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
Dejan Djordjevic
March 18, 2011 @ 8:16 am
I have used the Oberheim DMX drum machine since the early 1980s, I sampled it before I got rid of it and I am still using the drumsounds in my new compositions because they do sound totally different than acoustic drum kits, intelligent man-made synthesizer oscillators vs acoustic drum noise. Dejan Djordjevic
December 22, 2010 @ 12:58 am
Also supposedly used for the classic drum beat on Mary Jane Girls "All Night Long", as well as Midnight Starr's "Midas Touch"
dream demolition fact
May 28, 2010 @ 2:37 am
This is THE drum machine if you want to re-create the New Order drum sound circa 'Power Corruption and Lies'.

There are free (individual hit) samples of it all over the www.
Bill White
April 2, 2010 @ 3:00 am
I had a DMX along with an OBX-A, DSX, and an Expander. Some of the greatest equipment ever made!
Svend G
March 28, 2010 @ 1:40 am
@ Fat Rocky: I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but here's a fantastic site about repair and some modding.
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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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