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Digital Synth from Yamaha .

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  • artusetmoiartusetmoi

    Yamaha S03Published on 03/26/04 at 09:42
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    61 softkeys
    2 Wheels: pitch bend and modulation
    Transpose buttons (octave + / -) very practical
    3 Taken MIDI In / Out / Thru
    Stereo output (+ 2 separate mono outputs)
    2 pedals (sustain and expression)
    Backlit LCD
    Fully compatible GM, XG
    XG instruments in 16 channels and DSP effects
    Up to 64 note polyphony simultaneous
    Many factory presets + fully customizable user bank (thousands of presets at all (that's right!)) In all styles
    Demos included

    The sounds are really effective and fully customizable, trrrrrrèèèès many (too?)
    It can save its banks of sounds on PC or Mac via MIDI with the supplied software.
    touch is nice.

    UTILIZATION

    At first, we must unde…
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    61 softkeys
    2 Wheels: pitch bend and modulation
    Transpose buttons (octave + / -) very practical
    3 Taken MIDI In / Out / Thru
    Stereo output (+ 2 separate mono outputs)
    2 pedals (sustain and expression)
    Backlit LCD
    Fully compatible GM, XG
    XG instruments in 16 channels and DSP effects
    Up to 64 note polyphony simultaneous
    Many factory presets + fully customizable user bank (thousands of presets at all (that's right!)) In all styles
    Demos included

    The sounds are really effective and fully customizable, trrrrrrèèèès many (too?)
    It can save its banks of sounds on PC or Mac via MIDI with the supplied software.
    touch is nice.

    UTILIZATION

    At first, we must understand what all the buttons, but once the system is an understood, it becomes very simple. Of course we can use it without all-inclusive.
    The manuals are well made and there is a comprehensive list of presets.

    As it can go very far in the editing of sounds at the beginning we find there are too many parameters, but that's what makes the quality of the keyboard (bank of 400 sounds and you can mix different sounds for each 4 instrument.

    I used Master keyboard (with an external interface) and independent Synth (to learn the piano).

    Perfect for a home studio or for live.

    SOUNDS

    The sounds are very realistic for some (special mention for hammond organ!).
    But above all they are effective!
    That is, it always sounds so nice, and + we can share the keyboard to use the example above for the piano, the keys to the middle strings and keys down to the lower (provided that 'we have three hands!).

    These sounds are suitable for any style of music because they are very varied.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have been using for over a year, and I am perfectly satisfied.

    Alas, I have to part with it (move: I am always on the move next year between the province and Paris).
    The pros: - The sound (quantity and quality)!
    - The price!
    - The ability to change everything ...
    - The keys octave + / - handy (used during the game)

    The -: - I could not bring him home every weekend next year, on the train it takes too much space.
    - No USB port (you need an interface for connecting to PC (but you can find one for less than € 40 in USB and less than 15 € in joystick port (but less good ...))).
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  • minouchatminouchat

    Yamaha S03Published on 01/27/06 at 01:21
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    It should be Lavoué the S03SL (read Silver!) Is not a good Premire impression. Laspect plastic hull, buttons and cheap orange letters standards lcran short jojo not the machine! lon if sees the RS or the Roland Juno D!
    Level Features and well S03SL is actually a S03 Ms. machine, same manual, only the color does change, a little history dactualiser its look and / or boost sales Larrive with competition.

    61 softkeys
    2 Wheels Yamaha fawn: pitch bend and modulation
    Octave Transpose buttons conveniently trs
    3 MIDI IN / Out / Thru (Unlike the JUNO D! Thank you Yamaha!)
    Stereo Output
    Headphone Jack 6.5
    2 taken pedals (sustain and expression)
    LCD rtro clairbr /> 16 channels and 3…
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    It should be Lavoué the S03SL (read Silver!) Is not a good Premire impression. Laspect plastic hull, buttons and cheap orange letters standards lcran short jojo not the machine! lon if sees the RS or the Roland Juno D!
    Level Features and well S03SL is actually a S03 Ms. machine, same manual, only the color does change, a little history dactualiser its look and / or boost sales Larrive with competition.

    61 softkeys
    2 Wheels Yamaha fawn: pitch bend and modulation
    Octave Transpose buttons conveniently trs
    3 MIDI IN / Out / Thru (Unlike the JUNO D! Thank you Yamaha!)
    Stereo Output
    Headphone Jack 6.5
    2 taken pedals (sustain and expression)
    LCD rtro clairbr /> 16 channels and 3 processors deffets
    64 note polyphony

    700 sound Approx.

    UTILIZATION

    Cheap keyboard trs,
    Mon Voil the major problem of this synth keyboard is really trsdsagrable. made toy! Those with sensitive use keyboard matre play games or have pianos, dj arrter can read this review and look to the competition or about S08 touch and piano ( even if more expensive). In the same price range, Roland keyboard offers quality professional with the RS5 or JUNO D.

    The interface Careers News nest not very logical nor intuitive. You will have to dive into the manual itself trs not clear. However it is true that the search function of presets by CATEGORY, once understood is trs friendly. The S08's nest not joggle Submitted Acesta and shame.

    For ldition, an app is normally delivered on CD ROM. Except that in mine, no trace of CD ROM. Do not panic tlchargeable EST on the website of YAMAHA. I urge USE OF THE software for those who want to change the sounds of bestiolle!
    (And incidentally Tlcharger the new bank of patches offered by Yamaha, there are trs beautiful synth sounds.

    OCTAVE button + / - is a nice find.

    The wheels are still the Yamaha and Submitted ajaime much. Where sr is well used to the lon pitchbend of Roland, there is a time CC adaptation.

    Edition level in real time, it no nya. Cest a shame! The Juno D has her pots. However some patches on the modulation wheel to change the sound.

    As for the Fast Fashion patches must prciser quil paramtres are many more on the Yamaha S03 as the Juno D.

    SOUNDS

    The pleasant surprise of the S03, cest quil uses the same audio engine as the S08. I havent a S08 on hand to compare. But the list of patches is the same, and Mrs. Russ jai forward to s03, s08 of Multi patches in sysex. He accepts and reproduced without problem. If Someone has a S08 and I can dump the presets, quil make me sign!

    Enter the heart of the matter, how sound the S03?

    Acoustic Pianos
    I find the original post trsdcevants Acoustic Piano for the game solo. Cest not raliste, flat and cheap. It is far from the trs beautiful patches of Piano Juno D As against a noys squence, they spend like a letter in the mail. Sometimes even better than the Juno D tend ringing too fat. That said fiddling with the presets, adding a bit of reverb, it is possible amliorer Dusina patches. Still, the acoustic pianos are really the weak point of the machine.

    Electric Pianos
    The Ep are many enjoyable Varis and trs. The presets sound Dusina trs dry, then add a bit of reverb and chorus to enjoy it. In lensemble, they sound less punchy / low freq that the EP JUNO D but DX really sound like that DX is not the case of competition.

    Organs
    Cest undoubtedly the highlight of the S03! The big slap! The above and in this price range, the S03 is unbeatable. The juno D example is unable to go out drinking a hammond. If you are a crazy Lorgues, adopt an S03.

    Accordion
    The again, the S03 SimPose no problem on competition Korg and Roland. Cest music and trs trs trs going well.

    Strings
    There is good and less good, the bad view. However cest dj better than the section of my strings Bacle JUNO D. Jaime many preset Quartet.

    Brass
    The S03 still SimPose without any problem. Cest new ultra-musical, which has rings!

    Low
    The bass is really above the basket. Cest prcis, trs dynamic and never falls into the Woooowwww effect. Advantage S03!

    Guitars
    L on the other hand, cest least jojo! Good sound and the presets are Nylon. But the limits are positively electric. The ridiculous and has sat in dire strats!

    Synthbr /> The synth presets are many and varied quality trs. Again, Yamaha, it is downright stingy in effect presets Dusina.  So enjoy the three effects rested on the machine, and ring your S03 as it should. Voices Choir and the ridiculous passes, there are ways to cool him out of scrolls and sheets of nice solos.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Assets:
    -Gnraliste
    Trs-Economic & laptop
    Many sound-
    Organ-fall / Brass, EP, strings, synth bass and nice trs

    Cons:
    Acoustic Pianos-dcevant
    -Handling difficult
    Keyboard-cheap
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  • FP UserFP User

    Yamaha S03Published on 10/31/08 at 16:00
    The features, as i said before, mean the difference between songs sounding very "keyboardish" and trite to sounding very professional. The feature that adds character to the individual instruments (resonance & ) can make ordinary strings sound sampled out of Bach's 9th symphony. Creative combinations of the reverb, chorus, resonance, and tremolo features can make a piano sound alive and fierce. So in short, the S03's features don't have that many features to work with, but, i guess, they grows on you as your skill grows as a producer.

    Price paid

    $600

    UTILIZATION

    Being a beginner's professional keyboard, it is very simple to start with; or i should say that it was easy f…
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    The features, as i said before, mean the difference between songs sounding very "keyboardish" and trite to sounding very professional. The feature that adds character to the individual instruments (resonance & ) can make ordinary strings sound sampled out of Bach's 9th symphony. Creative combinations of the reverb, chorus, resonance, and tremolo features can make a piano sound alive and fierce. So in short, the S03's features don't have that many features to work with, but, i guess, they grows on you as your skill grows as a producer.

    Price paid

    $600

    UTILIZATION

    Being a beginner's professional keyboard, it is very simple to start with; or i should say that it was easy for me. I already had experience with playing the keyboard before, and the MPC 1000 was becoming second nature to me, so all i had to do was sit down and let it flow. Discovering the features later only added to the experience. But for those with no studio experience, beginning to play could be a little difficult. Sure you can sit down and push keys until your blue in the face, but until you understand that certain instruments resonate better with certain others, producing off of the S03 could be fustrating.

    SOUNDS

    The sound quality of the S03 is remarkable for the low price tag that it sports; but the sound can be tweeked to a much better degree, depending on the user. When i first purchased the keyboard, the instrumentals sounded very synthesized (damn the spelling), and i couldn't sell music for more than $150 after some strict negotiating. But nowadays, the music i produce is industry standard, without too much mixing and flipping, and beats go as high as $500 on average. But compared to the Triton/Trinity/S90/other high priced keyboard, the S03 seems like a beginner's synthesizer(damn the spelling).

    OVERALL OPINION

    Its built nicely.But then again, i dont' move it around, except to adjust it for usage. Im sure that things can go wrong, just like any other piece of equipment, if you man-handle it.

    Its my baby...my first official studio keyboard. Sure, ive recouped back what i spent on it from the music that i sell, and yeah i could by the biggest, most serious keyboard around, but its like, you are so accustomed to that keyboard that you can work magic without having to experiment to much. Its like having Bruce Lee pick between a pair of nunchucks, a sword, or a tree branch against an opponent. Yeah, he can F#@$ em up with anyone of them, but the tree branch is more of an extention of his arm than anything else. Thats what the S03 is for me, an extention of my imagination and abilities as a producer. Once i get my website up, you'll see what im talking about. ;)

    Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
    Posted by: The Beatmean ( 8-, 2005)
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