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Average rating: 3.3 out of 5
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well then would you like to sell it ? :)

posted Friday-Dec-22-2000 at 03:53
MixMasterCid a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Im a highschool student scavenging EVERY piece of gear i can get my hands on. Three years ago (when I was 14) i came across a QX-1 for about $30CDN at a pawn shop(Manuals, disks, without a scratch). At first i looked and it looked like something useful. But I took it home and realized that it was pretty useless when i have MIDI software on my computer. Now it just sits in my shelf holding books in place, and weighing down papers. Basically I think its just a BIG nicknack.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-21-2000 at 21:50
Christopher Press a part-time user from USA writes:
Hi all,

Manuals are available from Yamaha on-line: you have to resister first, but almost all Yamaha products are available in PDF format.

The QX-1 is outdated, yes, with only 8 tracks and a slow 5.25" floppy, but has rock-solid construction and performance. I also have Cubase VST loaded on a Power Mac, but I long for the software stability of a dedicated hardware sequencer (like the QX series) 'cuz the damn program crashes at least once per session.

I just bought a used QX-3, since it is a bit more sophisticated vs the QX-1 and has 16 tracks with a 3.5" floppy.

Regards, Chris

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-10-2000 at 17:46
Glenn Ray a part-timer user from Texas writes:
I bought mine for about $125 in 1992 and will never sell it. Why? Here are a few reasons:

1) 100,000 note sequencer 2) 384 ppq! (which is 4 times more than the usual 96 ppq you see with current hardware sequencers) 3) On-board alpha-note entry (rather than just MIDI note numbers) 4) Incredible timing and feel...which one would expect with 384 ppq.

Now, there are some disadvantages to the unit: 1) 5¼" floppy drive (which is active ALL THE TIME!) 2) Can be slow when editing sequences over 50K (but not as slow as "10 - 15 minutes" as Bruce Perry stated below). 3) Has 8 outputs (one for each track), but can only send up to 4 MIDI channels per output. I worked around this by getting a pocket-sized MIDI-merge box and considated two outputs. Occasionally, I would split voices on the same MIDI channel to get more than one voice/channel.

Yeah, it's a monster and it's old, but if you can get one for under $125 (and you can find lots of 5¼" floppies!) it's still a good machine.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-24-1999 at 19:32
Bruce Percy a part time user from Scotland writes:
Once a very sophisticated sequencer, but it soon got very long in the tooth.

The one I used to use always suffered from corruption on the five and a quarter

floppy drive (yes, it's that old!), that I gave up with it. One thing to bear in mind if you buy one, there are a few modes, namely play,

edit, record &amp; utility (if i remember correctly). Each time you move from

one mode to the other, it saves everthing, which can be very frustrating,

epecially since, after editing a track it would normally take 10 - 15 minutes

to save it before you could play back your efforts. To be honest, these days if you're looking for cheap sequencing, get yourself

an Atari and cubase. It'll prove much more productive.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:21
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