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
June 22, 2013 @ 8:22 pm
Agreed with Koyote.. This piece of gear is hands down one of the most powerful and amazing boxes I have ever owned. Sequencing is super easy and it has functions that were way ahead of its time. I use it for any genre..literally from hip hop to bluegrass..this thing is my go to machine to get ideas out of my head and thru speakers. Check out youtube for tutorial videos and you will see that you can start sequencing on this thing within minutes!
June 18, 2013 @ 1:20 pm
@max I am sorry, but while you might have owned them, that does not make you an authority. The Rs7k is an awesome machine, I owe an su700, mc808, and a command station. The Rs7k is a big machine. and it is deep...yet it is easy and flexible to use. It is an optimal solution for a music production system, and can also function as a midi brain...editing is tiresome, Sequencing is bizarre? I guess you just did not get it. But the truth is that is an amazing device. For its price range, nothing can do what it does. One of the best purchases I ever made and if I had spare cash I would buy it again.
May 21, 2013 @ 11:55 am
And I need to further point out the following: I have owned and gigged extensively with all of the said grooveboxes, plus all the Korgs, too.
May 21, 2013 @ 11:43 am
Inasmuch as grooveboxes in general are REALLY useful for any dancemusic producer, when compared to the Roland 505, 808 and 909, the 2 Yamahas are: much better sounding, but much clunkier to use and very difficult to get to know.
Editing is tiresome and sequencing is bizarre to say the least. You will not be able to have any serious fun with these. However, they have better sound quality than the Rolands, and, IN THEORY, can do the very same stuff.
Yamaha was always a better manufacturer, but Roland always had the edge. Having said that, I cannot recommend this particular machine.
April 9, 2013 @ 9:17 pm
Really wish Yamaha had made these with higher quality pots and switches, a better case with paint that doesn't wear off or scratch off so easily, without the onboard sounds, and devoted more CPU power to the MIDI timing. Otherwise, it's a great machine that is a lot more intuitive than you would think at first glance.
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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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