Synth Site: Yamaha: PSR-540: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Alan a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I have been playing piano for quite some time now but only very recently (two years ago) have I started going digital. When I was shopping for my first keyboard, I had no idea about keyboards at all and relied on my friend to guide me in the right direction since he has been playing on keyboards all his life.

The first keyboard I wanted was the Casio WK-1600 becaues, I'll admit, it looked a hell of a lot nicer than the PSR-540, and at that point, that's all I was really concerned with. After having that keyboard for a few days, I found it very confusing and unorganized so I returned it. Only after much debate and reluctance did I purchase the PSR-540 and today, I am extrememley glad I did.

When I first got it, I wasn't impressed with it's black body, blue, red, yellow, gray, and some black buttons. It looks like a kiddie keyboard. But once I turned it on, the display impressed me a bit. After a few weeks, I can honestly say that I learned all I know about MIDI and music recording/production from this keyboard. It's manual is very helpful and the sequencer is simple enough for a newbie, such as myself, to be able to produce songs in minutes.

Despite the fact that the keyboard has only 6-watt speakers and 4MB of sampled sounds, most of its sounds sound better than on a top-of-the-line pro synth. For example, I find that it's piano sounds are rich and full as well as it's strings. The PSR-540 also has nice bass, although the 6-watt speakers don't really do much as far as bass is concerned.

In conclusion, I think this is the perfect keyboard for anyone new to keyboards and even good enough for a pro. The PSR-540 features amazing simplicity but just enough power. Without this keyboard, I probably wouldn't still be playing piano.

I've had the PSR-540 for 4 years now and hope to upgrade to a PSR-2000 soon but I'm not rushing :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-19-2002 at 19:23
Roar a hobbyist user from Norway writes:
Im using this synth pretty often, its a good synth, you can get much out of this little thing,it also has a disk drive. But the display has a terrible colour,and its a rather messy synth. But its good enough for both newbies and pros.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-19-2002 at 12:29
Kev Man a part-time user from Pittsburgh, Pa USA writes:
Prior to me buying a PSR 540, i was using the PSR 400 for about 6 years. The 540 is spectacular. Tons of features, nice LCD display is clear and backlit and names the instrument voice and style, making it easier to have control over your performance by knowing whats going on at a glance. The drum kits are rich and diverse and navigation and editing of the voices are easy. The built in drive is really convenient and the beauty is, you can fit an entire album plus your presets on a standard floppy disk. If you want to be even more impressed with the sounds this thing has, play a standard midi on your computer, stick it on a disk and then play the same file on you PSR 540. The difference is night and day. I loved this keyboard but have graduated to the PSR 9000. In a month or so, ill have a review.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-31-2002 at 16:48
Mike D a professional user from USA writes:
I already have a studio filled with all kinds of synths and modules, a powerful computer and all of the usual plugins and what not. What I wanted was a tool that I could use for hashing out quick musical ideas and arrangements, something that was portable and was not to expensive but still had good sounds and effects as well as a decent operating system. I finally decided on the PSR 540 after looking at everything from all other manufactures. I have to say that I’m really happy with what the PSR has to offer, as a matter of fact it’s worked its way into some of my final songs and recordings. If it didn’t look so cheap I’d probably have it on stage with my regular rig. Just for fun I did gig with it once using a RM1X and the PSR and I actually received comments like “You’ve got to be kidding, all that sound from that!!!) So, if your on a limited budget (who isn’t) and you wand a good sounding keyboard pick one up, like I always said it’s not the gear but what you do with it and the heart and soul you put into your music. From the beginner to the pro the PSR540 can offer a lot for the money…..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-28-2001 at 12:28
rico a hobbyist user from usa writes:
Good value for the price. Basically a PSR530 with different styles and disk drive. The one minus is that the board can only hold 3 user styles at 1 time. The sounds are not as good as you can find, and the styles are also average, but the board as a whole is a nice package for under $500.00. Will be replaced in 2001 with the 550.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-10-2001 at 19:21
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