The Yamaha S08 is a sleek, lightweight, portable instrument with a palette of 749 high quality AWM2 sounds, 64-note polyphony, XG & GM2 compatibility, a USB port and advanced storage on SmartMedia. Its 88-key, balanced hammer keyboard has Initial Touch (similar to that of the Motif 8 Synthesizer).
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The S08 has many stereo sampled pianos and drums which are identical to those found on higher-end Yamaha S-series synths. Onboard effects include chorus, reverb and variations. Panel switches, a large LCD display and controllers that include pitch bend, a mod wheel and a numeric keypad, provide complete, quick control.
Connections include MIDI IN/OUT/THRU, stereo headphone out, foot switch, and foot controller.
The Yamaha S08 gives you professional quality sound and performance in a stylish, lightweight package -and at an affordable price. In fact, it has many features that you would expect to find only in synthesizers costing much more. For starters, it's equipped with a full-size weighted keyboard that offers a remarkably realistic touch.
It's also packed with over 700 of Yamaha's finest voices, many of which have been taken right from our award-winning S80 professional synthesizer. They've even added in a complete XG and General MIDI Level 2 voice set to complement the built-in SMF (Standard MIDI File) playback sequencer. But that's not all. For the live performer, there's a convenient Category Search function that makes it easy to find the voices you want on stage. And for the studio musician, we've added a USB MIDI interface and a SmartMedia card slot. For those looking for an affordable weighted action synthesizer for the studio or stage, the S08 is a dream come true.
Superb Weighted Action
The S08 is equipped with Yamaha's original Balanced Hammer Effect (BH) keyboard - a true weighted 88-note keyboard based on the highly acclaimed Graded Hammer Effect (GH) keyboard found in the Yamaha P series digital pianos. Although a graded keyboard is ideal for playing piano sounds (it's designed so that the lower keys have a heavier touch), it's not practical for playing voices such as drums and basses. The S08's BH keyboard has been specially designed to accommodate both the need for weighted feel and quick response across the entire length of the keyboard, allowing you to enjoy smooth weighted action regardless of which voice you play.
Over 700 High-Quality Voices
From beautiful grand pianos and orchestral instruments to punchy synthesizers and bass sounds for the dance floor, the S08 gives you the equivalent of 28 MB* worth of high-quality AWM2 voices-over 700 in all. Many of these waveforms are borrowed from the flagship S80 synthesizer. When connected to an external sequencer, up to 16 instrument parts can be played simultaneously for composing and playing back fully arranged songs. And because the S08 provides up to 64 notes of polyphony, you need not worry about running out of notes when playing long sustaining passages or sequencing complex arrangements. * When converted to 16-bit linear format.
Onboard 24-bit Effects
Digital effects are an integral part of a synthesizer's voice architecture. And to ensure the highest standards of voice quality, the S08 uses Yamaha's own 24-bit effects processing chip to provide you with a complete range of high-quality effects, including 17 reverb types, 17 chorus types and 54 variation effects such as delay and distortion.
Portable, Lightweight Design
Although the S08 is an 88-note weighted action synthesizer, its light weight makes it the ideal keyboard for the gigging musician who needs portability yet demands the feel of a real piano.
Full XG and GM Level 2 Compatibility
The S08 is fully compatible with Yamaha XG and General MIDI Level 2 specifications, both of which provide an extended range of instruments and effects over the original General MIDI standard. The XG standard also allows detailed editing of the voices. This means that XG and GM2 sequences will sound their very best played back on the S08.
Voice Category Search Function
Having hundreds of voices at your fingertips is a wonderful thing - that is, until you find yourself having to look through them one by one to find that particular string voice you liked so much. The Category Search function makes it a snap to find just the voice you're looking for by allowing you to search through the preset voices by instrument type-such as Piano, Organ, Bass or Strings.
Large Custom Display
Unlike the small displays used in competing keyboards, the S08's custom liquid crystal display makes it easy to see the currently selected voice and other information at a glance. Its backlit panel ensures visibility on a darkened stage.
Data Parameter Dial
Scrolling through voices and editing parameters is easier than ever thanks to a convenient control dial.
Sequencer Playback from SmartMedia
A newly designed playback sequencer lets you play back standard MIDI files (format 0) directly from a SmartMedia memory card. Transferring MIDI files to a SmartMedia card from your Mac or PC is smooth and easy thanks to the included Card Filer software. The S08's Chain Playback function gives you uninterrupted playback of up to 100 songs-perfect for live performance or simply practicing at home with sequenced accompaniments.
USB MIDI Interface
Equipped with a USB MIDI interface, the S08 can connect directly to any USB equipped Windows® or Macintosh® computer. This feature, together with pitch and modulation wheels, makes it an ideal MIDI controller for computer-based music production-amateur or pro.
This convenient software editor lets you visually edit the onboard voices on a personal computer. This also allows you to transmit all edited data to the synthesizer at one time, or to store voice data on a computer. Voice Editor can be used both a software plug-ins for OPT supported sequencers and stand-alone software.
Yamaha Tiny Wave Editor
Small audio recorder for Windows Me/98/95/XP/2000. (NO Zip utility required. Windows ONLY).