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
June 28, 2012 @ 6:45 am
Spotify playlist with some songs that use the Oberheim DX/DMX.

elroy weebler
May 29, 2012 @ 1:05 pm
something magical about this one. nowhere else can you hear samples digitized so crudely with this much panache. specifically designed to one-up the Linn LM-1, but the DMX was also half the price and you get what you pay for. (hihats: a cruel joke?) first drum machine to have crash/ride samples; i should be shot for still using them. the DMX effectively became the pepsi to the LinnDrum's coca-cola during their heyday: they look different, people have preferences, but either way you end up with the same syrupy taste in your mouth. i'm a pepsi drinker though, whether it's sodas or drum machines.
February 24, 2012 @ 11:02 pm
I had the idea to sample this and sell it. But it just doesn't sound the same coming out of my mpc. special drum machine....im figuring the linn drum is at least as dope as the DMX, being that it has a few more sounds.....
July 1, 2011 @ 1:29 am
the DMX is all over Plastic Beach by Gorillaz ...Empire Ants and Broken wouldnt be the same without it.
May 15, 2011 @ 7:47 am
The Sisters of Mercy used it on “First and Last and Always”.
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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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