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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.
    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

    CPU: Z80 ZILOG
    Manuals & Documents
    MSRP List Price: $2895 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $2750 - convert
    Used Price: $1200 - $1500 - convert
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