Synth Site: Yamaha: QY-100: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Jason a part-time user from the midwest side writes:
Who needs actual band-mates when you've got this! Just program the parts and rock the place. I've played dozens of shows in my area with just this and an old Korg and it hasn't failed me yet. Definetly worth the $500!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-13-2003 at 16:54
Jay a professional user from USA writes:
I've owned the 20, 70 and now the 100. As a music teacher, I use these guys to replace the little old lady that accompanied too many of my school concerts. I can adjust tempo, timbres, pitch and balance during rehearsal. There are no unpleasant surprises anymore on concert day! (A particularly neat thing I do is sequence the melody and gradually trim it out of the mix as my students learn their parts.)

I also compose on the thing...I find randomly picking a pattern or voice often elicits creative output. For a figure skating routine that broadcast my music over the rink loudspeakers, I was able to rebalance the mix on the fly. (Man, were those speakers screwy...)

I use it as a brain with my four octave Yamaha controller for "small" gigs. With two shoebox size powered monitors, I'm hi-fi and portable! Finally, I just finished sequencing the entire 1 1/4 hour score to "Joseph & the Amazing...." Needless to say, the director of this community production was very pleased that she would be getting more than a piano part from me!

The internal memory of all of these machines is fairly limited. The 100's SM card storage allowed me to save each of the 20 songs w/ the patterns I created in "Joseph" with ease. Yamaha should increase that memory dramatically, fix the timing glitch when switching patterns, (I insert one or two beats of "Blank" just before a pattern change...not one listener has ever noticed this workaround.) and continue to improve the internal sounds. Especially for the price, it's a winner!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-17-2003 at 15:19
Rich from ya sister's house writes:
This piece is very practical Wo ooh! Man I love it. I've only had it one week now but the demo getting to know the tool better type of songs i've created are pretty good. I can polish up these later and actually do some recording! Another weapon in the easy to use too. I am glad that I found this bad boy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-21-2002 at 22:55
Robert Aaron a professional user from USA writes:
Incredible. So practical for a road dog like myself. This little machine enables me to work during those endless flights and bus trips that make up so much of my life. no more downtime.\ just wish it didn't suck up batteries like a vampire. ah well. great sounds ..fits in my carryon bag purrr-fektion!!! !!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-11-2002 at 23:32
Stinky a part-time user from Los Angeles writes:
QY100 is a great combo of sequencer, guitar practice tool, and MIDI tone generator. I've also been using it as backup for acoustic gigs too, although for that many songs the smartmedia card is a must. Overall I think its great, and am very happy with the purchase. It does take a little while to figure out some things on it, and expect to be reading the manual many times. Also, get the smartmedia card with it, otherwise very little memory for full songs. Can't think of any more drawbacks, and there alot of benefits and cool features.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-03-2002 at 20:41
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