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.