Yamaha R1000

Digital reverberation

Yamaha R1000 digital reverb rack

1983 (May)
Initially sold for ¥120,000

The R1000 is Yamaha's first real entry into the market of digital reverberators. In 1983 analog reverbs such as springs and plates were still cheaper than digital machines, but didn't offer much customization at the lower end of the market. But this unit finally promised customizable digital echo at an affordable price (Roland presented a similar device in 1983, the SDE-2000, which was slightly more expensive).

Four reverberation modes can be selected, with decay times of 1.55, 1.62, 2.3 and 2.4 seconds. Not many more features other than a parametric EQ. Considering the low prices of professional reverb modules such as the REV7 or REV5, the R1000 wouldn't be a good choice if you're looking for an 80s digital reverb. But in 1983 it basically had no competition at that price.

Interestingly, Yamaha chose to adopt the light yellow colour scheme used in previous effects for the prints instead of adopting the new digital model started in the same year with the DX7.


  • 4 reverberation time presets.
  • 3-band parametric equalization.
  • 75dB dynamic range.
  • Front panel or footswitch bypass unit.
  • Insert loop for additional signal processing.
  • Direct/reverb mix control for in-line operation.
  • Eq in/out switch with LED indication.
R1000 advertisement
R1000 advertisement


Connection terminals and interfaces

Input jack
Output jack
Insert IN, Insert OUT
Bypass jack

Dimensions and weight

480w x 45.2h x 311.5d (mm)