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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Reek Havoc a part-time user from USA-Maryland writes:
I have had this keyboard since '87. It has been a workhorse. I have used it as a one man band with rhythm / autochord. I have used it as a synthesizer for strings etc. and couple it with a digital piano for a complete keyboard spectrum. Easy to use with a lot of nice features like custom settings storage to a button and store all your settings on a memory cartridge. Sequencer is cool too although I haven't used it too much.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-27-2011 at 20:04
Jeremiah M. Stanfill a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Simply a very unexpected surprise for a keyboard. The PSS-460 is cute and accessible for creating some 'on the fly' sounds, but if you want something with quite a bit more versatility and real-time control without going too far into deep space - THIS IS IT. And honestly, it has the editing capacities to take you into space anyway.

I've owned a DX7 II/FD E! and SY77 - yes, they're quite the FM workhorses - especially the SY. The DSR-2000 won't go quite so far with the quick edit interface, but there are enough algorithm and voice layering options with the 4-OPP FM presets to really dial in close to what you want. It's an FM synth you approach more with intuition...like the PSS-460/680 but worlds better.

Did I mention it's a blast to play? You have a no-bullshit rhythm programmer/arranger and a simple step/real-time 5-track sequencer - very plastic 80's sound with that metallic FM clanger and gnarly deep bass. Honestly, it has a downright creepy and spacey tone and I can't shake the opinion that it seems to have a warmer tone than the DX7.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-19-2010 at 21:26
Ralph a hobbyist user from Paraguay writes:
I have the DSR2000 since 1990, I really love that you can modify the sounds very easy and create completely new sounds. I like that you can personalize rythm too. It has many other interesting thing like sequencer, memory pack, midi, etc. I really love this keyboard

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-13-2007 at 12:52
Jean-Pierre Sammut a hobbyist user from MALTA, Europe writes:
The DSR 2000 is unique! Does any other keyboard have a sequential recorder which is as good as a real multi-tracker? And does any other keyboard have the "spectrum" "brillance" "vibrato depth" "vibrato speed" by which you can change the sound of a guitar (64) into the noise of a helicopter? Or the sound of strings (58 & 59) into outer space sci-fi sounds? If you are a conservative 18th century pianist who wants a top-quality piano sound then DSR 2000 is not for you! But if you are an ultra-modern musician who is creative and innovative .... the DSR 2000 will absorb your life!! If any Japanese engineer happens to be reading this: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop manufacturing complicated (and funny) synths. Go back to the late 80s era. A DSR 2000 with more features and more modern sounds - therefore a DRS 3000 perhaps!! - will make the music scene go crazy! All hail the old Yahmahas !!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-29-2005 at 13:38
Thunderbolt a part-time user from Canada writes:
The Yamaha DSR-2000 was released in 1987. It was (at that time) the King of the PortaTones. Originally retailed for $2,399 (CDN) I got mine for $150(US)

It is comparable to a DX-21 synth, but a LOT easier to program. The DSR-2000 (there also was a DSR-1000 & DSR-500) is very user-friendly. Too many features to list here. It can still make a very good MIDI controller even today. Transferring MIDI data to a modern PC today would require SYSEX (System Exclusive) data. Contrary to other people her esaying negative things against this keyboard, dont pay attention to them.

This was an EXCELLENT keyboard FOR IT'S TIME. And STILL a good keyboard today. It is also a forerunner to todays 'all-in-one' WorkStation keyboards. This keyboard CAN do it all too. Its only real restriction is the 8 note polyphony. But if one is careful, some excellent results can be obtained. Its PERFECT for composing ambient music..as long as you like FM synthesis. It is a full 4 Operator synthesizer. Manuals are available online for free at: http://www2.yamaha.co.jp/manual/english/ Hope this helps someone decide. -Thunder

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-20-2004 at 08:25
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