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Yamaha RX11 & Where To Buy

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The Yamaha RX11 is a classic drum machine released in 1985. It was the successor to the RX5 and was one of the most popular drum machines of its era. It featured 12-bit sampling, 12 velocity-sensitive pads, and a wide range of sounds.

Yamaha RX11

What Is Yamaha RX11?

One of the standout features of the RX11 is its ability to create realistic drum sounds. Yamaha used a combination of analog and digital circuitry to create the drum sounds, resulting in a warm and punchy sound that is still sought after by musicians today.

The RX11 also has a variety of connectivity options, including MIDI and individual outputs for each drum sound. This makes it easy to integrate the drum machine into a larger studio setup or to use it in a live performance.

Overall, the Yamaha RX11 is a classic drum machine that has stood the test of time. Its realistic drum sounds and versatile programming options make it a favorite among musicians and producers looking to add vintage drum sounds to their recordings.

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The digital drum machine has a classic snare drum you should recognize from the 80s and you can use its cartridge slot for Yamaha ram packs.

It was also one of the first drum machines to feature a sequencer, allowing users to sequence their own beats. The RX11 was used by many popular artists of the time, including Depeche Mode, the Pet Shop Boys, and the Human League

The RX11 has since become a classic and is still sought after by many producers and musicians today.

Tech Spec

  • 256Kbit wave ROM x 6
  • 29 voices
  • Memory capacity
  • 100 patterns
  • 10 songs
  • 255 maximum parts within songs
  • Connection terminals and interfaces
  • Output L, Output R, Output Phones
  • 10 instrument outputs
  • Cassette IN, Cassette OUT
  • Footswitch
  • Dimensions and weight
  • 400w x 68h x 270d (mm) / 15-3/4” x 2-11/16” x 10-5/8”
  • 3.1 kg / 1lb. 7oz.

You can only find these second hand so we recommend Reverb here and eBay in the USA here.


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