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Yamaha analogue Trigger: gate pulse in/out 10V negative to GROUND.
btw: there is a "rumour" around the CS series respond to korg logic Hz/oct. - thats not true. it's a special exponential characteristics.. you need a special interface to midify it!!.. so: simply play it! there are some special interfaces around .. eg EES in germany did one..
CV in/out: 0,0835 V to 4 V (exponential)
Trigger in: Note off 15 V to 3 V / Note on 0 V to -10 V
Trigger out: Note off 3 V / Note on -7 V

SY22, SY35, TG33

Yamaha made the SY22 and the voice doubled TG33 and SY35 (all with AT and VEL , the tg33 has no keys of course) as

thx for pic to lostweb

VECTOR SYNTHESIZERS , so they all have 2 FM (2OP only) and 2 ROM OSCs (yamaha call it AWM) to blend between with a joystick like the prophet VS or korg wavestation.. the FM is not really accessable, but there are some secret paramters in there.. but not reachable via sounddiver etc. but I have seen 2 editors on PC that will do it.. but is is NOT more than adjusting the spectrum a bit and some harmonics.. but since it is based on FM (ok, it's only 2 Oscs, but its FM!) it should be mentioned here.. they are not bad for pads!..
there are some hidden parameters SY22,SY35,TG33: Algorithm, Waveform, Frequency, including Fixed Frequency Mode
Detune and Pitch Scaling (also for rom sample section), Amp Envelope with Level/Rate scaling
Pitch/Amp LFO switch (both operators)
there is a cool site on the vector series here..
since the samples are 12bit and the FM is 2 Oscillator FM this one is for quite industrial pads!!..
since it is quite cheap you could have fun with one of these..
yamaha tg33
there are some editors for the hidden parameters, find some here
there are some little differences in the waveforms but most of them are "interchangeable" but not the same.. the tg33 is more a sy22 expander and the sy versions are 8times multitimbral and provide only one stereo out pair of jacks but have layer functionality and SY means 16 voices max. some screens and buttons are different. the SY need to send a whole sound while the tg33 accepts single sysex data, too.. the tg33 has 32 voices and is 16times multitimbral. no foot control (..) it's been said the sy-35 has some 16bit samples, but this is unclear.. but .. well "consider" it could be - tg33 and sy22 are still 12bit..
the tg33 looks very strange "desktop", its the expander version but it is not a rack.. it's a desktop synth. the SY's both are keyboards. the sy-22 is the smaller one (half the voice power of the tg-33) and half number of presets (thats sooo important, huh?)
EX5 and EX7 are no FM synthesizers, but they are a mixture of AN (analog modeling / virtual analog like an1x), VL (like the VL plugin hardware or the vl70m reduced..), FDSP (some resonator / pwm simulating by feedbacked delays..), and AWM (rom samples)
quite flexible synths, the ex5 is the more powerful one.. the ex7 is a bit "slimed down" ex5 ;) (processor is less powerful here)..
the Cs1X , CS2X and CS6X the Cs1X , CS2X and CS6X are not analogue, they are rom based synthesizers, the cs6x has also plugins slots for yamahas "plug in hardware" like VL, AN, Piano etc. and of course a DX module that is exacly a DX7!! - basically they have a standard VA-structure but no FM,ringmod etc..
the cs1x and cs2x are almost yamahas answer to techno of the 90ies and offered ok-filters and standard rompler synths - same look like the an1x which is VA (virtual analogue)... but also offers a nice FM section but cannot be compared to yamahas 4,6 or 6OP FM synthesizers .. there are also some other synths that accept the yamaha hard plugins expecially the DX module.. like some MU sound modules and motif series..
is yamahas answer to rolands fantom and fantom X, the Motif ES can also can handle your own samples (via usb), it's structure is much like the fantom but does not provide the "structures" and ringmod combinations...
basically a good range of rom sounds..
yamaha motif ES rack

yamaha motif
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sampler series..

64-128 voices FX, multimode filter
multilayer, 64-128MB

a3000 sampler
thx for pic to lostweb
Yamaha DX7II (FD)
Diskformat lesen mit Mac/PC
Der DX7II schreibt seine Disketten im MSX-Format, ein altes Format aus der 8-bit Computer Zeit, den japanische Hersteller fast schon zum Ende der 8bit-Ära geschaffen haben.. Wenn man mit dem Mac oder PC jetzt auf die Sounds zugreifen (zB um sie in Native Instruments FM7 oder fmheaven zu importieren) will muss man sich wohl nach einem Converter umschauen der MSX Diskformate lesen kann. Also nicht DOS! Es gibt noch ein paar andere ältere Geräte von Yamaha die dieses Format benutzen.. Vorsicht: viele emulatoren emulieren nicht das disk-format sondern die hardware und arbeiten mit abbildern der MSX disks im DOS oder Mac/HFS(+) format.. versuchs bei
rm50 drum module - like the RY drum machines, 16bit lots of rom samples..
thx for pic to lostweb
Yamaha VL1..
physical modeling Synth.. V2.0 .. you can make very special sounds with this!.. mono- / duophon
the Yamaha VL1 - physical modelling for the masses. still quite rare: there are 3 versions:

-the vl1 - duophonic (has 2 "elements" = sound enignes) or the racked vl1m
-the vl7 - monophonic

the downsized version vl70m or the vl module that can be found in some yamaha mu modules and as a module to slot into their bigger newer workstations.

the vl70m is NOT the same as the vl1/7 series and also sounds "weaker". and the FX are also downsized.

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yamaha vl1 physical modeling synthesizer
VL1 synthesizer yamaha

VL1m - Rack Version
yamaha vl1m
click to enlarge.. VL1m
Yamaha Yamaha Synth overview..