The Yamaha SHS500 Keytar contains 30 high-quality Yamaha sounds including piano, synths and 2 drum kits. So, you are ready to rock straight out of the box. It also has Bluetooth MIDI for connection to your laptop or iPad to access all those lovely musical apps and virtual instrument software. But central to the SHS-500 experience is an app called the Chord Tracker. This app will analyse the music on your phone or tablet and then send chord data directly to the Keytar. Why is that helpful? Because now you can play along with your favourite tunes and you will never play a wrong note! You can have your music playback through the SHS-500 if you want, making it an audio interface as well. On the neck you get performance controls such as pitch bend, modulation, octave shifting and playback controls for your connected device.
Sonogenic SHS-500 is a new type of instrument from Yamaha that is perfect for music lovers who want to participate in making music, but maybe haven't learned how. This Keytar ("Key"board + Gui"tar") gives you the freedom to dance, jump and move around while you play!
Jam Mode - Play with your favorite music on the spot.
Thanks to Jam Mode you can instantly enjoy playing along with your favorite songs. Simply connect the instrument with the free app Chord Tracker, and play along with songs stored on your smart device. No matter which keys you press, the notes automatically match the song, so you don’t have to worry about hitting the wrong notes, fingering technique or even knowing the proper scales and chords:
Designed to go with you anywhere
This slim and ultralight instrument weighs less than 3.5lbs and can run on batteries, making it extremely portable and playable anywhere!
Play any type of music
SHS-500 features 30 different instrument Voices. From synthesizers to drums, SHS-500 has the right sound available for you to play any kind of music. The 37 expressive mini keys provide premium feel and reponse for fast, accurate and natural playing.
Live Control at your fingertips
In addition to Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels, SHS-500 also features an assignable knob that lets you control a wide range of effects, giving you extraordinarily expressive, dynamic performance power. You can also assign effect control to your modulation wheel!
This stylish, modern take on retro, is eye-catching and sure to grab the attention of your fans and followers!
SHS-500 has MIDI (mini-DIN) terminal to allow you to connect with an external digital instrument, such as a synthesizer, and control the other instrument via MIDI. Connect to your smart device using Bluetooth MIDI, or a computer via USB for 2-way audio and MIDI.
Recommended songs for Jam Mode
The Chord Chart feature of the Chord Tracker app does a great job analyzing tens of thousands of songs. However some songs, especially those that are more harmonically complex or less harmonically defined, are not as well suited for the Chord Chart analysis. We have analyzed a number of popular song titles to give you an idea of what type of music tends to get the best results so that you can get the best experience with this innovative feature. If you like these songs or artists, then it’s likely that other songs like these, by these or similar artists, will also achieve good results when using Jam Mode with Chord Tracker.