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Postby Zenkodo » Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:09 am

Are there any Yamaha QY700 sequencer users around? I'm working through the manual but it would be great to hear people's working methods and tips etc. I realise I could be in a minority of one - no PC in the studio, hardware synths and outboard with a stand alone hard disk multitrack. :-)
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Re: QY700

Postby fatbenelton » Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:13 am

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Re: QY700

Postby B4i » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:00 pm

I had one of these many years ago. Great piece of kit for sequencing and arranging. The internal sounds aren't up to much compared to more modern kit IIRC. I do miss the intermacy and speed the QY provided compared to a PC though
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Re: QY700

Postby johnny h » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:33 pm

I know its a lot more expensive, but have you considered the Cirklon?
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Re: QY700

Postby fatbenelton » Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:15 pm

Not had a QY but I have had a Cirklon - different beasts I think. Constructing large songs/arrangements etc is not the Cirklon's forte. Perhaps a RS7000 or RM1X…...
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Re: QY700

Postby Kevin Nolan » Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:35 am

I have several keyboard setups and use a QY700 in one of them for recording. Absolutely love it. I treat it as a 32 track MIDI recorder - I've deleted all of its preset phrases out of memory so it's just a 110,000 note multitrack sequencer. I know it inside out for basic recording and MIDI editing - so it's uncomplicated and does what it says on the tin. I love the idea of a hardware sequencer for basic 'DAW type' MIDI multitrack. It's from a different era I accept, but it works and I love using it. It compels you to play live on a keyboard into it (cause it doesn't do much else !!).

That said, I am contemplating replacing it with an iPad Garageband setup, given its transparency to Logic Pro which I also use. In that instance I'll reinstall all of the preset phrases onto the QY700 and see what they deliver (though I;m not one for using presets much). They are not to be snubbed at however - they're quite well programmed an you hear them on TV productions, still, on occasion.

Overall, a beautifully designed multitrack sequencer with fabulous interface, MIDI features, and the added bonus of thousands of preset phrases across multiple genres. Embrace it and enjoy it - there are many ways to skin the cat (of music).
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Re: QY700

Postby Zenkodo » Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:58 am

Thanks for your replies.
Does anyone know if the chord track and preset phrases can be assigned to external midi channels? I'm liking the idea of the chord track cos my (lack of) keyboard skills means I can think of chord changes faster than I can actually play them ! :-/
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Re: QY700

Postby himalaya » Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:53 pm

I still have my QY700, although I haven't used it in many, many years, so my memory of all its operational quirks is not good.

As a side note, when I did use it, I was very creative on it, churning (admittedly cheezy) ditties as if there was no tomorrow.
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Re: QY700

Postby Szymek85 » Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:37 pm

Kevin Nolan, how did you wipe the qy700 of all phrases?
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Re: QY700

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:41 am

Szymek85 wrote:Kevin Nolan, how did you wipe the qy700 of all phrases?

There is a guide to restoring the factory presets starting on page 23 of QY700 manual though it looks like you need the 'style' floppy disk to do it.

If you don't have that disk then you can get the contents of it from here though you will need a floppy drive to write that data. I would think a standard USB floppy should work just fine to do so and they are pretty cheap to get hold of.
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Re: QY700

Postby Mike Senior » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:16 pm

I'm a long-time QY700 user, although it's been in mothballs for the last (gulp!) 10 years now. I do still have it, though, for those situations where I need to do MIDI troubleshooting. It's a great machine.

Incidentally, I did this whole tutorial series using the QY700's internal sounds, so I'm not sure I agree with the OP saying that the sounds aren't much cop:
https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques ... a-xg-part1
https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques ... a-xg-part2
https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques ... a-xg-part3
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Re: QY700

Postby Mike Senior » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:17 pm

And, come to think of it, a lot of this music was also done with the QY sounds:
http://cambridge-mt.com/ms/mtk/#Triviul
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Re: QY700

Postby Dave.P » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:43 pm

Been meaning to dig my QY700 out for some time now, this just could be the nudge I needed!
I must admit I also made some cheesy stuff on it, but certainly never mastered the operation....
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