Synth Site: Yamaha: PSS-680 Keyboard: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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ellegwen a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The circa 1986 Yamaha keyboard was my first keyboard! I was only a wee young conniving child who would loop my songs to make it seem like I was practicing my lessons, when really I snuck away to play jumprope. Well, just found it again and hooked it up to the midi + amp and OMG it still works! YAMAHA IS THE AWESOME!

P.S. Thanks Mom and Dad for everything. :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-08-2011 at 19:29
Ken a part-time user from England writes:
This is a great keyboard for a beginner. There is a great range of sounds and rhythms and you can edit the voices. It has mini keys, but you won't be using this like a piano - it just isn't like a standard piano or organ. It's a synthesiser and sequencer.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-10-2010 at 16:20
Vic a hobbyist user from Portugal writes:
The Yamaha PSS-680 is indeed an amazing keyboard full of capabilities. I did a lot of experimental work using only the PSS-680, until I decided to add two Ibanez digital processors, the FLL Flanger and the DLL Delayer. By doing this, sound quality, textures and combinations brought me into a completely different world. I also do some work on a GEM WK1 - but the PSS-680 + Ibanez FLL + Ibanez DLL remains as the true core of everything.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-30-2009 at 06:36
Matt Aylett a part-time user from England writes:
For nearly 20 years, the PSS-680 has been the centre of virtually every setup I've had during that period! It is such a well-designed, ergonomic product in such a wonderfully compact size! Over the years I've used the instrument for live and recorded work, in bands and as a soloist. I've hooked up numerous devices to its MIDI ports which adds more sounds too! The PSS-680 is a one-of-a-kind instrument that has never been bettered. I have frequently used the 680's styles to add more depth to music. I frequently mixed styled and live music to create a very large backdrop for my songs. The ability to turn off bits of the style backing at the push of a button allows you to do things like having a live drummer playing alongside styles. My most recent usage of the Yamaha to its fullest was at an open session at a local pub where I played solo synth with all the backing - people rushed in expecting a full band but instead saw just myseelf and the PSS-680! Unfortunately, age has started to take over and the instrument has become unreliable, and so has recently been retired. It's replacement is the rather quirky Aierke ARK-2171. I also have a number of other instruments in my studio, including the MZ2000 megasynth; but the Yamaha PSS-680 holds a special place in this synthesists affections!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-20-2009 at 19:51
Justin a hobbyist user from USA writes:
To be completely honest, this keyboard is far more capable than what a lot of people claim. If one looks at the owners manual for its System Exclusive section, it becomes blatantly apparent that the keyboard actually features the YM-3812 OPL2 synthesizer chip (yeah, the same as the Adlib card for old PCs). This means a full five-step Envelope Generator, FOUR waveforms, vibrato/LFO, Amplitude Modulation, and fine-level detuning. Again, this is only done via MIDI and SysEx messages so one will need to have a controller that can edit this or create an editor for your favorite OS to delve into the full capabilities of the synth. Also, because it uses the YM3812 it's also an 11 or 12-note polyphonic and can auto-allocate notes per channel as needed.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-25-2009 at 19:47
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