Synth Site: Yamaha: SY-99 Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Fred Coulter a part-time user from USA writes:
First, as an "upgrade" to my DX7, this is a great machine. Larger keyboard and more movement to the sound. Everyone else has pretty much covered that area.

However, I'm going to add a stupid computer trick. The SY-99 uses single sided floppies, which can be hard to find. You can get them from Yamaha, but they cost about $1 each ($25 for 25). Or you can get them from for much cheaper, but it's still mail order.

But if you need disks quickly, you can convert the floppies you buy at the store to the older format. When you look at a floppy, you'll notice that there are two small holes cut through the case. One of the holes is the protection hole. This one will usually have some sort of sliding protection. The other hole signifies that the floppy is HD, not 2D. In other words, it will hold 1.44 Meg rather than 720K.

To convert the disk, cover the HD hole with a piece of tape, such as a cut up floppy lable. Make sure you do a good job of sticking it in place - you don't want to have tape screwing up the innards of your synth. Then reformat the floppy for 720K on a computer.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-12-2001 at 14:25
Jon a professional user from Karachi, Pakistan writes:
Just picked up a second-hand one, pretty cheap! The sounds are awesome, much better and bigger than the Korg Trinity Pro and Triton, The keys are somewhat like the DX7 IID - great! Just wish it had weighted action keys. I am, however, having a problem getting it's sequencer to work(got it without the owner's manual, have no music stores around here), and have just the factory preset sounds that I keep playing around with. Could someone out there please help/advise me? Thanks! The Lost Sheep!

posted Friday-Aug-24-2001 at 04:04
Dj. Ron S. a hobbyist user from Germany Soundsgood Musik Studio writes:
This is the best I´ve ever bought on secondhand!!! The Sound is so powerful and clean. Its a very good quality.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-19-2001 at 11:01
Svemir a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
To Rodger Werkhoven:

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Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-27-2001 at 11:41
wayne a professional user from Canada writes:
Forgot to mention, the SY99 doesn't use standard sample RAM. Rather it's battery packed, which is both good and bad. Good because you don't have to reload samples everytime the synth gets turned on. Bad because SY99 specific RAM is hard to find and a bit expensive.

I probably didn't accurately convey the meaning of the term "interact" in describing what happens between the two seperate synthesizers within the SY99. By interact, I did NOT mean that the sampled sounds and the AFM sounds are simply sitting side by side, residing inside a single keyboard and being played back. That could easily be accomplished with two separate instruments; an AFM synth and a sample player or sampler.

Rather, the two synths are talking to each other, one affecting the other. In technical terms, routings exist between the output of the sample and the inputs to the 6 AFM sound sources [called operators]. The routings are called RCM. What can happen here can range from the rediculous to the sublime.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-08-2001 at 01:58
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