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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Neophyte a part-time user from Uk writes:
I thought I'd add my own opinion of the RM1x.

I tested the 303, 505 and rm1x in the shops around my home town and eventually had to settle for the yamaha device.

The 303 simply stood no chance - it's low (about £300 to £400 round here) price tag didn't even save it - the 505 was so vastly superior for sounds, and the Rm1x for it's ease of use.

I would have gone for the 505 if I'd had £1000 to spare (not all techies do, ya know . . .) but as it was I discovered I was more than happy to settle for the Yamaha machine.

The preset styles were a brilliant move to kick the machine off - after all, what better piss take of the MC303 could you have other than an RM1x version of Fatboy Slim's "Everybody needs a 303"??

It's my first hardware sequencer, and though I'll probably buy another one someday, I don't think I'll ever sell it.

Long live the RM1x!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-18-2000 at 09:54
Peter Buisseret a part-time user from Massachusettes writes:
Yea, it's a babe. But since I like more than one lady at a time, I suggest that you get something to couple it with. The sequencing timing is rock solid and perfect, its like the sounds were thrown in simply to make it a member of a different market, not to say that they aren't good. Simply lacking the greatness of the MC 505. Use the RM1x, do not be without it, it rocks, but it needs a partner for sounds. I love my Proteus 2000...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-17-2000 at 15:41
jg a professional user from america writes:
if you're looking for a kick ass hardware sequencer go to the rmix. if you want to learn how to program current music dance styles then the presets will teach you quite a bit. this is a really powerful piece of gear. its also made for the real world. how many of you are going to take your mac or pc to the club. also if you can't master this box i don't see how you could possibly hope to use logic platinum or cubase vst. this box is for composers, people who want to write their own music. i have nothing against sample based music and artists but i am one of those who isn't satisfied unless i can make my own stuff form scratch. if you are looking to create your own music and put time, work and effort into it then you cannot go wrong with the rm1x. this is a bad mother.

a few notes

midi control is excellent. you can edit, do cc's, save patterns as smf, explode drum tracks, append patterns, etc. its not as malleable and expressive as logic but its not supposed to be. its awesome for hooking up to other gear. i've got my midi linked to my emu sampler and its the friggin bomb!

read the manual. study this machine. its gonna take a couple of months to really learn it. some of these reviewers play with it for a week and then say its shit because they couldn't master it. again, the rm1x is for programmers. people who are willing to work for their results.

drum sounds are good but anyone serious about drums needs a sampler. unless you're comfortable with the same ol' 909 and 808' sounds over and over and over and over and over...

synth sounds are good and can be tweaked quite expressively. a good intro to synthesis. some very useable sounds definitely. you'll want another tone generator though. you can get a hardware synth or a virtual synth that you can sample. I do the latter.

excellent construction. made out of steel. solid knobs.

smart unit. i thought the manual was well written.

groove features, you can highlight sections of the pattern and tweak velocity, note #, gate, and offset forward or backward. drum uses are obvious but check this out. set up an arpeggio with a saw lead or the like and start tweaking. all realtime. way cool.

event editor. kick ass. gives you a list of note events, cc events, pb event, location in time, gate and velocity. you can edit, insert and delete.

low boost moves up and down low frequency spectrum. you can boost just the thump or you can also boost some of the stuff getting closer to your mid level eq's.

step recorder rules. show you where everything is on time line. you can add, delete, modify, etc. a hint, if you can play something realtime by tapping pads but have a hard time getting it to fit into the pattern then tap it out and record it real time. then switch to step editor and see what you did and then fit it into your pattern so the timing is right.

pads are not velocity sensitive. i midi'ed my sr-16 to rmix for this purpose. takes wear and tear off the rmix too.

by the way, all sections in a pattern will be tweaked if you mess with the voice settings(say you switch the HH hat drum kit for the Percussion Kit) for one of those sections. go to another pattern if you're assinging new voices. i totally fucked up some drum n bass i was working on because of this.

I cannot say enough about this box. the price is great too. i got mine for 650.

Good luck jg

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-16-2000 at 15:14
James a part-time user from USA writes:
RMIX kicks ass!! If you use a processor and a good sound system, it is awesome. The sequencing on this baby is really fantastic---16 tracks to kick ass with. It is very capable macnine and the price is so cool compared to all that Akai elitist shit. I love my RMIX and will never sell it. Its my favorite piece of gear. Thanks Yamaha!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-12-2000 at 17:33
riq a hobbyist user from estonia writes:
i checked rm1x out at shop, didn't bought, overpriced, have to wait.. BUT! suonds are KEWL! don't know why somebody thinks they're weak. already have cs6x, rm1x is next on list..

anyone knows is new version of rm1x coming out soon? i'd like to connect everything with nLAN you know ;)

yes, keys are bulsshit on rm1x, knobs also. they feel "weak", but it sounds good and has very good display.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-07-2000 at 05:26
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