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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Mal a professional user writes:
Not exactly a prophet VS, but not bad. Capable of some nice pads. The lack of a filter is a downer, unfortunately. The vector spec is fine. Some unique and powerful sounds are possible. Not as good as a wavestation either...which also lacks a complete filter spec...what is it with vector synths and filters! Much better than the SY22. Not a synth you'll want to play all the time. But not a synth you'll feel ashamed of. They sell for cents. Why not buy one!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-27-2003 at 12:40
Mark Eugene a part-time user from United States writes:
I purchased the SY35 new and still use it today in many of my compositions. Of course, I have a sampler that I use mostly for sounds, but I always have one or two tracks of my SY35 because of it's uniqueness in sounds and it's strings are great (especially if well EQ'ed). I also have founds it easy to create new sounds without having to spend all night at it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-23-2003 at 01:07
neven a professional user from berlin writes:
beautiful strings. find i don´t use the "pad" sounds that much, but that´s my musical taste. can make some beautiful windy/breathy pads, nice for layering, and it mixes well. can be had cheaply, too...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-02-2002 at 05:52
Klaus Paulsen a professional user writes:
I had a SY35 for a couple of years and sold it 1997 to get the AN1x...gnaaa! I should have kept it, i miss it now. I miss those evolving pads...i have to find one s/h now...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-05-2002 at 11:35
Keith a part-time user from East Coast, USA writes:
I have found the SY-35 to be a much underrated(if not unknown...) synth. In my opinion, it belongs to a family of distinctive sounding synths(Korg Wavestation, Yamaha DX7, are notables) that possesed much more in the personality departments than high-tech "gee-whiz" features.

I have only heard of 3 or 4 synths that have the Vector Synthesis architecture and joystick, and let's face it: how much would I have to pay for that Prophet VS, and what condition is it in?

The blend of FM and AWM(sample-playback synthesis) is one hell of a unique combination that is nearly unbeatable(in this price range) for strings, pads, EPs, weird sounds, and even some organs. The pianos are remarkably good for a synth made in the early 90s, and the analog-esque sounds are decent IF you don't try to use them in dance/techno/house music or your Rush Cover band since the SY-35 has no filters.

However, the SY-35 does have its place in rock and metal - especially since it's thin sound sits extremely well(much like the DX-7...) in a mix with walls of guitar, bass, and drums. This synth also accepts rom/ram cards and has a nice feature many synth makers overlook(Yamaha itself even omitted this from the CS6X!!!): the ability to hold out the notes and switch voices, with the new sound not being heard until a new note is pressed - a great(!) feature for playing live if that's what you do.

Keyboardist Elizabeth the Muse, of Khasm( has used the SY-35 almost exclusively over the past 3-4 years of her tenure with the band to help create the atmospheric/gothic/doom vibe Khasm is well-known for, and if you listen to the band's song "Mother", you can really hear the SY-35 in a variety of contexts.

I have to say that, given the situation of only having one synth to play I would glady choose the SY-35 over the Wavestation, SY77, or even the M1 for its unique features and sound architecture. I could live with the limited polyphony, simply because the quality of the sounds are quite good. This synth sold for $750.00 US new, and can be had for less than half that amount - IF you can find one in good condition, jump on it.....not literally, of course. :)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-19-2001 at 17:48
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