Synth Site: Yamaha: DSR-2000 Synth: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Cell a hobbyist user from you s ay writes:
i have the dsr-1000 and i think that the sounds go great if your taking on a "spooky" feel to a trak..or an up beat childish sounding trak..i use it on my has lots of saws and square leads..with the drum composer you are able to varyate your beats beyond just a drum roll .you can even varyate the bass and cord along with the drums.i never thought it would cost 500 dolla though..i bought mine for 100.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-16-2002 at 13:08
Tony a hobbyist user from Brooklyn, NY writes:
I actually didn't have a DSR 2000; I had the DSR 1000. Although it is admittedly limited, it was a great starter keyboard for me (my dad bought it for me in 1989 for $500). I've sinced moved on to soft synths for my Mac; but I have sampled a few of the bass instruments set up on the synth.

Also, I found the memory pack feature to be useless for someone on my then-teenage budget. In order to really use it, you had to have two of 'em; but they ran ~$50 or more per pack! Of course, memory grows on trees these days, so it's not as much of an issue.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-12-2002 at 14:15
Rich Bembenic a part-time user from USA writes:
My family bought the DSR-2000 new in the late eighties for my brother to practice piano on. It was $600 and was considered a huge blowout sale. I didn't even tough the thing for nearly a decade, (other than to laugh at the "gwah" sound), until I started an industrial band. We used it for a few mediocre pads here and there, but mainly used a drum machine and live instruments. Recently I've been getting more into EBM style industrial, and the DSR-2000 is starting to pay for itself after more than a decade. Now, I would never make the DSR-2000 out to be a standalone wonderful synth/workstation. But it proves it's worth in some areas. I use it mainly for a weird DX style sounds looping behind much thicker sounds coming from My XTk and my friends Emax. Overall, I would say that if you can find it for cheap, the DSr-2000 does still hold worth. It's very easy to use and manipulate. I plan on using it even more in the future, but only sequenced. I will probably never even touch it live, other than to set up midi channels. I'm glad that I have it, and won't part with it for the minute price it would go for. It's much easier than wrestling with the likes of an actual DX synth.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-15-2001 at 23:12
rigsby a hobbyist user from England writes:
This was my first 'proper' keyboard, which I aquired in late 1988, and at that time it sounded OK. It's effectively a preset DX synth with sequencer/keyboard features. I have since sold it. Its strengths are the basses, which are very deep (especially when tweaked and stored as a user bank). There are also some classic FM sounds on it: Electric Piano and Electric Basses. Some of the novelty sounds can be tweaked to produce some good electro-percussion. The 'pad' sounds on it would be passable if it was now 1983! Some sounds are just horrible. The drum sounds have a certain character, and with reverb they are actually usuable, low in a mix. It makes a good, if bulky, 61k master keyboard, if not for the fact you can't send program-change messages above #099! There is also no aftertouch, of course. The 'sequencer' is archaic: there is no editing facility (except Punch-In (NO PUNCH-OUT!)). And you are limited to the 8-note polyphony of the keyboard. It is miles better than its simpler brother, the DSR-1000, which had no velocity-keyboard, poor PSR-2x drum sounds, 2-track arranger and no LCD display. But for music-making today, the DSR-2000 doesn't cut it.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-13-2001 at 06:55
Terje Torma a hobbyist user from NORWAY writes:
I bought the Yamaha-DSR200 when it was quite new. Costed me alot (about 2000$)!!

At that time i was told that the keyboard was far better than the DX-7

that was dominating the market at that time, but at this time i cant agree with


I think i know most of the options that the keyboard can provide, but

there is on thing that i cant figure out;

I bought some recording-cassets that was supposed (i red it in the manual)

to store several data about the keyboards settings and songs i had programmed in

the sequencer. In that way i could just put in the casset and all the

data i had stored about the keyboard, was inserted into the keyboard.

These cassetes costed me alot too (now, i think they are very cheap).

The only thing is that i can only store 1 setting on on casset. And that is very

unfortunately when i though i could store many of my recordings on them. Other things about the keyboard.

I think the build-in-sounds (bases and alien etc) are not that good as

described in theese pages.

When using the keyboard-speaker it really is a dull sound. (to rash/hard if

u know what i mean). When using a stereo to boost the sound it is better but

yet not as good as expected. Now I'm using the keyboard only by midi-interface on my computer with a Roland-

RAP-10 card. Theese sounds are much more realistic.

The good thing about the keyboard is that it works perfectly with midi

(GM that is).

I use the program Cakewalk pro 2.0 to create my music.

The thing i havent got to function yet is to use the keyboards-sounds in my

midi-composions, allthough its not a big deal for me because I like the

sounds from the sound-card fare more. Hopefully someday I will buy myself some external devices to increase the

productivity and recording-ability.

And on day i wanna make myself a homepage where all u midi-freaks out there

can go and listen to my music.

At this time Im not motivated, nor have the skills to make it.

But try out in the future. This is my first time searching for info about DSR200 on the internet.

I didnt think there was a marked for that &quot;old&quot; keyboard anymore, but Im glad

there are sombody out there like myself.

Good luck to u all! Terje

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:23
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