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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Bubba a professional user from HI writes:
Its absolutely true! The Oberheim Perf/x series units are some of the most well kept "secrets" out there. ok, nuf said. ;-}

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-30-2003 at 21:20
Intact Oberhymen a professional user from Down South writes:
This device, along with the Cyclone and the Strummer are total secret weapons. For MIDI experimentation, they can't be beat. You can come up with the SICKEST chaos theory results by goofing with them and dialing through all your programs & feeding pre-existing sequences through, etc. No joke. Like a few others here, I own all three and they're ESSENTIAL. The strummer alone is invaluable for keyboardists as it makes guitar voicings out of your "keyboard" chords, leading you in directions you would have never gone (unless you're a guitarist). As someone else mentioned, note the distinct lack of detailed info about them on the web. There's a reason. Producers would rather not have people know how heavily these boxes can be relied upon to facilitate composition. Just one man's opinion.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-30-2003 at 19:54
rp a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
I got a Drummer a few months ago and then got a manual to go with it. Oberheim Drummer has changed my life! I no longer have bad hair and people like me. Also, my rhythm patterns don't sound so bad anymore.

I have been analysing the patterns in this little box and it seems not to play the same pattern twice.

I am driving my Roland R8m with it and they seem made for each other.

I found it difficult to understand the UI without the manual, but 15 minutes after I got the manual, I had it all figured out.

Mine has the Version 3.8 ROM and is rock solid - I even managed to do SysEx dumps with it and they worked fine.

I use the Interaction/Follow mode by striping a few notes in Logic on the Drummer's track and then leaving blank bard where I want to play a fill and it works just fine. It also synchs perfectly to Logic with no problems at all.

Someone I know sent me the chip to upgrade the memory from 8kb to 32kb as well and it was very easy to upgrade. The 32kb expansion gives you access to all 100 preset slots which is very useful.

I am not a very good rhythm programmer and so I rely on the Drummer heavily. It really does have a "human feel". I've found it very inspiring.

I wish there was a way to load more patterns into it, to replace the ones I'll never use. I know you can program your own patterns into the Preset memory, but then you can't Interact with them.

I would like to see these re-released, perhaps in a rack mount format. In fact, I think the OS is the only tricky part. It is probably very easy to reverse engineer as the circuit looks pretty simple. If I ever become wealthy enough, I'll probably hire someone to do it!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-10-2003 at 14:27
The Oberheim Drummer is very stable. If you use it correctly, it can enhance any rhythm sequence that you are using on your drum machine, synth or sequencer. Its a strange and wonderful device. Mine has never crashed and I have owned once since 1999. The Oberheim perf/x series were all cool devices for MIDI lovers. The Cyclone arpeggiator and the Strummer are also some interesting tools in the series. And the Navigator and Systemizer as well. I have been using all 5 of them since 1999 and they are full of many MIDI tricks. If you dont understand or like MIDI, these tools are really not for you at all since they are designed to enhance the capabilities of MIDI instruments of any type. Not sure what the Drum Buddy is, is that your blow up doll? probably not MIDI....whatever, for MIDI programmers who are deep in the MIDI channels, you will love the perf/x tools by Oberheim. They are cheap and extremely interesting to use but impossible to dig if you cant do MIDI. So better forget it Goa-guy. Have you ever been to Goa? do you even know where Goa is? probably not.....what a poser! hahahah!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-11-2003 at 19:30
Rod a part-time user from CA writes:
Well, that's pretty silly for sure. The Oberheim drummer is for DRUM freaks who are nuts about infinite variations in drum patterns that will fool almost any real drummer into thinking that your drum machine is a real drummer. These are quite incredible machines and should not be misunderstood. The previous post is obviously by someone who has never used one of these and probably would not know how. Anyway, guitar people can have a lot of fun with this one too, but its really made for the complex percussion lover in mind and it really works. I have owned one for many years and would never ever sell it. Its definately a secret weapon type of tool and most people never figured out how to use it. Its made for rhythm programmers who need complexity and variation rather than some boring drum machine pattern. It takes the whole drum machine thang to another level.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-10-2003 at 22:25
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