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Good synth keyboard but problematic

By jimmyjim, 19/04/2014
What type of keyboard (synth, piano ...)?

Multi Function scene typical mobile piano keyboard


The manual is clear and sufficient?
It was in Chinese it would not make differences!

The general configuration is it simple?
I do not like but it is a matter of taste but yes if we want to adapt this is not too difficult

Editing sounds and effects is it easy?

If you do not use the software available on the Yamaha website is extremely long and tiring, the software is easy and classifies sounds easily, a mouse and a large screen ca make things easier!


The sounds they suit your style of music?

I play progressive rock group and sounds that interested me were more oriented piano, rhodes and moog,; Studio all sounds interressent me.

Are they realistic? What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?

Yes regarding pianos, rhodes and percussion
I do not like organs and moogs (synth sound)
edit: I read lower than the hammond sounds are extra, having owned a real hammond (A100), I certify that the sounds are pourrables!
Violins are ways I find guitars in a mix do well for a synth bass are good

The expression is good? (Reaction velocity, aftertouch)?

Behold the "hic", this series is no longer sold and has been replaced by the S90 ES; the keys remain depressed, I removed without finding nothing wrong, I checked on the net and I found this keyboard had a defect at this level (source: Yamaha) keyboard becomes unplayable I decided to cut it into 4, the saw! I reduced it in a box of 40 cm around 40 and S90 now serves me expendeur. Do not hesitate to ask me for information if you ever want to attack the disassembly, it is not very difficult but there are precautions for reassembly (including a web that has no marks and can be up in all directions. (attached photos are the wooden prototype I made to test)


How long have you use it?

I marked that I had bought in 2003 but I'm not sure (the price either), say that it's been 10 years that I use

How would you rate the quality / price?

Expensive for the time

With experience, you do again this choice? ...

Not due keyboard

What is the particular feature you like best and least?

I made a sound bank and when I used to make models, I sounds drums, bass, piano and I do not waste my time looking sounds and rendering "realistic" immediately rather not bad

Are less well understood hs keyboard and I also noticed a problem with the mini fader which respond poorly (since the beginning), I do not like the input that does not work when performance mode!)

That said it's still a good keyboard (if keyboard works of course!)

great board

By ericthegreat, 25/09/2011
I bought my first synth in about 1990 and have owned at least a dozen since. I also played piano for ten years before that. I've had this unit for about 5 days. It is really nice. I just recently sold a Fantom Xa, XP-30, Korg X-50, and a Yamaha AN1x. Now I have only this board and I can pretty much get any sounds I had before out of just this one board. It is a great sounding synth but the pianos are the best I have ever played in hardware. In fact, I own software pianos that aren't as nice or versatile as this board. They sound great and there are several of different styles. None of them are bad and the good ones are pretty much great. I love the pitch modulation.


You can edit quite a few things without but I like to be able to fully dig in when I want to. For two, as great as the arpeggiators are and all of the 6000+ patterns, they are not programmable...... at all. Not from the board and not in the editor. There is one song, "Hella Good" by No Doubt, where I need a really standard little step sequence of 3 notes and a rest. Nope, cant do it. This is the only thing that I am having a hard time dealing with. Otherwise, I am totally satisfied with the tone and my ability to make about any sound I would ever want. manual is easy to understand as well.


I have been in a cover band for the past three years that plays a lot of 80 pop and I am also a huge Van Halen fan of the synth-era stuff. I immediately prgrammed sounds for Love Walks in, 1984, Jump, Subdivisions, Tom Sawyer, etc. No real problems getting all the tones I want and I am a tone snob when it comes to programming. THese versions I have made have lots of sweet punch and sizzle. Love it! sounds are very realistic.


Bottom line, I love it. I dont think I've ever had my fingers feel so connected to the sounds that they are triggering. The action is sort of buttery smooth. Love it love it love it!!!

Deul's review

By Deul, 14/07/2005
See sheet.
Trs good for the USB to be able to edit everything using a PC


Configuration: Only in home studio, the boss (APRS me) of my installation, coupled with a Korg Trinity, E-MU Proteus MPS + 2 EMU samplers, + PC (Cubase + + VSTI Gigastudio) + MOTU 828Mk2.

<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>The configuration gnrale is it simple?</span>
Great ease of use, large screen, config Fully adjustable with PC.

<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>The edition of sounds and effects is it easy</span> ?
It's like all the synths, it takes a little getting used to, but nothing insurmountable.

<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>The manual is clear and sufficient? ...</span>
The standard black dot, this manual does rdig by a monarch's lawn mower dpartement Yamaha is not possible otherwise. In short, a disaster. For one who has never used the synth that is of no help. I put only 5.


<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>The sounds they agree your style of music?</span>
I use some sounds trs, trs good except for a piano and some tablecloths.

<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>Are they ralistes?</span>
The pianos are great, the Powergrand is extraordinary, however the 3layers which is supposed to be the king of The series is trsdcevant: Draft and confused, in my case useless.

<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>The effects are they effective and responsive?</span>
Yamaha can do effects, so no Souis this cot l.


I've been using this keyboard for 7 months and not one second I do not regret this purchase.
The touch keyboard is excellent, pianist for 25 years, I have chosen and P. .... ! He slams!

I sought a real master keyboard, and I made no restrictive budget, so I compared with monsters such as K2600X Kurzweil, Korg Triton proX (I possdant cart dj a Korg Trinity), Motif ES8 (but too workstation) Roland RD700 (Trs touch keyboard below the Yamaha, almost a toy cot), and a reputation for its touch Kawai (cart for his master config limits).

In short, Happy: ERE

I do it again this election ... With the new ES version ..

jdabene's review

By jdabene, 13/04/2005
Super synth hit with impeccable piano, a thousand sounds great (except maybe the sounds of synths ... "lead"), an editor PC via USB, no problem


I have no problems programming, I did not have to do much, the machine already has almost everything that is


A must try: pianos, electric pianos, the Hammonds (better than the real little hammond I had)!


I use this keyboard on stage for 2 years at least. As against these 23 pounds are a bit painful for my back (almost 50 years, you'll see!)
Fortunately, I have a box on wheels!
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Yamaha S90 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Yamaha
  • Model:S90
  • Category:Digital Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/09/2004

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