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
November 8, 2013 @ 11:00 am
@Peter Piper, Yes I agree that this review is utter CR@P and, together with some of the comments here, some poor soul could be misled into buying this keyboard. At times this site really does get things dangerously wrong and Google should wake up to this fact and stop putting it above better & more informed reviews such as those by Sound on Sound and the likes.

Whoever owns this site should spend some time looking at this sort of CR@P and replace it with something of merit. Some idiots believe and trust reviews like this???
Oliver B
October 14, 2013 @ 10:09 pm
This was my first workstation in 1996 and i loved it. I had almost all sound banks on floppy disks and it had some great sounds. The sounds are warmer and not as bright like new workstations. The GM bank is good but not great, i never used it. This was a good synth that never came out as a rack or with speakers, the software came out with 2 voices of layering not 4 like the QS300. So if you want a QS300 you have to buy a QS300.
AWM2 very similar to Virtual Analogue but the raw waveforms are samples not synthesized. This is a good rompler, with great Keyboard action.
October 5, 2013 @ 12:04 pm
Hi. I am looking for YAMAHA QS300 for sale if any one have for sale please contact me at Boscanean@hotmail.co.uk. Thanks
Peter Piper
May 4, 2013 @ 1:47 pm
LOL, Vintagesynth.com at its finest, absolutely hilarious. A truly awesome description about a piece of cr@p GM synth. AWM2 is digital sampling and as far away from any kind of modelling you can get. Only buy this if your house smells of cats and you don't get out much as, at a push, it might keep your cats entertained for an hour or so...
March 13, 2013 @ 4:11 pm
The videos on web don't make justice to this great synth/workstation.
Check this video that demonstrates a Factory demo song

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Rated 3.39 (148 Votes)

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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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