With the re-birth of the 'control synth' the next logical step is the creation of
the 'control sampler'. The new A3000 from Yamaha represents an exciting new concept in
sampling technology. The A3000 boasts many new features and facilities which will
allow the user to explore new avenues in sampled based music.
The basic A3000 is 64 note polyphonic and is shipped with 2 Meg of on board RAM.
This RAM is user expandable with 4x72 pin SIMMS to a 'competition smashing' total of 128 Meg.
Yamaha have carved a reputation for their signal processing power within musical
instruments and the A3000 is no exception. It benefits from the latest in DSP technology
from Yamaha. As standard the A3000 has 3 independent effects blocks for sample processing.
These processors not only contain traditional reverb, chorus and delay type effects but
special, sample specific, effects such as realtime time stretch and Lo-Fi EQ curves. These
effects can also be accessed in realtime and applied to any audio input - i.e. they do not
have to be limited to sampled sounds only, the A3000 can act as a stand alone effects
A powerful EQ section provides a 4 band EQ system along with a parametric EQ which can be
applied to each sample. There is no other sampler currently on the market which can offer
this level of DSP as standard.
The 'control sampler' aspect has been given great consideration. The front panel contains 5
multi functional knobs for realtime control and fast editing. 4 of the 5 knobs are fully user
assignable so can be used to control any parameters within the A3000 or, as they can also
transmit MIDI controller data, any other MIDI device.
In this era of multi platform projects file compatibility can often become a problem for
the artist. To alleviate this the A3000 can read Akai and Emu samples and the AIFF and
WAV computer formats. These can either be loaded via the DD/HD disk drive mounted on the
front panel or via SCSI. Other useful features include an Auto Sequential recording mode
where the A3000 can continuously create isolated samples from an audio phrase sample CD plus
a facility to control an external CD ROM from the A3000 front panel.
Yamaha A3000 Specifications:
|Maximum Polyphony :||64 voices, 16 bit|
|Memory Capacity :||2MB RAM (expandable to 128MB RAM)|
|Sampling Frequency :||44.1 kHz (22.05 kHz, 11.025 kHz, 5.5125 kHz)|
|Digital In :||48, 44.1, 32 kHz|
|Effects :||3 independent blocks (also available for realtime mixing/recording), 4 band total EQ.|
|Envelope Generators :||2 (1 multi-stage)|
|APM Functions :||Provided|
|2nd LSI :||IB-304F (optional)|
|Multi Effects :||EB16 (optional)|
|SCSI :||SCSI load and save during play.|
|Direct sample audition via SCSI or CD ROM.|
|Display :||Back lit 40 characters x 2 lines LCD|
|Internal Storage Device :||3.5" 2HD/2DD Floppy Disk|
|Connectors :||Input (L/R), Output (L/R), Phones, MIDI IN/OUT/THRU, SCSI interface. Assignable Output (L/R), Optional hardware slot.|
|Accessories :||AC power cable, operators manual, O/S disk, MESA disk, Demo Sequence disk, Sound disk|
|Dimensions :||483(W) x 403(D) x 90(H) mm|
|Weight :||6.9 kg|