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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Lord D a part-time user from USA writes:
Amazing synth, incredible keys, astonishing sound, eazy to use sequencer. I love it. Every sound on this synth (exept of drums) is wonderfull, realistic, programing sound directly on it is even easier then programing it with SoundDiver. Beliave it or not i use it mostly for Goa/Psy trance projects, and i always get lot more then i expect from it. SY77 Rocks tha house in........

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-27-2001 at 17:23
Nick Chan a part-time user from Malaysia writes:
This is the first real synth I got. I change a Korg N5 with it. Sounds are real fat. good for leads, noises, pads. too little polyphony to do a full orchestration. i wonder why ppl say it can be a good controller. why , good keys? not like you could layer, split tone/patches across the keyboard, instead of layer/split patches. if you know how, email me. could be done with hooking up to the computer, but i wont be gigging with a PC please. something like Korg's combis, or Alesis' Mix. anyway, extremely powerful synth. im coupling it with alesis s4, o5r/w, jv80 i purchased after realising that this beast aint no enough for my use. except when I jam with my black metal band, i add those beautiful thick pads. nice basses sounds. like that fretless bass sound. humbucker guitar sounds very good to me. can't know much about this unit. I will have tough times learning about AFM. dont get me wrong, i will keep it, and treasure it, even if it takes me 10 years to master AFM synthesis. one thing, the PC Editor sucks. find it easier to edit from the keyboard itself. don't sell your toyish Korg N5 or Yamaha S30 etc... for this beast. keep your toys and save for a Yamaha SY77 as an ADDITION. very very very sexy............

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-15-2001 at 14:54
Philip Chance a part-time user from USA writes:
I own the module version-TG-77, but it is essentially Identical. I truly think that the 77 and 99 series was the best & most tweekable synth yamaha has yet to produce. It is the backbone of my synth projects. I would not recommend it for Orchestral type work, but it's great for modern jazz fusion,pop,and even dance genres! I really think this synth was a poor-man'a Synclavier!! I have developed a soundset over the years that almost perfectly duplicates the FM section of the Synclavier II. A few years ago, I purchased a CD-ROM library for my sampler comprised of the factory FM preset sounds of the Synclav, and upon listening, I realized I had sounds that were BETTER than what I sought to emulate! The 77 has a much cleaner output than Synclav, and MUCH better signal-to-noise specs! If you had always wanted to have those classic Synclavier FM sounds, and you can't locate the CD-ROM (It's since been discontinued) then pick up a 77. They are going for only a few hundred dollars, currently. I wouldn't wait, because there's liable to be some kind of FM revival going, much as there was with analog synths, and then these puppies are going to get very rare and expensive! I am buying other FM synths that currently are out of style, before this happens. I purchased my 77 when it came out over ten years ago. I knew it would not replace my EMU Proteus modules for acoustic instrument sounds. I bought it because it was a terrific S Y N T H E S I S E R !! I understand it was always popular with T.V. and film composers, much like the Korg Wavestation, which came out at the same time. Programming it IS difficult and really frustrated me at first, but there are computer editors for it now that make it very much easier to explore the depth of this instrument. I believe there are sounds you can get ONLY with a 77 or 99. I will never part with it. Recently I stream-lined my studio, selling off many modules and other equipment which I realized was just not needed to get the results I wanted. When it came to deciding whether to keep or sell the decision was warranted. I only hope my LCD display holds out! I have good luck in this regard, as I know of one other owner who has had to replace it twice in ten years, and it cost him about $200.00 each time! I only wish Yamaha had pursued further the design concepts of the 77&99. I would have liked to see more polyphony, better samples, support for memory Simms so you could load your own samples. I know of one company in the UK who used to sell a sample ROM expansion board you could install yourself. What a pity Yamaha has always been so lame about supporting the expansion slots for these things. FM has never been fully exploited by Yamaha, so one can hope for more advanced intruments in the future, but it seems the company is waiting for that FM revival I mentioned. They seem to be trying to start one of their own, with units like the FSR-1 and the new DX-200, but both of these units are no easier to program than the original FM synths, and this will break the success of FM synthesis.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-26-2001 at 21:16
Rudy Adrian a part-time user from New Zealand writes:
I agree with Ian Wilson (above), the SY77 factory and third-party user patches suck and the ROM samples leave a bit to de desired as well. BUT, after trying to sell it straight after buying it new back in 1990, I started programming it and fell in love with the sounds I could create. The filters (two of 'em - so you can have set up a lowpass / hipass set up) sound beautiful and are fully resonant and sweepable from that very useful second modulation wheel. The Pattern-based part of the sequencer is fun to use as well. If I didn't like programming, the synth would be a dog, but as I do enjoy "diving in", it's become the main workhorse for my albums (six and counting...). My floppy drive seems to work fine most of the time. I had a technician add a switch to disable the back-lighting on the display as the whine from it was leaking in the sound output. Ten years on the display is fading badly - I'm told that the fabulous Kurzweil K2500 display can (with some difficulty) be inserted instead.

The only synth I'd replace it with would be the "big brother" SY99, which has more samples, some sample RAM and easier-to-program filters.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-30-2001 at 01:05
DRIVE FIX: If you attempt to load/save something and the drive continually spins (apparently a common failure), this is often the drive belt slipping. Just open up the synth, clean the drive belt and pin wheels, and you're ready to go again. It's a quick and cheap fix, and it works!

posted Sunday-Apr-29-2001 at 04:25
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