Synth Site: Yamaha: RX-5 drum machine: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Aaron Carey a part-timer user from USA writes:
Best danm drum machine ever. The sounds are extensively tweakable, there are 12 individual outputs for running effects or triggering other drum boxxes. I use mine as my primary drum machine and to trigger hits off of my linn drum (I run the rx individual outs to the linn drum trigger ins). One of my favorite things about this machine that separates it from any other drum machine I have ever seen is that you can change the quanitzation in real time write mode. That means that you can lay down your bass drum in 1/4 or 1/8 note quantization, and then switch to 1/16 note quantization without having to restart the sequence. For you rx5 usere, you just hit the "quantize" button in the middle of real time writing, then hit "real time write" again to start entering notes at the new quantization rate. My band mate and I each own one, and we use this feature to create beats from scratch live without falling out of sync. Great sounds, more flexibility than you'll see on any other drum machine, period. I'll never sell mine. In fact it is so awesome and so undervalued (it cost $1345 new in 1990 and can be bought new for about $200) that I may purchase a second one. In my opinion, the manual is a near necessity, since there are so many features that you are unlikely to ever discover or fully understand them without it. If anyone knows where there is a stockpile of cartriges, please let me know.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-08-1999 at 17:38
Phil a part-timer user from USA writes:
I got an amazing deal on this... $75 from a guitar shop that hates having money in electronic music equipment. Came with one waveform cart. I've never seen another drum machine from Yamaha that I, personally, would have, but the RX-5 is amazing. pitch shift up to 2 oct up or 3 oct down. The ASDR control is great. With no manual it only took me about an hour and a half to figure it out and fill it with my own edited sounds. Made a heck of an industrial kit... You just don't get that kind of personal control over the sounds without going to a much higher end unit or a sampler. And forget that about it having only "real" sounds after you've messed them up good and proper. Tip... if you have the timpani sound... it's on my cart... you can pitch shift it up an octave or so, tighten up the ASDR a little, and you have a decent 909 kick. Great box for industrial, techno, even ambient or trance if you program it right. Just remember... it's all you and it's almost a synth. What can you do with it? Highly recomended purchase... even at a much higher price than I paid.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-10-1998 at 02:12
Gary Tittle from USA writes:
The rx5 is my main drum machine... I use it all the time and it still surprises me after years. I have two cartridges for it and am always searching for more. I am always interested in hearing from other rx5 users. Write to me or visit my website at:

http://aceinfo.com/gtittle

Thanks.

posted Wednesday-Aug-12-1998 at 21:31
Juha Terrilä a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
i have used rx-5 a little and i think it's cool machine.

the possibilities for editing voices are great, specially the reverse option.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:22
Jorge Aguinaga a hobbyist user from Peru writes:
Wonderful machine. I can easily program some rhythms and play the guitar over them. I need info on how can I get more cartridges and specially empty ones to free some memory from the machine. On the other hand, does anybody have some info on how to connect to it through midi and use the computer as bigger memory? I'd like to go that way since I own a midi kit. Thanks Jorge

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:22
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