Synth Site: Yamaha: SY-22 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Lou a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I bought my SY22 for $450 Canadian. I use it primarily as a midi-controller and for that it works awesome. The velocity could be a little better for piano sounds however for any other application, this board gets it done.

Ps, I also dropped it down the stairs once and it still works perfect.

(dont try that one at home)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-02-2001 at 19:47
m.c. simonski a hobbyist user from the Neverlands writes:
As an 'ambient-diletant' from the synthesized School for Applied Eno-ism, I get alot of fun out of my SY-22, expecially when I just play at random, pushing the odd preset, and diddling with the Vector-control ;))).

I like the piano-sound, and the 'church organ' also works wonders, when given the xtra reverb from my Fender-amp...

simonski, amsterdamn, the Neverlands

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-May-04-2001 at 17:08
Faethor Ferenzy a part-time user from USA writes:
I've had my SY-22 for almost 7 years now. When I bought it, I was looking for a synth to do it all. Let me say "THIS IS NOT THAT SYNTH!!!!" I had a choice between this synth or the Roland D50 and decided on the SY-22. I felt disapointment in the fact it had only one Drum kit, which sucks, even back when I first bought it. It made great sounds but with 16 poly and no built in sequencer, it didnt work for me at the time. After all these years I now have started to really build my midi studio. I now have the Sw1000xg and the PLG-AN card that is almost the equivilent of the AN1x. I am going to buy either a Ms2000r or MicroQ soon as well. The SY-22 really shines in this enviroment. It works best with a fleet of other Boards and used as a Bass/Pad/or lead synth. If your a electronica artist, you should look into one these. I have heard Moby uses them for instance. To this day I have yet to hear a better Heavy string sound from another synth. It's a marvelous board for strings and pads. If you want really strange Industrial tones this can do them. I haven't really found much use for the Vector control yet. But for Industrial artists, this would be a cool feature. I don't know how it compares to the Korg Wavestation though.

I have yet to hear any synth sound like my Sy22. Most of the presets suck (with exception to the strings and pads), but it you hunt for patches, it will impress you. Yes it's a Hybrid FM/Wavetable board, and can do the FM sounds we all know and Love/Hate, but it does much much more.

If you have the chance to play one, please ignore the Demo button, it will scare you off......

I will never sell mine. It's a decent Midi controller and a different beast than all the rest. I have seen them as low as $200. I would suggest them to anyone who is looking for a little music expiermentation.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-03-2001 at 18:55
Petri Heinua a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
I bought mine for 1100 FIM (about 200 USD) two weeks ago, which I think, would be a good price for similar midi controller only... I use it with Cakewalk and even if the keyboard isn't the best possible, for that price it's a great midi controller.

You can get quite nice ambient / synth sounds with it, but mostly I've been using the piano, church organ, and pad sounds, which are great too... There are lots of great sounds, but most of them aren't very useful for pop/rock music. Its still a great synth, specially if you're into Ambient, Techno, or whatever...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-20-2001 at 04:10
Hang Man a professional user from USA writes:
Absolutely amazing for creepy, nightmarish sounds. Another review called it...a ROMpler? nah, there are sampled waveforms, but that doesn't make it a ROMpler. It has a full set of FM synthesis technology complete with your ADSR envelopes and effects. The Vector joystick mixes up the waveforms with your own or preset FM sounds and can be programmed with your own ADSR/effects/detune etc. settings and the movements can be recorded as one evolving patch. Amazingly fun. No filters- but you're not looking for warm, teddy bear sounds are you? Still if you must it would be interesting to run it through a standalone like a Waldorf 4-pole or Sherman, or the audio in of your favorite synth. Not a standalone do-all box but what is? I'd say an SY-22 coupled with a warm FR-777 would be sonic heaven, or any of the virtuals that have an audio in. If you love SCARY, DEMONIC, HELLISH sounds this is the box for you. Looking for something thats just completely wack and off-the-wall but can't afford an XT or K5000? keep your eye out for this underdog.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-15-2001 at 14:04
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