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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Jan a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
Paid 500 dutch guilds (about 225 USD) for this. It's a wicked schizoid beasty. Capable of doing soothing pads/strings and weird/harsh/dark noises. If you're looking voor analoog sounds, look elsewhere, but for ambient/ethereal stuff it's great. Wish it had a better FX unit (more suiting reverb with longer delay times etc.) It's a good choice for symphonic gothic/blackmetal as well.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-10-2001 at 10:18
Matt a part-time user from Sydney, Australia writes:
For the money, the SY35 is WELL worth it. Don't expect amazing lead sounds, but the trancey pads, strings, are great. The effects are good too. With everything, you have to use it for what it does best (ie. the above)... it doesn't claim to be a kick-ass lead synth (just like I would never use my Nord for bass or pads)

I use this synth a LOT in my setup as the backing to my Nord Lead 2.

A great buy. This was my first synth, but I'll never sell it- it's just too good.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-28-2001 at 00:21
Tom Knox a part-time user from Germany writes:
Well, I own one since 1997. I´ve payed DEM 650,-- (US$ 325,--) and I can say it was worth it. The sounds are not so great, but it has nice strings and you can program your own pads or LoFi-Sounds by yourself with ease. Big thing is the FM-Synthesis wich remembers a bit to the great DX-7. It has a fixed place in my MIDI-Setup.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-17-2000 at 14:21
Eric Oehler a part-time user from USA writes:
I've got an SY35 that I use more than anything as a controller. They keyboard has a fairly solid feel for non-weighted keys.

The sounds are...decent. Some. The strings ROCK. "SlowStrings" (patch 44) is a very nice wash of strings in sort of a Barber's Adagio kind of way. A few of the other pads have very obvious split points.

MOst of the factory presets are kind of mediocre. The pianos and EP's are decent, the basses are okay, The organs are fun, the drums are crap. But teh voctoring is kinda fun for pads. Not quite WaveStation-fun but nice for subtly altering pads and stuff over time.

Not a synth you'd want to spend a lot of money on, since the waveforms themselves are pretty immutable. But if you want some decent synthstrings and a "different" sound for some of your pads, it's not too shabby.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-21-2000 at 15:35
Hans Tanderud a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
I am using an SY-35 since 1995 and I really love the sound quality. The Vector programming is great! I have previously owned a DX-21 a CZ-101 a Poly-800 and a Juno 106 but the SY-35 is the synth I have been most satisfied with. To make it perfect it has to be completed with an analog synth too (I shouldn't have sold my Juno 106...)

//Written Jan 14, 2000

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-14-2000 at 08:18
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