Yamaha DJX-II / DJX-IIb

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The DJX-II is a Groove Machine and entry-level keyboard designed for great sounding techno and dance music. Features include an on-board but limited 8-bit sampler and Yamaha's AWM synthesis technology for sounds similar to the AN1x, CS2x, and CS6x. Designed for DJs and budding musicians, the DJX-II is a live groove-machine, no keyboard skills required! The keys are primarily used to select patterns, mute parts, add preset hits or fills, and shift the key of the patterns playing. But in voice mode, you can play any of its 202 sounds or drums across the keyboard like a regular synthesizer.

The DJX-II is chock-full of DJ style features that suit this keyboard for live use in clubs, raves and other dance parties! There's a Bass Boost System to add extra 'oomph' to your sounds, especially bass-lines. An Audio bpm Counter will sync the DJX-II up to your vinyl records or CDs via the RCA line inputs. The Pattern Player can generate about 700 various dance-oriented patterns and variations, available at the press of a key! Additionally there are dynamic filters, digital effects like reverb and chorus, Isolator - a 3-band EQ, tap-tempo, a ribbon controller, a key shifter, and built-in speakers.

Patterns are assigned by the user to the Pattern Player Part keys (2nd set of white keys). Parts can be muted using Part Mixer keys (2nd set of dark keys) to build-up or break-down your tracks. Additional hits and fills can be added using the Activator keys (3rd set of dark keys). The Key Shifter keys (1st set of dark keys) can transpose all your patterns for a sense of chord progressions or key changes. While patterns are playing, Voice mode can be engaged for jamming live with the grooves. The Part Selector keys (1st set of white keys) are used to select individual parts of a pattern, ie: kick, snare, bass, hi-hat, percussion and riff layers. Selected Parts can then be altered via the dynamic filters and part levels. Internal sounds can not be edited, however; and the sampler features few edit parameters.

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The DJX-IIb is a box-shaped desktop module form of the keyboard version. This particular module is best suited for use by DJs. It packs in several new DJ useable features such as a scratch pad for 'scratchin' the patterns, and a fader to fly-in scratches. A Ribbon Controller on the keyboard version allows for scratching, as well as pitch bend, and more. Basic MIDI-clock sync and data dumping is implemented in both models, but the absence of MIDI note send/receive and RCA-style audio inputs & outputs reveal a design suited for home, hi-fi or DJ/PA use. If you are an inexperienced musician or keyboard player, but want to make your own dance music, or layer grooves over DJ sets, then check out the DJXII!

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danny
July 3, 2010 @ 3:19 am
i used to have the djx llb. my son got a hold of it when he was little. i loved it soo much. but i never had the money to buy it again. i just wanted to say it was so fun and entertaning. hopefuly i can save enough money to get another one. thank you djx
Vyndarlys
June 30, 2010 @ 5:46 pm
Picked up the non keyboard version of this when I saw it on ebay for $100 delivered... Disappointed that, at least for that version, there is no practical way of loading and playing your own compositions, nor are there good hookups for working into my other gear... but with built in speakers (with ample volume) and lots of variety in preset patterns, there's plenty here to have fun with... I like to take it with me camping or to cookouts and things where a whole rig would be too much and a bit of fun is all I'm after... Great filter and effects give me plenty to play with - turntable more of a gimmick really and best when triggering samples (presets of course!) well worth the price I paid for it, and even a bit more... not professional, just fun...
asbotech
June 21, 2010 @ 8:02 pm
weve mixed these in with a 3 deck set up and they are greeaaattt. better with a roland eg101 though. sorry yamaha fans...
The Ghoul
May 6, 2010 @ 6:25 am
Having owned and hated a groovebox (MC 505) in the past, I was dubious at first but as soon as I played one of these I had to own it.

It is as if someone heard what I hated in the groovebox and fixed it in this unit, adding a keyboard and pitch shift at your fingertips being my two favourites.

Sure they are limited but I have other synths and this is a whole different animal.

So if you are a DJ or a dance music maestro this is your baby, if you want to play in a woodstock tribute show buy something else...
okok aight
January 7, 2010 @ 6:53 pm
I have the djx 1 and djx2 keyboards, midi them together and it becomes a serious combo. What one lacks the other has. Yes you can filter the keyboard sounds on the 2 with the filter knobs on 1. assign ribbon cable and knob to whatever parameter you like, the djx 2 has great sounds and real time effects. the djx has a nice pitch bender. which works well on the midied to the djx2, you can layer 2 sounds on the djx1 and one from the djx2. There isn't much you can't do really. Btw, I paid $40 bucks each! Awesome for the price.
 
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Here are three samples of the sort of grooves you can get out of the DJX-II.

    Manual - Download the original owner's manual here.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices
  • Oscillators - AWM: Advanced Wave Memory: 202 sounds (180 Instrument Voices + 23 Drum Kits)
  • Sampler - 8-bit, 22kHz, 6 sample pads (3 loops, 3 one-shots), 128KB memory (about 6 seconds for all pads, maximum 3 seconds per pad)
  • Filter - Dynamic Digital Filter with resonance, cutoff
  • Effects - Live Effector: 10 Presets (Distortion, Auto Pan, Ring Modulator, Flanger, Phaser, Slice, Delay, Echo, Lo-Fi, Wah); Reverb: 11 Presets (Can be set only via MIDI); Chorus: 7 Presets (Can be set only via MIDI); 3-Bands Isolator EQ (-12dB - +12dB)
  • Keyboard - 61 Keys (No Touch Response)
  • Memory - Pattern Player: 70 Preset Patterns + 10 Variations of each (700 total), 5 User Patterns + 10 Variations (50 total), 52 Preset Activator Kits (5 loops and 8 one-shots each); Performance Recorder: 6 pads, 18KB memory (about 2500 events for all 6 Pads)
  • Control - MIDI Clock In/Out, Remote Control, Tone Generator, Bulk Send/Receive
  • Date Produced - 2000
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