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Oberheim DMX Programmable Digital Drum Machine

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The DMX is a programmable digital drum machine manufactured by Oberheim Electronics. It was introduced in 1981 at a list price of US$2895, and remained in the company's product line until the mid-1980s.

The Oberheim DMX was the second digital drum machine ever to be sold as a commercial product, following the Linn LM-1 Drum Computer in 1980. Its popularity among musicians of the era contributed to the sound and evolution of 1980s new wave, synthpop and hip hop music.

The Oberheim DMX programmable Digital Drum Machine represents a new concept in electronic sound. The DMX has been designed by the Oberheim staff with the idea of giving you better sound, and more intimate control of it, than has been previously available in a percussion synthesizer.

The DMX generates the sounds of real drums. Recordings of real drums are digitized, stored in computer memory, and are made available at the touch of a button. A drumbeat may be recorded in real-time at any speed, remembered, and edited to make any beat of any length, tempo, or style—in short, any drum beat that you hear in your head, you can create on the DMX. After you have created your drumbeats, you can save them on tape for future use. The DMX even has a battery to keep the memory on when the power is off.

The DMX operates like a tape recorder: press RECORD and Record your rhythms; then press PLAY and hear it back. But there's more to it than that. There are many more features that are incorporated into the DMX to actually give you much more control over your music than a tape recorder gives you.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: ROM
Oscillators: 1
Waveforms: ROM
ROM Size: 1
ROM Resolution: 8 bit, 12 bit
Envelopes: 0
Filters: 0
LFO: 0
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 8
Timbrality: 8
Tuning: Standard
Patches RAM: 100
Storage: Internal, 6
24 8-bit percussion samples.
+ Real-time recording
+ Step record mode
+ 2000 Events
+ Event may contain up to eight notes
+ 100 sequences
+ 50 song
+ Chain up to 255 Sequences
+ Tempo: 25-250 Beats per Minute
Case: Desktop
Controls: Buttons, Pads, Faders
Display Type: LCD
Display Count H: 16
Display Count V: 1
Dimensions (WxDxH): 18"L X 11.8"W X 5"H / 45.7cm.L X 30.Ocm.W X 12.7cm.H
Weight: 12 Lbs. / 5.4 Kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 11
Audio Output Notes: Stereo, Mono, 8 Instruments
CV Ports: CV IN, Gate In
DAC Bits: 8
DAC Frequency Rate: 16
Power: 95-130 or 190-260 Volts AC, 30 Watts
Year Released: 1981
Year Discontinued: 1984
Used By
New Order, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, The Police, Keith LeBlanc, The Cure, Madonna, Kim Carnes, Run-D.M.C., Midnight Star, Mike Oldfield, America, Stevie Nicks, Roni Size, Scritti Politti, Dubstar , Thompson Twins, Dead or Alive, Oingo Boingo, Madness, Rod Stewart, Eurythmics, Hiroshima, Eddie Murphy, Mary Jane Girls, The Sisters of Mercy, Phil Collins, Ivan Lins, Chemical Brothers, Electric Light Orchestra, ZZ Top, George Harrison, Crispin Glover, The B-52's, Earl Klugh
Design Notes:

Deisner: Tom Oberheim

Manuals & Documents
MSRP List Price: $2895 - convert
Retail Street Price: $2750 - convert
Used Price: $1200 - $1500 - convert

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