Yamaha PSR-510 memory battery

by Joe Cunningham

What kind of memory battery do I need to buy for a Yamaha PSR-510

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Aug 11, 2010
The Yamaha PSR-510 has no "memory battery".
by: Anonymous

The PSR-510 is a ROMpler, and has volatile memory only. All custom settings and sequencer data are maintained when you turn it off, but only if it has a continuous power source. Keeping good D-cell batteries in it allows you to move (unplug) it without losing your custom settings. There are, however, a few caveats:

1) The PSR-510 has no automatic shut-off, so if you forget to turn it off and stick it in your case, it will run the batteries dead.

2) You cannot use rechargeable batteries (maybe someone out there has tried this?).

3) If you leave batteries in it you must remember to regularly check the batteries for leakage, or risk damaging the keyboard.

If you're experimenting with song ideas using the sequencer, I would keep batteries in it. Otherwise forget about it. Being a ROMpler, the PSR-510 is not suited to reliably storing complex performance configurations. Like me, you should note your settings if needed, and re-configure the PSR-510 every time you pull it out of the case. Sucks, but you get used to it.

The only alternative is to use the PSR-510's MIDI Bulk Dump feature: all custom settings and sequencer data can be dumped to a computer or sequencer, and dumped back into the PSR-510 later. So, you could use a portable MIDI data recorder to set up the PSR-510 (when you play a show, for example). Have never tried this, so I don't know how well it would actually work.

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