Synth Site: Yamaha: PSS-470: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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a hobbyist user from Toronto CANADA writes:
This is actually a fairly solid piece of equipment. Most of the presets are awful with the exception of Jazz Organ, Jazz Guitar, Vibes etc. The Waveform, Modulation etc sliders are the real reason to pick one up. In fact, I recorded this keyboard with a bit of delay and phase on it and fooled a TOTAL GEARHEAD - he thought I was using a Korg Poly800!

posted Monday-Jul-23-2001 at 12:14
Rai a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This is a really great synth. I can create almost any sound I want just by tweaking the sliders a little bit, and it can be used in almost any genre of electronic music (techno, house, trip-hop, ambient, etc.) But is also great for New Wave/Synth Pop, which is what I'm using it for in my band right now. I just wish it had MIDI so I could store the sounds on my PC. I also wish it had knobs on each side so I could put a guitar strap on it and wear it like a guitar on stage.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-18-2001 at 16:59
Dominic Pedley a hobbyist user from England writes:
I really love my PSS470, which I was given when I was 8 years old, and despite a few modifications it works perfectley now. You can create some really good grungey basses, as well as strange effects and metallic tones. The spurious artifects (odd digital noises) just add to it's character. I use it with my sampler and other synth, it is then more flexible. No memories but paper is cheap.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-20-2001 at 06:58
Mather's Studios from UK writes:
I would argue that not all the sounds created by the PSS-470 are thin and weedy. Some are, but not all. Take some of the factory presets and put the sliders right down to the bottom and you soon start getting those really powerful FM basslines everyone talked about in the 1980s. The Wave slider acts a bit like a coarse filter and cuts out some of the high, thin frequencies to leave the lower ones closer to the fundamental. I even heard a pop tune from the 80s that had a bassline that sounded remarkably like some of the sounds from this little board. I also saw a real DX7 mk1 once, and the sounds in the PSS-470 aren't totally unlike it in some respects.

I actually wondered whether I might be able to somehow disconnect the mini keys, and then connect up a full size 49 keys, and maybe even rebuild it into a part wooden cabinet. In an old Casio I own, there's a ribbon connector that links the keys into the circuit.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-15-2001 at 04:56
claire a hobbyist user from UK writes:
This is a really bizarre little keyboard - obviously made for home use but with those weird "digital synthesiser" sliders. The factory-preset violin is a perfectly passable and useable voice, especially with a little delay. Some sounds made with the digital synth are incredible as novelty noises (sounding a bit like digital fireworks!!), but aren't that playable for melodies. Let's not over-hype this thing, most sounds are thin and weedy as you would expect. But it's cheap and got a lot more imagination than your equivalent-model Casio.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-12-2000 at 06:18
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