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
February 23, 2012 @ 5:46 pm
Astonishing machine! I bought this when it first came out 10 years ago and it is still streets ahead of newer competitors. It is a rugged beast too. Built like a chunky little tank. Mine has travelled everywhere, been bashed about a bit but still keeps chugging along beautifully. If you can find one BUY IT! This is a future classic and the RS7000 is one of the best kept secrets amongst those who know. It is just such a great machine to work with. Feels tactile. SO much control over SO many parameters. You'll never get bored with this beauty.
February 16, 2012 @ 4:27 pm
I've had this for over 10 years now, even now I learn stuff I didn't know it could do. This is the mother of sequencing and particularly slicing. You can load a sample in a break it down into its component measures and move them about. The realtime effects beat a lot of the processing my gear offers.

This is not a very trendy module but once you get your head round how its works, it offers more than the headliners.

I even dropped it and it still works fine!
December 14, 2011 @ 8:53 pm
Bought it the first day it came out, so far ahead of it's time. I still compare the specs on later built machines and they're barely catching up to the features! In fact this machine boasts features that many software sequencers are finally adding to their specs! RS For Life!
November 7, 2011 @ 1:26 pm
I finally have one. All I can say is that I had no idea how much fun a groovebox could possibly be. Very deep, intricate and elegant. The sounds are boomy and the filters have this extremely aggressive character. I love the phrasing metaphor. And to be quite honest, if I had the cash I would by another one on the spot...I just wish I could get the expansion board...the problem is that it costs almost as much as the RS7K. I love this box...big and chunky, but self contained in that you don't really need to hook it up to a computer 10 stars!(i would like two of them)
October 4, 2011 @ 2:00 pm
: love the Rs7000 & is a great 16track recording itemwith tons of preset samples & instruments to cover all styles of music from dance,rap,RnB,cybergoth & so on,except country music.At first i found this very difficult to understand on how it worked...but once i discovered how to work it & record my own samples & build drum patterns too with it,i couldn't put it down & now i used it almost everyday coming up with something new.
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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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