Synth Site: Yamaha: PSR-70: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.2 out of 5
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Santi a professional user from Netherlands writes:
Well, it was a couple of months ago, I could buy a keyboard. I went to the store and I was looking for a casio ctk ... . It was already sold but there for 50 Euro's, I founded the PSR-70 there. I bought it and I like the thing. The orchestra sounds are good for what it is. (50 EUro's is about 30-40 dollars. I didn't expect a wavestation ;D ) and the solo sounds are good to average. (best sounds are the Popsynth, Trumpet, Jazz flute (a normal flute) and the slap synth). The sustains are also fine. For the orchestra 2 different sustains and for the Solo a weak and pore sustain. The best thing is that you can use both "soundbanks". Only the solo is monophonic and the orchestra polyphonic. But you can still make your own sounds with the volume (for each bank a volume slider) and the sustain/ Stereo Symphonic. (SS is a better stereo sound. There's more space in it.) The rythem box SUCKS !!!! Not good quantitized and poor sounds. But it contains a sort of small sequencer and a function to save things (and load them) to tape. You can also program 3 "presets" and it has the MIDI functions but I'm still sorting that out. (I havn't a manual so...)

I like the ting for wath it is. For the price I bought it. I conneted it with my computer and I'm using now Soundfonds wich I can play through the PSR-70. I can have more than a thenthausand presets if I want.)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-23-2002 at 16:42
Betsalel Steinhart a hobbyist user from Israel writes:
Have to add my two cents here, as an obvious minority of people who actually like the PSR-70.

Granted, it has many drawbacks, and I know it is about time, after 15 years of the same keyboard, that I get myself a new one. I've heard it many times, as I've heard the many names called this old battleaxe of a keyboard.

But I grew up on the PSR-70, my musical senses were nurtured and brought into life with it, without it there is no way I would be where I am musically. (which, tell the truth, isnt saying much). For a cash strapped teenager, in love with playing keyboard and able to afford this second hand model in '86 for next to nothing - well if thats not value for money, then what is?

When it boils down to it, the PSR-70 has served me faithfully for 15 years, I know it back to front, and I am happy with it. It has been with me in many small performances, including weddings and other ceremonies; It even made a few memorable on-stage performances. For sure, there are many better models, no question. But to read some of the comments about it...sorry, just had to reply.

If you really know the PSR-70 like I do, there is no shortage of ways to produce the music you have in mind.

One last point. I am sure I will someday buy a different, more modern keyboard. Maybe sooner than I think, even. But I will always owe the PSR-70 a debt of gratitude.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-17-2001 at 15:45
Little King a professional user from USofA writes:
Not to sound like a broken record, but...

Okay, so I am not a keyboard player, I am a guitarist. Some might even argue with that notion. But when my 87 year-old gramps handed down the vaunted PSR-70, I was, well, INTRIGUED. You see, I remember playing with the thing when I was about 13 and amazing myself with the "cowbell/whoopee whoopee" patch, as well as the "snare/flyswatter" function. I thought that I could rekindle my youth by accepting Gramps' generous offering. Hell, I even dragged it onstage with me a few times. BIG MISTAKE. In a word, this keyboard is horsebleep. Gonna go try to pawn it right now, as a matter of fact. Maybe I can trade it for a new set of strings for my PRS guitar. Or at least an "E" string.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-10-2000 at 11:33
dj pez a professional user from the thrill chapel hill writes:
Check it, I picked this relic up at an auction out in klan kountry for $15. The beats will take you on a time warp back to Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. It's phat if you are into drum and bass. Long live the old school!!!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:21
Jeff Simmons a hobbyist user from USA writes:
My parents brought home this steaming pile of dogshit for my high school graduation in 1986 thinking it was a synthesizer, which was a gift I'd dreamed of owning since grade school. Never asked for one because I thought they were too expensive, but they "surprised" me nonetheless. When I lifted the lid on that beatuiful black case that said "YAMAHA" on it and felt that immediate sinking feeling that still haunts me to this day, I politely pointed out to them how this was NOT what they thought it was, how it was basically a "poor man's synthesizer", how it was very limited in what it could do, how you couldn't synthesize anything with it because you were limited to the cheezy sounds imprinted on the front of it, how the drum machine sounded like a popcorn popper. They were dumbfounded, because they thought it was so brilliant. They'd used the sound of a clarinet as the yardstick by which to measure all the different ones they looked at, and they found this to be so much more convenient because it actually had a button marked "CLARINET" instead of the other one they looked at where you had to move all those levers around. When I responded with, "That one was a synthesizer. That's a very nice piece of equipment. You move the levers around to create any sound you want. This one doesn't have that flexibility, it is a simple-minded toy," they just stared back at me and said, "But this one is top of the line. You can't buy one better than this." I took that to mean that they didn't want to spend the money on a synthesizer. They'd seen how much that one cost, and they went with this instead. I'd seen cheezy ones like this in K-Mart for about $100 and down. This one cost about $250, I figured, since it was made by Yamaha and had this cool case. Synths cost around $1000, and I wasn't going to push the issue to try to get my folks to spend that much more money on me, so I politely requested that they take this back since I knew that there was no way I would ever use it. Long story longer, they refused, and the thing's gathered dust in the basement ever since. My dad was very upset that I didn't like it and begged me to take it to college with me a couple years later, but there was no way that was going to happen. I then decided to ask the million-dollar question, "How much did you pay for that thing?" He replied, "A thousand bucks. And a $100 for the case." I HATE the Yamaha PSR-70.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:21
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