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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Roc.Star a part-time user from Detroit writes:
Keep in mind, have only used this machine for 2 days, without a manual, and I have to admitt, this thing is a PAIN to program. It you have no hair, great, but if you do, you will probably end up pulling it all out.. BUT, this keyboard is the SHIT!! The sounds are extra extra sweet (after you change the presets a bit) and you can mold them in numerious ways. If you want weird sounds, buy it, and for the price, you can't go wrong. I got mine for $50, and I would pay more for it. (the guy who sold it to me hated programming the sounds heheh). Most digital sounds you can just sample and assume that you don't need to buy it, but this is something else. You can take a sound, play with it for 5 minutes, and it won't even sound anything like it originally did. I have to get a manual for this thing sometime soon, but I guess after you create your own personal sound, I don't see any reason not to just sample it, and turn the DX off. It's a great addition to a studio, no matter what king of electronic music you make.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-28-2001 at 12:54
wandering fool a part-time user from Chicago IL writes:
i dont think they are so thin. i can think of thinner sounds. imagine one through an amp simulator!

great for stab type sounds, chords and the like. velocity can be the key that unlocks this synths tweakability, for instance: use your 909 to program a bass part, then use its total accent to place an accent anywhere in the measure. now grab hold of that accent knob and tweak away. (assuming you have set up your patch to respond to velocity)

really a highly expressive synth if you program it right.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-26-2001 at 00:41
j.gray a hobbyist user from u.s.a. writes:
this little keyboard rocked my world. i learned synthesis on this and a paia fatman. this synth is a GREAT starter synth if you are interested in getting just one keyboard and are into making electronic music. for 100 bux you've got 3 real time transmiting midi controlers and a keyboard you can bang some melodies out on (tho i'll now admit playing with full size keys is nicer). in addition to that you have a relativly easy to program synthesizer that you can get some WICKED sounds out of. a lot of my friends have this board and we always impress each other with new patches (noise/experimental/techno/industrial kids). so if you're looking to get into synthesis and/or you're looking for a simple midi controler this thing is where it's at. i'd sample this and the fatman, load the samples up in fruity loops then use the dx100 to enter midi data for basslines/melodies/knob twisting. the only reason i'm getting rid of it now is because i'm on a budget and i need something that can handle LOCAL OFF mode (where the keyboard doesn't play the synthesizer engine, allowing a sequencer or whatever to take over) which the cz101 (compeating board by casio) can do. That is the _only_ reason i'm giving this board 4 instead of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-09-2001 at 01:08
oldeschool a hobbyist user from usa writes:
this thing rocks!!!!!! i payed 100$(ish) for this thing 6 years ago and its worth every penny many times over. i play everything from world and trance techno to goth industrial to ambient to hardcore metal and im always dusting off this baby. you can get some AMAZING lead sounds out of this thing(jan hammer likescreaming lead guitars anddark gothy ebow sounds, especialy with judicious use of outboard effex) gritty industrial like basses too.it has great tinkly bellsand chimes and other tuned percussion with loads of timbral movement( fm does this better than ANY other kind of synth ive played with.!). never mind the clasic dx style digital piano(listen to any newage recording or sythpop ballad) also you can get realy good digital pads too.ones where the harmonic structure is always changing with time(modulators changing volume ,thus harmonic content with the egall set to slightly diferent times and/or being modulated by the lfo) try geting timbral motion with a sample playback synth,i dare you! this is what makes them seem "lifeless"as real sounds dont behave like sample loops,there is constant timbral variation unfortunately ,to me as i am a gear minimalist(eventually i will be living in an intentional community and all my gear will all have to run off of solar,which limmits how much electricity i can be using to power loads of outboard gear!) loads of effects are necesary for them to seem thick ,although with the cheap electronics on board it sounds way warmer and thicker than any other 4 op synth ive used. its more like a real live"acoustic "instrument than a hyper sterile cold elctronic whizbang noisemaker toy.even when compared to the better synths! that is why i love it so much .it has the sonic charichter of a "real"instrument so lacking in many1000's of $ toys just think... nearly every sound you hear on an eighties music recording(such as the "legend" soundtrack by tangerine dream. im showing my age, i cut my synthesists teeth on another 4 op fm board) or comming fom an oldschool video game/sound card,or toy yamaha keyboard(some very funky sounds there)is from a fm(usually four op) synth!! its all in the production tricks.just think of the old time studio folx and what they had to work with ,to make the music we all know and love. you too CAN sound good for less ,despite what the advertisers tell you. its all in the creative ways you use the tools , not in thetools themselves (we ,as electronic musicians often forget this! its easy to say oh, i NEED this or that new toy so i can realy sound good (after all the advertizers say so!),instead of working what you got to the max! enough of that part of my rant! as a controller this thing rocks too.you can wear it like a guitar, which real helps you "feel into "leads and feel like you are part of your instrument(and visa versa) this thing is tiny tiny TINY(i fit it in my backpack to bring it to gigs, along with my multi-fex pedal) the tiny keys might be a problem for the formally trained pianist types,as would be the lack of the velocity senseing. but i dont care as i learned keyboard on a toy casio that was this size ,so im used to it! (besides picture doing runs on a keyboard where you have easily an octave and a half reach!) your whole way of looking at playing changes when you play this thing strapped to you, and youre in "begginners mind" as a controler also , there is a breath controller jack and apedal jack that send midi out. also the data slider and the volume slider seem to send some kind of signal out too , as they cause my tx81 z to respond( hmmm ,i wonder if you could use those as realtime controllers for,say another synth....?) al in all if this thing were velocity sensitve id marry it(it is from external control,which is good for controller data sequences and stuff but defeats the perpose of wailing with it around your neck!) as i said it "needs" effects especially to sound conteporary,but all and all its a vastly under appreciated wondersynth that does a few things VERY well! id never sell mine in a million years, and im looking for someone to hotwire it for me to se what other mayhem we can do! have fun with your toys!!! agape

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-04-2001 at 16:19
Jeff a part-time user from Pennsylvania writes:
Cheesy organs in a small package. I used my DX live for years, doing classic rok and blues, and it was great because I was mainly playing guitar, and sneaking a keyboard of any kind into the crowded bars we were playing was a bonus. I had a stand welded up from an old Vox amp frame so I can play standing up. It's so cool because it looks like there is nothing there. I dirtied up the drawbars patch for an overdriven hammond sound which I still use. Never found a way to get a convincing roto acceleration happening though, so I have "fast" and "slow" patches. There is a big bass in the box, but it's tough to record without rolling off ALL the high end to get rid of the noise. I've programmed some nice ambient sounds with it. The percussive tones tend to be the best, and on some of the patches, you can tap the keys which seems to cut off the envelope and gives you a different sound than a held note- a little bit of "sensitivity" in an otherwise minimal keyboard. Oh, and it is possible to wear out the contact strip under the keys- I guess I've played this a lot!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-24-2000 at 20:02
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