Synth Site: Yamaha: YS-200: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Björn a professional user from sweden writes:
This synth can create very punchy and fat basses. Especially for trance/dance). It has a very special sound that no other synths can recreate. It is also very good for noises and space fx. I got mine 1992 and i will never sell it. The presets are a shame, but with a little work you will be surprised how it can sound! Send me a mail, and i can give some soundexamples.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-01-2005 at 10:41
Billy S. a part-time user from Columbus, OH, USA writes:
I've had this since 1993, when it was my first full-size synth. I've played around with it a lot in that time, and only recently have I started using it in a professional setting (with my band, Floorian). The YS is a strange animal; I don't know what to say about it. It's capable of great sounds but has one of the worst user interfaces imaginable, at least as far as programming sounds go. In its effort to dumb down a 4-op FM synth engine it's only served to make synthesis more of a crapshoot. Your best bet with this thing is to incessantly mess around and when you find a sound you like, save it immediately; don't bother writing settings down because they're so random seeming that you'll likely never be able to get there again. Sound quality is sometimes noisy, especially with tremolo and volume type effects. Several lamentable omissions: portamento, some kind of filter, limited tweakability of voices in Multi mode, only 8-note poly.

Anyway, there are I said, some of the sounds are excellent, and its layering and modulation capabilities are very useful. And ironically the goofiest detail of its goofy physical design--its gigantic volume control--is also one of its best, great for fading in and out sounds on a dark stage.

The YS benefits from going through external effects.

Nutshell: can be quite useful with lots of practice, but in the short term better for experimenting with than relying on as a main synth. Approach it with plenty of patience and low expectations, so that you will be abso-thrilled when (if) you figure out how to make it exceed them.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-08-2004 at 15:27
Lee a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
Bass Bass Bass. Picked mine up from a pawn shop for $80 Aus (about $50US). Always wanted an FM keyboard. Had lots of fun, but love the Bass. I think most people agree it's not the most professional looking piece of gear, but the advantage of that is the pawnshop thought is was some cheapo organ!.

Will never let it go.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-28-2003 at 07:13
Lee writes:

posted Sunday-Dec-28-2003 at 07:08
Lee writes:

posted Sunday-Dec-28-2003 at 07:08
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