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
April 10, 2014 @ 3:03 pm
How can I connect the su10 to my drum machine my synthesizer and to my sl1200 technics to have real time crossfader and external scratch???? Please help me
February 23, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Hey e-beatz

Yeah you can use this without a computer, though you'll obviously need headphones/speakers to hear it, and yeah you can just record whatever into, then use it on it's own

Lovely little lo-fi sampler in my opinion, preferred to the bulkier akai s20 in my opinion, though just for it's size and speed
February 21, 2014 @ 1:53 am
im not getting the info i need!!!! i need to get back to the homie i want to buy this from......but i wana know if i can record into PC???? or is this a stand alone toy? can i record music into it , and then back to the computer??

please let me know...
January 28, 2014 @ 7:46 am
Bjork cut her teeth on the SU10.
September 23, 2013 @ 12:57 pm
Another DHR artist who used it is EC8OR. To produce their '98 platter World Beaters they employed: Amiga 500, Yamaha A-3000, Eventide H3000, Yamaha SU-10, 200 MMX
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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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