Yamaha SU200

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The SU200 is a budget desktop sampler suited for DJs and entry-level musicians. The aim of the SU200 is Groove Sampling and Remixing. Variable sampling rates from 5 to 44.1 kHz offer a range of 333 to 21 seconds in stereo or mono. Samples are assigned to the pads. Looping, loop muting, slicing, filtering, distortion, effects and more are available on the fly. A ribbon controller will 'scratch' the samples like a record on a turntable. There are two real time control knobs assignable to the Loop Remix, Slice, Tech Mod (LFO), Distortion/Lo-Fi, Delay, and Filter effects. Loop Remix is a function that slices up a loop and allows you to effect the slices to create a whole new variation of that loop.

A nice feature is a Resampling function which allows you to re-sample your loops or performances with any effects you may have applied. Sampled loops are also beat-matched to the tempo automatically using the Loop-Track Play feature, so you can be sure your loops will play in time with each other. Sync the SU200 to a tempo via MIDI or use the Tap Tempo key (essential for live DJ use). The SU200 also features Line and Mic inputs, MIDI IN (supports bulk dump of SU10 samples) and SmartMedia Memory Card storage. It can be battery powered and it ships with a CD to get you started sampling drum loops and synth loops. More professional features can be found in the SU700. But for DJs, the SU200 provides an affordable loop and groove performance tool to liven' up your sets!

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4 Visitor comments
January 25, 2014 @ 8:24 am
It may be plastic outside, but you can do very rude things to samples in it!
October 15, 2011 @ 1:02 am
Back in the day this unit seemed so advanced compared to something like the SP-202. The ribbon controller was a pretty novel feature for the time and sounded amazing with the filter. I wish Yamaha still made samplers like this. The SU 700 had an amazing sound, too.
April 12, 2010 @ 10:54 am
Looking back in 2001, I was so excited to buy this machine. At the time, the SU-200 was a very good sampler to begin with while considering one's budget. I remember to this day, on display at Veneman Music then was the Ensoniq ASR-X Pro, and the Akai MPC 2000XL. The point I'm trying to make is that these samplers shouldn't get the credit for your internal musical ingenious and trained ear for making potent hip hop sonically. They're all tools for production. Although currently my baby is the MPC 1000; if you heard what I can do with (years of experience in chopping samples) the Yamaha SU-2000 today(laughs) you would think that I was using the MPC 1000. Although it's limited in comparison to today's standards, the Yamaha SU-200 is great for beginners! Ofcourse I still own mine today, and it still works the same as it did in 2001. Big up to Yamaha!
December 24, 2009 @ 10:42 pm
nice piece of a machine. great use for my soundscapes. got a second-hand unit for $100 on ebay. i wish it had more internal memory though (less than 1mb on this unit!).
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - None
  • Sampler - 896 KB Memory; Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 22.05kHz, 11.025kHz, 5.5125kHz (approx. 42, 84, 168, 333 seconds sample times in mono, respectively); Stereo or Mono modes
  • Filter - Low pass resonant filter in Effects section
  • Effects - Loop Remix, Slice, Low-pass filter with resonance, distortion/lo-fi (distortion with lo-pass filter), Delay, Tech Mod (LFO)
  • Keyboard - None (8 touch pads)
  • Memory - Holds up to 24 samples; Flash RAM and SmartMedia 3.3v offline storage
  • Control - MIDI IN only
  • Date Produced - 2000

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