Synth Site: Yamaha: RY-30: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Mikefoundahobby a hobbyist user from Holland writes:
I got the RY30 because I read Pro end hobby reviews about it.I got it complete with manual and PSU.After setting it up I was blown away by the DEMO and the preset patterns.But what is really nice about this one is that it's more like drumsynth then a drum machine.It got an envelope generator,digital filter with resonance,touchsensitive buttons and editable wave forms to choose from....did I bring up the card slot for even more sounds to load from cards? (optional).

I could go on and on about this one it's a classic drum machine for the price of a casio watch!!! (SH that is).

In 1991 this baby sold for about $500, now you can pick them up for around $100 and 150 if they are mint with PSU and the manual.

Total amount of sounds is 128 with 99 user patterns there are no FX (who cares the fx on my Boss I never used).


The sound is digital,good for industrial,Hip Hop/RAP and Rock.

I rated this machine 5/5 cause I got it for the right price.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-22-2002 at 08:24
license from US writes:
I make minimalist and abstract stuff. This thing is the best deal on gear out there. I bought it in January, was really into it for a while, then got sick of it for a while for some reason (probably because I didn't think there was a lot of realtime control available.) Then I started using it again about a week ago. I just found something today - you can enter voice edit mode while the unit is being sequenced OR sequencing - meaning you can tweak all aspects of a sound in realtime. :) Hope this helps any of you in an RY30 rut.

posted Tuesday-Apr-02-2002 at 23:28
Damon Baker a part-time user from U S of A writes:
I got my ry-30 for basically nothing, has to be one of the best deals I've gotten off of ebay, works like a charm, and does tons of neat things. I use it mostly as a little sequencer for live use or something to play over when i'm doing looping drone guitar noise, i rarely do anything drum machine like with it, i have too much fun making it make weird bleeps and clunks and noises (i make noise/drone/ambient "music" so i'm not the person to ask about it's ability to sound like an 808 or something). My first midi gear was old beat boxes, so i'm more used to tinkering with them for some stuff than i am with using a big fancy computer sequencer ,and of all of them i've played with this is my favorite (I do miss the drum roll thing the Dr660 had but I can live without it since i have all these neat things on the ry and it has a real midi spec so i can drive a buncha other gear with it. most of my music is complex textural sounds but the notes themselves are very simple repetitive patterns, so for this stuff the ry is all the sequencer that I'd need) I highly recommend it, not just as a drum machine but as a small synth/sequencer with many uses both on stage and in the studio. At the price i got it for, it's brilliant, even at the normal going prices it's worth every penny. I've used some other yamaha beat boxes, both older and newer, and generally liked them but this one is my favorite.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-14-2001 at 09:48
Martijn Toornvliet from Holland writes:
Good thing!1 I got mine a month ago, and I'm really happy with it. I also have a Zoom rythmtrack 234, but this yamaha is much better. The sequencer is good, and the "modulation"wheel really kicks ass!! Every parameter is tweakeble with that thing! I'm one of those lucky ones who got his second handed RY-30 with some extra soundcards. Not only the extra sounds are good, also the patterns are usefull.

What I like most is the option to send your own creations out of the midiport into the computer-sequencer, know you never loose your great patterns anymore (Can't say the same for the zoom, no midi out...)

If you find one: BUY!!!

posted Tuesday-Nov-13-2001 at 18:26
ProducerX a professional user from DC writes:
I've had my RY-30 for since 1994 and can't seem to part with it. I sampled all of the sounds into my MPC3000 and thought I could get rid of it, not dice, It's mine forever. I've been trying to get sound cards for it but it's been impossible. If anyone knows where to get them hit me on the email.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-11-2001 at 14:35
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