Synth Site: Yamaha: SY-85 Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Bjorn Johansson a part time user from Sweden writes:
I bought my SY85 from a friend for a very low price. My idea was to sell it

for a higher price. But after a few days testing the SY85 I decided to keep

it myself. I really like the filters in this synth(24db with resonance-oh yeah),

they are very effective and you can easily control them from the panel.

I have expanded my sampleRAM to 2,5mb with two 1mb SIMM that you can almost

can get for free now (I took mine from fathers old Macintosh IIsi). I've sampled

a lot of old analogue synth sounds and combined with the SY85's

LFO, filter etc and they just sounds GREAT-very thick and nasty...

The only thing that really bugs me is the slow &amp;¤%#&quot;# diskdrive, so I tried to

load samples via MIDI but that went even slower. So now I never turn off the

power...

But besides that, if you have a PC with Sound Forge (or Awave) or a converter

program (that converts samples from .wav to SY85 format .syw) you can

have a lot of fun with this thing.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:22
Dean Grande a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
I saw this synth in demonstration at a local music scene in Melbourne and I couldn't believe the quality and quantity of sound it created. I consequently sold all the other synth modules and controlers I had to use this almost o I have heard many synths since and can match almost any sound with a combination of sample RAM and sound engineering ingenuity. No musician should be without it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:22
KEVIN BENNETT a part time user from USA writes:
I've just bought a floor sample SY85 for around $500 (US) from Sam Ash in New York. Thought it would just make a nice controller until I got it home and started playing it. I found that this keyboard can rival/outperform a lot of the syths they have out now. I love it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:22
Steveo a part time user from UK writes:
A brilliant &quot;all rounder&quot; workstation - Programming is a breeze , has sample playback facility , excellent sounds , 30 note poly - 16 part multi with 2 efx chans...the quality of the effects are superb. Even now this baby is my workhorse machine and still gets in the mix even against the JV1080 and my collection of analogs - I will NEVER sell this baby.....you can pick them up for about £600 which is nuts - there is no competition at this price. Mega pads , slammin basses , brilliant weirdo sounds , good analog imitations......check it out.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:22
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