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Yamaha SY85

Music Workstation

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Yamaha SY85
Yamaha SY85
500.00 street price

SY85 is a 61-note velocity sensitive keyboard with aftertouch featuring 32 voices of polyphony. The oscillator section is based on AWM2 which is a second generation Advanced Wave Memory. The filter is represented with digital low pass, high pass, band pass and band elimination options.

The 9-track sequencer (the one track is for rhythm) allows for 20 000 notes, 100 patterns and 10 songs. The effects section is represented with 2 discrete FX units each featuring 90 types of effects which can be used in series or parallel and there are 4 busses for routing sounds through the effects.

Wave ROM gives 6MB, RAM offers 0.5MB of waveforms, memory is expandable up to 3.5MB.

The MIDI synth has a 16-part multitimbrality. There’s an LCD screen for 40 characters and 2 lines. Switch between the modes with the help of a 5x5 mode selection matrix. The front panel is represented with pitch/mod wheels, 8 slide controls for real time adjustment.

Country of origin / production: Japan

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Usage area
Multi Timbral Capacity16 part(s)
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) 
Oscillators per voice4
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator): Waveform ROM6 Mb
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
User-defined Single Voice256
User-defined Multitimbral128
Master Effects2
Effects overall90
Sample Memory0.5 Mb
Tracks count9
Step Sequencer 
Sequencer Resolution48 ppqn
Note Capacity20000
Max number of songs10
Preset patterns100
MIDI in/ out
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity 
Initial Touch 
Number of Keys61
Display type TFT
Built-in controllers
Pitch Bend Wheel 
Modulation Wheel 
Jog dial 
External controllers
Breath Controller 
Sustain foot pedal 
Expression foot pedal 
Audio out
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)4
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm) headphones preamplified1
Computer Interfaces
Sampler Memory Slot1
Preset Memory Slot/ Wave Expansion Board2
Voltage 220V
Voltage 240V
Voltage 120V
Power Supply Built-in, internal
Power consumption20 W
Height119 mm
Width1024 mm
Depth367 mm
Weight14 kg
Case/ body
Production start1995
Production ended

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