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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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dave a hobbyist user from uk writes:
i was wondering if this machine can simply just play back the sampled loops without recording a song, a bit like if the machine only had one pattern of 42 tracks which you could mute and effect all the parts. i really dislike all this recording into songs, if the SU700 cannot do this what do you reccommend, i think i perhaps need a pattern based sequencer? cheers.

posted Friday-Jun-29-2001 at 12:30
sjmojo a professional user writes:
the yamaha samplers always lack the warmth and tends to dry and thin sounding,but w/ a little help from its built in efx,it adds a better digital edge and depth to its sound,but still quite digital.the su700 i owned gave me this feeling.the buttons are well built,i liked most the transport buttons which alike the old roland mc500 and yamaha ry700.the functions are cool enough,but my complain is the only 2 loop samples pads are not enough for the loop-oriented machine like su700.loop remix is a basic step of those now very popular loop slice(all stolen from the concept of steinberg recycle surely),so u can speed up/slow down the tempo w/o affecting the pitch of the samples.the efx inside are grungier and lo-fi enough,so,its very noisy too,especially when u switch between different effects u even got clippings.reverb is not good,its for live use but i think the mute/unmute buttons and switching bewteen functions are a bit confused during gigging.tho it got enough knobs to tweak.hope that the new coming rs7000 will improve its sonic qualtiy,otherwise i think i wouldn't buy the yammy sampler again,tho it seems the rs has more clear layout/panel and a big lcd like rm1x,and more functions,but if the sounds....well,i sold the su already just due to the unsatisfied sonic quality.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 19:25
SpeckO from OZ writes:
that last 5 outta 5 was meant for the su700 by the way, not the rs7000 (which I haven't used). By the way Rizal, the su700 can change pitch without changing length, though of course it cuts the sample into smaller sections in order to do so ( when you have loop mode set to slice as opposed to change pitch). You may find you need to increase to sample length setting for the individual resequenced hits to meet each other. Otherwise u will get that chopped effect. If your working with vocals and want to retain your smoothness though, then sp808 would probably do it better!

I tend to use the SU700 for vocals when I want warped effects, and staccato notes. Though if you work your samples for a while, trimming start & end points, adjusting length, release, pitch and other parameters, you definitely can get smoother sounds.

Its cool being able to pull sample length right down on a loop, and have each hit really short, then put length right up and have the hits overlap each other for a oldskool D&B/jungle drum effect.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-25-2001 at 20:58
SpeckO a professional user from Australia writes:
Rizal, I am told by Allans in Melbourne that it may go for around the 4000 dollar mark. That's Aussie dollars, mate, and this is NOT a quote, just an estimate.

5 outta five cos it's a brutal machine when you know how to use it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-09-2001 at 06:00
Rizal Khan a hobbyist user from Malaysia (currently studying in Australia) writes:
I have used the SU700 a while now and i gotto say it has its strong and weak points. I like the effects on it the attack and release for the samples are simply great features. I agree about the memory...4 mb to start with is a little low but can be upgraded...The arranging for it is so easy and i have used it live a couple of times and its so nice to do something out of the blue in the spur of the moment with this thing. I also own the SP 808 ex and its my current sampler now cause it has more memory and also i can sample easier. I like changing the pitch without changing the length and that is what i think the SU700 cant do (ive tried this so many times and went through the maual many times too)... I didnt know the rs7000 was out...Can someone tell me how much it costs

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-24-2001 at 08:26
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