Synth Site: Yamaha: RM-1X: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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fitz a professional user from USA writes:
DJ Frippe is a bit off with his review. The weakest point of this machine is of course its sounds. Some sounds are quite usable but others are simply horrible. If this is going to be your only piece of kit you may want to reconsider or at least consider getting some other synth along with it. After all, this thing was made with outboard kit in mind. When it comes to sequencing this thing is the cat's balls! Especially if you are doing dance/techno/trance/etc. It's 480ppq timing resolution is better than that of CUBASE. It's 8 knobs are all assignable. Several recording methods are available including the roland x0x style. It takes a bit of getting used to as far as Yamaha's language is concerned (ie: phrases, patterns, etc) but in an hour or so you'll be up and running. Another problem with it are the plastic keys. They are complete shit and will wear out if you use them much. If you do not have a keyboard you'll end up needing one. This thing is definately worth it's price tag. I give it a 4 out of 5.

P.S. As for the whole MC-505 vs RM1x thing I think the 505 has better sounds and build quality. However the sequencer on the RM1x is brilliant and lends itself to future use should you end up buying more gear later on. I would not want to sequence a whole rack of kit with the 505. Besides, you can buy a RM1x and a Roland JV-1010 sound module for the same price of a 505!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-10-2000 at 17:42
Peden a hobbyist user from DK writes:
So much has been written already, but here are my two Danish kroners' worth: The machine IS awesome, but the menu system can be a bit tiresome. Also you have to be damn sure that what you're doing is what you really want to do, as you can only undo once. And yes there are a few MIDI bugs. For example, I had a lot of trouble stopping it sending patch change messages to connected gear each time it hit stop. But that's solved now, thank god. And to the dude who had problems with changing something in one scetion without chainging it in the other, here's how to do it: Everything you hear are PHRASES, so each time you want to have something new or different, you make a new phrase, or copy the contents of one phrase to a blank one and then change it. That can get confusing. After a while it's hard to remember what you had on phrase 71, if anything. But it's usually not a big problem. Another minor gripe, is that the new MC-307 has got 4 different filter types, the RM1x has only got one. On the other hand, it's sequencer is a lot better and it's got a diskdrive. One thing that annoys me though, is when I want my song to go in another direction. If say, it starts as techno, then changes to triphop, I have to make a new STYLE. No problem. But when setting it up in a Pattern list-thingy, it slows down considerably, or coughs when changing from style A to style B. Any way to get it stop that? And when you convert your pattern list-thingy set whatever to a song, it keeps the settings from style A throughout the song, so that even if your song goes through different styles, they will all have the same effects settings for example. That is rather a problem to me being used to work with trackers, which, although simple and primitive, gives you a very big degree of artistic freedom. But overall... I'll give it a 4!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-22-2000 at 17:21
Yourm from US writes:
I basically got the thing because I loved playing with a DR-5 that I have had for years, but was in the mood for more tracks and the ability SAVE and load off of disks. As far a sequencing stuff form the Dr-5 I have not found any type of bulk dump ability (if you know of a way I can store unmolested Dr-5 patterns through the Rm1x onto disk email me.) Using all the cool effects and the fact that I can use any voice on any track (unlike Dr-5) has really been enjoyable.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-18-2000 at 03:24
Dustin "Tronix" Zahn a professional user from USA writes:
I've had this RM1x for a while now, so I feel I just put in my two cents...

Overall: The box is just damn awesome! I got it second hand for $550 and it was worth every penny. I don't get into presets much, but hell, you got to admit even some of the presets like the big beats are impressive.

As a sequencer: I think it's a great sequencer. I have minimal problems with it. My biggest gripe with it is a little bit of the track copying and things like that. I can't figure out how to put in different notes for each track...for instance, if you have a kick in track 1 at beats 1,5,9,13 and that's section A, and you copy it to section B, and change the pattern to 1,5,9,13,15...it shows up as 1,5,9,13,15 in Section A as well. I've heard of some midi problems with program changes and such also. I've only had one midi "bug" and it's probably cause I suck with midi.

As a drum machine: A lot of the drum samples are pretty decent. You can get some excellent breakbeat and jungle patterns out of it. Being able to use a combination of both grid, and overdub mode adds for really killer tracks. Although, I still can't do a good techno set cause I feel the drums for techno, particularily the cymbals suck ass. They sound cheap.

As a synth/tone generator: This is it's only downfall. It's got some beautiful pads, and some really cool distorted synth lines for trashy techno, but I can only make so many tracks like this. The synth tones are kind of shitty...they fail in comparison to most of my techno records... The keys aren't velocity sensitive either, which is a bummer, but I got another synth that I can use for that. But if you use it standalone, it's a bitch cause you gotta plug in the values yourself...and last but not least, it doesn't have slides like the old 303 did. That really sucks. Not that I'm into the 303 hype or anything...but I love the slide affect it has. Glide is the only job on it that comes close.

Wrap up: If you're in the market for a sequencer, get it! If you're in the market for a drum machine and maybe a little more, get it! (that is, if it's at a lower used price) If you're in the market for a synth, screw it. And last but not least, if you're just starting, or want an all in one machine, in my opinion it's the best out there for it. Of course, I haven't tried the Quasimidi 309 yet, but I hear mixed impressions on that...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-15-2000 at 23:30
Rot a professional user writes:
I've got ESI-4000 and they just kick ass very well together with Rm1x.No midi problem met ever on this couple :)

For you Seth, you have to copy your tracks to other sections with different phrase numbers to avoid meeting the problem you had.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-07-2000 at 05:40
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