Synth Site: Yamaha: SY-22 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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mickc777 a part-time user from uk writes:
just got a 22for under 70quid..no manual. within an hour sussed it though buttons slow, andmade some ok pads. i think this wher it will lie with my novation ks4, korg r3, and jen sx1000 as they are all so different. will defouse thi for textures due to vector synth. very fm in sound to m y ears which will hopefully cut through the other synths...in my min and ears i've acquired a quite tasty stable at minimum cosr and i'm enjoying programmin the admiddly limittd aspects of the 22....must download a manual...1s impressions...lovely syntstrings movement and texture and as a 4th synth thats fine to twaek as required...especially for trip hop type grooves in my case...but if anyon needs direct manipulation of filters or real time contro...forget it...i do like it though and i will find it useful within myother more highly spec'd though outdated synths...apols for any typos...laptop dead anddoin this via ps3...but hey...you can't have a good piissup for 70 notes so i give it...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-30-2011 at 18:49
Lester a part-time user from USA writes:
An especially under-rated synth IMHO. Good bread and butter sounds are only the beginning. The Vector sequencing can get really scary (in a good way) once you start getting the hang of it.

You MUST get one of the editors to really dig into this machine. Take the FM side and tweak those sounds for really nice FM/PCM pads, stabs, and FX.

The piano sounds are pretty good for an older synth - they really cut in a live mix. A great couple of organ patches that, when tweaked, can do an excellent job live. The strings are to die for - very nice ensembles and variations on synth strings. These alone are worth the price of these boards now-a-days.

There are TONS of patches out there that cream the built in patches and bring out the meat in this board. Oh, and you can adjust the keyboard's response via some internal trim pots.

I wouldn't pay more a whole lot for one of these, but for $150 or so you really really can't go wrong.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-15-2005 at 09:02
LINK a hobbyist user from farfromhery writes:
Bought SY22 few days ago. Not tested enough to give points, so the 4/5 is just a guess.

The links in previous messages are not working anymore. But I found other places where you can donwload SY22_edit (control soundprogramming of the SY22 by computer), Windows and Atari ST versions, completely free and working: http://www.plompy.co.uk/software/

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-28-2005 at 07:40
richard a part-time user from uk writes:
i bought this a couple of days ago used and I am very pleased with it, i have read users comments about its sounds being naff, but I think they sound top mainly the presets and the vector stck just about tops it off, I dont know why yamaha dont use it anymore, I got this to sit alongside my sy85 so im well pleased with it

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-18-2004 at 14:58
Matt M writes:
Oops that shouldve been a four...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-26-2002 at 10:24
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