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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69 Visitor comments
smoinync
September 19, 2012 @ 8:50 am
I just bumped on a post that selling the DX100 on local classified & I quickly checked for the reviews here at VSE which eventually turned me on. I also peeped some demos on YouTube, the lil bastard sounded awesome. So I made up my mind & gave a call to a seller, confirming that I'm gon go pick it up next week cuz I need some time to build up a budget from sketch.
p laskey
September 4, 2012 @ 2:12 pm
I bought one of these soon after they came out. I struggled to get any good sound out of it at first but after a while programmed some quite strange ambient tones by mixing various waveforms. They still turn up on the Bay from time to time.
Analoge
May 13, 2012 @ 9:33 am
I still got this dx100 and still works
Joe Turner
April 12, 2012 @ 9:11 am
I just happened across a listing for one on Craig's List here in Ft. Myers, FLA. Hope this helps.
Jacobo Lieberman
April 4, 2012 @ 11:36 am
Hi,
I had a band in Mexico city called Santa Sabina in the late 80s, I played with a Dx100, now we are playing again and I am looking for this synth, does anyone know where can I find one?
Thanks!
Jacobo
 
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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
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Perfect Circuit Audio.

    Thanks to 'Chris' for providing some information.

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