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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Andrew Piatek a hobbyist user from United States writes:
A3000 is a nice machine. It even reads samples from Akai CD-ROMs, so the extensive sample library in Akai format can be used instantly. I use the the A3000 for orchestral textures coming from Peter Siedlaczek's Advanced Orchestra sound set. Well, you cannot get instant gratification from the Advanced Orchestra (even on Akai sampler, I believe), but after some tweeking, you can get amazing results. I must say that I love hardware samplers since they are so intuitive to use, just like synthesizers. It is nice to see new models coming out and I hope that software based synths are not going to discourage hardware sampler manufacturers to continue their great work.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-26-1999 at 17:34
Joe Moore a professional user from USA writes:
I bought mine. I have not been dissappointed. I maxed out the RAM. I got SIMMS at a local discount store. They didn't work. I took SIMMS, I got awhile back from the discount store, and put them from my computer into the A3K, and they work. I put the newly purchased ones in the computer. Both machines are happy. Yamaha even warned of the SIMMS possible incompatibilities. You have the same problem to some extent with PC's,and software. This machine is marvelouse. I used to not like samplers because of the way they are layed out. This machine is very, very, very, very, eash and intuitive to use, once you get use to it. I was sampling, in less than 5-10 minutes out of the box. PAINLESSLY, AND EFFORTLESSLY!!!. I setup a Zip, and CDROM painlessly. I can even sample audio from the SCSI CDROM, using the "EXTERNAL CONTROL" feature on the A3000. This machine has turn my thinking around about samplers. OS2 fixed a lot of the timing problems etc, as well as added many new features. It has one HELL of a synth engine. Aside from the slow SCSI, it's one hell of a sampler/synth!! If you want to play libraries, and libraries of other people's samples, buy an AKAI,EMU,ETC. If you are heavily into making your own unique samples, get the A3OOO. It reads *.wav and *.aiff files, as well as AKAI format. I hear with some work, EMU. There are sound libraries available for A3000. More being made. Remember this machine is new, and innovative, and different. The operating system lends itself to creativity. It's worth the time to learn it,the logic, and the design. Just like the DX7 set the synth world on it's ear, so will the A3000. Yamaha always has been on the cutting edge.

ANTONIO is right: "If you want to buy this machine as a "sampler" then you are going to definately get EVERY aspect of a "sampler". Honesty is met by yamaha who admit that even their sequencer is "no-frills" (not so advanced).Thats correct, because the A3000 is NOT a "sequencer" or an "advanced effect unit" for that matter, but the truth lies within the aspect of "sampling" which yamaha has sucessfully made possible to a far greater degree than any other sampler on the market today."

I whole heartily agree. I would recommend this sampler to anyone. Do You want to be part of the cutting edge or part of the bandwagon? GET THE A3000!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-22-1998 at 01:28
Chad Gould a part-timer user from USA writes:
Nice sampler, I like it over the ESIs but would take a real Emu or high end Akai over it. The high point is the built-in FX, there's tons of em inside the machine in the 3-way bus as well as some "hidden" FX (like the detune/dephase feature per sample that widens the sound). I wish it could be routed in weird ways or there were more than 3 buses (runs out quickly!), but oh well. Filters are nice sounding, there's plenty of them there. It's a very easy sampler to use. Unfortunately the I/O routines (disk and SCSI) are pretty bad. So is Yamaha customer support - charging over $120 for their 2.0 upgrade is pretty pathetic considering its more of a bug fix. No freerun LFO without 2.0, so sweeping is tough. But otherwise env and LFO functions are quite adequate. There's a nice amount of processing power in this sampler available. It's also pretty good (but slow) on importing and reading almost any standard format known to man.

Overall I'd give it a lot more credit if Yamaha was eager to fix the bugs that are often atypical of their products. Unfortunately, this is not the case. A very nice sampler with bugs and crap support - its the TX16W over again (with at least a better interface...)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-26-1998 at 19:12
Richie a part-timer user from UK writes:
Yes!!! It's comeing in two days time, I've got butterflies from thinking about it :-)

To anyone experiencing problems purchasing quality RAM try this site

http://www.teklab.com/~a3k/mall/memory.html

Tested in their A3000 before they ship to you..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-07-1998 at 09:14
Antonio Egizii a professional user from Australia writes:
All in all, the machine can handle alot of continuous tasks without the suffocation experienced by other samplers on the market today and yesterday. I have researched this sampler thoroughly before purchasing it and i've noticed that yamaha have lived up to their advertising promises about 80 percent of the way..

I have researched the "get a grip on the groove!" panphlet "yamaha a3000" and have compared it to experience with the machine as an engineer.

Ease of use: Yes they have delivered ease of use to an extent that differs from many other samplers. Almost every task eg.filtering, Enveloping etc. are visible from the front panel and a button push away. Oh yeah, and you can never get lost because the main selection screen is a button push away.

Filtering: Yes the yamaha has covered almost "more than necessary" filter types by the release of version 2.0. With 24db filters and 16 types not including the fabulous parametric realtime EQ applyable to every sample. This saves the sample by not applying destructive equalisation permanantly damaging a sound or wasting an effect bus for an "EQ" type effect...However, the filters are bright and fast and can be randomly cut off in 5 ways aswell as the resonance..

DSP tasks: Yamaha have certainly packed alot of dsp power into this unit which makes it advanced in sample editing/manipulation/effecting. So much that unfortunately it has left out a few effect perfections. There are 3 effect blocks all of which can be used in one song/program. Alot of the dsp power of the machine probably lies in the real-time control of parameters such as: EFFECT.Real-time timestrech pitchchange, which is unique only in the A3000. All other units currently support this function destructively EFFECT.Realtime dynamic compression,pitchchange. Which once again appears in most samplers as destructive editing but as a realtime effect in the A3000. FILTERS.A very handy EQ available at sample level enabling equalization to EVERY sample without using up an EFFECT or one of the 16 types of filters..

The power of the Yamaha when it comes to advanced sample editing and manipulation is self explanatory. This area is what I believe yamaha is focussed at. The EFFECT inperfections that i mentioned earlier lie in the reverberation EFFECT. All of the current halls, stages, plates are lacking the promised DSP power. The algorith is quite complicated and perfection in this area would be asking for a bit too much since the yamaha makes up for it in almost every way..Reverbs just sound a little dull, metalic and lack depth.

If you want to buy this machine as a "sampler" then you are going to definately get EVERY aspect of a "sampler". Honesty is met by yamaha who admit that even their sequencer is "no-frills" (not so advanced).Thats correct, because the A3000 is NOT a "sequencer" or an "advanced effect unit" for that matter, but the truth lies within the aspect of "sampling" which yamaha has sucessfully made possible to a far greater degree than any other sampler on the market today.

My mark out of five would have to be a decision on how the yamaha acts as an "Advanced Sampler" and nothing else since I believe the price of the unit gives you not only a "Real Sampler" but other generous bonuses such as high quality effects and a generous sequencer.

If you would like to discuss further advantages/inconsistencies of the A3000 if you are considering to buy one or already own one, please feel free to contact me at francois@morgan.net.au

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-01-1998 at 14:58
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