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
alessandro staderini
January 10, 2011 @ 6:30 pm
if some one want to sale a yamaha dx100 please contact me,, im very interested !
Arjen
January 5, 2011 @ 3:14 pm
i have one for sale, for about 100 euros
NEED HELP FINDING THIS DX100??
January 1, 2011 @ 9:01 pm
I AM TRYING TO FIND THIS DX100 TO BUY AND FOR SOME REASON I CAN SEEM TO FIND IT IF ANYONE CAN HELP ME I WOULD REALLY APRICIATE IT AND SHOWS THAT THERE IS PEOPLE OUT HERE THAT ARE WILLING TO HELP SOMEONE IN NEED AND SOON ULL BE HELPED WITH SOMETHING U NEED...THNX AND MUCH APRICIATED...!!!
Bassdude
November 22, 2010 @ 11:36 am
Although the keys on this board are fairly small and toy like, I think it should be noted that Roger Troutman of ZAPP used this board for its talk box effects. Those songs are some of the funkiest of all time, and have been endlessly sampled throughout hip hop, which makes the DX 100 a notable instrument.

Im surprised its "Breath Control" option was not mentioned in the above description.
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.
 
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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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