Synth Site: yamaha: PSS-480: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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sedi a hobbyist user from us writes:
Strangely I managed to squeeze out some pretty satisfying sounds From this model, it was back in time when I was broke and couldn’t Afford better. I’ve been using pro-gear now-days, but somehow Miss that PSS a lot. I miss simplicity, and limitations that challenge Creativity.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-03-2001 at 21:48
Kristen G. a professional user from United States writes:
I got this model when it came out - because it KICKED BUTT!! Granted, it's a little weak compared to today's models, but people forget how fast 'cutting-edge' gets blunted.

Good grief, it had MIDI back in 86! Does anyone remember how COOL that was for a home board? You could store whole songs in it and do basic multiracking! Whoa! An all-time classic.

Anyhow, I still use this one as my computer input device; I play guitar,so I'm not going to spend a lot to get another. I came here to see if there were any patch editors/new sounds for this thing. If the other guy doesn't come through with a photo, I will.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-01-1999 at 02:04
MaddMannMatt a part-timer user from USA writes:
S'ok. I got a used one from a friend for $50. It made a good desktop controller due to it's small footprint, but I considered this a downside too. I don't really like smaller keys. Anywho, this unit is good (not great, just good) for a controller or a workstation (or at least for MIDI input). I didn't really like the sounds that it put out. Cheezy. It's pretty much your run-o-da-mill K-mart special that you give your six-year-old niece for a toy, not really a professional 'board. You can do some funky schtuff wid da progrmmable sounds and save em to 5 different banks. Problem is, I was never able to find out how to use these for OUTput via MIDI (I never had a manual fer da thing), so that feature was kinda useless to me as a creative tool. BUT, if you just want sumptin ta git yer MIDI inta da sequencer or computer, this would be a good tool fer yuz.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-27-1999 at 00:44
Azeron a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I bought this keybaord new for around $120 back in 1986 from a K-Mart. This was the greatest keyboard to me. I could record five different tracks in separate voices and play them back simultaneously and they remained the five different instruments. For someone like me, who is capable of playing one instrument part but not a profiecient piano player this was wonderful. I also loved the fact that I could create new instruments by changing the sine and cosine wavelengths of other instruments. This keyboard is wonderful. I still have it, but alas Yamaha has discontinued it and some of the keypads have worn out. I replaced the record track button once back in 91 and had I been smart, I would have went ahead and replaced all the pads as they have a few more have failed me. Is anyone willing to part with his? I found this site because I am searching for THIS particular keyboard and cannot find it. I detest Yamaha. I believe that there have to be comparable pads in newer models and they simply don't want older keyboards to be fixed. I refuse to buy their newer, junk keyboards. I'll save and buy a professional keybaord first. If you hate your PSS 480 please email me... I will gladly take it off your hands.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-23-1999 at 06:06
Ev a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This was my first MIDI keyboard. I have always been a fan of Portasounds , but this one took the cake. It had everything I needed back then : 100 FM voices which can be edited, 5 track sequencer, programmable drums and full MIDI implemented. I paid $190 for it new. Granted , the track are monophonic and the FM synth has only 2 ops, it was still a great springboard for the imagination. Used to hook it up to my RX-17 drum machine. Great fun. Cool noises. I wish Yamaha still made something similiar to this now. Even with the small keys ( which everyone hates), it was still my favorite piece of gear. I've got the bigger one ( 680 ) now.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:21
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