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Yamaha SY85

(image courtesy of Yamaha)

Released: 1992

MSRP: Y220,500 ($1995US)


A simplified (single element, no FM, no pan envelope, merged filter) SY99 with more memory, retaining the SY99 effects processor and disk drive (MDR). Architecture Class: Rompler.

Ebay Description:

The Yamaha SY85 is a pressure and velocity sensitive 61 key (30 voice multitimbral) sample based synthesizer, featuring AWM2 (244 samples + sample RAM) source, digital resonant low|high pass or band pass|reject filter, dedicated (5 stage) amplitude, (5 stage) pitch, and (7 stage) filter envelopes, an LFO (saw up/down, sine, square, triangle, random waveforms), 90 effects (with dedicated LFO), card and MIDI interfaces, disk drive, 8 track sequencer, dual stereo outputs, and 256 editable presets.


Form Factor Dimensions Weight Audio Input Audio Output Communication Port Control Input Control Output Switch Input Power
61 keys W:1024mm(40.375in) D:367mm(14.5in) H:119mm(4.75in) 14kg(30.8125lbs) no stereo:2 MIDI MIDI fc-pedal volume-pedal MIDI sustain AC (20W)


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
SY85 TG500 MIDI-SDS user:128 card:128 user:256 MCD64:256 program-card:MCD64 PCM-card drive:3.5"DSDD MIDI-SysEx MIDI-SDS MIDI-SysEx mode based buttons LCD display


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
16 30 no Sample->DCF->DCA


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
90 (dual DSP) no AEG LFO MIDI-CC7 volume-pedal yes


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator External Sequencer Sequencer Memory Sequencer External Continuous Program Change
no N/A 8 track realtime or step and pattern based rhythm track 10 songs, 20k notes, 100 patterns MIDI sliders:8 mod-wheel pitch-wheel fc-pedal volume-pedal MIDI-CC1 MIDI-CC4 MIDI-CC7 MIDI-CC10 MIDI-CC16-19(CS) MIDI-CC1-120 MIDI


Key Pressure Chord Memory External Control External Sustain Key Scaling Velocity Curves
channel no MIDI:IN/OUT/THRU pedal MIDI break-points:4 8


Stereo Sample Depth Sample Rate Sample RAM Sample ROM Sample Points Sample Trigger Sample Loop Sample Edit
no 16b ? 512kB (3.5MB max, 2x 8-bit, 1MB, 80ns SIMM). SIMM memory is volatile and replaces waveform card (SYEMB06 is non-volatile) 6MB preset N/A preset no


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
Sample digital sample:244 +-5 no no aftertouch PEG LFO MIDI-PitchBend pitch-wheel no


Name Signal Class IC Resonant Shape Frequency Modulator Resonance Modulator Shape Modulator
DSP digital ? yes high pass, band pass|reject, or 12|24dB low pass aftertouch fc-pedal FEG1 key LFO MIDI-CC MIDI-CC1 mod-wheel velocity no no


Name Level Rate Loop Polarity Trigger Level Modulator Rate Modulator
AEG 2 5 no no key aftertouch fc-pedal key MIDI-CC MIDI-CC1 mod-wheel velocity key velocity:attack
PEG 5 4 yes yes key SY85 key velocity
FEG 7 6 no no key velocity:attack key velocity:attack


Name Waveform Delay Polarity Sync Delay Modulator Level Modulator Rate Modulator
LFO saw:up|down sine square triangle random yes phase key no aftertouch fc-pedal MIDI-CC MIDI-CC1 mod-wheel key random velocity
EffectLFO saw:up|down sine square triangle random no yes no no no no
Rompler Models
TX1P TG100 CBX-T3 MU5 SY55 TG55 SY85 TG500
RM50 TG300 W5 W7 W5v2 W7v2 QS300 MU10
CS1x CS2x CS6x CS6R