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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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chris patteson from harrow-UK writes:
if you find one s/hand and cheap,steal the money to buy it. Unless your an anorak collector tekky or drum and bass merchant, this baby is all you should ever need. More rock than techno but plenty of choice of sounds,interchangeable kits, Import sounds from one kit to another to create custom kits. record in stereo using the pan controls, cool. some of the preset "pad" sounds are surreal but very useable. Gripes...cant drop sounds in and out on the fly during song playback. Can't change to different tempo's in song mode.( if you can, please let me know.thanx) doesn't turn into a pizza after midnight. Plusses... excellent L.E.D.s and display. simple to programme and edit. If you are limited when recording you can play a k/board or guitar through it if you sort out your levels, saving valuable tracks. virtually every parameter can be custom tweaked. This baby should,in view of what it can do, be 3 foot long by 2 foot wide and come in interchangeable colours schemes to suit your mood.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-02-2002 at 09:49
Leo Myshkin a part-time user from Canada writes:
i've been playing with a zoom rythmtrak 234 which i got free from a guitarist friend who doesn't use it, and then i bought the ry10 second-hand for myself. i think the ry10 is even easier to use than the zoom, although the latter is generally considered idiot proof. the sounds on both are great. i love the fact it works on batteries, and it like the fact that i can see the pattern i'm composing by the little red lights, compared to the zoom where i can only see the number of the bar i'm at. using the graph paper is definitely good advice. the manual is clear and easy to use. i'm really not patient with reading manuals, but this one has very clear explanations without assuming we're all retards. although this is considered an old drum machine, it's plenty sufficient for my use. yamaha rocks.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-12-2001 at 10:59
from us writes:
This is a correction of my previous REVIEW/info--------FOR the WEBMASTER TO FIX(just switch a few details)!!!! My mistake was I said the graph paper cubes were 16 cubes wide/long and 16 pads names tall/vertical----------------ITS only (-------------------only( 12 )pads tall/verticle--------------------and I didnt mention 16 wide and 1 line tall--only-- for the ACCENT MARKS)---------------------and I said use <, blank , > next to the XXX's for octaves-----well I now use period marks on the right or left of the xxx's or no mark for MID OCTAVe ----------sorry for this just change a few details of this great information-----------REVISE THIS INFO INTO THE LAST review i wrote cause i tried to correct it myself(thought you could erase it and resubmit, but you have more than 1 now,, use the last and revise PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-16-2001 at 23:52
a professional user from US writes:
Get an RY10 when you find one-over 256 sounds-XOXO step programming style with lights that stay on or blink depending what level you have selected, mix with real time programming and youve got some capabilities here. The hardest or worst part about this machine is memory/pattern storage, which you have to save to a tape deck!!!!warning----find the right cable to go into the tape deck, I had to use a different cable for out of the tape into the RY10 also--The most important thing is to get the SAVE volume level or input level right not too high or distortion wont be good.VERIFY VERIFY VERIFY first to check if save was successful before you erase any patterns or memory to free up room!!!!!!!!!IF you dont do this and you try to load ot back in to the ry10, you will reset to factory presets everytime.ITs all or nothing--save all memory not single patterns, and it reloads,and wipes out any previous stuff you have in the memory.Practice making bullshit patterns to test it all out before you put any time into filling the memory(or you will be sorry!!)-I have 2 RY10s that I midi sync together from another midi out machine. I pan the out puts giving me 4 that I put on different tracks or channels. Ry10#1 I usually use for Bass DRUM-L out,Snare on Right out-Ry10 #2 I use for(left panned) HHOPen/cl,ride,crash,efx etc.,Right panned#2 I use for Bassline(BAS2 works great with dist.,comp.,gate,reverb)I rarely run bassline dry cause it sounds too nerdy/robotic(which is good for stuff too).The best feature is the XOXO step prog. lights-you can program VISUALLY,GEOMETRIC patterns,what I call photo negatives light patterns(think 8th notesXOXOX fill xx's with sounds, then hit a different pad to get to a new level of lights then keep hitting the pad you just filled with lights keep switching back to visually punch in opposite lights(youll catch on)to make a negative.or if you want to really get fancy a forward to reverse(program the lights from back to front of a pattern you just did or reverse to forward or vice versa, or a negative reverse,neg forward etc(tricky and confusing but remember its a visual pattern, not programming by listening-visually programming(combine this with all sounds on all levels of lights with all outputs panned etc. using negs,forwards-reverse vice versa and vice versa negatives(youll figure it out)------If you dont have a tape deck, there is a way I invented to write down patterns on GRAPHPAPER-you have to have 16 cubes across, by 16 pads down the page, and on drums,percussion, and bassline, separated by horizontal spaces ( each section should make a perfect cube(16 cubes long/wide, by 16 pads or lines tall)BASSLINE is trickier, just do it the same way but Use the symbol < for lowest octave(only use on bassline) and (no symbol for middle octave), > for highest octave- its easy--where you mark the XX's in pen on the bassline area put the symbol < on the left side of the X for low octave-( <X )- no symbol next to X on middle octave ( X ), and ( X> )- to represent the high octave(easy)-just remember to write down all settings, and pad names right on the line next to the XOXOXO's-I always write down ONE pad at a time all the way across to the 16th cube at the end then move to the next pad and repeat(drums-perc-bassline)--and If you got something good-dont count on tape to keep it stored only-write it down just incase of magnetic fields erasing a tape with storage on it.(etc.)Dont listen to the built in speaker(use head phones or amplify the output)the speaker is way to quiet and almost of no use(unless your in a real quiet place).I have (3) manuals maybe I'll sell 1 or 2 of em.Please Email me if you can sell me another RY10-If you cant figure out the info here Email me and ill elaborate for an even trade of info(or something worthwhile)cause it took me long enough to type this(cause i love the RY10's and want to keep em around).Ill Email over the graph paper diagrahm!!!LETS SAVE THE RY10's please!!!!!!!! january 17th 2001 (PS ry20s are nothing like the 10's?)Study this info for mastery of this awsome drummachine HALEluya or however its spelled--peace out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-16-2001 at 23:17
a professional user from US writes:
Get an RY10 when you find one-over 256 sounds-XOXO step programming style with lights that stay on or blink depending what level you have selected, mix with real time programming and youve got some capabilities here. The hardest or worst part about this machine is memory/pattern storage, which you have to save to a tape deck!!!!warning----find the right cable to go into the tape deck, I had to use a different cable for out of the tape into the RY10 also--The most important thing is to get the SAVE volume level or input level right not too high or distortion wont be good.VERIFY VERIFY VERIFY first to check if save was successful before you erase any patterns or memory to free up room!!!!!!!!!IF you dont do this and you try to load ot back in to the ry10, you will reset to factory presets everytime.ITs all or nothing--save all memory not single patterns, and it reloads,and wipes out any previous stuff you have in the memory.Practice making bullshit patterns to test it all out before you put any time into filling the memory(or you will be sorry!!)-I have 2 RY10s that I midi sync together from another midi out machine. I pan the out puts giving me 4 that I put on different tracks or channels. Ry10#1 I usually use for Bass DRUM-L out,Snare on Right out-Ry10 #2 I use for(left panned) HHOPen/cl,ride,crash,efx etc.,Right panned#2 I use for Bassline(BAS2 works great with dist.,comp.,gate,reverb)I rarely run bassline dry cause it sounds too nerdy/robotic(which is good for stuff too).The best feature is the XOXO step prog. lights-you can program VISUALLY,GEOMETRIC patterns,what I call photo negatives light patterns(think 8th notesXOXOX fill xx's with sounds, then hit a different pad to get to a new level of lights then keep hitting the pad you just filled with lights keep switching back to visually punch in opposite lights(youll catch on)to make a negative.or if you want to really get fancy a forward to reverse(program the lights from back to front of a pattern you just did or reverse to forward or vice versa, or a negative reverse,neg forward etc(tricky and confusing but remember its a visual pattern, not programming by listening-visually programming(combine this with all sounds on all levels of lights with all outputs panned etc. using negs,forwards-reverse vice versa and vice versa negatives(youll figure it out)------If you dont have a tape deck, there is a way I invented to write down patterns on GRAPHPAPER-you have to have 16 cubes across, by 16 pads down the page, and on drums,percussion, and bassline, separated by horizontal spaces ( each section should make a perfect cube(16 cubes long/wide, by 16 pads or lines tall)BASSLINE is trickier, just do it the same way but Use the symbol < for lowest octave(only use on bassline) and (no symbol for middle octave), > for highest octave- its easy--where you mark the XX's in pen on the bassline area put the symbol < on the left side of the X-( <X )- no symbol next to X on middle octave ( X ), and ( X> )- to represent the high octave(easy)-just remember to write down all settings, and pad names right on the line next to the XOXOXO's-I always write down ONE pad at a time all the way across to the 16th cube at the end then move to the next pad and repeat(drums-perc-bassline)--and If you got something good-dont count on tape to keep it stored only-write it down just incase of magnetic fields erasing a tape with storage on it.(etc.)Dont listen to the built in speaker(use head phones or amplify the output)the speaker is way to quiet and almost of no use(unless your in a real quiet place).I have (3) manuals maybe I'll sell 1 or 2 of em.Please Email me if you can sell me another RY10-If you cant figure out the info here Email me and ill elaborate for an even trade of info(or something worthwhile)cause it took me long enough to type this(cause i love the RY10's and want to keep em around).Ill Email over the graph paper diagrahm!!!LETS SAVE THE RY10's please!!!!!!!! january 17th 2001 (PS ry20s are nothing like the 10's?)Study this info for mastery of this awsome drummachine HALEluya or however its spelled--peace out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-16-2001 at 23:12
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