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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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david a professional user from germany writes:
much things are said in this revues and as a owner of this peace of gear i ve to say that it has severe minus and pluspoints so u ll love ore hate it.i think it s one of the best sampler to use live this is what it was made for...it never crashes on stage, scsi really slow, time to drink beer,very accurate timing, efx good enough and direct accessible. i found out that we can forget floppys!try out scsi iomegazip in combination with chickensys tranlator.so u use ur pcwith anotherzip to load samples in aiff to the su. it works quickly and fine.far better than the system of akorg es1.it s also one of the best piece of gear to create songs directly on the fly. try out a comp at the outs of the su. as user we have to say that yamahas politics is very user unfriendly.!!! this is why i ll not buy from them anymore!! :: no update, only money oriented,bugs(scsi too slow),they ve to take ex from acces!!!! this is the correct way to make money.the rs7000 looks finebut the avm sounds miserable! limited sampling... forget the su as a studio sampler, try it out live...i m rearranging the songs live.it makes it very organic.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-27-2002 at 19:34
eyeam a part-time user from DENCOUSA writes:
Please excuse the diatribe, Ive been holding it in. Like any piece the SU has its flaws and virtues, For what I do with it so far (weve been together for a couple of years now) I probably could get away with something less ambitious but I would never part with it now. I dont use it for full scale prod. but more as a live sample trigger/player/tweaker efx processor(with decks). I read these reviews and I know all about the well documented flake outs, trust me I know. My first requisite purchase was most definately the scsi, and yes it should come standard, most of my problems stemmed from operation failures with the disks. Only once had a zip fail and it was only one volume. I think I over loaded the alloted memory. I always back up though. I play with three other studio junkies, very live electronic jazz dub thing, and we somtimes use midi sync. I have twice had it freeze when external sync is set. I dont know why but it may have been all the rapid tweaks I was doing, not good. I am putting this out there first and foremost because I think every consumer/producer should be well informed about these key bugs. Those are the only problems technically that everyone needs to accept going in. Beyond that this is a list of issues that are purely subjective, starting with the source:

Yamaha- Can everyone say "corporate". For those who did not know this still selling unit is discontinued, and is for all intents and purposes unsupported. There are no further planned OS updates and frankly I cant even get them to give me the last update. I firmly believe that this product was cut short of its full potential, even despite the processor. If properly implemented this machine could have been the bastard heir to the legendary Sequential 440 which Yamaha bought in the late eighties and most assuredly borrowed from. A sort of latterday cross of all the best 12bit drum samplers +++. All other problems stem from the source. God bless their money grubbin asses.

Processor- This is from what Ive gleened the reason it has not lived up to that potential including the slow ass scsi. 20Mhz cheap chip, amazing though what it can do.

Limited MIDI- Is it really that much to ask for complete and open midi specs, at least a thru?

No Computer interface- Come on now, we got MIDI, SCSI. What kind of scam is that? At least open source the format so somebody (not me)can get us connected.

Anyway, I am not bitter, well a little bit but I do love this machine or else I would not gripe so much. Here is why: It is the most immediate fun piece of sampling gear I have ever used and in its own way the most powerful in terms of sheer creative possibilities. If they get cheap enough I will probably get another. Though many poo on the sequencer I think it is quite refreshing and organic. I am not an expert however as I am just now getting into any kind of real sequencing. For all the B-Boys/Girls please drop that battle mentality for a second, cop an authentic opinion and try one without predjudice. With composed loops*16 you could create a deadly dum kit with essentially unlimited pattern variations and still have continuous loop and free samples. Not to mention the filters and effects, so much fun.

I know that the RS7000 was designed to adress amny of these issues, particularly integrating sequencing and sampling but its strayed a bit to far from the mark (and price tag) for my sake. The refreshing thing is that it is getting proper upgrades, based on user feedback and does not appear to be getting replaced anytime soon. I will probably try one out but I will never give up my Sue. Please forgive the spiel(again).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-11-2002 at 00:49
Resonator a professional user from U.K writes:
Thin filter ? you need to hear the sounds I'm getting on this baby your mind will change quickly I can tell you. I don't think many people understand why old samplers sounded so PHATTTTT! it's because they were 8 and 12 bit resolution. Listen to the OCRH HIT on Planet Rock, IT WAS DONE ON AN 8 BIT FAIRLIGHT. No modern sampler could produce that phatttt expansive sound UNLESS! YOU RESAMPLE TO DOWNGRADE IT TO 8 BIT RESOLUTION. That's the secret, its like this idea that analogue synths are so much phatttter than modern Virtual analogue or digital synths BULLSHIT!!! The only reason they sound phattter is because they were always slightly out of tune and again sonically 8 bit as compared to modern 16 & 24 bit synth tech. I have owned what is regarded as one of the greatest synths in history a Roland Jupiter 8. The 8 really stands for 8 bit understand. I now own its modern counterpart the JP8000. It anihilates the Jupiter 8 for sonic capability. Sample its sounds in 8 bit and add a little chorus and you've got analogue covered with better tuning and reliablity...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-23-2002 at 16:49
a professional user writes:
filter sounds so thin...digital one...sherman or mpf42 can easily blow it away...poor sequencer...only phrase...maybe a fair live tool...(but mine crashed in my midnight gig...damn)...its price go down to 50% off now brand new at music shops in my place...

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-23-2002 at 12:24
Resonator a professional user from U.K writes:
J Mack you don't know what you're talking about. The 700 leaves the MPC series for dead is more attractive and easier on the wallet than say an MPC3000 which the 700 blows away as an alround sampling production unit. I make Electro and hip-hop music and this machine is a dream to use, with awesome filters rock solid timing and a nice retro hands on feel. If you can't knockout KILLER groves on this baby, then you can't knock out killer grooves PERIOD. Akai have been living off of their name for along time. Lets put it this way if Akai had brought out this beauty at the same price as Yamaha, it'd become the best selling unit of its kind ever. 10 OUT OF 10!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-22-2002 at 23:10
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