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Yamaha VL70-m vs VL1-m comparison

Updated: Jun 5, 2021


Both are wonderful physical modeling synthesizers. (VL1-m is much expensive than VL70-m. They are no longer on production from Yamaha. Used ones are available on ebay). From research on the internet , the main differences are;


1) VL1 has higher clock rate (48k ; VL70-m has 44k) - its sound is deeper , richer (more bottom and high end)

2) VL1 has dual VL voices - it allows more complex, better, thicker sound desgin by layering two voices together

3) VL1 has the impuse expander as VL element, which can make voices more metallic, harsh feeling


I agree VL1 sounds slightly better than VL70-m. But I feel a VL70-m is still sufficient for all sounds that we need for physical modeling synthesis.


I tried other hardware synths : I feel VL synth's DAC(generally speaking, Yamaha synths's DAC) is superior than others such as XpressO, Craftsynth, Roland SE-02, Arturia Microbrute, in my opinion.


So I would recommend a VL70-m as the best EWI hardware synth.

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