Synth Site: Yamaha: PSS-680 Keyboard: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Drone a hobbyist user from Richmond, VA USA writes:
The Yamaha PSS-680 is great little FM synth/home keyboard with loads of low-end features! You won't be able to get "fat" sounds out of this two FM operator machine, but it does excel in bright, sparkling sound effects. The wood bass patch is nice and punchy and it can produce decent bright, pad sounds. The machine excels in the MIDI department. It is multitimbral and you can dump your sounds and sequences for easy retrieval later on.

The sequencer is pretty advanced for it's price. You can't quantize or fix misplayed notes, but it is fun nonetheless. The accompaniment section is cool as you can leave in or leave out parts and with 100 rhythms/styles you can't go wrong.

The drum pads are great fun!

The mini-keys are a hindrance and you don't have a velocity keyboard, although you can receive velocity and aftertouch. Pretty advanced for it's time!

A special note: This was my first keyboard ever and I used this little gem for my high school talent show. I programmed/played entirely Depeche Mode's "Behind The Wheel" and "Just Can't Get Enough" on the PSS-680. Someone commented that those two songs sounded just like the originals. This synth still has a special place in my heart today.

Another special note: My brother programmed/played entirely The Lightning Seed's "Pure" on the PSS-680 along with a Roland TR-626 as the drum track. They almost won the competition.

My other synths are a Casio CZ-1, Korg DW-8000, 2 Yamaha TX16Ws, Emu-Proteus FX, Roland TR-626. I use Cakewalk Pro Audio 5.0 with two effects processors from Yamaha and DOD.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-31-1998 at 16:46
Spaceship Mark Williamson a part time user from Great Britain writes:
My PSS-680 was the first 'proper' synth I got. I got me a C in music by programming random improvisations into the 'sequenser' and then triggering them rythmically. Combined with my Casiotone MT-40 and some guitars and a echo box, it got me some tracks on a compilation coming out on Julian Copes label Head Heritage. The sounds in it are crap and the drums are pretty crap but the little synth bit can make some ok funny noises with persuasuion

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:21
Brian a 0 user from USA writes:
The PSS-680 was my first synth/keyboard... Very respectful MIDI implementation for the time (1988) and price. Cool little FM synth. It currently resides in my closet in favor of my Kurzweil K2000 (:

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:21
Brian Smith (Mig Hound) a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I've had the 680 since its release. It's a solid home keyboard. The basic FM synth is really useful, as is the percussion pads. Along with my PSS-590, Kawai K-1r, & Boss SE-50, the 680 makes a great controller board. The sounds were sort of dry so I bought the SE -50 FX processor for enhancement. My sequencer is the ol' Alesis MMT 8. I wish the thing had a disk drive in it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:21
Ev a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I had the little brother ( PSS 480 ). Even though it's digital , kind of like the sounds. Well some of them. I like the fact that you can edit them , and come up with some pretty wacky sounds. You can also get some wicked bass out of it, with a little work. Back when I bought mine , I didn't have the money for a bigger synth , so I learned a lot and made a lot of music ( or noise ) with the thing. I picked one ( 680 ) up recently for about 40 bucks. It's not for everyone. A lot of people think it's crappy , but I dig the little box. It looks cool , too.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:21
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