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
December 21, 2009 @ 7:33 pm
the best money I have ever spent on music equipment, hands down! It is just fun to play with and use to create beats. The synthesis engine sounds a lot better than the one on the rm1x, however, they are no competition for all of the analog and virtual analog boards and modules out there. The synth settings are just so well integrated with the patterns that you create, that I am having a hard time breaking my addiction to that convenience. Just wondering if anyone else could recommend a software sequencer to send piano roll data to it?- when using FL studio I have to hit the play button on the RS on the 'one' to record another layer of synth on the RS in time with what has already been recorded..
October 30, 2009 @ 6:30 pm
@benny, the synthesis is same old yamaha awm2?,so one lfo no velocity modulation blabla get roland for synth, but yes sampling are much speedier than roland and offer much bending, plus ace sequencer and live control.
October 24, 2009 @ 10:53 am
I own the RM1x and I like it a whole lot, it woould however be nice with a more capable syntesis engine and sampling capabilities, is it worth upgrading to this?
Joe S
October 6, 2009 @ 5:10 pm
I've had it since it launched and will not sell it. When I dont feel like powering up the DAW I fire up the RS.
It has a steep learning curve. If your a programmer youll find your way around just fine. However I purchased this when I was a noob and over the years it has taught me more than a thing or two about synth programming AND sampling. Its definitly an overlooked treasure IMO.
Now I do have to mention that on power up the raw sound of the RS is very digital. I really believe the factory presets on just about all of the effects dont do any of them justice.especially the reverbs. So make sure you go in deep and really learn how to tweek the available effects and filters. It [beep] s that you cant preview samples before loading.I have my card backed up on PC to preview samples. Large tracks/Samples take quite a while to load.
If you find one of these around and youve been thinking about adding it to your arsenal, dont sleep on it just grab it. You'll be pleased you did.
September 18, 2009 @ 7:48 am
ehhh, i have one and i don't really like the rs-7000. a little bit on the irritating side to program but other than that it has amazing sounds and a definite power house in the music production studio arena. i just think that there are a lot easier mps devices that are a hell of a lot easier to program and just as versatile. oh and luis bicho, you shouldn't be posting your items for sale on the archive pages. didn't you read the posting rules???
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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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