commodorejohn wrote:Do the SY-series filters have resonance? I know a lot of early digital filters didn't, or didn't let it get pushed up to any significant degree.
the 77 and i assume 99 do. the filtering can be useful, but so far the resonance hasn't been anything i've found a use for. oth, i think the filters and their resonance in yamaha's a-series samplers are great.
as far as comparison, with the 77 or 99 you could easily get joystick like behavior because you can have 2 fm and 2 sample based engines going, assign them to alternate mod wheels or something.
do the lower models do some kinda wave sequencing? you could do this on the SY77 by recording parameter changes into the sequencer.
i guess it depends on how much you like programming synths...! 77 + 99 are deep, i don't find editing hard, there is a lot of page jumping, but if you want simple sounds it's fast. on the sy77 you have dedicated buttons to turn the operators on and off which is nice for figuring out what's going on sometimes.
there are also buttons to jump right to the specific operator. there's just a lot to do, if you don't want to do any of that, there probably isn't a point. oth, i've seen the 77 and even 99 go for way cheaper which is pretty silly.