Yamaha RY30

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The RY30 is an elegant Drum Machine with advanced synth-like features that give it a really great sound. Its sounds come from a sample-based ROM synthesis engine belonging to Yamaha's SY/TG series of digital synthesizers. It's sounds are 16-bit, 48kHz PCM with digital multimode filters. It can store up to 100 user patterns and 20 songs, plus it comes with 100 preset patterns in various styles for instant drum accompaniment.

The RY30 has 90 waveforms, most of which are acoustic drum and percussion samples. There are an additional 6 analog waves including sine, triangle, and saw waves. Two oscillators can be layered per voice, and the voices can be pitched and played via MIDI. It has 16-note polyphony, but loses one voices to the metronome. There are eight touch sensitive pads dedicated to a certain type of drum sound. There are 96 drums sounds built-in (12 banks of eight). Additional sounds and patterns can be brought in via ROM cards for the RY30/RM50 as well as some SY/TG cards.

There are digital 12 and 24 db/oct hipass and lowpass filters which sound ok, and are great for contouring sounds. There are no effects except internal samples can be played in reverse. It also has four outputs that you can assign any drum sound to (kick, snare, hihat, etc). A nice little Modulation Wheel can adjust the pitch, decay time, pan, filter cutoff and the balance of the oscillators. As far as drum machines go, the RY30 is one of the nicest and biggest rivals of the venerable Roland R8.The RY30 is used by Asian Dub Foundation among others.

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30 Visitor comments
August 14, 2009 @ 6:19 pm
I owned an RY30 for, I guess 5 years. It still to this day (2009) is one of the best drum machines EVER made. Underrated. Forget the limited on-board memory, record the finished patterns/songs via midi to sequencer. But that filter wheel! added to, say, snare hits brings to life real nuances to the sound. Rock to dance the RY30 is up to it.
March 12, 2009 @ 6:58 pm
i remember 1997 i found this machine in a salvation army store on bleecher st. in soho. i only paid $15 for it. when i was dj i never really took advantage of it. i used to have it sitting around. then one day i took it to work and began playing with it. next thing u know i had a demo tape. i must say makings them patterns and customizing them sound tokk allot of work,but darn that thing had good sound.
February 25, 2009 @ 4:05 pm
great machine! very underestemated, i use it alot. it sounds great, has impressive possibilitys. this drummachine is a sort of digital drumsynth so you can make great drum, percussion ánd synthsounds.
warning! not for the common dance producer, the ry30 is for those who like ánd dare tho programm their one sounds!
December 20, 2008 @ 1:40 pm
Great machine but I don't miss it much since getting an MPC1000. In typical Yamaha fashion the MIDI spec is almost overwhelmingly generous and it feels like nearly every possibility within the architecture has been made available. Nonetheless the interface strikes a good balance between ease of use and control, erring wisely on the latter side. This balance is most apparent when mapping velocity to various sound parameters, probably the most outstanding feature of the engine. Limited real time control, no track muting, and it really begs for some processing, but has a good assortment of mid-to-high-quality sounds and shines as a fast rhythm sketchpad or as a dedicated drum sequencer.
October 31, 2008 @ 2:41 pm
es la mejor programadora de ritmo que he tenido, pero lastima que se me descompuso..
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 note polyphony (metronome takes 1 voice)
  • Sounds - 16-bit AWM2, 48 kHz. Drum tones: 96 internal PCM sounds, 32 sounds per external ROM card.
  • Sequencer - Resolution: 1/96 note, Tempo range: 40-250bpm.
  • Filter - Digital Filter, High (12 and 24 dB/oct) and Lowpass (12 and 24 dB/oct)
  • VCA - Decay Rate + Volume. Envelope rate can be modulated by Velocity.
  • Keyboard - 12 pads with velocity sensitive controlling filter, volume, EQ, and pitch
  • Memory - 100 preset and 100 user programmable patterns (up to 4 measures per pattern), 20 songs (up to 999 measures each).
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT (16-part multitimbral)
  • Date Produced - 1991

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