Synth Site: Yamaha: PSR-510: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Jon Doolin a hobbyist user from United States writes:
If you like making up your own music, When you first get this piano, you are amazed at the potential. It has the ability to record five simultaneous nonrepeating tracks, and eight repeating tracks, which are auto-transposed into whatever key you wish them to be in.

However, if you fully utilize the five simultaneous tracks to create a nice full-bodied song, you'll find that there is only memory for about a 40 second song.

Also, if you want to use those repeating tracks and play a B-natural, you are out of luck. The people at Yamaha deemed the B-Natural incompatible with a C-chord. Somehow this one note seemes to make it unusable for every song that I come up with.

Also, if you want to use the repeating tracks to make up your own tune and actually try to change the chord, you get something that sounds almost, but not quite, entirely unlike what you wanted.

The most frustrating thing about the piano is once you have created a fabulous composition using all five voices and all the chords and everything, and you listen to all 40 seconds of it and think to yourself "I did THAT?" and then, since there's no more room, you hit the delete button, so you can make up another one.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-May-21-2001 at 19:46
SPencer a professional user from Philippines writes:
...I like the 510, though it has some turn-offs 1.Bad QUANTIZE functions 2.The keyboard turns of when I pump up the vol to max Im hoping for some improvements...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-26-2001 at 09:43
joe writes:
i have played my friend's PSR 510 and i must say that it is quite an amazing insturment. the capabilities of this keyboard are sky high. the percussion especially is among the best i have ever heard or used. they sound just like the real thing. the other sounds are every bit as impressive, though i do find it someone annoying that all the settings reset when the keyboard is turned off. the only drawback to this amazing insturment is that you can't create original sounds; but with the presets on this board, you don't really need to.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-04-2001 at 15:26
Adam a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Just to clarify a few specification errors..... This keyboard has 61 keys with variable velocity sensitivity, 128 voices (General MIDI set), 8 drumkits, 28 note polyphony, 16 performance setups, 16 MultiPads (all rerecordable),99 preset Styles, 4 Custom Styles with up to eight tracks and Revoice function on all styles, 8 DSP FX, 12 Harmony FX, (I'm pretty sure)10 Delay based FX, Dual Right Voice and Dual Left (split) voice modes. Sequencer has 1 Accomp. Track (1,600 chords per page memory),totally revoicable after recording (newer models don't seem to have this) and 5 melody tracks (1,600 notes per page memory)X 4 page memories. The sequencer does punch in, punch out, quantization, step recording, and offers complete mixing control on all independent tracks. As far as MIDI stuff, this thing can send and receive simultaneously on all 16 channels, plus individual channels can be muted or set up to receive remote data (like Start/Stop commands) It also receives almost all GM controller commands, pitch bend, and AFTERTOUCH! Nope, I didn't believe it untill I read the MIDI implementation chart. Oh yeah, it also does SysEx stuff like data dumps, but for some reasons, the things are very fussy about receiving bulk data. Let me put it this way: This is one AWESOME synth. Every day, I am finding more and more useful things I can do with it. I will definitely agree that for the money, this is the best PK Yamaha released. The sounds aren't as good as the newer models and the polyphony is a little too low, but when it comes to overall versatality and useful functions this thing will wipe the floor with most of the other PSR series keyboards, (excluding boards like the PSR 630, PSR 730, PSR 8000, and the brand new followups, but these boards are very Pricey anyway, so they don't count). I got mine about a month ago for free; somebody had knocked it off his stand and the circuit board with the input jacks broke off. He brought it in for repair, but the repairs would have cost more than the board was actually worth, so he told them to chuck it and walked out. Any way, I walk into the same store later on, and they told me they were throwing it out and I could have it if I wanted it. Know what it cost me? A tube of crazy glue and a new stereo output that I installed myself (all the other jacks were fine)!! I definitely hit paydirt with this thing, I was originally going to get a DJX but now I don't have to. This thing is worth like $200, give or take a few, and it came out in 1993. Downloaded the manual off of the Yamaha Manual Library, hint-hint all you people whinin' about manuals should pay a visit.. It can be accessed through either Yamaha's home page or the PK Club page (you'll end up going through a couple of different links to get to it, but it's well worth it. Happy Hunting, and get a PSR 510 while you're at it, and quit shunning the Yamaha PSR keyboards because they are excellent for the money, way better than anything Casio ever made (excluding the CZ series) and remember not everyone can afford a K2000. I feel these PSR keyboards are way underrated for the most part. Five outta five.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-15-2000 at 13:34
Adam a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I recently got a dead PSR510 that I was able to raise from the dead. I am having fun with this board as a MIDI controller to my PSR330. Although most of the samples suck(other than the Grand Piano and some of the synth leads, pads, and FX. The six track sequencer is cool, plus the fact that you can revoice style data after you've recorded it, and send all the tracks through MIDI in realtime(can't do that with my PSR330). 28 note polyphony is Too Low. Other than that, Yamaha pretty much hit the nail on the head with this one

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-24-2000 at 14:42
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