Sonic State Studio / Digital Mixers / YAMAHA 01x

Average rating: 8.3/10 out of 10

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BillJV a Professional user from USA writes:
I understand some of the other reviewer comments, but I must say that the negative user comments are quite overexaggerated. The most interesting thing about the 01X is that it's new technology! Yes, there are going to be some issues in getting it set up correctly. It is a VERY robust and complex system - it requires a bit of effort, time, and research to get it running at top performance. That being said, I've never had so much fun or capability before. Contrary to what some users say, the A/D inputs are great, the FX are good quality, and with proper tweaking the system will do exactly what it says.

If you're looking for a simple, no-brains type of experience where no tweaking and no learning are required, forget about the 01X, it's not the box for you. But, if you're willing to work with it, learn it, and really dedicate your system to making it run at peak performance, you won't be disappointed. It's not like anything else on the market. On the other hand, it's not a "plug & play" type of box. It takes some time and understanding of the workings of the unit to really get it right. People who are impatient or who didn't research it's current capabilities for a given driver/operating system should not be whining when it doesn't do what they want. LEARN ABOUT THE SYSTEM BEFORE YOU BUY! has all the info you could possibly want and more.

In summary, it's the best combination of hardware and software functionality I've ever owned. And, it's expandable. It sounds awesome, the FX are great, and it bridges the gap between software and hardware very well. Even Yamaha admits that this is VERY new technology, and that it may require a bit more effort on the front end than just plugging it in and having it work perfectly. A newbie at DAW's should probably not try to tackle it, as it is complex and will not be as easy to use as some dedicated DAWs. But just give it a chance if you like what it has to offer - it can and does work for many, many people, and now that I've got one and it's working great I am a true believer.

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Friday, 20-May-05 at 12:31
Vicente Fraser a Professional user from UK writes:
Yamaha have been slow on the Mac driver front but the newer drivers are performing pretty well for everyone over at The specs on this model are wrong as it is a 96khz interface, not a 48khz one. Latency goes all the way down to 32 samples on my meagre Powerbook and integration with Logic couldn't be better. I couldn't be wihout mine. Have mLAN'd my 01V as well and they make a mignty pair now.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Friday, 20-May-05 at 12:1
Eelco a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
I think that as a midi controller, the 01X is great when using it together with Cubase. I think if you use it as an Audio Interface, you are gonna be very disappointed. I did use MOTU for years and I sold my 01X in about 2 months. With that money I bought a RME Fireface and I did never regret that move. So if Audio's quality is really important to you: Do not buy the 01X!!

If you gonna use it just for controlling Cubase or something, then go out and buy it (but there are a lot cheaper alternatives on the market) Peace, I'm out...

Rating: 4 out of 10 posted Friday, 13-May-05 at 13:11
pedro a Professional user from UK writes:
Seriously, don't buy 01X.. When you said you don't trust Yamaha you were completely right. My first problem with it was when I found out that they didn’t include in the package the drivers for 0SX that was released for more than ONE year at that time! I had to wait for 3 months to be able to use it, when they released their first beta driver. It's funny because at the time nobody said anything about “not support OSX’score audio� (including magazines of course). When I contacted Yamaha they blamed apple and core audio for the delayed release, ridiculous.

The pre amps are crap!

The DSP within it I found useless. Never used them (Maybe if you are on a live recording could become handy).

The integrated MIDI interface is horrible! 01X keeps sending Mlan messages through MIDI input... You have to filter it off...oh yeah, be ready for the hanging notes!

Also, a lot of monitoring latency, firewire interface with USB latency….

Rating: 1 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 11-May-05 at 9:18
gregory scoggin from USA writes:
Been very interested in this system and how it will run on the PC. have heard rumors that the dirvers suck up a lot of CPU power with 20 percent spikes causes drop outs and glitches using P4 2.5 and above XP sytems. I don't trust music rag reviewers anymore as their advertisers are the manufactureres so you have a conflict of interest in honesty there. Best place to get your info is from places like this. Has anyone had any problems unworkable with this system yet? I don't trust Yamaha at all at having their R&D squared away before they use the public as guinea pigs. Happened to me with the RS 7000 on its recycle chop functin and pathetic SCSI implementation and I had to take it back. Afraid to go down the 01X road for the same reasons and needing honest answers from people that have put this machine through the rigors of studio usage, so in essence, guinea pigs wanted, any takers?

Rating: 1 out of 10 posted Sunday, 27-Mar-05 at 5:33
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