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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Cleatus from Beyond Yukon writes:
I've been playing with this for 2 days now. I made this patch that sounds exactly like some 70s/80s horror/educational film with the warbling portamento sound. Also...I'm a huge fan of Selected Ambient Works 2 by Aphex Twin and I've tried quite successfully to emulate several of the sounds on this album. Yes...those subtle hums and slightly percussive cooing sounds and even the buzzy harsh ones. Could it be that RDJ used this for SAW2?? Regardless, this is quite a powerful synth (except for the polyphony) and quite a bargain for US$69. Oh and by the way...I found out that how thin and not subtle the sounds are depends on how thin-ly and not subtly you program it. Making this sound soft and analog is very possible. I highly recommend running it through effects though. It shined through my $50 Ibanez delay pedal which is probably just as old.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-21-2000 at 19:57
Cleatus from Way Up North writes:
Oh my gawd...I'll admit this is my first "real" synth. I just bought it today. Though I have played heavily with an ESQ-1 and own a TR-606 and some crappy ROMplers, this is my first programmable synthesizer. I was blown away at this thing. I've tried FM synthesis on the SoundBlaster, but there is some intangible, alluring quality about this synth. The sound sucks me in. I don't really know how to describe it. It's so dirty and noisy and real. Especially those chorused string sounds...ohhh they are so beautiful. I think I'm going to be using this one for a while. Only problem w/ this is that obviously it's a bitch to program, so I'll have to read up on the stuff. This is grand though, it's like all those great 80s sounds. I think that it's coming back trendwise now, and I don't think I'm going to miss all this damn analog subtractive crap. FM is great I don't care how "fat" it is, it's real.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-19-2000 at 22:22
Spectralab a professional user from Canada writes:
If you understand FM synthesis, you'll be flying on this unit in no time. This was one of the first in Yamaha's FM line to feature waveforms other than just sine for the operators, and frankly, even though there are only 4-operators, you can get a much wider variety of sounds out of this than with a sine-only 6-op., the TX-802, for instance. I tried both before deciding which to get, and this impressed me much more than it's sibling (which is way over-prced on the used market, IMHO)... it has the micro-tuning feature which initially made the TX-802 so appealing, it's incredibly easy (though admittedly a bit tedious) to navigate... has a few pseudo/MIDI-based effects to boot, though an external processor is recommended... tweak a long, evovling pad on this and run it through a Lexicon Vortex with a long Morph going back and forth - then again, I suggest running ANY older/less feature-heavy synth through the Vortex... the Electrix Filter Factory also does a nice job warming this guy up... I do sound-design and electronic/experimental music, and this unit has never disappointed me in these applications... sure - it's old, it's simple - but the price for one of these nowadays to get a good, basic FM-only synth into your rack is well worth it. I mean, you should still get an FS1-R, and maybe not bother with one of these if you have a TG/SY-77... that way, you can use the FS1-R for what it does best and turn to this when you want good ol', plain, pure FM sounds.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-11-2000 at 05:23
Fredrik Sjöblom a part-time user from Sweden writes:
i hate to program yamaha fm synths . i use this thing to add attack to analog basses combine it with a roland 106 bass and it rocks . it has a quite thin sound but it it´s a quit nice little modul " for the right price of course"!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-27-2000 at 05:32
Feed7 a part-time user writes:
Just got this monster today, and I have already been at it for hours. You can tweak some incredible basses, spacy pads, and nasty organs out of this thing, among other digital wierdness. If your looking for natural sounds, look elsewhere. If you want a highly(not easily mind you!) programable synth, with tons of quirkyness and origionality, then pick one of these bad boys up. And for the ridiculously low price these synths are going for, why not!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-10-2000 at 23:27
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