Behind the Synth Episode 004: Manny Fernandez and the SY99

You know Manny Fernandez from his articles on FM Synthesis on YamahaSynth. Manny stopped by the Synth Space for this great discussion about one of his favorite synthesizers of all time: The SY99. He has been a sound designer on lots of great synths like the DX7II, FS1R and MONTAGE, but he feels like there was something really special about the SY99. When he demonstrated some of his custom Voices we were blown away by how great it sounded. The SY99 was introduced in 1991 and still sounds amazing, and the conversation with Manny was one of the best in the series. Check out the episode below: 

We’ll have Manny back on later episodes of Behind the Synth coming soon! In the meantime like and follow the Behind the Synth podcast on Soundcloud! Got an SY99 story? Send us an email at or post in Forum: We’d love to hear from you!

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Blake Angelos

Yamaha Synthesizer Product Specialist Blake Angelos has over thirty years of experience with music hardware and software. An expert in music technology, Blake has conducted numerous clinics, master classes and presentations throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. In his role as Product Specialist for the Synthesizer Department Blake appears in many product videos and artist interviews, writes many articles for and co-hosts a regular Podcast called “Behind the Synth”.Before his work with Yamaha, he taught music theory and jazz studies courses at Arizona State University; managed a technology-focused music store in Seattle and was a production supervisor at Microsoft, where he led a team that developed groundbreaking interactive music content for the Microsoft Network. Blake holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. Blake currently resides in Bellingham, Washington with his family, and between his travels around the world for Yamaha, he performs as much as possible with several jazz and creative music groups in Bellingham, Seattle and other places in the Pacific Northwest.

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