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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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a professional user writes:
ok all i have to say about this machine apart from the fact that it is good is that it is also good for nothing. i bought this sampler when it first came out for full price and i cannot believe the lack of sample cd's there are out there. sample cd companies are actually making popular sample cd's in gigasampler format and not for the yamaha's. i'd like to see all the major titles like advanced orchestra and bob clearmountain drums etc become available for the a3000/a5000. i am sick of buying akai cd roms (i have no choice obviously) and trying to muck around with envelopes and filters just to achieve the original patch that is in the akai's. apart from the lack of sample cd's out there the machine seems to have all the sampling/editing capabilities of the more popular samplers. i should know since i've had no choice but to use these features due to loading up akai samples with absolutely no settings which they should have. my experience from all this is that no sampler on the market will ever support to the full degree akai samples WITH SETTINGS. if you want full akai compatibility then go and buy an akai sampler. it's worth it considering the MASSIVE library of sounds it has.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-19-2001 at 08:12
<u>minuses :</u> <br> rotary knobs ( the worst ever made on Earth ) <br> slow SCSI <br> two line LCD screen <br> the "command" button that hides many great features.. confusing...

<p> <u>pluses :</u> <br> price <br> cheap RAM <br> great sound ( bye you crappy Akais ) <br> great progammability ( a real synthesizer ) <br> superb effects ( might even be considered as a dedicated FX unit for any average console ) <br> good filters


Yamaha is a giant in music industry and they finally decided to blow small companies like Akai that live on samplers. I guess in a few years they will make it considering that the A3000 was their first sampler for the last 10 years and it really kicks ass.. Stay away from the A3K since the rotary knobs make this wonderful unit almost useless. A4000/5000 would be a better choice today.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-08-2000 at 19:52
Protokol a part-time user from US writes:
I recently got the A3000 to act as my main studio sampler. I'll have to say that I think the Yamaha A series of samplers are the best out there. The A3000 is a good price, and has a great deal of features for the money. The OS is a little different than EMU/AKAI samplers, but after a day or two I was navigating through the A3000 with no problem.

Version 2.0 of the A3000 is a MUST if you want to use this sampler with full potential. The power of the A3000 is incredible when you have many filter types to choose from, and powerful effects. I believe that A3000 filters are aggresive, but are fat sounding. The ability to select Q width and gain can make you change the filters in all kinds of ways. Although there have been comments on what effects sound "not so great", I personally think they can be used with careful tweaking of parameters. The majority of effects are great sounding with default settings IMHO though. The screen of the A3000 is not the best if you want to do waveform editing (no graphical editing), but I think it's good to practice using your ears to get a good attack for your sample. Unfortunetly, sounds that "sweep" in, or build up will probably be best tweaked in your PC. You could also just use your sequencer to find where it should start fading in.

The A3000 is also great for making new sounds. It is built very much like a synthesizer, and can allow you to make a sample into a dynamic instrument using LFO, ADSR, ADSR filter...even layering. One of the biggest downfalls about the a3000 is that the knobs can turn most people off to it. Apparently it's knobs are sensed via optical sensors, and turning the knobs quickly results in moving the opposite way. Sometimes knob movements don't work at all! My suggestion is to move the knobs smoothly, while holding the knob firmly. Twist your whole hand with the knob rather than using just your fingers, and jiggling knob all around. This will confuse the sensors less, and has given me good results thus far. Also be wary of the SCSI speed in which people have not gotten great results out of. I suggest that you turn off "load while playing" option, which I believe is somewhere under UTILITY menus. This slows down your load/save speed a lot.

I think the A3000 is a great sampler for the money, and I recommend any of the A series samplers over the other samplers out there. Yamaha fixed a lot of problems with version 2.0, and included a lot of neat features. If you can afford the A4000/5000, then you can have all this power with graphic editing if that one of your bigs (not to mention the more effects).


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-08-2000 at 11:13
jnr a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This is a excellent sampler for the money.It has some veryu powerful effects onboard. Actually they are the best effects I've ever used since the Roland SP808's effects. Get One!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-31-2000 at 17:16
JAKE a professional user from US writes:
This is *the best* sampler ever. Very go sound processing machine!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-31-2000 at 16:29
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