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
February 14, 2014 @ 9:54 pm
Have anyone ever sampled with an DX before,if so, what were your results?
December 17, 2013 @ 12:19 am
Any talk of limited Oberheim DX use is silly. From 1984 to 1989 in Jamaica, the Reagonomic downturn meant only a few studios had the finances and space to host live musicians. The digital era began when engineers from King Tubby/Price Jammy's studio traveled abroad and brought back the DX, the Yamaha Cs01, basically the budget versions of the popular synths in the US. The DX in particular was ubiquitous as Sly Dunbar (of Sly&Robbie) championed the box and keyboardists/programmers were now in demand. You can hear the DX on several thousand 7''/10"/12" releases out of JA and the UK.
Laurie Laptop
July 31, 2013 @ 4:47 pm
Well, this DX Stretch of mine was once owned by Factory Records. Can't say for sure if it was the Blue Monday box, but the sounds are just the same. It was used by The Durutti Column on some of their earlier stuff. I have the Prommer too ... which is very long winded fun!
elroy weebler
March 28, 2013 @ 2:35 am
no need to be so pedantic... i meant that the DX was relatively less popular than other drum machines of the era. LM-1, linndrum, DMX, drumulator, 808/909...I have heard scores of hit songs featuring each of those machines. but the list of famous records recorded with the DX just isn't as long. no fault of its own though, and i know i've spent hours and hours of quality time with mine.
March 18, 2013 @ 10:22 am
Elroy Weeber said: "The DX really didn't get used by pop/rock stars."

Right: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Pv-e0nbc4U
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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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