Yamaha SU700

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One of the coolest sampler / sequencer music boxes around and it's from Yamaha! Yamaha has officially stepped into the dance genre with this one! The SU700 is an all-in-one music production studio of the AKAI MPC3000 type. But it adds many cool features to make any DJ, musician or hobbyist an instant sampling and sequencing techno wizard! The first thing you'll notice is its ability to auto-match beats and loops to the same tempo for instant music making without the hassles!

The sampler section is sophisticated enough for even the highest grade of professional studio work. Analog and digital inputs with variable sampling rates and bit rates! Sounds coming into the SU700 can be processed instantly through the filters and effects without even needing to be sampled. Sampled sounds can be auto truncated, auto looped, auto beat matched and auto time-sliced! Each sample is stored in one of the pads from which you can trigger it, edit and so on. The sequencer section is also pretty fly whether you're gonna program every note in or create a live performance in real time! Build and drop out tracks in real time while editing, filtering and tweaking other parameters!

For grooving, the SU700 is well equipped. There are 12 knobs providing access to all the important edit parameters for real-time tweaks. These knobs can even be individually assigned to each of the sample pads for specialized tweaks! There's a ribbon control for added enjoyment. A Groove function to vary your beats, lots of excellent effects (3 simultaneous). Resonant low, high and band pass filters and a flexible LFO make for great filtering and sweeping effects. The SU700 is ideal for any DJ or musician looking for a simplified but incredibly professional way to make your own killer dance music - live or in the studio! It is used by Speedy J.

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42 Visitor comments
The Big Bang
October 22, 2009 @ 12:18 am
I used to own an SU700 and I make hip hop music. 1st off this machine is very, very easy to use. It took me a while to figure out how to actually use everything including song mode but once I figured it out it was a breeze. The only thing I didn't like about this is you only get 4 Loop pads to sequence with, the others are just for triggering 1 shot samples. I've made countless amount of hot beats on this thing. Its really not about what you use...its how you use it. Be creative...don't be scared to experiment!!! I've out-grown this machine and stepped up to the MPC1000 only because it has more pads per bank and USB & CF card vs saving on floppies. On a scale 1-5.. i give it a 3.5.
September 23, 2009 @ 9:27 am
I bought the SU-700 for a reasonable price and was under the impression that I could use it as a sequencer. Unfortunately I was wrong and I think it is important to make potential buyers aware of this. It is not a sequencer in the sense that the Yamaha QY-70/100/700 or the Roland MC-500 can trigger external equipment via midi. I read reviews prior to buying but none pointed out the fact that it can only sequence messages and notes it finds usefull in itsell and that each sample needs to be assigned to a seperate channel. You can imagine that I was rather gutted to discover these limitations after purchase realising that I would not be able to use it for live sequencing.

It is however quite usefull as an effects unit.
June 28, 2009 @ 2:23 am
I bought my SU on ebay about 4 weeks ago, and I have to say that it was well worth the investment. I completely agree with Insite, the box seems limited at first, but there's a lot you can do with this machine if you get creative. It's a blast to jam on, and is capable of some of the most interesting sample flips I've ever heard. I haven't yet read the manual, but it's a pretty straight forward interface. I go through the 32mb RAM fairly quick, but it's enough for me. Get a zip drive, get SCSI, and use an external sequencer, you'll be golden.

It's perfectly structured for use of lo-fi samples and the roll function is choppy enough that you can get some interesting effects. I call it the Grime Machine o_O
Dave Nelson
May 28, 2009 @ 4:27 am
A good sampler, but useless to DJing...don't waste time and money to buy it if you need a sampler for your disco's console...
May 21, 2009 @ 4:49 pm
hi, bought mine this week, new in the box :) it has been forgotten at a local shop, lucky me.. do you know how to upgarde de OS, if thats possible?
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - WARNING! Listening to this demo may cause you to go out and purchase the SU700 now! It sounds awesome...

    Manual - Download the original owner's manual here.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 voices
  • Sampler - 16-bit linear, 8-bit linear Stereo sampling; Analog input: 44.1, 22.05, or 11.025 kHz; Digital input: 48.0 or 32.0 kHz
  • Sample Memory - 4MB RAM (upgradable to 68 MB) / Floppy disk drive
  • Sample Time - 44.1 kHz, stereo, 16-bit: 22.3 sec.; 11.025 kHz, mono, 8-bit: 357.2 sec.
  • Sequencer - 42 Tracks, 20 songs
  • Keyboard - 12 pads (8 pads are touch [velocity] sensitive)
  • Effects - 43 effect types (3 simultaneous)
  • Control - MIDI, MTC
  • Date Produced - 1998

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