Yamaha | PSS-26 | The XG Advantage

Bring Home the Magic of Music
Yamaha portable keyboards put musical
creativity at your fingertips
The Yamaha lineup of portable electronic keyboards is a musician’s
dream come true, giving you the power to sound exactly the way you
want. It starts with a new level of instrument realism thanks to a larger
sample ROM. And what does that mean? Simply put, a more realistic
digital sample of an instrument almost always requires a larger digital
sample. So by increasing the size of the sample memory, Yamaha is able
to give you even more realistic instrument voices. And you get so many of
them with Yamaha’s XG standard, the constantly growing extension of
General MIDI (GM). Not only do you get full compatibility with GM, you
get hundreds of extra voices as well as full MIDI control of voice and
effects parameters, and a whole lot more. In addition, these new
PortaTones boast upgraded speaker systems, with 2-way speakers for the
PSR-280 and above, and bass ports for the PSR-160 and above (except
PSR-340).
The world’s favorite auto-accompaniments
Of course, PortaTones are packed with the dynamic rhythms, music styles
and easy-play features that make them the world’s favorites. Plus an
important extra: the Easy Navigator gives you fast, easy, intuitive access to
all these stunning functions, allowing you to spend your time playing
music instead of reading owner’s manuals.
A fun-tastic way to discover the exciting
world of music
Yamaha’s entry-level PortaTone line offers incredible features and
performance at an affordable price. Newly developed Yamaha Education
Suite 2™, a wonderful set of music training functions make learning
music incredibly easy. And when it’s time to take a break from practicing,
simply place the keyboard in DJ mode and let the fun begin—with
awesome dance voices and accompaniment styles…and even a DJ game!
Icons
Special icons indicate at a glance the major features available on each instrument. The glossary
below explains what each icon stands for.
Vocal Harmony for XG
Sweet Voice
Built-In FDD
Add harmony parts to anything you sing
with the Vocal Harmony function, and
powerfully enhance your vocal
performances.
Yamaha’s exclusive Sweet Voice is so natural
it’s almost indistinguishable from the real
thing.
The internal floppy disk drive gives you
unlimited storage capacity.
Easy Navigator
Portable Grand
An on-screen navigator makes
even advanced functions easy
by taking you step-by-step through the settings of various
features and functions.
Stereo Sampled Piano
Instantly reset the entire instrument for
optimum piano play.
Yamaha Education
Suite 2™ (Y.E.S. 2)
This amazingly rich and authentic
voice uses stereo recordings
(samples) of an actual grand piano for stunningly natural sound.
Pianist Style
DJ Mode
Piano-only styles with full left hand
accompaniment even using single-finger chords.
A unique set of tutorial
functions makes it easy for anyone to learn to play the keyboard.
Seven types of lesson are available as well as a convenient chord
dictionary.
Disklavier
One press of the DJ button
calls up a full arsenal of contemporary dance voices and style
patterns, as well as a special DJ songs and games.
Dynamic Filter
(Compatible with Disklavier
software.)
Disklavier is the integration of advanced electronics into
traditional upright and grand pianos to create a variety of
versatile new digital/acoustic hybrids.
Touch Response
Dynamically controls the
timbre or tone of a voice
according to your playing strength — just like a real acoustic
instrument!
Reverb
Your playing can be as
expressive as on an acoustic instrument.
2-Way Speaker System
Add the ambience of a variety
of different-sized rooms and
halls to your music for an extra dimension of richness.
6-Track Recorder
Compose your own songs by
overdubbing chords and
melodies. One track can be used to record an accompaniment
style.
Bass Boost System
Separate tweeters deliver high
frequency sounds with clarity
and precision for more lifelike instrument voices.
A special port on each
speaker adds powerful impact to bass sound reproduction.
One Touch Setting
Organ Variation
This function automatically
configures keyboard
parameters, such as voice selection and tempo, to optimally
match the selected music style.
Switch back and forth between
two types of organ
tones—normal and effected—simply by pressing a button.
XG
Song Lyric Display
XF
64-Note Polyphony
DSP
Yamaha XG MIDI extends GM
voice selection, expression and
control.
See the words to the songs
being played on your
keyboard (with lyric-encoded
recordings).
Lyric & Chord information can
be displayed! XF is a new file
format that expands upon the
capabilities of the Standard
MIDI File.
Up to 64 notes can be
reproduced simultaneously for
intricate musical
arrangements.
Digital Signal Processing
enhances sound quality with
sophisticated digital effects.
Multi Effector
Modulation Wheel
To Host Port
Style File
Digital Equalizer
Use multiple effects in
combination to expand your
sonic range.
Give modulation to the notes
as you play with fingertip
expressive control.
Built-in computer interface
allows easy connection to PC
or Macintosh computers.
This versatile accompaniment
format lets you add even more
styles from floppy disk.
Control over individual
frequency ranges lets you
customize the sound.
16-Track Sequencer
Pitch Bend Wheel
Groove & Dynamics
Stereo
DOC Compatibility
Record and play music with up
to 16 tracks of lushly layered
sound.
Give bend to the notes as you
play fingertip.
Vary the accompaniment as you
play with wide-ranging custom
control.
Stereo sound adds realistic
character and spatial depth.
Access the vast library of music
available in the Yamaha Disk
Orchestra Collection.
AWM
MIDI
GM
FM
PCM
Yamaha Advanced Wave
Memory technology delivers
amazingly realistic sound.
Musical Instrument Digital
Interface lets electronic
musical instruments work
together.
With General MIDI
compatibility, song data always
plays the correct sounds.
FM tone generation uses digital
sine wave generators to
synthesize complex
instrumental and electronic
sounds.
Pulse-Code Modulation which
is the same digital sampling
technology used in the
prodution of music CDs.
Ya m a h a X G : t h e f o r m a t t h a t a l w a y s o ff e r s s o m e t h i n g n e w.
Vi s i t o u r w e b s i t e f o r t h e l a t e s t d e v e l o p m e n t s .
What is XG?
Yamaha’s XG format is a significant extension and
enhancement of General MIDI (
). Naturally, all
Yamaha XG products are fully compatible with General MIDI, ensuring
that GM song files play back with the proper set of voices and sound
just as the original composer/programmer intended. The XG format,
however, offers a level of expression much greater than that of
General MIDI by providing enhanced features such as:
XG Song Data for the PortaTone
XG Tools for the PortaTone
A large and constantly growing selection of song files is available in
XG format. These song files have been specially recorded to take
advantage of and showcase the various features of XG-compatible
PortaTone keyboards.
SoftSynthesizer and MIDPLUG are two powerful pieces of software that
make your computer music-ready — and, best of all, they’re free! Get
online and check them out!
Free Song Data Library
SoftSynthesizer
The Free Song Data Library contains a great
selection of original XG songs produced by
Yamaha. With a little bit of ingenuity and
creativeness, you can get a lot of enjoyment
out of this wide selection of free material.
Once you have downloaded the XG MIDI data
or audio data – free of charge, of course –
you can play it back with your XG PortaTone
or XG SoftSynthesizer. Or if you want to, you
can include it on your homepage and let
others enjoy it, too.
• Minimum 32-note polyphony
• A huge set of additional voices, including variations of the GM set and wide
variety of completely new voices
• A minimum of three effects processors with a large number of effect types
• MIDI control of analog signal inputs (for example, processing a microphone
signal with vocal harmony and effects)
• An extensive set of standardized voice and effect parameters that are MIDI–
controllable
XG Grows as You Do!
When you’re ready to expand your music and sound capabilities, XG is ready to
keep pace with you. Yamaha features a wide range of powerful and compatible
XG products — from keyboards and tone generators to sequencing and editing
software — that let you explore the full musical and sonic potential of XG!
Direct Computer Connection
All XG-compatible PortaTones feature a convenient TO HOST terminal. This
allows you to directly connect the PortaTone to a PC or Macintosh computer,
and take advantage of the wealth of powerful sequencing and other music
software to create and edit your own music!
Compose a song on your XG PortaTone and
e-mail it to your friends! With Yamaha’s
SoftSynthesizer, your XG MIDI files can play
back on a PC and sound exactly as they do on
your keyboard-with sound quality that’s
absolutely amazing! SoftSynthesizer versions
S-YXG50 and S-YXG100 fully support the XG
format and play back MIDI files with CD
quality (44.1kHz) without dedicated
hardware such as a sound card or
synthesizer module. A free 90-day trial
version of SoftSynthesizer is available on the
XG Website.
www.yamaha-xg.com
www.yamaha-xg.com
MIDPLUG for XG
Yamaha On-Line Shops
Here’s your one-stop source for music
equipment and software online! Packed full
with important information and detailed
product descriptions, the Yamaha Virtual
Shop and yamahamusicsoft.com let you easily
find exactly what you need — right away!
MIDPLUG for XG is a plug-in for Netscape
Communicator and Internet Explorer, which
enables your XG PortaTone, MIDI tone
generator or SoftSynthesizer to playback
MIDI data from Web pages automatically.
It also allows you to create your own musicenabled Web pages using songs that you’ve
composed on your PortaTone!
www.yamaha-xg.com
The XG Advantage
Sound /
Expression
www.yamaha.co.uk/shop/html/home.htm
The XG format is growing rapidly
and is also becoming a widespread
format for personal computers,
with over 35 million licensed XG
SoftSynthesizer users to date.
STEM
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PA
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MORE VOICES
GREATER POLYPHONY
MORE PARAMETERS
VH EXPANSION
SG EXPANSION
VL EXPANSION
A/D INPUTS
EQ
EFFECTS
Functions / Controls
www.yamahamusicsoft.com
Yamaha Digital Pianos & Portable Keyboards Categories
Looking for a keyboard to keep you
entertained at home? At Yamaha’s Digital
Piano & Portable Keyboard site, you’ll find
exactly the one you want…and all the
information about it you need. Clavinovas,
Electones, portable digital pianos, PSR
keyboards and even rhythm programmers
— all of Yamaha’s home-keyboard lines are
just a mouse click away from this homepage.
www.yamaha.com/digpianos.htm
PK Club Homepage
Find out all the latest about the PK Club here at our website. Just point your browser at
www.yamaha.co.jp/english/product/pk
Playing the keyboard has never been this fun…or this easy!
Hi-fi Speakers and 76 Keys Deliver Enhanced Playing Performance
A keyboard for those who want more. Powerful bass boost speaker system and 76 touch-responsive keys bring out the best in this keyboard’s fantastic voices,
songs and features.
• 76 Keys • 256 AWM Voices (128 panel voices + 128 GM voices) • Backlit LCD • Digital Effects (8 Reverb, 38 DSP, 26 Harmony) • 100 Accompaniment Styles • 100 Preset + 5 User Songs • Pitch Bend • Multi
Fingering Auto Accompaniment • Registration Memory (2 pads x 8 banks) • Foot Switch (optional) • 1188 mm (W) x 435 mm (D) x 127 mm (H) • 8.0 kg
General MIDI Capability with Dynamic 2-Way Speakers
More Music Enjoyment with 61 Keys and DJ Mode
The affordable choice for song recording and playback. The PSR-280 has a
built-in 6-track sequencer and is fully General MIDI compatible. It’s also
equipped with a dynamic filter and digital effects.
Express your musical talent with the PSR-260! In addition to a 5-octave touch
response keyboard, it features the Y.E.S. 2 music tutor function, bass ports
and an exciting new DJ mode.
• 61 Keys • 256 AWM Voices (128 panel voices + 128 GM voices) • Backlit LCD • Digital Effects (8
Reverb, 38 DSP, 26 Harmony) • 100 Accompaniment Styles • 100 Preset + 5 User Songs • Multi Fingering
Auto Accompaniment • Registration Memory (2 pads x 8 banks) • Foot Switch (optional) • 933 mm (W) x
370 mm (D) x 129 mm (H) • 5.5 kg
• 61 Keys • A-B Repeat • 100 AWM Voices • Backlit LCD • Voice Effects: Dual, Harmony/Echo, Split • 100
Accompaniment Styles • Multi Fingering Auto Accompaniment • Multi Pads (4 pads x 10 banks) • Foot
Switch (optional) • 100 Preset Songs • 933 mm (W) x 370 mm (D) x 129 mm (H) • 5.3 kg
DJ Mode and Bass Boost for Nonstop Music Entertainment One-Touch Setting and Multi Fingering Make Playing a Snap!
When you just want to sit
down and play the piano,
the PORTABLE GRAND
function immediately
changes your
PortaTone to a
piano.
Stereo Sampled Grand Piano Voice
Pressing the PORTABLE GRAND button calls up a
special Stereo Sampling Grand piano voice—stunningly rich and authentic in its sound,
and exceptionally responsive to your playing touch!
Instant Piano Play
Portable Grand automatically configures the entire instrument to settings that best suit
the Grand Piano voice. This means that no matter what operation or function the
PortaTone is set to, the Portable Grand is just a button touch away! On the PSR-260, this
includes turning Touch Response on and resetting the optional footswitch to control
sustain.
Pianist Styles
The PortaTones also include a wealth of special piano-only “Pianist” styles.
These provide professional-sounding piano accompaniment—changing
chords automatically as you do—while you play a piano melody on top!
Three keyboard lessons for each hand:
• Timing mode
You can play melody or chord by pressing any key on the correct timing.
• Waiting mode
Playback pauses until you play the correct chord or melody note.
• Minus One mode
Mute the left-hand, right-hand, or both parts of a song and play along nonstop.
Lesson Grading
This function lets you monitor your progress as you practice each lesson.
Chord Dictionary
This exclusive Chord Dictionary shows you how to play chords and tells you which
chords you are playing by displaying the notes on the LCD screen.
DJ Mode
One press of the DJ button calls up a full
arsenal of contemporary dance voices and style
patterns, as well as a special DJ songs and games.
A truly fun keyboard with voices, styles and songs of all music genres—from
classical to Dance. A smart set of practicing tools (Y.E.S. 2) makes it incredibly
easy to learn to play!
• 49 Keys • A-B Repeat • 100 AWM Voices • Backlit LCD • Voice Effects: Dual, Harmony/Echo, Split • 100
Accompaniment Styles • 100 Preset Songs • Multi Fingering Auto Accompaniment • Multi Pads (4 pads x
10 banks) • 921 mm (W) x 317 mm (D) x 108 mm (H) • 3.7 kg
Sound like a pro from the start with a hundred AWM voices, a hundred
automatic accompaniment styles and Multi Fingering System.
• 49 keys • 100 AWM Voices (including Percussion, Dual, Split, Harmony, Sustain & Echo Voices) • 100
Accompaniment Styles • Multi Fingering System • One Touch Setting • “Minus-One” Playback • 20 Songs +
20 Jam Track Patterns • 870 mm (W) x 287 mm (D) x 113 mm (H) • 3.4 kg
Feature Comparison Chart
TONE GENERATION
PORTATONE
MODEL
PSR-9000*
61 Std.
PSR-740*
61 Std.
PSR-640*
61 Std.
PSR-540
PORTABLE PIANO
TOUCH
RESP.
+ Vocal Harmony
POLYPHONY
61 Std.
CONTROL
EFFECTS
331 Panel
16 Drums/SFX
480 XG
267 Panel
13 Drums/SFX
480 XG
Pitch Bend &
Modulation Wheels
Foot Switch (optional)
Foot Volume (optional)
Pitch Bend &
Modulation Wheels
Foot Switch (optional)
Foot Volume (optional)
29+3 Reverb
25+3 Chorus
164 DSP x 5
84 + 5 DSP
23 Reverb
19 Chorus
101 DSP
22 Harmony
23 Reverb
15 Chorus
73 DSP
22 Harmony
23 Reverb
15 Chorus
73 DSP
22 Harmony
8 Reverb
4 Chorus
33 DSP
26 Harmony
AWM
+
Sampling
64
AWM
32
AWM
Pitch Bend Wheel
223 Panel
12 Drums/SFX Foot Switch (optional)
Foot Volume (optional)
480 XG
AWM
215 Panel
Pitch Bend Wheel
12 Drums/SFX Foot Switch (optional)
480 XG
32
—
61 Std.
—
32
AWM
PSR-GX76
76 Std.
—
32
AWM
100 Panel
10 Drums
128 GM
AWM
100 Panel
10 Drums
128 GM
61 Std.
61 Std.
—
32
—
16
AWM
ACCOMPANIMENT
VOICES
126
+ After Touch
+ Vocal Harmony
TYPE
PSR-340
PSR-260
PORTASOUND
LYRICS
DISPLAY
100 Panel
10 Drums
128 GM
PSR-280
100
EQUALIZER VARIATION
ADDITIONAL
RHYTHM
FEATURES
SEQUENCER
Y.E.S./Y.E.S.2
PRESET
CUSTOM
FINGERING
7
MP: 4 Pad x 60 Banks DISK16-Track
DIRECT PLAY
—
FDD
GM/XG/
DJ-Mode Storage
device XF/DOC
MIDI
—
2DD/2HD
SCSI
HD(optional)
GM/XG/
XF/DOC
TO HOST
DEMO
SPEAKERS
OUTPUT
IN x 2
OUT x 2
15
12 cm x 2
5 cm x 2
28W x 2
Master EQ
2-Band EQ x 29
4
125
Max120
+
Disk Direct Play
Master EQ
4
160
3
5
16-Track
MP: 4 Pad x 40 Banks DISK DIRECT
—
—
2DD
2HD
GM/XG/
XF/DOC
IN
OUT
10
12 cm x 2
5 cm x 2
6W x 2
—
4
160
3
5
16-Track
MP: 4 Pad x 40 Banks DISK DIRECT
—
—
2DD
2HD
GM/XG/
XF/DOC
IN
OUT
8
12 cm x 2
5 cm x 2
6W x 2
—
2
106
3
5
16-Track
MP: 4 Pad x 40 Banks DISK DIRECT
—
—
2DD
2HD
GM/XG/DOC
IN
OUT
5
12 cm x 2
3 cm x 2
6W x 2
—
2DD
2HD
GM/DOC
IN
OUT
—
3
12 cm x 2
3 cm x 2
6W x 2
—
GM
IN
OUT
—
100
12 cm x 2
3 cm x 2
3W x 2
—
GM
IN
OUT
—
100
12 cm x 2
3 cm x 2
3W x 2
—
—
IN
OUT
—
100
12 cm x 2
2W x 2
—
—
IN
OUT
—
100
10 cm x 2
2W x 2
—
—
—
—
20
10 cm x 2
3.8W x 1
IN
OUT
IN
OUT
—
8
12 cm x 2
7W x 2
—
5
12 cm x 2
7W x 1
—
8
12 cm x 2
5W x 2
—
5
12 cm x 2
5W x 1
—
2
100
—
Multi
—
6-Track
3 Songs
Y.E.S.
Chord Guide
(Dictionary, Smart, EZ Chord)
—
2
100
—
Multi
—
6-Track
5 Songs
Y.E.S.2
Timing, Waiting, Minus One,
Chord Dictionary, Grading
Foot Switch (optional)
Pitch Bend Wheel
Foot Switch (optional)
8 Reverb
38 DSP
26 Harmony
Foot Switch (optional)
8 Reverb
38 DSP
26 Harmony
—
2
100
—
Multi
—
6-Track
5 Songs
Foot Switch (optional)
Dual, Harmony/Echo,
Split(included in Voice)
—
2
100
—
Multi
MP: 2 Pads x 20 Banks
—
Y.E.S.2
Timing, Waiting, Minus One,
Chord Dictionary, Grading
Y.E.S.2
Timing, Waiting, Minus One,
Chord Dictionary, Grading
—
Y.E.S.2
Timing, Waiting, Minus One,
Chord Dictionary, Grading
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
PSR-160
49 Std.
—
—
16
AWM
100
—
Dual, Harmony/Echo,
Split(included in Voice)
—
2
100
—
Multi
MP: 2 Pads x 20 Banks
PSR-74
49 Std.
—
—
12
AWM
100
—
—
—
—
100 + 20
(Jam Track)
—
Multi
YPP-55
76 Std.
—
32
AWM
8
Foot Switch
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
1 Track
4 Songs
YPP-45
76 Std.
—
28
AWM
5
Foot Switch
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
YPP-35
61 Std.
—
32
AWM
8
Foot Switch
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
1 Track
4 Songs
—
—
—
—
YPP-15
61 Std.
—
28
AWM
5
Foot Switch
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
IN
OUT
IN
OUT
PSS-26
49 Mini
—
—
FM
100
—
—
—
—
20
—
SF/FC
—
2 Chord
—
—
—
—
—
—
1
10 cm x 2
2W x 2
PSS-16
37 Mini
—
—
FM
100
—
—
—
—
22
—
SF
DP: 4
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
15
7.7 cm x 2
2.1W x 2
PSS-15
32 Mini
—
—
AWM
100
—
—
—
—
30
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
10
7.7 cm x 2
0.5W x 2
PSS-9
32 Mini
—
—
PSS-7
32 Ultra Mini
—
—
PSS-6
32 Ultra Mini
—
—
DD-50
—
DD-20
12(Max)
8(Key Play)
12(Max)
8(Key Play)
6(Max)
4(Key Play)
12(Max)
8(Key Play)
6(Max)
2(Key Play)
12(Max)
2(Key Play)
FM
100
—
—
—
—
19
—
SF
DP: 4
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
13
7.7 cm x 1
0.6W x 1
AWM
100
—
—
—
—
30
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
10
6.6 cm x 1
0.5W x 1
AWM
100
—
—
—
—
15
(Jam Track)
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
15
7.7 cm x 1
2W x 1
—
28
AWM
75
2 Foot Pedals
—
—
—
100
—
—
DP: 7
1 Track
1 Song
—
—
—
—
IN
OUT
—
1
10 cm x 2
3W x 2
—
—
11
PCM
55
—
—
—
—
100
—
—
DP: 4
SE: 4
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
1
10 cm x 1
3.8W x 1
DJX-II
61 Std.
—
—
32
AWM
+
Sampling
180 Panel
23 Drums
Control Knobs x 8
Ribbon Controller
11 Reverb
7 Chorus
10 Live Effector
3-Band
Isolator
10
70
5
—
52 Activator Kits
6 Perf. Recorder
—
—
—
—
IN
OUT
—
3
12 cm x 2
6W x 2
DJX-IIB
—
—
—
32
AWM
180 Panel
23 Drums
Control Knobs x 7
Scratch Pad
Cross Fader
11 Reverb
7 Chorus
10 Live Effector
3-Band
Isolator
10
70
5
—
74 Scratch Pad Kits
—
—
—
—
—
IN
OUT
—
3
8 cm x 2
6W x 2
DJX
DIGITAL
PERCUSSION
KEYS
Specifications and appearance are subject to change without prior notice. Availability of models may vary from country to country.
Accessories
HEADPHONES
HPE-150
L-2C
KEYBOARD STAND
L-2L
L-6
L-7
FOOT CONTROLLER
FC4/FC5
FC7
MODEL
YPP-55*
YPP-45*
YPP-35
YPP-15
PSS-26
PSS-16
PSS-15
PSS-9
PSS-7
PSS-6
POWER ADAPTOR
PA-3/PA-3B PA-5B/PA-5C
HEADPHONES
HPE-150
HPE-3
L-2C
KEYBOARD STAND
LW-10
LW-11
FOOT CONTROLLER
FC4/FC5
MODEL
DIGITAL
DJX PERCUSSION
PA-6
PORTABLE
PIANO
POWER ADAPTOR
PA-3/PA-3B PA-5B/PA-5C
PORTASOUND
PORTATONE
MODEL
PSR-9000*
PSR-740
PSR-640
PSR-540
PSR-340
PSR-GX76
PSR-280
PSR-260
PSR-160
PSR-74
DD-50
DD-20
DJX-II
DJX-IIB
POWER ADAPTOR
HEADPHONES
PA-3/PA-3B PA-5B/PA-5C HPE-150
KEYBOARD STAND
L-2C
L-2L
FOOT CONTROLLER
FC4/FC5
SS-930/830/730/630
* Power supplied directly from household AC outlet.
* The PSR-9000/740/640 also
feature AUX OUT terminals.
The PSR-9000 comes with
additional features including
Max. 8 GB Hard Disk (optional),
Max 64 MB SIMM (optional),
and MIC/LINE, LOOP SEND, AUX
IN/LOOP RETURN, PC Keyboard,
Video Out terminals.
DP: Drum Pad
MP: Multi Pad
SE: Sound Effect Pad
SF: Single Finger
FC: Fingered Chord
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