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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March 26, 2013 @ 10:51 pm
Part 6) Scene Memory and Track memories. You can program 8 scene and track memories into the SU700, and sequencer them. That means the mute/unmute, effects selection, filter, groove settings, can be stored on the fly...and recalled...this can be used for brute force or sudden changes in levels and timbre....another feature that is not found in other sequencers is markers...where you can jump to different times on the songs timeline...most sequencers have a discrete limit to where they can jump to on a timeline(1bar,1/8 bar, etc.) the su700 marker function let's you arbitrarily choose. Dope.
March 26, 2013 @ 9:26 pm
Part 5) this is one of the only grooveboxes where you can insert different time signatures into the same loop...and all the parts can have independent loop lengths...so in the present day and age you can take any soft synth, sample it, degrade it, chop it down, and have the su700 assume the identity of the soft synth patch(sampling)...also vocal snippets work wonders...as composed loops or free one shots. Used alone or in conjunction with other sequencers it has a unique identity. If you can respect its bus capacity in relation to its memory capacity it is awesome. just no massive accapellas.
March 26, 2013 @ 9:13 pm
Part 4) the good. if you understand the power of making your own percussion hits and synth stabs, along with appreciating the importance of economy this box has amazing this to offer in regards to techno and hip hop. It has an amazing way of chopping samples down to the tiniest slivers possible. Very easy, very fast....its sequencing method is play me live first(velocity pads), then edit your attempts with one level of undo. once you have the sequence you can adjust filtering, eq, quantization/groove...and then apply real time edits. very fluid, easy to get the hang of.
March 26, 2013 @ 8:36 pm
Part 3) knobs. many units suffer from jittery knobs...and the knobs are central to the functioning of the machine...with the freeze up issue described in part one, you can use the slider setting to get around this...but this is a common problem. Sometimes fixable via cleaning...but sometimes not.
March 26, 2013 @ 8:29 pm
Part 2) when you see the specs of 68 mb and 64 voices...it looks good on paper...but from someone who really enjoys using it...too many people pay too little attention to its base specifications. It has a tiny CPU for handling samples. It can handle large data sets, but it is best to keep your samples short...one shots and 1-4 bar loops(the closer to 4 bars the more data compression you should use) The idea is to design your soundset around the original specs...if you can fit your project on a floppy, regardless of the upgrades, then the su700 can really hustle.
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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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