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
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

March 23, 2012 @ 5:20 pm
Just bought one! Great Instrument. Is there a place where I can get a factory data disk? I could not find something in www :-)
January 26, 2012 @ 6:19 am
I have one, I play it together with a NordLead 3. It's still my main keyboard. Built like a tank, I take it everywhere!

It's my main kbd as a lot of the material I have was recorded with. The Nord is used mainly for leads and noises.
December 9, 2011 @ 7:32 pm
I have this one too but not the QS300 per se......Yamaha BS900(silver) 100 % same with QS300 but mine has built-in powerful speaker system.
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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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