Synth Site: Yamaha: YS-200: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Brombach, Kalle writes:

posted Tuesday-Oct-23-2001 at 16:39
stranger a part-time user from USA writes:
I had the YS 200 for over a decade and I believe I can give a fair review about it. The built and the appearance of the synth is too toyish looking. At the time when sample based keyboards were coming out, the sounds became very very unuseful.

Yes, it gives you a great bass line, especially Syn Bass 3 patch. Try playing the organ, with the modulation up, I swear you will never hear a smoother sound than that. The strings sound warm enoungh for me. But other than that I didn't use it much. Very soon I find myself stacking up my units with sample based units. Fellow YS 200 users, yes the unit does have a Midi Thru in the back, I used to use this thing as my MIDI controller.

But now we are in the days of searching for that new sound era. All the new synths sound the same nowadays, and people are in search of the "new" sound. Don't get me wrong, analogue and VA will always be there, but I strongly believe that we electro-synth lovers will turn and dig up our old FM based stuff from our storage soon.

I never will sell my YS 200 because it is my first board and I have wrote so many compositions with it. But now I will not sell it because it is "FM"...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-20-2001 at 12:30
Malcolm Mills a professional user from Philadelphia,Pa U.S.A. writes:
The Yamaha YS200 has great bass sounds and exceptional brass. The strings tend to sound a little too faux lacking in both warmth and texture. The acoustic sounds have the same problem. The sequencer is easy to use and the midi capability is lacking without a "thru" port. One of the greatest things about the synth is the lack of noise even when heavily amped. I record straight to a 4 with good results.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-03-2001 at 15:21
Thomas D a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
Very clean sounds. But since the level of high frequencies in the audio is somewhat too high a bit of filtering is recommended. Very deep basses can be achieved. There is no noise from the d/a converter. The effects are ok. 5 octaves with sensivity and aftertouch. The sounds are sysex compatible with other 4-operator fm models like TX81Z or the V50. Even sounds from the bad sounding but yet popular DX100 (DX21,27) can be transfered to the YS200 with unchanged tonal character but without the awful noise which is present in the early fm synths. Very good for any electronic music. Very transparent sounds.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-19-2001 at 13:54
Ian Peterson a part-time user from Australia writes:
The YS200 was the first real keyboard I ever bought - about 10 years ago and still going strong. Have done lots of gigs and recordings with it and it has been very reliable.

Mostly I use it for layering sounds with other sound modules and synths.

I'm still trying to find any memory cards for it - if you know of any in Australia, let me know!

You can find some ys200 editors, cubase mixermaps and patches at this website:

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-15-2001 at 23:15
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