The Yamaha RX5 is a programmable digital sample-based drum machine built by Yamaha, in 1986.
The RX5 has 24 built-in digitally sampled drum sounds and another 28 on the RX5 ROM cartridge that was included with every RX5.
The sounds include bass drum, snare drum, rim-shot, toms, hi-hat, cymbal (ride or crash), hand clap, tambourine, cowbell, and shaker.
The included cartridge contains mainly Latin percussion instruments.
The RX5 has 12 individual outputs for each vertical drum pad pair.
Each pair has a fixed set of sounds at its disposal, for example, 6 base drum samples at the first two buttons.
How did we use it?
We used the RX5 extensively in our earlier tracks as the drum machine to go-to.
It was connected to an Atari 1024 midi network and provided punchy bass snare and hi-hat rhythms.
On one occasion we swapped it for an RX7 – this has musical samples on it!
The RX5 was the first professional drum-machine we used on our recordings.
Earlier recordings featured the Roland TR-505.