MATRIXSYNTH: YAMAHA SY 85 | AWM2 Synthesizer | Factory Songs (HQ)

Monday, August 09, 2021

YAMAHA SY 85 | AWM2 Synthesizer | Factory Songs (HQ)

video upload by Simon Le Grec

"The sound source of the SY85 is 6MB of AWM2 (second generation Advanced Wave Memory) ROM — that's 244 basic waveforms — with 30-note polyphony. A familiar range of waves is available, from acoustic and electric pianos, strings, brass and woodwind, strings, bass, guitars, through to tuned percussion and drums.

Sound effects and oscillator waves are also available, the latter allowing you to treat the SY85 somewhat like a traditional analogue synth. These waveforms are arranged into 256 Voices (in four banks of 64) which in turn are used to make up 128 Performances (combinations or layers of up to four Voices).

A recent and welcome trend amongst synths is the inclusion of RAM sample memory to allow you to download (via MIDI Sample Dump Standard) your own samples. The SY85 offers a basic 512k of sample RAM, expandable to a maximum of 3.5MB — a good chunk of this potential extra sample capacity will actually be non-volatile, since volatile and a non-volatile expansion slots cohabit side by side.

00:00 Heavenly
01:56 Acoustic Piano
02:36 Hoe Down
03:00 U Wanna Dance With Somebody
04:15 Cruising
04:57 Natural Ambient
05:29 Portamento
06:04 Night Star
07:06 Junglemania
07:28 Puerto Ricano
08:10 Let´s Swing
08:57 Overtime
09:19 Symphony
10:43 Wonder"

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