Yamaha DX-100 – The Solid Bass Sound

My first Synth

December 1986. It was almost my birthday and I was litteraly eating the flyers from the synths of Yamaha and Roland. And yes…my dream came true…My parents gave me my first synthesizer for my birthday, a Yamaha DX-100. Yeah, lucky child, I know! I still own it and I will keep it, that’s for sure. The only issue I had with it is that I had to replace the soldered CR-2032 battery a few months ago, but hey…this was 31 years after it was bought. Besides the fact that I still have it, I also still use it and not only the Solid Bass sound but also other sounds that I’ve created. The sound of the DX-100 is crunchy and fits perfect in the music I play.

Back on topic. The title of this post is ‘The Solid Bass Sound’ because this sound is so damn famous. You can’t imagine in how many songs you hear this legendary Solid Bass sound. Let me give you an overview of some songs and I know there are much much more so if you miss a song, please inform me because and I will add it to this list. The more, the better!

Rap:

  1. Will Smith – The Prince of Bel Air
  2. Tony Scott – The Chief
  3. Doug Lazy – Let it Roll
  4. Tony Scott – That’s how I’m living
  5. Kool Moe Dee – Go See The Doctor
  6. Heavy D. & The Boyz – We Got Our Own Thang

Pop:

  1. Whigfield – Saturday Night
  2. Color me Badd – I Wanna Sex You Up

House

  1. HitHouse – Jack To The Sound Of The Underground
  2. Cygnus X – Superstring (Rank1 Remix)
  3. Lil Louis – French Kiss
  4. LN Movement – Golden Desert Part 2
  5. King Bee – Rockin’ Down The House

Miku Hatsune – Fun Fact

Something funny. Did you know that the anime figure Miku Hatsune has a print of the DX-100 on her arm sleeves? Quite a detail to see this vintage FM-synth on a modern anime 🙂

Miku Hatsune with DX-100 sleeves
Miku Hatsune with DX-100 sleeves
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