Yamaha DX7
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

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.


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 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, 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 .
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


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.


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".


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.

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

Yamaha DX7
Everything has been said about it.


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.


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.


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.
excess official10/10/2009

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

Yamaha DX7
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____ FM operates beautifully!


A black point of the synthesizer,
he will remain forever criticized for its usability "tough" approach, although paradoxically perfect thought for a facade without a single knob!
the screen is small but its size is just right for any display clearly (at least most).

In retrospect, it should be noted that ergonomics would actually had been exemplary if YAMAHA think a market area of ​​external control in the image of Roland (eg PG 1000). ...

DX have the manager opens up real prospects is the solution,
it provides a visual of all the parameters and allows to focus primarily on the sound (that is what was missing there over 20 years)
It provides a more clear FM, at the end or the DX7 has never really been exploited (even by Brian Eno)

I think there is still much to learn from him ...


If one considers the fact that this instrument can create an almost infinite number of sounds,
it would still tend to have its own sound identity.

It may sound like no other aggressive, harsh, hoarse, but a rare softness, it emanates from beautiful copper color that no one can do
LFO sounds really great!

Major part of the result of the just programming expressiveness, and here it is incredible (see other sources for more details: aftertouch etc ...)

Basically, if we look at the Korg M1, sounds sound so largely because, as the expression is great ... (and yet it has no potential of a DX7 on this)


Have a DX7 crude demand to refer to the manual to enter the logic for this Yamaha synthesizer.

For the DX manager, not necessarily need the manual (have a sound vision for understanding much of its implementation)
-The program is focused on its
in any case, it will once its logic controlled it be possible to design its own sound,
nothing instinctive and not control "live" on a DX7!
But it reached a very advanced level of accuracy on the programming of a patch,
other models go even further ...

The DX7 will remain an eternal myth, the synthesis technique makes it a timeless instrument!

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

Yamaha DX7
Wonderful expressive keyboard trs, 5 octaves, and supports all modulations and possible immagine (pedals, breath-controller, connectors ...), large (but MONO audio output). large for polyphonic synth of the 80 still going strong (in mtal, trs heavy, tough!)


The edition of the sounds is relatively complex, since it is an FM synthesis is very intuitive, but I russi do some pretty cool patches. Vista, I can not use the patch editor software, so it's a little harder, but I understand the mcanisme from top to bottom, this is a learning INTERESTED. I confess that I knew it easier to patch quickly, but ultimately I have great control over what I get, especially in the modulation (vibrato Veloci ...)


Ultra 80's sounds, in kitsch possible, I love it! It was for that I bought. It is true that in the background, Native Instruments FM8 vst surpasses the original in many ways, and because the sound is numrique GNR, the hardware is not here bcp sense if not for the nostalgic and those who apprcient keyboard.


Bought for 220, I made my main synth. Sounds 80s are my world. And that's class! Purchase knuckle-heart.

Chris.angel's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha DX7
This is legendary synthtiseur pluttdroutant. It should reconnatre in 1984, Yamaha broke new ground with its technology modulation frequencies. But she did not try with the DX7, add some other function. We end up with a pure and synthtiseur POINT FM. No effects, no Stereo, no more than a forty sensitive keys (!!!) to program sounds.
The software versions and the many that followed dclinaisons fortunately fill these gaps (the normal era).

THE FIRST version has 16 voice polyphony, 32 patches for memory, a slot for cassettes patches ROM or RAM and a relatively low frquence of Sampling (sounds, frquence leve, lose their clarity.


The new edition sounds Relva patience, calm and good luck!

With 130 paramtres accessible by touch-sensitive, the DX7 is far from the analogue synths and analogue to pseudo-CONTRL really intuitive. Only a slider to vary the values ​​of a parameter given.


The sounds are all gots. Their quality too.

Intrinsquement, the sound quality of its dclinaison dpend DX7. The first DX7 are average quality, especially when mounted in frquence (Sampling problem of low frequency drives).


The possibilities of sound are almost endless. Fortunately, many musicians have engaged with their patience and Dvou Fast Fashion. Sounds are now available on the Internet by the thousands. Their crateur thank you!

With these, it then has a really great machine for a small price (Maitenes, not 18 years ago -> more than 2000 euros). The variety of sounds available is poustouflante. And machine, combines good effects processor can still be the height of some existing competitors.

And, as shown in current trends and new machinery, synthse FM is not dead, far from the!