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Yamaha SU10 Sampling Unit

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Phrase Sampling

Record and replay up to 48 stereo waveforms. Maximum sampling rate is 44.1kHz, equivalent to audio CD. Or select a lower sampling rate to increase available sampling time - to a maximum of 54 seconds.

Sample Editing

The SU10's editing features allow you full flexibility in designing your sounds. You can set playback direction, loop type, and pad action separately for each sample. Set arbitrary start, end, and loop points. Adjust relative playback volume. Assign arbitrary MIDI note numbers to your samples. And more.

Ribbon Controller and Realtime Performance Effects

The dynamic finger-driven ribbon controller works both with SU10 playback and on realtime input from a CD player, microphone, or other sound source. Ribbon effects are dramatic, and great fun to work with. Use the ribbon to control the filter cutoff frequency, to "scratch" out a sound segment, to slide the pitch, or to control crossfading of local playback and external input.

Additional Play Features

You can HOLD selected samples, or play samples in REVERSE. Use SCALE mode to set a single sample to play at incremental pitches along the console. Use FILTER modes to apply filtering to local playback or realtime throughput.


The SU10's sequencing functions stores up to four sample-replay sequences as independent "songs." Song and sample replay can be used together- so you can set up a song as a background, then play samples on top of it.

MIDI Support

Use MIDI bulk dumps to back up all data to external storage--for example, to a floppy disk in a Yamaha MDF2 or use MIDI sample dumps to download specific samples to a synth or computer. Drive the SU10 from a remote keyboard or sequencer, or drive a remote tone generator from the SU10. Assign arbitrary note numbers to your 48 samples, and an arbitrary controller number to the ribbon controller.

Sampling Disk Included

The SU10 package includes two CDs: the Showcase Sampling Collection with over 500 performance-oriented samples from Time+Space, and the Sound Effects Collection with 270 samples.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Sampling
Oscillators: 1
Osc Modulation: Ribbon
Sampling: 16 bit, 11.025 kHz, 44.1 kHz
Sampling Notes:
384 KB RAM
Rates 11.64 to 44.1kHz
Max 48 samples
Sampling Times
19 sec. (High)
27 sec. (Standard)
38 sec. (Long)
54 sec. (Extra Long)
Filters: 1
Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 4
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Patches RAM: 48
Storage: Internal
Case: Desktop, Module
Controls: Buttons, Pads, Mod - Ribbon
Display Type: LCD, LED
Dimensions (WxDxH): 168 × 104 × 32.2 (mm) [6.61 × 4.09 × 1.27 (inches)]
Weight: 0.4kg (0.88lb.)
Audio Output Connections: 1/8" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
Inputs: 1/8" Line & Mic inputs
DAC Bits: 16
DAC Frequency Rate: 44.1
Power: Yamaha PA-3B or PA-1B adaptor, 6 x 1.5V AA Batteries
Year Released: 1996
Manuals & Documents

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] usa.yamaha.com
MSRP List Price: $399 - convert
Retail Street Price: $250 - convert
Used Price: $80 - $120 - convert

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