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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21 Visitor comments
March 8, 2010 @ 7:28 pm
This machine has a phrase sequencer auto-translating anything you play into any other cord of your song, on the fly, extremly efficient. And that's not just major/minor, any jazz chord supported. The prob was few people knew the breakpoints, borders and strategies for this are to be set up via a hidden "SHIFT+EDIT" function, for not being supported by the main sequencer. It took playing the result out into an external sequencer via MIDI.
October 29, 2009 @ 3:59 pm
It is not easy to find on the market today, but below $ 600 in general, by the strength of their design, sound, operation, function, full MIDI is one of the best options to buy among the vintage workstation, including for use in stage performances.
This has a lot of very good sounds, editable and usable today. So if you get lucky and find one, do not think twice, are sought. I use one of these for some time.

The MP3 demo & media that you.can be heard here, undermines the true quality of the instruments. Search in YouTube.
Brendan Murray
September 11, 2009 @ 12:14 pm
i have one of these for sale real cheap and it comes with padded case and manuals
a great synth but i just dont need it anymore
Steve Cooke
January 8, 2009 @ 8:26 pm
I bought the QS300 soon after it came out. It was a major promotion from the QY10 I used previously and it took a while before I mastered the machine. A video tutorial then available on VHS tape by request from Yamaha helped enormously. The sequencer was excellent and its phrase/pattern-based approach clearly influenced Yamaha's later workstations, such as the Motif series, and grooveboxes like the RM1x and RS7000. The preset sounds were numerous and pretty good for the time, although there was a clear bias towards the brighter, happy, populist end of the dance/rave market rather than darker, more sophisticated genres such as IDM or trip-hop. There was no scope for real-time tweaking of sounds, however. The user interface, while okay for programming the sequencer, was not helpful for changing stuff on the fly. Multiple menus had to be navigated and basic functions, such as transposing the keyboard up or down an octave, could not be done at the same as the sequencer was playing.
October 16, 2008 @ 3:07 pm
Great machine then and now. Great bang for the buck.

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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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