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z@y@n 09/29/2012

Yamaha DX200 : z@y@n's user review

«  A treat ... »
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Groovebox with 1 FM synth track + 3 tracks beats / samples.
Connectivity: 1 out left, 1 right out, 1 twelve o'clock In, 1 MIDI out, 1 headphone
1 not sequencer 16, at two stages of the synthesizer with possibility of morphing between two.
Ability to record automation parameters up to 8 steps.
The step sequencer can also be used in front of transposable keyboard 7 or 8 octaves.
1 multi-mode filter powerful enough
1 multi-effects fairly well but configurable
Memory: 256 patterns factory, 128 user patterns.

UTILIZATION

Well, it is not simple, it's Yamaha.
Sequencing and rhythmic synth tracks is a bit obscure, but in the end we came to understand the operation and you can compose quickly enough and with some pleasure.
In fact this boiboite hides a lot of opportunities, a lot of hidden features of type "shift + button ...".
But do not panic, why the manual is very nice because it takes the form of a tutorial / tips that make us know the machine very quickly and fun. We quickly found what you want in the manual if in doubt.

SOUNDS

The FM synth is very good, you can create very airy structures, highly crystalline, FM, everything. Well, for me it is random editing, because FM is hot to master, but it's still fun because with all the knobs on the front there is always something to be learned.
Attention, in-depth editing some parameters through the editing software, but I personally have not, but I do not care. I often plant based patterns and I back in every way to make my "own thing".

The rhythms are very well I find a set to complement existing. This sample is therefore quite limited edition (pitch, gate time, velocity, selection instruments). Do not expect a serious beatbox type Elektron, Jomox, TR, etc.. but you can create some interesting rhythmic combinations, since it may take several different beats on the same track. In addition there is that of the drum, there is bass notes, oriental percussions, fx, etc.. Cool.

The filter is composed of a cut-off, 1 resonance, one modifier envelope.
The filter is very powerful enough, can get good infra LP mode can be quite loud in the other modes.

Finally, I find the multi-effects very well, we have an excellent reverb for the dub, delay (very good), flanger, phaser, and overdrive.
One big downside: you can select an effect pattern-set the same way on each track. Only the volume of the effect can be different from one track to another.

I put 8 sounds (synth 9, 7 for rhythm)

OVERALL OPINION

This machine is not the center of my config, it is clear, but I love it.
She decorates a set beautifully. There is always something to be learned.
I like eg smacking a snare, a tom with a good reverb above (yes I love dub) or use the synth as Fx, or superb FM leads well.

In addition I paid 200 € and it is largely under-side for fun and the possibilities it offers.

It is so well this little box that when I have the opportunity I will take the AN200, his little sister.

It's a treat this machine, difficult to feed with seriously, but it's good!!