Synth Site: Yamaha: RM-50 Drum Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I got this unit very cheap second hand. Money well spent. The manual can be downloaded from Yamaha at their site. You will need it. The manual is 135 pages of details. One of the biggest synth manuals I have ever seen, especially considering this is a drum module without a sequencer. It really is a drum synth, though. It can even do some pure synth stuff if you program it right. Very flexible and powerful.

So, expect to spend some time coming to grips with this machine. However, the sounds are excellent and there are a lot of them. They are clean and punchy. Everything is editable. If you really take the time to learn this box, you probably won't ever need another for sounds. You still need a sequencer or drum box to drive it, but it is well worth it. I've not heard better drum samples anywhere - top notch without a doubt. I give it a 4 because even though the sounds are excellent, the interface is not user friendly. It's almost too much of a good thing.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-25-2005 at 14:52
tom a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I love this unit is because I can use it more than a drum module. I have made some killer bass sounds on it. the sounds are clean. the only thing that it sucks is that it can only do 8 notes at a time. What is really cool is that everything can be save through midi dump so buying one of those memory cards is just plain stupid don't even bother.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-23-2003 at 22:52
mike a part-time user writes:
the rm50 is a great drum module. if you are into electronic music this one is great buy. you could control the drum sounds in real time for example you could map the pitch bend wheel to a specific sound such a hihat and have the rest of sounds not effected. the sounds are clean it is great. you need a manual though because there are mountains of sub menus and menus. you can edit the sounds with filters,pitch, decay, lfo etc. this unit is great for drummers too because the sounds actually sound like real drum sounds.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-12-2002 at 05:39
Devin a hobbyist user writes:
I've had this thing forever. The sound quality is superb and when used in conjunction with a sequencer and a drum machine the door opens wide open. I bought it in a fire sale about 6 years ago.

It is also very useful as a controller. I have pads and a kick drum from Roland connected to it that can be used to control any other module--a real plus for live playing.

The interface is a bit of pain but with time it isn't all that bad.

posted Friday-Feb-02-2001 at 20:16
JML a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The rack-mount version of the RY-30 drum machine. More of everything except you need a sequencer. Pairit up with an Akai MPC and you have the best of both worlds - a great sequencer and the best drum module ever made. Makes the stuff from alesis and roland seem boring in comparison because it's editing facilities are top notch. Not for the faint heated though since it's menu system is kind of a pain in the ass.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-03-2001 at 14:38
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