Synth Site: Yamaha: SY-85 Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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craig a hobbyist user from usa(massachusetts) writes:
the raw samples on this keyboard are absolutly stunning....i just wish the synthesis archetecture was more in depth and versitile. i use it for bread and butter sounds and for those rare times i need a realistic piano/string /whatever sound none of the multitude of sliders send midi out signals,and the sequencer is one of the snarlyest ive ever used( i cannot stand it) i bought it as a master controler/center of my studio 3 years ago and was solidly disapointed. the sound quality is fantastic, but it is so terribly unversitile that it is difficult not to come up with the same sounds everybody else has come up with i wish that the synths that are more versitile (the kawai k4 or the kurzweil k2000 for example)would have this quality of sound. im thusfar only keeping mine untill i can afford a k2500/2600/so i can sample all these awesome weaveforms into a synth that can do something with them! also as a side note, it doesnt allow for monophonic/legato mode and the lfo when set to filtercutoff restarts with every keystroke( which makes acid lines impossible)

posted Thursday-Jul-26-2001 at 18:31
Rob WIx a professional user from Wales, UK writes:
The SY85 has been at the centre of my studio for years. It provides nice "vanilla" sounds but can be programmed to do much more as well. Does anybody have a copy of the program changes and wave tables? They would be much appreciated!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-25-2001 at 04:23
GINO BONANNO a part-time user from USA writes:
A WINNER IN MY STUDIO FOR A LONG TIME AND STILL REMAINS THAT WAY.A VERY DURABLE KEYBOARD.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-21-2001 at 00:16
filip a part-time user from czech rep. writes:
Pianos, Rhodes and Organs are great. Saxophones are quite cool also. Nice leads, strings, and basses can be done on this machine. It's not top of the range synth anymore, but it was. if someone is interested in patch exchange mail me. And yes... mentioned 8MB RAM (2x old short 4MB simms) can be fitted, possibilites of sound creation are well beyond normal then, BUT!!! try to upload 8MB of wavs thru MIDI. (You will be one year older when you finish) :) ....and the point is that the memory is volatile, so you loose all sounds uploaded when you turn machine off. bleeee :( ... well, then upload them again :)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-15-2001 at 11:14
Jorge Santany a professional user from Guadalajara, mexico writes:
I bought mine back in 1993, new, from the store. I used it to the limits and I made my best music on it. For four long years all I needed was my sy85 and a portastudio to make my most beautifull demos.

Now it lies into pieces and I really miss it. After playing with more modern sinths I think the sy85 will be the next. try it if you have the chance.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-19-2001 at 03:16
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