Synth Site: Yamaha: SY-77: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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David Waldman a part-time user from Silver Spring, MD writes:
Picked up one of these beefy bastids this week; the pinnacle of FM synth technology. I had thought about getting a classic DX7IIFD, but after having read the reviews here, decided on the SY to round out my rig (Andromeda, Q, V-Synth, Triton & Doepfer A-100 modular).

Sound is richer and fuller than the original DX7, with even more algorithms & digital waveforms you can combine with the FM sounds. Add filters, effects & a nifty sequencer, and it's quite a beefy bastid, as I mentioned before. Buzzy & airy with lots of bottom end. Menu driven editing reminiscent of this (relative) dinosaur, requires patience. The SY77 is the spiritual twin of Roland's sleek grey JX10; timeless, lovely sounds.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-26-2004 at 23:12
Jeremiah a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I recommend this synthesizer for anyone who loves working with FM. It works wonders above a DX7II ...which I used to have. The good thing is that you can swipe one for just as much or cheaper than what you might pay for a DX7II. The synth architecture might be a little intimidating but far from limitations. It has good EQ response all the way around, a kicker FX engine, a managable sequencer and a massive library that is still available in case you don't have the patience to create your own stops. In my opinion the AWM soundset is a waste of time...go for the FM, that's what REALLy shines.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-20-2004 at 12:28
Frer!k a professional user from Netherlands writes:
This synth makes me speechless every time I hear it. It's a dream for people who want to create inspiring and new (it's 12 years old now, ironically) sounds. However if you're looking for the 'dj Tiësto' Trance sounds, buy a Roland JP8000 or else, those toys... And yes it's shit to program, but never boring. Build quality, sounds, keyboard feeling... No wonder this instrument costed a small fortune when they released it.

Fight for good music. Peace

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-18-2004 at 16:37
Monkey a part-time user from england writes:
I have a sy77 which is a fantastic synth, especially the FM ( forget the dx7, its junk in comparison to the sy77's FM capabilities) however the samples arent that good, and the samples are a bit dated. Ive heard that you can take out the sample rom from the sy77 and replace it with that of the sy85. Is this true? has anyone done this or heard of anyone who has? this would be a good upgrade if possible and would breathe some new life into the samples of this synth

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-25-2003 at 11:19
Clyde Atkinson a part-time user from USA writes:
I got my SY77 the week they came out, one of the original shipment that was air freighted in. I still use it today as much as I did when it was new. It has been a sturdy piece of equipment, my only problem has been the disk drive just recently. The Hammond sounds you can create rival my Hammond C3 which is in the same room. Having devoted a lot of time to FM programming on my DX7IIFD, I found the SY77 fairly easy to program after a short learning period. Since a K2500 is not in my budget in the near future, I expect to continue to use the SY77 as the workhorse in my setup. Amazing range of sounds and if you venture into programming, there seems to be no limit to what you can create. A shame that it does not have sample ram, I'd buy an SY99 if I found a good used one at a good price. To sum it up, the SY77 has been an all around great performing synth for me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-09-2003 at 21:06
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