March 12, 2018
Digital Synthesizers / FM Synthesizer / Under £500 / Vintage / Yamaha

Yamaha DX100 Digital FM Synthesizer

The DX100 utilises (FM) Frequency Modulation synthesis to create its tones or sounds. It is a small unit with mini keys, as which all FM synths it is rather tricky to program until you learn how to, you will need some patience with the tiny LCD display. It certainly has got a cult following and solid reputation in dance music, with the bass patches being heavily used on such productions by Juan Atkins, Orbital, Autechre, Laurent Garnier.

In the early days when the Yama DX synths hit the market if you could not afford to buy a Yamaha DX7 you probably ended up getting the mini key version the Yamaha DX100!

Patch 01 on the synth is famous in synth circles and dance music enthusiasts, for a good reason too, solid analog bass sample!

Feel free to comment below, this is bound to start a heated debate 😊, but this little plastic so called toy, was probably a key player in the creation of house and techno music, particularly in Detroit!

The keyboard is a 49-mini key one. The buttons on the DX synths may remind you of calculators, it has no onboard effects, filters, arpeggiators. It has 8 voices of polyphony, a mostly analog circuit does the processing from the FM synthesis sound engine.

 

 

FINAL WORD:

If you can get one cheap second hand and feel you are patient to learn FM synthesis check the manual below to see how it works… It’s a cracking little synth with a character of its own!

 

SOUND DEMOS

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

Year Produced

1985

Keyboard/Number of keys

49 mini keys

Sound Generation

FM Synthesis

Maximum Polyphony

8 voices

Programs/Presets

Can store up to 192 different TONES

Oscillators

4 operator parts

FILTER

 

LFO

 

VCA

 

EFFECTS

 

Sequencer/Arpeggiator

 

Common Faults

Other

Controllable by MIDI, with velocity and after touch

SAMPLES

 

ROYALTY FREE EFFECTS

 

USEFUL LINKS

 

DOCUMENTATION

Yamaha DX100 User Manual

Please get in touch if you have a copy of the schematic that we can share on this website!

IMAGES FROM

66Khz studios.

 

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