Based on my needs -Yamaha su700?

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Based on my needs -Yamaha su700?

Postby cultSandwich » Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:50 pm

I'm primarily a DJ with a few years experience but no background in music making or gear. I've messed around with ableton, but as someone new to making beats I usually get bogged down looking at such open-ended programs. I figure an su700 would be a good choice to get my feet wet in beat/music making, and additionally use it for a bit of looping and superfluous beats during dj sets. Worst case scenario, I read it has some decent effects.

So, good choice? Keep in mind I'm not looking for the end-all sampling and performance unit. I just want something fairly cheap to learn on, use during dj sets, and maybe spur a little creativity.
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Re: Based on my needs -Yamaha su700?

Postby cultSandwich » Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:04 am

Any input y'all? Anyone own/ed one of these things? I'm curious to know how useful it is for sampling on the fly. Is it handy enough to take 8 bars and loop them in the middle of a DJ set? How long does it take to load a full floppy worth of data?

I'm currently using Traktor Scratch for dj'ing. It can only play from a max of four audio sources off the computer, two of which I have to dedicate for mixing. The remaining two tracks are fairly tedious for playing one-off sounds and loops, considering I can only ever have two loaded at a time. Considering the bad load time, I'm curious if it would be viable to run a third out from Traktor into the su700 and then resample them on the fly, every set, as opposed to loading them from a floppy. I suppose I would have already edited the sample length and other features on the comp beforehand, hopefully cutting down on any editing on the su700 after taking the sample.

Thoughts?
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Re: Based on my needs -Yamaha su700?

Postby gordwiebe » Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:01 pm

I owned one for a while and found it a little tedious and slow to get anything done - it sounded good and was fun, but it is quite old for a sampler.
You may want to look at one of the sampling electribes for your needs - I think they are geared towards exactly the sort of thing that you are looking to do.
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Re: Based on my needs -Yamaha su700?

Postby cultSandwich » Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:37 am

I ended up buying two of these for very cheap... Together they were cheaper than a good price on a new ESX-1.

Potentially something to regret, but we'll see I guess. :idea:
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