The S30 is very similar to the CS6x that is also made by Yamaha. The S30 has 64 voices and MIDI capabilities with 256 presets. The presets are great; some of them are stereo samples instruments like acoustic pianos, guitars, strings and analog synths. I did not expect to get this many good sounds when I got my S30 because all I kept hearing was how good the CS6x was and that the s30 could never live up to it. I beg to differ; I think the S30 is very similar and the only difference is, is the price. They have the same sound set and synth engine/ basic functions.
This 61 key synth has after touch and a huge effects list to mess around with. There are 23 different chorus effects and over 10 reverbs plus a large selection of insertion effects. There are 128 types of arps that you can choose from and you will have full control over how your arps will be played out. You can tweak all of the gate time and velocity rate parameters until you are happy with the result of your arp.
There are also knobs that you can use as controllers when assigned to functions within your DAW, which means that this keyboard can be used as a MIDI controller. For a while I was using this as my main keyboard synth and my MIDI controller. It is not very portable though and is made to just stay at home, it is pretty bulky and heavy to want to take with you plus you would not want to travel with this many keys.
The filter section on the S30 is also very similar to the filter section on the CS6x. You get 13 different types like low pass, band pass and some standard EQ options. You can use this synth to power your DAW and it will be a great sound module for your set up. It is a “win win” with this synth.
I s30 version without extension. I just added a smart media card for more sounds in memory.
I have added a sustain pedal.
I had taken the time to read the manual that is clear. Honestly sounds are not really old, by fiddling we found excellent, they are very configurable but be patient for access to more menus.de screen is not huge and uses abbreviations that eventually master.
The multi-effect is ultra-clear and often leads to the use of databases predefined sounds.
I played rhythm and blues, variety, metal, electro.
In rhythm and blues, sounds of organs and pianos életriques can be fun, pianos yamaha are very typical and not all are terrible.
I like bands are, electro synth is doing very well can get sounds really modern.
The apréggiateur is also nice but not exceptional sudden I had bought the rm1x complement and surprise, the synth is not ... xg
ten keys are missing, damaged, all is robust, never fails, only the volume a little flu from time to time.
At the time it was a risky choice for me in its price class there was no competition. It was a good choice.
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Tonka's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
See data sheet ... complete line what to expect. With more expansion possibilities
The menu navigation is a bit tedious ds accder you want a more drives: CRER or customize sounds. But is it too inviting?
I find the sounds convincing. No forcment trsralistes when compared with the multiple layers existing banks, but always musical trs.
The electric pianos dmnagent severe, synth leads have a nice size, orchestral instruments soloists are far from being ridiculous, organs are rich and Varis (some apps spcialiss I think not much has choselui envy). I have a soft spot for orchestral ensembles with delight that s'paississent VLOC. The filters also the sensitive VLOC compensate fairly well I think the lack of layers of certain sounds (piano) ... The drums are dats, Obviously.
Mconnu a synth too, trs versatile, I use happily for 3 years ... only one regret: missing a tap tempo for the arpeggiator, but there was not a 99
one more: you can fiddle with the buttons in all directions.
In short a good choice forthe scne as for the home studio.
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pyexperience's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
The controller is interesting there are assignable
There is the possibility of adding a card plg (just one, two on the s80) which makes it much more interesting.
There is an editor at Yamaha and more than enough that is the same as the S80
I find the simple setup, I quickly made the rounds of possibility.
Sounds are fairly easy to find through the right buttons
I tried the card plg vl is monaural, the management is good.
There is also the map plg DX FM synthesis and AN for analog emulation.
No real synthesis without the addition of plg card, and there is no built-in sampler or the possibility of extending the range of sounds AWM2.
Few bank available on the net, there is a site devoted to the s80 which includes.
I have purchase history to have a keyboard, I was sold when I started seeing these limits.
May be of interest to control a rack pattern, the structure should be similar.