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
March 8, 2011 @ 2:48 pm
What is the obsession with 'little keys'? Do little people play little keyboards? Crushing a MS2000 into a microkorg? Alesis Ion into a micron? If you can get a 4-op FM synth with proper keys for the same price why go for a DX100?
February 6, 2011 @ 5:56 pm
I've got one of these its covered in c**p & had coke thown in it. Now lives somewhere in my friends shed I think. it still works on midi and a few of the keys do something when you press them. So its a tough little thing. Ok its 4 operator Fm like the Dx9,21,27 not 6 operator like the Dx7. I had a Dx9 too and always thought that patches sounded smoother on the dx9 than the 100.I used mine for bass quite punchy although some noise from the midi always seemed to be heard that disappeared if the Dx100 was swithed of. I really liked it so much so that I might rescue it from said shed and repair it
January 15, 2011 @ 1:17 pm
hallo i'm searching a yamaha dx 100 to realize a university project. please send me a mail if you want sell it.


January 12, 2011 @ 11:17 am
1 X Yamaha DX 100 Available for solde ... contact : east_selek-cion@hotmail.fr
January 11, 2011 @ 5:56 am
i search a yamaha dx 100.
Please contact me if sale anybody.
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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