Synth Site: Yamaha: RM-1X: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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-------j a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I just got this and so far I think it's great. The presets aren't great but with a little tweeking they sound great. To those that say it's hard to figure out, sure the manual sucks, But it took me two nights after school to learn this. it's not that hard. sure, it's not REALLY user friendly, but its not horrendous when you get the hang of it.

Mainly I've been using it for Jazz fusion, experimental rock, hip hop and minimalist electronica. It has pulled through for all of these, though you can tell it was made for techno. The mute feature is really nice, however you cannot sequence your mute changes in (it can be very frustrating having to recreate the entire pattern over minus or plus a new riff. though it does have grid sequencing capabilities, I really have grown to like the step sequencing function. It is a lot easier for quickly sequencing bass and synth stuff. one of my main dislikes is that it does not have a sound preview button in record mode. You have to either sequence thesound in, wait for it to play through the pattern until it gets back to your part, or you have to exit the record mode to play it then. the only problem with that is that the play effects do not aply to the sounds when simply previewing them. So far this machine has been very sturdy, but I have babied it because I don't have a job and have a hard time making money. over all I really like the RM1X, I would give it a 4.5 out of 5. It's a very good sequencer and is my main one for my set up.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-12-2004 at 14:08
Johanes Emmanuelli a hobbyist user from Jacksonville FL,USA writes:
Has anybody mentioned the fact that you can save 110,000 notes of music in internal battery backed memory?!Add the floppy drive and internal sounds and you got a kickazz workstation!Ok the minkeys suck so dont attempt to play them!!The LCD is big as most workstations out there(240x64 backlit).I noticed gripes about the sounds.People come on,it is a modern YAMAHA not KURZWEIL or VIRUS!!If you want high end real sounding acoustical sounds get a kurzweil,if you want really nice virtual analog sounds,get a ION or VIRUS if you are into paying high prices for synths.The YAMAHA sounds are AWM2 sounds,no more FM sounds folks,so if you love analogy FM sounds,get a DX200 to the mix!I will soon.The RM1x is a REMIX groove drum/sequencer workstation machine.It supplies sounds for most musical genres including the INDIAN tablas for world sounds!YEY!No sampling but with the RS7000,you can rule the world of music in YAMAHA lane!This unit is made of metal and has a DC volts input so if you are handy in the shop,you can fashion a battery pack for it too.Get a pig amp and you have a one man band on the go.The unit could have used a audio input like the QY100 but I wont complain,the features and pros outweigh the lacks and cons so you decide.It is only a few hundred now so it makes sense if you want a looping sequencer with outragous note capacity.I paid $260 after shipping!!Does this unit record standerd nonlooping linear tracks??Like on the W7 or QS300?I dont have a manual so I will have to guess at that one.I like it better than MC505 so I give it a 5 of 5 since I can save to floppy instead of 5volt smart media.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-23-2004 at 10:02
niko a hobbyist user from austria writes:
i am owner of one rm1x since 1999 and i have to say that the sequencing and editing possibilities in this macine are quite unique. and it's easy to use. i wouldn't give it away anymore.

the only disadvantage is that it is hard not to make "muddy" and unclear sound. that is because every voice is low-pass filtered and lack highs, and you have little options to control those lower frequencies which are present in nearly every sound.

it's a great tool if you work together with other synths and samplers, but if you like working with one single box, then go buy the rs7000

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-14-2004 at 09:59
jimji a professional user from Fl writes:
I've had the rm1x for three years now. As user friendly a box as this is there are a lot of pleasant surprises in it for the long term user. I sequence various sound modules with the rm1x. There are good onboard sounds. A lot of people will say the sounds are all crap but listen to new hip hop production. There are sounds in the rm1x that have been used by manny fresh and the neptunes. In any case if you're serious about music production you need at least one sampler. The rm1x has a genius sequencer. That is to say it is very easy to use but has a wealth of editing features. I compose all the parts of my songs with the rm1x but I arrange my loops in acid. While I like to arrange visually I don't like "looking" at my beats. I don't know if this is THE method but I think you can make a good argument for keeping your beats in the audio world. However all that matters is that the song sounds good so if you kick ass in fruity loops more power to you. You won't go wrong with this sequencer or the mpc for that matter. I prefer my rm1x but I can work on either. I will say that the pads on the mpc are great for drum programming but not essential. if money is not too much of an issue you can always buy the akai drum pads and midi them up to the rm1x. I prefer the small keyboard on the rm1x because I know where the notes are. This may not be much of an issue depending on your playing style. I honestly think the sequencer on the yamaha is better than the mpc. There just a lot of smart functions and shortcuts that I use a lot and that keep me inspired. Its fun to work with rm1x. When you get deep into the machine it is like playing an instrument. Once you get good and you start hammering out your beats you'll have the time of your life. The rm1x is a great hardware sequencer. You won't go wrong with it. However its about your imagination and work ethic. If you have a real passion for music you can crank out bangin beats on just about anything. Even a boss drum machine and a boss sampler. The most important thing is to keep writing. Sometimes you'll get sick of music and that's fine. Go back to it when you feel the hunger again. Just keep going. To newbies I would recommend one high end sampler,emu,akai, etc. At least one good VA synth. Novation, Nord, Access, Roland, Yamaha

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-24-2003 at 19:35
nsveggie a professional user from united states of america writes:
its aug 19,2003. i just recently copped this machine two weaks ago for 240.00. now before i bought it i got on this sight and read a lot of bad things and a few good things about the apply named blue monster.well lets just say im glad i never got with the in crowd.i hate to be rude but it seem to be more ignorant people than ones who would understand. if this thing was a painting it would have to be named blue boy.its truely a work of art.you just got to realize two things its a multifunctional piece of aquipment compacted into this one little box.then you must read the manual. people i lie to you not,this thing is a nice peace of machinery. once sounds are tweeked with sometimes a little effect your in there with 16 tracks of your (own imagenation) i have searched and its impossible to find a machine quit like this, and for the price its to impossibl. get one its worth it NS.VEGGIE

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-19-2003 at 20:25
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