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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Uncle Lester a part-time user writes:
Yes,you should go after a internal SCSI hard drive.They go pretty cheap up on Ebay.The advantage to using one is you can save all of your samples in it and they will still be there even after power down which saves you a ton of time by not using the floppy disks or scsi drives. This sampler rules!!!Enjoy!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-29-2001 at 11:34
JonT from UK writes:
I've seen these going for £300 UK in magazines recently - what a fookin bargain! Why buy a crappo "phase sampler"?

OK, not many CDs and slowish scsi etc but who cares? This thing is the business for sound creation. You can create great basses, synths and drum sounds just using the internal waveforms!

Take a 1 bar break, press Loop Divide - it maps it over the keyboard so you can instantly come up with a totally funky new break. All in about 2 seconds. The filters a really powerful, the FX are pristine and the LFOs can control just about anything. You basically get a powerful VA into which you can insert your own sounds as waveforms. Amazing.

I own a PLG150 card. When I come up with a cool new sounds, I just save it digitally in Cubase, export it digitally (zero loss of quality) via scsi to the A3000 and I have a new instrument. I now have 1000's of great synth sounds for nothing. Everything you put in it seems to come out sounding better than when it went in.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-21-2001 at 04:57
ian williams a hobbyist user from uk writes:
Just bought this sampler on saturday... absolutely fantastic, i was initially looking at phrase samplers, then i read on yamaha's site that this thing had some recycle features and stacks of effects... i thought, fair enough, but you have to pay through the nose for that kind of thing, walked into Academy of Sound, to look at samplers in general... there was an A3000 going for 399 complete with 64 ram, next to it was an SU700 for 569 and an SU200 for 289(with storage i.e. smartmedia card and floppy adaptor would take it to 349)... no contest. Suffice to say as soon as the sales guy finished his sentence out came the credit card. Hooked it up to my RM1x and i've been building loops and tracks ever since. I heard reports that it had a fairly steep learning curve, i have to say this has not been case for me, however, this is my first sampler, i've not been brought up on AKAI or EMU and therefore not had to unlearn tried and tested methods. At some point i will get a hard disk fitted as saving to floppies is a pain, especially if your loops are anything longer than 12 seconds, thank god for multi disk saves. I used to do most stuff on computer, difficult at most times since mine gets used by my girlfriend and her brother alot for the internet, graphics, word processing, now all my sequencing is handled by the RM1x and my tone generation is handled by my CS1x and loops/real instrument sounds are taken care by the A3000 with no latency. A lengthy and not exactly an informative review, however it is an example to show how the addition of this one machine at a bargain price can transform your setup to be a complete standalone system.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-26-2001 at 08:45
Keith at RealSmooth Music UK a professional user from UK writes:
I just remembered to share any info I have which may be of use to other users/owners of the A3000.


The manual talkes about the tpe of simms you can use, and is quite specific, less than 18 chips per module, 72 pin, non parity, 32 bit...

Lets sort this out.

Go for EDO ram. EDO ram is non-parity. 32 bit.

EDO ram comes mainly in single or double sided format ( ie chips mounted on one side or both sides of the module) EDO ram has 8 chips or less. If it has nine chips it is unlikely to be EDO ram, and MAY BE `with parity`. I do not know if `with-parity` will work or not... but I have two different makes of simms in my machine, 2 X 16 mb, single side (8 chips) EDO, and 2 x 32mb (8 chips per side, double sided) EDO. EDO stands for `Extended Data Out`and is faster than `Fast Page` simms.

As for a suitable CD rom drive...I have an old Compaq 4 speed internal drive, now mounted in an external casing. The cd rom cost me a tenner. It works just fine.

posted Sunday-Jan-28-2001 at 17:06
Keith at RealSmooth Music UK a professional user from United Kingdon writes:
I have recently been searching through the countless adds and comments before choosing a sampler which gives me the flexibility I need. I chose the A3000v2. One of the main reasons for choosing the A3000 over the 4000/5000 was it's price to power ratio, as it has many of the features of the newer machines, but at a vastly reduced price. Music is about sound. The a3k sounds great. I was quite suprised at myself as I had been looking at the EMU and AKAI machines for a long time. There seems to be a glut of Akai s3000xl's on the market...all at rediculously high prices considering the machines performance abilities. If you want good another 200-300 pounds..if you want extra another 200-300 pounds.....all this came with my a3k... I must admit I am VERY disappointed with the lack of support by 3rd party developers...CD's etc BUT that does not change my opinion on what is a mega sound manipulation tool. Okay, it takes time...but it sounds great (did I mention that). I have now taken the memory up to 98 mb (2x32mb + 2x16mb = 2mb on board). I have an independant cd rom, and a 250mb zip drive for storage. This has now become my main sound source over my other sound modules because the sound quality is just so much better. I get NO NOISE added to the chain.

I like to think that people who choose the A series of Yamaha samplers are individuals who are prepared to make there own sounds...but surely it would be a goldmine for developers who can come up with the goods. My previous dealings with Yamaha have left me less than complimentary about their customer service and support. But even that doesn't put me off what is a classic sampler.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-28-2001 at 16:48
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