Yamaha A5000 Professional Sampler Synth FxYamaha A5000 Professional Sampler Synth Fx

Built in SCSI, for CD drive and/or more hard drives. Two sets of midi IN & THRU. One midi out. Four outputs built in! What it looks like inside. 127 megs of RAM. The installed 8 gig hard drive. It’s the largest A5k takes. 250 meg zip drive (remember those?) 250 meg zip drive replaced the floppy drive (included). The aforementioned scratches. I bought this used from Sam Ashe Music in NYC a year after it first came out. It has been in my smoke-free studio ever since. I upgraded it several times, replacing the internal floppy disc drive with a zip drive, maxed out the RAM to 127 megs and installed a 9 gig hard drive. As you can see in one of the pictures, there are some scratches on the right of the faceplate. They were there when I bought it. Some of the photos show it mounted in a rack case. That case is not included (but can be if we work something out.) This sale includes the original floopy drive, in case you want to re-instal it, and the power cable. I really believe this is the best hardware music machine ever built. Certainly the best sampler. Unfortunatley Yamaha released it at the same time 24 bit software samplers started coming out, so this line of hardware samplers never had a chance. All the reviews were stellar when it came out, making the front cover of Keyboard Magazine, Sound On Sound magazine, and many others. But it simply never sold. Yes, it works with 16 bit audio files, but the D/A and A/D converters are 20 bits, so the sound is exceptionally clear. There are so many great things going for this machine. The filters sound great, the multi-effects are plentiful and inspiring (you can even use it as a stand-alone FX unit), and this darned thing has real-time audio stretching (in a hardware device! I know, right!?). It does take a little time to load in your sounds, but once everything’s in there, this monster is a total gas! And, true to it’s name, the audio inputs and ability to record your own sounds right into the unit is effortless. Here’s what Yamaha said: A New Breed of Sampler is BornEver since the introduction of sampling technology, virtually every rack-mount sampler on the market has been just that — a sampler — and nothing more. Sure there have been advancements in sound quality and the addition of digital effects, but the basic concept has remained the same — until now. Announcing the arrival of the revolutionary A5000 — professional sampler with the power not only to create sounds, but to shape them in a way never before dreamed possible. Impressive SpecsThe A5000 has impressive specs for a sampling unit. This model is expandable with up to 128 MB of RAM and can accommodate an Internal Hard Drive and Internal Zip (R) Drive simultaneously. The A5000 provides 32 Multitimbral Parts and 126 Notes of Polyphony. And for ultimate flexibility and convenience, this sampler is compatible with a wide range of sample formats, including AIFF and WAV among others, and is bundled with special Sample and Parameter Editing Software. Not Merely A “Sampler”The A5000 is not merely a “sampler” – it is an advanced synthesis tool that lets you process samples creatively…and easily. It provides abundant features for versatile sound production: 16 Types of Ultra Fat Filters that deliver powerful resonance, 96 Types of Effects for creating never-before- heard sounds, a MIDI Syncable LFO with fully programmable waveforms, unprecedented Loop Divide/Remix and Re-sampling functions, Direct-to-CD Burning capability and much, much more! And with a Large LCD Panel, heavy-duty Real-time Control Knobs and Intuitive User Interface, this sampler is incredibly easy to operate, allowing you to give full concentration to creating your own unique sounds in your music. Powerful Filter SectionThe A5000 features an elaborate filter stage, providing 16 different filter types with complete control over the parameters. Many filter types feature a Q (resonance) setting that can be controlled by keyboard velocity-great for creating expressive acid leads and basses. Along with the standard low-pass, high-pass, and band pass filters, this sampler features many unusual filters such as band eliminate, peak, and dip filters. Also included are several unique multi-mode filters, which let you assign 2 independent filters to a single sample; a low-pass and high-pass filter for example. 96 Outstanding Onboard EffectsThe A5000 is not just high-quality sampler; it’s also a highly advanced digital multi-effect processor, exceeding the capability of many professional stand-alone effect processors. The A5000 gives you 6 blocks of effects. Each effect block can be assigned any one of the 96 onboard effect algorithms, which include a huge selection of reverbs, distortions, modulation effects and delays, as well as several truly unique effects such as Auto Synth, Tech Modulation, Digital Scratch, and an extensively programmable Lo-Fi effect. Most effect types can be applied during the sampling process — combine this capability with the Re-sampling function and you’ll have virtually endless effect processing power at your fingertips. You can even have the A5000 double as a high-end studio effects processor by assigning effects to the stereo analog inputs. An Indispensable Tool for Dance Music Remixing and ProductionIf you’re into sequencing or remixing dance tracks, you’ll find the A5000 is a dream come true. Packed in the sampler is an extensive array of sample editing functions that are ideal for today’s dance music. Loop Divide/RemixThe Loop Remix function divides a sample loop into discrete sections according to preset patterns, and then randomly rearranges their timing and order, while adding reverse, pitch, lo-fi and gate effects in the process. The result is a totally unique, remixed loop. With this function you can instantly create awesome break-beat fills, hip-hop shuffles, and electro grooves…all at the touch of a button. Plus, the remixing process is non-destructive, which means you can freely make as many remixed loops as you want without affecting the original sample. Whenever you come up with a remixed loop that you like, you can store the randomly generated pattern that created it as a User Type for later use. The Loop Divide function automatically slices a sample loop into several parts according to the beat, while simultaneously assigning each part to a different note. This allows you to compose your own remixes by playing the sample parts manually on a MIDI keyboard. Re-samplingOnce you get your hands on the A5000’s Re-sampling function you’ll be amazed at how easy and convenient it is to match the pitch and tempo of your samples to the rest of your sequenced tracks. Pitch Convert mode lets you change the pitch of a sample without altering the speed. Time Stretch mode lets you change the speed of a sample without altering the pitch. Speed variations can be calculated based on tempo, length beat or time, according to your preference. If you like to compose tracks by sampling rhythm loops from multiple sources, re-sampling is a function you can’t do without. MIDI Syncable LFO with Programmable WaveformsNot only does the A5000 feature independent LFOs for each sample, but also a master Program LFO — a MIDI syncable LFO exclusively for samples assigned to the Program setup. By setting the cutoff modulation source of any sample to Program LFO, you can have the cutoff frequency sweep according to the rate and waveform of the LFO. Step Wave, one of the 6 Program LFO waveforms, expands your modulation capability by allowing you to set up to 16 “steps” within an LFO cycle to control the modulation effect. You can program the modulation level of each step yourself, or have the A5000 randomly generate the waveform for you. You can even smooth the waveform by adding slopes between each of the steps. Intuitive User InterfaceNavigating through the various functions is remarkably easy thanks to the A5000’s intuitive user interface. Simply select a Mode and Function from the front panel matrix and the parameters associated with that function will be clearly displayed on the bright, easy-to-read 320 x 80 LCD panel. Five panel knobs allow you to open pop-up menus, select values and execute operations quickly and conveniently. Real-time MIDI Control Knobs (Panel Play)By selecting the Panel Play function, the A5000’s 4 right panel knobs become real-time MIDI controllers, allowing you to tweak the sound of the internal samples as well as control external MIDI synthesizers. You can even record the MIDI control data transmitted by each knob into an external sequencer and have all the changes play back automatically. Consecutive Sampling FunctionHave you ever wanted to borrow a friend’s drum machine and sample all of its sounds? Or perhaps sample several tracks off of a sampling CD With conventional samplers? Recording multiple sounds in a row can be extremely time consuming since you must go through the sampling setup procedure each time you want to record a new sound. With the A5000’s Consecutive Sampling function, however, you can make as many samples as you want, one by one, without pressing any buttons between samples! Just set the Record Type to “New+” and press GO — the A5000 will create a new sample every time an audio signal is detected and automatically pause once the signal stops. Samples will be mapped out automatically in the order that they were recorded, saving you even more time and effort. Ready to Expand to Your Exact NeedsThe A5000 provides impressive expansion capability to cater to your exact sampling needs. It is equipped with a SCSI interface, allowing you to connect an external hard drive or CD-ROM drive for quick and easy loading of sample data. And if portability is a concern, you can easily install an internal hard disk drive (50-pin SCSI or 40-pin IDE) or replace the floppy disk drive with a Zip (R) drive (ATAPI) using the provided connection cables. The onboard sampling memory can be expanded up to an incredible 128 megabytes using pairs of standard 72-pin SIMMs. And for professional-level music production, the optional AIEB1 I/O expansion board provides 6 individual audio outputs (in addition to the 4 audio outputs already on the unit) as well as both optical and coaxial digital I/O capability. Zip ( R) is a trademark of Iomega Corporation. Direct-to-CD Burning CapabilityThe A5000 allows you to connect a CD-R or CD-RW drive directly to their SCSI port and back up the contents of your hard drive – without the need for a computer. Not only does this provide a cost-effective way to store your projects, but it also allows you to effortlessly produce your own audio sampling CDs. Compatibility with a Broad Range of Sample FormatsThe A5000 has the ability to import and export AIFF and WAV files directly to and from any DOS-formatted floppy disk, hard disk or Zip ( R) disk, as well as import from CD-ROM. Plus it is compatible with sample files from other Yamaha samplers such as the highly acclaimed A3000 and SU700, as well as compatible with various sample formats used by other manufacturers ( Akai S1000 or S3000 programs and samples; E-mu EIIIx presets and samples; and Roland S760 patches or samples), thus giving you the support of a vast library of sounds. Supported Formats for Import: EX7/5/5RVoices (from FD, HD, non-LPC RAM samples only), Waves (from FD, HD, non-LPC RAM samples only) SU700Samples (from FD, HD) Note: Except segmented data stored on multiple floppy disks. TX16WSamples (from FD) WAV File8/16-bit linear, mono/stereo, “.WAV” extension (from DOS-format FD, HD, or ISO9660-format CD-ROM) AIFF File8/16-bit linear, mono/stereo, “.AIF” extension (from DOS-format FD, HD, or ISO9660-format CD-ROM) Standard MIDI FileFormat 0, “.MID” extension (from DOS-format FD, HD, or ISO9660-format CD-ROM) _gsrx_vers_586 (GS 6.8 (586))