Yamaha DX21
Yamaha DX21

DX21, Digital Synth from Yamaha in the DX series.

janouch 03/22/2008

Yamaha DX21 : janouch's user review


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FM synthesis algorithms with less than the DX7 therefore fewer opportunities. It is his main weakness.
Otherwise the construction is solid and reliable.


Configuration type Chinese puzzle with manual enormous. It's hard to just turn on and use it in an intuitive way as there are key combinations to know. This is another weak point. Otherwise the parameters are also long enough to edit and it might be necessary to a rotary knob to scroll through the numbers.
Program his own sounds thus takes a lot of time if you want to get a result.


If you forget completely the sounds of the factory and that you get into programming it might be exploitable. We can draw some nice sounds, see warm. The trick is to try to smear the sound often too cold.
Or you can also use it squarely for what it does best and move towards the next cold and metallic.

It fits very poorly with musical styles that I like anyway, so I have not kept.


If you find it has less than 100 euros it can be valid if not more expensive there are other synths of the day more interesting.

The main interest of this synth is precisely that it does not cost anything because it has a bad press and it is not easy to use. It is a reliable machine that can produce sounds pretty amazing if you spend time on to the program, outside the box.