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Part Four: Getting Stuff for your SY99
Yamaha Scandinavia sells SY99 ROM updates:
PRG-ROM v1.4 2000:- PRG-ROM v1.5 2000:- CPU v1.4 1050:- CPU v1.5 787:- Voice-ROM v1.2 203:- Lib-ROM v1.2 350:- Seq-ROM v1.3 393:-1 US dollar = approx. 7 Swedish kronor (all prices in swedish kronor), prices are from May 1997
You may connect an analog joystick to your SY99. It works with a little rewiring, so maybe it won't work with your computer anymore. Both the SY pedals (not switch!) and the breath controller jacks work with an external poti as a voltage divider (is this the correct technical term?).
In a similar vane.... can a breath controller be used with the foot controller or foot volume inputs on an SY85?
Just in case someone wants to modify a joystick for the pedal inputs: to play it safe, try to get a joystick that allows trimming the zero-position. Otherwise you may have problems to get the full controller range (0-127). The trimming control on my joystick is via two small sliders besides the stick area. Thanks to Rheinhold reminding me of the problem.
Katamar sold a cookbook for the SY77 which was called "SY77 Cheaters Guide and Cookbook". The one for the SY99 got discontinued already long ago, it is therefore no longer available. However, here is the address (good luck):
You may also want to read one of the following Keyboard Magazines:
Yamaha Scandinavia: One SYEMB-05 SY99-memory-expansion-board is currently under (the awful) price of 3400:- swedish kronor
Aside Yamaha, the following stores might sell you MCD64 Memory Cards:
We heard of the following Wave Data Cards:
Yes, Road Cases... Anyone ?
We heard of the following floppy solutions:
The following company from Italy
Lion's Tracs S.r.l. - G.m.b.H.
Via L. Zuegg, 54
I-39012 MERANO (BZ) Italy
sells a product which is called MEGAFLOPPY. It's an external 120MB hard disk drive, accessable through 720K portions by a replacement for the built-in synthesizer floppy drive ("superslim floppy driver"). They used to have a nice homepage (used to be http://www.lionstracs.it/wwwlionfolder/0inglese/E-mf-index.html, now offline ) which listed a lot of synths supporting their extension. Please note that the SY99 Music Synthesizer is not listed on the site, but several people said that our synth is supported. Recent theory is that a customized version for the SY99 came later onto the market, when other synths were already listed. Anyway, you better check this before buying the drive.
The drive logic itself will be accessible through an additional floating
display panel which needs to be connected to the front of the drive replacement.
This display thing will let you choose the appropriate 720K part of the
A few days ago Kaeng Kong Productions sent me some information material about their newest offers concerning the SY99. So, they are still existing, but they have moved to another location. Here it is:Kaeng Kong Productions
MIDI MUSIC MARKETING
Phone: 0049 228 644479
Fax: 0049 228 644811
btw: They obviously want to offer an internal Hard-Disk-Drive (520 or 1000 MB) for the SY99 (price is about 1000 German D-Marks or lower)
Tom Lee Music (shops all around town) - bad sales service but large stock and sometimes very cheap prices (if you don't mind ex-demo and no warranty prices can be ridiculously cheap!)
A very small shop called Haughtons which specialises mostly with EMU and Waldolf stuff.
Tom Lee (make sure to go to the Tsim Tsa Tsui branch for information,
then buy from the cheaper Wanchai Mariner's Club branch) if you want cheap
DATs (how about USD$100 for a 2nd hand), check the electronic stores in
Somwhere, probably in Germany, there is (has been) a company called Musitronic which feature three kind of memory expansions:
First product is a double-the-internal-ROM expansion for the SY77 (TG-500) that also features four additional RAM memory banks for user voices.
Second product is the same as the first, but it was designed for the SY55 (TG55).
Third product is a sample RAM expansion for the SY99, which will add additional 5 MB of sample RAM to your synth.
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