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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Wouter van Nifterick a part-time user from Netherlands writes:
Very cool synth virtually endless possibilities gotta love fm

Too bad its not really suitable for multitimbral use.. Sounds depend too much on the effects engine.

posted Thursday-Jul-12-2001 at 15:59
Klaus Paulsen a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
I got mine today, bought it from ebay for 900DM. No doubt, noone here exagerated...it sounds fantastic, but what noone mentioned is that it can do some very thick analogue sounds too! Lush fluffy pads, fat fatter the fattest Leads and Bass sounds and of course ten zillions EPs and organs. It´s also true that using it from the frontpanel is a pain in the ass. Hopefully someone in Hamamatsu decides to bring this thing out again with a "real" interface with lots of knobs...but 4000 parameters...geez...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-16-2001 at 15:50
Joel Braverman a professional user from CA, US writes:
Best synth I own. You can hear it as the lead on "One Phat Track". http://www.mp3.com/jbrave

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-28-2001 at 18:24
Kris a hobbyist user from San Francisco, USA writes:
The FS1R is an increadible synth!! Like another reviewer I bought this based on it's specs and I will own this until Yamaha delivers (if ever) another model. When it comes to creating unique personalized sounds the possibilities are immense.

The filters are steep and VERY good. Warm and rich or cold and gritty based on the application.

The effects are actually quite good compared to most other synths on the market. I'm satisfied.

The only drawback is that editing sounds from the front panel is a real pain. You really need a graphic editor. The good news is when I initially opened SoundDiver I was stunned to see the amount of parameters this box has. I can confidently say that the FS1R packs more parameters than any synth ever built. It's scary.

You've heard a lot of talk about the Formant Filters and I can tell you that they are cool. Especially with the ability to sync them the tempo. Be prepared for sleepless nights when tweaking these.

Now for the thrilling part. If you have an X/Y controller you are in for a real suprise. Paractically all the factory patches are pre-configured for X/Y. I hooked up my Korg Z1 and started tapping and dragging my finger across the touch pad and the FS1R produced astonishingly different sounds than the original patch. This reaveals it's flexibilty as virtually all the parameters can be routed to a midi controller. Oh, did I mention sequencing those hand moves?

I can understand why this box has achieved cult status. The reason the FS1R never sold well is because most consumers are illiterate technically and so they buy dumbed-down PCM based romplers. The net result is they sound just like everyone else.

Owners of the FS1R are in a different league. The type of people use this box are those who welcome the challange of creating fresh original sounds that no other synth can quite match. Trust me, the FS1R can literally create any type of sound imaginable. And that is powerfull!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-09-2001 at 18:40
syd a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I have been using this synth since late last year. It has a very rich sound. I don't know if anyone has mentioned this, but you can make some very deep basses that cut into a mix with this synth. Great stuff!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-25-2001 at 15:08
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