Yamaha S30 / S80

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Yamaha S30

The S30 Control Synth has the same high quality sound set, synth engine, and programming functions as the Yamaha CS6x (sold by Yamaha as "the" trance synth). The S30 provides full 64-note polyphony, 64 multi-mode resonant filters and 24MB AWM2-based ROM. On-board voices include 256 presets with stereo-sampled acoustic pianos, chunky organs, brilliant guitars, lush strings and analog synth sounds. Used by such artists as Faithless for the classic techno song "Insomnia" for that distinctive sound.

Programming is about as easy as, press a key, turn a knob, and listen, then save the sound in any of 128 user-voice memory locations. There are also 128 user-storable performances for layers, splits and multi-timbral sequencer setups. The S30 can take the same optional PLG150 modular Synthesis Plug-in expansion boards as the CS6x, S80 and Motif. Some PLG boards add completely new synth engines that add extra polyphony, voices and effects to the S30's existing ones.

It's a decent real-time controller with four assignable data sliders and five assignable knobs. It certainly makes a great Midi Master Keyboard, drive and control all of your other gear with it! An on-board song sequencer plays back Standard MIDI Files (SMF) from SmartMedia cards, which allow storage of up to 100 songs - including keyboard setups and chained playback. The S30 also lets you store your voices and performance setups on compact SmartMedia cards.

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Yamaha S80

The S80 is an elegant 88-key, weighted-action version of the S30, with a second PLG Board expansion slot fitted. All three synths, the S30, S80 and CS6x, are actually the same machinery in different cases. The CS6x places more emphasis on real-time controllers, performance and synthesizing while the S30 and S80 are more workstation oriented.

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23 Visitor comments
February 3, 2009 @ 10:44 am
I recently got this synth because i needed a weighted controller. It's perfect for my purposes. I was surpirsed at how great a rompler synth it is. The filters are amazing (Especially the LP24A) and over the sound is very high fidelity with a lot of headroom. The Effects are the same as my a4000 sampler which is a good thing as it has an A/D input. I find the aftertouch response to be a little steppy but it's still a massive bonus considering that it's on a weighted board. When i purchased mine used it had the VL and VH cards installed. The VL card is really impressive and my girlfriend won't let me sell the VH card because she likes to play with it. Great work by yamaha.


January 12, 2009 @ 8:54 pm
Great for compositions and piano practice. Quiet operation. No problems with keys or buttons. Has wood on sides nice touch.
Nice controller source and destination editing.
Sounds weighty. Has Global EQ changeble on the fly.Mostly Super!!!
January 12, 2009 @ 8:54 pm
One of my favourites. Excellent Piano and cane mimick some Vintage Synths. Comes with good expansion for sounds and memory crad storage. Only things is apregio must be swithced on/off on editing screen. Footcontroller setting stay at maximum when changing patches and must be manually set back before playing. Some presets has errors in it but passable.
This can mimick past Yamaha, P5,Moog,Oberhm and CS-80 patches.
Filters are excellent Thank You Yamaha. FX are great and could add fancy delayed RIng Modulation, it is not called as such, but it's the same. Delays are great Rotary is great but could add better editing. Usually I spend 5 to 10 minutes making a quality full funtional patch with multi-controllers etc. I spent 20 minutes one day getting the Rotary effect the way I wanted and still did not get it right.
Next time I'll copy a factory preset first then edit.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 voices (16-part multitimbral)
  • Oscillators - 16MB AWM2, 479 waveforms; Multitimbrality 16 + 1(A/D) + Plug-in Board (1 slot in S30, 2 slots in S80).
  • LFO - Yes with tri, tri up, saw up, saw dw, sq1/4,sq1/3,sq,sq2/3,sq 3/4,trpzd,S/H1,S/H2
  • Filter - 13 different filters and EQ: 4,3,2 Pole, Band-Pass (6 and 12dB), Hi-pass (12,24dB), Low pass (6,18,24dB), BPF wide, BEF 6.
  • Effects - Reverb: 12; Chorus: 23; Insertion Effects: 93; Insertion Effects for Plug-in Boards: 24; Master Equalizer: 4
  • Keyboard - S30: 61 keys with Initial Touch/Aftertouch
    S80: 88 Keys with Initial Touch/Aftertouch
  • Memory - 256 preset patches, 8 preset drum kits, 128 internal user patches, 2 internal user drum kits, 128 external user patches, 2 external user drum kits, 128 internal Performance banks, 64 external Performance banks. EXTERNAL MEMORY: Card SmartMedia (TM) 2MB - 32MB.
  • Arpeggiator - 128 Types (MIDI Sync, MIDI TX, RX, Velocity Rate, Gate Time Rate, Unit)
  • Sequencer - SMF Playback (Format 0) Direct Play Only
  • Control - Midi In, Out, Through + PC/ Mac Serial
  • Date Produced - 2000 - 2003
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    Info provided by Lee Matthews and Mark (?).

    Reviewed December 2007.

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