Synth Site: Yamaha: PSR-500 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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John Pinion a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I have had my PSR-500 for about 10 years and have enjoyed having it around and was sold on the piano sound, which is pretty good for that style keyboard. Amazed that I both still have it and it still works after all that time, and in looking around at consumer units out there now, in 2001, it holds up pretty well by comparison, also a shock.

This week I pulled it out to use some new sequencing software on my Mac, and found 2 dead keys, which I remedied by opening it up (tedius, many screws), removing the keyboard circuit board strip (pop each little plastic clip, every inch or so) and no screws hold it down, then cleaned both the typical mated-E type (computer keyboard) switches-two for each note so as to sense velocity with a pencil erasor and alcohol. Looks like mine had a drink of milk at some point or another. So now it's fixed and I'm happy! And all th_ mus_c I play do_sn't com_ out sound_ng l_ke th_s!

Think I have a manual somewhere...wish there was a .pdf format somewhere and also wish there was a translator for dump>gmidi, more detailed technical/engineering data on this unit from Yamaha would have been helpful, but then I don't guess they want to give all their (consumer, especially) design secrets away!

posted Thursday-Feb-08-2001 at 10:07
Ed a professional user from USA writes:
To make a good horn sound, I use a dual voice. I select patch 47, and then on the dual voice, I select patch 49 ONE OCTAVE lower. Both at full volume and about 7 on the reverb. Try it!

The PSR-85 and the PSR-500 are IDENTICAL. The only differences are the colors of the buttons. The demo songs are the same, the patches are the same. You can even do a midi bulk dump from one to the other. Even the manuals are EXACTLY the same.

For that matter, I think the PSR-84 and the PSR-400 are the same as well.

It's been a great keyboard for me in my ministry of visiting nursing homes and children handicapped homes. I use the feature of being able to record chords on the auto-accompaniament and then use my violin to play on top. Most other keyboards I know of only allow ONE track of auto-accompaniament chord recording. With the PSR-85/500 you get five tracks X 4 pages! Not to mention that the sounds are great for things like piano and strings.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-27-1998 at 23:27
Ernest Harper a professional user from USA writes:
I Have a PSR-500 that I use when I Play-out with my band. I also have a PSR-47

I run them through a Quadraverb and I get a good sound. But when it comes to recording

to my pc and playback they stink, I know there not GM but in todays world and Win95's IDF

you need a good General Midi setup. I wish I could convert it to GM or change my

Midimap like I did in Win3.1, but I don't think it's possible.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:23
ethan miller a hobbyist user from US writes:
The PSR-500 is definately a fun keyboard and a great tool for getting familiar with midi and making electronic music in general. I've been using mine almost every day for a year and its time to move on to bigger and better things but the PSR has gotten me totally addicted to making music. Some of the sounds can be a little hokey but putting it through a cheap guitar distortion or FX pedal makes it sound nearly professional. I'm probably going to buy a better synth pretty soon but I'm definately going to keep my PSR as a slave synth. Make sure to check out the really high and low ends of all the sounds as some of them sound really cool at theses frequencies. This works because of the fact that all the sounds are sampled and start to fall apart when you play them really high or really low. Anybody who is interested in electronic music but doesn't want to dish out the money for lots of really expensive equipment should check this keyboard out. Also, I highly reccomend that if you're trying to write songs on these that you hook them up to your computer or sequencer and use Cakewalk or something. The reason for this is that (at least on my keyboard) the power supply jack gets loose ALL THE TIME and anything I've saved in the keyboards RAM gets lost.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:23
R. Durinck a hobbyist user from Holland writes:
I think the PSR 500 is an acceptable keyboard for beginners, but you'll soon want more.

The sound is quite good, especially the 00 (piano) sound. Nowadays keyboards sound a lot better of course...

Second hands are not expensive and plenty! You don't want to use this keyboard in a band, though...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:23
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