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Average rating: 5.0 out of 5
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Tryggve a part-time user from Norway writes:
My friend found this in a dumpster, and gave it to me.

I've been using it to produce hiphop, and it's working way beyond my expectations. I'm only using the bass and snare on the thing, creating low (LOW!) bass drums and white noise snappy snares. makes the hiphop sound really juicy combined with analog synths.

I'm using an alesis sr-16 for sequence and hi-hats, the aux out for the drum-x and for sequenced stuff, midi to a roland xp-50 (I found that, the keyboard is broken, but the rest is fine).

The only problem I'm having is when I program drills (or whats the name?) like t-r-r-r or like trr rak-tak-atak, can't handle that, but in hiphop it's not really a concern... and it even has a good working velocity.

It requires lots of cables, after I started producing hiphop with the described setup, I'm lacking more than 5 cables to have my studio complete... but if you need a drum sound that is unique and rugged, don't ever hesitate. considering the age of the thing, how good it's built and how COOL it is, I'm giving it a 5, even with the rakatak problems ;)


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-25-2004 at 09:25
Nicholas Faith a professional user from Tampa FL writes:
I love this thing, it was a gift from a repair tech friend who got it on a repair and it was never picked up (or broken)so I ended up with it. it sits really well in a mix, I'd replace it for sure if something happened to it.. I need to find a module that send midi-trig info so I can midi it. I think I'm going to build the Paia midi-cv so I can midi this thing all the time. If you are looking for something more aggressive then the typical 808/909 sound use this.. I noticed it would act weird when I'd trigger 32nd and 64th note flams.. could have been the roland synth I was triggering it with though. not sure yet. peace, Nicholas

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-04-2003 at 12:21
Eric Jude a part-time user from N.Y./Hi U.S.A. writes:
I bought my Pearl Drum-X in Washington, played in Korea, N.Y., Canada, and now in is very TOUGH!!! It has been taking my abuse since 1991. The only thing Ihave had to replace was the internal trigger in the bass drum. WHY? I have been playing double bass peddals on it since 1993. Today I use it to gig or teach with. It was way ahead of it's time, while others were still working on delay problems...owners of Pearl DRUM-X sets have been rocking. I am glad to see that I am not the only one left on the planet that knows how great,full size, yet so compact these ICONS of elec. drums are!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-26-2002 at 21:55
Diego a part-time user from italy writes:
I bought one of these unit yesterday for a very cheap price, what can i say ? It's absolutely fantastic! An analog drum synthesizer, very easy to program, the sounds are wonderfull, very powerfull and warm, the output is very clear and without noise, attack transients are fast and well defined, this is a real beast ! you can obtain fantastic "cyberpunkish" sounds, great for electronic music! Also if this unit is not midi equipped you can trigger all the sounds by using a normal drum machine with separate outputs ( i use a roland TR 626 ), and when you'll realise that each one of these 5 instruments has exactly the same synthesis structure you'll be surprised by ow many different sound you can obtain just with 8 parameter per instrument !!!! A great and powerfull machine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-30-2002 at 21:28
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