 9, 36 CATEGORY. 8, 23 DC IN 12V.. 9, 10 DEMO.. 8, 14 Dial.. 8, 24 DICTIONARY.. 8, 45 DJ.. 8, 22 DUAL... 8, 26 FF.. 9, 53 FUNCTION.. 8, 74 HARMONY. 8, 31 INTRO ENDING. 9, 36 LEFT..53 LESSON.. 8, 62 M.D.B.. 8, 48 MAIN/AUTO FILL.. 9, 36 MASTER VOLUME..8 MEMORY.. 9, 29 METRONOME. 8, 20 MIDI IN.. 9, 67 MIDI OUT.. 9, 67 NO.. 9, 59, 60 Numeric keypad. 9, 24 ONE TOUCH SETTING. 9, 28 PAUSE.. 9, 53 PC.. 8, 73 PHONES/OUTPUT.. 9, 11 PORTABLE GRAND.. 8, 20 REC..57 RECORD..9 REW.. 9, 53 RIGHT..53 SELECT.. 8, 24 SONG..8, 51, 57, 61 SONG MEMORY.. 9, 57 SPLIT... 8, 27 STANDBY/ON.. 8, 11 START/STOP.. 9, 36, 53 STYLE.. 8, 35 SUSTAIN. 9, 11 SYNC START.. 9, 36 SYNC STOP. 9, 36 TEMPO/TAP. 9, 20, 41 TOUCH.. 8, 30 VOICE.. 8, 23 YES.. 9, 59, 60


This warranty does not apply to units whose trade name, trademark, and/or ID numbers have been altered, defaced, exchanged removed, or to failures and/or damages that may occur as a result of: 1. Neglect, abuse, abnormal strain, modication or exposure to extremes in temperature or humidity. 2. Improper repair or maintenance by any person who is not a service representative of a retail outlet authorized by Yamaha to sell the product, an authorized service center, or an authorized service representative of Yamaha. 3. This warranty is applicable only to units sold by retailers authorized by Yamaha to sell these products in the U.S.A., the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This warranty is not applicable in other possessions or territories of the U.S.A. or in any other country. Please record the model and serial number of the product you have purchased in the spaces provided below. Model___________________________ Serial #________________________________ Sales Slip #________________________________ Date______________________________________
Purchased from____________________________________________________________ (Retailer)
YAMAHA CORPORATION OF AMERICA Electronic Service Division 6600 Orangethorpe Avenue Buena Park, CA 90620
For details of products, please contact your nearest Yamaha or the authorized distributor listed below. Pour plus de dtails sur les produits, veuillez-vous adresser Yamaha ou au distributeur le plus proche de vous gurant dans la liste suivante.
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Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. 135 Milner Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 3R1, Canada Tel: 416-298-1311
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