Yamaha SY22

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The SY22 is one of these digital synthesizers with a thin metallic sound. It uses a synthesis method known as vector synthesis (similar to that on the ProphetVS and Korg Wavestation) in which samples and FM sounds (adapted from Yamaha's DX line) are altered and combined using the on-board joystick to create new and often interesting sounds. Joystick moves can be recorded and repeated too, a feature rarely seen until the JP-8000 came!

There is no filter, no resonance, no ring modulator sand no sign of any arpeggiators or sequencers on-board. Although this is unfortunate, its strengths lie in its ability to record data manipulation in real-time and its multitimbrality - both of which lend themselves to creating some complex and cool sounds perfect for ambient, dub and industrial styles. It also has a drum kit sound set and simple built-in effects. A desktop module version of the SY22 is the TG33 which also has increased memory. The SY22 has been used by Moby, Skinny Puppy and Scanner.

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40 Visitor comments
June 24, 2012 @ 7:39 am
I'd say this is one of my favorite digital synths still. Cheap and pretty cool sounding. It even has a random patch generator that can make for some cool by chance sounds. The effects are really less than inspiring. Use some outboard effects with it tho and it can be so nice. This one has less waves than sy35. However it's got a crunchier sound. Some of the string patches are pretty lush and tweaking them can provide great results.
March 10, 2012 @ 2:31 pm
Hi, I know this is not a sales forum, but after james and u mimi messages I cannot resist the temptation of letting you know that I have one Vector 2 STUDIO data card for SY22 on sale now at:
http://www.ebay.es/itm/RARE-YAMAHA-SY-22-ROM-card-STUDIO-Vector-2-vc2252w-/33 0699471810?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_186&hash=item4cff397bc2
I thought that maybe some members will be happy to know this possibility of getting this really rare piece.
u mimi
November 5, 2011 @ 1:26 am
how much for the sy 22 cards?
September 13, 2011 @ 12:14 pm
Hi, I know I'm not really allowed to post for sales but really wanted to give you guys first call on the data cards I have..

I have 3 x SY22 data cards. They are new (believe it or not).

I have Vector 2 Studio Selection, Pop House General Voice Set and Vector Project (European Music) General Voice set.

If any one is interested reply here.

I will be putting them up on Ebay in the coming weeks but I figured you guys might want first call :)

September 11, 2011 @ 5:43 am
Found a lot of SysEx-banks on the net, uploaded them to the SY22 with MIDI-OX, and hear, this synth has a lot going for it. Some of the Patches even sound like they were playing from the Ensoniq VFX-SD1.

The FX aren't the best-sounding (bad reverb-tails and very metallic), but can make 'too nice' sounds get that gritty something. The Vector-joystick are sending MIDI-CCs (16+17), so it can be used to control external MIDI gear too. Very nice!

Use Mulitimode, stack a couple of the same sound and Aftertouch/vector-detune all the way to Phat-heaven :)
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 notes (8-part multitimbral)
  • Oscillators - 2 digital FM Operators and ROM samples (2 osc per voice)
  • LFO - Amplitude Mod & Pitch Mod with Saw Up, Saw Down, Triangle, Square and Sample&Hold waveshapes
  • Filter - None
  • Effects - 16 Digital Reverbs and Delays
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (with velocity and aftertouch)
  • Memory - 64 preset / 64 user
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU (8 channels)
  • Date Produced - 1990

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