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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elroy weebler
March 8, 2013 @ 1:31 am
i dunno about the Blue Monday video or any of the various remixes (only familiar with the original song as heard on the 12"), but on the original 1983 version (along with "The Beach") it's clearly a stock DMX they're using. the main giveaway is the snare. the DX has a less staccato but fairly realistic snare sample (and it's not as good as the DMX's snare, i say). the hi-hat and claps are also a bit different between the two machines... DMX has a much different envelope for the closed hats, the DX has a different clap sample altogether... no doubt it's a DMX on there. you heard it here, folks.
February 28, 2013 @ 2:47 am
a lot of new wave was made using the oberheim DX, blue monday was supposedly written with one, and then they used the DMX in the videos. the beauty of this gem drum machine that most people dont know is you can get eproms and put in any lindrum sound you want and customize it, i have every linndrum eprom and only pop in the ones i like, oh the best part? real time tuning on every part and a very simple but awsome sequencer. love this beatbox, Linndrum is way too big and heavy, this thing is light!
elroy weebler
January 27, 2013 @ 6:18 pm
so much misinformation in these comments. Michael Jackson never used an Oberheim drum machine. Thriller and Bad are slathered in LM-1 and Linn 9000, respectively. "Blue Monday" and "Holiday" are DMX. sorry. Dee Dee Ramone did use a DX on his rap album though. i totally understand why people constantly get these machines mixed up with each other; they really all sound quite similar. the Linn/Oberheim machines all share a distinct, punchy sound and it can be tricky to spot what was used on a particular track. but the DX really didn't get used by pop/rock stars. it's still a great machine though.
January 17, 2013 @ 4:33 am
Most of MJ's Clap sounds were layered by QJ on top of this spectacular drum sound. Tom Oberheim is a genius period. Filters will get you high and it is very friendly and easy to program. I'm recording with it for more than 10 years and it is very reliable. Always gets the job done.
December 21, 2012 @ 10:42 pm
Used by Strawberry Switchblade "Since Yesterday" Circa 1984. (David Motion Producer)
Also... New Order actually used the Oberheim DX and NOT the DMX on "Blue Monday"
Madonna used this one too. "Holiday" 1983 Clap Clap :) Side note... I also own a LinnDrum LM2 and slightly prefer it over the DX. I did sell my SCI DrumTraks which sounded strikingly similar to the DX, in fact I would always swap chips between the two of them. Somewhere on the planet a manual of the non midi DX exists, although I've still never seen one. :)
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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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