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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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K-Project a part-timer user from Sweden writes:

If you´re into dance music of all kinds, gert this little dream machine and your life will be a whole lot better.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-12-1999 at 09:40
toby a part-timer user from athens ga writes:
i really like the rm1x as a sequencer, thought it can be a bit overwhelming- i had an mpc2000 for a while and i loved the simplicity of the thing, the OBVIOUSNESS of it, and while the sequencer could do alot it was limited as a sampler, so i bought an a3000v2 and a rm1x. you've heard cliches about doors opening etc, well, the walls fucking crumbled when i hooked these up... the possibilities SEEM endless... these are VERY inspirational tools...

you have to learn another language (yamahese '99) which is frustrating as hell sometimes, but once you do, it's very easy to do what you want. well worth the money. the best sequencer around.

internal sounds? WHAT internal sounds? (my ears filter out elevator tekkno music)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-31-1999 at 16:34
Jon.s a part-timer user from England writes:
I must admit i love the rm1x to bits, sounds and all. unfortunately though, i remain stuck in pattern mode, devising quick fix tunes of which i sit there and muck about muting and unmuting making my tune "on the fly". why unfortunately i hear you say.....well, its great fun but at the end of the day you still have nothing.

what this machine needs is a mute record mode in pattern chain...not song mode.

this would bring it into line with the ever flexible mmt-8 of which i loved before jumping to software sequencing.

because of this very fact i'm finding it hard to compose a song without first having an overall picture in my head of what should happen. i'm sure i'm not alone in wanting a record mute mode in pattern chain.

c'mon yamaha, give us a chip to stick un my rm1x with some revisions.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-13-1999 at 07:20
Anders Ericsson a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:

I bought this box because I wanted a sequencer and so far I am pleased. This is the first sequencer I use, apart from trying software sequencer breifly and I think the usability is OK. I could wish for some more direct ways of copying and deleting stuff than go down to the JOB menu... dedicated buttons for this purpose would be good.

I also like the drum sounds and also the synths sounds after you have modified them enough. The voice and pattern effects you can apply makes the box last much longer.

I can see that it would be a usable machine for DJs and artist doing live performance, escpecially if you like techno. I am more into synth music (EBM and stuff), but it is basicly the same sounds so if I ever will be standing on a stage, my RM1x probably is going to be with me...

I have a few question about it:

Some times the TRANSPOSE doesn't work, especially on patterns I have produced. Is it dependant on something special in order to take effect?

On this page ( ) there is a link to some Apollo 440 patterns. When I download the file it is just an empty zip file. Does anyone have these patterns? (Yeah, I have tried to contact the webmaster, no response yet)

Happy noisemaking, /Anders

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-11-1999 at 06:56
Armitage Shanks from Outer Monravia writes:
Just to confirm Bom Reagan's comments - I have also experienced problems with the RM1X locking up. It seems to happen when recording patterns with loop turned on. The RM1X doesn't seem to like tweaking the controllers (especially clock shift or beat stretch) when recording with the pattern looping. The pattern doesn't seem to get corrupted, however, until the RM1X has been powered off. If you get these problems try recording the pattern with loop in record mode turned off. If anyone has a better fix on the cause/solution to the problem please post it on this page because...

this is an excellent sequencer - great fun and very immediate. Using the arpeggiator and the grid groove feature together helps create some great patterns.

Don't buy it for the synth sounds which are only fair (it only has 4mb of ROM - rather meagre by today's standards). However, you do get a bank of 'Synth Material' waves. I got some wizzo sounds by duplicating parts across two tracks each with a different wave and EG shape. Another plus point with these waves - turning down the EG decay really does give some nice clipped analogue synth sounds. The drum sounds are pretty good but lack a bit of edge.

One final comment - the QY70 was a clever uncluttered design with all the functions very logically grouped. The RM1X has many more functions but the control surface somehow feels a little cluttered and noisy...but that hasn't stopped me playing it for the last four hours - oops!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-01-1999 at 12:26
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