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Yamaha S08 Performance Synth

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Combining exceptional sound and onstage playability!

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.

FEATURES
  • 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
  • USB port and MIDI in/out/thru
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4.3

(based on 28 reviews)

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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.

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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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3.0

Not what I thought it would be

By Jim S.-mDzvU

from Allentown, PA

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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.

 
4.0

Mike

By Mike-M-L3k

from Iowa

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.

 
5.0

I love it

By g_money88

from Fresno, CA

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.

 
4.0

Not necessarily user-friendly.

By Sally Smith

from St. Thomas, VI

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.

 
1.0

Worst piano sounds I've ever heard

By BravesFan9791

from Georgia

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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

 
5.0

Great-Easy to play and understand

By Vfootballcoac

from Annapolis Maryland

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.

 
5.0

amazing

By Until Next Time

from VA

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.

 
5.0

THE ULTIMENT RECORDING SYNTH

By KeytarKell728

from Davenport, IA

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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.

 
5.0

For its price, quite a decent board

By link_0587

from Fresno, CA

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.

 
5.0

Yamaha Music Synthesizer S08

By Doug-wTfnH

from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

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.

 
5.0

Excellent board for the price!

By Mercible-e48Pe

from Chicago, IL

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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.

 
5.0

Yamaha S-08

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Superb voices and piano feel, easily programmable to accomodate diverse performance. The edit function allows me to edit almost everything for all the voices.

 
4.0

Nice Keyboard

By Otis Bacon

from Elk Rapids, MI

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I'm primarily a piano man and was shopping for a digital piano for performance use. What I found in most of the digital pianos in this price range were a lot of bells, whistles, & gadgets that have nothing to do with just playing the piano.In the S08 what I found was a great weighted feel, decent piano voices that with editing will be spot on, and a host of other voices that will be handy in the studio. The price was less than the digital pianos that were my other option.The last Yamaha keyboard I bought was a DX7 back in 1984. It has performed flawlessly as a heavily used piece of road gear. I hope the S08 will continue that legacy.

 
4.0

Not for piano sound.

By Pianoman87-GMZbg

from Eustis, Fl.

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If your looking for a keyboard mainly for a piano sound, this is NOT it. I have to admit though, most all the other sounds, such as EP's, organs, strings, pads, and whatnot are GREAT. You can edit the sounds, but the menus are complicated. (At least to me) If your looking for a good piano sound, I would highly recommend the Roland RD-700SX. Of course, that's quite a bit more money, but worth it. If your looking for a good keyboard that does it all, I recommend the Yamaha YPG-625.I use both of these keyboards on a regular basis, and I'm very impressed with both of them!

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5.0

Comparison

By musicfromtheheart

from Kansas City, KS

I have enjoyed having a Yamaha S80. It has good weight action (almost as good as a real piano), and is fairly easy to use for beginners. It has a great "piano" sound, which is also nice for use as a student learning piano. The Yamaha S80 is also stylish, making it a nice in-the-home piano.

 
3.0

Love everything but the piano

By Nats

from Santa Clara Ca

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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.

 
5.0

A got to have Keyboard

By LaVoy

from Greenville, SC

I recently purchased this keyboard this year. This was the best investment I've made. Everything from the Grand Piano to the Full Organ sound is so realistic. I have really enjoyed playing this keyboard. This is one of he best keyboards I have played, and for the price you can't beat it. "Love this keyboard"

 
4.0

Nice instrument

By sm-rX34-

from NH

Has a great weighted keyboard and sound.

 
4.0

One Year Into It

By Otis Bacon

from Elk Rapids, MI

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I purchased the s08 one year ago. I was in need of replacing a 13 year old midi controller and was limited on cash.Good, weighted action was a prime consideration. After reading reviews and playing many keyboards in my price range, I opted for the s08. Good choice.The action is really pretty nice. I would've liked to see incremental control of it instead of ranges, but nonetheless, it's still decent.Voicings are many. The voice find function is very useful in getting you quickly to the ballpark of what you need. Acoustic piano sounds are marginal in quality. I have to say that I love the drum sets. I use them to play live in recording and they are dynamic and stand alone very well in a mix.My last Yamaha keyboard was a DX7 which I purchased new over 20 years ago. It's withstood the rigors of the road and is still a great keyboard. The s08 appears to be of the same quality construction. Here's to hoping.If you've got limited funds, this is a good sound investment.

 
4.0

Best Value

By Relgrem

from Buffalo, NY

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I've been gigging with the S08 for a year now and I think there's no better board to suit my needs. True, the piano sound is no match against my P200, but at 35 pounds I no longer dread loading-up for gigs. The first thing I did was work on the piano, which is horribly "dark" and only sounds good in the studio. Fortunatly, all of the sounds on the S08 are programmable and after an hour or so of tweaking, I had 4 or 5 variations of different brightness to suit my mood, amp or room conditions. Still not the best but pretty good.If you play blues or classic rock, this board is an all-in-one solution. Nice assortment of organs, rhoads, clav, whirly, and synths. Try the "Amped Bass" sound to fatten up those ZZ Top power chords. I wish it had an accordian sound.The piano feel is great (but I tear the flesh off my hands when I do organ sweeps). Pitch bend and mod wheels are beefy and easy to reach.Bottom line--for under a grand, the S08 can't be beat.

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