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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Jakre a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Amazing machine. Strangely enough I've owned it for about 6 months now and for the first three was using it to about 20% of it's potential. I was a little intimidated by the Yamaha menu and sub menu system, though not technilogically too challenging I always considered it too stiflinf to creativity. Then I sat down for a weekend and just learnt as much of the thing as I could...I will never regret those hours. This thing is one of my favourite pieces now, an amazing sketchpad was said before.....a Godsend of a sequencer. I sold my 505 purely because when I compared it to this thing I just started hitting the 'On" switch on the Roland a lot less. The presets are great...which is strange. I mean the 60 patterns they give you are pretty nice in and of themselves but I mean the presets they break down for you as parts. Sure you can create your own but especially for drum tracks you can lay down a pretty generic beat in seconds from their preset pieces and include some rocking breaks. Sure the internal sounds aren;t ground breaking...but a lot of them are nice enough and with the turn of a dial you can just turn off that pattern to the internal tone generator and send it out to any other synth, so no worries there.

I own an MPC as well.....which I love dearly. Very hard to choose between the two as I use them in completely different ways. The Yamie does all my sequencing and the MPC is primarily my drum sequencer. You are right, the fact that you can sample your own drum hits into the MPC put's it up there in God territory (especially to a Big Beat fanatic like myself who could never find a drum machine that contain all the sounds I wanted). In all honesty though....IF......I had to be stuck on an island with just one machine I'd take the RM1X. It's a creative dream. I think I'd spring for one of those new for $650.....then wait untill the MPCs come down a little further on the second hand market as soon as the XLs become more establised (I got mine with the expansion board and 32 mb Ram and a hard case for $800....if you can find a deal like that go for it).

If you have any other comparison questions post something in the Yammie section of the Gas station and I'll gladly jump in.

5 outta 5.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-24-1999 at 10:16
nubey a professional user from USA writes:
Hands down,

Best sequencer made under aside from the few thousand dollar doepfer sequencers.

More features, more tracks, better resolution, fairly easy to use (manual sucks but anyone with half a brain should be able to get the basic idea's into their headspace without too much difficulty). Usable drums, knobs transmit over midi, mutable parts, more effects than anyone will ever use -- and they're all programmable, presets are nowhere near as bad as the 303/505 (like I really care about those though) -- but they are pretty good for the most part, great midi implementation. Disk drive records as standard midi. And a for a sequencer a large readable lcd screen!

All in all -- forget the roland 303/505 gb's for sequencing -- if you need a sequencer you'll not only save money with an R1MX but you also get a much much better sequencer/remixer all at $649 you just cant beat it.

Unless you're willing to fork out several K for high end sequencer from the afformentioned Doepfer then this is hands down the best sequencer made now. As a caveat though I've never seen/used an MC-80 yet -- it may well be a very good sequencer too, but who knows -- they're rare as hell.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-23-1999 at 16:36
Ben Mottershead a hobbyist user from England writes:
The RM1X is an interesting machine. It's the first sequencer Ive bought and it has more than enougth fuctions. At first its a bit overwhelming bit Iam slowly getting around it. Most of the sounds included are usable but the 'real' ones are laughable. I like the drums, and the step time sequencer makes it easy to program my beats. I like the hands on approach to the creation of the music but there are some flaws which I personally don't prefer. For example the pattern chain mode just doesn't seem professional enougth. Compared to all the other fuctions Yamahas included it kind of seems taped on. The actual LCD display seems cluttered and the manual is just plain poor. It doesnt explain anything in clear the detail. Mind you I like to explore its functions without using the manual. For a first machine the RM1x is good but I can understand the limitations that some people find with its design.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-19-1999 at 15:47
DJ Silkut a part-timer user from representing Washington DC baybee writes:
well it's about time for me to add my 2cents to the in general positive reviews of this unit, which it deserves.

The sounds as been said before, range from usable to plain ol bad. The analog sounds can be very interesting though when tweaked real-time with the cutoff and res knobs(soo much better than on the 505).

The sequencer is of course what really shines in this product and let me tell you is the bomb!

I've used a lot of gear (mc-505,mpc2000,asr-x,e-synth...) and i can tell you the sequencer on this thing is the best i've ever used, truly outstanding!

The large lcd-display is a huge bonus, i don't think i've ever seen such a detailed lcd display actually. you can see the knobs and faders of all 16 channels move in real-time as you tweak the knobs(this amount of detail has only been achieved on high-end cpu sequencers).

speaking of tweaking, the rm1x does record knob movement.

the groove/swing function is extremely detailed, letting you clock-shift every note up & down to the smallest increment if you want, letting you change the feel of your beats exactly as YOU want. In most sequencers, you are stuck with preset 'swing quantizations'.

I could go on and on about the wonders of the rm1x sequencer...much has been already said below so don't be lazy and read the reviews ;)

This unit hooked up to a sampler (may i recommend it's cousin the A3000) would be a DEADLY combination. add up a sound module (like proteus2000) later on the road and you would truly have an amazing complete setup!

By the way, i don't believe the Rm1x is part of the all-in-one/average-at-everything line of products. if used solely as a sequencer (with maybe just 1 or 2 tracks of internal sounds) you have one of the BEST units in that department.

the mc-505 might have better sounds, but it's sequencer is like comparing a Gameboy to a Sega Dreamcast system. If you want dope sounds, juss get a sound module anywayz.

If your still thinking about getting a 505, i'm sorry but you'll NEVER achieve the pro level of things (thank god i returned mine and got this jewel!). see, no matter how good the sounds are in it, the sequencer will always SUCK and never be on par (8-tracks is RIDICULOUS).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-08-1999 at 17:49
slipp-e from under a rock writes:
RMX-1 = excellent sequencer, learn the "YAH" lingo. slave FM tone generators, sound mods, analogue synths, as well as classic D.M.'s like TR-808 or 909's to it. program on the fly, tweak in real time. don't rely on factory voices. negative display mode = fresh slipp-e.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-07-1999 at 22:52
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