Synth Site: Yamaha: QS-300 Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Mike a hobbyist user writes:
I own this synth for half a year,and I still like it very much.

Great sounds that are not too hard to edit via the big display and easy navigation through the menu's (with funtionkeys below).

It's like the best of both worlds,pretty snappy analogue sounds and descent natural sounds,but synthetic sounds the QS does best.

Big sequencer with 10 song, 16 tracks and 88.000 notes capacity,playable in real- and step-time.

Good but basic FX processor (3 fx simultaiously) and versatile drum sounds.

The keys have a good feel,storage on DD FD or SYSEX onto PC.

Bottom line,it's worth every cent I paid for it ($500),and I like it better every time I have a go on it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-30-2006 at 07:47
dan a professional user from romania writes:
i succeded to create with qs300 real great authentic music pneding on romanian folck, and i think it is a good worckstation and a live music product

ps. sorry for bad english

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-28-2006 at 16:59
Jokeyman a professional user from United states writes:
I purchased used, have been using daily for several weeks. Build quality is good-logically laid out buttons, etc. uses the same software concepts as Yamaha QY modules-graphic pictures for hardware-emulated functions such as the mixer, very nice. Easy to learn, as most functions are not buried-can jump from one function to another very easily. Sacrifices hardware buttons for software controls, but graphic pictures on screen are a big help. Very well thought out, I think. Not to heavy to carry, but get a decent case as the plastic case can crack pretty easily (I've done it already).

Plastic case, metal bottom, hard plastic buttons, well marked. Keyboard is OK, a little springy, lighter touch than my SY77 and S3T, but not noisy to play, similar to the SY22, SY35 and SY55. My LCD backlight is almost gone, but LCD is clear enough under normal lighting conditions without it. Contrast is still adjustable, which is good.

Sound quality-very clear, AWM-many sounds are identical to SY77 and other Yamaha AWM sounds, such as the SY22, SY35. Somehow doesn't sound as "rich' or "deep"-as an SY77 or other instruments I've played (also used 2 Ensoniqs for comparison, KS-32 and TS-12). But variety is excellent in all food groups. Mixed together, has a clear transparent sound quality, plays SMF MIDI files well. Have to shift the keyboard range to get to all the drum sounds, which are laid out over more than 61 keys, but easy enough to do. And soundbanks can be changed with hardware buttons-important since XG has so many banks.

Disk facilities very good, can save and load phrases, styles, sound banks, SMF files (very handy for my work). Factory styles are not thrilling-my PSR85 was better, but you can create, store and save your own or other users styles and this improves things considerably.

Sequencer-fine, pretty comprehensive, not difficult to figure out, can be used in step-edit mode, or real time. All the usual functions are there-quantize, copy, etc. Interesting in that it can be used as any typical sequencer, recording a track at a time, but can also record with auto-accompaniment patterns and discrete tracks combined together. Is actually a realtime "auto-accompaniment" keyboard, like the PSR series, but with a full sequencer.

Still can't figure out why this instrument wasn't more popular-it does many things and easily. I guess as a "hybrid"-caught between a so-called "consumer" and "professional" label, perhaps many people just didn't get it. Tastes great, less filling!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-14-2005 at 07:56
Markus a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
Great synth, wonderful (analog-like)-sounds, lot of edit-possibilities, very good seqeuncer, nice Phrase-Option, very good disk-drive, build like a tank.

but can someone please tell me, if I can control it via Cakewalk like a rompler (hope you understand: not using the build-in-sequencer, but using different sounds on different MIDI-channels)? I would be thankful for some help!

thanx, Markus

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-28-2004 at 15:30
Mike from USA writes:
Here i found a artist who uses QS300 a lot in his tracks. I think it's a good synth, nothing special. If u are on budget, can't afford the top of the line, go for QS300, it sounds better than Korg X3 and X5. Seq is great and groovy, u can quantize in real time, presets are nothing special but some users made some funky and analogish sound.

If u wanna hear QS at work go here====>

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-09-2002 at 13:14
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