Synth Site: Yamaha: PSS-680 Keyboard: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Cream.of.Beats a hobbyist user from Detroit, USA writes:
There's nothing worse that owning a synth that can do everything, and not being able to fully use it. I hate twisting knobs and not hearing any results. Give me a piece of gear that I get INSTANT gratification the minute I turn it on. I really like the pss-680. I used the pss-480 and loved it, so I grabbed this one instead, and I like it just the same. You can really freak out some sounds, and add some effects and it's on! This is just a great sounding machine (it's not the greatest for bass) but for the price you can get a lot of originality from it. Don't expect realistic sounds from this. It does what it does, and don't forget how old it is also. This is real basic and simple FM synthesis. Don't be impressed with a synth's technicalities if you can't use it to begin with. I have a few synth's, and a lot that I have sold, but if you can find anything easier to use than the yamaha pss series, or akai's AX-60, let me know. And the AX-60 costs a lot more.. it is better then the pss, but the cheap price and great cheap sound of the yamaha gives it an edge over any synth I have ever owned. Think 8bit Nintendo game music and you have an idea how the pss yammies sound like. Now add glitchy electronic digital metallic samples, and you have an idea of what the pss is capable of, and less than $50?? Come on! What's your reason for not owning one?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-13-2006 at 19:50
Dave a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I got my PSS-680 at a flea market a few years back... we bought a dresser and I happened to see this dusty keyboard back in the corner. I was interested, and the dealer said, "take it, it's free!" I got it home and discovered that the AC adapter wouldn't power it due to a broken connection on the circuit board, so I use it with batteries. I use it for songwriting when I don't feel like powering up my studio gear. The sounds are a bit cheesy, but what do you expect from a mini keyboard from the 80's? I like the synth function; you can tweak the parameters and get some really weird sounds out of it! The MIDI in/out/thru is very handy too... I use it as a keboard controller for my software synth and sequencer. If you find one at a garage sale in good working order, buy it! Out of curiosity I looked on eBay for PSS-680's, and to my surprise there were a few on there and they all had bids of $50+!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-03-2005 at 11:34
Rossana a hobbyist user from Puerto Rico, USA writes:
I have a PSS-680 since 1990 and I still use it at my church. I love the rythms, the fills and the drum pads, also the buttons for adding or eliminating orchestra, rythm and bass. I don't use the synth that much, but it is very usefull too. The only thing I complain is that the sounds are a little cheesy and the piano doesn't sound natural.

Mine suffered a fall last month, and it turns on, but can't be heard. I will gladly buy one used.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-07-2005 at 20:55
Samrod Shenassa a hobbyist user from Los Angeles, CA writes:
I got my 680 when it was first released back in '88 or '89. I was taking piano lessons at the time and begged my parents for a synth so I could do more with it. When we moved in '93, it was mothballed. I moved on to college, moved out on my own, and entered the working world. That is until last night when I helped my mom move to her new place and brought my 680 back to my place. It's in great shape! It's perfectly clean, all the ports work great, and

I can't believe how crappy the sounds are, but how much I loved this as a child. I created gunshots, wind, and ocean sounds with the synth, and always practiced my piano on it. Those of you complaining about the sound quality don't seem to realize that for it's time, 1988, and price, $220, it was an impressive machine. I'm not a musician or involved in the music scene, but I still don't see the synth and midi capabilities on similarly priced keyboards today. Sure, touch-sensitive, full-sized keys have become common, but it seems that today's consumer (Circuit City) keyboards are less technical.

It's sitting in my room right now and bringing back so many memories of childhood and nostalgia. I'd love to hear actual music others have created for it. It was mostly a toy for me so I have nothing of my own to show. If anyone has any, can you please post it online somewhere please? I'd love to hear what real musicians have created with the 680!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-08-2005 at 07:09
James a hobbyist user from London, England writes:
Fantastic little thing, does everything you'd expect from a little plastic synth keyboard with mini keys that's about 5 years old. The voices are crap, I've used about 3 and heavily modified at that and none of the styles are even worth experimenting with but I've been using it recently because it's good at producing weird cheap sounding effects when you play around with the synthesizer. I find it much easier to squeeze those 1980s and early 90s computer games sound effects, Dr Who and War of the Worlds type sounds out of this thing than out of many more sophisticated more complex keyboards I've played. It's got just the right level of crapness to make it good, it produces those sounds that modern keyboard/synthesizers are too proud for. Add feedback, crank it up until it distorts and you'll see what I mean. Or maybe I'm just nostalgic because this was my first keyboard :)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-20-2005 at 13:51
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