Synth Site: Yamaha: SY-22 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Donovan a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I had one of these, and I wish I still did (It was stolen)

Everybody I've talked to has said that this has one of the best piano sounds available. I enjoyed the sounds on it a lot.

I only wish it had a better data entry system.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-13-2001 at 19:15
Greenie a part-time user from USA writes:
Well, I just got my SY-22 two days ago, so these are first impressions. I'm an ambient musician, and this is my first ROMpler.

SOUNDS: The presets are mostly your standard complement of acoustic instruments and synth leads. Although they generally sound decent, this is NOT why I bought this synth. If I wanted a friggin' trombone I'd buy a friggin' trombone. Wankers.

No, I bought this thing for the vectors. The idea is simple: each patch is made up of four Elements. Each element has its own envelope, pitch, volume, velocity/aftertouch settings, etc. Using the joystick, you can crossfade between the four elements to create complex sounds. Coolest of all, you can RECORD the joystick movements as a Vector Sequence, which then becomes part of the patch.

While playing, you can punch the Vector Play button to twiddle the joystick in realtime, or turn Vector Play off to use the prerecorded Vector Sequence.

This is great for shimmering harmonic drones and the like. Of course, the Elements you have to choose from are limited to what's in ROM, which includes lots of organs, geetars, and, yes, trombones. But there are also several banks of sound effects, synth waveforms, and textural stuff.

There are NO filters, so manipulating the samples is limited to pitch-shifting and LFO stuff. But you can get pretty interesting results with this.

EFFECTS: There are about a dozen built-in preset effects. The only parameter you can adjust is the level. They're hardly studio quality, but the delays and reverbs are nice for giving a little depth to a sound.

INTERFACE: Why, God, WHY didn't they spend an extra 50 cents to put a goddamn data slider on this thing? Paging through edit screens is annoying to begin with; adjusting values with +/- buttons is doubly annoying. With that said, I sussed this thing out in a couple of hours without a manual. So I guess I'd describe it as "easy to use, but tedious".

OVERALL: I think I like it. I got a nice deal on it though; I might not be so happy had I paid more. But I think it will be a nice addition to my studio. Definitely worth checking out if you're looking for ambient textures.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-06-2000 at 10:48
Krzysztof a part-time user from Poland writes:
I have already got a few Roland boxes and I was looking for something quite different. I bought a second-hand SY22 and this was a good idea - it privides good ambient sounds and exciting noises. I am gonna do some stuff for my label with this syth.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-05-2000 at 07:41
Richard Hanson a part-timer user from England writes:
Just updating what it says below about my SY_EDIT program: now there is a 32 bit Windows version from:


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-12-1999 at 09:33
John McCallum a hobbyist user from New Zealand writes:
After scouring around for a cheaper digital synth for doing live ambient. I got one of these and I'm most impressed so far. The main review is pretty much right on. The evolving pad/string/atmospheric preset sounds are great and the joystick is a fine performance tool for tuning them into weirdo morphing sounds. The digital sound and tinny effects make a good contrast to filtered analogue sounds in a mix.

Using SY-edit seems pretty essential for progging yr own patches as I think I'd go spare in the cramped LCD display.

I'll be dragging mine out live soon and suspect we'll be having a lot of fun together....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-20-1999 at 20:11
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