Yamaha SY35

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The Yamaha SY35 is a bit unique in that it is a Vector Synthesis system, combining FM and AWM sample playback voices to create sounds suitable for virtually all kinds of music. It features significantly expanded memory capabilities over the SY22. It has an extremely large database of over 128 AWM sampled sounds (you cannot add more) and around 256 FM waves. Waves and samples are combined and edited with a roller/joystick (the vector wheel). At a time when Yamaha was making the switch from FM synthesis, which ruled their synths of the eighties, to AWM and AWM2 synthesis in the nineties, the SY35 represents a model that was on the cusp, having one foot (or pair of oscillators actually) in each world.

Programming is an extremely tedious affair, as all values are modified via the "-1" and "+1" buttons. But the SY35's sounds are extremely good, providing high-quality sounds such as those found on the Alpha Juno 2, and the DX7. The synth also features an 8-part multi-mode, for easy multitimbral setups. Ultimately, while an extremely difficult synth to program, the SY35 offers a huge amount of capability for a relatively low price tag. Use this synth for epic pads, deep basses, screaming leads, and raging hoovers.

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24 Visitor comments
paul kench
February 5, 2011 @ 7:27 am
HI I have a SY 35 and have done no programming at all on it.Can you get disks with sounds on eg I am looking for a rhodes piano sound and can't find anything on the machine that I like cheers Paul K
January 26, 2011 @ 6:49 am
The specs are wrong I think - as far as I know, the SY-35 doesn't have a filter at all, just like the SY-22.
January 16, 2011 @ 11:48 am
wow..this and the SY22...doing more with these synths then i thought could be done! some cool sounds can be made here! now i know how skinny puppy used it! and only for $100. so far the best buy for 2011. perfect for electro-industrial music!..well, i did some tricks with it that i think puppy did as well! if you find one used and your into writing industral, you better GRAB IT!
November 6, 2010 @ 12:13 pm
I lov my SY-35 ! Great synth!
September 30, 2010 @ 10:20 am
In the FM-oscillators the only parameter that can be edited is the feedback, although they are real 2-operator FM parts.
It took me a little time to find out, but via editing software you can completely edit all off the 2-operator FM-parameters! Any sound that can be made by a 2-op FM can be made on the SY-35.
Don't expect this one to be your main workhorse, but some real nice extra sounds can be added to your songs. After all they are sold 2nd hand for real bottom prices now, so why not give it a try?
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices, 8-Part Multitimbrality
  • Oscillators - 2 FM Operators & 2 (AWM) Digital Acoustic Sample playback oscillators.
  • LFO - 4 LFOs
  • Filter - None
  • VCA - 4 Volume-Only Envelops
  • Sequencer - None
  • Effects - 16 Digital Effects (Delay, Reverb, Reverb/Dist. Combo, etc.)
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (w/ velocity and aftertouch)
  • Memory - 64 preset and 68 user patches, 16 Performances
  • Control - MIDI In/Out/Thu
  • Date Produced - 1992
  • Resources & Credits
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    Reviewed December 2007.

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