Yamaha

A3000

Sampler

Main Details
Maker Yamaha Company
Function
Channels/Tracks
  • 64 × Voice
  • 16 × Channel (MIDI)
  • 3 × Channel (FX)
Form Factor 19" Rackmount
Signal Path Digital Hardware (including Analog Connections)
Made In Japan
Date Produced 1997
Dimensions 483 x 403 x 90 mm (WxDxH)
Weight 6.9 kg
Power Source 230 VAC
Connections
MIDI IN
Connector: DIN
Description: Socket (Female)
MIDI OUT
Connector: DIN
Description: Socket (Female)
MIDI THRU
Connector: DIN
Description: Socket (Female)
INPUT L
Connector: 1/4" Phone Jack (6.35mm)
Description: Mono, Unbalanced, Socket (Female)
INPUT R
Connector: 1/4" Phone Jack (6.35mm)
Description: Mono, Unbalanced, Socket (Female)
STEREO OUT L/MONO
Connector: 1/4" Phone Jack (6.35mm)
Description: Mono, Unbalanced, Socket (Female)
STEREO OUT R
Connector: 1/4" Phone Jack (6.35mm)
Description: Mono, Unbalanced, Socket (Female)
PHONES
Connector: 1/4" Phone Jack (6.35mm)
Description: Stereo, Socket (Female)
SCSI
Connector: Other
Description: Socket (Female)
Controls
Parameter: MASTER VOL
Control Type: Rotary Pot
Parameter: REC VOL
Control Type: Rotary Pot
Parameter: POWER
Control Type: Latching Push Switch
Range: ON, OFF

Comments

jehovahkill posted 8 months ago:

So... Yamaha tried to make a perfect sampler. ANd they kinda did. Because the specs are amazing. The possibilities are great right of the bat - you can do a lot to the incoming signal just from the monitoring stage. You can change the samplerate - from crytal clear to low bitrate 'lofi' setting that omit any filtring for full DAC grit. It's great. And you can edit the samples easy, loop them, filter them (V2 gives ou something like 18 diferent filter types to choose), modulate some stuff with lfos. It;s everything you want and it's just so... boring. Yamaha took every precaution to never make you fall out of the good sounding regions of your project. Even with zero crossing turned off, it still barely ever glitches. And even if it does, there must be some heavy limiting and filtering going on internally, because it never loses a beat. It lacks a distinct personality as a sampler. It's very sterile. if you're a tweaker you're gonna get bored very fast as there isn't much to explore, but if you just want a very detailed sampler - this is great. But that whole thing is kinda beside the point as the real fun starts with the effects section. This is basically and FX unit with some sampler thown in. You can put them right onto the incoming signal in monitoring mode and just use it as a multieffects unit. And boy oh boy, did they knock it out of the park. There are tons of weirdly filtered, crossmoding and always moving delays and reverbs. There is also some cool early repeaters to make your beats extra IDMy. And genuine Aphex Aural Exciter. And some basic, useful effects, like a program that makes everything sound like a staticy radio. Or scratchy vinyl. Or winding tape. And everything has at least 8 editable parameters, so you can fine tune it to your liking. Be smart and hunt down one of the gutted A3000, as people tend to remove the expansion board, SCSI interface and RAM, buy it for cheap (haggle, the seller doesn't know you don't even kow what SCSI is, what is important is that it was removed) and congratulate yourself on your new studio quality, in-depths special effects unit.

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