Oberheim DX

Oberheim DX Image

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.

Oberheim DX Image

Lookup Oberheim DX Prices

The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings with more images, specs and information. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace. Our marketplace gets thousands of visits every week so make sure to check back often if you want to buy or sell a synth.

Related forum topics


Are you looking to buy or sell a Oberheim DX? Post an ad in Gear For Sale or a request in Gear Wanted. For spare parts and repair services check out Gear Services & Other Goods. Our forums also has a Buyer’s Guide section where you can ask for advice on buying synthesizers.

25 Visitor comments
October 16, 2011 @ 5:44 pm
i just got a dx can get any sounds out of it and all the lights are on with 0 0 0 0 on the screen??
October 11, 2011 @ 10:33 pm
hi there, anyone out there who has a copy of the first series dx manual without midi?
February 7, 2011 @ 7:47 pm
Also used on "I'm Strong" by Fingers Inc / Robert Owens.
Russ Delux
January 12, 2011 @ 9:32 am
I will check if my friend has a copy of the manual first edition no midi and let you know.
A midi conversion kit in US is about $100 and if anyone wants more sounds I can blow the chips for you and post them.
December 11, 2010 @ 1:43 pm
I have a premidi unit as well can someone please upload an owners manual?
VSE Rating

It’s Good

User Rating

Rated 3.7 (181 Votes)

  • Check Price
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from

Errors or Corrections? Send them here.