Thinking of getting a SY77

Yamaha SY77 is a 16 voice multitimbral music workstation first produced by Yamaha Corporation in 1989. The SY77 is a synthesizer whose architecture combines AFM (Advanced Frequency Modulation) synthesis, AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) for ROM-borne sample-based synthesis, and the combination of these two methods christened Realtime Convolution and Modulation Synthesis (RCM).

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Re: Thinking of getting a SY77

Unread post by EB5AGV » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:25 am

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That frenzy started in Australia a long time ago, to a point where I feel I have to bang my head
on the desk when I see the words retro or vintage being used to sell anything. Even if an item is
a few years old. Give me strength :-P

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Well, I think it is similar to vinyl records resurgence. Some people want the real thing, not a digital sample of it. Even if the results are barely (if at all, I won't enter dangeropus areas :wink: ) different. I myself enjoy more listening to vinyl records than to digital versions, if just for the pleasure of the mechanical part of it.

And also enjoy more playing a DX7 than using a plug-in with lots more possibilities than the original one (for me that is not always a plus)

So perhaps I will be leaving a treasure to my children, in form of keyboard and rack synths :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Thinking of getting a SY77

Unread post by parametric » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:01 pm

Agreed.

Despite the undeniable "convenience" of CDs - or simply "playing a FILE" - there IS something missing (somehow) . . .

I realise it's totally "pathetic" - but I miss the simple hypnotic pleasure of watching an album's LABEL going

round and round. :o

My album collection sadly languishes in storage, rather than on-show - purely due to space issues, but I DO have

several vintage turntables, the best of which IS resident and usable . . .

A Technics SP10 Direct-Drive Deck acquired from a demolished Radio Studio

I said it was vintage! . . . . (fore-runner of the SP25s) . . . Built like a Tank with a separate 2U PSU.

It's fitted with an SME 3009 arm . . .

In a similar way - electronic cigarettes don't do it for me either . . . But I don't want to get into THAT argument here ;)

Sticking one in your face and pressing a button does NOT replace the whole deal of "Rolling a Fag" . . . .before you light-up 8-)

Note to our Transatlantic friends here: A Fag is slang for a cigarette - NOT the other thing . . . :lol:

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Re: Thinking of getting a SY77

Unread post by Derek » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:58 pm

parametric wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:01 pm
Agreed.

I realise it's totally "pathetic" - but I miss the simple hypnotic pleasure of watching an album's LABEL going round and round. :o


parametric
Ah, you will then be wanting my limited edition vinyl edition of Black Sabbath's "Master of Reality" limited edition, which has the vertigo logo in the middle of side A. Brought it for £2 in 1979 off of a school mate, and the following week he wanted to buy it back for £5 as he had sold it by mistake. So I had to say no! It's like this one.

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Also have a rare copy of "Fragile" by Yes with the gatefold sleeve and a picture booklet in it.

TBH as much as I love gate fold sleeves and lyrics, I can find all of those on the internet now. I hate scratched and hissy vinyl, and much prefer the convenience of 1000+ albums on my iPhone or iMAC. Sure if you listen carefully and A/B against the original you may hear a difference, but I don't listen to music that way.
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Re: Thinking of getting a SY77

Unread post by parametric » Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:50 am

Ha Ha - Yes Derek - I remember that label, but never owned that Album . . . .

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Re: Thinking of getting a SY77

Unread post by BoogiemanSG » Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:09 am

If possible, I would like to play a real synth, rather than using some sort of software. I have been noodling a bit with the Moog Model D app on my iPad. While it is fun, I still prefer the real thing.

@mininuke. I don't have any experience with synth restoration. However, I have experience with soldering iron. I can handle guitar electronics, minor analog effects pedals repair (if I have the schemo), and basic tube amp maintenance work (e.g. biasing). Not particularly fond of SMD work (which I am sure modern (as in MIDI) synth boards are made up of), but I still remember much from my radio club courses.

That said, even if I could get my hands on the service manual, sourcing parts would be a problem. My lack of experience working on synths certainly does not help. In that regard, I would much rather be patient and look for one that requires only minor work.
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