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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Ian Hartley a part-time user from United Kingdom (England) writes:
I own two of these and plan to buy a third unit. I bought the first when it was released in 1997 and that was after minimal auditioning at my local store, infact I had about 10mins while I was waiting for them to put the sale through! The feature list on the initial Yamaha brochure was enough to blow me away totally and I was sold on it before I even tried it.

I can honestly say that despite having various plugins and software for my PC, I actually never use them as the MU100R has pretty much everything you could ever need, especially if you add additional expansion cards like I have done. I have added the DX (DX7 synth), AN (AN1x synth) to the existing VL (wind and string virtual modeling) instrument and VH (vocal harmony) boards and I plan to buy the DR (drums) and AP (acoustic piano) when I can.

I have used the MU100R in different roles on each of my projects. Using Cubase and a homemade mixer map I can FULLY automate my digital multitrack audio tracks via the A/D inputs and all with FX etc. The ease with which you can have a MIDI automation track runnning alongside your other instrument tracks in a song is superb. Adding individual FX or track changes with a simple System Exclusive data command is childs play - infact it was only after buying the MU100R that I finally understood Sys Exc. The MU100R can show you the code to use on the front display and the rest can be found in the user manual.

I find the FX incredibly useful for adding the finishing touches to vocal tracks, by using the onboard licensed Aurel Exciter and some fully parametric EQ, reverb etc. The guitar overdrive sounds are pretty useable for a digital unit, and don't end up being harsh and brittle like many other models out there. The rest of the FX are very good indeed and work as you would hope.

The sonic palette of this beast is astonishing but the highlights are the incredible virtual modeling of the VL board, and when this is incorporated into the Performance multi-channel presets with the onboard samples you can achieve some breathtaking swirling, evolving sounds. The 20MB of waveform samples that makeup the the 1500+ presets are on the whole excellent and realistic. As with most GM based synths they need a bit of work to bring them fully to life but many work fine with little or no effort.

The MU100R is so easy to use once you have understood the basic interface concept. I suppose some may miss having a numeric pad of buttons to call up a preset number instantly, but the jog wheel does a fairly good job. The display is large and detailed with some fun icons to brighten things up.

If I had both the time and the inclination I could sit here typing a lot more about how superb the MU100R is, but the bottom line is that this is a monster of a machine that takes up a single rackspace and packs in so much power and flexability, that it will become your Swiss Army knife of your really is THAT amazing!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-24-2006 at 12:55
SYNTEX77 a professional user from Italy writes:
Great multitimbral module, if you hear a single preset you can hate it, but the best result is in a multitimbral use, thanks to a number of insert fx and polyphony. If you have a good studio it's not advised, but if you hate a audio sequencer, have a poor studio and don't have many money , it's a good purchase on the used expander. The audio imput are usefoul, and the Vl synthesis is not good as a vl1 or vl70, but is a good think for all... My rating is relative at this range of products

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-06-2004 at 12:46
Dario a hobbyist user from Italy writes:
Well, Yamaha did a good work on this box. Think that the package is 64 voices (+ 1 VL), harmoniser, great editing, 1500 sounds, 200 performances. The display is great also. Don't sleep on GM sounds. You get much better sounds from variations. Also, if you have patience to tweak filters and effects, you can't distinguish from professional pop music. Guitars are very good, stereo piano (double concert grand) is unique, and epianos are wonderful. VL voices are something very precious. The only disappointment is that if you use A/D inputs in performances, then only two patches can be used instead of four. But this is a limitation that is rather personal, since I use it also for singing. Big drums, a lot of snares to choose from. Also organs are appreciated. If I had lost, for sure I'll buy it again. This box is the one of the best module I've had and compared to sound canvas it shines.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-03-2001 at 12:30
hOtfUdGe a part-time user from Sydney Australia writes:
When I 1st came across the mu100r after having it recommended to me by the guy in the music store I was like, gosh what on the moon is this guy recommended me a general midi module for after knowing I mostly buy high end pro units.

When I got home that night I was curious so I looked it up at the yamaha site & was surprized to find what they had packed into this 1 rack space tone generator, so I went back & got it.

This unit is a real sleeper, must've had a lot of professionals think that it is a general midi module due to it's past with the mu90r etc, it's upgrade from the mu90r is a huge leap.

The performance mode presets are usable & once you get to making your own it really rocks, the VL voices are very impressive also & of course the XG voices are very high quality. Sound wise this unit can hold it's own against the best out there & with the amount of voices it's packed with it's not hard to find a bunch you can constantly use.

Editing on this unit is very cakewalk also & with it's effects section, which really makes this unit shine, I could go on for quiet a bit, because it's packed with so many useful things, so to make it short because by now you must know how wonderful this unit is.

I just wanted to say for those of you out there who want not just a sound module that sounds brilliant & will serve you well for years & years to come, but for those of you looking for a well price piece of professional studio gear that you can use for more than just a tone generator, you really can't go by this baby.

They have packed top class sounds & effects & added more features than a plastic surgeons wife for a very good price, what more could you ask for?, all I wanted was a sound module that sounded contemporary with which I could creat my own sounds, I ended up getting that & then some. Yamaha rock on!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-30-2001 at 23:56
Edoardo Franchi a professional user from Italy writes:
MU 100r is a very useful tool. The sounds aren't incredible but the medium quality is excellent, especially for basses, brass, rodhes piano and some drums. Great possibilities with the harmonizer and the VL sounds. It has even enough individual outs for external mixing and a good display. very loud signal too, great power!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-06-2001 at 08:39
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