Yamaha PSS-380

Yamaha PSS-380

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PSS-380, Keyboard Arranger from Yamaha in the PortaSound series.

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Yamaha PSS-380 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Yamaha
  • Model: PSS-380
  • Series: PortaSound
  • Category: Keyboard Arrangers
  • Added in our database on: 07/11/2004

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Yamaha PSS-380 user reviews

Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 3 reviews )
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 1 user review33 %

efabric's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha PSS-380
See my review of his identical successor: PSS 390 ( https://clavier-arrangeur.yamaha.audiofanzine.com/produits/avis/index%2Cidproduit%2C17170%2Cmao%2Cpss390.html )dropoff Window





Tyokkann's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha PSS-380
4 octaves arranger keyboard - 49 keys with a non-dynamic point of support for split
FM tone generator for tone generator sounds and rhythms to PCM
100 different sounds
100 auto accompaniment styles
3 methods of support (fingered, single finger or auto bass)
Playable demo
Function "Dual Voice" to play two sounds at once (makes you 100 x 100 = 10,000 possible additional sound)
4-button control with two accompanying "intro / fill in" for 2 different intros or two different girls.
Adjust tempo from 40 to 240
Transposition -12 / +12
Adjusting the overall volume
Adjusting the volume accompanying
We can consider that there is an edition of the synthesizer sounds with digital 7 buttons to create your own sounds by changing the existing sounds, but there is no possibility of storing these sounds. The 7 buttons correspond to functions:
- Adjustment of the spectrum
- Adjusting the modulation
- Setting Attak
- Setting the decay
- Setting release
- Adjusting the vibrato
- Volume control
Mémory song: to save your tunes.
2 HP stereo
A headphone / out to
Dimensions: 63.7 x 25.2 x 8.5, Weight: 2.3Kg


Easy and intuitive keyboard seduced by its lightness and small footprint.
Manual clear and precise but here almost pointless in the simplicity of the machine.
the 7-button digital synthesizer is rather friendly and fun to use because it allows good tweaking sounds original. But no backup possible internal.


Same as for small Yamaha I've owned all three at once (PSR-150, PSS-380 PSS-595) I have kept only two or three months.
€ 55 bought used without even trying. I wanted a small keyboard with small buttons and not cumbersome to take anywhere. I sold when I had the PSS-595, much better with MIDI.
Value / Great Price for age and sounds of the machine. Especially since you can find used 50 € (what is € 50 for an electronic keyboard ????)
The best part for me was the lightweight and compact device!! You put it under his arm like a towel and a student you hop party V'là looool!!
The sound that comes less unrealistic for the most part (I will not even be copied easily by sounds such as keyboards, sound scratch). But hey, for a compact keyboard all age groups from this period can not ask him to blow up a Tyros loool!! is like trying to race in Pigeot 103 SP against a Bandit 1200 !!!!!!
A wise choice to do I do it again for a child, because the little touches are nice and the price.

efabric's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha PSS-380
I find the view a bit hard so I would take a little note.

This keyboard has in its bowels a real chipset yamaha FM 4 each operator.


To edit the sounds you do the following:

1) We choose one among the 100 pRSET wholesale: organ, bass, strings, brass, percussion and FX sounds
None really GPs, but some are compossed operator instead of 2 FM, and others 4, which magnifies the sound. Certainties FX also an LFO, white noise or a large envelope (submachine gun, mandolin, sea, sounds of space

2) If desired you just activate the function synthesizer, to change the frquence, FM modulation, attack, decay, vibrato and volume of sound. These parameters only act on one of 2 or 4 operator instead of the select. Just by pressing the function, not just reprogram the original sound with these "sliders" 7 positions.

2) we can superimpose the sound another preset (dual tone) or even her to have a chorus effect or a blend of two sounds PARALLEL. There has been only 10 000 possible combinations of up 8 FM conjuction operator instead (at a price fall of polyphony 2 marks)


T have this super cool synth with MIDI and a backup of pRSET.

It remains an FM sound synthesis research, with its limitations, but at least with real contrl pull that one little edit to some extent in real time! It changes the menus / pushbuttons more comprehensive but not practical.

What other FM synth origin of the checks of this kind?

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