Synth Site: Yamaha: PSS-470: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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tcarey a hobbyist user from usa writes:
this was the first key board i ever got and i still have it (now painted blue with tons of stickers). actually i got the 570 but no matter. i used to hook it up to alesis microverb II to create some seriously droney ambient stuff. the tweakablity with the sliders make it a lot of fun when yer poor and want to make music to scare children and pets. wish it had midi, but what do you want for 150 bucks in 1988. im sure you can find it at garage sales everywhere for 20 bucks or so. ...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-09-1999 at 14:50
Mark a hobbyist user from England writes:
This is a good synth, but be warned- if you are mad about the accurate recreation of orchestral sounds and all that, then this is NOT the synth for you. Without the sliders in the top right hand corner of the control panel, this wouldn't be much of a synth, but using these gives you access to literally thousands of sounds (something like 70,000). Drum sounds and factory presets are a little dissapointing, but the sliders make up for it. I found out that as well as being able to create a totally new sound, by turning the DIGITAL SYNTHESIZER to ON, it is also possible to use the sliders to modify the factory presets as well, giving at least 21 different waveforns to start from. It's a darned shame that Yamaha didn't include a memory area for storing user patches, so the only way of remembering your astronomical patches is by creating a patch sheet. This can easily be done by creating a table of 5 coumns, heading them with the slider names, and then writing in the value. The sliders also give instant performance editing to sounds in seconds. It is also a little unfortunate that the keys are mini ones, but, overall, if you're mad about synths and creating weird, and I mean WEIRD sounds, this is the synth for you!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-23-1998 at 09:16
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