SY99 G.A.S.

The Yamaha SY99 is a synthesiser combining frequency modulation synthesis (branded as Advanced FM) and sample-based synthesis (branded as Advanced Wave Memory 2) and the direct successor to Yamaha's SY77/TG77

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SY99 G.A.S.

Unread post by Derek » Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:49 pm

Well, I've always blamed Clyde for giving me the SY series G.A.S. :wink:

I thought it was sated in 2007 when I acquired an SY77. Then I ended up with a TG77 earlier this year as I wanted the SY sounds in my gig rack, but didn't want to gig the SY77. And I thought the rack was heavy because of the A4000 that used to be in there! It's even heavier with the TG77 in there! 8O :D

Well, I have just won the SY99 that I was watching on Ebay, and hope to pick it up over the weekend. Fingers crossed that it's all in good working order.

So my conversion to the dark-side (Yamaha Black) is complete. :)

It's all Clyde's fault..... :mrgreen:
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Unread post by Clyde » Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:30 pm

Derek, I'm excited for you, I think after you feel your way around the SY99 for a while you'll be questioning why you didn't do it sooner. While many don't think that the loading user sample ability is a big deal (and I thought that way for a lot of years before I got one), I'm here to tell you that it does open up a lot of new possibilities. The samples it has in common with the SY77 seem to have been resampled and sound somewhat cleaner to my ears and the 99's effects are also cleaner sounding to me. Hope all is good with yours, do let me know if you have any questions as it was "my fault" you ended up doing this!! ((i)) :mrgreen:
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Unread post by jima » Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:48 pm

Nice one, Derek! Looking forward to seeing how you get on with it.
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Unread post by Derek » Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:38 pm

Thanks, Guys

I've arranged pickup of the keyboard for tomorrow, which is probably an eight hour round trip, but I hope to try it out tomorrow night, and seeing how much cleaner the sound is.

I'll probably then work on getting full support for the SY99 into sy.factory; the work I did a few years back was not the full job, as I was baffled on the SY99 sample architecture inside files. With a real SY99 in front of me, I should be able to suss that.

And I guess the other job for this and my TG77 over the Christmas period is to apply the "Cool Blue" LCD upgrades to them, whilst we have a source of LCD modules again.

One question I do have, Clyde, to avoid me searching, is do you have details to hand of the chap who was making memory expansion modules for the SY99? I think this SY99 has nothing in the way of expansions. I'm not sure if I'll leave it that way or not, but I agree with your sentiments on the SY99; the EX5 allows you to use your own Waves/Samples in the AWM engine, and this has made for some interesting sound sets available over at EX5Tech.
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Unread post by Miks » Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:47 pm

Hi Derek,

I'm glad you finally can put your hands on 'your' SY99... :mrgreen:

Regarding the memory expansions, try this one:

http://www.sector101.fsnet.co.uk/buy_syemb05.html

My SY99 is fully loaded with five of those SYEMB05 and they're working like a charm.

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Unread post by Derek » Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:34 pm

Miks wrote:Hi Derek,

I'm glad you finally can put your hands on 'your' SY99... :mrgreen:

Regarding the memory expansions, try this one:

http://www.sector101.fsnet.co.uk/buy_syemb05.html

My SY99 is fully loaded with five of those SYEMB05 and they're working like a charm.

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Thanks, Miks. :)
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Unread post by Clyde » Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:46 pm

As well, the Sector101 ram boards are very reasonably priced, the original Yamaha boards listed around $300 US each and if you can find one on eBay these days it's nearly that much if not more. There should be a Sector101 link on the front page of the site, and he is a member of these forums.
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Unread post by Derek » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:37 pm

Thanks, Clyde. I think the priority will be the display upgrade, but after that once I have some spare cash, I might as well max out the RAM whilst the boards are available.
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Unread post by Derek » Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:01 pm

Well, after a 9 hour round trip to North Wales and backI am now the proud owner of an SY99. And it was a beautiful day for a trip through North Wales: Snow on the Mountains, Autumn Colors, Blue skies...

The synth is in very good condition, just in need of a general cleanup to get the dust out of the crevices. The floppy drive isn't working and the display is dim (but still viewable), so no surprises there given what we know of the SY series foibles.

But a quick run through shows that everything else is in good order, all the keys and buttons are working, although I think some Servosol in the buttons when I do the LCD upgrade would make the contacts better.

Whilst I haven't done an A/B comparison with the SY77, my ears do tell me that the SY99 is much clearer in the sound department.

I have to say that the seller has an SY85 as well. As I had never heard one (knowingly) in the flesh, he gave me a demo of it. I was very impressed with that as well!
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Unread post by Miks » Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:09 pm

Let the fun begin... :mrgreen:

Enjoy your 'new' toy!

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Unread post by Clyde » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:12 am

Derek, sounds like it was in pretty good shape, a little tender loving care and it will be good as new. Enjoy!! :mrgreen:
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Unread post by EX5_etc » Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:24 am

Let me say this: with the blue display upgrade and the floppy emulator next to it nobody would think that my SY99 was made years ago. That synth looks cool even today. Add some controllable lights hidden under the synth right above the SY99 on my setup and you have a beautiful view of a modern SY99 lit from above, in a dimmed quiet room.

I am sure you will enjoy your SY99 as many others have done so far. I think it still has a place among today's monster synths.

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Unread post by Saul » Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:31 am

Nice one Derek :) SY99's don't come up that often so people obviously hang on to them. I would be sorely tempted to hunt one down if I had the room here but there is hardly anywhere for one keyboard let alone two! If we ever move of course I will be looking for somewhere with a dedicated music room!
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Unread post by Derek » Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:02 pm

I'll be hanging on to this one, it's in very good condition with barely a mark on it! :)

It was a bargain as well. Went for £255 on ebay, where the ones I was tracking earlier in the year were going for £400+, and prepal is listing them at $650 (£407). Local pickup only in Anglesey may have been a factor in me not having much bidding competition! :) But the cost of the petrol for the round trip was probably not much more than postage costs for an item this heavy/bulky, and we had a lovely day out as well driving through the exquisite North Wales country side, which we haven't done for a few years.

I do think the SY99 looks the business, especially once the display upgrade is done. I hadn't thought of pimping it with running lights as well! 8O :D
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Unread post by EX5_etc » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:24 am

The soul of the beast is lurking in the dark:

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Not my best picture yet... Anyhow, the setup includes dimmable blue lights on the ceiling and hidden dimmable halogen lights below the keyboard that is located above the SY99. The faint light on the far left is the two LED digits of the emulator that replaced the drive. The rain is falling outside, the room is quiet and the rest is up to your imagination.

It definitely looks the business with the exterior upgrades, so many years later. If you did not know you would not be able to say how old it is.

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