Synth Site: Yamaha: SY-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.5 out of 5
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Menno a hobbyist user from the Netherlands writes:
Just bought one for only 10 euro's, sounds great. Never had heard of it before but it makes the funkiest sounds ever.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-15-2005 at 15:01
mike a part-time user from USA writes:
this synth is pretty amazing and should definitely be considered a classic. while the fact that it's monophonic is certainly limiting, it's perfect for leads, bass sounds, and just generally weird noises. obviously, not the only synth you'll ever need, because of the polyphony and relatively small number of tones available. others on here find the interface unusual, but i've found it very intuitive and simple, especially in comparison to the midi-laden synths of today.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-07-2004 at 22:55
Torbjorn Frisk a professional user from Sweden writes:
Its a fantastic little mashine. Its sounds both warm, nasal and crazy. Found a MIDI-kit for the SY-1 (MIDI-jack II). Wow man!

The expression is unike, with mekanic aftertouch for many parameters. The presets is not so good, but with a little bit mixing with the parameters descriped above its a little monster. With controlwheels it should be a killer-mashine.

SY-1 actually was my first synthesizer in the beginning of 80s. I sold it, and now 20 years later I bought one again. This time I absolutly gonna keep it!

And by the way, visit my SY1-page on for nice pictures, manual and more.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-09-2001 at 15:28
fishi from slovenia writes:
I've borrowed this little weirdo from my dad's friend and I was totaly surprised! What a sound it can produce! This synth is totaly different from any other synth out there. The interface is a bit funny, but it has a creative potential of its own! I like the switching of octaves while holding a note (crazy stuff)!! I like swithing beetwen sound and stuff... The filter is a bit weak when it comes to high frequences, so the vibrato or LFO gets pretty lost sometimes. It sure is monophonic and I like it that way. Definitely very cool for basslines in some retro early 80's style, but very unique sounding. The presets are dead as hell, and not even worth of listen, but when you grab on the sliders and put your hands on a few switches it becomes alive monster!!! It has very weak output which is a big drawback on this machine, but everything else works great! It certainly doesn't look like a synth, it looks like a rhodes piano or something to me. It shure is weird! I also like the range of notes it covers. It can do really high tones really good and also some really low basses that shake the floor and your stomack! So, after testing it with my friend, we ended up buying it for $50! It's in mint condition and it comes with an original box. Boy, I'm happy!! And this synth is possible 2 years older than me! HAHAHA!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-12-2001 at 01:49
David Shaw a part-time user from canda writes:
I completely agree that this is a rude, rambunctious machine. Although it only has one vco, with some processing, whis can produce some of the fattest sounds Ive ever come across. Affordable, and definately funki.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-12-2001 at 14:08
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