Yamaha SY85

Yamaha SY85

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SY85, Digital Synth from Yamaha in the SY series.

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Yamaha SY85 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Yamaha
  • Model: SY85
  • Series: SY
  • Category: Digital Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/09/2004

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Yamaha SY85 user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 2 reviews )
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prodilion's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha SY85
The data sheet is to complte Audiofanzine:
https://fr.audiofanzine.com/produits/index, idfiche, 908.html

He has ten years but all possde caratristiques of synth-workstation current computing power and memory and less, which is normal (1992).

== == Strengths
- Varis sounds, it goes everywhere, in many styles (house, pop, Latin ,...)
- Squenceur + BAR, the compositions and jams come to life soon
- Solid (ca account)
- Many Settings, IDAL to learn synthse (LFO, envelope amplitude, filter, effects, etc ... everything but the oscillators be replaced by reading samples of plant but they are numerous and all styles, from Sinus or Square to the sound of the bell, piano, brass, etc ...)
- Patches advantageously use these samples to draw trs sounds Different.
- Intgr many effects (including the Aural Exciter feat under license)
- Touch-sensitive

== == Weaknesses
- Sampling embryonic (you must import the samples via floppy disks)
- Not to be trs ais MIDI keyboard matre (but it will rev although a slave)
- You can not put effects on the slopes of DIFFERENT squenceur, just those that dose affects the whole. So we will plutt of pr-models and then go through an audio editor (for effects and other audio tools, but each ... his technique).

In Manir gnrale, it is better to do one thing and do it well, and that several plutt do more moderately. It's his problem. But when I bought 8 years ago, glad to j'tais acqurir all in the same box. All dpend your expansion of your home studio and your budget.


Fairly intuitive.

I read the doc for my first real synth c'tait and later to take advantage of the less common features. So I would say easy and enjoyable.

The matrix allows accder menus. Once rpr are explored and found easily.

The screen is readable and trs trs well used despite its large pixels. Like what, a 10x10 screen is not forcment more efficient. Buttons can have multiple use depending on the context, but it is clear trs. No ambigut.

The 8 knobs on the front straight is a good idea, but ultimately I do not use it as a. Compared with vintage synths (vintage or new MIDIF false) custom settings that can affect the knobs are less expressive (in gnral, these are the effects paramtres or the freq / reso filter, or envelopes).

When programming a squence or sound, you end up doing as strum but not on the usual keys :-)

The squenceur is ultra simple. (Not-a-ways not for the patterns, replace, insert, copy, delete, etc ...). For the BAR, we put the tip end patterns which ultimately is used to structure the piece INTERESTED.


It has aged ... is sr.
It sounds 90s I think. So what?

== == Analog sounds
There are many free patches on the "classic corner" of yamaha synth:
Especially in vintage patches, there are Moog, Prophet, ARP, Roland, etc ... almost all the classics. It is imperative to hear, ca crdibilise the machine.

== == Instrument sounds
The instrument sounds "classic" seemed the least bad the era (it's subjective, but better than Roland, Korg and too synthetic). on the other hand today, with the virtual samplers and samples huge hard drive, Obviously the comparison is difficult. But in a mix of artwork, ca trs trs going well, and is available immediately in the fingers (I speak obviously not of professional quality).

== == Sampling
There are also a web address freeware to convert. Sy85 wav format.
It's 8 bits. Certainly, but you get to have fun dj a bit.

In Manir gnrale, the sounds are quite compresssion natively. What needs to explain that he does trs made by groups of the 90s house.

Wink, sounds will be if you Familis Listen Moby (SY22, especially piano sounds and groundwater), or Toto (David Paich uses the SY99), or Paul McCartney PERIOD 90 '( TG500 uses his claviriste rack version of SY85).


There is a mailing-list trs not active because the records are largely complete.
http://www.ampfea.org then look for "sy85".

computer music as trs become accessible and efficient, there is now less solution "workstation". But I would say that it's just a sy85 synthtiseur, an expander, a BAR, a groovebox and squenceur in the same box with a keyboard, all over n'tant trs fashion, but all the same high quality (semi-pro). The workstation is useful if your home studio is also your dining room.

It is found in an occasion for any price trs INTERESTED in it.
It is wonderful to learn, because all concepts are in it.
It does not sound absolutely not cheap. It's just that this is not the last sound came out.

We had some great adventures together for 8 years, my sy85 and me, and it goes on! :-)
In the era ft trs my choice wisely. Today I would buy plutt multiple devices, but it would me more (I could not do the era), and also because now I know exactly what I want.

Frankly, it is in the high average.

2marsmc's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha SY85
Synth, 5 octaves
Controllers pitch, modulation, sustain + 8 faders assignable to parameters effects but should not expect the very playable with the faders ...
Left Right Out 2, Headphones
600 sounds about
80 effects if I remember correctly
The sound is sytle "nineties" for the worst and the best universal. This means that some sounds can be very well made in a mix, a lot of character ... I find that many sounds are free to be inspiring, it plays three notes, it sounds and we want to develop. Attention they are people who are old fashioned enough to be can never become "vintage" but the effects can even give them a role.

Big polyphony ... (it's not accurate but the sounds can be played with lots of notes at the same time, there's no restrictions ...)
Too bad we're not eight separate outputs, but that's not the custom synths.


It takes two piecewise effect (not by sound) and 8 sounds piecewise
I never really used the sequencer, I bought used in 1996 and have used it with a Cubasis at the time life was beautiful, no VST and having no sampler of songs I made endless, constantly evolving, as I listen again with plenty of nostalgia. I was just playing the synth sound is beautiful, or sounds old-fashioned (90s) but with distos or effects that humanizes.
There really sounds excellent in performance mode and I have never seen a plug that can offer them ... we understand, here there is no notion of vintage, it is about sounds that were put in a vocation earful in 1993 (when it was released I think).
Manual light


- The sounds they are suitable to your style of music?
For hip-hop pro too, unless you use it in addition, but if you just want to sound like everyone there 's way (that's why I readdressed over in 2009 ...) Even with the sounds of drums, if they are a little dirty ...

-The effects can be used ... of course, but I doubt that if interrested sy is not alone with a PC without a plug and unique as this synth orchestra.

- Very good expression is exactly the word I want to describe it, sounds are expressive, they tell stories ...

"I remember having done things on his fantastic playing ... velocity nor aftertouch

-There 's a good fifteen sounds for which I never would sell, too many memories ...

-Even the sounds that I hated ended one day in pieces!


Since 1996, from 2003 he did nothing more than midi keyboard but it's not really his fault ... my acid pro was working differently.
I know other synths, this one does not blush.
Value for money, considering the price OCCAZ is stupid to buy a MIDI keyboard without her when you can have this kind of machine ... I know of no plug that can offer these sounds there ... it costs when even 13,000 francs to its release (2000 euros).

If it stops working, I think I would find myself another.

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