Yamaha SU10

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The SU10 is a very compact and portable sampler and sequencer. Best suited for the on-the-go musician it ultimately is a note-pad for musical ideas. It has a maximum of 4 simultaneous samples polyphony, 11.64 to 44.1 sampling rates, 54 to 19 seconds of sampling time (respectively), stereo input/output (using one-eighth inch mini stereo plugs), 4 songs with up to 100 events in each and a maximum of 48 samples can be stored. The 12 key-pads are not only used for editing and programming, but also for triggering samples stored within any of the four banks (bank a, b, c or d).

For professional use these specs are just not good enough. Its overall sound quality is questionable. However it features some pretty cool tricks that may interest DJ's: a ribbon controller that can be used to filter the samples cutoff, alter pitch, reverse, scale, crossfade, hold and scratch samples. It features a VCF type filter with 3 resonant settings and a bandpass, highpass, or lowpass shape. It can even be used to filter an external sound source. Unfortunately the filter is 'sketchy' and prone to crackles, distortion and noise. Filtering external sounds have extremely low output too.

The SU10 won't replace your real sampler nor should it be considered a professional sampler but it does have its place. If you can handle the limited sampling specs and very poor filter then the SU10 can still provide you with hours of fun and entertainment, but that's about it. It has been used by Jimi Tenor, Autechre, and Scanner.

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18 Visitor comments
September 18, 2012 @ 3:03 pm
It's actually a decent little sampler. Folks have made comments like "not for professional use," but that really depends on your definition of professional and how you will use it. You can't sample a piano or string section expecting pristine fidelity. It is _perfect_ however, for grainy beat stuff where that doesn't matter as much (Hip-Hop, glitch, acapellas for dance-pop, etc.). Besides polyphony, the main issues are the filters (pretty distorted/unusable in the lower range; no cure for that), and the audible hiss, which is solved with good quality cable (RCA or 1/4"). That's the secret!
March 1, 2012 @ 10:55 am
I've recently started producing glitch-hop and my su10 has finally come into it's own as the ultimate glitch hop drum machine! It really is the best tool for this job and I'm glad I've kept it around. Don't ever let negative reviews stop you from getting great cheap kit, you're only limited by your own imagination!
August 2, 2011 @ 10:11 am
It sounds like a few people bought machines that aren't functioning correctly, because I used the one that I had as a drum machine. I used to sample everything at the second-highest sound quality so that I had four note polyphony, and it worked out just fine. If you are creative, you can get what you want out of this machine.
Sef McDraculas
October 15, 2010 @ 3:26 pm
also used by Nic Endo for Atari Teenage Riot
Paul Brown
September 24, 2009 @ 8:42 am
Fun little box and easy to use. Good for trigering off samples and other bits n bobs but not really much more than a toy by todays standards.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 4 simultaneous samples max (in mono)
  • Sampler - 11.64KHz to 44.1KHz (19 to 54 seconds)
  • LFO - None
  • Filter - Digital Hi / low / band pass resonant filter
  • VCA - None
  • Keyboard - 12 key-pads
  • Memory - 48 samples max
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1996

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