Synth Site: Yamaha: RM-1X: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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squid pop a professional user from usa writes:
Much of what the last disgruntled musician reports about the RM1X is true, but I wonder why so distraught about it? I am using it to wonderful end, although it is complimented by several very nice instuments, far more carefully articulated and with more open architecture. Still, I love the RM1X, it is user friendly and its stilted, corney presets can be broken down into some useful sample-loops and I choose to use these shortcuts, so that I can spend more time composing.

With regards to our disgruntled expert, I will never slam Yamaha, because of all they have provided me, including my beloved AN!X: this is a low price-range synth that I feel is wonderful. WHat a sound! It is a very accessable instru- ment with a wide range of sound possibilities. My Q outstrips it in many regards but is somewhat more difficult to coax sounds from. And the AN1X cannot deliver the complex, oganic and slowly mutating synth rhythms which lie hidden within the Q. Nevertheless, the RM1X, and especially the AN!X, are very handy to have in your studio and capable of playing some tasteful notes.

I think all these instruments are so much fun, so architecturally vast. The con text of a project studio such as many of us are so lucky to step within-- rich and deep, layers of algorhythms wanting to be explored--is a wondrous womb of creativity. Seldom, do I use even a quarter of its possibilities. I tend to expore aspects of synths I find inviting, learning to refine these aspects into music that I feel intriquing, playful, romantic, funky or mysterious. Then i can gradually explore the more daunting terrain and feel excited about all the unexplored territory silently waiting to touch my conscious domain.

Yamaha has made so many wonderful contributions to this realm, including the 1x sisters. I am thankful.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-16-2001 at 20:09
a hobbyist user from Japan writes:
A very polished hardware sequencer that sits well at the midway price point between the QY100 and the QY700. It seems to do both pattern-based and linear sequencing nicely (if I had a criticism to make, it would be that you can't combine the two, e.g., have a linear sequence fire off pattern-based loops every now and then).

It has a lovely transparent, immediate feel; there are very few `modes,' and most of the controls you want are right out there on the front panel, so there's nothing coming between you and what you're doing. The nice display helps in this, although the only place you can see actual notes is in the event list editor. You never have to save anything, it's always just <b>_there</b>_, even if you turn off the machine.

Many of the less commonly used functions are somewhat less accessible, being hidden in the `job' menu, although the split is judicious (I do wish there was some sort of `copy' button).

The synth engine part is not stellar, but it's certainly usable. You'll want a real keyboard for anything complicated, but the built-in mini keyboard is alright to play in bass-lines or something. It seems solid and well built, given the price it's at (compare it to a MS2000!).

Basically, everything just feels right. I like it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-14-2001 at 22:39
dk a part-time user from usa writes:
rm1 x is the best hardware sequencer ever can do everything...step record,overdubs,realtime and grid recording for xox like programming for programming drum machines...its a great piece of gear only downfall.....dont use the rm1x for sounds...its sounds are well.....very generic

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-19-2001 at 08:38
Markie from La la land writes:
I like it... Stopped using my PC.. I do all my sequencing on the RM1x to control my AN1x, EMAX, ESI32 straight to some FX, Compression, Enhancer to DAT... I perform on a Dat with some samples form my EMAX.... HE HE.....I just dont trust MIDI live..Sorry.... I use my PC to use my AN1x..

I love my RM1x to do Old Skool New Wave Technopop sythie avante garde muzique... peace...

posted Wednesday-Jan-17-2001 at 14:22
Martijn a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
I got my RM1x for almost a year now and I like it more and more...Its a great machine, looks good, sounds good and is easy to use. I don't use the onboard sequencer to write my songs as I prefer to use Cubase. It gives me a better idea of how my song is building up.... I really don't know a better machine for this amount of cash....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-17-2001 at 09:57
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