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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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F. Wegt! a professional user from Argentina writes:
I pay U$S 8, for this unit!!!. Amazing sounds in a little retro style keyboard. The sounds are clean and digital.

CLARINET: Sounds Like the intro of BJÖRK's '5 YEARS' & 'RADIO #1' from AIR.

XYLOPHONE: Is a real KYLIE's 'SLOW' sound!!!

PIANO: Is a same sound of BECK's 'GIRL'


HARPSICHORD: Its a very PLAID sound!, like the FM sounds of his 'DOUBLE FIGURE' album.

Gorgeous mono synth!!! for only U$S 8, and a little modification in the back panel for external output.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-12-2006 at 19:10
Federico Wegt a professional user from Argentina writes:
This MonoSynth is a gorgeous 8-BIT style mini keyboard. I modify the back panel with a output jack, and the sound external with effects are amazing. Kraftwerian riffs.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-05-2006 at 21:45
Buzz a hobbyist user from US writes:
Hmm... calling this a monosynth, or even duophonic, is a little misleading. It of course has two voices in its standard mode, but if you use the sequencer you can get more. You can only record a monophonic voice with the sequencer; however you can play over that on playback with a different patch using two voices. So this in effect can be a 3 voice synth and two parts multitimbral.

For instance, you can record a bass line with a rhythm part and play some two-note chords over it. It sounded like I had Kraftwerk practicing in my living room. Granted the sequence is a little short to play an entire song. You can get a pretty solid sequence by recording at a slower rhythm and then speeding up the tempo for playback.

This is a toy, so you shouldn't pay much for it. My wife had one boxed and stored that I just liberated for my young son, who loves to bang away on it. The sounds are interesting enough. I like electronic drums that don't sound like real drums, so the rhythm parts sound good to me in all their tasty cheesiness.

The lack of even a headphone-out is sad, and a mod to convert the speaker into a 1/4" out would be tempting to anyone who wants to sample or record it. It's hard to tell what the sound quality actually is like through that small speaker. This reminds me a lot of my Casio PT-1 - the first synth I got as a kid. Overall a fun toy.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-23-2006 at 16:05
Mather's Studios from United Kingdom writes:
My mate used to have one of these back in about 1989-1990 after I influenced him into learning about keyboards.

It was a strange little thing and only being able to play two notes at a time on it was a big problem. I also remember the volume control which operated in about eight digital steps.

The only way I can remember ever being influenced by this board was to go back home, switch on my Yamaha PSS-470 and turn off the chorus effect (to make it dry), then try to play a tune three octaves too high with only two notes. What's the point in that? because then I would change all the settings back so that I could play deep basslines, switch the chorus back on and start jamming with the drums. You'd never believe the kick you suddenly got from the (relatively) much bigger sound of the 470.

The said person in the end never did take keyboards any further, but I remember seeing the little board stuffed down the side of the wardrobe, probably damaged from heat from the radiator, as recently as 1995.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-17-2003 at 16:32
Prog X a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Long ago, back before the days of composing progressive instrumental rock on complicated electronic musical instruments, this was my very first synth that I owned, which I purchased with my own money in 1987. Back when I was 14, it was truly the greatest thing since sliced bread...I was really impressed that you could press a button on these things and change the way they sound! HA HA! :) However, it didn't take me long to realize that, as a tool to make decent music, the thing was practically useless, considering that every dime store keyboard I had ever run across blew this thing away. (I knew I should have picked up that Casio SK-1 instead! :D) The sounds were absolutely horrid...'Electric Guitar' was simply the 'Violin' sound one octave lower with a harder attack! (I know for all intents and purposed it's a kids' toy, but please, Yamaha...don't insult our intelligence here!) 'Clarinet', 'Oboe', 'Xylophone', 'Harpsichord' and 'Piano' were simply basic waveforms making sad attempts to recreate these said instruments. The only one that honestly sounded like it's instrument counterpart was 'Banjo'...but that one was rendered practically useless by the constant plucking sound ('der-der-der-der...') that was produced. And the rhythms were nothing but a set of bleeps and toinks that sounded more like a broken, out of tune mandolin than a drum set. :) Worse yet, learning to play on this thing was practically impossible due to the two-note polyphony that does not allow you to play chords. Recording music? Forget it! No outputs ANYWHERE...with the exception of the built in speaker you could never turn all the way down or as low in volume as you wanted it, thus driving your parents and sibling crazy with it's cheezy sounds that caused ear fatigue in a hurry! Despite all this, I tinkered around with this pitiful little thing until my junior year of high school in 1990, when I at last went out and bought the synth on which I would finally unleash some real musical creativity, a Casio MT-140. (I remember carrying THAT thing home on my bike! That is another story altogether... :D ) Today, I look back and remember the Yamaha PSS-130 keyboard with a twinge of nostalgia and fondness, for it is the one that made me put down the guitar for good and sparked my interest in synthesized music, and it is the first one on which I learned all the notes and learned to how to play to a limited degree, thus preparing me for bigger and better things ahead...

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-07-2003 at 01:25
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