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
January 12, 2009 @ 8:20 pm
The sounds were great and I created my own also. I sold mine becuase of membrane key problems and the output was too noisey compared to changing technology.
I replaced with TX81Z.
January 1, 2009 @ 9:11 am
This synth was also used by Roger Troutman of Zapp. He did all of that popular electronic vocoding music of the 80's we all know so well with this synth. Check it out on You-Tube
December 18, 2008 @ 1:01 am
This was my very 1st synth, it was small , affordable, and very very
cool. Back in da day i use 2 strap in on with da band on da stage
and funk it up. Very funky bass synths sounds.
December 17, 2008 @ 2:59 pm
This was my intro into FM synth programming. It was a very cool lil' synth.
November 16, 2008 @ 8:44 am
I own it for 3 years and unfortunately didn`t dig deep into it. But after reading the comments above I change my mind to sell it. Easy to sell but hard to find one. My DX100 comes with original case, manual, adaptor. Just have to press few times some of rubber buttons - f##ng dust I suppose.
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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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