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
December 15, 2012 @ 2:37 am
a thin metallic sound? so wrong......nothing thin about this synth.
December 6, 2012 @ 8:40 am
i mean very good team. it did not like my good swear word!..lol try mixing these two together for some killer sound shapes! TG33 and SY22!!! great blend!
December 6, 2012 @ 8:38 am
TG33 and SY22 are a bad [beep] team together....
William Lewis Wexler, esq.
October 12, 2012 @ 9:30 pm
If you still havew those 3 SY22 data cards email me at wlzev@aol.com. are they
MCD 64 or MCD 32? How muchg
W.L. "Zev" Wexler
August 13, 2012 @ 4:51 pm
I'm looking for sound data cards for an SY22. If you have any for sale at not outrageous prices emsil me at wlzev@aol.com. I just bought the rig cause I liked its sound butvwoul like to expand its vocabulary.
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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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