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Yamaha QY700 Music Sequencer

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The Yamaha QY700 Music Sequencer is a complete turnkey pro music production system with a huge built-in music database. Features a 110,000 note MIDI ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Yamaha QY700 Music Sequencer is a complete professional music production system including a huge music database.

The Yamaha QY700 Music Sequencer is a complete turnkey pro music production system with a huge built-in music database. Features a 110,000 note MIDI music sequencer, with 32 tracks for linear recording; music database with 3,876 preset phrases; 99 user phrases; 27 chord types; groove templates; XG tone generator; and total compatibility with other MIDI instruments and formats. Extensive routable digital effects give your finished productions a polished sound. Yamaha includes a database with the QY700 of 3,876 professional preset phrases covering every music genre.

Sequencing a song is quick and simple using the QY700's own micro keyboard, pitch bend and assignable wheels, or an external MIDI keyboard. The graphic interface makes it easy to keep up with all track assignments at a glance. The virtual mixer displays all important track settings plus provides quick access to the various parameters in each channel-including voice assignments, effect send levels, track panning, and more.

The many intuitive recording and editing operations available at your fingertips actually enhance the creative process. You can even enter notes and other events one step at a time. After recording the parts, you can quantize specific tracks, modify note velocity or gate time, copy or erase specific events, create and delete measures, and much more to take your music wherever your creativity leads.

When the song is finished, you can spice up the feel of your tracks with clever "Playback Effects" and "Groove Quantizing" templates -- preprogrammed quantize, clock shift, swing, gate and velocity values to complerely change the groove-without changing the original data. Each drum kit has a variety of drum and percussion instruments assigned to different notes corresponding to keys on a MIDI keyboard (according to XG/GM), but the QY700's Drum Table feature gives you the flexibility to assign sounds at will, so that you always have final control over the sound of your percussion tracks.

The QY700 incorporates a high-quality AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory) multitimbral tone generator preset with 480 normal voices and 11 drum kits, configured in the XG format (GM-compatible), and organized by instrument categories for quick and easy location of just the sound you want. The QY700's voice editing features let you adjust filter, EG, vibrato, and many other critical voice parameter settings, represented graphically for easy access and intuitive control of the characteristics of the voice. Three independent digital effects processors with parameter editing and flexible System and Insertion effects routing offer sophisticated sound enhancement capabilities giving you unlimited options to create precisely the sound you want. There are 11 Reverb, 11 Chorus, and 42 Variation type effects-including various reverb, delay, modulation, distortion, EQ and other effects.

The QY700 comes with a built-in database of 3,876 preset phrases-professionally programmed performances of drum and percussion loops and bass, guitar and keyboard riffs representing every type of music from rock and soul to jazz and techno, which make it easy to create complete backing accompaniment patterns-plus 99 User phrases for recording your own. Twenty-seven chord types-from major to minor, diminished to augmented and more are available for inserting chord changes at the press of a micro key. The advanced ABC (Auto Bass Chord) accompaniment system automatically re-harmonizes the patterns according to the chord type you choose. Each style features 8 special matching "sections"-brief Intro, Fill-in, Ending and other variations-ideal for adding a variety of smooth and natural transitions throughout the song as you sketch out the basic atrangement. After sketching out the basic structure of a song with the accompaniment patterns, you can move the backing parts to sequencer tracks and perform detailed editing operations on them until every note and nuance in your song is exactly the way you want it.

With its dual MIDI IN/OUT terminals, XG-format music production capability and full compatibility with General MIDI, Standard MIDI File, and ESEQ (for the Yamaha SY77/99, QX3, etc.) data formats, the QY700 is designed from the ground up for maximum compatibility with other MIDI instruments and popular music sequencer data formats. This makes it convenient for you to sketch out a basic song using the QY700's music database and quick-composing features, then transfer the song file to your favorite computer sequencing program to finish out the arrangement. The Yamaha QY700 supports MIDI clock synchronization and can be controlled by MTC (MIDI Time Code) signals, as well as control other devices using MMC (MIDI Machine Control) signals.

  • Memory Capacity: 110,000 notes (lithium battery backup)
  • Timing Resolution: 1/480 quarternotes (Internal, MIDI)
  • Polyphony: Maximum 64 simultaneous notes
  • Tempo: 25-300, resolution 0,1
  • Recording Methods: Realtime (Replace, Overdub), Punch-in, Step
  • 32 sequencer tracks
  • 20 songs
  • Conductor Track Types: Pattern, Chord, Tempo, Time Sig
  • Styles: 64 styles (consisting of Preset phrases and User phrases), 8 sections per style
  • Tracks Per Pattern: 16 tracks
  • Phrases: 3,876 Preset phrases, 99 User phrases par style
  • Chord Types: M7, M, 6, m7(11), M9, add9, m, m6, m7, m7(b5), mM7, m9, madd9, 7, 7(#5), 7(b9), 9, 7(#9), 7(#11), 7(b13), 7(13), 7gug4, gug4, dim, gug, 60, 7(b5)
  • Tone Generation: AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory: 32Mbit Wave ROM)
  • Sound Module Modes: XG, GM
  • 480 Normal voices,11 Drum voices
  • Polyphony: Maximum 32 simultaneous notes
  • Simultaneous Voices: Maximum 32 timbres (last-note priority with element reserve, DVA)
  • Effects: Reverb x 11: Hall 1,2, Room 1,2,3, Stage 1,2, Plate, White Room, Tunnel, Basement CHORUS x 11: Chorus 1,2,3,4,Celeste 1,2,3,4,Flanger 1,2,3 VARIATION x 42: Hall 1,2, Room 1,2,3,Stage 1,2,Plate, Delay LCR, Delsy LR, Echo, Cross Delay, Early Reflection 1,2, Gate Reverb, Reverse Gate, Karaoke 1,2,3,Chorus 1,2,3,4,Celeste 1,2,3,4,Flanger 1,2,3,Symphonic, Rotary Speaker, Tremoto, Auto Pan, Phaser 1,2, Distortion, Overdrive, Amp Sim, 3-Band, EQ, 2-Band EQ, Auto Wah
  • Display: 320 x 240 dot graphic LCD (CFL backlight)
  • Controls: -1/NO, +1/YES, Cursor key x 4 (Up, Down, Left, Right), TRACK DOWN, TRACK UP, MUTE, SOLD, EDIT, JOB, LOC 1, LOC 2, Sequencer controls x 6 (Play, Stop, Record, Forward, Back, Top), Numeric keypad, PITCH wheel, ASSIGNABLE wheel, SONG, PATTERN, UTILITY, VOICE, EFFECT, DISK, SHIFT x 2, function keys x 6 (F1-F6), EXIT, Direct Cursor keys x 5, JOG/SHUTTLE, two-octave micro keyboard with two OCT UP and OCT DOWN keys, VOLLUME, CONTRAST, POWER ON/OFF switch
  • Connectors: OUTPUT x 2 (L/MONO, R), PHONES, MIDI IN x 2, MIDI OUT x 2, FOOT SWITCH, DC IN
  • Disk Storage: 3.5 in. 2DD/2HD floppy disk drive (SMF Format 0/1, ESEQ), DEMO Disk included
  • Power Supply
  • PA5B or equivalent AC adapter
  • Dimensions: 13-7/8"W x 12"D x 3-1/2"H
  • Weight: 7 lbs., 11 oz.

Yamaha's QY700 Music Production System puts you in the driver's seat of a powerful music-making machine! Order yours today!


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The Solution!!!

By The Jenk

from Dallas, TX

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I searched far and wide for a drum, keyboard, bass, instrument accompaniment solution. This is the total package. You will probably not need external sound modules. This thing has well over 150 voices, including a full orchestra, several nice drum sets, and assorted commercial and ethnic instruments. Each voice is customizable in usually at least 6 parameters, but sometimes, especially drums, you can customize almost every aspect of the sound. It also has a full set reverbs/effects you can change for each voice. Did I mention that you can have 32 tracks of different voices working together in a single pattern?My only exception to the above statements is if you are a deeply picky trance/electronica nut. In that case you will probably want to get an external mod for bass hits, and maybe one more for electronica sounds. This machine will perfectly control those mods though, as it is MIDI/XG compatible. The voices in house are fully customizable, but they are primarily accurate models of actual instruments. I read another review that said you couldn't adjust volume, but this is incorrect. You can adjust volume for each measure of a song, on each track, and even adjust the volume of individual drums within a kit. If you can't deal with that, you should probably perform the keyboards, pianos, or guitars manually for expression, or hire a session musician. Other than that, this thing pretty much does the job.The only flaw I have found in the time I have had this machine is the layout of the voices. Example: some of the best bass sounds aren't in the bass section, but hidden later in the list in the middle of the lead synth sounds. However, this isn't so much a problem with the machine, I just have very little patience. If you dig deep enough, you can find something tweekable into what you want. It's just a matter of sitting down and flipping through 250+ sounds.


A Friend For Life?

By Jackothescot

from Glasgow, Bonnie Scotland.

Been using QY's for a good 15 years now, from the early QY7 to the 700. If I lost both of mine I would really struggle to work without them. I gig as a 2- piece and use the 700 as my file player, editor and midi controller for my lighting rig and guitar processors. Having 32 midi tracks is a BIG plus, and it's really easy to get around on, although there are many features I don't use (or need). USB would be great, or some kind of external memory, as there's not much space on the internal one. Sounds are better than the old QY's, but I use a Roland XV 5050 for my sounds and what a difference! As one other reviewer said, a touch-sensitive keyboard would be a good idea.


Take it from a Pro

By Snowman-woidF

from Jacksonville

This Machine is the top of the line production seqencer that few people know about.


It's perfect for my application.

By Doug Masters

from Las Vegas, NV

I do a single at times, due to the lack of high budgets, for full bands. I do alot of cover tunes. I bought my first one 6 or 7 years ago. Then I added another one for backup, because I had problems with the first one. It crashed, and the Yamaha people couldn't figure what the problem was. It crashed playing cotten eyed joe. They never had that problem before. I'm into computers, and know something of it's nature, but myself and Yahama couldn't figure out the problem. Since it has been fixed I never had another problem. I'm an old school player. Never thought that I would ever and I mean ever use a seq. to do a show, but this QY700 is the best for me. I swear by Yamaha. I've been entertaining for 40 years plus, and still going strong. When I'm not doing the tribute to the Righteous Brothers in Las Vegas I do other music projects with my QY700. Thank you, Doug Masters AKA Doug Weiss. Have a great life. Goodbye.


The Total Solution


from Cleveland Ohio

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I've used smaller QY units for years, but when I moved up to the "Big 700" a year ago, I knew I had arrived.You just can't find a more capable and reliable unit than this. Since I don't trust the PC based systems not to crash or get buggy, this wonderful self-contained unit is a God-send. Friends, this is one deep, deep box, and there's very little in music you can't do with it. It is at home with most styles of music, and although I rarely use the preset phrase capacity, that feature is awesome.Wish List: USB connectors, color screen, Ability to swell or diminish volume on a given note while it is playing (the one MAJOR failing of the QYs).

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