Synth Site: Yamaha: S-80: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Alex Armstrong a professional user from usa writes:
I have been using my S80 with Cubase with a Mac for 5 years without a problem, using the preset sounds and using the keyboard to trigger drum and other sounds. All my connections are good, all drivers and software are properly installed. However, for the last few days, my S80 has not been triggering Cubase sounds when I turn the local off. I have a channel initialized which I have used for years, but I cannot trigger anything but sounds in the S80. I have checked all my midi connections many times, but something is not working. I am in the middle of a project and I am stuck. I would appreciate any tips. I have been through the manual. Thanks

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-07-2010 at 12:03
Matt J a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I have mised feelings about this synth. At first, it was kinda fun and sounded okay, but quicky, the sounds got shallow and I had a hard time feeling the piano; the main thing I bout it for. I used us more of a controller in the long run. It's also got that DX7 style interface so that everything that's editable is under 17 sub menus with cryptic titles. I got the hang of it eventual but it slowed the creative process way too much to be intuitive. I guess it's sorta worth the money but look around for something in its class that is noted for excellent piano sounds....even if it doesn't appear to have all the drums and crap. This thing was sold as a piano, and it's one of its weakest points.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-28-2008 at 10:44
Lorin a professional user from USA writes:
I have been playing midi based keyboards for almost 25 years now, as well as many digital sequencers and drum machines. The Yamaha piano sound IS THE BEST, I don't care what anybody says. BUT, THE MANUAL THAT COMES WITH THIS INCREDIBLE MACHINE IS THE WORST I'VE EVER ENCOUNTERED. The frustration of having to learn so many aspects of this instrument on my own sometimes makes me want to throw it in the nearest pond, river, whatever . . I am looking for a re-written version of the manual, but so far have struck out. If anybody can help see my email address. Good luck.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-06-2006 at 22:47
Pedro Reis a part-time user from Portugal writes:
I payed 550€ in 2005 for a used one. Very good weighted keyboard, nice ac_piano sounds, wonderful electric piano, good organs, fair strings, wide range of synth sounds, easy enough to deal with (never went to Manual). I can compare its sounds with mine TG77, TX81z, KN6000, JX8P, D10, TRack, QSR, D110. If I should go out with only one Kbd, the S80 woukd be the choice. 64 voice polyph are enough, since many of factory sounds work with 1-2 oscillators. It´s easy to damage the pots, since they are sensitive. S90 has it replaced by up/down switches. It has arpegiator, but synchro with my SR16 allways have some delay, so it is useless. The SmartMedia card is a cheap way of storing sounds and midifiles. I suppose there are better keyboards (Motif8, FantomX8, XV88) but they cost 3 times more and I doubt they are worth de diference. Fantastic deal I made. Heavy like an elephant. Best regards. Pedro Reis

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-13-2006 at 09:37
Alec Poole a part-time user from United Kingdom writes:
I purchased my S80 around four years ago now, because I was looking for a keyboard that combined a digital piano with a good all-round synth. The S80 fills this roll well. It took me a while to get used to the weighted keys, but this has helped improve my playing with time. Most piano sounds are good, although some need tweeking, and some of the organ sounds are impressive. I do find most of the string sounds to be lacking in life, though. The manual is very un-user friendly and is now missing and (frankly) not really missed that much. Also, the weight is a real issue when gigging, and the control knobs are too easy to damage. Some form of carrying handles would have been a good idea. To this day, I am finding it a struggle getting used to the very heavy action of the S80. I note other reviewers really like the action, on the whole, so I can only reasonably assume that my problems come down to my own particular style of playing. However, I have recently tried out some new digital stage piano's, all with weighted keys, and have found them all to be far easier to play. For this reason, together with the general user-non-friendliness, I am looking to trade in this keyboard soon. The problem is, I doubt I will find a suitable replacement that has as many decent sounds to supliment the pianos. Overall then: generally happy, but not overwhelmed with my experience of the S80.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-02-2006 at 05:08
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