Yamaha PSS-16

Yamaha PSS-16

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PSS-16, Keyboard Arranger from Yamaha in the PortaSound series.

1 user review

Yamaha PSS-16 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Yamaha
  • Model: PSS-16
  • Series: PortaSound
  • Category: Keyboard Arrangers
  • Added in our database on: 12/15/2003

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Yamaha PSS-16 user reviews

Average Score:5.0(5/5 based on 1 review)
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yoyog's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha PSS-16
Arranger keyboard for child quality luxury out in recent years. 3 octaves, 37 keys. Connectors: AC adapter inlet (supply) and output stereo sound but only one output (or to put a headphone on a string, amp, etc ...). No other connectors.

100 presets available, including the first 40 "Single Voice", 40 to 50 "Ensemble Voice", and from 50 "Dual Voice." All types of sounds are there better existing at this level: piano, trumpet, organ, electric guitar, bass guitar, xylophone, accordion, harmonica, pan flute, saxophone, clarinet, etc. ...

22 Styles trips on the white notes from synth (Pop Rock, Boogie Woogie, Rhumba, 8 Beat, 16 Beat, Rock'n Roll, Hard Rock, Rock to Ballad, Disco, Bossa Nova, Swing, Funk, Techno Rock, Shuffle, Samba, Jazz Waltz, Reggae, Country, Tango, Waltz, March 1, March 2). The hash key they can be used to trigger the internal songs with teaching you learn the melody.

The accompaniments are directed to a key "Single Finger". The key "Harmony" allows itself to a kind of distortion on each pre-selection to choose from.

It is obvious that at this level, there is no question of editing sounds and styles, or even see séquenseur. No connection to Midi as previously reported.

I note based on the quality of the device for children.


The general configuration is fairly easy to access for children are selected sounds from the small dash through rubber keys, one hears the sound of a hi-hat on every keypress, and then press "Enter" to confirm the selected preset. That is mainly to understand. Then we can easily stay on the discovery and melodies to find the head without bothering the rest of the keyboard but it has other functions very attractive.

The manual seems clear, but not convenient to read as it unfolds as a road map. For a small partition included outside of the record if the unit remained as it was in its marketing.


I use it for a little over a year I think. I like its high quality for children. It was a personal remembrance.

You should know that Yamaha have released still the same low-end keyboards by pretending to newer models, while on them, they had simply changed its look (it also goes the same for batteries Electronic adults for that matter).

Thus, the PSS-16 is actually PSS-190 of 1991 revamped.

The lower model PSS-16, is the PSS-9 is actually PSS-50 in 1991.

Same for the top model is the PSS-26, actually PSS-290 as of 1991.

It goes without saying that it is better to have these keyboards in the latest version if you want to find the sounds and songs of the time because they are two keyboards resemblance as drops of water with the exception of that can look more or less like (question of taste).

Yes I knew personally PSS-50 (equivalent PSS-9) when I was very young. And I have many catalogs to compare many Yamaha synths including their very specific technical functions.

The quality / price ratio seemed amazing when I bought it (I must say that I have taken in large surface "Leclerc"). It was about 200 francs if I remember correctly so in my last memory, the PSS-190 corresponding to it was worth 780 francs at the time. Knowing by heart the series and being nostalgic, I bought it.

The significant features are the pieces that are inside that make great Christmas and dreaming big and small. This keyboard is very compact (63 cm long and 17 cm deep) and very light. It contains two internal speakers and amplification is stereo! 2 X 2.1 W Rms you atendente (reasonable power). You can also play or train with 4 drum pads on the front. It contains 8 note polyphonic (ie it can accept 8 notes simultaneously making it possible to play freely.

The negative features, and well: there is no possibility to save anything. It's odd that Yamaha did not put a button "Rec" somewhere. We can not play real chords arrangement, because he has not the "Fingered" for that, you have to go on the PSS-26's superior or agree to stay on a button . No variations, no intro, no ending of the styles. But it is mainly a question of use of: it can not be satisfied with this small keyboard cool if you want to play seriously: they are mini-buttons on the one hand, 37 buttons, it is not wide enough There is no dynamic ... Everything in its place, here it is especially for children.

With experience, of course I would do this choice because, in any case I knew what I was doing, so there is no problem even in the conditional.

I recommend this range of Yamaha keyboards for small children. These small synths have a sound quality which I challenge anyone to find a better one in France to that level.

I penalized a point because there is no-registration possible. 9 / 10 then.

Edit: I found a reference to a stand for the PSS-16 on Ebay. This would be the SX-101.

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