Synth Site: Yamaha: SY-85 Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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tipster a hobbyist user from USA writes:
if you like your sy85, then you MUST buy an SU10 sampler, because you can very quickly dump the samples into the ram portion of the sy85. this way you can get fat drums, and loops for dance music. and you can dump looped samples, even partial loops. trust me, i've done it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-27-1999 at 21:20
Ben LX a professional user from UK writes:
An exceptional instrument with a huge array of features, and an open-ended waveform architecture.

The staple Piano and Pad sounds are more than adequte, and the numerous Rhodes-style patches that can be created with the SY85 really can't be surpassed short of buying the real thing.

Many of the sounds are a bit on the clean and bland side, but you should really look to make your own sounds - the editing facilites are superb, with much scope for evolving, shifting sounds. Features to pick out include the "pitch randomise" paramter that varies the pitch of each note you play ever so slightly and really makes a differnece if your trying to create true acoustic emulations. There are also numerous real-time functions that were on this synth long before Yamaha thought up the CS1x - including control over FX parameters.

The waveforms themselves are of a good quality for the time, but you are not doing this machine justice if you don't endeavour to load samples into the on-board RAM.

Starting to age but, with effort, still very good.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-26-1999 at 12:05
Paul J. Goetke a part-timer user from USA writes:
In my opintion this is quite possibly the best synth ever made by Yamaha. I currently also own an EX-7 which I like very much. The SY-85 has some truly great features, my favorite is the keyboards ability to layer 4 sounds at once and control them by velocity. As a Moody Blues, Alan Parson, Pink Floyd Fan this keyboard is fantastic for playing this type of music. Once you get used to navigating around this keyboard it is a real pleasure.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-28-1999 at 10:26
Scott a part-timer user from USA writes:
What can I say ? This keyboard fills the holes that my Korg/Roland/Emu gear can't. Great for the acoustic sounds, and also flexible enough to get some analog emulation. It has some of the best resonant digital filters I've ever heard. And by using the 2 effects processors onboard, you can get some amazingly thick pads out of it.

The leads are very usable, and the horns are by far some of the best I've found on any rompler. Strange noises and punchy basses abound, and with proper tweaking, there's not much you can't coax out of it. Add to this the ability to dump in your own samples, and what more could you want. An extremely versatile board.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-02-1999 at 11:11
Filip Susic a professional user from Prague, CZ writes:
If you are into Film, Liquid, and Dreamy Dance music, then this is a good chooice for you. BUT if you are into non-commercial House production, then forget about it. I cannot squeeze any, almost any kind of House Club sound from it. Altrought it's a nice synt with cool features.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-18-1999 at 17:28
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