Yamaha RS7000 Music Production Studio

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The RS7000 is a major groove production workstation! It's sort of like Akai's MPC-series, combining sampling and sequencing, but with an added internal synth engine. The RS7000 is particularly suited for dance, techno, Hip Hop, R&B, and ambient genres.

The sampler section consists of a 4MB (expandable to 64MB) sampler (5kHz to 44.1kHz or 32kHz to 48kHz via digital option board). You can use it to sample external sounds, re-sample the RS7000's sounds itself, or load samples from a variety of common formats! Auto-beat slicing lets you easily sample any loops or sounds and sync them to your sequence tempo! All the professional sampling and editing features you'd expect are here, and more!

The tone generator offers 62-voice polyphonic AWM2 synthesis, with over 1,000 synth sounds and 63 drum kit sounds (all via ROM). Here you'll find the resonant filters (6 types), advanced LFO modulation, BPM-synchronized LFO waveforms, and more! Edits made to the internal sounds, as well as to any samples are all stored within your sequence patterns.

The Sequencer is the real meat of the RS7000, where you make music out of the sounds it's got and that you've put into it! It offers pattern-based recording with 16 tracks each, and a 200,000 note-per-song capacity. Linear sequencer sequencing, like you would do using a software sequencer like Cubase, is also supported by the RS7000. Pattern-based sequences can be converted to the linear format as well. Realtime, grid and step recording methods are also available. Linking patterns into songs can be done in real time and meticulously tweaked. Total MIDI control, real-time hands on control, 18 assignable knobs and two pads, a Master effect section (with a multi-band compressor, slicer, isolater, other DJ-style master effects), and more make the RS7000 the most professional quality groove/loop/dance machine out there! It has been used by Hardfloor.

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56 Visitor comments
July 18, 2014 @ 12:19 pm
I was hesitant with the RS7000, but I'm starting to learn how useful it is. Live sampling is easy and effective. Wrote this track in one night, just had my guitar attached to the thing and sampled it to create an ambient piece:
April 11, 2014 @ 9:03 am
Well, I've been using an MC-909 for a few years and an RS-7000 for a couple of months now (enough to have a decent handle on it). My verdict? I have to echo what I've read a lot of different places: you buy an MC-909 for deep sound design and superior sound quality. Or you buy the RS-7000 for a much deeper sequencer with some tricks up its sleeve that the MC can only dream of. I do find sampling to be much, much simpler on the MC. All things considered, I personally prefer the MC but the RS is an amazing machine too. In the end, it's just a matter of what you need more. I say get both!
December 28, 2013 @ 5:04 pm
If you want to see why these rs7000s are so important in todays electronic scene than check this out www.klekno.com or www.soundcloud.com/klekno enough of the pre recorded cds of a dj. Lets do it "live" and give people there moneys worth. Not a pre recorded cd with there hands in the air 80% of the time. Its time to see the electronic scence step it up. ENOUGH of the dj.....
December 13, 2013 @ 3:45 pm
Sorry, but you should have worked with it longer Steve-O. You don't need SCSI, and your appraisal of it's sounds being poor is from not having worked with it enough to learn that it can sound much better than a 505, just not right off the shelf. It has DX sounds in it, no DX engine thank goodness, but a slot for a DXplg or ANcard I'll agree would have been [beep] en to the extreme.
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December 2, 2013 @ 9:27 pm
Had one in the past, but was disappointed with the sounds. IMHO mc505 sounded much better, so this had to go. I even had more fun with RM1X, don't know rs7000 is just too big and it sounds terrible. Sampling took too long, plus you had to use SCSI. There are better samplers out there. This is an OK box, but I don't miss it at all. If it had the AN1X or the DX7 synth engine inside, it would be a killer. Instead they decided to use some cheap samples and sheety filters, so this thing [beep] s. Great sequencer, that's about it. 6/10
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Drum & Vocal W/ Filter & Delay, Big Beat Pattern, Progressive House W/ Compressor Master Effect, House Track & D'n'B Filters And Bassline Tweaked Through Pitch Change. From Future Music CD issue 113.

    Manual - Download the original owner's manual here.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 voices in SEQUENCER, 62 voices in TONE GENERATOR, 256 voices in SAMPLER
  • Sequencer - 64-voice, 200,000 note capacity per song, 1-300bpm, 480 ppqn, 16 Sequencer tracks, 16 Phrase tracks, 256 user phrases per style, 1024 user patterns (64 styles x 16 sections), 20 songs. Compatibility: RS7000 format (load & save), RM1x format (load), SMF format 0 (load & save), format 1 (load). Arpeggiator: Up, Down, Alternate1/2, Random), Sort, Hold, Octave range.
  • Tone Generator - AWM2, 16-part, 62-voice, 1054 synth voices, 63 drum-kit sounds
  • Sampler - 256 sample voices (Pitch / Kit), 5.5 to 48kHz sampling, 4MB sample memory expandable to 64MB via 2 72-pin SIMMS; Export RS7000 format, WAV (to HD, MO, ZIP, etc., SmartMediaTM), Import RS7000 format, WAV, AIFF, Yamaha A3000/4000/5000, Yamaha SU700, AKAI S1000/3000 (from HD, MO, ZIP, etc., CD-ROM, SmartMedia)
  • Filter - 6 types (18 with OS 1.2 or later) including 24dB / 18dB /12dB Low-pass, Hi-pass,Band-pass, Band eliminate, and more
  • Effects - 4 blocks: Reverb (11 types), Delay/Chorus (22 types), Variation (92 types), Master (8 types), 6 EQ types
  • Memory - 4MB, expandable up to 64MB
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT (x2) (16-part)
  • Date Produced - 2001

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