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
June 7, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
Looks like the price is coming down a bit. I just purchased the AEIB1 interface for $134 on ebay, they used to sell for much more. I am curious about the SCSI connection noted in the headline "SCSI is ready for you now". I seem to notice random achievements on the web like people using MSAC-FD2M adapters so that the front floppy drive will use a disk with a memory card reader stuck in it. However I haven't seen it verified. In any case you can also part out the scsi from a Yamaha a4000 and attach it to a SU700.
June 2, 2011 @ 10:03 am
in a way this samples is ok, but the knobs are totally bad they broke so fast you only can use it for a year or something.
SCSI IS ready 4 u now!
December 3, 2010 @ 9:09 pm
I want owners of this phenomenal box to realize if you don't have the external SCSI port its no big deal. Carefully open the box and you will see a 50 pin SCSI connect on the main board that you can use with any SCSI device. But, you must provide your own power to the drive or whatever you connect.Yes you can connect a SD Card drive if it has SCSI interfacing. I just connect a SCSI ribbon cable and run it out the back so I have a port and then connect my drive with power as needed. Be careful and it really is best to power the ext device externally rather than [beep] off the SU700 it works better even though its a extra plug. Once you get jammin and enjoy the extra storage you will not notice a extra power source anyway. If you have no clue, do not do.
November 22, 2010 @ 8:53 pm
This is one of the most intuitive sampler/sequencer boxes ever. The effects sound good. It's easy to move samples around and tweak. It's a very big and bulky machine, isn't it? The display looks cool in the dark. Shame about the floppy. I'll probably leave the 4MB of RAM in, as I like lo-fi samples and I really don't plan on using this live.
December 22, 2009 @ 8:29 am
Wow! The demo is amazing! I need one of these! :D
The first piece sounds like Juno Reactor (kind of Conga Fury)
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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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