Yamaha RM1X
Yamaha RM1X

Groove Machine

User Reviews: 4.241

All user reviews for the Yamaha RM1X

Average Score: 4.2 ( 4.2/5 based on 41 reviews )
  19 reviews 46 %
  14 reviews 34 %
  2 reviews 5 %
  4 reviews 10 %
  1 user review 2 %
Value For Money: Excellent
theaudioandvideoguy 03/22/2012

theaudioandvideoguy's review "oldie but goodie"

4
The Yamaha RM1X is a step programmable machine interface. The technology used in this unit is the same that is in a lot of samplers on the market today. One thing that is really cool with this is that you can actually purchase a add on piece of hardware for it that will make it rack able! Most Hardware sequencers don’t come or even have that option available. So Yamaha was thinking on their toes when creating this hardware. It was made around 10 years ago, so you can get them pretty cheap online today. I personally don’t have one anymore because I have traded it for another piece of gear years ago. Not to say it wasn’t a good buy, because it was and it served its purpose in my workflow.


UTILIZATION

One thing you will need with this unit is the manual. The manual is pretty lengthy too, not too easy to understand. Well its not hard to understand its just so boring. But once you get the hang of it you wont need the manual unless you forgot how to do something. Most of the menu’s are self explanatory once you figure out how to get to them. The screen is small though, so beware. Most devices with small backlit screens don’t play well on my eyes which was one of the downfalls of this machine for me.


SOUNDS

You will love the sounds and sound quality you will get out of the RM1X. It is second to none, there are a lot of effects and you can have a song up to 256 measures long. Also, with the ability to have 16 different midi inserts going. The memory on this unit isn’t that much though, I think you can only save around 15 or so songs if I remember correctly. So its far from where we are today with computers and saving you whole lifes work for later use.


OVERALL OPINION

Overall, the RM1X does the job you need it to do with out any issues. Minus the learning curve you will love this unit and it will go great in your work flow and make your music a little less stressful because this unit does so much for you. I suggest purchasing this now because its really cheap online and in the music stores locally. Its really a no brainer now because of the cost.
moosers 08/23/2010

moosers's review

4
The Yamaha RM1X is a versatile music workstation that is aimed at users making dance and electronic music. The RM1X was made in the 1990's and I'm pretty sure that it is no longer being manufactured. It can be used both on the stage or in the studio as a production tool. While today this has mostly been replaced with DAW (digital audio workstations), there is still a lot that can be done with this. It's easy to compile your own beat or use it as a 16 channel sequencer. It's fully MIDI compatible and also has a now dated floppy drive.

UTILIZATION

Being that there is a whole lot that you can do with the Yamaha RM1X, it definitely will take a while to learn how to use this inside and out. I definitely do not know everything there is to know about the RM1X, as I've only used it a handful of times. I'd say that while it's easy to get some simple tracks going, it will certainly take some effort to learn how to use all of the features on the RM1X. While I haven't seen the manual for this, I would recommend having it around unless you're pretty experienced.

SOUNDS

The sounds possible with the Yamaha RM1X are quite versatile, as there is a serious amount of different sound banks to work with. This includes a variety of presets including different drum patterns and phrases. It also has built in effects and it's easy enough to layer your sounds to get new ones. Most of the sounds on here are pretty realistic considering what the box is, and there's almost an endless room to do what you want with it, but the actually sounds themselves aren't the most impressive. I would probably recommend using this as a supplement and have something with some more sounds like a DAW. If I were doing a serious project with this I would probably bounce everything into a DAW at some point along the way, but this is definitely a self sustaining work station and everything can be done inside of it.

OVERALL OPINION

While most people out there building an electronic music rig will go with something computer based, the Yamaha RM1X is a nice alternative to get started with. It's also just a nice supplement piece of gear to use in tandem with a DAW if you so choose. I must admit that the one that we have at the studio where I work doesn't see much use, but it's kept around as you never know when it might be helpful. If I were putting together a rig I'd be going with a DAW based platform, bu the Yamaha RM1x is a great little device and is an option definitely worth exploring.
FP User 10/31/2008

FP User's review

5
Honestly, this is the 2nd best hardware sequencer i EVER used. Simple and intuitive interface. Everything it should have. I Love the sequencer.

Price paid

200 usd

UTILIZATION

I learned the old school sequencers (MMT-8, MPC's ect...)and gradually updated. I didnt need the manual at all for the basic functions. Very easy to use, yet powerful sequencer.

never had a problem

SOUNDS

Ok, in general... yes. the sounds are weak and uninspired. I only use it if i need a quick basic hi-hat, or string sound, ect. The drums are weak, but i have found a few gems in the drum banks that sounded great when tweaked / EQ'd. Same with some of the other sounds.

OVERALL OPINION

Love it

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: kwic_draw ( 7-, 2005)
FP User 10/31/2008

FP User's review

5
I think it has everything you need

Price paid

400

UTILIZATION

Well you have to sit down with it and learn your self because the manual is no good at all

SOUNDS

I think the sound i nice i see that many people say its not but it is to me because you can change the volume of a sound you can make the bass louder its alot that you can do with on the machine if you know how to work it

OVERALL OPINION

Its nice you just have to see for your self

i love this machine i mostly make hiphop or RnB

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Tae2u03 ( 5-, 2004)
FP User 10/31/2008

FP User's review

4
The sequencer kicks ass. You can record in real-time, or you can punch in different notes individually. This machine also has it's own tone generator, drum kit and voice editing(sythinisizer) ability. It can serve as the centerpeice of a midi system.

Price paid

$450

UTILIZATION

It's reasonably easy to use most features, but some features reguire a lot of knowlege and technical music how.

SOUNDS

The sounds that come out of thing are not the greatest. i'd describe them as mechanical and robotic. The machines sounds are orintated more towards techno music. But with a lot of tweaking, a decent hip-hop song can be created.

OVERALL OPINION

Iv'e had the machine for several years, and the only thing that has gone wrong with the machine is one of the keys loss its pressure sensitivity. I have to really press hard for the key to signal the sound.

It's ok. It's not meant for hip-hop though.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 5-, 2003)
FP User 10/31/2008

FP User's review

5
This is a classic sequencer. It has 3 main mode's: Pattern, song,pattern chain. Song mode is completely linear. Pattern mode lets you create patterns of whatever length you'd like. So, if you program some drum patterns in pattern mode you can chain them together in pattern chain mode and then in song mode lay down the melodies and harmonies while adding additional flourishes to the drum parts. The record mode's are:standard, overdub, punch, step, and step grid. Standard mode is straight ahead real time recording. overdub speaks for its self as does punch. With step mode you have a 32 step grid on the lcd screen; you use a knob to scroll down the grid and then press the key on your board or one of its 16 pads to enter that note. This is quite useful for drum parts and with 32 steps you can do triplets which is kind of difficult with 16 steps. The sted-grid is your "xox" style programming however its poorly implemented. Basically on an electribe you have your 8 sounds and can quickly change sounds by pushing 1 button. With this its just stupid since your scrolling through so many sounds and it feels clumsy. I think good ol' grid mode offers more detail with its larger grid and I always use that or use a drum pad. The 16 pads on the rm1x are not velocity sensitive btw. As for editing your sequence's, there is a menu called "jobs" with many functions allowing you to cut and paste every which way. if your used to software its a drag since its not drag and click, but if you can count and remember what measure's go in which place you'll eventually overcome the awkwardness of it and be flying around like nothing. Also, you can split the note's from one track, like a drum track into many tracks if you like. And, of course you can quantise(duh). The synth engine is crap, you cant really make patches which layer sounds. It has 2 outs. It uses standard midi file's so its easy to switch between a pc and rm1x. You can easily assign the knobs to control another synth. Only one midi i/o. The effects are o.k but I never use the rm1x's sounds, and therefore I don't use its effects either.

Price paid

$400

UTILIZATION

Well this baby follows a yamaha line of logic which in some ways is incongruent with whats usually considered intuitive. But, after a certain point you simply learn the machine and it become's your instrument, you automatically know where everything is and you do your job.

This baby is robust! The case is like a tank. Be careful though because the knobs can fall off and the pads are kind of cheap.

SOUNDS

Some of the pad sounds are cool. I dislike the drum sounds. The synth engine is weak sauce. For me this is strictly a sequencer.

OVERALL OPINION

This is an ill piece of sequencing hardware. I could blabber on about it, but it is what it is and that is that.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown (January 0-, 2002)
FP User 10/31/2008

FP User's review

5
I like what the box has too offer. Features cool effects that can get very deep if you put the time in. Drum presets are great, something that is kinda unexpected from Yamaha. However alot of the instrument presets totally suck, with exception to some basslines. But who needs presets anyway?! With such an easy to use sequencer, making your own loops and building upon them is what makes this beatbox great. Once you have the loops built you can seriously edit them, you need a creative mind to appreciate what this box can do. Its easy and fast. Comes with a decent size tone generator. But the sounds are kinda cheesy and dated, even the drums are weak. If you edit them and really use those knobs the sounds can be impressive, almost inspiring. The knobs are GREAT and brings life to even the most whack loops. The RM1X has plenty of cool features that will keep you happy, and it is not to mention a great alternative to software sequencers.

Price paid

$700

UTILIZATION

Dead easy to use. Its alot like the QY-70. The manual is very useful and makes a great reference, but some of the unit's features are not explained in the manual.

Built like a tank. The only downside is the small keyboard built on the box. Plastic keys and it may seem that they could easily break with enough abuse. But this will most likely be hooked up to a MIDI keyboard controller, so who cares? The knobs really get broken in after enough twisting, but i like that they slide even smoother than when i bought this item new.

SOUNDS

The sounds seem to be the weakest aspect of the box. However, with decent editing, really cool sounds can be created. Why would anyone use factory sounds anyway? Even with a high quality sound module, you have to edit the sounds a little to get what your looking for. So I can understand that this box gets alot of negative feedback from people because the majority of the people that are doing all the bashing are the ones at SamAsh that just finger through the factory sounds. You have to utilize the effects block and really twist those knobs to appreciate the sound that this box is capable of delivering.

OVERALL OPINION

I love it. This is the heart of my small studio. I use it to control my sampler and sound module. Without this piece, my other gear would be lifeless. Very easy to use and thats a major factor. It seems that Roland and Emu sequencer dont have that ease of use like the Yamaha RM1X, which may lead some to believe that this box is actaully some kind of "toy". It a sense it may be, buts its powerful and FUN TO USE and thats why I enjoy it so much.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 4-, 2002)
FP User 10/31/2008

FP User's review

5
Multiple Midi Outs would be sweet. A way to save user patches. A way to hear other tracks while recording in X0X mode.

Price paid

$700

UTILIZATION

The interface can be hard to get used to. There is a lot of sub-menus where certain features hide. It's a very easy machine to use though and it has never crashed or anything similar. The only big glitch is that after a lot of use the keys become worn and unresponsive. The manual is ok and should get you up and ready in little time.

Once again, the only big glitch is that after a lot of use the keys become worn and unresponsive.

SOUNDS

Sound is not where the Rm1x excels in my opinion. It's sequencer might be top notch but it really lacks in the sound dept. If this is your only peice of kit you will want to expand. However, its sounds compliment other synths well.

OVERALL OPINION

Aside from the few things I mentioned the Rm1x oooozes class. It's sequencer is top notch and suits both studio work and live work. While I dont think it's sounds are amazing they still have the ability to inspire and do work well when placed in a composition with other sounds.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 4-, 2002)
linn134 08/18/2014

linn134's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) "This opinion is shared."

3
Ah, the RM1X. Or RM1X as if A or A sequencer groove box. In short, the blue thingy years Techno-Trance.
Nice big box all painted metal (epoxy I guess, but it alters the sound, it's not a guitar) with buttons, knobs and a large monochrome display that was frankly luxury at the time of its release.

As usual with Yamaha smells not junk. It is the eternal good point of the Japanese brand that is found on all ranges of the house to the three forks, the level of finish is high. A good case brawny, knobs and switches galore, and the back of the machine ... two outputs unbalanced jacks 6.35 for the "line out" and MIDI (In / Out). Two outputs ... we will return later.

There's what in the box?
Yes, anyway, even if the face of the device is nice it must be to pick the sound.
And here we are at Yamaha. (To be read with the voice of the TV commentators though clumsy).
Yes, again and again synthesizing home-based PCM samples, the famous Advanced Wave Modulation II, reloaded, the return of revenge. I seem to annoy me all alone in front of my screen, but I'm actually very quiet. For the time (1999-2002) it was good and it was hard to imagine a sequencer-groove box with affordable analog modeling, FM, sampling etc ... it will be the big sister, this very estimable RS7000.

We do what we want and what we can with the synthesis AWM2, peanuts on the pretzel: the effects section, richly endowed of all that was then located on the S03 / S80 / CS2X / CS6X of brand. It's not bad, it's the job, but it's not the sound of an Eventide or AMS.
There are still some surprises: Low Pass (LPF), Cutoff, Resonance, Envelope. Zou.

There are plenty of sounds and presets in it, it's friendly, it's easy, it's cool.
We can have fun with 654 sounds and 46 drum kits various. With 50 free patterns for the user (60 printed in the ROM) and 20 songs, it's not bad at all.

To this is added a sequencer 110,000 notes, 32-voice polyphony (internal synthesis) and 64-note polyphony pure sequence, a record of the movement of a few knobs, it's not bad at all ... but only ONE output MIDI. There is not possib. No place, right possib.

Ultimate point that is VERY wrong Derche: you can not save on the fly, back to just reading, resume recording ... without stop / start. And that's okay when you're all alone in the corner, but two in sync (via DAW) it becomes unmanageable.



UTILIZATION

The general configuration is it simple?
Vui. It's not bad. It is not in the software with a mega-interface but it is understandable and sub-sub-sub menus do not serve every ten seconds.

The usual functions are they easily accessible?
Oh damn, I said above, so yes, it will.

The manual is clear and sufficient?
Nein, nein, nein!
It's a Yamaha manual, so rather well, but it's not digestible: too gnan-gnan to be pro (it caters to DJ, right?) Or too cryptic to be useful. So you have to go and experience.

SOUNDS

The sounds they suit your style of music?
Hmm. In a minimal trip, why not 90's revival, but it's still not the top.
The sounds are not bad, but the whole is constrained by the lack of separate outputs.
So the "mix" out of the single stereo output is not at the height of a free software sequencer with plugins freeware. I speak only of sound.

Are they realistic?
Yes, it really looks like the sounds of AWM2 synthesis out of DA converters with dynamic means not at all pro. The true sound of groovebox.

The effects are they effective and responsive?
Yes I do.

The expression is good? (Response to velocity, aftertouch)?
Yes too.


What are the sounds you prefer, you hate? ...
I used almost the most, sometimes one or two percussion sounds very typical 90's, low FM so when I need to triple a particular sound with a longer decay. In short, I no longer use the RM1X as sound module and I use mostly the sequencer.


OVERALL OPINION

How long have you use it?
One year.

Have you tried many other models before buying it?
Yes I do. I had the same kind:
- Quasimidi 309 (all options) with a Sirius bonus
- MC 505
- MC 303
- RM1X

All have strengths and weaknesses. The RM1X is, for me, the best sequencers listed above. But it is also one of the worst as sound module. It puts the MC303 into pieces, fortunately, but the MC505 it trumps with its separate (sound sequencer for my taste, much less good) outputs.

What thing do you like most and least?
Nice face.
Fun to use.
Solid (except the pads, but it speaks).
Good MIDI management, despite the single MIDI OUT. But with a splitter it goes alone.
Sounds means. Sometimes very good, sometimes heartbreaking.

Ergonomically correct but this recording limitation / start / stop / contraption countered me to replace it with a Elektron Monomachine SFX6. Not the same budget, not the same range, but here goes: at least it sounds good and sequence to death.

How would you rate the quality / price?
On occasion, around 150/200 euros is not bad. Attention to her, it can be perfect in music where everything is not "cleat" and supercharged, the hovering, the muffled. If that's the sound you're looking for Dubstep, it'll be tight. As against this is a very good sequencer to compose only a limited number of machines (16).

With experience, you do again this choice?
Yes I do. With the same needs and the same budget as when I bought it, I say yes.
I was very strict with this poor RM1X, I am fortunate to have (and have had) sublime machine (and some not so good) and I became difficult, demanding. No shame to have fun with RM1X. I still have it and I really hesitate to part with. I am attached and I appreciate it when it came out I wanted one. It is likely that in fact I never redeems RM1X and I like the RS7000, but it's not the same budget and the RS is much more cumbersome.
Syntho Zic 09/09/2013

Syntho Zic's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " ELECTRO C IS FOR TOTO! Lol"

5
rm1x has the kind of electro sounds dream
section with fx and
implementation perfect twelve o'clock
perfect sync on ableton live more change tempo machine ableton! cool

UTILIZATION

Any "light" on this machine

SOUNDS

I have always loved the sound of bass
but yad other sound are not bad too!
SOUND typed électronic
MACHINE that makes you want worked!

OVERALL OPINION

use 17 years background turbos
alive since
Therefore c's tough!