First I'm pissed at Yamaha, because I can't moan about the upgrade price on this one for me, because it was well worth it.
So far I have installed the hard drive from my T1 and it went in fine without a hitch. All the styles I had are there and work fine. I attached a separate h/d to the "to device" port and that too works perfectly after I reformatted to Fat32 from NTSF. I installed the drivers and software on my Sony laptop and it works fine. I also transferred the scat voices to it by using a flash drive in the front USB port and it too worked as expected.
As for the board itself:
The key feel is much improved and feels like a real synth now. Just as on the T1 the entire board is user friendly and I only glanced at the manual to make sure about putting the h/d in.
Anything I have wanted to do on it so far is straight forward and easy to figure out just by looking at the on screen options.
I hope to try the h/d recording today and see how it works. The tune I posted I did on the quick record section of the board, which is midi.
Many of the voices and styles are familiar from the T1 but many new in each category have been added as well. Many new multi pads too with some cool riffs and is what I used in the demo recording for backing. I built a set for it.
I like the new screen better myself. Also the buttons overall have a more positive better built feel to them especially around the screen.
The music finder database still has cryptic names for songs, but since I really do not use it anyway, it doesn't matter.
As for the sounds themselves. First I attached a second foot pedal for the SA voices. What a cool feature. On the SA saxes for example if I push the foot pedal, I get a breath sound. With the guitar I get a tap on the guitar sound board, cool feature.
The SA voices really are nothing short of spectacular. The saxes, guitars and strings using SA are just outstanding. Their playability too is great.
Though the styles as most styles are to me may be a bit busy with the overuse of strings and pads, it seems to me they have toned this down a bit on the T2. I gave that all some thought and would prefer they build styles with it all in there, because I can always shut off the channels I don't want to hear which is much easier than trying to add them.
The intros and endings I think have been improved and are dynamic.
So for my money the Tyros 2 gets a 2 jam ons and is well worth the price of admission.