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Frederick J. Sherrod writes:
The GS-2 was touted as a digital piano, but had a larger selection of synthesizer sounds than just piano. It lacked any form of pitch bend and vibrato could only be added via the leftmost pedal switch. The GS-2 had no editing capability, but could load different sounds into memory via a magnetic card reader. The GS-2 came with a voice library of 32 factory pre-programmed cards and several blank ones for backup. The GS-2 was sold before MIDI, but many can be found with the factory MIDI kits installed. The GS-2 has a nice 73 key, wooden, weighted, hammer-action keyboard which is very similiar to the KX-88. Sorry no aftertouch. The GS-2 is the roadworthy version of the GS-1 synthesizer. While lighter than the GS-1, the GS-2 still weighs a hefty 150 pounds. The GS-2 is built into a tolex roadcase with metal hardware. The lid doubles as the keyboard stand. The whole package looks very similiar to the CP-20 electronic piano. The GS-2 has been used by Roger Schuman of Spyra Gyra, and The legendary Vangelis.

Comments About the Sounds:
The Yamaha GS-2 is an early FM synthesizer, almost the grandfather of the DX series. Many of the classic DX-7 sounds were born on this machine.The outputs have a noise floor which make the sounds grainy. Very good electric pianos, metallic percussive sounds, DX brass, DX strings, great organic pads. The unit has no editing capability, ie

(Thanks to Frederick J. Sherrod for this info.)

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