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 30, 2014 @ 11:28 am
I've researched and tested replacement encoders for the SU700. I've posted my findings, along with links to the appropriate components at http://www.albates.com/yamaha-su700-encoder-repair-and-replacement/ - hope it helps someone.
November 26, 2013 @ 11:23 am
As all users of this sampler know, the rotary encodes go bad eventually, and the values jump all over. This part is VU594400 in Yamaha service manual, and I guess can be bought from Yamaha. I also found some resellers with google. The part is quite expensive, and it will be the same bad encoder that was originally inside.

Anyhow, it would help me and others users of this maschine immensely if someone could share their findings in repairing this issue, and if they have found an alternative encoder to use as replacement!
September 18, 2013 @ 12:47 am
I liked the 'voicing' of this sampler much more than its bigger relative, the rs7000. its got a warmer, rolled-off sound with nice full mids. Its a phrase sampler with extremely limited midi implementation. the expensive scsi expansion is a must unless you like juggling floppies. I would still own this box if it had chromatic sequencing like the rs7k, but its more of a drum/phrase sampler IMO
September 16, 2013 @ 5:47 pm
I have seen a youtube video where it has worked. But the drive itself costs more than the current price of the Su-700! www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycIk0SJNEi4 . The drive costs $300 at this time.
September 11, 2013 @ 9:18 am
i read on an earlier post that a usb floppy drive emulator will work on the su700. can anyone provide some more details? or probably a link on how can this be done -- jumper setting? will a generic emulator do? any other tweaks needed? etc. saw some china-made emulators on ebay. any info would be greatly appreciated before i order one online. advance thanks guys.
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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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