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
Paul Brown
September 24, 2009 @ 7:47 am
Everything that the DX 27 delivers but in a tiny and fun package. Compaired to the DX 27's full keyboard it looks restrictive, but to be honest I don't feel that the sounds from this synth warrent a fullsize keyboard anyway. This synth is really only good for unusual metalic sounds/accents and the famous Solid Bass sound used by Orbital on thier track Lush.
If I could swap my 27 for a 100 I'd jump at the chance just because I don't feel this synth deserves the amount of space it is currently taking up. Plus you can wear the 100 ;)
July 21, 2009 @ 1:58 am
People have to be seriously [beep] ed in the head to pay MORE for this cool but toyish 'limited FM' synth than you can buy a FULL DX7 Mk2 for!!

Over-rated beyond belief all because of one bass sound (Do-able on ANY FM synth) and because some guy once hooked it up to a talkbox (again do-able on a DX7 etc)..

Bypass this toy unless very cheap and don't allow the re-sellers to profit on your desire to own a pocket sized DX7.. just buy a DX7 II for less and be happy :)
Station Lightyears
July 6, 2009 @ 9:57 am
Mike Oldfield used to use one for composition when he cleared off to Ibiza for a while. Everyone I know who used one of tehse has very fond memories of it and deep regrets about letting it go!
May 31, 2009 @ 3:26 pm
As can be seen by the huge amount of sympathy in all these comments, this little thing is really lovely. I own my for 22 years now, it was my 1st synth, and I still use it for solo sounds, organs and noisy stuff. As all other Yamahas, a breath controller can be plugged in for a very expressive way of playing.
March 13, 2009 @ 5:08 am
My first synth. I picked it up from a pawnbrocker for 75bucks and it sat around for a year or two. The editing isn't as bad as people make out and if you mess around with the algorithm order you quickly dicover how crazy this thing can get. Their is alot more here than cheesy bass sounds. It's [beep] live but in the studio it's has some great moments.
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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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