Yamaha DX100

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The DX100 is a small and portable budget DX synthesizer from Yamaha. Like all DX's it uses (FM) Frequency Modulation synthesis. It's not the easiest form of synthesis to program but can result in some excellent sounds. The DX100 is not as flexible nor powerful as a DX7, but it does have some cool sounds. It is most renowned for its great analog bass sound (Patch #01) that is awesome for techno, house, jungle, and acid music styles; it's very gritty, the bass tone with gristle! However, any other preset sounds that you'll find in the DX100 are pretty bad and require editing for anything else useable.

The DX100 has mini-keys and only 49 of them. No filters, arpeggiators, effects or programmable controllers are available either. Small pitch and mod wheels in the upper left and guitar strap pegs make this synth usable for live use if you're feeling whimsical. If you mess around with the settings on Parameter 13, even if you don't know anything about FM, you can get some seriously twisted sounds out of it. If you're willing to spend a little time with it, it has a lot more potential than just that one bass sound that people will eventually get sick of. And at its currently low street price, it just might be worth getting. It is used by Orbital, Scanner, Jean-Michel Jarre, Autechre, Laurent Garnier, and countless other house and dance artists.

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70 Visitor comments
April 24, 2014 @ 11:03 am
Very underated little synth, presets are quite boring but when you get under the hood with an editor (i use unisynth) and team it with a sequencer and some fx, things can start to get funky. Goes from tangerine dream to aphex twin to just about every 80s film ive seen.
March 29, 2014 @ 5:16 am
Wonderful used with Four fm and sysex librarian
Liselotte Frejdig
January 31, 2014 @ 3:56 am
I had one, bought 1987.. Really nice.. And my dad loaned it and it was lost.. But now I have the Arturia MiniLab.. Even better..
July 5, 2013 @ 9:11 pm
A very cool fm synth. You won't be able to get software sounding as dirty as this and the bass is unreal. IMO its 'famous' preset is one of my favourite of all time.
Randy Zaborac
June 25, 2013 @ 5:09 pm
All, I still have my Dx100 that I purchased somewhere deep in the 80s. I have some terrific synths (Korg Triton Extreme, Z1, Nord lead 2, and a Hammond x3 and some pianos. I have used the Dx100 in a performance setting for many years, it has been Midi'd to my Z1 for performance. If you are quick (I am, website drband.com), and have fairly thin fingers, the action is terrific and it's durable. I still play live with it today, the only thing replaced was I added a metal bracket inside to make the bender take the attention I give it. Another benefit is small keys allow for wider stretch!thx
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 notes
  • Oscillators - Compact Digital 4-operator FM synthesizer
  • #Instruments - Monotimbral
  • Filter - None
  • Effects - None
  • Keyboard - 49 key 'baby-sized'
  • Memory - 192 presets, 24 user
  • Control - MIDI (w / Velocity and Aftertouch)
  • Date Produced - 1985
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