Synth Site: Yamaha: RX-11 Drum machine: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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richard a part-time user from uk writes:
this has to be one of the great analogue drum machines, when I got mine delivered the size of it was enough to make my eyes pop out, also teh midi interface is a real plus, ideal if you have dx ranges sounds are not the best but no drum machine can replace a real drum kit, all in all a good piece of kit

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-23-2004 at 13:41
frank a part-time user from west chester usa writes:
this drum machine was given to me for my services done on the four string for some friends of mine. it took some getting use to but i like it its my first and only drum machine and yes despite its low kicks it really has a lot of heart! adding effects is a whole new world, this machine is a jem!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-22-2003 at 15:33
jeff1x writes:
Gritty 8 bit heaven, this kit is perfect for electronic music, if you want real drum sounds get a drummer, but if you like crunchy the rx 11 is phat! Sounds have an analog type warmth to them, add some originalty and think outside the xox box!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-03-2002 at 03:56
Final Brass Rabbi a hobbyist user from Scotland writes:
This machine is well under-rated by everyone here, and elsewhere. I just picked one up for 30 quid and once I'd replaced the data slider pot (this was v.easy to do) it was sorted. The sounds are well old skool and elektro, esp. thru some gated reverb. Thru my home-made distortion, it busts ass. The kicks are the main let down. Only one of the three available sounds is any good, and it doesn't have much low end at all, but then what digital drum machine kicks do? The claps are both lovely. And someone here said the cymbals are crap - not true! The closed hats are really crunchy and 'ticky', the ride is really nice and the crash is wild, esp. through distortion/feedback, which makes it sound like a psychotic horse going ape-shit. Also excellent is the ability to set the volume, pan and accent level separately for each sound, and of course the individual outs (if you have enough mixer channels free, that is).

The sequencer is super-intuitive and very flexible - anyone who says otherwise really doesn't know much about music machines. The quantise is super flexible so you can make some insane rushes and do wicked glitch retriggering. Also excellent is the ability to set the bar length and time sig of patterns to pretty much whatever you want. This makes it far more flexible than the TR series matrix, which pretty much restricts you to 4/4.

The icing on the cake is the MIDI spec, which is basic but just enough to be really useful. It syncs, but better still each of the sounds can be triggered by notes so you can use a computer sequencer to do really insane stuff. And the sync enables you to play stuff from an external sequencer on top patterns from the built in seq. Nice! But better still, it also sends out note data for each drum hit, so you can use it to trigger other stuff. An example: double the kick with a beefy analogue one. Or zero the volume of some of the less good sounds (e.g. the toms) and use those pads as external note triggers. The only thing it won't seem to do is record external sequences into the internal seq, which is a shame.

So - a great bargain drum machine with a really professional spec for the price. If you see one cheap and you know your arse from your elbow, you'll definitely want to buy this.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-04-2002 at 12:59
dj Peter K a professional user from the Netherlands writes:
Nice piece of gear. Only have some trouble with the MIDI, somehow it don't work with my MIDI patch bay and it don't have a "tru".(any solutions??) Of course the sounds are flat (8 bit) but that's what gives this drummachine that nice 80's sound. I like the claps, stick and shaker, still haven't use it in any song. If you can buy this one for less than 40 dollar, do so. It's less money for some usable and different drumsounds.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-25-2001 at 10:32
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