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QY100 Music Sequencer
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Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Digital Musical Instruments, expands upon its popular QY MIDI line with the introduction of the QY100 Music Sequencer at Winter NAMM 2001.

Like its predecessors, the QY100 is essentially a palm-sized mini-studio, portable backup band and practice partner—with full GM compatibility, high quality voices, onboard effects and large database of musical styles. The addition of increased storage, analog/digital converters, digital effects and expanded database of musical styles takes the QY100 to a new level of performance and creativity. The unit will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2001.

Users may create sequences by utilizing the 16 linear tracks or eight pattern tracks and the huge database of musical styles, including new Rock, R&B and Hip-Hop styles, created specifically for the QY100. The unit also features AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) tone generation, 519 normal and 20 drum XG format preset voices, 32-note polyphony, 24-way multi-timbral voices, and three XG Level 1 programmable 24-bit effects processors. Additional features include: 4 MB Wave ROM; 20 drum kits; 27 chord types; 128 preset styles and 64 user styles (each with six user-programmed selections); 4,000-plus preset phrases; 32,000-note capacity; 24-track 480 PPQ sequencer; and 25-300 BPM tempo mapping.

A guitar/mic section, complete with A/D converter, allows a guitar or microphone to be directly connected. This section is complete with input, gain control, multiple amplifier simulation options and multiple effects.

The addition of a SmartMedia slot enables huge numbers of MIDI song files to be stored and transferred to and from the unit to a computer (using the included Data Filer utility software). Connections include MIDI IN/OUT, line/headphone out, foot switch, DC IN and TO HOST port. An intuitive user interface, including an easy-to-read 128x64 LCD display and 25-key mini-keyboard, provides fast programming and operation.

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