Synth Site: Yamaha: QY-70: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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jeremy a part-timer user from portsmouth writes:
The QY-70 is untouchable. Sometimes i wonder if the people who submit reviews have any sense of PERSPECTIVE. I spent $430 dollars on mine and have no complaints. Sounds thin? Consider what headphones or monitors you are using. Try using one of the EQs available. And what kind of "buttons" do you think a sequencer/module the size of a videocassette should have? Anyway, enough of that. Here's what i consider some of the most important points regarding this mean machine. Most sounds (except guitars) are more than acceptable. If you aren't satisfied, try the FX (especially distortion on drums) or the VOICE EDIT mode. Whipping out patterns is pretty easy, especially if you have any experience w/sequencing. Yes, the output could be hotter, but i only find this an issue when i'm sitting next to a person on a bus or train who lacks any sense of what is acceptable public behavior. Here's the BOTTOM LINE: for $450 new or about $400 used, you can hook yrself up w/a powerful tool that'll go wherever you want. Patience is a virtue. Exerimenting is a must. Questions, comments, or bitter rebuttals? email me. Debate and consideration of all possibilities are musts.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-20-1999 at 18:41
Shad a hobbyist user from Portland, OR writes:
Your satisifaction with the QY70 will depend on what you use it for. As a portable sketch pad, it's full of features (but low on battery life -- buy the adapter!). As a cheap sequencer for an older keyboard (I've got an SY85), it's great. As an arranger-in-a-box, it's terrific to put some patterns together, program a chord progression, and brush up on your improv techniques. As a tone generator, the sounds are thin, but in a mix they give a good representation of what you're after.

It's not easy to use live unless you do a fair amount of planning beforehand. Also, the step-recording feature curiously doesn't allow you to enter dotted note values. You probably won't want to buy the QY unless you have access to a full keyboard, as the dinky buttons on the unit aren't good for much other than sketching out very basic rhythms and melodies.

All in all, if you only have $500 or less to spend on equipment, it's a terrific buy.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-19-1999 at 21:54
jake enk a hobbyist user from the united states of america writes:
Okay, good unit. My qualms - Low memory for songs. Sounds are a bit thin, yes, but they are good for some types of new age and ambient. For a sequencer, only one in and one out, a little limiting. I use it to sequence my one synthesizer (CS1x) and they are a good pair. Lots of editing abilities (lots = every) for the sequencing. Good for travel - not a stand-alone tone generator though. I cannot give this unit mediocre rating, especially for the price. You can really do a lot with her.

- jake enk.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-03-1999 at 17:05
Caity Sue Katzenjammer a hobbyist user from san francisco writes:
It's totally cute too, like a tamagotchi. And what deep lovely sounds! yay. I love mine.

WOnderful phrases, and XG to boot. What else could you want. Take it to the park!

It sucks up batteries like crazy though!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-03-1998 at 17:23
terry a part time user from AUSTRALIA writes:
4200 preset phrases + user phrases which can be put together to styles and songs. how do you find em and use em. are the 4200 preset phrases separate from the 128 patterns or are the 4200 patterns contained in the 128 user patterns

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:21
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