power-adaptor for the psr500

by destreel
(Netherlands)

What power-adaptors are compatible with the one I need for the PSR500? what are the specs?

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Sep 20, 2009
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Adaptor for PSR 500
by: Alfred

Dear Destreel: You need the Yamaha Adaptor
PA 5. Specs (OUTPUT: 12 vdc 1.5 Amp.) Good luck.

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Where to buy rubber contact - Yamaha PSR 500

by IVAN NUNEZ
(GUAYAQUIL ECUADOR )

I HAVE A PORTABLE KEYBOARD PSR 500 AND THE RUBBER CONTACT ARE FINISH.
I WISH REMPLACE THIS RUBBER CONTACT, PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I BUY PREFERT IN MIAMI O ANOTHER CITY OF USA

artedecec@hotmail.com

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Aug 18, 2009
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Rubber Pad = PSR 500
by: Alfred

Estimado Ivan: Si solamente la superficie de los bicos y no la parte mayor [matrice] de los colchones estan fallando, existe una organizacion (oaktree.com)que vende un equipo que talzez pueda resolver su caso.Buena suerte!

'Free' translation: If it's just the nipples of the underlay pads which are worn, contact oaktree.com for a kit which might solve your problem. Good luck.

Sep 04, 2009
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Rubber Underlay for Yamaha Keyboard
by: Alfred

Dear Forum Participants: This is a follOw-up to my earlier post dated 8/18. Since then I have had direct contact with Ivan. He has solved his problem by purchasing the Rubber Underlay for his keyboard diectly from Yamaha.
I just want to clarify two things. The first is that the correct address for oaktree is sales@oaktreevitage,com. The second is that my intent was to alert Ivan to a product sold by oaktree. Perhaps it may help other Forum participants who are qualified to disassemble their keyboards and discover that the Rubber Underlay (Pad under the Keys) needs repair. This underlay consists of a "Matrix" with small Nipples(Cones) which make contact with the mother PCB to transmit the notes struck on the Keys to the keyboard's processor. If the top surfaces of the Nipple contacts are worn with use, the notes struck may be baffled, intermittent, or simply dead (no sound). Oaktree offers a compound to resurface the Nipples ONLY, NOT THE MATRIX which is often intact.

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how can I connect my yamaha psr 500 to computer

by Aron
(California)

I just got a yamaha psr 500 and I got a midi cable with it too
I just wanted to know how I can transfer my files? is there a software for it?

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Feb 03, 2010
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PSR 500 - how to send and receive midi
by: godsavethesong

This is a response by godsavethesong to a question originally posted by godsavethesong.
You can see this question and answer on one of the "PSR keyboards questions and answers" pages.

Hope you benefit from it too. I can't figure out the date of your posting your question.

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Ok, I figured out the answer myself and decided to post useful info for the community.

HOW TO SEND MIDI DATA FROM PSR 500 to windows laptop:

1. Connect the "midi in" jack on the midi cable to the "midi in" of the keyboard
2. Connect the "midi out" jack on the cable to the "midi out" of the keyboard
3. Connect the USB jack of the cable into the laptop
4. Install midiox software in your laptop
5. Set the midi in and midi out devices in midiox. You will see a menu, choose your midi interface as both the midi in device and the midi out device. For example, if you have a midiman uno cable, select midi in device = midimanuno, midiout device = midiman uno.

Set buffer size to 128 in midiox. Open midi ox. Click Options, click "Configure Buffers...", and set "low level output buffer" = 128.

6. Click on the "receive manual dump" menu item in midiox.
7. On the yamaha psr 500, press "bulk dump" button. All four page memory lights should start blinking. That means the keyboard is waiting for you to choose which page you want to bulk dump.
8. Choose the page you want to dump.
9. You should see the number of bytes received on the laptop increase.
10. You can't play the keyboard or do any other operations on the keyboard when midi bulk dump is going on. Wait until the "bdp" sign is off and the keyboard returns to normal functioning.
11. When all bytes have been received in the laptop, save the sysex file in your laptop.


The key is to play with the buffer size in the midi software (eg. midi ox) until it is at a size that the midi cable can
handle.

TO RECEIVE MIDI DATA FROM LAPTOP INTO PSR 500
1) Start midi ox program
2) click Actions -> Send -> sysex file and choose the file.
3) All the data in that file corresponds to one page of the psr 500 page memory system. Keyboard will not function normally during data transfer.
4) When all data has been transferred, you can choose which page you want it saved to. For example, if you were on "page 2" while you started the transfer, but you actually want the data saved on "page 3" don't worry. Your page 2 data is not yet lost. All you need to do is to save the newly transferred data into page 3, and whatever is in page 2 will remain intact.

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Still not managing to send Sysex file to PSR
by: edox1999

Hello, I still struggle while trying to send back my sysex file to the PSR. Do I have to push any button in order to let the keyboard receive the file? I always get a first BdP message, but then - after 1 sec or so - a deluding "Err".
What am I doing wrong?
Thanks for your help.

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I have cracked the display screen on my psr 500

by mike lynch
(chester england)

where can i obtain a new screen - the cracked one is not working, only shows a pretty colour - nice to look at but no use to play!
everything else still works ok

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Sep 30, 2009
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Cracxked PSR 500 Dispaly
by: Alfred

Dear Mike; My recommendation is to send yout unit into Yamaha (UK)for repair. DO NOT EVEN DREAM OF ANY DIY ACTION! I have no way of verifying if they still carry the replacement part, and you will have to check this. Unfortunately the repair can be expensive. Good luck.

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Yamaha psr 500: How to midi bulk dump and receive

by godsavethesong

I have the following equipment:
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1)Yamaha PSR 500 keyboard
2) Midiox software
3) Windows vista laptop
4) A midiman uno cable: midi out and midi in jacks on one end (these go into the keyboard), and a USB jack on the other end (this should go into the laptop)

What I want to do:
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I want every single thing in the page memory of the psr 500 keyboard saved into my laptop.
And then I want to put it back into the page memory, later, for playback.

The tech trouble thus far.
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I am able to get a .syx file on my laptop.

The trouble is, if I try to send the data BACK into the keyboard, somewhere around 20% of the data transfer I get the message:
"Sysex output devices: the port is transmitting data to the device.Wait until the data has been transmitted and then try again"

The keyboard seems to hang. The only thing I can do is turn off the keyboard, at this point. When I turn it on again, I get a somewhat mangled version of what is supposed to play back. I guess the first 20% of the page memory got back into the keyboard.

Please HELP! I am tired of losing my songs all the time.

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Feb 03, 2010
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Transfering midi in and out for Yamaha PSR 500
by: godsavethesong

Ok, I figured out the answer myself and decided to post useful info for the community.

HOW TO SEND MIDI DATA FROM PSR 500 to windows laptop:

1. Connect the "midi in" jack on the midi cable to the "midi in" of the keyboard
2. Connect the "midi out" jack on the cable to the "midi out" of the keyboard
3. Connect the USB jack of the cable into the laptop
4. Install midiox software in your laptop
5. Set the midi in and midi out devices in midiox. You will see a menu, choose your midi interface as both the midi in device and the midi out device. For example, if you have a midiman uno cable, select midi in device = midimanuno, midiout device = midiman uno.

Set buffer size to 128 in midiox. Open midi ox. Click Options, click "Configure Buffers...", and set "low level output buffer" = 128.

6. Click on the "receive manual dump" menu item in midiox.
7. On the yamaha psr 500, press "bulk dump" button. All four page memory lights should start blinking. That means the keyboard is waiting for you to choose which page you want to bulk dump.
8. Choose the page you want to dump.
9. You should see the number of bytes received on the laptop increase.
10. You can't play the keyboard or do any other operations on the keyboard when midi bulk dump is going on. Wait until the "bdp" sign is off and the keyboard returns to normal functioning.
11. When all bytes have been received in the laptop, save the sysex file in your laptop.


The key is to play with the buffer size in the midi software (eg. midi ox) until it is at a size that the midi cable can
handle.

TO RECEIVE MIDI DATA FROM LAPTOP INTO PSR 500
1) Start midi ox program
2) click Actions -> Send -> sysex file and choose the file.
3) All the data in that file corresponds to one page of the psr 500 page memory system. Keyboard will not function normally during data transfer.
4) When all data has been transferred, you can choose which page you want it saved to. For example, if you were on "page 2" while you started the transfer, but you actually want the data saved on "page 3" don't worry. Your page 2 data is not yet lost. All you need to do is to save the newly transferred data into page 3, and whatever is in page 2 will remain intact.

Apr 13, 2010
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It worked now how do I play it on my computer?
by: Mike

For years I have had the same problems of loosing songs created on my Yamaha. I had been trying to do the same to no avail. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING. wooohoooo!!! Once I save the sysex file, what program do I need to open the data and hear it on my PC??

Apr 14, 2010
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Hi Mike, sysex only for psr500
by: godsavethesong


Hi Mike
sysex, as I understand, stands for "SYStem EXclusive". Which means, that the sysex format can only be understood by the system that created it.

If a PSR500 keyboard generated a SYSEX file, it means that all the settings of one entire page memory are in that file. And the psr500 can read it back again. If you played songs in the song memory, and you have voices set in the voice memory, etc, all of that will be saved.

But the thing is, this is NOT an audio file. You will need to get BACK the sysex data into the psr500 on one of the four pages. And then you can play a song.

You cannot listen to a sysex file as a song. It is specific to PSR500 and only the keyboard can read it.

I dont think there are any programs (unless provided by those who created the psr500) that will convert a sysex file into audio.

At least, you have a way to save all your page memory contents on a laptop somewhere. If ever you want those contents again after a year or two, load it back into one of the psr500 pages. This is the only way it will work.

-Godsavethesong

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record as audio
by: godsavethesong

The sysex method is for saving the contents of a page on the psr 500.

If you really want to listen to a song that you played with the psr 500 on a laptop, you will have to do an audio recording.

You would have to use the AUX OUT on the back of your keyboard to record audio.

I used to use a Y shaped cable (2 jacks on one end, 1 jack on the other end) to record me playing a song. I plugged in the one jack end to the AUX out of the keyboard. I plugged in the 2 headed end into my oooold stereo system that recorded audio-tape cassettes (you'll have to see the manual for yours) They will take your AUX input from your keyboard.

Now, I am not sure how this would work with a laptop. One thing I can tell you is that you will need to work with AUDIO files, if you want to listen to actual songs on your laptop. Not sysex files. Sysex will only playback from the system that created it, in this case a psr 500.

Aug 03, 2010
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I've been trying with Yamaha PSR 510
by: Chad

Thanks everybody for comments. I've been trying to transfer page data from a PSR 510 to a computer. However, I was not successful so far. The keyboard transmits data to the computer, but It cannot receive it. I also have following problems when I try to connect keyboard to the computer via midi to usb cable,
When both in/out are connected, the keyboard would play randomly... say I used the pitch bend, then bunch of keys would automatically play them selves. sometimes its just like few keys are stacked.

Any problem with my MIDI cable ? or keybaord ?

Aug 29, 2010
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it's woks !
by: Anonymous

I have PSR-510 and i it's works fine !. I have UART (Gameport) interface from SoundBlaster Live!

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PSR-500 and Computers
by: TimC

I used my PSR-500 for a lot of songwriting projects. I used to record them on a Yamaha MDF-2 (MIDI Data Filer), basically the unit that was later built-in to the PSR-600. I tried putting the disks into the floppy drive of my (old) computer, but of course, it wouldn't read them - they also are in their own peculiar format. But I found a program which could control things like track/sector values on the floppy drive, and found a combination that worked! I was able to transfer all my old bulk dumps to my computer hard drive. But how to get them back into the PSR-500? My system was already connected for MIDI. Believe it or not, I got Windows Media Player to recognise them as MIDI files, and it just 'played' them sweet as a nut back into the keyboard!!
Since then I now have a new computer with Win10. I transferred the hard drive from my old computer to it. There is no control for MIDI connections in Win10, but on this page http://coolsoft.altervista.org/en/blog/2013/03/what-happened-midi-mapper-windows-8 a clever chap called Douglas Lee has kindly made available, through DropBox, a little app that gives you that control. I used the "Vista and Weven" one, connected MIDI to my Focusrite soundcard, and once again, used Media Player to dump it back into the keyboard. For a new project I wanted to reference some work I did many years ago on the PSR-500 (what a great keyboard in its day) - It was so useful (and fun!) to be using my old PSR-500 again!! By the way, I call it my 'sawn-off' Yamaha. Some years ago I got fed up with cleaning or replacing the rubber contact pads; I discovered the PSR worked fine with a MIDI controller, so with a small saw and a soldering iron, carefully removed completely the original keyboard. I now have a 'module' version with all the electronics in tack and the speakers, but no black and white notes! the 88-note piano action MIDI controller was much better to play anyway! I hope this helps solve a few problems.

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