Oberheim DX

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The DX was a lighter version of the classic DMX drum machine. In fact its look, features and programming method are basically the same as the DMX. The DX has individual tuning knobs for the drum tones and an external trigger input. Its sounds are sampled recordings of actual instruments. The DX only has 18 drum sounds and the DMX has 24. Both drum machines have a number of human like feel effects such as a great swing function, rolls, flams and other weird time signatures and grooves. Best of all it's easy to operate. There are also 6 individual outputs like the DMX for easing studio use. It has been used by Hip Hop artists since the very beginning of Hip Hop! It has been used by Apollo 440, Daft Punk, and Jimi Tenor.

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25 Visitor comments
August 11, 2009 @ 5:52 pm
I just got one of these and it sounds great, especially with the back pitch tuners. However with mine, the shakers and clap doesn't work, does anyone know how to clean the volume fader and pads?
March 25, 2009 @ 1:02 pm
I love these things...they are great. I recently got my hands on one of the early versions without MIDI and have been searching for months to find a copy of the manual...if someone has one and could post a link, i would appreciate it!
February 17, 2009 @ 8:29 am
The model DX doesn't have MIDI, but the model DXa does.
January 1, 2009 @ 6:41 am
The main advantage of the DX over the DMX is that it's possible to change drums pitch via external trimpots, while the DMX has them internally.
August 24, 2008 @ 5:40 am
Had the chance to play around with it a few years ago and had a blast! It's really funky and samples of it don't even come close (for some reason). When you're sitting in a chair with the DX in your lap you come up with some really cool old-school hiphop beats and Blue Mondayish grooves. Gotta get me one of these someday (or the DMX)
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Drum Sounds - 18 sounds
  • Sequencer - 100 sequences
  • Songs - 50
  • VCA - 6 level sliders
  • Keyboard - 18 keys
  • Effects - Individual tuning control, swing function
  • Control - Trigger In/Out (MIDI by modification)
  • Date Produced - 1982
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