Main Details
Maker Oberheim Company
  • 8 × Voice
Form Factor 19" Rackmount
Signal Path Digital Hardware
Date Produced 1986-1988
Dimensions 8.81 H x 48.18 W x 35.56 D
Weight 8.28 kg
Notes Polyphony - 8 voices
Sampler - 12-bit, Variable sample rates
Memory - 1 MB
Internal Storage - 100 patches
External Storage - 3.5" and 5" disk drive
Keyboard - None
Effects - None
Control - MIDI (4-parts)
Date Produced - 1987

In 1987 Oberheim released the DPX1, a 2-unit rackmount 'Sample Player' during the era of the classic samplers. Its function is to load 3.5" and 5" diskettes containing samples. These samples are loaded into its 1 MB of RAM from which you can play the samples using any MIDI keyboard, controller or sequencer. It was compatible with the E-mu Emulator II, Sequential Prophet 2000, 2002, 2002+, Ensoniq Mirage DSK8/DMS8 and the Akai S900 formats. You can't really edit any of the samples, the DPX1 is simply a load-n-play machine. Its universality among these early samplers makes it great for anyone who may still have old disks of samples but not the samplers that created them. With the DPX1 you can resurrect those samples and use them again, or resample them into a modern sampler. Sounds can also be re-stored in an Oberheim DPX format on to 3.5" disks. A 20MB Hard Disk model was also made available around 1988.


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