Yamaha SY99

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The SY99 is like having a super-sized sampling workstation with the synthesis and sounds of a DX-7mkII. Basically the same as the SY77 it features a larger 76 note keyboard with upgraded synthesis, sample memory, sequencer and more! For its synthesizer section it employs a 6 operator AFM synth engine similar to, if not better than, the original DX's. Sampled preset sounds (AWM2) can then be fused with the AFM sounds to create entirely wild new sounds! And these sounds are quite shapeable thanks to the resonant multi stage Time Variant Filters which offer the ability to recreate the warm analog sounds of classic synths, or something entirely new.

There's an enhanced on-board sequencer section for creating your songs right on the SY99. It's got 16 tracks, from which channel 16 belongs to the built-in drum synthesizer. The sequencer can hold up to 27,000 notes, 99 patterns and 10 songs. And since the SY99 features 16 voices of polyphony for the AFM section, and another 16 voices for the sampled sounds, there are 32 voices to go around to build your song. Not to mention there are 2 digital multi-effects processors which include reverb, delay, chorus, panning and more! Professional features for those of you want to really control and shape your sounds using the unique sounds (and complex synthesis) of a Yamaha FM synth with some special features up its sleeve. It has been used by Vangelis and Chick Corea.

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55 Visitor comments
Peter Kadar
February 8, 2010 @ 1:06 am
The SY-99 and 77 had massively upgraded FM capabilities because you could choose from 16 different waveforms in your operators. And, you could configure your own feedback loops. They're capable of sounding incredibly warm and analog in addition to all the classic 80's and 90's digital. Add in the RCM and they're really quite incredible machines.
Dave
January 1, 2010 @ 5:03 pm
SY99 is one of the greatest studio master keyboards! Rack space is reserved for outboard ....neve, API etc...plus my back doesn't appreciate constant bending down ...plus all the eye squinting that comes with mounting synths in racks. SY99 is a beast... I love it !
rickyd
December 11, 2009 @ 10:47 pm
Oh how I wish the SY99 came in a rack version like the SY77/TG77 (I only deal with rack modules because I like compact studio space).
Portland
October 11, 2009 @ 3:32 pm
The SY99 and SY77 were used by William Orbit and Rico Conning for the excellent 1995 album 'Toward The Unknown Region' by Torch Song.
A M
October 5, 2009 @ 5:10 pm
Does the SY-99 allow you to set multiple pitch envelopes or does it use one master pitch envelope like the DX-7?
That was my biggest disappointment with the DX-7
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices: 16 AFM voices, 16 (AWM2) sampler voices
  • Oscillators - 6 operator AFM synth; AWM2 sample ROM with 267 waveforms
  • Filter - Multi-stage Time Variant Filters with resonance
  • Arpeg/Seq - 16 track sequencer, 27,000 note capacity, 99 patterns, 10 songs
  • Effects - 2 internal digital effects processors with 63 effects
  • Keyboard - 76 notes with velocity and aftertouch
  • Memory - 128 preset & 128 user patches, 16 preset & 16 user multi-patches
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1991
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