The PSS-470 was released by Yamaha in 1987, and was clearly aimed at non-professionals. This is the type of keyboard that would not be surprising to find in the musical instrument section of a major toy store. It's a simple synth built in a plasti...
The PSS-470 was released by Yamaha in 1987, and was clearly aimed at non-professionals. This is the type of keyboard that would not be surprising to find in the musical instrument section of a major toy store. It's a simple synth built in a plastic case, with built-in stereo speakers, stereo outputs and 49 mini-sized keys. It's designed to be lightweight and portable. Yet at its heart it has inherited Yamaha's DX series digital FM synthesis, which is enough to garner this synth some attention.
Got this from a friend of mine, confused with what all the controls did, and learned to love it. I swith between a regular piano and this for songs like "Car Radio" by twenty one pilots.
What a great little FM Synthesizer! It boasts stereo output, and has such a primitive, cheesy sound that is sometimes just what I need to add a little fun to a mix. It dates back to 1987, and some of the patches are modeled (poorly) after instruments such as saxophone, trumpet, oboe, flute, piano, jazz guitar, and koto for example. You can also use the digital synthesizer faders to create your own sound, which can come in handy when you're looking for a synth lead, or pad, or even synth bass sound that you know you could only get from a little synth like this. It doesn't support MIDI (not surprising) so for recording the audio into my DAW, I'm using a stereo auxiliary to 1/4" jack rig that I pieced together from parts I found while digging through Radio Shack.
Reckon it's from 86 or so it seems from the manuals. Natalia gifted it to me. I am indebted. I've used this EXTENSIVELY (or even sometimes exclusively) on all the E.S. LPs here: https://elijahshould.bandcamp.com/