Seattle's top DJ's after his first experience with the RM1X. The RM1x is a creative tool and therefore no single guide or manual will be able to fully explore all the possibilities. How you finally wind up using the RM1x will depend greatly on your own imagination and music.
The RM1x also is a sophisticated MIDI controller. It can send its magic out via the MIDI out jack, and each function is MIDI transmittable so you are not limited by the sound set of the built-in synthesizer. In addition, the RM1x reads both type 0 and type 1 Standard Midi Files via the built-in floppy disk drive, so you can perform your remix of a sequence regardless of what sequencer program originally created the data.
4. Try changing sections by pressing a white key [A]-[P]. You can also set how quickly the RM1x responds to Section changes. Press [STOP] and press the [UTILITY] button. Use display knob #3 to select either 1/16 or 1 measure resolution for Pattern Quantize.
MUTE ALL tracks and then activate only the ones you wish to hear. If neither the [MUTE] nor the [SECTION] button LED's are flashing you are in normal play mode. The RM1x keyboard is active on the track last selected (highlighted in the screen). Here the red LED above each track will show when activity occurs on that track.
A/B KNOB LED. When the LED is lit you read the function listed and highlighted with white (see figure 5 below). When you first power the RM1x on, the knobs are in their default setting and follow the assignments listed on the front panel. The row of knobs control PLAY EFFECTS: Beat/Time Stretch, Clock Shift, Gate Time, and Velocity.
OVERDUB record. The Play Effects Defined The Play Effects are among the most powerful musical features of the RM1x. Below is a list of the RM1x's play effects and a definition of what each one does: Beat Stretch: Takes the playback of a track can multiplies or divides the playback speed (without effecting pitch - it is MIDI data, after all).
Cutoff: Filter cutoff frequency (control message 74) normal setting is 12 o’clock. Clockwise opens filter, counterclockwise closes (lowers cutoff) filter. The RM1x features a Low Pass Filter. Resonance: Filter resonance (control message 71) places a loudness peak at the cutoff frequency emphasizing a range centered around that frequency.
Pattern Style. Phrases can be copied, cut, pasted, appended, split and event edited, as necessary. Phrases can be captured from linear Song data using a RM1x Job called ‘GET PHRASE’. Phrases can be placed on linear tracks using the Job called ‘PUT PHRASE’.
STOP button is pushed. Take your time and learn the RM1x a little bit at a time. If you are new to MIDI, fear not, you will find most functions logical and intuitive. And there is an UNDO feature that takes the worry out of experimenting. Even if you are an experienced user with a fancy computer sequencer you will find the RM1x a powerful production tool and, of course, an invaluable real time performance device.