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
March 26, 2013 @ 8:19 pm
Part 1) There is alot of good and alot of bad about this machine. The bad is the OS system should always be checked. Because the pad selection button freezes...so you cannot access the other pad banks available, or even switch songs. The way you can get around this is to press stop, go into a jobs menu function and then the pads selectors work...something that you can work around....but you have to be aware of it...
January 7, 2013 @ 6:35 am
also used a lot by Mr. Velcro Fastener
December 5, 2012 @ 2:17 am
I just got an SU700. I haven't gotten into it very deep, but I have researched the floppy replacement issue. This forum thread has all the detail you could ever want about what works and what doesn't:
http://www.ex5tech.com/ex5ubb_cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic& f=21&t=000135

In short: Yes USB floppy emulators do work in the SU700. But not the ones sold by ipcas.com. Read the thread for specifics, as there are several gotchas.
November 7, 2012 @ 10:12 am
I think I'm gonna buy this machine.. But I don't want to have a broken one at home, so what are the things I have to check for on this sampler before buying it?

Thanks in advance!
J Bailey
October 13, 2012 @ 6:40 pm
Yes, a usb floppy drive emulator does in fact work. There is abit of modding required in terms of keeping it secure after replacing the original floppy, but it works. You need to remember to format the usb to make it recognizable as a floppy disk.
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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