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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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no,it's discontinued,yammy's usual behaviour.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-03-2004 at 13:43
Latest OS????

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-03-2004 at 06:30
stc a hobbyist user from michigan, usa writes:
This sampler is bomb ass... Load it up with some RAM out of an old computer and you can do anything! The machine might look a little limited with only 10 sample pads, but there actually four sample banks per song, which gives you a working capability of 40 different samples. There's some nice functional variety, too, from the basic looping sample to one-shot pads to the unique "composed loop". I kind of hated the composed loop pads at first, as they seemed somewhat confusing, but once you figure them out, they are REALLY useful and allow you to introduce a lot of variation into a track with a lot less sample hacking.

Sample manipulation is a breeze with this box, and seems to have a lot of versatility. With the groove tweaking capabilities of the SU, you can mash together damn near anything and have it sound pretty good.

As with a lot of current Yamaha products, the onboard filter is really excellent with some strong "bite" for a digital filter and lots of options... low pass, high pass, band pass, and even a band emphasize filter (although it is of dubious utility).

The onboard effects are pretty encyclopedic and also sound quite good. A wide range of delays and reverbs are available, and the chorus, compressor, and rotary speaker effects are also worth a mention. They all sound pretty good, although I tend to think that the reverbs are a little bit *too* strong.

Overall an excellent sampler. Since Yamaha discontinued them, they can be found *dirt cheap*, but they are still more than capable of standing up to other samper-sequencer boxes by the likes of Akai, Roland, or E-MU...

I just wish that it were a bit easier to find the expansion boards for it... Using floppies takes forever!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-19-2004 at 14:49
Midi a part-time user from USA writes:
I dunno, i found the SP808ex to be a lot easier to use and for live use. The SU700 has funny feeling pads and the way they are set up into Loop, etc. makes it really kinda confusing. Never a big seller, they are dirt cheap now. Nice quality but a few design flaws, totally over shadowed by the RS7000 .

posted Monday-Jan-12-2004 at 05:47
twine a part-time user from englang writes:
This unit has a very intuitive interface, lots of features for live control. it's a great loop sampler, with lots of sonic potential, but no kayboard-mapping abilities. i got mine with all the extras, including the additional digital/optical in/outs, 6 assignable analog outs, scsi board, maxed 64mb ram. one con is that you have to manually adjust the audio input source every time you sample, i.e., if you were switching between analog in and SPDIF in you have to navigate the menu to the "audio input" and select your input source. also, the sample saving and loading time is really slow. on the other hand, the display screen is very coloful and sufficiently large and very user friendly. the knobs, i just found out, can act as midi controllers for external devices, which is awesome to use with software, but i haven't really tested the ease of use and in terms of saving controller numbers and stuff. the thing LOOKS great, feels great (knobs, buttons, pads, etc.). the filter is pretty good, and the built in EQ is very useful actually. the effects are kind of strange but in a good say...a subtle use of them would probably give nicer results than overusing them. the LFO is also useable. another con: the effects are only applied to the main analog outs, so that the raw sample goes through all the other outputs (including the 6 assignable analog outs, which kind of suck). it's a sampler with a really unique character.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-12-2004 at 03:05
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