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Yamaha S08 Performance Synth
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The Yamaha S08 Performance Synth has the piano keyboard feel you're looking for. 88-key, weighted, balanced, hammer-action synth with 64-note polypho...Click To Read More About This Product
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The Yamaha S08 Performance Synth has the piano keyboard feel you're looking for. 88-key, weighted, balanced, hammer-action synth with 64-note polyphony and 25.2MB of waveforms providing over 700 sounds. GM and XG compatible. 3 effects blocks with 88 effects types. 16-part multitimbrality. CD-ROM with sequencer, editor, and card filer included. Quick access and category search for in-performance ease. SmartMedia slot. Playback sequencer for playing standard MIDI files direct from SmartMedia. Also USB and MIDI in/out/thru equipped.
- 88 weighted, balanced, hammer-action keys
- 64-note polyphony
- 25.2MB of waveforms providing over 700 sounds
- GM and XG compatible
- 3 effects blocks with 88 effects types
- 16-part multitimbrality
- CD-ROM with sequencer, editor, and card filer included
- Quick access and category search
- SmartMedia slot
- Playback sequencer for playing standard MIDI files direct from SmartMedia
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Most Liked Positive Review
Excellent board for the price!
Bought this board about two years ago when it was more and it was worth it. Been giggin with it since. you get a lot of bang for your buck. Most of the...Read complete review
Bought this board about two years ago when it was more and it was worth it. Been giggin with it since. you get a lot of bang for your buck. Most of the piano voices are in STEREO... that's why they don't sound too good going through a MONO amplifier/PA. You are only getting half the sound picture. Since I always run mono at a gig, I use the mono piano voice and it works great! A little tweak on the EQ and I have a very realistic piano sound that cuts right through the mix. Used the stereo out for the studio doing a demo CD and it sounded really nice. The synth & pad sounds are plentiful and all sound very good. Can edit the voices, but takes a little while to learn. The organ sounds are adequate, but nothing like a B-3. I use another board for organ anyway. The only thing I didn't like is the memory card format. The cards are expensive, compared to other formats and hard to find. Also, the included software is a bit lame, but hey, it's free! Buy some decent sequencing software and you are good to go. If you want an affordable, reliable, general purpose board, then get this one, you won't be dissapointed. I've had a lot of good comments from my fellow musicians on this board.
Most Liked Negative Review
Love everything but the piano
I had an old weighted keyboard(100lbs)that used a Roland seq. It had a really nice sound(but it was HEAVY). The first thing I noticed when I got this home was...Read complete review
I had an old weighted keyboard(100lbs)that used a Roland seq. It had a really nice sound(but it was HEAVY). The first thing I noticed when I got this home was it did not have great piano sounds. But I worked with it for a few days and found a good piano sound. Now the good stuff. It has such a huge library of true to life sounds that it made me forget that the piano sounds were not the greatest. I really like the multi sounds it gives me, a little strings with a grand piano. It has really rich effects. I am pleased with it and will keep it. Plus I still have the Roland seq. But if all you want is a piano sound you might want to look at the P60, P90 or P250. I went with this one because I do all of the special effect for our band, strings, horns, jet plane, ect ect and I didn't want to be limited to 10 choices. peace.
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I bought this synth because of its incredible price and Yamaha's reputation for quality equipment. I owned this unit for 3 days and returned it. The piano sounds are very inadequate to say the least, which was my biggest disappointment. I did not like the action of the keys. The strings, synths, and organs were decent, but again, not what I expected. I'm returning this keyboard and getting a Roland RD-300GX.
I have the Alesis and it came to the point where I couldn't rely on it any longer. Began to detune during performance and had some key issues as well. Played the S08 and was very impressed. Great Rhodes tones. Good board for the price.
This is keyboard is what I was looking for. The voices are great although the piano voices could use a little fine tuning, which is another great thing about this board. It has so many great features. It's really an amazing instrument and I enjoy using. It does all I've needed a good performance keyboard to do, and it sounds great.
I just used a Yamaha S08 Performance Synth, that was purchased by the owners of a small Virgin Islands hotel for their restaurant. I live on a neighboring island so getting my equipment to their venue for periodic gigs has been very problematic. I was delighted when I saw their S08 with 88 touch sensitive keys. I was ready to buy one for me. However, I spent almost 3 hours trying to get a some piano sounds that I could use for the night's gig. I found the manual complicated and full of unexplained abreviations, circular references ("see page 42" and page 42 would tell you to see the page you just left) and lots of verrrrry small print. It looks like this synth really can do a lot and for a good price. The body is well designed and made with printing that's readable even in low light. Perhaps the CDs that come with the S08 are more helpful, but just to get up and running quickly was a problem for me. I was also disappointed in the XG grand piano sound - I had thought that it would be comparable to the one on my old Yamaha P80. Not so.
I'm a professional pianist who relied on a great sounding Kurzweil PC 88mx for 3 years...then I got this one...terrible mistake. The very few piano sounds are very unrealistic. I felt embarrased to play this thing at church today. I'm returning it ASAP
Just bought this board yesterday, and I'm totally pleased with what I have. I'm not a keyboard player, so my review may be somewhat slanted, but as a musician, this instrument is easy to play, the sound is crisp, and the features are more than most "ham and egg bands" need. I couldn't be happier.
This keyboard wasn't an extremely expensive endevour, but didn't sacrifice all the quality a pricy korg has. I was really amazed with the effects for the synth pad that it has on it...I could play with this thing for hours without learning all there is to know about it. A good buy, and a good piano for the road.
I use this synth mostly for giging with, but in the stuido it sounds impressive. I usually go direct but sometimes I plug it direct in the mixer & into my Peavey KB1, but overall, great keyboard for my kind of music. If you like this sound you should run midi controllers or run this through other keyboards, especially the Roland AX 7 "keytar" (which I own), the one & only "Zen Riffer", Korg RK100, Yamaha KX1 & KX5, the 80's LYNK KEYTAR, & MIDI THROUGH YAMAHA SHS 10, & 200.
I just purchased this synth after much debate. I am a music student and wanted an 88 key synth that was affordable and that had decent sounds. In the end, it came down to two, the Alesis QS8.2 and the S08. It has some great organs and pianos (which are nice, not exactly perfect but far superior to the SQ8.2), okay strings, and great sunthy sounds. The ability to edit them was also a great plus. For the money, you get a great board.
From DX9 To PSR620 to Clavinova to S08.Being able to split and layer up to 16 parts across one 88key weighted keyboard is amazing and for the price I just had to have one. Had it 3 years now and still got DX9(25 yrs) and PSR620(9 yrs).Setting up the MULTI's for Christmas Carols has been fun, as well as for playing along to Kraftwerk and J.M.Jarre and others.Added a controller keyboard and with the SQ01 Sequencer can alter effects as it plays back or while I am playing.Could go on and on.This musicians prayer came through.