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
June 15, 2013 @ 3:07 am
The description didn't mention important thing: DX100 =DX27 in a small case. They both are technically 100% identical, uses same sysex files and sounds alike.

However i don't own DX27 or DX100 (got other DX's) and if i had to chose one i would take DX100 for its portability. Imagine the original FM synth in your backpack ;]
March 31, 2013 @ 8:09 pm
@giovanni - Yes it REALLY portable - runs on batteries and
has 49 mini keys. The little "metal" things on each side
of the keyboard is to hook on a guitar strap.

Really is a POS, even for the 1988 :0( - Better to get
the NI FM7 or FM8 VSTI......
Thomas Beachem
February 25, 2013 @ 10:59 pm
this is the same synthe roger troutman and zapp used for his talkbox.check out some zapp and roger songs like more bounce to the ounce, i want to be your man,dance floor all used
with a yamaha dx 100.
Michael Svenning
December 11, 2012 @ 1:52 pm
Hi Dean

Where do you live and would you like to sell your Yamaha DX100 - price?

Best regards,
Michael Svenning from Denmark
December 1, 2012 @ 11:26 pm
anyone knows how much does it weight? is it really portable?
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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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