Synth Site: Yamaha: RX-21: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 2.9 out of 5
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chancanasta a part-time user from Ireland writes:
When the RX21 came out - I bought it for the same reason everyone else did... because I couldn't afford an RX15 or an RX11

It was a decent enough drum machine at the time - we ignored the cheap spongey drum pads, the limited sounds and the small LCD display, because it had decent, real sampled 'RX' drum sounds.

For today... forget it - buy a RX15 or RX11 instead. They go for so little these days that it's not even worth looking at an RX21

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-23-2010 at 20:57
Quinton Parker a professional user from USA writes:
I've had a RX 21l for ...well...they were new at the time I bought mine. I fired it up today and it read out "No Battery". I see from the entries here that it may have a CMOS. Any quick tips on changing it?


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-23-2008 at 18:07
chevdo a professional user from Canada writes:
I just picked one of these up at the Sally Ann for $10, and after checking Sonicstate for reviews, I read all the ones slamming it and decided to chime in to stick up for it. What other drum machine can you pick up this cheaply?? It's the same price a toy drum machine, but it's certainly a lot better than any toy. I only wish the patterns generate midi output, but the fact that the samples can be triggered via midi input and that it can be snyced to midi clock make it pretty versatile.

But where it really shines is when using the very responsive pads realtime while playing back a pattern. By playing along with the pads you can jam up all kinds of beats to use recorded into a multitrack DAW or Acid. The cymbal is the worst sample, and the clap is probably the best. The three Toms can be great for making melodic beat patterns via the above-formentioned method. I'm big into circuit-bending, so I suspect it'll get even better as soon as I rig up some switches. There's no reason to diss this drum machine, its so cheap, easy to use, and useful. I wouldn't use it as my only drum source, but throw a few 909 or 808 bass drum samples and a better snare overtop in the DAW and you've got a decent kit.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-12-2006 at 00:29
Tom a hobbyist user from Missouri writes:
If you get this circa 1989 drum machine, count on replacing the CMOS battery, which is soldered in and a real nuisance to replace.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-02-2006 at 17:16
a hobbyist user writes:
i hate it, but wont sell it, the sounds are so-so, the pattern writing can be confsuing, i was poiled with a DR-110, the cymbals are horrible, the snare is really good. i got it for dirt cheap 15 american dollars,i wouldnt pay more than 20

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-10-2006 at 16:54
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