Yamaha QS300

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Comparable to the W7, the QS300 is a slightly 'lighter' synthesizer and workstation. Up to 32 voice polyphony and a large 16-track on-board sequencer based off the QS300 MIDI sequencer. The sounds are quite good, generated from Yamaha's AWM2 analog modeling method, this synth has become a favorite of Ravers, Techno and Trance producers and DJs. The standard GS, GM sounds, and some of the pianos are not special, but they aren't what this synth is about! The technology from this synth was later passed on to the AN1x and the CS1x. The QS300 has a large LCD for viewing and selection of status, effects, preset voices, rhythm patterns, chords, and more. It's full of hundreds of sounds including 22 drum kits. It has a disk drive, Swing effect, Quantize, MIDI controller, Extra DEMO disk, XG compatible...an impressive workstation for the price.

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24 Visitor comments
June 26, 2014 @ 4:53 am
The review is WRONG and misleading. The QS300 is based solely in AWM2 synthesis, which is sample-based, no analog modelling here. Don't let people think that getting a QS300 is like getting a AN1X, becasuse they are totally different animals. That said, I think that it's a pretty nice keyboard, especially nowadays when you can get one for little money. This synth can do everything that the CS1X can do, and better (aftertouch, sequencer...), so don't overlook it!
April 27, 2014 @ 6:41 pm
(continued) I wanted to be absolutely sure and asked at YAMAHA if this is true. The employee confirmed indeed, saying there was an INTERNAL software exclusive to YAMAHA employees where you could do all the magic in sounds. Hah! So I coded me a small viewer (which ran under good ol' DOS), loading my .Q3A (All Data) file, seeing also those parameters you couldn't alter with the abilities of the synth provided. And believe it or not, a disk editor allowed me to alter some "inofficial" params, getting superb sounds out of it!! (by using the comprehensive data sheet that was part of the package)
April 27, 2014 @ 6:41 pm
Ahhh, the memories! Bought this one when it was most expensive, in late '95. And people were often moaning about its bad / clumsy handling. Well, if you always buy what everyone buys, you will always tend to sound like they do, won't you? And this was a good reason to buy this, tweak sounds, and find hidden secrets, have something personal; e. g. I was one of the people to have found said SHIFT-EDIT hidden menu (just by pure luck, TBH). But there was more to discover! -- Checking out some tough factory sounds (esp. basses) THOROUGHLY revealed that you couldn't set certain params by yourself!
sande smolin
January 21, 2014 @ 2:06 pm
peter piper is wrong!!!! this is a solid piece of gear.great to move around with. aint scared to lug it around.voices are good.especially 4 the price.sequencer e z 2 understand and large!!! I love this synth/station!
Dave J
January 14, 2014 @ 9:33 am
The QS-300 is a fabulous synth workstation. I will never part with it, maybe the people that think it's rubbish can't play the keyboard, you should stop buying overpriced junk. Embrace the QS-300, easy to build patches containing 4 seperate voices, capable of producing excellent, very high quality synth or acoustic sounds. The only thing it's bad at is acoustic pianos, otherwise you can't go wrong. Remember to learn to play proper music, buying expensive gear gets you nowhere.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices
  • Oscillators - Systems AWM2 ROM memory
  • LFO - Yes
  • Sequencer - Based on QY300: 16 Tracks, 10 Songs, Real and Step time Recording, 96 Clocks per Quarter Note, 88,000 Notes capacity
  • Effects - 3 parallel 24 bit effects processors giving over 60 different effects types.
  • Keyboard - 61 (velocity, aftertouch)
  • Memory - 932 normal voices and 22 drum kits
  • Control - MIDI In, Out, Thru
  • Date Produced - 1995
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from The QS300 Website

    Info provided by Bart Callaerts.

    Reviewed December 2007.

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