Yamaha SY55 Specifications and Features

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Yamaha SY55 Specifications and Features

Unread post by Saul » Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:52 am

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AWM2 - Basic Technology Refined for Superior Sound

The 2nd generation 16-bit Advanced Wave Memory (AWM2) system utilizes wave data digitally at 32 or 48 kHz, 24-bit internal signal processing, and high-resolution 22-bit digital-to-analog converters to reproduce sound that rivals and often surpasses the quality of the finest compact disk players. A versatile digital filter system lets you shape sound in real time for extensive control. Two megabites of sampled waveform ROM offers a choice of 74 individual waveforms built-in.
AWM2 Wave Cards

External wave cards provide virtually unlimited potential for expansion.
Voice Architecture and Complex Envelope Generators

Each SY55 voice is composed of 1, 2, or 4 elements that can be assigned an AWM2 waveform. Each element has its own complex envelope generators that provide extensive sample layering capability. Each envelope has its own programmable 5-segment amplitude generator. Each element also has a pitch envelope generator and two filter cutoff generators.
Advanced Digital Filters

Two advanced digital filters provide dynamic timbre control. One is a low-pass type and the other is switchable for either low-pass or high-pass response. Each filter has its own 6-segment envelope generator that can produce virtually an unlimited range of dynamic filtering patterns. A resonance parameter allows you to produce the distinct musical personality of analog synthesizer type filters. With a 4-element voice with two filters per element you have a total of 8 filters working all at once.
Extensive Voice Editing Functions

Extensive voice editing functions give you total control of the volume, note shift, detuning high and low note limits, high and low velocity limits for velocity-switched keyboard dynamics, pan position, LFO modulation, and controller assignments allowing you to shape your sound until it fits perfectly. Editing functions can be accessed either sequentially, or directly via a numeric keypad. Use any of 64 presets in ROM, or create voices from scratch and store them in any of 64 memory locations.
61 Drum-Set Voices

Drum-set voices allow 61 different drum and other waveforms to be assigned to different keys. Any waveform can be used in a drum voice, and any drum waveform can be used in normal voice programming.
8-Track Sequencer

A sophisticated 8-track sequencer takes full advantage of multi-play mode and drum-set voices. You can record in real-time to capture the spontaneity of a performance, using step-write mode for precisely-timed fast or complex passages, and using the punch-in feature to "fix" a portion of a previously recorded track. Quantization can tighten up loose timing. Sequence data can be stored to external memory cards.
Superior Playability, Expressive Power, and a Range of Controllers

An initial touch and after-touch sensitive keyboard, plus standard pitch and modulation wheels provide familiar expression control. You can assign the modulation wheel, breath controller, foot volume control, continuous slider, keyboard aftertouch (or any MIDI controller) to amplitude modulation, pitch modulation, filter cutoff modulation, direct filter cutoff control, envelope generator bias and volume. Velocity switching brings different elements into play depending on how hard you play.
34 High-Quality Programmable Digital Effects

Digital signal processing provides ambience-enhancing capabilities built-in with 34 effect programs, including reverb, delay, early reflection, tone control and distortion, all programmable.
Stereo Output

Since each element in any voice can be panned to any position in the stereo sound field, you can create true stereo voices that will add a new dimension to your sound. Any of the 61 individual drum sounds in a drum voice can also be placed anywhere in the stereo field as can individual voices in mult-timbre setups.
Complete MIDI Implementation

A complete set of MIDI parameters for maximum compatibility and versatility are provided.
Other Innovative Features

Job-number function access for easy editing; Data Entry control in addition to increment and decrement keys for fast, precise data entry; 16-character x 2-line backlit LCD display; Master volume control and headphone jack; Built-in demo playback feature.

Specifications
Keyboard - 61 keys, initial and after-touch response.

Tone Generator System - AWM2 (2nd-generation 16-bit Advanced Wave Memory)

Internal Memory - Wave ROM: 74 preset waveforms; Preset ROM: 64 preset voices, 16 preset multi; Internal RAM: 64 user voices, 16 user multi

External Memory - Voice Data: MCD64 or MCD32 memory cards - write & read; Wave Data: Yamaha waveform cards - read only

Sequencer - 8 songs/8 tracks per song, approximately 8,000 notes max.

Controls - DATA ENTRY, MASTER VOLUME, PITCH, MODULATION, CLICK VOLUME (sequencer)

Keys & Switches - POWER, INTERNAL, CARD, PRESET, VOICE, MULTI, SEQ, EDIT/COMPARE, UTILITY, STORE/COPY, -1/NO, +1/YES, PAGE -, PAGE +, CURSOR , EXIT, SELECT, ENTER, JOB, NUMERIC 0 - 9, +/-, I <, <<, >>, RECORD, STOP, RUN

Output Connectors - PHONES, OUTPUT L/MONO & R, BREATH CONTROLLER, SUSTAIN, FOOT VOLUME

MIDI Connectors - IN, OUT, THRU

Power Requirements/ Consumption - US & Canadian Models: 120V/10W; General Model: 220 - 240V/10W

Dimensions - (W x D x H) (W) 911 x (D) 90 x (H) 325 mm (35 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches)

Weight - 9.7 kg (21 lbs 6 oz)



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Re: Yamaha SY55 Specifications and Features

Unread post by Ego_Shredder » Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:24 pm

I wonder what system of sync the onboard sequencer uses, to sync with external tape machines? I want to use the SY55 sequencer and connect it to a Yamaha MT3X cassette four track, and maybe also add a Yamaha RY30 although not sure yet whether to have the SY or the RY as the master clock signal.

I've just received a Philip Rees TS1 this morning and hopefully this is compatible with all my Yamaha hardware, otherwise I will have to splash out on a Yamaha sync unit. It does say it is not compatible with ordinary FSK, but will work with FSKplus or Smart FSK http://www.philrees.co.uk/products/tapesync.htm


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