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Average rating: 3.0 out of 5
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foxglove a hobbyist user from USA writes:
One of the reasons I bought this up was the ease of use of the machine. I literally had a bank of samples in a few minutes. Editing was also a breeze as well. I also like how well it is for live use. All knobs and functions are pretty much there. No menu's or anything like that. The Loop remix works great and its fun experimenting with it quickly in realtime. One thing which really bugs me is the lack of normalize function. Also the Loop playback function which syncs all the samples to BPM can make many samples pitched too much sound like static and unusable. Which is bad considering that feature is the selling point of the unit. Also I don't know why they bothered with sample rates. 44Mhz is useless, because it limits the functions you can use. 22 is OK, and 8 is just crappy. I'd rather they just stuck with 32. I never used the Zoom but I'd say this is comparable to the Boss SP-202, I would not compare it to the Electribe ES-1; to me they are meant for different purposes.

I have a lot of fun with this unit, but I'd like to see Yamaha release an update with many of the flaws ironed out or drop the price to $250.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-27-2001 at 15:00
djoogutz a part-time user from canada writes:
Some thoughts on the SU200:

rating: 3 1/2 out of 5

PROS: You can really get into live mixes with this one, stereo samples sound great, and the fx processor is dope, especially when applied in realtime to the line-in track, that can run in unison with the loop play mode. A set of miniature MPC style pads and a ribbon control ala the su700, and the ability to time stretch unlooped samples to synchronize the BPM. The loop remix, which flawlessy switches your drumloops up at the twist of a knob, is fantastic. This unit comes equipped with shit you'd usually expect only in higher end samplers, and the final sound of a nicely put together track sounds sweet.

CONS: For all the extras, it sure lacks a few basics. You'll need a Rx1 type sequencer to really get the most out of it, as it has no on board sequencing outside of just looping everything in unison. Also, the internal looping mechanism creates a subtle, but still annoying, "popping" in busier samples (say, piano and bass and drums together). Forget 44khz sampling, it only allows 2 samples in tandem. Basically, its 22khz (which, if you're doing hiphop,isn't even an issue), which is low but not deterimental. The output needs to be amplified. The included operation manual could be *a lot* more specific.

OVERALL: In particular, Hiphop producers and DJ's looking for relatively inexpensive production equipment that would also serve well in *live* situations should would be wise to investigate this... and eventually everyone has to buy a sequencer anyway. A great *component* unit for those who like to experiment with their music directly, instead of having the machine randomly do it for them.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-12-2001 at 14:51
Neal from USA writes:
There are some features that I'm pleased with and others that I'm not. I'll only touch on the limitations. Sampling rate, unless you use 22.05 the on board effects won't affect the sample. Its like Yamaha is saying we'll include the option of 44.1k but penalize you for it by not letting the effects apply to the sample because you didn't spend enough money. Also there is no way to upgrade internal memory, maybe if it had more memory internally, you could use the built in effects. Oh but that would be too convenient. I bought a smart media card and adaptor for my pc to edit samples in sound forge 4.5. This worked great for looping- nothing like being able to see the parts you need to edit. The adaptor is a reader and a writer but when I changed the sample rate to 22.05 and loaded it into the unit and the sound changed and messed up the loop points. I haven't found any other way to fix this yet. All in all the ability to load samples from my computer via smart media is great. It saves a lot of time. The sampler played the samples great when I loaded in samples that were 44.1k. Here is a tip for smart media don't buy Roland's over priced memory cards or anyone else's for that matter. Go to wal-mart and buy digital camera smart media. It's the same compatibility, just format it on the unit you want to use it on. I opened the box and thought Those cheap bastards!!!!!!!!! No power supply again!! You think they could throw that in with the purchase. Roland does.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-21-2001 at 17:49
Limbic a professional user from Beamish writes:
De SU 200 KEEKS Maan DIs ees de grova

All de love

Limbic

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-11-2000 at 05:37
zonk a part-time user from USA writes:
Wow!! Thats too bad. I dont think I need an SU200. Like Olaf said, either the ES-1 or the Zoom ST-224 is probably a better bet. The ST-224 can be found for about $200-$250 used in mint condition, so its really not hard to save $ on this. The SU200 is $350-$370 new and the ES-1 is $500 new. Both are too new to find any good used prices. The Zoom is really your best bet here. And the Zoom is WAY cooler than the SU200 and very comperable to (if not better) than the Korg ES-1...the Zoom has very similar features AND its built much nicer than the ES-1 too. Forget the SU200!! Its really too limited for the price. However it does use batteries which is a cool feature.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-01-2000 at 17:52
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