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
March 17, 2011 @ 8:17 am
How much are you selling your QS 300 for? I have one also and have a faulty LCD display. Can anyone help me with info on where I can get a new, second hand or compatible LCD display for a cheap price? a new one in Australia from the Yamaha dealer is about $450 which is not much cheaper than the whole keyboard.
June 14, 2010 @ 11:09 pm
Yamaha named it "Raver's Babe"... but the name "Raver's Bull [beep] " would fit a lot better....
Sure its build very stable and the keys are very nice but the sounds are just excuses for the waitingtime for the CS1x....
They recycled sooo many sounds.. if you have other yamaha's (like i do) the QS300 is almost worthless...
There are 2-3 good sounds but i dont keep a big monster like this for just a few nice sounds...

You'd better buy a W5/W7 or CS1x...
April 27, 2010 @ 4:37 am
I have one of these in my rig that I use mainly as a controller for my KORG boards.

Reading about it here, I think it might be an idea to look into its sounds a bit more!

It is certainly built like a tank and is great as a controller - the wheels are nice, the keys are very nice, the aftertouch is quite deep but not too hard to press too.
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.
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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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