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Yamaha DX7

DX7, Digital Synth from Yamaha in the DX series.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 22 reviews )
 13 reviews59 %
 6 reviews27 %
 1 user review5 %
 1 user review5 %
Value For Money : Excellent
theaudioandvideoguy05/31/2012

theaudioandvideoguy's review"may buy again"

Yamaha DX7
This digital synth will provide you with the sounds that you need to spark your creativity anytime you start working on a new song. I remember using this synth back in 08, and I used it for about a year and loved every minute of it. It has all of the connections you need to get it in line with the rest of your gear to bring audio and data back and forth. At the time I was using this with a drum machine by boss and was able to come up with some pretty good tunes.


UTILIZATION

It will take some time to get use to just because it’s a different set up then most other digital synths. You will get the hang of it eventually and be well on your way with it. The manual was easy to understand as well, it wasn’t too thick of a book if I remember correctly and it was pretty too the point and not a lot of jibberish in it.


SOUNDS

Sounds where good, seemed to have a lot of vintage type synths from many years ago, but I can say that is exactly what I was looking for at the time so if you arent into those type of synths then I wouldn’t consider getting the Yamaha DX 7 because it will be useless to you with those old synths. But you do have the option to manipulate all the sounds and edit the parameters to how you want them which will affect the sounds that come out.


OVERALL OPINION

Overall, great board and I remember having so much fun with it. I no longer have it but if I was to sit down with it today I still feel like I would know how to do everything. Its like riding a bike, you just don’t forget how to do it even if you get older. I may go out and get another one of these one day since they don’t cost that much and didn’t cost that much back then so I can only image what they are going for in todays music world. I will be on the look out for another one .
moosers03/30/2009

moosers's review

Yamaha DX7
The Yamaha DX7 is a frequency modulation based digital synthesizer. The keyboard spans about four and a half octaves and has both pitch and modulation wheels. It has 1/4 inch outputs and it also has MIDI connections. In addition, this synth is fully polyphonic.

UTILIZATION

The configuration of the Yamaha DX7 can definitely take some getting used to, as there are a lot of different things you can do with this. It both has preset sounds and has the ability to store your own sounds as well. It is easy to toggle between all types of sounds, but will take a little while to understand all the ins and outs of this keyboard. The manual for the Yamaha DX7 is pretty complete and is definitely good to have around while you are trying to learn this powerful instrument.

SOUNDS

The sounds on the Yamaha DX7 are pretty varied, but all have a similar recognizable sound about it. It definitely sounds like the time period in which it came from, which is the 1980s. It is great for dance and pop music, and if you want to get creative you can definitely use it for all types of instruments. The feel of the keyboard is nice and it is very easy to play. The pitch and modulation wheels, and other parameters provide for almost endless possible sounds with this keyboard. Overall, an extremely unique instrument that is a great tool for a wide variety of applications.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the Yamaha DX7 synth for about three years and it is easy to see why it has become a classic. Surprisingly, these are pretty easy to find and aren't really that expensive. So if you are a fan of the sounds on this, it is a pretty easy pick up and is great to have around for both recording and live shows. Overall, the Yamaha DX7 is a unique instrument that definitely holds a place in the history of synthesizers.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Yamaha DX7
It has pretty good features considering the age of this classic. Velocity and aftertouch. Breath control, portamento, sustain and modulation inputs as well. Not bad. 16 voices, 6 operator FM, 5 octave keyboard and it holds 32 patches. There's a million patches floating around the net which you can send to your dx7 through midi.

Price paid

$180

UTILIZATION

Definitely not the easiest synth to use or program. But with patience and a little knowledge in FM synthesis you'll be creating patches like there's no tomorrow. If you're looking for a synth that's not boring this is it!

SOUNDS

The sound is good for those gritty basslines or weird bell type sounds or just flat out weird! Basically you create the sound you wanna hear just don't expect to replicate anything realistic.

OVERALL OPINION

Tough? Hell yes this thing weighs a ton. The membrane buttons wear through after heavy use but they'll still work.

I'll always love this synth just because of how deep it is. Sure its digital but then again it is the best selling synth of all time and many great hits we're made with it. Then again I did grow up in the 80's that might explain my connection!

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown (January 1-, 2003)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Yamaha DX7
I love digital synths. I am an industrial musician in a project called SCAB, my name is wrat. I wouldn't use anything else!

Price paid

$400

UTILIZATION

May be difficult for beginners, but I can slide across it.

Nearly 20 years and hasn't failed me yet!

SOUNDS

I love programming these babies. If you have the first model they are 20 years old, that is pretty vintage baby. It will be as popular as analog someday. Once it fades.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it on everything. I love fm synthesis. But, I am attracted to the dark noise covering complex melody spectrum of music. May not be suitable for Pop, Some forms of Electronic, R&B and of course folk. [scab] [nuthouse] sincerely, wrat

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 5-, 2002)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Yamaha DX7
For being released in teh early 80s, this synth is by far and away one of the best of its era. Great sounds, but there are 10,000+ library files online to go through to find what you're looking for. I've had the best success in making or altering existing patches rather than using old ones. If you're doing 80s styled music, this is essential.

Price paid

$300 (used)

UTILIZATION

THe interface is difficult to get used to. Programming this requires patience and the ability to read very thick manuals. It's all algorithm based, so fun with math. It's great for either overly digital sounds or pads. If you want to sound like Orbital, this is your synth.

SOUNDS

Sounds a bit nasally, but after running it through some standard effects, it sounds beautiful (eq, reverb). Does not have effects built in.

OVERALL OPINION

Rugged piece of gear. Heavy (almost 40 lbs) but it's a good solid casing around the machine, the keys can take a pretty good beating (live).A wonderful online community around the instrument that covers my tech support needs

I love my DX7. Don't take it away. Please.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 4-, 2002)
sonic7508/05/2014

sonic75's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha DX7
All is said

UTILIZATION

Editing sounds with, for example, MidiQuest, it's easy! Biensure without soft and without aid it is much less fun ...

SOUNDS

FM sounds, love it or hate it. Too often considered cold, metal, slap, but she had a good editor and patience can get beautiful tablecloths and almost trippy soft and warm "pads", not just the sound of bells or low 80s typed. The DX7 can even approach the grain called "analog" machines in the late 70's for a few leads or bass sounds like. At the time (80/90) was categorized for particular types of sounds and used in a certain style of music but now with soft publishers we discover that this synth has the belly and that can we get unexpected things!

OVERALL OPINION

Just a little personal accuracy, many people regret the absence of internal effects on the DX7, for my part I think it is an advantage as it can add any conceivable effects with a multi-quality effects ("Lexicon" eg). For the following versions (DX7 IID / FD) is dependent on what gives us the machine and with a lesser quality deal with various multi-effects racks.
A good chorus and a good reverb plastered DX7 MKI and it is pure bliss! Oh I forgot, this synth is virtually indestructible ...
Will Zégal09/12/2012

Will Zégal's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Awesome dinosaur is not for everyone"

Yamaha DX7
- Monophonic and polyphonic digital synthesizer
- 5 octave keyboard with aftertouch
- Wheels pitch bend and modulation
- Inputs controlling breath and sustain pedal
- MIDI I / O
- Memory only 32 sounds (much more expansion cards with "DX Max" and "Super Max".
- Mono output only

UTILIZATION

Use side, it was really a two-sided coin:

one hand, the sound: it is a horror. Anything made by menus on a small LCD screen. And must control the FM synthesis, which is not small beer (but not Everest either).
Otherwise, there are publishers that make things PC. Warning: freeware does not work on OS necessarily recent. But you can use an old laptop running XP. It may also be used to store your sounds.

The other, the game There, it's all good. Unless your model has a keyboard rinsed, DX-7 keyboard is excellent. Very nice, very responsive, with aftertouch quite progressive. 's All good.
In addition, the input controlling breath provides great expressiveness.

Controlling a breath is a thing in which breath and sends a value to the synthesizer as a function of the breath. You can assign this value to its various parameters.

SOUNDS

The sounds are very questionable ... and awesome.

If you are looking to make realistic sounds or sounds fat analog typed, go your way.

For cons, the DX-7 excels on its metallic percussion. Not only elsewhere, but this is where he is king. In this area, it has a inimitable, except by other synths (or virtual instruments) based on FM synthesis. They are not legion.

Default anyway DX-7 first version there is a significant blow to its output. This is not a problem with the powerful sounds, it can become with sounds very "light".

OVERALL OPINION

The DX-7 synthesizer is not for everyone. Read the negative reviews, they are quite accurate. Whenever rave reviews.

Basically, we love it or hate it. Both attitudes are equally legitimate.

A you know clearly what you want.

The big downsides are difficult to control synthesis and blast the output.
The big positives are the particular and inimitable strength at any given event and expressiveness. The DX-7 is also a good master keyboard, but beware: its speed is limited to 100, which may require going through a management software like MIDI MIDIOX to reach 127.

Note that there are expansion cards "DX Max" and "Super Max" that provide additional functions.
DX Max: 8 banks of 32 sounds and the ability to stack 4 oscillators to thicken the sound Detuner for chorus, etc..
Super Max brings more arpeggiator, eight additional banks, etc..

If you do not want em .. quiquiner with learning FM, know that there are thousands of presets for DX-7 easily findable and free on the net. Plenty to do and have fun, even if test many sounds to select favorites takes considerable time.

The DX-7 has undergone several changes. Besides versions rack, DX-7 II, DX-7 DX-7 IID and IIFD bring interesting developments, but are generally at prices that do not seem so interesting that the DX-7.
xotox12/29/2011

xotox's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Wonderful"

Yamaha DX7
Everything has been said about it.

UTILIZATION

Many people criticize this synthesizer because of its interface (it must be said that when he came out he was probably uncommon sense synthesizer knobs and a screen to create the sounds).

Personally I have always struggled with the creation of sound on a screen, to the point of never having sought to set up on my Korg N5 yet DX7 interface is so well damn it's a real pleasure for me to create sounds, it's almost like the Korg Poly800, we are left with a button for each parameter, we just press it and choose a value, it does not waste time searching the desired parameter on as a long list with Mopho example.

SOUNDS

The sounds are excellent, really is unique compared to analog synths, it has great potential, we can make amazing sounds with this machine, the thing that really come out of the ordinary.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for two years, I had several synths Advent one, but it is the first FM synthesizer that I had, I love his sound and interface are very well done, however it is unfortunate that the screen itself does not backlit (I fix it since I have) and that have a mono audio output.

I got it for 150 euros in excellent condition with a ROM cartridge, I think it's correct, I would not pay more, I could try it and the opportunity to buy it presented itself to me but I do not know this synth before.

I would buy their eyes closed but not more than 150 euros.
Nnstars09/22/2011

Nnstars's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The FM in all this splendor!"

Yamaha DX7
We will come back on this, refer to other opinions:)

UTILIZATION

When you have an FM synth, think FM! We must spend a lot of time on the beast to understand the philosophy of programming! It is very often the black people against me comes out this synth. But with a little practice, it's cake!
And if you formatted analog, there is DX Manager on PC, or if you're retro (like me), you must present the Yamaha CX5 with the cartridge to edit the sounds of the DX7 graphics! (That said, good luck to find it: s)
It's true he should have been a little more ergonomic ... but hey!

Otherwise, I use it also master MIDI keyboard. No complaints!

SOUNDS

I do not use the usual basic patches, but those of the DX7 are just beautiful!
Really top for: electric piano, bass and groundwater endless!

Even we are surprised by fiddling to fall on its large current electro.

The aftertouch is gorgeous. Velocity as well, unless the keyboard is connected by noon. I think I really have to type like a deaf man to get me to the max. (I probably set too badly: D).

OVERALL OPINION

Indestructible! He saw all the colors and it is always at his post! I really carries everywhere. (But really any color water, soda, cold, hot). No I do not mistreat it happened either in concert or was an accident ... :)

Difficult to tame, but once that is done, this synth does everything melt! The sounds are still relevant!
Put the DX Manager or CX5 complement and voila!
papi197008/31/2011

papi1970's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A legend!"

Yamaha DX7
Very well built and very reliable!
Mine is equipped with the card Supermax tranfigure possibilities of the synth!
512 papers and more.

UTILIZATION

I will not repeat what has been said for over 20 years, but recently having a Motif ES Rack, and although I find the DX7 easier to program!!

SOUNDS

Everyone knows at least one of the DX7 ?????????
Mine will soon be 25 years and I still program it with a small chorus and a nice reverb behind, I can assure you that the DX7 is capable of delivering great sound!
This keyboard is expressive enough to live music, it fits beautifully in a mix.
In terms of sound, it provides the bass sounds, electric pianos, of course, we can get out of the water fun, the superb percussion (ah the famous bells !!!!), the synth sounds interessant and widely usable.

OVERALL OPINION

Too long and error, we confronted the DX7 with analog synthesizers, yet they complement each other wonderfully in their fields!
25 years spent with him soon, he saw other synths arrived, I never found him "has been", it is always essential.
Reliability at the top, supermax great card, the plug-in today ???????
I keep my DX is the original!