Yamaha S80

Yamaha S80

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S80, Digital Synth from Yamaha.

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  • Manufacturer: Yamaha
  • Model: S80
  • Category: Digital Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/09/2004

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Yamaha S80 user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 4 reviews )
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MGR/kitch_81's review"Yamaha S80"

Yamaha S80
I was looking for a new keyboard.
I didn't know anything of keyboards and synthesizers. The only thing I knew is that
I wanted only a good piano sound and action, but also some organs or some strange effect.
The Yamaha s80 was simply amazing for what I was looking for. So I bought it for about 1500€ in a store in Milan (Italy).

I really love the piano action, but the sound is not the best (even if very good). I also like the possibility to edit a sound in very many ways, in order to create many different sounds.
The organs and e-pianos are good as well.
The strings are fantastic, very warm and realistic.
I can save my works on a smart media card, with a memory of 8mb.
There are also a lot of great expansion boards. They're not cheap (about 250€), but they are really powerful (for what i read, of course).

I don't like the brass section because it's too thin.
Some presents are not so good, especially the electronic section (like leads, pads, effects...).
Just another too flaws: it has only 4 oscillators and the weight is too high (about 25 kg).

The instrument is very solid, it's really difficult to damage it. You must pay attention only to the knobs.

I think this is a great instrument. It has all the features a modern synthesizer must have: good sounds and presets, possibility of editing, real-time controllers (modulation wheel, pitch bend, knobs...).
When i bought it i didn't know how powerful it was, and now i must say that i really made a bargain.
I think that if someone is looking for a 88-key with good piano sound and action, the Yamaha s80 is perfect (in terms of quality and cost).
I would buy it again. I can do too much things with it! I really love it.

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Dysnomina's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Yamaha S80 Robust and efficient!"

Yamaha S80
The very very good. Excellent synthesizer, robust, versatile and with a keyboard with 88 keys heavy touch that will delight pianists. Many controllers make it very useful on stage (leslie effect, opening resonant filter ...)

The machine from 1999 usb is absent, but focntionne perfectly with a midi / usb adapter. As stated above, it can add a AIEB2 output interface board which adds zm 4 outputs and digital output.
The location of the plug-in cards and the frame of the keyboard entirely metal reinforce the idea of ​​overall strength, the keyboard seemed ultimately indestructible unlike "things-toys-objects obscolescence programmed" (delete as appropriate) of today. In return, the keyboard is a little heavy.


Operation is simple when it is limited to presets and performance (also very good). However, even with the manual, the design of new ones and new performance follows a strange and unique to Yamaha that rout at first logic. The passage through the supplied software facilte greatly the task, and then reveals all the guts of the machine.


Generally, the sound is very good, even today. The pianos are good, the Rhodes and Wurlitzer organs are excellent. Indulgence in brass and sax that should be edited.
Performance (atmosphere) by default are good, but respond to a very specific use. However, the aspects of personalization, when the logic of the machine ranges are enormous. The multiplication of layers and instruments gives amazing and unsuspected results for this kind of machine. Very heavy.


I use it for about 3 years. The hit of the heavy synth and keyboard customization capabilities provide a feeling of play without flaws. The keyboard deserves that one stops a bit on the manual (one week in the bathroom and hop!) To understand all the intricacies, but after it's only happiness! Recommended!

chtibreton's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha S80
Keyboard Type: see above ... but no tape of expression as mentioned.
Fully programmable controls many: pitch, modulation, pedals, breath ...
Connection to host some galre (pilot plant the microphone) and software provided a bit lightweight (Obviously lite) track editor without battery purchases = supplmentaires prvoir: cable, Smart MDIA Version XG Works complte (100 Euros approx.), more expansion cards if you want that happiness is total.Sons moving from one extreme to another ("classic" sounds " electro ") without tural intermdiaires (world, Latin ... except boards.) Polyphony (64) may" limit "when used in combination of four big sound, fast play and effects, but very s compelling overall. Mention trs though the quality and the effects of shipping.


At the config gnrale, is a gate! The edition is not a sound ergonomics MODEL (many "shift"), trs many sub-menus: OK to paufinner trs but not intuitive, screen too small and errors committed SPEED to beginners. But once programmed the "performance", their ACCS is simple. Then when matrise, we move fewer hours ... (Lapalisse!) But know that I am not a pro in the Contents: It took me dj swallow the sometimes obscure manual ( standard), hard to CASC to beginners, sometimes boring (very many references of pages) but ultimately "obligatory and complete. APRs, no limits.


At the cost, quality of sound is remarkable especially the sounds of piano (classical and lectros), guitars with distortion are lecriques gniales. Low "top level" especially the "fretless" percussion sounding true, beautiful tablecloths, organs, say anything, but not terrible in the brass, especially the "sax" that mritent not add a wind controller. For "Plows" acoustic, I expected better, and some sounds are unusable (siRNA for example, be less cop New yorquais). For some sounds "pure electro synthse" is the Royal. (I can be guillotined, but I have no other word for the effects, too few, however, still got my tr s good quality and relatively easily programmed. In terms of expression, nothing wrong, the keyboard (beautiful) Submitted rpond when the game is subtle and must be "big-beef", not of lzard with controllers: expressiveness to the appointment. Taking A / D Mono: a pity!


I use the house with the computer and scne trio amateur. Problem of size: the weight! But for the quality of the sounds and especially the expressiveness of the keyboard and I forgive him. (APRS a concert, I was asked o hideout Hendrix and bass player!). Good qualitprix quality due to the "top" of the keyboard (touch, rponse), and sounds that I use (piano, bass and electric guitar and drums). But I deprecated this purchase a novice (more "pro" that "intuitive" and lack of fun). Despite his lack of homogneit the level of sound and APRS 18 months of use I am satisfied but I trs to wait the arrival of his great en re S90, more complete in percussion and especially with a USB port.

djchris62's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha S80
Hello to the characteristics of the machine has 8 years see below
but I find the keypad very strong and it responds well to what we asked
88-key hammer I removed the keyboard it's nothing it's almost half the weight of the machine is of robust
the machine is not the freshest it just unfortunately not the USB connector and digital output for recording studio But apparently he can put this option from what I understand with an interface board that AIEB2 output he adds aditional output and 4 digital output
the opening of the cards is a must plug in the keyboard chassis is all metal yamaha knew the building of the solid which is unfortunately now out of date issue certainly hit manufacturing


The keyboard to make patches seems simple and yet I did not open the record because I know the keyboard yamaha, roland, and korg, there is a strong logic to their respective programming of the machine but it's true as a novice the Program is not obvious, but fortunately for the sounds was a software provided with the edition for the PC since it is convenient


It's the sound that I have my bleuffé yet more synths of the brand and the competitors and I think the delicacy of the samples very good
the pianos are very good electric and acoustic can be added, however, ap plg card that adds additional acoustic pianos that gives a more recent facelift to the machine because the card was released in 2004 and they are a harsh environment quality

the guitars are not bad for the time it is on no joints voices from Yamaha but it's not bad effects arranges the thing the other bass flute etc are good, I think the only or it is not the style of the day it's the brass and saxes but it is a normal can compare what is comparable machine to 8 years


I've had one month and I kept playing I love the feel of this keyboard synth piano more I added a Smart Media card that allows you to load sounds and sequences patches noon this format 0 which means that the machine is autonomous scene I put the patches CS6x so that you can turn your machine into another machine with sounds techno disco dance short there is no limit to the creation of sound
for me I made a few performances and sound sequences and the ball is really beautiful I love this machine, jump on a secondhand worth it you will not be disappointed

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