Yamaha QY700 Sequencer

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The QY700 is a high-end Sequencer Workstation released in the mid to late '90's. It's an all-in-one sequencer with a built-in synthesizer, effects, MIDI and tons of memory! The QY700 makes an excellent alternative to computer-based MIDI studios; the QY700 has the power to be the heart of your MIDI studio. Of course such boxes as the Yamaha RS-7000 have come along since the introduction of the QY700 that add more features and capabilities. But the QY700 is nostalgic and still powerful enough to hold up to today's standards!

At it's core, it is a programmable MIDI sequencer. It can store up to 110,000 notes, 48 Tracks (32 Linear, 16 Pattern) and 20 Songs. A built-in 3.5 inch disk drive provides external storage. The sequencer has 64 notes of polyphony which is usually more than enough. The sequencer allows recording in Step, Punch-In, and Realtime with overdubbing features. The tempo can range from 5 to 300 bpm and the Conductor Track is very flexible. Thankfully a fairly large 320 x 240 backlit LCD screen makes entry and editing very easy to see and use.

In addition to controlling your synths via MIDI, the QY700 has it's own Yamaha synth engine inside. Using AWM2 - Advanced Wave Memory - as well as Yamaha's XG format and good old General MIDI sounds, the QY700 has an ample selection of quality digital sounds ready to use! You get nearly 4,000 drums, bass, guitar, and synth sounds. There's even a library of Phrases like intro, fill and ending patterns that you can use. These phrases are highly tweakable and can be made all your own. There's also Chord memory and plenty of built-in effects to use on the internal sounds as well. The QY700 even has a pseudo 2-octave keyboard and assignable mini Pitch/Mod wheels, and programmable foot switches for start, stop, fill, etc. Additional MIDI I/O's and outputs would have been nice, but it's still a capable and musical sequencer.

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43 Visitor comments
canadianaidan
October 24, 2011 @ 1:41 pm
The QY700 I've listed is gone. Thank You!

I bought it to use as my main brain for my midi setup and found I never used it at all because I hated to read and relearn how to do basic setup of midi channels and such. I am an Electribe guru (own them all) and they are very straight forward machines.

I did not care for the QY700 I owned. It was like using a 1980's Apple computer to do todays tasks.
qy700 with sp202
October 8, 2011 @ 9:27 am
hey
how would this work with a sp202? id use this to sequence(obviously) and to EQ..
canadianaidan
October 7, 2011 @ 12:20 am
I'm located in BC, Canada.

I have a mint unit with instructions which I am looking to trade for a Korg ES-1 MKII.

I am only willing to trade for the MKII version, thank you.

I am also willing to sell for $250 + shipping and can list the item on Ebay for safety.
I will accept paypal only on Ebay purchase.

I would also consider trading for the right E-MU rack synth.

Email: canadianaidan@hotmail.com

Thanks.
Have an excellent day!
Olusoji
April 25, 2011 @ 3:48 am
Qy700 Boxed as new. For sale.
I bought this is a fit of enthusiasm with a tax rebate cheque and have hardly used it. Still in box.
Juha
March 17, 2011 @ 10:48 am
Hi,

I also need to know how to convert old awm2 disks to ... how i can listen my old awm2 floppy disks with computer?

Please help me!
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Maximum 32 simultaneous notes from Sequencer. Maximum 32 simultaneous notes from internal synth tone generator.
  • Sequencer - 110,000 notes (lithium battery backup); 32 Tracks; 20 Songs. Timing Resolution: 1/480 quarter-notes. Tempo: 25-300 bpm.
  • Tone Generator - AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory; 32Mbit Wave ROM), XG, GM. 480 Normal Voices; 11 Drum voices. Maximum 32 timbres (last-note priority with element reverse, DVA).
  • Phrases/Styles - 3876 Preset phrases, 99 User phrases per style. 64 styles consisting of Preset phrases and User phrases), 8 sections per style.
  • Chord Memory - M7, M, 6, m7(11), M9, add9, m,m6, m7,m7(flat5), mM7, m9, madd9, 7,7(sharp5), 7(flat9), 9, 7(sharp9), 7(sharp11), 7(flat 13), 7(13), 7sus4, sus4, dim, aug, 6-09, 7(flat5).
  • Effects - 11 Reverbs, 11 Choruses, Delay, Rotary Speaker, Tremolo, Auto Pan, Phaser, Distortion, Overdrive, Amp Sim, 3-band EQ, 2-band EQ, Auto Wah, and more.
  • Memory - 3.5 in. 2DD/2HD floppy disk drive (SMF Format 0/1, ESEQ), Demo Disk Included
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT (x2), Foot Switch
  • Date Produced - 1996

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