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
January 11, 2011 @ 6:24 pm
Just bought one used and i'm thrilled, although it takes a little time to understand how it works, but it came without its original cd-rom. Can anyone help? Is there a site somewhere to download the data of this cd-rom (patterns, samples, etc)? Thanks.

P.S. The drum sounds of the RS7000 still sound fresh and punchy! I think i've finally found my RY30 replacement.
December 17, 2010 @ 7:55 pm
After trying out the SU700 out, I realized the Yamaha layout for such machines had something I'd been missing (I've also owned the AN200). The RS7000 definitely has its quirks. However, once you wrap your mind around its unique work flow, you'll find it pretty easy to program. The master effects section blows my mind considering the amount of other effects/EQ options you really have compared to other such machines. There's more depth than any other hardware sequencer I've ever used.
I think this might be the box that takes my music to the next level due to its effortless blending of sampling and sequencing. The onboard sounds are decent enough when blended with external sounds. Good job, Yamaha...
September 24, 2010 @ 10:41 am
I own an RS7000 for some 8 years now. It is indeed a splendid workstation, although the lack of a program bank was in the beginning hell on earth. I regard its tracks as a symbyosis between midi-tracks/audio-tracks. I use samples from my own play on other instruments too in the RS. It took quite some time to find my balance and sound with it. Once starting to make patterns with phrases I really enjoy the quick way of working, as well as the opertunity to tweak during realtime play. Or saving scenes during realtime play. In order to get the song-mode right after making a pattern chain is less comforting me. Nevertheless it's a great and powerful tool to produce music with. Either stand alone, or in combination with other gear, I could not miss it for the world anymore.
Izera Stephen
March 21, 2010 @ 8:39 am
A great machine although I still cant work it out properly :)
Excellent sounds and features.
I think the fx processing is a bit limited as I would like to see different fx applied to each track not just different amounts of 1 effect....but maybe that is possible and I just havnt worked it out yet.
Also I feel that 6 outs should have been standard, not 2
The plus side of it is that if Im stuck for an idea I can go over to it....play around for a few minutes and come away with something Ive never heard before!!!
You just cant put a price on that.
It really can pull some of the strangest stuff you have ever heard before.....really.
Once I work this thing out I want have at the center of my hardware synths at have it controll all of them....moo ha ha!!
A great machine.
Like someone else said , how many do you see for sale?
Just get one allready!!
March 6, 2010 @ 12:33 pm
I have two of these, I love it so much.
I gave up on software sequencing ages ago, cause it was just too much to work on that more time was spent in sub menus then actually creating a note.

This machine is no easy thing to learn, but once you do - its a god send. Its actually nice to get back to 16 tracks, limiting what you put on it means you think about your sounds. The only downsides was the fact the aftermarket 6 output boards were as rare as Dodo teeth in the uk, due to our very stringent and somwhat anal regulation standards. If they had placed this as standard - OMGH this would have just been killer

Needs a company to make some sort of new internal HD or something, cause the smartmedic cards are a bit in the delicate side, so adding a usb connection to this would be the devil itself.
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  • 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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