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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Jason VanDeMaat a professional user from United States writes:
I have a lot of history with my Portasound PSS-460. When my dad went to buy it there was only one left in the store. They told him it was being held for someone. So he waited till someone else was at the desk and told them they had a keyboard held for him. So it's been around the house since I can remember. It used to be just one of the things I would goof around with, but as I got older and more serious about music I started realising what a great little machine it really is. I've used it on stage, in the studio, in the car...just about everywhere. My favorite sound is the Jazz Organ setting (withou the stereo symphonic). What my friends are most impressed with is a technuiqe I've developed on it called "playing the buttons". You set a beat (I like "rock and roll"), hold out a note and press the different voice buttons in time with the beat. It's hard to explain, but awesome and really fun. The digital synthesizer is really cool too.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-26-2009 at 16:21
Andy a hobbyist user from Herethere writes:
I love mine. These things are built to last and have amazing capabilities. I recently bought another one as a backup, just in case.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-06-2006 at 20:37
Jeremiah M. Stanfill a part-time user from USA writes:
I have an SY-77 which can duplicate any bell, buzz or dolphin fart but it's just not as fun to play in real time because of it's plethora of parameters you have to jog through to change anything. I've owned a PSS-460 for 13 years...I traded my Sega Genesis for it...and eventually got my Sega Genesis back...yay. No really, it's great for Jazz/Blues, Eastern, Aeolean, or just plain synth pop. You can edit things really fast, it's got a great low end, and what the's easier to play standing up because the keys are small like an accordian. Seriously, don't look at the synth play it in a recording and tell me if you can tell a difference between a pro synth and this one...okay, but what the hell it's still fun to play.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-16-2005 at 14:56
Nathan Wilcox a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I bought this MINT at a flea market for $3. Yes I said three Dollars. So all my excuses to not buy it flew out the window. Its a great little Synth, and has lots of potential. Messing with the sliders gives you many different sounds. I have a concert-mate 61-key Midi keyboard and this little -near 20 year old- yamaha board puts it t shame. The sounds are much fuller, and more whimsical than the realistic sounds of the Concertmate. This keyboard has a Lot of guts in the low end, and its not afraid to drop the shoe. Plugged into a Fender Bassman, rattling the windows is an understatement. There are features on here that you have to spend 500+ to get these days.

The bad news: 1. Mini-Keys are a nuisance, and should be rigged up to fill size. 2. The "Stereo Whatever" is like some guy sanding a chair (in stereo, LoL)

Final Thought- For 3 bucks, complaining is not an option. And I find it funny a synth built in 1986 puts down the quality of the new cheap keyboards I have. MIDI? I can live without it on this.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-29-2005 at 20:53
Jason a hobbyist user from usa writes:
i bought this thing off ebay for $30 and about $10 for shipping. it's nice little synth. good for starters i guess. i bought it to accompany my yamaha dgx on stage. but little did i know it only has a aux. in and out which truthfully sucks. i haven't even bothered to spend the money for an adaptor.. lately i've just been putting a mic up to the speakers. it's sketchy but it's still produces the same sound. i recently bought a micro korg so i don't plan on using it other than it's amazing bass. this little think can crank out the bass. in fact i am playing on it right now in front of me and i can get the whole little keyboard to shake with one key. it's pretty fun to mess around with the sliders. very basic synthesis. does the job. good for retro sounds. it's an all plastic body so im not sure how tough it is. the custom drummer feature is also nice but the only thing i'd change is the ability to play drums without what is pre-programmed. you can only add in more to it. another downside is that there is no pitch wheel.. it's just a up and down button. over all it is a nice synth to fiddle around with. more than a toy than anything else. still a good buy for the price that it is.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-17-2005 at 14:35
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