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FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Yamaha SY22
Vector control is good if you spend the time.

Price paid

850 CAD

UTILIZATION

Easy to use but then i've had it for 10 years

this thing will never break

SOUNDS

Synth sounds are metallic. rhodes or keys sounds are pretty good, warm

OVERALL OPINION

Getting a bit old for me

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: vangruv (January 2-, 2004)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Yamaha SY22
Plenty of features. I wish it had knobs. The Vector Control Joystick is very useful for creating ambient sounds.

Price paid

900

UTILIZATION

Easy to use, manual is good.

Very robust, never had a problem and I"ve used it for thousands of hours over many years, moved many times with it. Nothing breaks ever.

SOUNDS

A bit metallic, but that's what happens to early 90s synths. Moby uses it. Effects are good for its time, but not easily programmable. WOuld give it a 6, but I really like its drumkit and some sounds (only 1 kit)

OVERALL OPINION

Loved it for years, now it's in the closet. So for 10 years, it was a 9, now it's a 5. Average = 7.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 3-, 2003)
petit professeur04/07/2012

petit professeur's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Hidden features SY22"

Yamaha SY22
Hi.

Just to say that having cut my teeth on this synth, there are some hidden features.

First, you can not access the LFO speed when it is set to S & H.
Actually yes, set the speed before selecting the waveform. This creates honeycomb effects or sample and hold precisely !!

Then the FM part is a synthesis 2 operators, 256 presets in the synth, but it is completely edited via an editor on computer !!

http://www.plompy.co.uk/software/

A +

USE

N / A

SOUNDS

N / A

NOTICE GLOBAL

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sin04/07/2012

sin's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Small keyboard "vintage" fun!"

Yamaha SY22
The SY22 synthesizer is a 5 octave velocity sensitive and aftertouch. It has a wheel pitch bend and modulation. Moreover it is equipped with a joystick called "VECTOR CONTROL" to play and recorded movements vector.
16 voice polyphony and multi-timbralité 8.
The synth is fairly small and light but very well built. The touch is not so unpleasant that mid-range. The keybed is made of metal and easily accessible.
It will be perfect as a small master keyboard.

UTILIZATION

The synthesis is not very advanced (except for the vector part), the use is quite simple and intuitive.
It is impossible to edit the sounds FM programming but this is by choosing a more basic sound of the 256 FM sounds or AWM 128 samples.
RANDOM an editing function is available and very convenient to create new sounds on the fly!
In all cases it is very enjoyable to play and we quickly took the stick to handle vectors!

SOUNDS

The sounds are mostly scalable and can be a good idea of ​​the synthesis. The AWM samples are a bit "hard" but the next 4 op FM is very pretty. Many sounds become more interesting just by pushing the joystick slightly to D or B (thus increasing the volume of hand FM).
The effects are a bit tight, not editable and very typical. By cutting and sending the raw output of SY in H8000 is immediately more war ^ ^!
There is a beautiful flute like I think ...

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a few days and knowing the brand and the synths of the time, I must say it is a big deal right now than to pick up a SY22!
The sounds and the game is inspiring and well-built machine (switches, keyboard and joystick solid).
The only downside is with the external power supply ... :/
Very fun and good for learning the synthesis!
MulToR12/30/2005

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

Yamaha SY22
Beautiful 5 octave synth with all the usual classic elements and a small LCD display 2 lines of 16 characters. "Simple and effective."
64 presets available (Voices 8 * 8) + 16 in Multi (2 * 8) that are actually combinations or rather split the keyboard.
16 voice polyphony. 16 effects.
128 sampled sounds 16-bit (2 MB ROM).

UTILIZATION

I already have a sampler Ensoniq ASR-10 so it's clear that when it comes to pianos, orchestral sounds, drums or other I do not count on it. However it is a perfect complement. The ASR I did not really sound "synthetic" or tablecloths or sounding so they take up space. I can not turn on the computer to access the virtual and plugins without having to load the OS and the samples on my ASR-10 to give free rein to my imagination immediately (start time: 3-4s). Just something boring, I find that the sounds are sometimes at very different levels of volume. Ditto for the octaves used, it must now transpose the preset in the acute, sometimes in the bass. It is subjective but I agree with myself.

SOUNDS

Sounds, far from being to die for 2005 are already bluffing and correspond to my expectations. Must be said that 150 euros used here is still very reasonable. So I think for the price sounds more than satisfactory in piano, strings, flutes, bass, ... and synthesizers. Must be said that in addition to each preset is a combination of two or four different sounds. And we can play with a wheel: the "vector control" which is neither more nor less than a joystick that can move in all directions to bring out more or less as sound, do not or, conversely appear only remove one. The result is very interesting.
I'm not a fan of the creation / modification of sounds, therefore not dwell on the possibilities. I'll just say that you can save 64 presets in internal memory in addition to fully customized default 64 in the device. It is also a look at its possible to save data on external cards extra.

OVERALL OPINION

While not a complete revolution (except perhaps its release in 1990), this synth has real assets. The keyboard is nice and fairly light. Sounds useful for any occasion and compliments very well my "studio" with if I need my things and my VST sampler. On the Internet you can easily find software that transmits SysEx the PC to the SY-22 a range of new sounds (recordable then internal or card). I even have to get my hands dirty. Sounds cont compatible TG-33 and SY-35. I go back;) the P65 Sympa "Syn Str!"
Illustra09/12/2005

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

Yamaha SY22
Synthse FM coupled with sample AWM 2opFM/2opAWM
Synthse vector with its joystick

Possible to edit with or sysedit tg33editor
64 + 64 preset preset ROM in RAM
Single + multi (8 instrument. Possibility to put them in bed for solo percussion)

UTILIZATION

The use is very simple, it quickly select presets in both single multi.
The edition, is more laborious because buttons are not well adquate notch and can only display information so you have to play with the buttons. The hardest part of the SY-22 has to take his courage with both hands to return to the edition as it is unfriendly to trs probably the edit menu, but once you enter this wonderful world we realizes that the factory preset capabilities are far from the craft set from the preset 13, 23, 25 which gives you an overview of the heat of the machine. The organs are beautiful and some wind instruments (flute, trombone, etc. .., drop the sax). I use it mostly in sheets, strings, wind instruments and leads.

SOUNDS

The SY-22 was first coupled with an FM synth player to sample (the 90s) so do not expect a piano or acoustic guitar because it is not for a, its mission is groundwater volute is said because there is little to make it look Joystik Inova. But he hides a derrire this possibility on the lower, the DX the violins, the noises, ... but this requires the rub bte again and again. And then they come these low heated through, enveloping his violins and the DX exploded brilliant. The sound is not a pure claret because sometimes there a little breath, but it is the quality for those who love the sounds live because in the moments it seems to have a machine with a touch of motion. Honntement who takes the trouble, we get more about the results expected. Coupled with the SY effect processor such as an internal MIDIVERB because the effects are not large bills especially reverb.

OVERALL OPINION

The SY-22 is input into my life for less than a year and I did not buy it because few people are promoting, directing more j'tais in roland analog sounds with their claret and heat and then historically j'tais when very young, the SY-77 made me RVer for want of anything better then I turned to the SY-22 mainly for its qualitprix.
I do not regret my choice because it is in the spirit in which I synthse a DSIR beginners: a simple and not time-consuming programming and especially the possibility to use it as a keyboard matre because I like the two big wheel picth bend and fawn yamaha Intens. modulation (probably used by game).
Note: do not try ROM cards, it will not give any more. Try to look for plutt patch on the net to even see you even edit.
tchouktchouknougat06/08/2005

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

Yamaha SY22
Keyboard: 61 keys, VLOC ATM.
Type Synthse: Modulation frequency drives oprateurs 2, Reading samples, wavetable, vector.
Waveforms: 128 waveforms sampled waveforms and 256 FM. A resolution of 12 bits and 2 MB of samples.
Polyphony: 16 voices, 1 4 sounds per voice.
Multitimbral: 8 votes.
Number of Gnrateurs: 32 lments.
LFO: 1 per lment.
Envelopes: one for lment, 5 segments.
Filters: None.
Sound: 64 presets + 64 prog.
Combis: 16 presets + 16 prog.
non splitable.
Display: LCD (2 x 16 since) + 2-digit LED.
Portamento: No.
Effects: 16 effects stro.
Audio outputs: Stro.
External Storage: Map RAM, ROM. Sysex.
no squenceur intgrbr /> Weight: 7 kg.
Dimensions: 98 x 9 x 29 (WxDxH in cm).

Pitch bend and modulation ... as the majority of synths.
1 set of 61 drum sounds dated, but the era conformity.
Possibility of combining up to four sounds together (Multi mode) thanks the vector control and CRER sounds quite complex.

not too bad for the era report quality price

UTILIZATION

Synth globally accessible. edition of the sounds is quite comfortable, however, a BMOL about the size of the screen which makes the complicated programming. the vector joystick control allows you to make changes INTERESTED sounds.
the manual is clear plutt.

SOUNDS

I think the sounds are of good quality. the layers are deep (used by moby notament), the sounds of cool SERIES dx. they can play any style of music by marrying well with other instruments. However, if you are looking for ultra sounds ralistes ... this synth is not for you. the black dot is the breath ... ... I must admit that a m'nerve, but good by any rglages on the mixer, I can hide this odd. for the rest ... anything. and if we take the trouble to grind a bit, we can draw sounds super INTERESTED.

OVERALL OPINION

I got it in 1992 ... and I can not get enough. it has a touch particulire ... I like it, e'm not objective. It is always simple and that it is happening everywhere.
I really like the joystick synthse vector.
the size of the notch pliat me much less.
I had tried many before that the price and quality report, he did not. I did not pay too much (everything is relative ...), because I had bought just before the release of that silent little SY35 prs the same.
I do not regret my choice and I do it again if necessary.
The problem is that today I have a lot of space, lack of space I leave more often than right in the corner ... for the benefit of latest issue MODELS.
Fenschlive03/18/2004

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

Yamaha SY22
See Product Info
My first synth!! So I would not be objective as I enjoyed the torture machine
Style of sounds: gnraliste.

UTILIZATION

The principle of the joystick to assay four layers of sound ... I was gnial reproduces quite complex synth sounds with this little synth and without making a study of eight days of the manual

SOUNDS

The quality of 2MB of sample leaves to desire ... it blows a lot ... but in a mix, it makes good ...
forget the acoustic pianos raliste but drums, bass, organs, or pad the strings are nice, brass dynamic

OVERALL OPINION

I sold it for a Korg X3 there are at least 10 years but my sequencer coupled alesis MMT8, I took up a schedule of hellish nights entires in my college ..., O)
You can find it cheap to OCCAZ ... if you have a small budget (300 euros max) is a nice purchase ...
I cost the Roland D10 and D20 before buying it and for me there was no picture
It was the ancestor of CS1x even if the Yamaha synthses are not comparable but I think I made the right choice the era according to my budget limit (f 6000 in 1990)