Synth Site: Yamaha: RX-15 Drum machine: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.1 out of 5
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shelfman a hobbyist user from harrow writes:
got one for 25 quid...the link for a manual via "synth site" (pdf) is quotes a manual for Rx15 but comes up as a manual for rx11...any suggestions lads.

posted Thursday-Aug-01-2002 at 09:26
ralph d a part-time user from toronto Canada writes:
I bought this new for $625 Canadian in 1986. I found it reasonably easy to program and fun to work with. By today's standard it's a dinosaur, but it was one of the first digital machines in that price range and well, I always liked the sounds. I don't think they sound THAT fake, like others claim. Hey today you can get it for a song so it's not a bad deal. You cannot edit the sounds themselves, but it has pan and accent level and individual volume. And althought the pads are not velocity sensitive, it does receive this info from a keyboard with it! After having it for so long, last week it was STOLEN. Well who the hell would steal THAT? anyhow, there are far worse machines, I think. Hi to all fellow musicionies and this is a great site!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-11-2002 at 10:55
Rammu a hobbyist user from finland writes:
for the price it's f***** great. Sound are not realistic(it's that bad?:) when driven thru disortion and fx it sounds great.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-26-2001 at 03:58
martin a hobbyist user from usa writes:
i got an rx15 free from a guy who left it at my house and never came back for it. the samples sound NOTHING like real drums but are still pretty cool (the bass drum sounds kinda like that percussion at the beginning of deine lakaien's "dark star") a correction from a previous review: i believe the rx15 has 18 samples, not 15 as someone else stated since 3 of the buttons have two possible sounds. the snare can be "high" or "medium" the high hat can be either "normal" or "pedal" and the cowbell can also be a shaker. you change them by going into instrument mode and doing some other stuff. read the manual. i've had my rx15 for 3 years i and didn't figure out this instrument-changing stuff until today, when i found the manual online. it's at:

the lcd is crap. too small to be worth anything. i have also had some problems with the memory. it erased all of my patterns and replaced them with garbage when the battery started to run down. i had to clear all 100 patterns (tedious) and start over. overall, this is a good, simple drum machine. easy to do the basics (like program a pattern or song) but more cryptic if you want to do anything else (like adjust drum levels or change instruments) a very limited drum machine, but a good starter if you find one for say $20-50. a great buy if you get it for free :)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-17-2000 at 16:37
Gabe Holcombe a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The RX-15 is a fun, but limited drum machine. I got one from my Uncle a few years back and have been toying with it for all these years...It's fun to use my guitar effects, like a Korg G3 multi-effects pedal for flanger, chorus, or delay; a Jim Dunlop Cry Baby sounds great with it too...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-09-1999 at 10:55
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