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Yamaha S90 88-Key Synthesizer

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If you want fantastic sounds and finger-friendly keys but don't need a huge onboard CPU for sampling and workstation functions, the Yamaha S90 88-Key...Click To Read More About This Product

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Award-winning MOTIF8 sounds and 88 weighted keys in a portable package with no fat.

If you want fantastic sounds and finger-friendly keys but don't need a huge onboard CPU for sampling and workstation functions, the Yamaha S90 88-Key Synthesizer is your baby. Balanced, hammer-action weighted keys feel just like an acoustic piano, and an extremely simple interface lets you call up the 640 available voices including a 3-velocity-layer S700 stereo grand piano. 64-note polyphony with 115MB of AWM2 sample ROM. 128 performances, 50 mix templates, and 128 master programs. Polyphony, effects, and synthesis expansion via PLG boards. SmartMedia slot for storing voices and performances also permits playback directly from the card. Audio input lets you plug in a mic and use onboard effects. Includes SQ01 audio/midi sequencing software and voice editor for interfacing with your computer.

FEATURES
  • 88 balanced, hammer-action, weighted keys
  • 640 voices
  • 3-velocity-layer S700 stereo grand piano
  • 64-note polyphony
  • 115MB of AWM2 sample ROM
  • 128 performances
  • 50 mix templates
  • 128 master programs
  • Synthesis expansion via PLG boards
  • SmartMedia slot for storage
  • Audio input perfect for mic
  • Includes SQ01 audio/midi sequencing software and voice editor
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4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good for real pianists

As many have already stated, this won't do any sequencing or sampling, but I was looking for the best piano sound and keyboard feel out there and this was it... The strings,...Read complete review

As many have already stated, this won't do any sequencing or sampling, but I was looking for the best piano sound and keyboard feel out there and this was it... The strings, to me sounded superior to the triton's as well... There's only one harpsichord though, and it doesn't sound that good to me... There are quite a few chips to expand it's strings and piano's and all that though, and I can only imagine how that would greatly add to it... I'm eager to try... There is a very easy analog influenced slider approach to editing the sounds too, which I find easier than on any other synth, and there's alot you can do, but be careful as the thing automatically saves any changes, and so you have to reboot the original presets if you don't want your grand piano sound to sound like the keyboard from Shine On You Crazy Diamond that you just accidentally warped it into... This is the same sound engine and keyboard for digital piano that Stevie Wonder uses, without the sequencing, which, for some reason, I doubt he does a whole lot of himself, unless they make one with a brail display... I think Yamaha just puts a motif in his hands for product placement...Whatever Stevie uses is good enough for me...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Own a Roland K5

Own a Roland K5. The S90 is offer much more and is a better value.

Own a Roland K5. The S90 is offer much more and is a better value.

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5.0

Yamaha did it again

By Berklee Man

from Boston, MA

Not like a Motif, but still an amazing keyboard.Best piano sound, and good interface w/ computers features.

 
5.0

Own it, use it

By GlynnG

from Corpus Christi, TX

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Versatile, great Fender/Rhodes and B3 sounds. super reliable and tough. I've used it 3-4 night a week for the past year and a half without fail. The only capability missing is a pedal switch from fast to slow vibrato on organ sounds.

 
5.0

Love my S-90

By B3boy

from Kansas City

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I picked up my S-90 after a bad experience with an SP-88X. I absolutely love my Yamaha. I used to have a KX-88 years ago. And the action was killer on my KX. But the action on my S-90 is much improved. I am a worship leader and play all the time. And this keyboard is doin it for me. Great sounds, easy to use, and it feels and responds like a piano. I would never give my S-90 up.

 
5.0

Best feel Best sound

By pharmboyjoe

from Austin, TX

If you play live, let your computer do the sequencing, etc, and drag this to the stage. Comes with sequencing software (SQ01) and editing tools. Keys feel like a topline grand piano(maybe better!), and the sounds are just fantastic. Incredible grand and electric pianos, awesome organs, funky clavinovas - all in factory presets. You can turn it on and go. Just play one and see!!

 
5.0

Best I've played

By JesusFreak

from Fort Worth, Texas

I purchased this keyboard a year ago now and all I can say is that I'm the pickiest keyboardist you'll meet. Trained classically on an acoustic spinnet, I lean towards the real thing and therefore refused for years to even own a keyboard. After going through many different models (once I realized no roadie is willing to haul an acoustic piano - haha), I finally stumbled across the Yamaha S90 when I had my heart set on a Kurzweil. Well, thank God most places don't sell K's anymore because I would have missed out on an amazing keyboard. It has the most realistic piano sound I've heard and has excellent samplings of other sounds. Great for live performance. My only qualm - there's so much do learn on it! Will I ever learn it all! :)

 
4.0

top of the line

By Synthfreak

from Alpine, Utah

My s90 is now a year old. No problems, no complaints, no malfunctions. This is a versatile keyboard with just about any sound you need. Great piano sound, great feel, great effects, great synth sounds. Just all around wonderful. If you are looking for a mobile synth with a lot of options, this one is for you.

 
5.0

Solid Built, Best Piano Sound and Feel

By Progger

from Seattle, WA

As stated elsewhere, this isn't a powerhouse synth, but what it does as a synth only complements the perfection Yamaha has achieved in creating as true of a digital piano as has ever existed. The feel of the keyboard is unmatched, as is the sound, and any improvements that could be made in the future would be only of a small incremental worth (well, I can only imagine anyhow). If you want the best digital piano in any price range, this is it, and it's a great value to boot.

 
1.0

Own a Roland K5

By gevers

from new jersey

Own a Roland K5. The S90 is offer much more and is a better value.

 
5.0

Good for real pianists

By W9Yb6hUTE

from Undisclosed

As many have already stated, this won't do any sequencing or sampling, but I was looking for the best piano sound and keyboard feel out there and this was it... The strings, to me sounded superior to the triton's as well... There's only one harpsichord though, and it doesn't sound that good to me... There are quite a few chips to expand it's strings and piano's and all that though, and I can only imagine how that would greatly add to it... I'm eager to try... There is a very easy analog influenced slider approach to editing the sounds too, which I find easier than on any other synth, and there's alot you can do, but be careful as the thing automatically saves any changes, and so you have to reboot the original presets if you don't want your grand piano sound to sound like the keyboard from Shine On You Crazy Diamond that you just accidentally warped it into... This is the same sound engine and keyboard for digital piano that Stevie Wonder uses, without the sequencing, which, for some reason, I doubt he does a whole lot of himself, unless they make one with a brail display... I think Yamaha just puts a motif in his hands for product placement...Whatever Stevie uses is good enough for me...

 
5.0

Absolute quality

By Kolis

from Detroit, MI

I've had Roland's and Korg's, but this one takes the cake. Well built, solid strong sounds, easy to navigate, on-board sequencer and realistic piano keys. The instruction manual could have been better. Once you combine the S90 with a yamaha rack (ex. motif ES rack) there is nothing more you'll need to buy as far as sound bank. Fits styles from hip-hop to Hyden, and from country to Coltrane. Highly recommend for beginners to pros.

 
5.0

Thanks Musicians Friend!!!

By Minio Class

from Jersey City,NJ

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I've been playing piano and keyboards for over 26 years and have owned many different instruments, but I'd have to say that this is one of the finest that I have ever purchased. Aside from the outstanding craftsmanship, it feels, looks, and sounds absolutely fantastic. It is an outstanding value for the price. The salesperson was friendly, courteous, and helpful. Excellent service Musician's Friend, and thank you for a first rate instrument.

 
5.0

The Best

By Dpg

from Seattle, WA

The best piano/ep/clavinet machine out there, bar none. OK strings & pads, great organs, this is a bread and butter keyboard that outshines everything in it's class. Add a Triton, or a CX-3 and a Nord Lead, and you are completely covered for anything. I've owned and used dozens of the best keyboards from the early '80s through the present, and this is the first sample-based product that I would call an actual instrument.

 
5.0

Yamaha S90

By Not clear enough

from Chicago

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The S90 is the Best Synth I've ever owned now it is over 2 years old in Nov 2004. It sounds great (ie. pro) feels inspiring to play. I LOVE IT!

 
5.0

The best synth ever (as of 2002)

By Not clear enough

from Chicago

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The best synth I've ever had.

 
5.0

great keyboard!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is an awesome keyboard i have used for a cheap price! the sounds are incredible. your money will be not waisted, trust me. whatever music you are playing this will meet your needs for whatever!

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