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The '''Yamaha PortaSound PSS-470''', a toy keyboard released in 1986 was based on the same [[Yamaha YM3812]] (aka OPL2) [[FM synthesis|FM synthesizer]] IC used in first generation IBM PC sound cards. It has 9 voice polyphony or 6 voices with 5 drum sounds.<ref>[http://www.vintagesynth.com/yamaha/pss470.php Yamaha PortaSound PSS-470], Vintage Synth Explorer</ref><ref>[http://www.the8bitguy.com/8bit-keys-keyboard-collection/yamaha-pss-460-pss-470/ Keyboard: Yamaha PSS-460/PSS-470], The 8-Bit Guy</ref>
 
The '''Yamaha PortaSound PSS-470''', a toy keyboard released in 1986 was based on the same [[Yamaha YM3812]] (aka OPL2) [[FM synthesis|FM synthesizer]] IC used in first generation IBM PC sound cards. It has 9 voice polyphony or 6 voices with 5 drum sounds.<ref>[http://www.vintagesynth.com/yamaha/pss470.php Yamaha PortaSound PSS-470], Vintage Synth Explorer</ref><ref>[http://www.the8bitguy.com/8bit-keys-keyboard-collection/yamaha-pss-460-pss-470/ Keyboard: Yamaha PSS-460/PSS-470], The 8-Bit Guy</ref>
 
== Editable sounds ==
 
== Editable sounds ==
The PSS-470 is more versatile than most toy keyboards in that it has simple manual editing using six sliders for shaping the FM sounds.<ref>[http://nurykabe.com/dump/text/PSS/page/manuals/PSS-470_00.pdf PortaSound PSS-470 owners guide]</ref>
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The PSS-470 is more versatile than most toy keyboards in that it has simple manual editing using six sliders for shaping the FM sounds.<ref>{{Cite web |url=http://nurykabe.com/dump/text/PSS/page/manuals/PSS-470_00.pdf |title=PortaSound PSS-470 owners guide |accessdate=2017-10-11 |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20171116014033/http://nurykabe.com/dump/text/PSS/page/manuals/PSS-470_00.pdf |archivedate=2017-11-16 |deadurl=yes |df= }}</ref>
 
* Wave selects the sound colour.
 
* Wave selects the sound colour.
 
* Spectrum adjusts the pitch of the sound selected by the Wave setting. Reducing this will enable deeper bass sounds.
 
* Spectrum adjusts the pitch of the sound selected by the Wave setting. Reducing this will enable deeper bass sounds.
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== External links ==
 
== External links ==
* Open Source [http://www.forum.highlyliquid.com/showthread.php?t=1152 Yamaha PSS-470 MIDI Retrofit Guide], Highly Liquid Forum, 14 Oct 2013
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* Open Source [https://web.archive.org/web/20171011113022/http://www.forum.highlyliquid.com/showthread.php?t=1152 Yamaha PSS-470 MIDI Retrofit Guide], Highly Liquid Forum, 14 Oct 2013
 
* [https://web.archive.org/web/20160519173446/http://dtech.lv/files_ym/ym3812.pdf YM3812] data sheet
 
* [https://web.archive.org/web/20160519173446/http://dtech.lv/files_ym/ym3812.pdf YM3812] data sheet
 
* [http://www.nikineecke.ch/pss470bend.html Circuit Bending a Yamaha PSS470/PSS560/PSS360]
 
* [http://www.nikineecke.ch/pss470bend.html Circuit Bending a Yamaha PSS470/PSS560/PSS360]

Latest revision as of 01:53, 4 December 2018

The Yamaha PortaSound PSS-470, a toy keyboard released in 1986 was based on the same Yamaha YM3812 (aka OPL2) FM synthesizer IC used in first generation IBM PC sound cards. It has 9 voice polyphony or 6 voices with 5 drum sounds.[1][2]

Editable sounds

The PSS-470 is more versatile than most toy keyboards in that it has simple manual editing using six sliders for shaping the FM sounds.[3]

  • Wave selects the sound colour.
  • Spectrum adjusts the pitch of the sound selected by the Wave setting. Reducing this will enable deeper bass sounds.
  • Modulation adjusts the sound brightness.
  • Attack adjusts the time a note takes to reach its peak volume.
  • Decay adjusts the time a note takes to become inaudible.
  • Volume controls the output level of the synthesizer section.

References

  1. ^ Yamaha PortaSound PSS-470, Vintage Synth Explorer
  2. ^ Keyboard: Yamaha PSS-460/PSS-470, The 8-Bit Guy
  3. ^ "PortaSound PSS-470 owners guide". Archived from the original on 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2017-10-11. 

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