|Synth Site: Yamaha: DX-100: User reviews Add review|
|Average rating: 3.8 out of 5|
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|mike a hobbyist user from boston writes:|
The DX 100 is one of my all time favorite synths. It's very versitile as my token digital synth in an otherwise all analog studio.
The DX 100 plus a SE-50 is the ultimate inexpensive weird noise making system. Everything from mello atmospheric ambience to growling, intestine exploding sub basses.
The more normal organs, basses, and pianos are pretty cool for house/techno.
|posted Tuesday-Nov-24-1998 at 12:19|
|Ando a hobbyist user from Knoxville, TN writes:|
There's some HUGE sine-wave basses in there. Also, little plinky noises, harsh screaming digital noises, ambient atmospheres, etc. Most the sounds have a "cheap" quality (harshness? simplicity? I can't reall describe it) that cut through a mix. And the "FM Sawtooth" patch just screams Nintendo!
|Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-20-1998 at 15:35|
|Biggus a part-timer user from Iceland writes:|
I´ve had my dx100 for about two mounths and what do I think? It´s indeed awesome! Not thick and many sounds,but harsh and effective: From baby toy sounds to extravagant Aphex Twin original sounds(he has surely some time used it or sampled the whole equipment). I bought mine used for 113 dollars and I dont regret a penny of it. I think everyone can make a huge, thick, ambient atmosphere with the dx100, by using multi-effect units to back it up. It really creates a new direction in my music with its original sounds. Considering prize its great: Don´t sell it!!!(At least come & visit Iceland for those penny.
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-19-1998 at 11:23|
|jeff danos a professional user from US writes:|
the dx-100 was my first fm synthesis board. after owning it for over five years now,
i don't really use it much. the main problem with it is that you can pick the sounds
out so easily. even if you craft something yourself, anyone else who's ever worked on one
can sit back, listen, and say, "hey, that's a dx!" spiffy features include the little guitar
strap knobs on the sides, which can be fun for gigs. otherwise, this keyboard is
very dated (and i don't mean in the fun analog way), but strangely enough, it isn't
really worth getting rid of it for a measly $75, so you keep it and use it every now
and then to break things up.
|Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19|
|Benjamin Hauger a hobbyist user from USA writes:|
The Yamaha DX-100 is a fun little keyboard. I bought mine around November '96; won't tell you how much I paid, but rest assured, it was way too much. =) Anyway, I originally bought it as a "midi controller" keyboard, which is a very bad idea, given the DX-100's mini keys and velocity unsensitivity. For those fist few months, all I used it for was a MIDI controller, until I got a real MIDI controller keyboard. At first, the DX-100 seemed like a toy, with nasty-sounding presets, and generally thin sounds. It took me a while to get over my bias against 4-op FM synths, after working with the Yamaha OPL3 in computer sound cards for so long. But the DX-100, as I discovered, has some very nice strong points, especially considering its price. First off, it's a fun and phat bass box. Granted, this is no TB-303, ;) but you can get some useful sounds out of the DX-100, even if you only use the presets. Once you learn to tweak and create presets, the DX-100 becomes very useful! And, if you toss it into monophonic mode, where envelopes remain untriggered between notes when keys are held down, you can get some great "realtime" effects, even without sysex or CCs. For example, by having OSC3 have a slow attack and decay on the BRASS 3 patch, and playing a pattern in mono mode without letting up on the keys, you get a great filter-sweepy sound; I've actually used it as a background lead in GOA trance with nice results. Other patches worth mentioning include 'Drawbars,' the definitive 'solid bass,' and, if flanged harshly, the 'fuzz guitar.' A note on processing: You'll really want some. You'll want a multi-effects box for the DX-100. It IS dry and thin-sounding when you only hear the dry output! I coupled mine with an Alesis Midiverb II, and it's hard to believe how far a large room / hall reverb will add to any patch, even at low mix-in levels. Also, some of the heavier flanges are interesting when applied to some of the harsher patches. I'd love to have anther box or two and see what the DX-100 would sound like with distortion, flange, AND reverb. Alas, no multi-routing in the midiverb II. In terms of bang-for-buck, the DX-100 is a great piece to have for budding electronic musicians, or wanna-be's like myself.
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19|
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