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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Inverse Room a part-time user from Upstate New York writes:
I absolutely love this little machine. It's primitive, preset, and weighs a ton, but you can switch every function to "control" and manually tweak the volume envelope, filter envelope, pulse width, LFO, touch sensitivity, portamento, resonance, and high and low pass, plus a really nice footpedal that can control volume or filter. It has aftertouch and came in its own flightcase with the legs and music stand stored under the lid. Its sound is distinctive--the filters don't self-oscillate, but they're the same ones as on the GX-1 apparently, and do have a particular character. Furthermore, the "double" and "reed" settings genuinely do seem to have two oscillators going--I sure as hell couldn't find the second one inside, so maybe it's divided down? Anyway, it sounds great. I sort of wish it had more control over pitch--via the footpedal or a pitch wheel. But that's a small gripe. It's great! My 5 is NOT in comparison to a Minimoog, it's judging the thing on its own terms--for the price, a great synth. Yamaha kills.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-11-2004 at 20:06
neven a professional user from berlin writes:
very well built, as with all early yamahas, extremely heavy, this one sounds like a -somewhat limited-monophonic cs-series synth. needs delay and chorus (best use a chain of old stomp boxes). it wails and sings like a humpback whale. being a preset synth, it still offers *almost+ as much control as any mid-range monosynth. you just select one of the (raw sounding) presets and tweak those typically 12db yamaha filters. oh, and the build quality makes you never stray from yamaha again... funnily overlooked and quite rare, i think.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-17-2003 at 06:18
Jukka "JMJ" Rajaniemi a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
I have the Yamaha CSY-2A organ, which has a built-in SY-2. The instrument is dated to 1975 and as an organ the sound are quite poor (string, trombo & oboe but flutes are good) but the synthesizer section is totally analogue : you can turn the presets such as Violin, Trumpet and Flute into a nasty lead with adjusting the low-pass filter and portamento :)! I really love this organ/synth and I have to praise it's rhythm section too for the intersting effect : you can press two rhythmes simulta- neously (with or without Variation) and have more complex patterns;)..mostly this reminds me of Korg Minipops 7 (which I haven't use nor owned) and Jean-Michel Jarre's Oxygéne (2 & 4). Althought the CSY-2A is a great instrument I still wait for it's more less known rival...the Eminent 310 Unique =)!!


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-16-2003 at 01:45
Tony Elka a professional user from Studio City, California, USA writes:
You can see an SY2 in the film Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind. Not the final scene with the mothership (that's an ARP 2500) but in an earlier scene in a laboratory, it's the first time one of the scientists tries to pick-out that alien melody.

posted Saturday-May-05-2001 at 15:52
Rabi from California USA writes:
Its a kewl little underated synth. Highly original sounds can be generated from this heavey machine. If you can pic one up for cheap (I paid only 50 bucks) do yourself a big favor and get it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-31-2001 at 21:10
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