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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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olafmol writes:
after re-reading the specs i found this: SAMPLER MAX.SAMPLE VOICES: 256 (Pitch / Kit Total) SAMPLE VOICE TYPE: Pitch, Kit SAMPLING TYPE: Slice + Sequence, Kit, Kit + Note, Pitch, Pitch + Note

this combined with the fact that it can import A3000/4000/5000 and other sample-formats that are chromatic samplers makes me almost 100% sure that the RS7000 sampler can do chromatic tuned samples..

anyone try to find out what the difference between pitch and pitch+note can be?


posted Wednesday-Mar-21-2001 at 07:45
olafmol writes:
i really hope you're right about the chromatic playing of samples..i couldn't find it in the specs anywhere..


posted Wednesday-Mar-21-2001 at 06:41
SpeckO from OZ, the land of writes:
I cant believe I'm saying this, cos now my SU700 resale value will go down even further, but there's a bitchin new box from Yamaha called RS7000 or something like that. It combines SU700 sampling with AWM2 synthesis and also RM1x style sequencing. Some major pros this box will have over the SU700 are:

It can play samples not only as rythmic phrases and hits, but can also keymap as well, meaning you can play melodies like on your a4000 or akai boxes.

It has step record! plus grid. (yay, unfortunately SU700 has only realtime).

Looks like it will have better sample compatibility than SUE700. Also able to hook up to a computer I believe.

(Small print, the above 3 sections are based on my memory of a visit to a site, and as such may be absolute crap, though they are more likely to be true).

Now to save face for the SU700. I have been using it for 2 (two) years now, and I love it. I have composed tracks on just this machine that I have thought needed more melodies from other gear (and still do), only to have people snatch them up for TV pilots, parties and even an offer of a record deal from a major label! I say this not to boast, (well maybe a bit) but more to illustrate how we can use our gear to great potential if we sit our asses down and spend some quality time learning its ins and outs. I will sell it if I need a lung transplant or something like that, but otherwise it will remain precious in my humble setup till it falls to pieces ( mind you, that fucking jog shuttle dial gives me the shits when it comes loose every few months, but then, I probably got a dud in that respect; most of my friends jog dials are still fine {yes my friend are having affairs with SUE too!}) Anyways, great box (and boy, is it boxy lookin!) and capable of much more than you'd expect. When I combine this with my mates RM1x, my ACCESS Virus, Creamware Pulsar 11 card, Roland JX8p & Roland A70 controller (Ahh, the good old gearlist wank :) I am one happy lad!

(Some post modernist techno wank philosophy for you to chew on is posted below, courtesy of my bowels)

Music Technology: Enjoy in Moderation & remember, the audience listens to your music, they don't look at your gear. (Unless they're gear heads like us!)

SpeckO out

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-21-2001 at 04:04
R. Clark a hobbyist user from us writes:
I just purchased the su700. I am skeptical of its bug problem but other than that I think it is excellent. The filters are awesome, and the majority of the effects are just plain fat. I don't understand the jump effect though. I don't like the lack of storage tohugh, and if I do return it it will be either because the bug is in it, or I find storing data with it just too rediculous. I however do pose a question. I also have just purchased a yamaha 8824 cdrw burner whatever for my korg d16, and would like to know if I can use this for my su700. Also, will it work faster with the 8824, than with the zip 250's ect. I anyone is able to tell me I'd greatly appreciate it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-21-2001 at 15:56
Fundamental a part-time user from USA writes:
This sampler is a real pleasure to use, but the reports about the SCSI performance prevent me from being able to buy it. If the reviews on SonicState represent normal SCSI operation on this sampler, Yamaha should really fix this issue. Does anyone else get better performance than this with the SU700? .06-.18 MB/sec read and .03-.09 MB/sec write performance numbers are unacceptable. This is a serious issue that would need to be resolved before I buy this gear. Normal, every day, middle of the road SCSI implementations on countless products are literally 10 to 100 times better than this (1.6 MB/sec read for the S-760 in one of these reviews). I would like to buy this sampler, but if it crashes on stage it needs to be able to boot and read all 68 mb of data within 1 minute. I hope Yamaha steps up to the plate on this one and sustains this otherwise great product.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-17-2001 at 11:47
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