Synth Site: Yamaha: PSR-220: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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miguel antonioli a part-time user from rio de janeiro brasil writes:

posted Monday-Jan-14-2002 at 19:58
martin trischler a hobbyist user from austria writes:
Hi! this was my first keyboard! i have the psr-230 which is the same but have funny LEDs over every key to show how to play a preset song or a song from the built-in cartridge drive(casio style!).i have 5 cartridges but they are very expensive.they cartridges have only GM songs on it so its better to download songs on a pc and connect a pc with it. I used it with a atari st for sequencing gm songs.also cool as a masterkeyboard(the LEDs light if you play a key!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-19-2000 at 07:09
Tim Wright a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Great little keyboard - showing its age now in 2000, but still filling the bill. I got mine a couple of years ago and still love it. Using it with a cheap stand and a sustain pedal that I bought later. Just now exploring MIDI. Finding out that it is a very capable machine for the hobbyist. Good sounds (especially the piano and organ sounds) and very good built-in speakers. The only thing missing is a back-light for the LCD.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-08-2000 at 15:32
B.O.B. a professional user from NJ, USA writes:
I bought this keyboard about 2 years ago for around $200 basically because it had the best organ sounds for anything in it's price range (namely, casios). Then i decided that i wasn't into it and it sat in my closet for a long time.

Then recently i bought a Roland Sp-808 grove sampler. The sampler has a built in synth and i decided to pull out the old yammie to power the synth through midi. It works great for this purpose and i found out that this keyboard is pretty good for midi applications.

Then i decided to give the sounds another chance. The piano sounds aren't bad. The organs are usable, as are the ensemble string sounds. I also think that the "synth lead" and "synth pads" sounds aren't bad either. Especially if i sample them into the Sp-808 and throw some effects on them.

Over all, this is a great home keyboard and i've been starting to get more and more use out of it. For around $200, i say i got a good deal.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-17-2000 at 00:53
Timothy Kelly a professional user from Texas :) writes:
Hi All, Years ago I purchased one of the little PSS keyboards with the joystick. It was great for composing and I use it still to play my Emu Morpheus with. Auto Styles sound good, even on these old PortaSounds if you midi into a good sounding synth module. Today I went to Mars clearance sale, and they had brought a stack of PSR 220, out of the back. They used these in beginning piano classes. New these sell for $195 US at music stores, Circuit City, etc I offered Mars $99 for one, no box no manual. This is a great GM keyboard for composing. 100 styles with 4 variations each, a jam track for each style also for you to jam with. The onboard sounds are best used for composing only, but if you have a good GM soundcard or soundmodule this could be all the keyboard you need for home composing. Basicly the onboard styles are the same as the ones in the top of line $3000 US, PSR workstation keyboards, Similar to QS Sytles also. You can carry it in one hand, runs on 6 batteries. At full retail best $200 keyboard out there. I give it 5 out of 5, actually a 10 since I got mine for $99. Now its off to search for an online manual. Happy Sounds Timothy Kelly President MidiVox. Worlds 1st Voice to Midi.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-16-1999 at 19:53
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