Yamaha RM1x Sequence Remixer

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The RM1x is a great new pattern based instant dance music machine! It sounds great! The patterns are perfect and inspiring forms of trance, house, hardcore and more with tons of great analog-like sounds and drum kits. The RM1x also features plenty of effects, filters, knobs, and MIDI control. The patterns have a whopping 16 parts (that you can drop-in or out in real-time performances) for lavish and professional productions. Making dance music has never been easier!

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For those of you who want to get a little deeper into creating your own tracks, patterns and sounds, there is more. As if the awesome preset patterns aren't enough for you, creating your own 'phrases' is easy. You can modify a phrase's variation, instruments, sounds, tempo, filtering, LFO, and effects until you've morphed it into something of your own. Then store it into one of the 50 user patches. Creating an entire song is also pretty easy. Knobs, mutes, and patterns can be changed on the fly or meticulously programmed in. For the best all-in-one music box that will make you famous for a day - chose the RM1x over the rest! It is used by Apollo 440, Crystal Distortion, and Signal Electrique.

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76 Visitor comments
Jim Wicked
February 11, 2009 @ 11:52 am
This is an excellent machine under the following condition: never plug anything into the audio output jacks. The onboard sounds are horrendous. But as a sequencer, it's the most intuitive and creative machine in the world with x0x sequencing, real-time sequencing, and step-sequencing that won't make you curse god every time you use it. Simple and easy to use. The only drawback aside from the crappy stock sounds is that the buttons were very cheap and often required a firm touch to make operational.
January 28, 2009 @ 8:45 pm
Ehhh, I got this to replace a MC303 in 2001, and while I tried, I could never wrap my head around Yamaha's programming. Everything just seemed to be a pain in the [beep] with this box, from getting decent sounds that didn't sound like crap (although a few drums and basses were good, much better than the MC303), to linking patterns. It's a neat toy, but for the amount of effort, you might as well hook up a computer and actually have a mouse instead of dialing little numbers the whole time. I'd be building tracks on my MC303 just so much faster, or even my korg ER/EA setup.

I'd pick an MC505 over the RM1x, and wish I did back in the day. :(
January 23, 2009 @ 4:13 pm
Creating PHRASEs instead of using the ones on board was a real pain with the very non-responsive pads this machine has. I finally decided to hook it up with a MIDI keyboard and geez, it's so easy now to create with this machine. I use the onboard sounds, which are cheap but can easly be made better. Let's face it if your track isn't good to begin with, having the coolest bass sound won't really help. So even with the sounds onboard, you can make really decent stuff. The 64 poly gets eaten very fast if you use the delay effect or MIDI delay. This machine doesn't have MIDI DUMP unless somebody found it. To save your work, you have to use the onboard floppy drive. Now the drive is almost useless. BUT if you can overcome some of these issues, you get a powerful machine. A MUST BUY but hook a MIDI keyboard to it even if your keyboard has only 12 notes. If I could MOD this machine to have the double polyphony this machine would be like the new 808 lol.
January 23, 2009 @ 5:12 am
My RM1x has been gathering dust now for some time. When Cubase VST and soft synths came i took interest in that. But i have to say for 2 years i loved the RM1x. The designers of the Modern worksations like the Korg M50 or M3 or Yamaha's Motif or any of Rolands should take note of the design of this little gem. The individual track muting is excelent. Perfect for normal or dance music. As most basic music uses layers and part modifications to bring in different sections. Some repeated some no. This is FAST to get that done. The recording of each patch edit in to the sequence is so simple. The disc drive now is a pain. but Sysex works. The sounds are dated. The unit needed extra outputs too. but for a user friendly music machine this is the one. They must be very cheap on the 2nd hand market. As they are not vogue.
Steve Cooke
January 8, 2009 @ 7:50 pm
An excellent groovebox. Very like the sequencer on Yamaha's classic QY-700 but the sounds are geared towards the dance floor, as it was in the late 90's anyway, and it's much easier to compose/program on the fly as ideas come to you. A great set of built-in arpeggios, phrases and beats. Just set off a kick drum sequence and then experiment with other phrases until you've built up a killer dance rhythm. The way that works really is very flexible and gives you lots of inspiration.
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - WARNING! Listening to this demo may cause you to compulsively go out and purchase the RM1x now! It sounds awesome... Patterns, sounds and grooves with a hard edge!

    Manual - Download the original owner's manual here.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32-voice (tone generator), 64-note (sequencer)
  • Multitimbral - 16 parts
  • Sounds - 654 sounds, 46 drum kits
  • Filter - Low pass; cutoff, resonance, envelope
  • Effects - 11 reverbs, 11 choruses, 43 variations
  • Sequencer - 110,000 notes
  • Memory - 60 preset patterns, 50 user patterns, 20 user songs
  • Control - MIDI (16 parts)
  • Date Produced - 1999 - 2002
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