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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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TK a part-timer user from USA writes:
I've had my rm1x for about a month now, and I love it. The sequencing power is just wonderful.. it takes a minute or two to get used to the yamaha architecture of things (phrase, patterns, sections, styles), but its worth the effort (in my opinion anyways). in response to; yes of course it sends all the channels out via midi. I use it to power 3 different synths while playin live, and it hasn't faulted yet. I love the ability to take midi files in on the disk drive -- it allows me to take all of the stuff i've written on the harddrive (in midi format) and play them back without a computer (eliminates a lotta carrying around when you don't have a laptop).

Yes, the sounds fall quite short of earth shattering, but the machine is built for its sequencing power, not the sounds. Some are quite useable, some are not. The fx section isn't too bad.. very easily editable parameters via the large screen // knobs (which is less than can be said for lotsa other stuff from yammie). Hehehe.. the cutoff/reso knobs actually do something on here (unlike the poor djx), and the play fx are helpful to add a little sparkle. The built in midi delay (no copy, paste, change velocity anymore) is also a helpful feature.

Built like a tank. I'm not afraid to use it as a weapon ;) Although I'd much rather drop a rhodes on someone.

Overall, a great machine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-05-1999 at 12:37
Bom Reagan from A Far Off Land writes:
I'd have to say this is a very nice machine, with different types of sequencing, step, grid, replace, overdub, it's hella nice actually, the presets can get vicious if you mess with the parameters enough, the knobs are weak, i really don't like them they seem like their going to break, and the sounds some of them are just plain bad, but what can you expect with awm?, i've had a problem with this though, i'm not too sure what's wrong with it htere maybe or may just be my refusal to read anymore into the manual, but what i enter and when i play it a few times later it changes, right after it's good and if i turn it off and on in a few hours it's good, but after i play it for a while it starts to just get strange, i think i just have to understand this better and i've found an error i was working on something when all of a sudden it started going insane and locked up i haad to shut it off and that user style was corrupted and it would lock up everytime i pressed play so i had to reset it, and lose all my information, all in all though i really like this machine, it's a great sequencer, and some of the voices are really good, and it's pretty fun to play with...especially for the money it's a machine that's well worth it, i really don't like using a computer for a sequencer, i'd rather use hardware that's fun to use :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-13-1999 at 21:30
Chris a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
This thing absolutely rox. Sure, when i first went through the sounds etc, was fairly good, but i wandered while listening to patterns how they got those cool sounds. I looked through the patterns and saw that most of them had 1 or 2 FX on them. I tried it and it kicked ass. You just have to work it a little. Buy this thing, u won't regret it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-27-1999 at 08:00
Jonas Sig a part-timer user from Iceland writes:
I´we had it for some time now and I it´s the best thing I´we worked on, since Notator/Creator. The sequencer gives you the choice of working in what mode suites you best, grid, step recording or real time. You can arrange patterns in real time, and mute single tracks or groups with mute memory. The internal sounds are ok. As a former Kurzweil owner, I can admit that the sounds aren´t excellent, BUT, with the brillinat effects section and real time knobs you can make some serius music on this machine. For songwriting "on the fly" you get 46 very usable drum kits and 4 banks of fine sounds wich you can replace at later prodiction stages. The sequencer has only 16 channels, so you have to route tracs from the internal synth to external device. Since you can easily drive 2-3 synths on 16 midi channels I see it as no problem. Not forget that the real time knobs send midi CC message PLUS all the real time midi effects on the RM1X like Delay,Time-stretch,Octaver,Harmony x2, etc...... When I bought the sequencer I was realy tired of how tecnology always seemed to get in the way of my creativity, I think many of you know how it goes, sitting there with BIG name software sequencer, 6 x out midi card, New Soundcard with unstable drivers, waiting for new drivers while reading the Kurzweil´s 400+ page manual. Let´s make some music, I shure am now.....Buy the RM1X, you won´t be dissapointed.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-18-1999 at 13:04
W. Zwart a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
I've listened to the MC-505, MC-303, Quasimidi Rave-o-lution and the RM1X. If you're after sounds, take the Rave-o-lution. If you're after sequencing, take the RM1X. The RM1X sounds better than the MC-303 and MC-505. And the MC-505 is much more expensive. Ok, it hasn't got a D-Beam controller (who cares). I would go for the RM1X. And in combination with my sampler, it is lethal. (Who needs an MPC-2000?)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-18-1999 at 11:20
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