Need a Hardware MIDI Sequencer, Looking at the Yamaha RMX-1

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Re: Need a Hardware MIDI Sequencer, Looking at the Yamaha RMX-1

Post by pricklyrobot » Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:23 pm

harness wrote:Only a couple hundred more than the rm1x in the used market.
A bit more than that, I think. I was in the market for a new sequencer a few months ago and saw several Rm1X's go for $150 (and a few for less than that), but I couldn't find an RS-7000 for under $400.

Ultimately, I ended up with an MP-7 Command Station for $220, as it seemed like the best combination of price and features. I'm still learning my way around it, but very happy with it so far. Be warned though, it is big and heavy (in photos it looks like it might be just small enough to throw in a backpack and take somewhere, in real life, not so much; but that's my only gripe.)

I suppose it all depends on what the OP's budget is.
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Re: Need a Hardware MIDI Sequencer, Looking at the Yamaha RMX-1

Post by MIDI_Thru_Kid » Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:44 pm

The RS7000 sounds like a good deal for my application...

I'll look into the manual a bit, and see what I can find out there. Thanks for the help so far! :D
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Re: Need a Hardware MIDI Sequencer, Looking at the Yamaha RMX-1

Post by ruselrones » Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:08 am

For MIDI or CV sequencing (presumably midi?)? For MIDI you have many options, eg:

Dedicated sequencers:
Manikin Schrittmaker (sp?)
Doepfer Schlatwerk
Genoqs Octopus
Sequentix P3
MIDIbox SEQ (DIY)
and many others too

Synth / Sampler / Sequencers:
Elektron gear
AKAI MPC's
Spectralis
Nord G2
Yamaha RS7000
Emu command stations
Elektribes?
All manner of workstation synths
Many more

It depends on how you'd like to work. Do you want to play stuff in and multitrack, or do you want to do step sequencing

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Re: Need a Hardware MIDI Sequencer, Looking at the Yamaha RMX-1

Post by MIDI_Thru_Kid » Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:28 pm

ruselrones wrote:For MIDI or CV sequencing (presumably midi?)? For MIDI you have many options, eg:

Dedicated sequencers:
Manikin Schrittmaker (sp?)
Doepfer Schlatwerk
Genoqs Octopus
Sequentix P3
MIDIbox SEQ (DIY)
and many others too

Synth / Sampler / Sequencers:
Elektron gear
AKAI MPC's
Spectralis
Nord G2
Yamaha RS7000
Emu command stations
Elektribes?
All manner of workstation synths
Many more

It depends on how you'd like to work. Do you want to play stuff in and multitrack, or do you want to do step sequencing
I Work with MIDI gear (for now... hehehehehe), So, I want something that is like a "MULI-MACHINE" that sequences, samples, and has SOME synth, but that I can MAINLY use JUST the sequencer. I already have quality drum and synth sounds, I just need a decent sequencer, with LOTS of MEMORY, provisions to save stuff externally, and h**l, if it has a sampler and some drum sounds, and maybe synth, Why not? (go with that?)
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Re: Need a Hardware MIDI Sequencer, Looking at the Yamaha RMX-1

Post by masstronaut » Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:49 pm

Roland MV-8800?

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Re: Need a Hardware MIDI Sequencer, Looking at the Yamaha RMX-1

Post by balma » Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:47 pm

Yea, the MV 8800, or if you have a lower budget (MV is arround $1k) you can get for $250-300 a Roland SP 808ex.

It's a sampler. Phrase sampler
It's a 100.000 notes sequencer.
it's a effects unit.
It can run line thru and equalize like a mixer
It has a 2 oscillator basic Virtual Analog.
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Post by MIDI_Thru_Kid » Sat Sep 26, 2009 5:25 pm

I like what I see there, but I'm only seeing these go for $700-$800 range... :o

My budget is as low as is humanly possible... LOL
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Re: Need a Hardware MIDI Sequencer, Looking at the Yamaha RMX-1

Post by MIDI_Thru_Kid » Sat Sep 26, 2009 5:37 pm

I'm not liking what I see in the SP 808ex. I think I like the RS7000 better. More memory, SM card compatible (I think??) and just more of what I want.
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Re: Need a Hardware MIDI Sequencer, Looking at the Yamaha RMX-1

Post by harness » Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:14 am

SM cards are getting pretty pricey. Make sure to get an SM to XD card adapter and a few 128mb XD cards.
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Re: Need a Hardware MIDI Sequencer, Looking at the Yamaha RMX-1

Post by masstronaut » Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:37 am

You might be able to track down an MV-8000 for less than the 8800, but the RS is definitely a good option. If you didn't need sampling the command stations are good as well, and you can do a lot with the synthesis on those.

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Re: Need a Hardware MIDI Sequencer, Looking at the Yamaha RMX-1

Post by Villi » Sun Sep 27, 2009 1:56 am

While SM cards aren't exactly cheap, they are not nearly as expensive as they were a few years ago when they were not available new.

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Re: Need a Hardware MIDI Sequencer, Looking at the Yamaha RMX-1

Post by yuriyuri » Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:09 pm

I got an Alesis mmt8 for 50 euros and never regretted.

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Re: Need a Hardware MIDI Sequencer, Looking at the Yamaha RMX-1

Post by MIDI_Thru_Kid » Wed Sep 30, 2009 12:39 am

Alright, after a bunch of research and thinking about future arrangements and setups for my gear... I've got my options narrowed down to TWO sequencers:

1. Yamaha RS7000
2. Yamaha RM1x

Based off of the info I have gathered...

The RM1x is a good little workstation. The only thing is, it tends to be a bit unstable/unreliable (? based off of reviews online, I'm not sure if that statement is legit...) The RS7000 is practically double the cost with more features and better stability. Both have undo/redo (BIG +1 there against other sequencers), and both interface VERY easily with GM/NON-GM (General MIDI, that is) devices. ANOTHER big +1 because I have the MM6 which has GM voices, and HUNDREDS of other voices. This calls for the use of LSB/MSB banks, something I'm very familiar with.

Costs (Just some observation over the past few weeks):

RM1x = $300-$500
RS7000 = $500-$900 (NUTS!!)

The thing that makes me back away from the RS7000 is the cost. Sure it'll be great in the long run, BUUUT... I just gotta save longer. The RM1x is smaller (MUCH!! :shock: ) and... BLUE! Which means it'll look great with my EMX-1 :twisted: :lol: 8)

I dunno. If you guys were me, trying to buy a sequencer with the most memory and features, with less amount of money possible, which would you choose? The RM1x or the RS7000? :?
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Re: Need a Hardware MIDI Sequencer, Looking at the Yamaha RMX-1

Post by harness » Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:07 am

I have had both the RM1x and the RS7000 and the RS7000 is worth it. The average ebay price on the RM1X is around 250 and rarely sell for above that, they also pop up often. You could maybe get a RS7000 around 600 or less if you are patient and dilligent in your search, my local craigslist had one for 450, but someone snagged it up. They don't pop up as much. I'm guess people want to keep theirs.
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Re: Need a Hardware MIDI Sequencer, Looking at the Yamaha RMX-1

Post by blavatsky » Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:04 pm

I have an RS7000 and a E-Mu command station (xl7) headed my way this week.
I will let you know what i find as I hope to use them for external sequencing as well.

I traded my Korg EMX for the RS7000 to a member here, I thought that was a great deal!!!

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