The QY100 came out in 2001 and even today they go for a very reasonable price on eBay, easily fetching up to £200 or more. At some point I’d love to get myself one of these as even after 6 years they have an impressive array of features.
– Sequencer capacity: 20 Songs to a maximum of around 32,000 notes.
– Note resolution: 480 pulses per quarter note.
– Polyphony: 32 notes.
– Record modes: Real-time replace, real-time overdub, step-time record.
– Song construction: One Pattern track, one chord track, one tempo track, 16 sequencer tracks.
– Pattern construction: up to eight Phrases per Pattern.
– Patterns: 768 preset Patterns (128 preset Styles in each of six sections) 384 user Patterns (64 user Styles in each of six sections).
– Sections: Intro, Main A, Main B, Fill AB, Fill BA, Ending.
– Phrases: 4285 preset Phrases plus 48 user Phrases per user Style.
– Chord types: 26 types.
– Chord templates: 99 preset chord templates, plus one user chord progression per Song.
– Preset voices: 547 normal voices, 22 drum voices.Multitimbral capability: 24 parts.
– Effects types: reverb (11 types); chorus (11 types, variation (43 types).
– Amp simulator setups: 23 setups (18 guitar setups and five microphone setups).
– Effects blocks: preamp block (for guitar) or delay block (for microphone), plus chorus block and reverb block.
– Micro keyboard: 25 keys (two octaves).
– Connections: MIDI In/Out, To Host computer connection, stereo out, mono in, footswitch.
I wonder what would have happened if Yamaha had kept on with these devices, and what we’d be looking at as a 2007 release?
I bet a 2007 model would be a multi-track recorder with upgradeable software on an open platform and would include wifi and bluetooth for collaboration and interaction! Who knows.