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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Demos & Media

Audio Clip 1 WARNING! Listening to this demo may cause you to go out and purchase the SU700 now! It sounds awesome...
ManualDownload 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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