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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46 Visitor comments
Doug Waite
March 27, 2012 @ 3:36 pm
I bought one new in the 90s and used it faithfully on stage for years. Without getting maudlin here, it's the best stand alone sequencer ever made and still a stalwart part of my arsenal. I will never get rid of it!! I love it.
prosper donge
March 24, 2012 @ 10:54 am
the qy700 saved my creativity. after quitting with software sequencing i searched for a hardware sequencer that offers a minimum of operating comfort. and i found it! i dont care about the sound engine since i have enough synths. i am so happy with this new friend, because now i can keep things simple! made a mini review on prosper-donge.com about the qy700 in comparison to cubase and the yamaha rm1x.
jono rezzillo
February 6, 2012 @ 4:42 am
Just buy a little usb floppy drive and plug it in to access the thousands and thousands of phrases to run these powerful sequencers, nothing will touch them.
jono rezzillo
February 6, 2012 @ 4:39 am
Im afraid you need to let the QY700 re live as it can run any of its 4000 phrases, patterns, sequences thru any present day synth or the coolest latest plug in soft synths that u can buy. NON of these latest above have this facility. Think of the possibilities of sending just the midi info OUT, endless. Dont throw away the old QY 700, they are trying to catch up with that one even nowadays, korg kronus for one! this has less than half of the phrases and stuff the Yamaha has. Re think, everyone.
January 15, 2012 @ 3:41 pm
1- I want to create my own patterns and save them as patterns to be used later..how could I do that?
2- when I connect another sound source, and then I press (Play or REC) on the Qy700,
the other sound source starts playing its enternal beats and patterns at the same time...I tried the midi setting on Qy700 ( sync...etc) didnt help..and the other midi device is BASIC doesnt have midi setting, but it has 16 midi channels an 32 polyphonic.. I worked well with cubase /PC
any help? thanks. ryan22@primus.ca January 15, 2012
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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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