Thursday, August 7, 2014

How to use One Touch Settings - PSR-S950

One Touch Setting (OTS) is a powerful feature that you can use on your PSR-S950 to optimize your performance instantly. OTS uses programming features within a Yamaha Style to select the Voice that sounds best with a particular Style Variation.

Today, we are going to learn about OTS, OTS LINK, and how to load a Style File you have purchased from Yamaha MusicSoft. Let's get started.

On the PSR-S950, you have four One Touch Settings and four Style Variations:
One Touch Setting: the buttons labeled "1, 2, 3, 4"

Style Variation: the buttons labeled "A, B, C, D"
The One Touch Setting selected (the button with an orange LED) was programmed to be used specifically with a Style Variation in the same position. For example, If you have One Touch Setting "1" selected, the voice selected for this OTS is meant to be played with Style Variation "A".

One Touch Setting Link (OTS LINK) is a feature on your Arranger Workstation that grants you full utilization of an OTS. This feature acts is an auto-select function that keeps an OTS tied to the appropriate Style Variation:

- Variation A is linked to One Touch Setting 1
- Variation B is linked to One Touch Setting 2
- Variation C is linked to One Touch Setting 3
- Variation D is linked to One Touch Setting 4

OTS LINK is activated when the OTS LINK button is pressed, and an orange LED is displayed:

You may have noticed that with OTS LINK turned off, you can switch between different One Touch Settings even if you do not change to another Style Variation. This choice is valuable, also. You can perform one Style Variation, while switching between the four available OTS.

 Let's go ahead and load Yamaha Style Steel Drum Pop that we've purchased from Yamaha MusicSoft via USB thumb drive.

Get Steel Drum Pop for PSR-S950 here:

If you want a different Style, check out all available Styles for PSR-S950:

Step 1: Insert the USB thumb drive to the "USB to Device" port on the back of the PSR-S950

Step 2: Select "Expansion/User" under STYLE

Step 3: Navigate over to the tab "USB1" on the screen

Step 4: Press button "A" to the left of the screen to select "xt Steeldrum Pop".

Step 5: Have fun using One Touch Setting and One Touch Setting Link! 

If you'd like to continue shopping for awesome Yamaha Styles, click this convenient link to get back to jump to the catalog page in a new window:

- Justin
Yamaha Music Interactive

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  1. What about PSR-S900? how does it work?

  2. PSR-S900 is very similar to the PSR-S950, and also has OTS Link. The process is virtually the same. Let us know if you run into any issues!

    - Yamaha Music Interactive

  3. Tyros 5
    I am trying to downloadthe PDF Computer-related Operations called out in the Users Manual, went to the website but could not find any of the PDF's.
    Please direct me to get to the right place.

  4. @benja Could you tell me which page in the manual refers to this PDF? Otherwise, let me direct you to the place to download all PDFs for Tyros5:

    Let me know if I can help further.


  5. Is it true that the transpose is only patch specific. If i freeze the memory settings, ideally even if i change patches, the transpose should remain the same. When i played the s950 a few days back, it did freeze the trasnpose. Can anyone help?

    1. Hi Gyaanu,
      The freeze function only applies to registration memory, not One Touch Settings. To freeze the transposition of Registration Memory first make sure that the "Transpose" parameter is enabled in the Freeze menu, turn the freeze button on. If you are in the U.S. and would like more support on this issue, please visit or call (714) 522-9000. Outside the U.S., you can visit your country's Yamaha support page at