Yamaha

A look back at the Yamaha VL1, a groundbreaking modelling synth

Yamaha is celebrating 45 years of great synths. One of the more innovative stars of that history is the VL1 – it was a groundbreaking synth, but was it just ‘wrong place, wrong time’?

Yamaha CS1x: The digital synth with an analogue style

It’s the early 90s and everyone is making dance music except you! What do you do? Get some cool Roland analogue gear, or a cheap blue Yamaha with a digital heart? You go blue!

Rediscovering the QY700, Yamaha’s large, mains-powered beast

Today’s hardware sequencers are about performance and interactivity, but Yamaha’s 1996 QY700 was composition focused, with a sedate workflow. We dig out the floppy disks.
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