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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Spins a professional user from Canada writes:
This was the original groovebox. Nice samples of analog and acoustic kits - they transpose nicely with nearly imperceptable artifacts. The filters are very versatile - choose from 12 or 24 db/octave HPF and LPF types. They work beautifully on the drum waves as well as on the synth bass samples which are excellent. The 15 note polyphony gets eaten up if you layer your tones (which are deeply - and easily -programmable, by the way). The coolest feature though for me is the incredible MIDI spec. You can have each velocity-sensitive pad transmit on it's own MIDI channel - great for firing off a MIDI>CV interface and running that old Simmons module, or an old Casio CZ-type synth. Who needs an Electribe when you have this much flex? You can set each pattern to be triggered by a specific MIDI note number - with my PC88 I have 88 patterns I can mix and match on the fly - it's amazing. There's much more but I'll just end by saying that this one's a keeper for me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-09-1999 at 00:03
vimana a hobbyist user from pleiades writes:
one of my "babies" where can i get some more wave cards? a lttle help anybody? this unit can be creative as you you are! if you really are! one of my fav tricks is using the individual outs through the mixer with wicked fx through the fx send,return just on certain instruments like some dirt or any outboard gear routed through your mixer! plus you can customize any waves or sounds.ive also used it with a roland td-7 midi style to trigger my user presets & songs within the ry-30 sq. its great for most styles i have customized HUGE KICKS & ANALOG MOOG WAVES for trip hop,acid,industrial,scifi its also great for old punk & hardcore fuck it get rid of youre drummer now! its a big reason why i havent missed (a whole lot) my human drummer wankers.besides owning other toys.hey yamaha any job openings for creative freak to bring back the love of the ry-30 and others? let me know dudes! ive got all kinds of wicked alien tricks. rating scales suck. it rocks or it dont! this unit rocks but its discontinued and i called yamaha about wave cards and the tec. laughed and asked why i was bothering because "everybody nowadays usess seq.&samplers"noooooooo shiiiiiit! but the smart ones tweek there coolass beatboxes!now "YOU WILL TELL ME WHERE IS YOURE DUSTY VAULT OF WAVE CARDS.....NOW.....please? vimana@webtv.net

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:21
David Hanson a professional user from Australia writes:
Great machine, I got a lot of use out of it until it packed it in, I'm hoping that some one can repair my little beast for me.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:21
Mike Parenteau a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
The RY30 replaced a Kawai R50 in my setup. The note table was useful as I set up all the previous R50 instruments in the Yamaha and then all my sequences recorded for the Kawai played back without a hitch. The &quot;Effects&quot; wheel is very cool and a major reason why I purchased it over the Alesis SR16 or Roland units. Being a drummer, it's nice to be able to use the wheel to add little variations such as a choked crash cymbal. All of which helps to improve the feel and &quot;real&quot; sound of the unit. The sounds are mostly unprocessed and basic but quite clean-sounding. I would have liked more than 100 user pattern locations because with several songs in memory you can use up the available pattern locations pretty quickly. Where the unit really excels though is hooked up to a sequencer where you can really get creative. All in all a great unit which I'm not looking to trade any time soon.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:21
AL a hobbyist user from usa writes:
GREAT BOX!! I control it with (relatively )cheap cc-13 pads thru my pc sequencer. I get rock, reggae, beat, jazz, scifi, tribal, latin, and too much to list here... sound quality IS SUPERB!! If you find one, grab it - it respondes to all 16 midi channels simultaneously!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:21
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