The Yamaha RX-17 is an obscure drum
machine made in the eighties when Duran Duran was
the biggest band in the world and Micheal Jackson
was still alive. Made in 1987, the RX-17 has drum
sounds highly influenced by the era it was released.
Containing a grand total of 26 sounds, the RX-17
combines a standard acoustic drum set with latin
drum sounds. It could be seen as the bastard child
of the Yamaha RX-21 and RX-21L (for "Latin"), but
the sounds are not exactly the same. For instance,
while the kicks are identical, the snare has an
electronic vibe to it not found on the RX-21 and the
toms are completely different. Furthermore, their
overall quality is better, mostly because they are
12-bit samples instead of 8-bit.
We sampled the RX-17 in 32 bit,
hence the HD (for high definition). Also provided
are 16-bit and 24-bit versions of the samples in
44.1kHz. Ad a little bit of reverb are you're in
synhtwave, retrowave, and synthpop territory.
SampleScience RX-17 HD is completely
free, a donation is welcome but not obligatory.