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
Sequencer question..
November 21, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

is the sequencer only real time like on Zoom ST-224 or is there a step sequencer?
July 27, 2011 @ 12:19 am
The different sample rates have filters on them so sampling at 22kHz isn't gritty in a good aliasing way (like a4000 in 22kHz Lofi mode)
July 27, 2011 @ 12:18 am
just got this. it's a pretty fun and fast sampler. The stretching loop functionality is really spot on(especially considering the time period this came from) and the groove timing features give you the ability to make sampled loops swing which is pretty unique.

I can imagine that making a whole song just on this is pretty tedious. I'm definitely not used to the composed loop and free buttons..i would much rather have tthe ability to choose in a track menu.
Ian CaneFire
June 21, 2011 @ 11:23 am
Correct Mikkel. I bought an A4000 (US$140), an SU700(US$152), ASIB1 (US$249) and stated earlier AIEB1 (US$134). The ASIB1 is the expansion it gives u internal and external SCSI ports it also fits in the EX5, EX5r, and the A3000. I missed out on one selling for US$215. Trying to plug in w/o the ASIB1 has not worked for me. AIEB1 expansion gives you six analog outs and two digital I/O. w/ ASIB1 you can add zip internally but even better, CF card, it's better than HDD b/c it makes no noise, less space and you needn't worry about it breaking. Visit scsicardreader.com or addonics.
Mikkel C
June 17, 2011 @ 4:01 pm
Nope you cannot use the SCSI bord from the A4000 .. but you can use the one from the A3000 :) the A4000 and A5000 uses newer SCSI bords .. But for me, i just use an internal Zip drive from the internal scsi connection on the SCSI board insted of a floppy drive. That way you dont have to have an external Zip drive hanging after the unit. But its a really great "little" box. Really sparks my creativity. But as someone wrote, be sure to check the turning knobs before u buy!
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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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