Synth Site: Yamaha: YS-200: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Martin Waldorff a hobbyist user from Denmark writes:
I just love FM. Got the B200 (YS200 with speakers) and two TQ 5 modules in the 90's (and now also a FS1R and DX200 groovesynth - I said I love FM!). They have truly inspirational demotunes - the big secret of FM is the way they can kombine the tones (up to 8 different in each machine), and midi'ed together with good taste and a little "tålmodighed" (that's danish speak for patience) they can really sound like a symphony. The B200 has an exceptional good keyboardfeel, and for the price it must be the best from Yamaha. Lucky me.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-04-2011 at 15:18
dr_bump a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Had one of these since new (around 1986 I think) and it's been great. Piece of cake to create you're own sounds. The effects unit - like another reviewer said - isn't great as an effects unit but if think of it as just another bit of the synthesis engine it really makes a big improvement to 4-op FM sounds. The reverse reverb is great for atmospheric sounds. I've got some really nice Eno-esque sounds out of this plus acidy leads too.

I wen't off this keyboard a bit in the nineties when everything had to sound 'real and organic' but these days I love it. Built like a tank looks like a UFO.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-14-2008 at 07:37
Rebecca Lupton a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
Just bought this synth on eBay - I don't know if it comes with a manual. Does anyone out there have one that they would be willing to copy for me?

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-22-2007 at 23:30
Dano a part-time user from Japan writes:
Picked up the Japanese domestic version of the YS200 a few weeks ago. It's identical to the export model except that the control panel says "Yamaha EOS YS200." Sure it's a little funky looking with the giant volume knob and channeled control panel, but I don't care. It sounds great! Yamaha's 4 op synths have their own sound, different from the 6 ops like the DX7. You can select one of 8 wave forms for each operator allowing the YS200 to can crank out some awesome sounds. Some factory patches are great: E.Piano1, SoftStrings, and the beautiful trumpet-like SoftBrass. The SoftStrings patch with the mod wheel full up and a 1111 wave makes a cool Mellotron sound. Patch editors made for Yamaha's rackmount TX81Z work perfectly on the YS200 as both are identical internally. As in the TX81Z, bass is where these shine, cranking out heavy house with ease.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-11-2006 at 03:42
Gary a hobbyist user from USA writes:
It has the same synth engine as the TQ5, which is a good thing .. there are some very nice tones here. Editing is MUCH easier in this later generation FM synthesizer. My only qualm with this board, is that the futuristic looking body is made of very cheapo plastic. If you want these same sounds, but in a much sturdier keyboard, get the B200. It also has the same synth and sequncer, but is far more sturdy, and has powerful built in speakers - which you can input midi modules / etc into to have the same sound played along with your FM synth.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-17-2005 at 04:00
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