Oberheim DMX

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An old, sophisticated, classic drum machine. Its sounds are sampled recordings of actual instruments. The machine has a number of human like feels to it such as a great swing function, rolls, flams and other weird time signatures and grooves. Best of all it's easy to operate. 8 separate outputs for individual processing, 100 sequences and 50 songs.

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The DMX was the original drum machine of Hip Hop and Rap, and was used by artists such as Run DMC, Prince, Roni Size, Stevie Nicks, Mike Oldfield, David "Hawk" Wollinski, Phillipe Saisse, David Frank of The System, the Thompson Twins and New Order on tracks like "Blue Monday".

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29 Visitor comments
Analog Renaissance 1
June 5, 2009 @ 6:49 am
Davy DMX-'One for the treble', Rick James-'17' 'you bring the freak out', Alexander O'Neil-'If you were here tonight', Herbie Hancock-'Earth beat'
May 19, 2009 @ 3:21 pm
You forgot to mention the Sisters Of Mercy... 'Dr. Avalanche' !
April 3, 2009 @ 10:54 pm
Justice's classic hi-hat sound.
March 23, 2009 @ 12:29 pm
Thanks Cato! I'm going to check that site out now :) I have ordered a new battery anyway so hopefully that will fix it. I'd like to put some new voice nice to have new sounds in there. I'd Electro Toms, and congas in addition to stock sounds yet i'd like to hear the rim and tambourine..
Anybody have or reckon its worth aquiring a prommer for this machine?
January 30, 2009 @ 8:38 am
analogrenaissance1: I don't know what the source of your problems are, but head over to the DMX files (http://www.electrongate.com/dmxfiles/) where you'll find just about everything there is concerning the DMX (and DX). They also do repairs. Good luck!
And yes, I also love my DMX. I'm hoping to be able to afford some replacement sound-boards some day ("old" style (short) toms, cowbell, electronic snare/toms etc.).
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Here's a simple drum beat featuring all those classic DMX sounds, submitted by Matthew Simonton.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 drums
  • Sounds - 24 drums
  • Effects - Individual tuning control and Swing Function
  • Sequencer - 100 sequences
  • Songs - 50
  • VCA - 8 level sliders
  • Keyboard - 24 pads
  • Control - Audio trigger or tape sync
  • Date Produced - 1980

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