Synth Site: Yamaha: RX-21: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 2.9 out of 5
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a hobbyist user writes:
I bought this unit about 9 years ago and used it for about 2 years. Used it at alot at home DJ partys to shoecase local rappers. This unit was great for free hand beats. Only thing I did not like was it could not do a deep rolling bass like a TR-808. Other then that, a great machine to start or train someone on.

Robbie Dawg

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-14-2000 at 20:41
Larry a part-timer user from USA writes:
I don't own one, but i played with the 21L at Music go Round a few days ago. It's actually pretty easy to get around. I didn't crack the manual once, & i figured out how to record patterns in step time, how to change MIDI channels, & how to change the MIDI channel for each sound. Which is a very strong point for this machine. Each sound can have it's own MIDI channel, & i'm assuming it's own MIDI note number. Even if it's on the same button. Who else has that? No one!! Instant step sequencer, better than a 505 or 626. Buy it just for that. I give it a 4 just for that reason!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-09-1999 at 21:21
someonelse writes:
I bought this thing used with no instructions or anything. It was the first drum machine that I ever owned. The guy that I bought it from was a guitar player who used it to practice with, and he couldn't make heads or tails of it, so he sold it to me for $60.00. He told me that it had instructions, but what it really came with was a book of (useless) patterns and an explanation of what a drum machine is. I was just happy to get some kind of drum machine for that cheap of a price. I figured that I could easily figure it out. I was wrong! This is NOT an intuitive drum machine, unless maybe you got instructions. First of all, what they call real time recording of a pattern, isn't. One sound has to be overdubbed over another as it loops back until you build up a pattern. It took me forever to figure that out for some reason, because nothing is what it seems on this machine. None of the buttons did anything that they said they did. I tried everything. I almost threw this thing through the window! It had preset patterns, and a limited amount of user patterns. There was no way to erase patterns because the delete buttons didn't work. I don't know, maybe with an instruction book, which might be available from Yamaha, this is a better machine that I think. The only buttons that work for me are the basic function buttons. The sounds are interesting. They sound mostly like rock 'n roll drum sounds, but they kind of sound like high school band drums, and there's an electronic kind of quality, all at the same time! The kick and snare are pretty cool, so is the clap, the high hats are intersting, but the cymbal is crappy, loud, irratating and obnoxious (be careful if you're wearing headphones!). I used this machine to produce a three minute track for a college project with a four-track, this machine, a cheap casio keyboard, a DJ mixer and turntable to scratch with and add a couple of sounds, and that's it. Man, it came out a lot better than I thought it would. After and all of that, I made the drum sounds come out like an early 80's beat box! I don't know. I have mixed feelings about this machine. It has a lot of negative points to it, including only two outs (what the hell is the deal with that??!!), but that didn't bother me using only a four track. The sound quality came out really good, considering it was an old four track, and a peice of crap tape. Anyway, for the price ($60 or lower, I saw one for $40) it's a pretty good investment, if you have the damn instructions! You can always use or distort the sounds, sample the sounds, use it as a beginning/extra drum machine,etc. I've been wanting to sell it, but there's something that makes me think that I should hold on to it.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-29-1999 at 22:59
Lohr a part-timer user from usa writes:
picked one up a few months ago dirt cheep. turned it on ,listened to the sounds, turned it off and never used it again. self expanatory

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-25-1999 at 19:43
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