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The DJX and The Residents

3 Feb 2010 | from itsapatt.blogspot.com/

Ahhh The DJX. Yamaha’s most treasured of hip sound machines. Played lovingly by a.P.A.t.T. for many years but then abandoned due to the fact it sounded slightly gash. Song 14 Soulful was even the into to track ‘This little piggy’. Scary was a regular feature of any set… Now played by Trippy he also favors the Scary. One friend told the author of the time he saw a tramp in the street with nothing but a DJX, amazing.

With this in ind I turn my attention to another story a keen friend told of how esteemed act ‘The Residents’ had used one. How I scoffed at the concept . How, just how could they, one of the best sounding acts use something I bought from Currys for £149 .

Well here it is conclusive evidence.

A litle DJX Backround………

001 P_TRANCE (I assume the “P” stands for “Psy”)

002 HIPHOP

003 ELEKTRO

STYLES:

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Stream all style examples below:

Style name with .mp3 demo My comments
INTRODUCTION
1 Pop Techno A regular Techno style – with TB-303 and orchestra stabs
2 Trip Hop Dreamy and psychedelic Trip Hop style.
3 Electro Beat Old School electro, with TR-808 galore. A bit modernized.
4 Goa Early Trance type pattern.
5 Hard Step 8th A type of Jungle/Drum ‘n’ Bass.
6 Handbag 1 Cool dance pattern.
7 Romantic House Classy, refined house.
8 Ambient Darker side of ambient – with great timbale rolls and psychedelic echoes
9 Acid Jazz Classic British acid jazz style.
10 Treach Gangsta rap.
11 Steppa Driven hip-hop.
12 Struttin’ Modern hip-hop.
13 All That Mellow, romantic R ‘n’ B style.
14 Soulful Ballad R ‘n’ B.
TECHNO
15 Tribal Techno Awesome pumping Techno, early ’90s!!!
16 Gabba Classic Gabber style, with super-detuned synths and impossible speeds
18 Euro Techno More minimalistic Techno.
24 Acid Techno Fantastic Techno program – ready for the Rave.
TRIP HOP
26 Funky Trip Hop Mellow pop.
ELECTRO
31 Body Rock Awesome retro style – with TR-808 and DX7 sounds.
TRANCE
36 Hypnotic Classic mid-’90s production technique.
DRUM’N’BASS
38 Drum’n’Bass Beautiful Drum ‘n’ Bass pattern – very mid’90s.
DANCE FLOOR
43 Pop Reggae ‘A la Ace of Base
HOUSE
47 Deep House Classic deep house beat
52 Hip House Nice Euro dance
53 Club House Awesome Italo-House pattern – very early ’90s
ABSTRACT BEATS
56 Underground A bit like the ’80s
RAP
58 Bomb Classic hip hop style
63 Shakin’ Nice hip hop beat, with glockenspiel
HARDCORE
65 Buggin’ Cool scratch and uber-cool percussion
67 Hi Rolla Gangsta rap – with “worm” moog synth
OLD SKOOL
73 Delight Obviously inspired by Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”
76 Jack New Jack Swing style – very nice.
77 Old Skool Party’s on
FRESH
84 Hezee Dark, jazzy and a great sound.
R & B
86 Bouncy Nice tremolo Rhodes!
92 Solid Great 808 beat.
SLO JAMS
94 Cool Nice! And very contemporary.
100 Sultry Smooth-jazz influenced.
VOICES:

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Stream all voice examples below:

0 DJX This is the first preset when one powers up the DJX. It’s a classic “Techno-Rave” setup, much like we used to do with Roland S-50s and W-30s back in the early ’90s – individual samples assigned to several keys on the keyboard. SWEET!!!
SYNTH LEAD
1 Fuzzline Feel… the fuzz :-D (fuzz bassline)
4 Universe Very nice resonant polysynth
BASS LEAD
9 Reso-X More reso 4 U
SQUARE LEAD
16 MC-Line Cool hip hop Moog line. The portamento effect is achieved using the ribbon
SAW LEAD
22 Break It Awesome trance polysynth
23 Scary Typical techno detuned synth
32 Bedtime Bedtime probably refers to the song “Insomnia” by Faithless, that introduced the notorious “techno pizzicato” sound.
SYNTH PAD
34 Insomnia A great-sounding, majestic analog pad
35 Wave2001 Great soundtrack synth
36 Amber Sweet synth choir – Fairlight like.
38 Trance Pad One of the best presets on board!!! Mysterious, analog and majestic! I’m modifying the cutoff and resonance knobs in real-time.
RESONANCE BASS
42 Nu Floor Nice Moog-style synth
43 Fish303 Refers to the famous “Devilfish” modification for the Roland TB-303
44 No.No.No Actually a great sound! Reminds of Keith Emerson’s (ELP) modular Moog sounds in the early albums.
ANALOG BASS
47 Analog Bass ’80s-sounding synth bass.
BASS
SCRATCH
SFX
64 FMTB 1 DJ goodness
66 Omen-FX More DJ goodness
67 Rave Pipe 1 Classic blip rave sound
73 Signal Classic rave siren
HIT
77 Sharp Hit Classic techno-house hit
HUMAN VOICE
79 Come On 1 Nice
85 Yo-Kurt Attitude 4 U
89 One More Time Nice break!
92 Yeah… Sexy mama
DRUM LOOP
93 091bpmC4 FONK!
96 102bpmC4 Raise the roof
98 106bpmC4 Awesome whistle scratching! Knobs twiddling, ribbon action here.
102 135bpmC4 The ’80s – Old Skool!!
103 137bpmC4 Pumpin’ ’90s
107 Samba137 Rio De Janeiro
PIANO
108 Funky Electric Piano Very nice and classy Rhodes
112 Clavi Realistic Clavinet sound
ORGAN
113 Jazz Organ 1 Jimmy Smith – style
117 16′+2′ Organ Lounge organ
GUITAR
STRINGS
125 Strings Sweet string ensemble
BRASS
FLUTE
137 Coco Flute Beautiful flute solo
PERCUSSIVE
DRUM KITS
141 Standard Kit 1 Solid drums here.
144 Rock Kit Rock it up
145 Electronic Kit 1 Simmons time
146 Analog Kit 1 TR-808/909 mix
148 Jazz Kit Groovy and happening set.
SPECIAL KITS

The GM sounds are pretty much the same as all the other GM sets in the world, so I’m not recording examples of this bank.

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Initialize the Yamaha DJX

Data Initialization
All data can be initialized and restored to the factory preset condition by turning on the
power while holding the highest (rightmost) white key on the keyboard. “CLr Backup” will
appear briefly on the display.

Yamaha DJX pictures (click on thumbnails to enlarge them)
Yamaha DJX manual

PDF Manual from the Yamaha site: DJX manual.pdf

Resources:
  • Review in “Keyboard magazine” Janfebmarch 198___
Features
  • Light and portable;
  • Knobs, ribbon-controller;
  • Good sounds and accompaniments;
  • Sampler, arpeggiator

Features at a glance
Year of release:
Polyphony: 32-voice
Sound generation method: sampled
Preset memories 284
MIDI: In, Out
Sound expansion capabilities: No
Sequencer Yes
Arpeggiator Yes
Effects Yes
Touch sensitivity Yes

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