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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mc cold krush
October 20, 2010 @ 9:06 am
I owned one from 1990 till 1996. when I first got into midi-playing it was impractical but was excellent as a sound module.I used the Roland D10 to trigger and layer the DX 100.
P6
September 24, 2010 @ 6:08 am
Oi come on VSE, a 2? are you serious. This little machine ROCKS even if does have toy sized keys. Through some effects even today it's got a great tone and more importantly is super fun and easy to use, sounds great in mono mode with portamento very playable, almost analog like, and that's coming from someone who also owns a DX7 2 (and many analogs)
tomek74
September 13, 2010 @ 7:18 am
Right.
But it can RECEIVE and handle aftertouch and velocity data.
alien finger
June 19, 2010 @ 11:07 am
and further more does not send VELOCITY
alien finger
June 19, 2010 @ 11:07 am
as far as i know the dx 100 does not send aftertouch, and furthermore does not send aftertouch.
 
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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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