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
Fat Rocky
March 13, 2010 @ 12:40 pm
Does anyone knows about mods for this drum machine. like adding front panel tuning pots, circuit bent etc?
the fact that you can burn your own EPROMS and place them inside this great sounding and sequencing machine makes me thing a lot about circuit bent mods
November 17, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
I have both the DMX and DX. Great for playing manually as well. Like almost playing a real drum kit.
Dj Dionysos, The Incredible
August 19, 2009 @ 3:16 pm
(Not to mention) it was also used by no other than "Davy Dmx" who introduced the machine to the me and to all hip hop massive by calling himeslf after it. His seminal great "One For The Treble! was the blue print of the hip hop that was to come!
July 27, 2009 @ 10:54 am
The Oberheim DMX has been credited as used by Jeff Lynne for ELO's 1983 album 'Secret Messages'. Although I couldn't say specifically which songs it was used on.
July 9, 2009 @ 8:58 pm
It's all about the Handclap with the DMX. It really wants to be on every 16th of every bar and the art is knowing how to reign it in :)
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  • 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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